Two sea serpent heads arose from the ocean, their fangs bared, ready to devour the hapless crew of the Dragon Turtle. Weed urged the crew, in accordance with her story, not to fight the creature’s heads, that they would fight each other, but her demands went largely ignored. Nasira waded gleefully into battle, carving away at the the heads with her enchanted glaive, only to see more and more heads sprout from the severed stumps. Korbin wrought mighty magic, felling several heads with harm and fire storm. It was Hakari who ultimately decided the thing. After suggesting Inio fly the black sails, he leapt into the water, swam down towards the creature’s body, found an unconventional exit and ripped it apart from the inside.
No sooner was the hydra slain than another thunderstorm descended upon the Turtle. This time, the Captain sailed into the tempest blindfolded and the crew paid the price. With two pirates lost overboard, morale was low when the galley dropped anchor at Crazed Old Crone.
Going ashore with Fakira and Yu in tow, our swashbuckling heroes explored the rocky, dismal island they found. After a short debate about whether to follow the footprints on the beach or the road to the ruins, the party eventually headed up, through the hills and towards the abandoned city. En route, Nasira dispatched Taryoc to follow the footprints and Hakari instructed Yu and Weed to keep an eye on each other.
Arriving at the city’s walls, a paranoid Korbin elected to stay outside and keep an eye on the ship, convinced that they would attempt to abandon the party. The rest of the heroes explored the ruins, found them vast and impressive but oddly abandoned, with no signs of life anywhere to be found. Before long, Taryoc returned, informing Nasira that he’d found the old woman and, at that moment, the entire city started to crumble. Towers fell. Walls collapsed. Buidlings disintegrated into rubble. Running and leaping and helping each other along, our swashbuckling heroes only just managed to escape the collapsing city.
Weary and confused, they decided to decamp down the hills, find the old woman and leave this strange place. Following her footprints, they met the old crone and, with Korbin keeping an eye on the ship and Nasira and her sister touching base, they listened to her lengthy story. The old woman told them about her life, a long-winded and impossibly long story about princesses and star-crossed love and evil curses and mistaken identity and storms and dragons and treacherous viziers. Hakari and Yu started to nod off during this tale but Weed sat patiently and listened to the whole thing. When it was over, the old crone gave Weed another bone trinket and thanked her for listening.
After an unsuccessful attempt by Hakari to convince the party to capture her, they piled back into the swanboat and headed for their ship.