As soon as the Nymph appears through the portal, the pirates work quickly to get their stories straight. Welcoming Corgaine aboard, they engage her in a surprisingly pleasant dialogue, peppered with only the occasional falsehood. They question her about the nature of the simulacrum and she questioned them about they found aboard the Righteous. While they kept the map and pearl from her knowledge, they did give her Captain Ilisa’s horns and coat and, convinced the trail had dead-ended, the two parties agreed to part ways, after a celebratory debauch on the deck of the Nymph.
In need of supplies and repairs, the Hammerhead headed southwest, towards the local pirate port of Gangwu. They hadn’t sailed more than a league, however, before Korbin elected to experiment with his newfound pearl. The whole affair was nearly a disaster – Korbin electrocuted, Cecily ensorcelled, Weed attacked by sharks and Hakari nowhere to be seen. Avoiding another hurricane, they managed to stuff the pearl back into the pocket of holding.
Shortly thereafter, however, the Hammerhead came across a spectacular sight – two vessels, one Colonial and one elven – in pitched battle with one another. While they didn’t recognize the elven ship, the Colonial vessel was clearly the Courageous, the same four-masted corvette that pursued them from New Colonia. Rather than keeping their distance, the Hammerhead charged into the breach, determined to attack their vulnerable foe and possibly win favor with the elves.
At full tilt, the Hammerhead charged towards the Courageous’ stern, ready to ram her. After exchanging a volley of cannonfire, they slammed into one another, the Hammerhead’s ram puncturing straight through the stern windows and allowing all the pirates a clean means to board. In a brief and bloody boarding action, the pirates managed to subdue the first gundeck before the vessel’s captain – a lanky and imposing figure – was summoned to contest them. Following a harrowing duel on the companionway stairs, the mysterious captain retreated back to the topdeck and the pirates prepare to give chase.