Fighting their way across the Courageous, our swashbuckling heroes split into two groups – some heading abovedecks to pursue the fleeing captain, others belowdecks to deal with the large numbers of crew remaining down there. After many shenanigans involving bull rushes, musket fire, hypnotic patterns and ball bearings, Hakari and the mysterious captain eventually come to terms, agreeing to a ceasefire in order to discuss the truce.
Several minutes later, the two parties reconvene on a tea table constructed on the corvette’s topdeck and make the official acquaintance of their adversary, Lord Philip Reis. A cold and calculating individual, the captain informs them he’s been pursuing them from New Colonia, following a warrant on Captain Quincy, and is willing to let them go their separate ways. Taking the Gaolong and its crew as a prize, the Hammerhead and her crew readily agree to this plan and, extricating their vessel from the Courageous, they depart, with Bō as prize captain of the Gaolong.
Heading southwest, the two pirate ships make for Gangwu, an elven pirate port under the control of Fei, Commodore of the Red Lantern Armada. Attempting to pass through the enchanted mist that encircles the port, the Hammerhead is much more successful than the Gaolong, the latter sustaining extensive damage under Bō’s leadership. Once docked, the crew splits up, each heading off in different directions in the mist-shrouded port.
Korbin stays aboard and crafts a new legion of clay-men. Bō heads to Commodore Fei’s headquarters where she has a nasty run-in with the visiting Captain Cutlass and, with the aid of her captain and her companions, sells the Adventure’s cargo to the Stepsister. Hakari visits an opium dealer and a local pirate captain both, fixing a tea to help soothe Yu’s pain and attempting to muscle his way into the opium trade. Weed, meanwhile, wanders the island and is eventually lead, by a mysterious ethereal voice, to a pass lit by a purple lantern and entice to leap into the water.