Waiting on the knife’s edge after dealing with the Sahaugin raid, the crew of the Scourge’s Bad Day knew that more trouble was heading their way. They were just waiting for the other boot to drop. After almost a week of tending to Tidewater Rock’s defenses, Captain Pari got it in her head that she needed a new familiar. Informing the crew not to expect her back for the rest of the day she swam out but she had the devil’s own luck for at that same time she ran in to some Saltwater Merrows with nautilaus shells on their heads and tentacles throughout their body. Pari saw these huge beasts and tried to run for shore but it was to late as she was grabbed by the beasts and overwhelmed she was killed. Catching sight of Pari’s last moments, Cayleb attempted to lead a counterattack but the beasts were gone by the time they arrived. Pari’s tricorn floating on the waves her final marker.
Looking at the rest of the crew, Cayleb felt he was most qualified to take up the reins as captain and claimed the hat as his own. He then had the rest of the crew gathered and informed on the new rules mostly dealing with the fact that the capture and keeping of slaves would no longer occur under his captaincy. The woman and children took small comfort from the fact that it was only their lives that would be ruined by the mad and cruel acts of Captain Pari. No one had much time to mourn or celebrate the death of Captain Pari’s fate as pirates in league with the tribe of Sahaugin that wanted thier Deep Platinum necklace back made thier move that night. Under the cover of a moonless night and magical fog, the raiders approached throwing themselves in a frontal assault while the enemy captain turned herself invisible and flew to the top of the Fort. Sneaking down the inside, she attempted to take out Cayleb while he was focused on the events outside. His eyes were too sharp and he was able to bring her down with the help of Mojo and a strange girl that had been part of the village they had captured in their last expedition. Mojo noticed the assistance and praised her. Mycia also took advantage of the raid to take one of the pirates as her servant and turned him in to a faithful follower of her diety. She attempted to convert others to her beliefs among the crew and former slaves but her words only angered the people and they began avoiding the strange paladin, except for the Tidewater Rock’s guards who enjoyed smoking the mushrooms and nightly activities that Mycia provided.
Upon their examination of the enemy captain they found a treasure map tattooed on her back. Working together they determined the clues and location of where the treasure was sure to be and set sail post haste.
When they arrived at the island they spotted the ship that had belonged to the raiders and offered them thier lives if they willing surrendered. After a failed attempt to fire on the Scourge’s Bad Day they raised the white flag and swore to serve under Captain Cayleb faithfully. Mycia attempted to preach to them but she found herself regularly interrupted by a strange raincloud that would dump rainwater on her and made those coming aboard find her slightly foolish.
Entering the Island’s natural cove, it had vines 100 ft up, spanning one side of the island to the other like some gigantic web. Realizing that nothing could be done to determine where to go to find the treasure until the morning, the ship waited in the shark and sahaugin infested waters even as members of the crew disappeared as the night progressed. When the sun rose, Captain Cayleb led an expedition to determine which cave opening they needed to explore. Discovering it, he ordered Mojo to climb up only for the witch to catch the attention of the canopy creeper that had flourished on this island. Mojo was captured first and drawn ever higher to the creature’s beak. Fizban rushed to try and free him, Cayleb fired at what he believed was the monster’s center of mass. Fizban soon found himself grabbed, his strength sapped from him, and pulled up to the waiting maw where he was killed. Injured and having gotten its meal, the canopy creeper attempted to flee, only to be shot to death before it could escape, leading to Fizban’s body to drop in shark infested waters and be devoured.
Injured from the fight, they decided to pull back to take care of thier wounds before exploring any further. After recovering they entered the cave and found a marker telling them where to dig. Pillbug was put in charge of doing the heavy digging and after descending 10 feet she discovered some planks. Throwing caution to the wind she broke through the planks as she stood on them and descended in to the dark waters below. An action that was especially painful as her armor’s effect of water walk made the landing a hard one. As the rest of the expedition descended by rope, Pillbug decided that she would have to remove her armor and sent up her ax to the safety of the ship. The party then began to explore the underwater cave system, finding evidence of Sahaugin but nothing truly dangerous. They discover the eggs of an enslaved fish-people queen and free her. She vows to repay her debt to them as soon as she get back to her people. Always willing to pul a prank, the little girl that had caught Mojo’s attention cast arcane mark on her and told her that the mark would only disappear when her debt had been properly paid. The expedition now readies itself to proceed ever deeper for the treasure that awaits them.