Rowing across the expanse between the Mikalakawika and the Kruthik, our heroes quickly assemble their stories – they’re representatives of Prince Tuakoniakamai, here to investigate rumors of treasure and ancient ruins connected to Aquos, the Elemental Plane of Water. Invited to tea with Captain Pampion, things begin very courteously, despite the crowd of simmering, battle-ready pirates that encircle their conversation.
During the conversation, it becomes all the clearer that Pampion, despite all his pretensions, is unpopular among his crew. A former naval officer, he disdains rowdy behavior and drinking, much to the chagrin of his buccaneers. Spinning another in a long string of lies and falsehoods, the Prince’s representatives convince Captain Pampion that the treasure they sought is actually on the shores of Axebeak Island. Intrigued at this possibility, the pirate captain sends a crew of marauders aboard to search for the goods – unaware that a team of merfolk await them, ready to steer them towards the axebeaks and murder any who escape.
Meanwhile, as the time drags on aboard the deck of the Kruthik, the heroes start to prod the crew closer and closer to mutiny, while Pennyfeather continues to antagonize the Captain. As the sun sets and no word from the landing party, tensions finally mount and weapons are drawn. Fortunately, all the heroes badgering seems to have done the trick, turning half of Pampion’s loyal crew into mutineers and a bloody melee breaks out upon the deck.
While most of the party concentrates fire on the Captain, Bael sneaks away and into the Captain’s cabin, searching for valuable loot. Eventually, with the aid of the snarling hyenafolk mutineer Daranyu, Captain Pampion is slain and the ship claimed – eventually – for Prince Tua!
After another round of scheming, the hierarchy of the two “privateering” vessels is re-arranged. Bael Briarborn now serves as Vice-Admiral and Captain of the Mikalakawika, with Pennyfeather as his quartermaster and Daranyu as the first mate. Captain Inio, meanwhile, takes over command of the Kruthik, with Ovette as his bosun and Cecily as his master rigger. In addition, Inio is eventually convinced to surrender the spyglass into Korbin’s care, as a sign of good faith that he won’t shut up about.