The Zephyr and Sea Ghost continued their trade runs, with each bringing in $500 from their latest haul.
We were heading up to Kiera when the weather blew us a bit further west than intended. It wouldn’t have that big of a deal, just a little closer to the Flotsam Sea than I would have preferred. Iranthis was in the process of getting back on track when Roqi yelled down from the crow’s nest that a ship was floundering further in.
Roqi said he could see two people on board, a Doreen and a young girl. I don’t really like leaving people at on the sea, so we headed in to try and help them. It was the Jezebel, but no one had heard of it. I got us in close and Roqi swung across to secure the two ships. Mac rigged up a chair and rope contraption and we got the two on the Roadhouse pretty quickly. After they confirmed that they were the only survivors, we got out of there as the Jezebel went under. It was a bit dicey, but the crew came together nicely and we were free.
The Doreen said his name was Klays, and he was the captain of the ship. He said he was taking the girl to Kiera, but was a little vague on the specifics. The girl didn’t look that good, so Aenila took her into the Captains quarters to check on her. I talked briefly with Klays, but didn’t press the issue. We were going to Kiera anyway, but we needed to figure out what was going on before just giving the girl back to him.
After sail a bit, a fog bank rolled in. Roqi yelled out that a ship was coming in fast. I wondered if he was right in the head when he said it was the Jezebel. But we were still somewhat close to the Flotsam Sea, so anything was possible.
The ship didn’t look like it was in any condition to sail. But it was on us unnaturally fast, and we barely had time to be prepare before we were boarded. It was pretty clear right away that the “crew” of the Jezebel had indeed gone to their watery graves.
As the undead creatures lumbered aboard, I had Featherstone check on the doc and the girl. When he opened the door to the cabin, the girl came running out all wild-eyed. She made a bee-line towards the side of the ship and seemed to want to jump overboard. Featherstone put an end to that as he knocked her out cold.
Low and Mac formed one line, while Miquel and the Cass sisters formed another. Nigel went to help Miguel, but took a nasty spill climbing down from the crow’s nest. The rest of us were taking shots from the upper deck. Well except Roqi, of course. He immediately swung over to the Jezebel and got into the thick of it there.
We were holding our on, though the cannon on the Jezebel was taking a toll. Miguel and one of the sisters was down, but Nigel was there by that point to stop their advance.
At about that time I heard some pretty singing. I’m not much into music, but this was different. It called out to me, and I desperately wanted to join the singers in the water. Nigel and Smith evidently heard it as well, because they did end up jumping overboard. (Nigel would later describe a beautiful woman kissing him, and Mac said they were mermaids.) I would have joined them, but Makak grabbed me and keep up. I was hanging over the rails though. Luckily, the rest of the crew was unaffected and continued to take out the zombies.
As I was hanging, trying to figure out to get get Makak to let go, I heard a voice in my head. It said, “Release our sister or you will all die.” I replied that if they released my will, then I would do that. It was obvious something was wrong with her and she clearly wanted to in the water anyway.
Once I was back in control, I headed to the cabin where Klays was with the girl. I asked Aneila what she had learned of the girl, but she wasn’t sure. Right before she had burst from the room, the girl had attacked Aneila. She did say she didn’t think the girl was Masaquani or human though.
Klays, however, didn’t want to give her up. He had a knife to her throat saying she was his. At that point Aneila threated to cut his balls off. That distracted him long enough for me to hit him with the butt of the blunderbuss. She was still somewhat out of it from when Featherstone had coldcocked her, so Aneila decided to heal her before we gave her back. No point in giving whatever was down there a chance to be mad at us.
As soon as the spell was finished, the girl immediately got up and dove overboard. Klays was still out of it, but I didn’t figure I was getting any real answers from him. So I grabbed him by the collar and threw him overboard as well. The amount of blood in the water and the sounds of the feeding will haunt my dreams will a while.
At that point, Roqi killed the last the Jezebel crew and the ship sank. He grabbed a rope and swung back, and we took an assessment of the situation. The Cass sister would live, but Miguel was beyond help. We would bury him at least, but I wanted to get a little further away from the mermaids before doing so.
On the plus side, we did get 110 pieces of eight from the zombie bodies before we threw them back to the sea.
As we go closer to Kiera, Low said he wanted to get dropped off there. He was a decent sailor, but we had pretty horrible luck since he had come aboard. So when he offered up 50 silver for having gotten him there, I didn’t try to talk him into staying on as regular crew.
We got into Kiera, or at least as close as the ruins would let us. We had been to sea a long time, and I had learned the dangers of that with Captain Abraham. I counted out their wages and told the crew they had a week to recover before we continued on to try and find Tomas in the Gray Isles.
At some point, Jericho snuck off the ship and completely disappeared. It was clear he didn’t want to be found, so we didn’t look that hard. I can only wish him better luck on his next adventure than he had with the Roadhouse.
Except for Roqi, the week was fairly uneventful. I don’t know if it was because he was on his second ghost ship or what, but every time I saw him he was sloshed. It didn’t hurt that people were curious about his scarring, and kept buying him drinks to tell the tales of getting them.
One interesting thing we learned was that a Kieran noble was offering a $10K reward to bring her a mermaid. The rumors were that she had a large collection of exotic animals from around Caribdus and Earth.
Towards the end of the week, I decided it was time to get back to work. The crew still had a couple of days left, but I wanted to be ready to leave when that week was up. I did some checking around and found that Tomas was a fire mage on the Valiant. The ship was last seen in the Channel, which confirmed what we had heard before.
Looking at a map of the Channel, there wasn’t an obvious place to go looking for the Valiant. So I head off to the harbormaster, a tall and gaunt guy named Grambus Gram. I had heard I would need to grease the wheels to the tune of $3-$6K to get info on the Valiant. With the money from the Zephyr and Sea Ghost, I could scrape that together.
Grambus was kind of pompus jerk, but maybe I’m biased because he is Kieran. Anyway, a few coins to some lackeys got me a meeting with him. He hemmed and hawed, and I honestly wasn’t sure the correct procedure to get him the money. In the end, I just said the hell with it and handed him the bag of coins. He felt the weight of it and hemmed and hawed some more, so I gave him a second bag. Like magic, he remembered seeing a report that the Valiant was pulling into Paltos for repairs.
We got everything situated and prepared to head to Paltos.
120 – Brak
115 – Roqi, lots of people buying him drinks
115 – Sean
140 – Nigel
140 – Aneila