Confounded by the absence of an island, the crew’s dilemma was quickly resolved by the entrance of Faveen Lone-Choir. Stumbling erratically onto the deck in a great cacophony of noise, the crowfolk minstrel performed a tune for his “best friend” Korbin, only to have the ravenfolk first mate vanish and the island they were seeking to appear. After some investigation, involving Weed’s reconnoitering, Nasira’s gravely voice and the crew’s singing a shanty, our swashbuckling heroes discovered the nature of this strange island.
When someone starts to sing, it causes a 100-foot radius circle of the island to appear. Anything beyond that radius is returned to ordinary ocean, including the island’s flora and fauna. Should the song falter, the island’s reality starts to peel away, threatening to deposit any non-natives into the ocean below.
Assembling a landing party, the pirates prepared to explore the island, accompanied by Faveen Lone-Choir, ecstatic at the prospect of accompanying the crew and performing his music for them. Also accompanying them was “Bob”, an unfamiliar dwarven recruit with some very familiar habits. Together, this strange landing party followed a series of Ignan knots, burned into trees, stumps and boulders, leading them further and further up the island.
Crossing through beach, jungle, hills and eventually rocky gorges, Faveen Lone-Choir was weathering the arduous journey well, occasionally bolstered by singing by Weed or Nasira. Hakari, meanwhile, was consumed with suspicion about “Bob”, convinced he was some unknown spy. Before this suspicion could come to a head, however, our swashbuckling heroes were accosted by harpies, mesmerizing Faveen and Nasira and sweeping down to snatch the rest.
As the harpies sang their enthralling tune, Faveen and Nasira marched forward, heading towards the loathsome creatures by whatever means possible. Furthermore, the harpy’s song threatened to throw Faveen off his own song, the island occasionally quivering and nearly blinking out of existence. Early in the battle, Hakari cut a rope bridge to prevent this and was eventually accosted by harpies, carried off the ground. “Bob”, meanwhile, displayed an incredible ability to cast clerical spells, including enlarge, which made him very difficult to carry off by the harpies. Nasira spent much of the engagement bewitched, emerging only to toss a critical javelin. Weed, also snatched by flapping harpies, fried several with lightning and transformed into a bubblefly in an attempt to rescue Hakari.
Once the harpies were defeated and Korbin’s disguise revealed, the landing party continued inland, climbing the towering waterfall the markings led them towards. As Faveen lagged with exhaustion, they eventually discovered a cave, shaped to be an echo chamber. Discovering musical carvings, massive wooden drums and an impenetrably sealed chest, they quickly began playing the music indicated on the carvings – the very song the harpies sang far below. With all but Hakari joining in, the half-orc bosun reluctantly kept time on his bag of ball-bearings, providing just enough accompaniment to pop open the chest. Inside, they discovered the next bone trinket, a small cache of gold and eventually, a secret stairway to the waterfall’s top.
Looking out across the incredible vista from the island’s summit, they were overawed by the bizarre spectacle of their strange bubble of reality, hovering hundreds of feet above the ocean. Sweeping a glance around the surround with her borrowed spyglass, Nasira spotted the silhouette of a tower, however fleetingly, against the setting sun in the west.
Traveling down the mountain proved to be more arduous and taxing than climbing up, considering Faveen’s condition. Bolstered by Korbin’s magic and accompaniment by Weed and Nasira, the crowfolk carnie had been playing non-stop for close on eight straight hours and was about ready to collapse. The moment they’d returned to the dinghy on the beach, he quite literally did, overcome with weariness and joy at how useful he’d proved to his friends.