001 – Aboard The Turtle – Less than a day from Da-Rin

I was woken in the middle of the night to find Jade leaning over my berth, whispering of mutiny. It was unclear at first if I was being roused to participate or prevent, but as I gathered my senses a plan to warn Captain Ramone Vieranan of the treachery of his first mate, Two-Teeth Sutherland, took shape. The First Mate was offering a ‘pirate’s life’ to those willing to take part in the mutiny. 

Some finer points of how to respond were debated among my shipmates as Jade slipped off to speak with the Captain. She had not returned very long before the cabin door flew open and the First Mate stood there with his dozen or so mutineers. As weapons were drawn, Zeno found that he had to abandon his very fine ‘Archipelago of Friendship’ speech. (Must take the time to document this entire speech. Very moving.)

Two-Teeth demanded that we throw down down our weapons and offered to deliver us safely to port in return. Za’lynn was the first to leap to action striking at Two-Teeth before the mutineers pushed into the small cabin. Jade was the first to take one down (that tabaxi has claws upon claws) as Zeno tried to reason with those attacking us. “We’re all seamen together,” he pleaded, but it was to no avail. 

In what I thought would be the most terrifying moment of the fight, Za’lynn went down. Tayanna had him quickly on his feet again, however the brush with death must have heightened his awareness because he was suddenly quick to notice that Two-Teeth was not, in fact, bleeding blood as one might expect. Instead, sea water dripped from his wounds. As we called attention to this fact, trying to point out to the mutineer their poor decision making skills, that was when it screamed. 

The image of Two-Teeth shimmered and the creature beneath came into view. It opened it’s grotesque lamprey mouth and let loose a blood chilling scream that left most (not me, of course) frozen and shaking. While everyone (but not me) stood there immobile, the creature glared at us with its compound eyes, then turned into water as it leapt out of the porthole. 

Not sure what it was, we went off to search Two-Teeth’s quarters. There we found the usual accoutrement of a sailor: pipe, tobacco, cutlery, a magical mouth piece to a horn.  The piece contained some sort of weak conjuration magic. We also found the body of Two-Teeth in a chest. Zeno said he seemed a week dead, drowned, but his body was still wet. 

We showed the body to the Captain and discussed the details of the mutiny. He felt that the creature had likely been after a magical conch that he had recently acquired. He produced the conch (Jade had been holding it) and it too held conjuration magic. The Captain had picked it up in Thessalia with the understanding that it would assist him in gaining Poseidon’s favor. 

A burial at sea was attempted for Two-Teeth’s remains, however that did not go as expected. As his body hit the water, his eyes opened. Thinking him alive, Za’lynn dove in after him. However, Two-Teeth did not respond favorably to this rescue. Instead he opened his mouth wide and tried to bite into Za’lynn and pull him under. The marine, thankfully, was well trained and escaped this fate and made it back onto the deck of the ship. 

After deeper inspection of the conch, I was able to ascertain that it (when reunited with its mouthpiece and blown) will open a small elemental portal. The nature of that portal to be determined by the geographical location in which it was blown. 

So, we have a horrible sea creature with part of an item that opens an elemental portal. This cannot be good. I have agreed to research this conch when we reach Da-Rin. My real work is important, but I can’t pass up an opportunity to learn more about this incident. 

If my research doesn’t turn up anything, or maybe doubly so if it does, there is an outpost on the northeast approach to Da-Rin that may need to be investigated. It seems that this is where Two-Teeth was promising the bounty of a ‘pirate’s life’. There is a sea cave or cove in that area that could offer more information. I shall have to see. 

Action Items: 
Record Zeno’s Archipelago of Friendship speech
Research what Two-Teeth turned into
Research what dead Two-Teeth was
Research the conch