In the company of Latif, our swashbuckling heroes learned a great deal – how he was exiled from the Elemental Plane of Air, how he’d scooped this ship from the sea to make as his private palace, how Captain Ilisa tricked him into storing this strange trinket – a fragment of carved bone – and how lonely he was, in his exile. While Nasira and Weed sampled his strange wine and cuisine, Korbin and Hakari investigated below decks, discovering the skeletons of Latif’s former visitors, all of whom seemingly died of pleasure.
Rather than meet such a fate, however, our swashbuckling heroes managed to convince the genie that he ought to take up the pirating life. Rather than join their crew, however, he elected to become his own captain, commandeering another ship and hiring a crew with the substantial fortune he possessed. Ferrying the pirates back down to Bonesburg, the djinn strode away, musing about names for his new pirate vessel.
With the Dragon Turtle fully provisioned and the bone shard in hand, the pirates prepared to depart on the first leg of this voyage off the map. Bidding farewell to “civilized” waters, the pirate galley tacked away southwest, toward the next island on Ilisa’s map – “Carry A Tune”.
First order of business, once the Turtle was underway, was to elect a new quartermaster to replace Deadrick. The elven cutthroat citing “filth fever” as his reason for stepping down, Nasira saw an opening to plant herself at the officer’s table and hit the campaign trail. With Weed’s help, she swayed enough votes to her side – Korbin’s included – to clinch the election, despite the best efforts of Yasha and Nadia to contest her.
Weathering a brief storm, the Dragon Turtle next stumbled upon a strange sight – a Colonial derelict, drifting across the water, its sails in disarray. Once they’d boarded the vessel, they were even more distressed by what they found. The ship was empty, the ropes were gone and every square inch of wood aboard the ship was vandalized with crude graffiti, depicting a burning tower. Checking the logs, they too were vandalized all over with the repeated phrase – “The tower burns. The tower burns.” Unnerved, the captain ordered all the cargo loaded onto the Turtle and the pirates promptly sunk the vessel, eager to leave the eerie derelict behind them.
On the fifth day out from Leviathan Rest, the Dragon Turtle arrived at the coordinates indicated by Ilisa’s treasure map. Once there, they discovered only open water – no island to speak of.