30th of Desnus, 4713
The party breaks camp and heads back to Rickety’s outpost by retracing their steps through the coastal jungles around the small port. They reach the small port town a little after noon. Dalteri relays the story of the sea hag for the workers and the crew, but does not reveal the fact that it is Surah’s mother.
Rickety seems in a panic as the repairs are near finish but needs a new name and decorative prow for the ship. After a quick vote among the PCs and an agreement by the officers, the ship name is called Hag’s Eye. Even Surah concurs with this name. The discussion is quickly broken up as a large black cloud of birds suddenly comes up from the surrounding trees. But it is soon made very clear that it is a swarm of wasps with several giant wasps amongst the swarm. Everyone in town dashes for cover and the PCs are hunkered down in The Commons when they see a small halfling female being attacked by a group of giant wasps who are trying to pick her up and carry her off. The party comes to her aid. The struggle is quick as Surah summons a lightning bolt and fries a wasp and most of the swarm. Qichalo grabs and squeezes one until dead and the other two are eliminated by the rest of the party, but Mykale is stung and collapses from the wasps poison after being stung.
As the clerics are moving about to heal the wounded and lend aid as best they can, there is another call to alarm as a Chelish galleon is anchored in the bay and a longboat approaches the dock with a fairly large shore party. The men disembark on the dock with a cry as a muscular Andoran steps forward, “Ahoy Rickety!”
Even as his fellow buccaneers form a defensive line behind the Captain, Dalteri recognizes the situation and his attire and steps forward, “Well met Captain. Captain Dalteri Thaeln, most recently of the Wormwood out of Port Peril. My crew and I welcome you to join in our festivities.”
The man smiles and nods, “Captain Merrill Pegsworthy, and his crew, accept your offer Captain. It is always nice to meet a man of independent spirit and fortitude who can earn his way from under Captain Harrigan.” He then spits on the ground.
Dalteri replies, “Aye, Here’s to Captain Harrigan’s health.” and then he too spits on the ground and both men share a laugh. Captain Pegsworthy assures Thaeln that the parties secret is safe with him and his crew and requests the honor of christening the new ship when she is ready. Dalteri accepts the request and the two Captains shake hands and the crews begin to mingle. Rickety comes forward and almost berates Pegsworthy for not following the signal that the port was occupied and he replies that there was no signal given. Rickety informs the party that this is not a good sign and asks them to investigate the signal house on the tip of the cape.
The party goes up to the signal house. Along the path they are attacked by two wild boars but are able to defeat the creatures. Arriving at the house, they discover the dead body of Lyle Godwin, the usually drunk but dutiful watchman, lying alongside two dead wasps. Surah inspects the body and determines that He was stung by a wasp from the earlier attack and had an allergic reaction to the poison. The group decides to carry the body back to town for burial. The PCs notice that as they carry the body back with them, his parrot follows them, squawking the entire way. When the party returns and informs Rickety of their finding, He understands what happens and allows the PCs to keep anything they found at the tower in exchange for their effort. He also says He will cut an extra 300gp off the price of the squib for fighting off the swarm previously.
Once back in town, Surah withdraws from the group and breaks down as she finally confronts the notion of her mother being a monster. Mykale comes upon her and comforts her as a friend. They do kiss, but it goes no further than that as they are inadvertently interrupted by a group of workers returning home from their shift.
Mykale does ask her what she wishes to do since what they set out for has now been completed. Surah states she wants to stay with their new friends, at least for a while.
During the evenings festivities, Shanun informs the group about a dream she had in which she had a vision of the Hurricane King and Captain Harrigan along with the outline of an unknown island. Based on the description, The local druid and steward, Chandra Bristlewick says it sounds like Tidewater Rock. Rickety and Pegsworthy relays the history of Tidewater Rock and how it relates to Bonefist and Harrigan.