After a short debate about whether they were walking into a trap, our swashbuckling heroes agree to ignore Captain Ilisa’s warning and drop anchor at the next island, in search of a tree large enough to replace the Dragon’s Turtle’s broken foremast. En route to this island, however, Weed’s illusory familiar was abducted by a floating magical jar and whisked away to that uncharted island. Soon as land was spotted, Korbin noticed a strange chicken-legged hut, wandering upstream and Weed became convinced this was the abode of the witch in her storybook.
While Hakari, Korbin and Nasira led an expedition to the swampy shore to cut down a fresh tree, Weed stayed aboard the ship and investigated Captain Inio’s attempts to dye the sails black. On the island, Nasira proved instrumental in chopping down the necessary tree, while Hakari puttered around in search of a good place for a picnic. Soon as the mast was returned, a second expedition, this time with Weed aboard, was mounted to recover the missing Ghostcrab.
Rowing ashore, the pirates attempted to follow the walking hut further into the island. With Nasira at the oars, their attempts at parlay were rebuffed and instead a dreadful enchantment was cast over them, causing Nasira and Weed to flee in terror. While Nasira and Hakari struggled over the oars, Korbin leapt into the water after Weed and did battle with the animated tree roots that attempted to grapple them.
No sooner had they regained control, however, than the walking hut used an illusion to sneak up on the dinghy and smash it to pieces. Nasira and Weed went scrambling up the ladder to confront the hags inside the hut, receiving a suite of brutal attacks from its three witchy inhabitants. While inside, Weed discovered a host of strange and magical pets – Ghostcrab presumably among them – contained in jars and cages all around the hut.
Meanwhile, Korbin and Hakari hatched a harebrained scheme to trip the walking hut and, against all odds, actually succeeded. The hut came crashing to the swamp, tossing its occupants around. Eventually, Nasira triumphed over one hag, another was thrown from an open window when the walking hut righted itself and Weed electrocuted the final hag into oblivion, discovering Ghostcrab in his jar only moments after.