Owl bear crew

History of the Owlbear & Its Crew

From Humble Beginnings

It begins as all good stories do: with everyone waking up in an unknown location with no memory of the night before. Our party came to in the hold of a draughty and damp ship, no land in sight. Once the freshly awoken group roused themselves from their splitting headaches and parched throats, they were ushered to the top deck of the ship. Once there they were greeted by the crew of the "Wormwood". Our party was told they have to join the crew or be thrown overboard to keep the sharks company. At the time the party consisted of: * Flynn Bandabrass the Halfling Rogue * Merrak mos Ilka the Half-Orc Fighter * Caerwyn the Half-Elf Paladin * Kaimana the Undine Druid * Leogold the Baker Dwarf Baker As the weeks dragged on they learned their place in the crew and did their duty, but the long, hot, and humid days dragged on. The captain of the Wormwood, Barnabas Harrigan was rarely seen on deck, but his presence is always felt through his subordinates Mr. Plugg and Master Scourge. As morale on board began to dip, first mate Mr. Plugg decided to have a little fun with the newbies. A wrestling match between one of them and Tim "Owlbear" Hartshorn, a beast of a man. Most within the ship believed that the Half-Orc Merrak, a giant within his own right, would be the one to tackle "Owlbear". However, it was Flynn the halfling who decided to step up to the task. He fought with the massive man, struggling at first, but then using his superior speed and agility to overcome the lumbering brute; bringing him to his knees with relative ease. This act bought the respect of the pressganged crew and a few allies as well; one of whom was Sandra Quinn, a cleric of Besmara. The week went on uneventfully, until the Wormwood's lookout cried from above "Sails on the horizon! Neutral colours!". A defensless trade ship was spotted in the distance, a ripe target for the novice crew, and a chance to show their worth. The battle did not last very long, and the Wormwood managed to capture the trade ship, known as the "Man's Promise", with ease. Mr. Plugg and Master Scourge were given command of the ship to return it to their base of operations where it would be stripped, as Harrigan believed that this ship wasn't worthy of becoming part of his fleet. Now that the crew had been split it was double the work and half the rest on board the "Man's Promise". A few days after separating from the Wormwood a storm hits and ran the ship ashore off of Bonewrack isle; the natives of which were less than hospitable. The natives of the island managed to infiltrate the ship during the night and kidnap part of the crew. Once awake, the remaining crew quickly realized their shortened numbers, and devised a plan to get their crew back, as they needed them to be able to sail "The Man's Promise". The party headed off to rescue them only to be met by the Broodmother of the Grindalows and her giant mutant son, "the Whale". After a hard fought battle the party rescued their crew mates and returned to the "Man's Promise". Along the way they are convinced that they would make better captains and that a mutiny is in order. Upon arrival back at the Man's Promise they dispatch Mr. Plugg and Master Scourge with ease and win the "Man's Promise" as their own. They did however need a new command structure, and seeing as Flynn had proven himself a capable fighter as well as a cunning negotiator (not to mention the one who set off all this talk of mutiny in the first place) the remaining crew elected Flynn Bandabrass Captain of the newly (and unofficially) christened "Owlbear". The "Man's Promise" was renamed in honour of Flynn's masterful defeat of the aforementioned brute. Kaimana was then appointed First Mate for her innate abilities to navigate waterways. Merrak was appointed Bosun, in charge of the maintenance of the ship (due to his engineering knowledge) and the discipline of the crew (because he was big and scary). Caerwyn the Paladin was designated Chaplain, for obvious reasons. Finally, Leogold the Baker was made the baker of the ship. The crew then set off into the sunset to pursue their own quests and find their own paths in life, free of service from the nasty Captain Harrigan, but wary of his inevitable revenge. 

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