Seventeen Seas

Episode 40 - Early in the Morning
Up She Rises

Game Date: Widderways 17 – 28, Year 75
Starting Point: Shao Han Sea
Player Characters Present: Bō (Cecily), Hakari, Korbin “Pennyfeather” Quill, Weed

Dark shapes swim toward the surface and the shadow of the dragon turtle. Spreading out to scatter the other predators, one of them – a sea lion – snaps at the tentacle of a lurking giant octopus.

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Scavenging the carcass of the dead dragon turtle, our swashbuckling heroes made quick work of the interloping sea lion predators that came to harass them. With divine magic, eight tentacles and martial arts, they dispatched or discouraged the beasts in short order and went back to looting the enormous creature’s body for all its valuables. In the head, the dragon turtle was stripped to the bone, with seventy tons of meat, organs and shell to be scavenged.

Sailing northward, the Yasmaridd departed the Shao Han Sea and crept carefully across the Clemestine Sea. The weather was bleak and unpleasant, dotted by rain and even a small thunderstorm. The crew was suspicious and ever-vigilant, watching the horizon for signs of trouble in this very populated sea. The islands passing on their port and starboard were tempting prizes themselves, full of spoiled noble’s mansions, but discretion made them turn aside.

Along the voyage, Weed showed everyone her sack of treasure and Korbin “appraised” their worth. Bō made the rounds of the crew and even took a lesson from Chuanli, her new master. Hakari and Yu finally hit things off and spent the night together.

While on night watch, Korbin was quick enough to warn the crew before seaweed came crawling up and across the entire galley. The rest of night watch grappled and possessed, the Lady of Weeds revealed herself and beckoned Bō, Weed and Hakari forward. Offering them peace in exchange for the child, the Lady was roundly rejected and battle was joined.

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While Bō and Korbin took the fight straight toward her, Hakari battled the possessed pirates, knocking them out with precise blows. While initially reluctant to attack her stepdaughter, the Lady of Weeds quickly changed her tune once targeted by a lightning bolt.While Korbin started to convert pirates back to their side and Hakari scrambled to arm and aim a catapult, Bō kept slugging at the Lady of Weeds and was (briefly) transformed into an octopus by Weed. In the end, it was the young child herself who banished her evil stepmother, painting her with lightning until all the seaweed receded and she sank into the ocean.

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Episode 39 - Kill the Masters
Slaves Freed, Masters At Odds

Game Date: Clockways 74 – Widderways 17, Year 75
Starting Point: The Whip
Player Characters Present: Bō (Cecily), Hakari, Korbin “Pennyfeather” Quill, Weed

High atop Mount Beacon, a burning blaze is lit, a signal to the other islands on the Whip – there’s trouble on ib-Jaffad.

Aboard the Yasmaridd, the pacification process is completed when Blooboil and his team of slaves and pirates clears the lower decks. On the top deck, Captain Inio and the crew work feverishly to get the galley ready to sail, while the Hammerhead does battle with the fort. After exchanging cannon fire and trebuchet stones, the ill-maintained fort of Jaffad finally crumbles and the pirates can, with their two vessels, make good their escape.

Returning to Sirenspire, the pirates proceeded to sell the Hammerhead for thirty thousand doubloons, to sell those slaves that refused their freedom and to sell what cargo they could find aboard the slave galley. After refitting the Yasmaridd, they departed back northward, headed towards Seabottom and the mysterious, magical Shipbreaker rumored to be based there.

Sailing from Sirenspire with a combined crew of buccaneers and freed slaves, the Yasmaridd cut canvas across the Shao Han Sea, making for the Clemestine and Excelsior Seas beyond. Along the way, the ship contracted greenwood, a magical effect that causes greenery to sprout from all the ship’s wood.

