14th of Desnus, 4713
As the sun rises the ships have closed ranks but it will be several more hours before engaging in combat. All the crew works as one, including the PCs to position the ship and close the gap. The other ship is a large Rahadoumi merchant vessel so the Wormwood easily closes the distance and can outmaneuver the ship. The officers are running about and crying out orders as the Captain keeps an eye on the prize. When the ships finally draw close enough that battle is less than an hour away, the Captain summons Kroop and Surah on deck and orders them to slaughter a half dozen pigs and toss them overboard in order to attract sharks.
As the pirates draw into range, the Rahadoumi sailors begin to fire crossbows in hopes of hitting pirates by chance. The PCs are called to the poopdeck by Rianis Krine and given assignments for boarding the ship. Sudden;y a pair of crossbow ballistae are launched in hpes of damaging the sails and slowing the pirates down; itis unsuccessful. Krine changes the orders and tells the PCs:
“The ship’s wheel is on the aft deck just below the sterncastle. Grapple over, kill the guards on the sterncastle and silence those ballistae. Take control of the wheel and guard the boats. Kill anyone who tries to get away on the boats. Don’t move from the wheel until the fighting is done, or you’ answer to me, then I will hand you over to the Captain. Oh yeah, it’s going to get foggy, so stick to what I told you.”
As if on cue, a thick bank of fog suddenly enfolds over the merchant ship and the Captain manuveurs the ship to come alongside the Rahadoumi vessel. Shanun and Surah cast the following spells on party members: Shanun – disguise self (on self to appear as heavily armored half-ogre), shield of faith (on self), resistance (on Mykale); Surah – resistance (on Dalteri), mage armor (on self),
As the pirates pull next to the merchant ship there is a bump as the ships bang against each other. All of the PCs stand and successfully grapple the merchant ship and planks are dropped to begin the assault. Surah charms one of the sailors on the aft deck and then crawls across while Mykale leaps across from ship to ship and takes up the defense while the others come over. Shanun casts cause fear and the other aft deck sailor abandons his post to hide on the stern while she comes across on the rope. As the stern sailors charge to the attack, one trips and falls down the stairs between decks and is knocked unconscious. A lucky shot from a crossbow catches Mykale in the gut (crit – 2 Con dam) In the next round, 2 Rahadoumi sailors are killed. As the fighting continues, the fog breaks and Dalteri sees a sailor sneaking up behind the Captain as he and two officers move toward the cabins below the deck. He throws his spear over the Captains shoulder and hits the sailor. The Captain spins and kills him, making note of who saved him. Two rounds later the entire ship shakes as an explosion takes place below deck.
The distraction is enough for the party to eliminate the last of the sterncastle guards. Surah commands her charmed pirate to follow her and guard the lifeboats and keep anyone from leaving. Dalteri takes the wheel while Mykale and Shanon guard the port side boats. As Surah and her pirate get on the main deck three sailors are trying to untie the lifeboats. Under the panic of trying to flee, they are unable to get the boat released before Surah casts a sleep spell which effects two of them. The charmed pirate hits his fellow Rahadoumi mate and severly wounds him. The pirate realizes he can not get away so dives over the side of the ship where he is soon torn apart by the sharks attracted by the dumped pigs and other dead bodies. While the Surah and tells the charmed pirate secure the sleeping pirates as prisoners, she sees Harrigan come out of the officers cabins with what looks like a human heart in his hand. The battle begins to subside as fewer and fewer Rahadoumi sailors are putting up a fight.
In a last ditch effort to get away an officer and two sailors try to escape in the starboard boats. The officer commands the pirates to attack the PCs while she releases the boat. She uses a magic pike to try and repel the PCs from the boats but misses Mykale who successfully attacks and hits her. Surah also slips past and casts touch of fatigue and hits her (crit for double duration). Dalteri steps in to attack a pirate but misses while Shanun casts magic stone (makes 3) and hits a pirate from the aft deck. In the next round Mykale hits the officer again who is now exhausted. One of the pirates swings at Dalteri but misses. Shanun continues to pepper the pirates with stones. Surah goes after the officer and hits while her charmed pirate keeps the other pirates away from her. Dalteri critically hits the other pirate who collapses and slowly bleeds to death. With the officer completely exhausted by the fatigue, she is quickly subdued and surrenders. The PCs hit the other pirate a few times and he jumps overboard rather than surrenders, where he is eaten by sharks.
There are a few minutes before the ship is finally secured and the dead are checked for any valuables or gear worth keeping. Eventually, the ship is secured and there is much rejoicing amongst the crew. All remaining crewmen from the Man’s Promise are taken prisoner and all spells wear off. The celebration lasts throughout the night and into the next day. During the celebration, the party is able conduct several actions:
Mykale: scouts out the layout of the new ship and discovers a bit of plunder; an iron box with 6 candles. The rest of the night is spent gambling and celebrating with the crew.
Dalteri: celebrates for a bit and then slips off to have sex with Tilly Brackett.
Shanun: celebrates for a bit and then slips off to have sex with Jack Scrimshaw.
Surah: celebrates with the crew and then sneaks off to investigate the new ship a bit, finds some plunder; a wand.