After a tortuous twelve-hour wait, the Hammerhead finally drops anchor in New Colonia’s Channel district, mooring up against the various drydocks. Happy to disembark, the crew heads to the nearest tavern and rumor-mill – the Lock and Quay – to recuperate a little from the voyage and to plan their next moves in the unofficial capital of the Colonial Empire.
Enter Faveen Lone-Choir. The crowfolk carnie knows he’s running from something – the circus, probably – but can’t quite remember why. Stumbling into the tavern, Faveen immediately implores the heroes – particularly Korbin – for aid. So repulsed by the noisy troubadour, Korbin storms off about his errands, dragging Faveen and Weed along with. Cecily heads towards the island’s interior, seeking her father, while Hakari stays in the Channel district, on the hunt for another boatswain to compare notes.
Receiving a small reward for the cargo retrieved from the Adventure, Korbin, Weed and Faveen eventually retired to the Hammerhead, where they eventually learn that Faveen’s actually stolen a magical pearl, one that’s suspiciously familiar, from the ringleader of his circus. In the Interior, Cecily meets her father, overjoyed that she’s alive, and eager to be sprung from his indenture to the Beldonte family. Back on the dockside, meanwhile, Hakari makes the acquaintance of Tuelo, a local privateering boatswain, and scares away yet more crowfolk circus performers – the Flying Fandra Brothers, looking for Faveen and his stolen pearl.
Back at the Hammerhead, that confrontation comes to a head as all the party members reconvene to discover a drunken Captain Inio in an altercation with the thugrobats. It’s not long before a battle ensues, all the heroes leaping to their Captain’s defense. During the melee, Cecily engages three acrobats at once, trading incredible feats of acrobatics and martial prowess. Faveen confuses and enchants his former friends with bardic magic, keeping his distance. Korbin summons spectral spirits to protect and ravage the acrobats. Hakari rides the magical crane back onto the ship, shortly before a wild magic surge causes Weed to explode the whole thing in green fire.
In short order, the circus folk are defeated – but not before the local constabulary is summoned. Thanks to a quick lie from Faveen, the guard is momentarily pacified and the crew reconvenes aboard the ship, attempting to decide how best to squirm from this latest trouble.