A few days past the Whip, the Yasmaridd crossed paths with a small elven junk, making speed southwest. Raising the black, the slave galley gave chase and was nearly spun about when the unassuming elven vessel summoned a tidal wave to crash down upon them. The vessel, the Qiaomei, was revealed to be a counselor ship, ferrying elven ambassadors from Gong Zao and, among their number, was Chuanli, Cecily’s former mentor. Taking the ships good, they arrived to ferry Chuanli and his monks to the nearest possible port.

When master and student reunited, it was revealed to Bō that Zhitao had not been entirely truthful with her and that she had slain a former pupil of hers during a training exercise. Her former master departing in shame, Bō agreed in private to Chuanli’s offer to join him on Zao and made plans to depart herself, unbeknownst to her companions.

On the cusp of the Clemestine Sea, the Yasmaridd discovered the bloated corpse of a dead dragon turtle, floating on the surface of the sea. Rowing out to investigate and scavenge the dead kill, the pirates made two startling discoveries – firstly, that the dragon turtle was certainly slain by something huge and unnatural and secondly, that a pride of sea lions had arrived to steal the kill from them.

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Episode 38 - Conspiracy to Commandeer
Breaking the Chains

Game Date: Clockways 74, Year 75
Starting Point: ib-Jaffad
Player Characters Present: Bō (Cecily), Hakari, Korbin “Pennyfeather” Quill, Weed

Hatching a plan to incite a slave revolt aboard the Yasmaridd our swashbuckling heroes divided into three groups. One group – Inio, Weed and Korbin – would pretend to be privateers and slave merchants, offering to sell many of the dragonborn crewman as slaves. Meanwhile a second group – Hakari and Bō – would infiltrate the ship’s lower decks and start freeing the slaves they discovered down there. The Hammerhead, meanwhile, would keep its distance, ready to fire on the fort should things go south.

The first phase of the plan went swimmingly. Posing as a privateer captain, Inio and his entourage easily made contact with the ship’s qayid and were taken to a small lounge where they could refresh themselves. Meanwhile, Hakari, Bō and a small number of aquatic pirates swam beneath the galley and crept up along its opposite side. With the help of the slaves, they managed to gain entry and start to process of freeing everyone.

Exchanging stories with the qayid, the diplomatic group managed to make the sale of the slaves and they were brought below. When Bloodboil and his fellow “slaves” were brought below, they were quickly dispatched by Hakari and Bō but not before a whistle could be blown and the alarm raised.

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The ship exploding into chaos, the crew running hither and yon, Hakari and Bō worked to free more slaves, arm them and send them running up to the top deck, battling any marines they found along the way. Meanwhile, the qayid was incapacitated by a joint effort of Inio, Korbin and Weed and together, they strode out onto the deck to dispatch the massive slavemaster that was marshaling the ship’s defense in the captain’s absence.

After a long and pitched battle, involving a thunderwave, a ballista bolt used as a spear and the swarming heads of Mother Monster, the Yasmaridd was quickly pacified – all save the additional fifty men sequestered below. As the pirates were attempting to deal with this problem, the fort and the Hammerhead exchanged hostilities, in the form of trebuchet stones and cannon barrages.

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Episode 37 - Election Day
Democracy In Action

Game Date: Clockways 69 – 74, Year 75
Starting Point: Sirenspire
Player Characters Present: Bō (Cecily), Hakari, Korbin “Pennyfeather” Quill, Weed

While the Hammerhead completes its repairs, the crew completes its business in Sirenspire. Bō and Weed hit the streets, seeking rumors about warships that could potentially be stolen. Korbin seeks out Magistrate, the local scholar, and learns much about extraplanar activities, Far Thanaz and even gets a lead on a starting point for the treasure map. Aboard the caravel, meanwhile, Hakari hears rumbling of the coming quartermaster election.

There’re three promising candidates – Deadrick, Yasha Battle-Beast and a newcomer, Nadia Knuckles. Meeting in secret, the Hammerhead’s officers – and one lowly crewmember – ruled out Yasha as too dangerous to lead but couldn’t consent between Deadrick or Nadia as the new quartermaster. Interviewing both, our swashbuckling heroes were undecided, some swaying the votes towards Deadrick, some away from Yasha and others abstaining from interference at all.

