Wir the 4th of Lharvion 1002YK
It was a rough night for the castaways, and when they wake, they find that one of their number is unable to rise with them. Kreshton does not respond despite Joffa’s best efforts to rouse him. Joffa calls Dadak over to help, but Joffa and Dadak know little of human physiology and are unable to determine why he won’t wake. Fortunately, they think to get the aid of another human, and Jask is quickly able to determine that Krashton has succomb to some sort of sickness. Jask calls upon the blessings of his God Aureon, and is able to bring Kreshton to wakefulness. Seeing that Kreshton still bears many of the wounds from his encounter with the Eurypterid the day before, Jask once again beseeches Aureon for aid before being satisfied with the results.
As the castaways start preparing breakfast, a jittery Aerys asks Dadak what he thinks the crashing that they heard last night in the forest was. Much to her dismay, he declares that it was clearly the sound of giants stomping through the forest, gesturing in the direction from which the sound originated. As all eyes turn toward the forest in that direction, Chydak steps out of the jungle waving a greeting.
After assigning the other castaways jobs to do around camp, Pol, Joffa, Sasha, Dadak and Kreshton, head off to continue their search of the island, and have decided to make an attempt at capturing one of the dimorphodon pterosaurs that Sasha wants.
They start heading back to where Joffa and Sasha had seen them flying off the coast at the tip of the peninsula to see if they might have any luck. This time they follow the southern shore to explore a little more territory and get a look accross the bay. They are unfortunately too busy looking at the view to notice that they have come too close to the nest of one of the dimorphodons. It swoops down upon an unsuspecting Joffa, snapping at him with its large beak. Joffa manages to duck out of the way and sends a blast at the beast grazing it before it flyes away.
Sasha seeing her chance is quick to react. “Don’t hurt it!!” she cries as she chases after and smacks it soundly with the side of her rapier. It snaps at her ineffectively before before moving away. Dadak chases the pterosaur waving his club near it and yelling, apparently trying to scare it off as he has with all of the creatures on SS. The flyer quickly moves out of reach as the others gather together to prepare for it’s next flyby.
The dimorphodon circles as they regroup, then dives at Pol who is not quick enough to avoid its snapping jaws. Pol feels his arm go numb and weak as the beast releases it and continues itflight away from the group. Joffa was ready for this though and springs into action with his morning star, attempting to bring the pterosaur down, but he’s too careful, and in trying not to damage the beast, he times his swing poorly as it flys by. Once again seeing her chance to bring the beast to ground, Sasha, chases after it crying out " Yeah! Ayiyiyiyi!!! " She hits it on its wingtip, It’s a light blow, but it’s enough to send the animal careening out of control into the underbrush nearby.
The group quickly secures the beast with rope and a VERY happy Sasha decides to head back to camp to begin working with her new animal immediately. Dadak goes with her to make certain the animal is cared for properly, and to learn more about it. back at camp Sasha convinces jask to heal the pterosaur, and she sets about working with it to get it to accept food from her. Dadak is amazed not only at Sasha remarkably deft handling of the animal, but also at the how quickly it takes to it’s training. In just one afternoon, she is able to get it to take food from her and has managed to release it from the most restictive of it’s bonds.
The rest of the group, Joffa, Pol, and Kreshton, continue to the end of the peninsula. There they see the pterosaurs flying around the islands out to sea, and identify the location of a dimorphodon nest on teh nearby cliffs. They leave without further disturb them though and return to camp without any trouble.
After Supper, Aerys runs back into camp screaming, “There are ghosts at the beach! There are ghosts in the water!!” Pol attempts to calm her, certain that she is delusional. He and Joffa agree to investigate and head off to the beach with Dadak. Kreshton and Aerys follow, but keep a fearful distance from the beach. At the beach, they see what has scared Aerys.
The waves crashing on the shores are infused with an eerie greenish radiance, almost as if the surf were
possessed by spirits or some other phenomenon. Knowing that the shores of Smuggler’s Shiv are haunted by the spirits of the hundreds of shipwrecked sailors who have drowned before ever reaching shore. Kreshton is certain that Aerys is right, and also beleives the glow to be ghosts haunting the surf. Joffa and Pol are skeptical though, and Pol insists that the others stay to appreciate the beauty and benignness of the display.
Now and then, while watching the strangely glowing surf at night, they can spot a brighter glow churning in the water and often moving just under the surface in directions other than the motion of the surf. Dadak, intently studying the night surf catches a brief glimpse of a ghostly humanoid shape thrashing in the water. He quickly points it out to the others. They do not see his drowning ghost, but Pol does see a floating humanoid shape in another area nearby. In both cases, the humanoid shapes fade away into the waves as they stand and watch.
Pol decides that it’s all just tricks of their imagination, and that there must be some reasonable explanation of the glow rather than the manifestation of dead sailors. Joffa despite having never seen anything like it before, is certain that it’s a natural phenomenon and makes up the word “bioluminescence” to describe it. Kreshton seeing that the others have come to no harm abandons his fears and plays childlike in the surf to overcompensate for his earlier lack of courage.
Back at camp, Chydak shares with the group his story of the crashing heard through the forest. He describes to them in gory detail the twisted and blood-drained body of the rat he found, and how it made a delicious breakfast!
During first watch, a nervous Shiruu pulls Pol aside again. He is having second thoughts about getting more people involved with the treasure hunt. He reluctantly agrees to Pol’s suggestion that everyone is needed to help, as long as he gets a double share of any loot found at the site shown on his map.