Zor the 5th of Lharvion
In the morning, the topic of treasure hunting is brought up to the group. Most of the others agree that if they have the opportunity any treasure found might help them buy their passage off the island. Kreshton comments that he wants any wines that they might find, to which Pol quips. “You’ll have to fight Aerys for that.” Aerys is insenced by this offhand comment.“What in Khyber is that supposed to mean?” Pol is at first defensive reminding her of the brandy bottle she emptied, but seeing that this only angers her further tries to apologize. It’s too late though as Aerys breaks down in tears. “You bastard! Don’t you think I wish I could stop myself? You don’t know what it’s like! I don’t want to drink. I can’t help it.” Crying, she runs away from the group to hide in her tent.
Undaunted by her outburst, the castaways continue their discussion of treasure hunting and Shiruu’s map is brought out. The decide that it may be worth some time to check out the location of the map, and no one objects to Shirru’s demand. Gelik, though, is aghast at the discussion of treasure hunting. “Why in the name of all that’s Hosty are we worrying about treasure hunting?! Are you people crazy? We need to be focused on getting off of this island. not chasing some sailors fantasy.” Shiruu immediately jumps on the band wagon and says that Gelik is right. The stories of ghosts in the surf and bad dreams have clearly gotten the best of him. Pol feels that Shirru’s greed may be the cause of his sudden change of heart and calls off the treasure hunt handing the map back to Shiruu. Shiruu throws the scrap of paper to the ground. “Aren’t you listening?! I don’t care about the treasure anymore! I just want to get away from here.” After a few moments of arguing, Shiruu walks away in frustration and anger. Gelik follows suit and shaking his head in disgust plants hmself un the shade of a nearby tree.
Realizing that things are getting out of hand, the discussion is dropped for the day, and the castaways decide to explor down the northern shore to the east. Before they go Joffa takes some time to talk with each of the other castaways except Gelik, to calm them and ask them to help around the camp. Jask and Sasha agree to gather food for the group, Sasha seeing it as a great oppotunity to work with her new companion. While Shiruu and Aerys are glad to stay back and guard the camp. With Gelik, Joffa is deliberatly antagonistic, telling him should make himself useful, rather than just a meat stick waiting around to be eaten. Joffa bares his fangs to make sure he gets his point across. Gelik is unimpressed, and makes a rude gesture at Joffa, calling him a “little pussy.” Kreshton tries to be a bit more diplomatic and reconnect with Gelik, impressing upon him the need for Gelik’s help to survive on the island, but only manages to get a string of Cat related curses out of him.
Joffa, Pol, Dadak, and Kreshton head out along the northern coast. As they examine one of the small islets off shore, Joffa notices what appears to be a mast sticking up at an odd angle behind some rocks on the islet. Deciding that it’s worth investigating, they build a raft under the expert supervision of Dadak, with Kreshton showing off his knot tying skill and binding the raft tightly together. Once they float the raft on the water though , Dadak declares that he doesn’t beleive that it will hold all for of them, so Pol swims along behind the raft holding to it for support. With the heat of the day and the long trip accross water, Pol finds himself struggling as his body gives in to exhaustion. The others pull him on board the raft, and Dadak jumps in the water to complete the journey.
On the islet, they find a ship, the Tears of Grog, high on a small beach and smashed against a rock outcropping. Investigating the ship Joffa takes an unfortunate fall as some of the deck gives way under his weight. Luckily though, there are no large crustaceans lurking below to eat the dazed adventurer. After some time spent searching the wreck, nothing of great value is found, except a small copper necklace and a heavily water damaged book containing the notes of a naturalist on the " Oddities Amongst the Animal and Plant Life of Xen’Drik ".
Despite a heavy rainfall plaguing them the whole way, the explorers make it back to camp not long after dark. They eat a quick meal and set watch for the night.
During Pol’s watch, Jask confides in Pol and tells him a bit more about his past.
I was once employed by the Breland Colonial Government. In the course of my work, I uncovered evidence of corruption involving illicit deals with House Tarkanan. I confronted my superior, Dalton Cade, only to be betrayed and framed for his crimes. Faced with imprisonment, I fled all the way to Regalport, where I have lived a modest life as a scribe for the past 5 years.
I’d thought that they had forgotten me by now, but then a Brelish agent caught up with me and put me in irons. The agent handed me over to the Captain Kovack with instructions to return me to Stormreach for trial. I had pretty much given up hope, but I believe now that Aureon is watching over me, and wants to give me a chance to put right this injustice.
You see, one of the incriminating papers I found back then indicated that one of Dalton’s contacts in House Tarkanan was a man named Avret Kinkarian. Kinkarian’s ship, the Brine Demon, is reputed to have wrecked here on Smuggler’s Shiv about 4 years ago. I knows it’s a long shot, but if you happen to come across that ship in your explorations, maybe there’s something, evidence somewhere aboard that can prove my innocence.