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The election was a messy, uncouth thing. After delivering rabble-rousing speeches, the initial votes were tallied. Minus a few stray votes to fringe candidates, the votes was cleanly split between Deadrick and Nadia. General pandemonium ensued, calmed only by Weed’s sorceries, and a run-off election was conducted. This time, thanks to smear tactics, Deadrick managed to pull ahead, accepting the position of quartermaster amid a rowdy brawl.

Sailing from Sirenspire, the Hammerhead adjusted to its new crew, received a visit from the Night-Navigator’s emissaries and endured another attack from the mysterious seaweed monsters. This time, strands of the vile weed possessed several unsuspecting crew, forcing Hakari and Bō to fend off the attacks without slaying their comrade. In the end, only one crew – Yrnesta the Yellow – was slain, adding a sobering note to the business of Weed’s mysterious parentage.

Arriving at ib-Jaffad in the Whip, our swashbuckling heroes debated the best method to attempt to steal the massive warship they found anchored there.

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Episode 36 - Into the Shao Han Sea
Season Two Begins!

Game Date: Clockways 48 – 69, Year 75
Starting Point: Shao Han Sea
Player Characters Present: Bō (Cecily), Hakari, Korbin “Pennyfeather” Quill, Weed

Escaping the Shriek and its captive leviathan with the daybreak, the Hammerhead sailed eastward, making for Sirenspire and the nearest available pirate port.

Along the way, Bloodboil was spared from execution, Korbin was demoted to a common sailor and Bō and Hakari agreed to assume the duties of quartermaster until another could be elected. Despite the high number of prizes, the pirates elected not to take a ship, owing to their extremely damaged craft. While searching through Corgaine’s letters and papers, the remaining piece of Ilisa’s map was uncovered – save for a tiny hunk in the middle.

One night along the voyage, both Hakari and Bō fell prey to an insidious seaweed monster, attempting to strangle the two pirates with its tendrils. Ignoring every other member of the crew, the hauntingly familiar creature targeted only the first mate and the boatswain. It was Hakari who defeated the creature’s central brain down in the Hammerhead’s bilge but no questions were answered for the time being about who the attacker was or why they failed to target Korbin or Weed.

Arriving at Sirenspire, the Hammerhead narrowly avoided smashing themselves to pieces on the rocks, lured by the haunted singing of the disembodied sirens. Soon as they dropped anchor, the crew split into factions, some going shopping, others going drinking. Their ship repaired, their cargo sold, their carousing complete, they all reconvened in the scheming room to discuss their next venture – commandeering a proper warship.

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Episode 35 - Leviathan
Two Titans Clash

Game Date: Clockways 48, Year 75
Starting Point: Shao Han Sea
Player Characters Present: Bō (Cecily), Hakari, Korbin “Pennyfeather” Quill, Weed

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A compulsion falls across the deck of the Hammerhead, urging its crew to run forward and hurl themselves into the boiling water below. Most resist and those that do not are saved by Korbin and Bō’s quick thinking. Before they can congratulate themselves too much, three massive tentacles rise from the water and commence an attack on the unsuspecting caravel.

It is a bitter struggle. With one sweep of a tentacle, the Leviathan can snatch a dozen sailors in its grasp and several of our swashbuckling heroes are so ensnared. Hakari works quickly to tie down crew, to ensure they’re not carried away. Bō and Weed take the fight immediately to the creature, lashing out with fists and spells. Korbin commands his golems to operate and cannon and commence firing on the tentacles but notices that the third tentacle is most interested in Emilio and its secreted Pearl. Destroying the ship in its attempt to apprehend him, the tentacle grabs the Pearl and slinks back into the water defeated.

