Sul the 1st of Lharvion 1002YK – Early Morning
After defeating the local crustaceans, the castaways begin to assess their surroundings. They find that they have been stranded on an island that Kreshton believes to be the infamous Smuggler’s Shiv with all of the other passengers from the Jenivere except for Ieana, the Cyran scholar. None of the crew is present, but all of their belongings have been hastily stacked on the beach nearby. It’s obvious to some of them that the captain has betrayed them and deliberately put them ashore on a notoriously dangerous island while they slept . . . with all of their stuff.
The captain has paid dearly for this betrayal, though, as the castaways soon notice the wreckage of the Jenivere smashed upon some cliffs nearby. After a quick meal of Eurypterid and fruit, they head off to investigate.
Nearby, Chydak, a jungle goblin, spies on the castaways from the rocks. Having been stranded on the islands recently as well, he hopes that they might be useful in finding a way off the island. Fatigued and ill from his own trials of the past week, he managed to sleep through whatever events brought these strangers to the Shiv. He continues to watch as they head out to the wreck of a ship, one that was not there the day before.
Joffa, Pol, Dadak and Kresthon traverse the rocky outcropping upon which the Jenivere has been stranded. Slipping only once, much to the amusement of Chydak, the party makes it to the ship unharmed. Once on board, the distrustful group quickly go their separate ways.
Joffa heads to the stern of the ship, then the rigging to look for survivors and supplies.
Dadak raids the Captain’s quarters, hoping to find maps and loot.
Pol goes to the partially flooded cargo deck in search of food and drink.
Kreshton stops at the passenger deck in hopes of finding clues to the cause of their predicament.
Kreshton immediately comes upon another Eurypterid, one much larger than the ones fought earlier. Having been denied the opportunity for action in the earlier conflict, and seeing how easily the others were dispatched, Kreshton decides to face the beast alone.
After a few mishaps and then exchanging light hits with the beast, Kreshton finally strikes a solid blow, but leaves himself exposed to a viscious strike from the Eurypterid’s tail. Feeling an excruciating pain and the throbbing of the stinger injecting poison into him, Kreshton finally concedes that he may be overmatched and makes a hasty retreat to the top deck. The others in the party drawn by the sound of conflict, quickly move in to confront the Eurypterid. Unable to follow its previous prey, the now trapped Euypterid lashes out at Dadak, and though missing, manages to keep Dadak from finding his footing for a few seconds. Pol takes advantage of the brief distraction to cleave mightily through the beast with a blade of pure energy to end the fight.
Meanwhile, above deck, Chydak has finally revealed himself and decides to come to Kreshton’s aid. In spite of its foul smell, the concoction that Chydak uses revives Kreshton and allows him the dignity of consciousness, despite the waves of weakness spreading from his wounded shoulder.
After a few minutes to collect themselves, the party continues to search the ship. They find a trail of blood leading to Alton Dever’s body, with his sword in hand, in a storage room. The party comes to the conclusion that Alton died fighting the Eurypterid that had been banging at the door to the storage room. Below, in the Cargo, they find the remains of Rambar, the ship’s cook. Dadak recognizes his wounds as being similar to those a very large snake might inflict.
The party sets about gathering food and supplies from the ship and also gather the remaining contents of the captain’s cabin. Facing a nearly high tide while returning, much of the party falls into the water on their last trip to dry land. While no party member is hurt badly, some of their precious new found supplies are lost. The party returns to the beach with the supplies and Chydak in tow.