Korbin was the first to awaken from the murderous fugue. To his horror, he discovered he and his companions in the midst of a rocky gully, surrounded by qullans, devouring a dead unicorn raw. Attempting to sneak away from the qullans, he was contacted by Woodward, hovering invisibly above the scene. Working together, they managed to scare away the majority of the qullans and dispel the rest, while his now-crazed companions did their best to murder and mutilate him.
Discovering the bone trinket – and a swan token – amid the horde of knickknacks, the pirates beat a hasty retreat before the terrified qullans could return. Fleeing through the jungle, they reunited with Woodward, who explained they’d been gone for two days, and eventually emerged back onto the beach, in sight of their beloved galley, the Dragon Turtle.
Once underway, the task fell to acting Captain Korbin to chart a northeasterly course toward the next island, its clue yet to be translated. After an initial stumble, the ravenfolk cleric managed to get his instruments in order and set the voyage in motion. Along the way, Weed was distressed by the sight of the Hollow Star, leading them westward and the wrong way. After exhaustively cleaning her armor, Nasira was invited to dine with Yasha and the Chimerans and her temperature was taken on a number of mutinous matters. Hakari spent much of his time with Yu, attempting to touch base with his somewhat distant girlfriend.
After a morale boosting carouse on a disturbing little island, the crew was surprised when Captain Inio, accompanied by Gnish, Vabette and Qango, inexplicably returned. The Captain, the pirates observed, was profoundly changed. He spoke of the layers of hell, of how he was tortured for his crimes, how he would return there someday. This effect spread to those crew who returned, the orcs even electing to euthanize the catatonic Qango. Keeping the Captain on a short leash, the officers elected to keep Korbin – with Hakari by his side – as acting captain, lest the crew lose faith in Inio.
During the last leg of their voyage northeast, that arrangement would be sorely tested. A supernatural windstorm fell upon the Dragon Turtle. The galley was tossed this way and that by fierce wind and waves, buffeted by waterspouts that sprung from nowhere and even assailed by the spectral figure of a zephyr, an extraplanar avian with a mischievous attitude. All through the storm, our swashbuckling heroes did their best to keep the ship afloat. Nasira took the wheel and attempted to steer through the worst of the storm, Korbin threatened and browbeat the crew, Weed leapt into the sea to save a doomed crewman and Hakari set his orcs about to captured loose cannons. Inio, however, was more help than hindrance, refusing to bring the sheets down, steering the galley towards the waterspouts and, even when confined to his cabin, shooting wildly in the air in an attempt to kill the zephyr.
In the end, it was a spell from Korbin that frightened the creature but not before it snapped the Turtle’s foremast in two.