While Korbin leaps into the water in an attempt to wrest the Pearl back, a third party enters the conflict. The Shriek, firing strange blue ballistae, appears on the horizon and engages the Leviathan. Supremely wounded by this attack, the great behemoth lets go of the Pearl and swims off to confront this new threat, allowing Korbin to escape the boiling water with his prize in tow. Due to some expert sailing, the Hammerhead is able to swiftly escape the churning water as sea monster and ghost ship give ferocious battle to one another.

Before they escape, however, they manage to see that it’s the Shriek, somehow, that emerges as the victor, the Leviathan’s great defeated corpse rising to the surface.

As they lick their wounds, new anxieties gnaw at the Hammerhead’s crew. What was the Shriek’s aim? Why did it come to their aid? What was that strange glowing metal they used to defeat the creature? Against their better judgment, our swashbuckling heroes crew a dinghy and row across to investigate. When they arrive, Hakari’s guess proves correct – it seems the Shriek’s crew mean to raise the Leviathan from the dead for some fell purpose. Unable to intervene but unwilling to stand by, they go sneaking onto the Shriek while its crew is distracted and pillage the mysterious Captain’s office.

As they make their hasty escape, the undead crew catches wise and, what’s worse, the dead Leviathan starts to come to life, complicating their escape all the more. Finally, in a wacky plow that involves waterwalk, Hakari dragging Korbin by a rope and Weed polymorphing into a giant octopus, the Hammerhead’s crew make their escape, returning to their vessel immediately as the Leviathan comes under the Shriek’s control.

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Episode 34 - Between Buccaneers
Scheming and Shenanigans Galore

Game Date: Clockways 45 – 48, Year 75
Starting Point: Shao Han Sea
Player Characters Present: Bō (Cecily), Hakari, Korbin “Pennyfeather” Quill, Weed

Three days sail into the Shao Han Sea, the Hammerhead encounters the Basilisk. A debate breaks out on deck about what, precisely, should be done to acquire their artifacts, The ideas range back and forth, from all out assault to parley and eventually a scheme is hatched the party is divided into two fronts. On the news that there’s a traitor onboard, there’s no shortage of suspicion among the crew, even between the officers, as the plan is set into motion.

Rowing over to the Basilisk in a dingy, Korbin, Weed and Captain Inio plan to stall the sentient sword as long as they can. Meanwhile, escorted by a team of merfolk, Hakari, Deadrick and Bō creep onto the Basilisk’s aftcastle and attempt to abscond with all the Cutlass’ stolen goods. To everyone’s surprise, this goes swimmingly – Hakari and Bō are swift and silent, recovering the artifacts, while Korbin and Weed are sufficiently distracting to keep everyone’s attention on the negotiations. Contriving an excuse to depart, the two parties separate and our swashbuckling heroes have only just reached the Hammerhead before all chaos breaks loose aboard the Basilisk.

There’s an abortive attempt at a chase but some accident with some contraption aboard the Basilisk conspires to slow them down and, moving swiftly, the Hammerhead is able to flee straight southward, heading towards Zao and into the night.

Once there’s a moment of relative peace, the suspicions start to fly again. Hakari presses Inio to reveal that he knows the real traitor – Bloodboil – but Inio is nervous about this, knowing how it might affect Korbin. When he does eventually gather the whole crew and make the formal accusation, Korbin shocks the whole ship and declares it was he who conspired with Cutlass and it should be he who takes the blame.

No sooner has he done this and a vote is called for, however, than strange glowing lights appear in the water around the ship. The water in a great circumference starts to bubble and boil, twisting and warping the wood below. That same sea monster – the very one that sank the Hurricane all those months ago – has returned!

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Episode 33 - Fog of War
The Mist Dissipates

Game Date: Clockways 40, Year 75
Starting Point: Gangwu
Player Characters Present: Bō (Cecily), Hakari, Korbin “Pennyfeather” Quill, Weed

Hurrying to rejoin her companions, Bō arrives at the misty monastery and together, our swashbuckling heroes turn to approach the fog-shadowed pavilion, the nexus of all the magical mist. Bō, eager to discover the secret, rushes ahead and thus triggers an attack from a quartet of stone lion gargoyles. Her companions rushing to her aid, the battle is joined!

