Drug dealer corpses littered the sandy beach in the cover. As the party heaped Bonegnaw’s corpse atop the pile, Bethany Razor herself debarked to meet them. The fiery-haired elven woman seemed to gleam in the torch light and was one with the smoke from the cannon fire. Behind her was her first mate, Korg, an imposing minotaur with a large pick axe. Bethany winked at Keahilani and explained that she had been watching the cove for a few days when she saw The Sea Wyvern enter. She knew that was her opportunity, either to take down a major shipment of dragonsmoke or to assist newfound allies.
She took the remaining treasure from a cache in the cove wall, took an inventory of the destroyed dragonsmoke and told the party she’d meet them back in Port Shaw, where she’d put in a good workd to Gregory Bonedeuce. Ono and Ozzy were determined to drag the decrepit old barge back with them, which slowed them down considerably. Eventually, they docked in Port Shaw with the new barge and made their way to Fort Stormshield and Bonedeuce. Bethany was there, flirting with the commander and drinking from a goblet. It was clear that Bonedeuce lusted after Razor, but the elven privateer simply winked at him and bid farewell, telling the party she’d “see them around sometime” and to “mind their manners.” She also, on a more serious note, asked them to look out for any sign of her deceased husband, Jacob and the whereabouts of his demise. Keahilani caught a flicker of recognition on Bonedeuce’s face. After she left, Bonedeuce seemed pleased with the destruction of the dragonsmoke trade and rewarded the party well.
Next, they located Milliaukau and Koho Ali’i in the Tulita encampment outside of the Outskirts. The wizened shaman was thrilled with the destruction of the dragonsmoke trade and rewarded them with shamanic tattoos that granted mystical power. Next, Bertram finalized the details of his ambergris contracts and arranged for a tidy sum of 2000 gold pieces through smart shipping contracts, with the majority of the profits returning to himself and Aleister.
Miss Vanderboren sent a runner the next day to locate the party and inform them they would leave in five days. Visiting Lavinia, they found the mansion in a good state of repair. Many folk hurried to and fro preparing for the upcoming journey. The Jade Ravens (Liamae, Tolin, Zan and Kaskus) were also there with Tolin, the ranger leader, taking a dim view of Keahilani and the confidence Lavinia shared with him and the others. The priest of Pele took the opportunity to shame Tolin and, as a consequence, most of the Jade Ravens ignored the party. Kaskus the dwarf, remembering the party saving his life, was the sole exception.
Lavinia took the time to explain that the party would need to accommodate a few important guests, including a priest that was committed to a delivery in a remote cargo pit, a local merchant’s son named Avner who helped fund the expedition and a gnome who sought to explore ruins on a small island. She also introduced them to the elven ambassador, Senegar Deepwarder and his niece, Jacinth. Senegar was a bit warmer than their last encounter, though his niece was the epitome of elven arrogance. Senegar explained that his niece had funded an expedition near Dolentla Island to explore Sammerlock Sails, the site of the old elf conquest of the Tulita islands. Jacinth’s mission went badly when a whale capsized their ship. Terrible humanoids quickly swamped her companions. Jacinth explained that, while she fought valiantly, she was knocked unconscious. They must have believed her dead because she woke later in the dark. She made her way to the beach, found an old crate and floated to the shipping lane where she was picked up. Senegar promised a significant reward of 1000 gp each if they would discreetly return to the island with Jacinth, locate the missing crew (many of them sons and daughters of wealth Port Shaw residents) and return to him.
With only a few days to prepare, they followed Lavinia’s instructions and made way for cargo, foodstuffs and tools to be loaded on the Sea Wyvern. Lavinia wanted to make sure that the colony her parents founded, Farshore, could sustain itself for another year if needed. After all, she explained, it was The Isle of Terror and who knew what dangers the colonists faced on a daily basis? The party not only bought much-needed equipment, but replaced fallen crew. Ono and Bertram bought two nice cannon to complement their arsenal. Officially crewing the ship were Keahilani as captain and surgeon, Bertram (assisting Montgomery Donovan) as Navigator, Ozzy as the chaplain, Shea as the engineer, Aleister as First Mate and Ono backing everyone up as the Gunnery sergeant. They left their new friend, Sir Maug, to guard Lavinia’s estate while they were away.
The party met the crew: Amelia Venkalie who promised to back them up as a second mate, Father Feres – priest of Belon the Wise
, Skald -an odd half-elf who muttered to himself and generally avoided eye contact, Urol Forol – gnome explorer- and Lirith Veldirose -a flirtatious tomboy. Another crew member, the merchant’s sone, Avner Mervanchi, bulled his way through the dockside crowd with a feisty stallion. The man insisted on private quarters and a place for his horse, creating a scene at the docks. Bertram eventually offered his own quarters and a place in the hold for the warhorse. When the hot-headed Avner boarded the ship, Bertram asked Jenkie Barnes, their cabin boy, to send him a bottle of fine wine. Jenkie complied and noted that “captain” Montgomery was doing well. As the party looked on, they saw Montgomery wobble on deck, sing to himself and slur a few ditties to himself before collapsing.
Both The Sea Wyvern and The Blue Nixie departed a few hours later. The weather was perfect and the wind in their favor. That night, Lavinia asked them to dine on her ship. A fine meal of pheasant, peacock, fresh vegetables and fine wine was had. After a few well-placed jabs at the Jade Ravens, the party clambered back over the net that served as a bridge between the two ships. The net snapped and Bertram went swimming. At the same time a ceramic jar shattered, falling from the crow’s nest, and three water mephits attacked, seemingly loosed from the jar. The elementals were quickly dispatched and Bertram retrieved from the water. Ozzy inspected the net and noted that it was cut. Sabotage?
The next day was their first stop. Father Feres went inside the small fort at the cargo pit to make his delivery and returned. After leaving, it was obvious that the priest wasn’t doing well. He seemed sick and complained of stomach issues. Keahilani inspected him and, alarmingly, found that something moved underneath his skin! A parasite of some kind infected him. Working quickly, Ozzy and Keahilani used a combination of Remove Curse and Cure Disease. Feres thanked them profusely and claimed he had no idea what had happened to cause such a sickness.
The next two days introduced a series of “accidents” and attempted murder. In addition to cut ropes, Ono thought he had a dalliance with Lirith, but it seemed the flirtatious warrior charmed him into diving overboard where Ono was quickly set upon by sharks. His friends killed the creature and helped him onboard. When confronted, Lirith claimed she had no idea what he was talking about and slapped him. A few meals found their wine to be tainted or poisoned. The cook seemed innocent. Finally, the rest of the party followed Ono as he was again lured by Lirith to the hold. Their, they found Ono removing his armor while Lirith danced suggestiely in front of him. They broke the power of the charm and revealed Lirith to be none other than a disguised Rowyn Kellani, fallen leader of the Lotus Dragons! Rowyn was filthy, smelly and wall rage. She yelled, “You’ve ruined everything! Kill them, Gut Tugger!” The insidious little dragon emerged from the shadows. Though she used poison and magic and Gut Tugger seemed skilled at his namesake, they were both quickly subuded. Gut Tugger’s corpse was tossed overboard, Rowyn locked in the hold and her person looted.
There was barely time to send word to Lavinia of the stowaway and her identity before a lookout in the crow’s nest yelled, “Ahoy! A white whale off starboard!” Indeed, a whale seemed to be on a collision course with the party. Jacinth seemed to go pale and ran into the nearest cabin.