Weeks 6 – 25
Dan Bon Jovi quickly climbed the beached sky ship and helped Clutch man their only cannon (thankfully, it was facing inland). They got a few rounds off before Clutch decided he’d rather get in the fight up close; it was, after all, his nature. Dan Bon Jovi stayed and manned the cannon.
Clutch made quick work of the majority of the inhabitants, often felling two or three at a time. His fight concluded with a long duel with the apparent leader; while Dan Bon Jovi provided cover fire with the cannon, taking care of a few men and destroying the structure on the island.
After the battle, they realized they were pretty much stranded. Their ship was functional, but they had no means to get it off the island. To make matters worse, Dan Bon Jovi began to succumb to glowmadness. They searched the small island, got Dan Bon Jovi shut inside the dark of their ship’s hold, and Clutch began trying to build a makeshift sail to attach to the ship’s island hopper.
Almost a week went by, when they heard cannon fire out in the void. Clutch quickly realized that the culprit ship was the Spirit of the Zephyr! Vyse, along with Drachma had found them, and they were saved!
Vyse and Drachma disembark to help prepare Little Baystar to be towed, as well as to check out the small island for themselves. Drachma points out that the rubble from the structure could sell as salvage. They load up both ships with what they could carry and set off with the Zephyr leading the way and the Baystar limping behind.
They reach gateway a week later. Dan Bon Jovi collects his bounties and heads indoors to recuperate from the Glow. Vyse feels the need to learn to build ships and asks around the shipyard. He meets a dwarf named O’Malley who agrees to teach him in return for free labor. Clutch works at the shipyard for five weeks.
Vyse is kept busy travelling the city buying and selling goods. He spends three weeks selling the salvage from the island, finding and purchasing three cannons, and finding a rare item for himself. He then relaxes for the remaining two weeks while Clutch finishes his training.
Once Clutch finished learning the basics of his new craft, he heads out drinking while Vyse looks for work at the Courier’s guild. They gave him a message to take to Roseport in Heartland. As fate happens, Clutch is approached by two elves, Jeche and Jarl, while he drinks in their establishment, the Windblown Flotsam. They comment on his gruff look, and offer him a smuggling job to take some weapons and armor to another elf, Gareth, in Roseport.
Seeing this lucky break as a lucrative opportunity, they took both jobs (after outfitting Little Baystar’s cargo space to be hidden) and shipped out.
They had an uneventful four-week journey to Heartland. This put Vyse right on schedule for his delivery, which he made immediately; with Clutch being a Wildling, they wanted to spend as little time in Heartland as possible. Vyse contacted Gareth about the shipment form Gateway, and to offer to sell him their spare cannons. He agreed, giving them a bank note, and later came to the ship to pick up the goods and make them a additional offer. He offered the crew a chance to “double their earnings” by smuggling a group of wildlings out of Heartland to Canopy. They jumped at the opportunity, paid a visit to the Navigator Hall, stocked up on supplies and shipped out once again.
It was a six week journey to Canopy, and they again didn’t pass another soul on the way. Upon arriving at Timber, the local Port, Vyse and Clutch set out to find the foreman. Easy enough, as he was actually named Foreman. Foreman looked over the papers from Gareth, and nodded to his men who loaded a crate onto the ship. The crew was surprised to see it full of cogs – about $7,000!
They stayed a week in Timber relaxing and trying to find goods to ship to gateway. All they found was some scrap metal, but Clutch realized that it wasn’t worth purchasing here where metal is scarce. They stocked up again and began their long eleven-week journey back to Gateway.
One week out, they passed a Frigate in the distance. It was a tense few hours, wondering if they were pirates or not, but the frigate eventually changed course to avoid the Zephyr and Baystar. One week later, they spied a small fleet of ships far in the distance. The crew knew they were spotted – probably by pirates – when the three ships changed course to intercept them!