While Bō, Korbin and his squad of clay-men give battle to the stone lions, Hakari and Weed sneak around the complex’s side, seeking a more advantageous position. In so doing, however, they managed to awaken the true master of the mist-shrouded monastery – a oni, a fearsome demon that attacked them with a vengeance. While Hakari fled from the creature, Weed teleported onto the pavilion’s highest point. Down on the ground, Bō smashes stone lions this way and that while Korbin draws the oni’s attention and loses one of his brave skeletons.

Through a combination of spells, they manages to push the oni back into the mists but not before another pair of mist monks drops from the rafters to confront them. These’re quickly dispatched by Hakari and Bō and, as the monk goes running to finally face the oni, it stops, almost recognizing her, before she dispatches the creature completely. In their examination of the monastery, our heroes discovered some treasures – the oni’s warclub, a mysterious bottle and several ki scrolls – but also a strange statue in one of the smaller shirnes, whose face eerily resembles Bō.

Upon returning to Gangwu, the buccaneers discover that the mist has completely vanished from Gangwu, breeding much confusion among the masses. When they return to the Hammerhead, they hear the full story from Captain Inio – thugs from the Basilisk broke onto the ship and stole several of Corgaine’s artifacts, her letters included – and he’s hopping mad to steal them back. Through some more investigating, Hakari learns it was Bloodboil who, however accidentally, provided them with the information and Bō speaks with her father, the one surviving witness of the attack.

Ready to depart, the Hammerhead puts out from the suddenly clear waters of Gangwu and heads west, in pursuit of Captain Cutlass.

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Episode 32 - Mistbound
The Party Splits

Game Date: Clockways 37 – 40, Year 75
Starting Point: Gangwu
Player Characters Present: Bō (Cecily), Hakari, Korbin “Pennyfeather” Quill, Weed

Reporting back from Zideng Pass, Weed wanted to collect her companions and explore the mysterious voice. With some reluctance, both Korbin and Hakari agreed to accompany her, while Bō was summoned off the island by Zhitao, wishing to return to prisoners to Yang and also wishing her pupil to attend her. While Bō sought passage to the elven city, Weed, Korbin and Hakari followed the purple lanterns deeper into the mists.

One mile and a judicious use of water walk later, they discovered a mist-shrouded monastery high on a slope. Investigating the ruin, they found it littered with purple lanterns and choked in the same magical mist that plagues the island, Korbin hypothesizing that this might be the epicenter of all that strange magical effect. In one of the outbuildings, they discovered and battled mist monks, strange ephemeral warriors composed more of vapor than flesh. In another outbuilding, they were assailed by animated suits of armor and a whirling cloud of flying sabers, retreating before they’re diced to pieces.

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Meanwhile, on Yang, Bō had her first taste of high elven culture, exploring the city’s highly magical streets. Shopping in the abandoned Renqun Square, she purchased some new clothes and some spices and eventually accompanied Zhitao to a teahouse. Only upon leaving did Bō realize that the place was owned and operated by Zhitao’s family and that this too had been a lesson for her – what sacrifices she must make upon becoming a full-fledged monk.

Upon returning to Gangwu, Bō learned that not only had her companions not returned from Zideng Pass but that someone had broken into the Hammerhead, stealing Corgaine’s letters and several of her artifacts. With no time to solve that mystery, Bō headed down the Purple Lantern Pass, to hopefully reconnect with her companions before they would up dead.

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Episode 31 - Courageous Under Fire
Tension At Teatime

Game Date: Clockways 31 – 37, Year 74
Starting Point: The Courageous
Player Characters Present: Bō (Cecily), Hakari, Korbin “Pennyfeather” Quill, Weed

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.

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