In the aftermath of the mutiny, the group takes charge of the remaining pirates. Teech is assigned as Captain, Fae as acting Boatswain, Solar as Navigator, and Jheron as Carpenter. Sandra Quinn tended to the wounded, while Teech and Fae rallied the rest of the crew to keep the ship upright during the storm they found themselves in.
Wounded from the fight to take control of the ship and exhausted from their efforts to keep the ship afloat from the massive storm, the group was just about to relax as the sun came up, when a commotion below decks drew their attention. Fae, Xorlox, and Jheron went below to see Sandra Quinn and Rosie being carried down to the lower hold by Grindlylows. Fae, Jheron and Xorlox each killed one quickly before the small abberations could react, but soon found themselves facing off against one each. Fae and Xorlox ended up prone from the Grindlylows tentacels as Jheron managed to kill another one with an arrow.
As Teech rallied several pirates above deck to help out, Fae was stabbed through the chest by a Grindlylow spear and dragged towards the stairs to the lower hold. Xorlox couldn’t kill his opponent because he kept being tripped. Jheron tried to stop the Grindlylow from getting away with Fae, as Teech came down the stairs with backup. Xorlox’s opponent pinned him to the floor and would have bit his throat out except Jheron managed to distract him with a well placed arrow while, Teech finished it off. The former merchants turned pirates, ran over to the stairs and grabbed on to Fae to keep the Grindlylow from taking her below deck.
With acrobatic skill, Xorlox jumped down on the Grindlylow from above, but failed to injure him. Jheron tried to fire down at the Grindlylow on the stairs but hit the stairs instead as Teech followed Xorlox’s lead and leapt on to the stairs above the Grindlylow to block it’s tentacles from getting to Fae. As it tried to trip Xorlox, it fought off Teech, Xorlox and Jheron, while trying to find a way of escape. It finally succeeded in tripping Xorlox and leapt on him to bite him, when Jheron managed to kill it with an arrow through the head.
Xorlox untangled himself from the monster to get downstairs to try to save Sandra Quinn and Rosie. However all he found was the body of a former merchant in the forward bilges, and a trail of blood leading out into the ocean outside. At that moment, Solaruus Grakkor looked up in time to notice land appearing out of the dark in front of them and despite a valiant effort, the could not stop the ship from hitting the coral reed surrounding the land. As he was thrown in the air, Solaruus saw Sandra being taken below water by the Grindlylows.
Teech, Jheron and Xorlox raced to the upper deck where they found Solaruus injured from the crash. As Jheron pointed out the direction the Grindlylows were headed, Solaruus ran over to the jig to start untying it to go after the Grindlylows and rescue Sandra. Teech tried to stop him by insulting his grandfather. At the same time, the former merchants brought the critically wounded Fae to the Captain’s quarters, where Conchobar found and healed her, only to brag how she needed his superior skills to survive.
With her knowledge of Grindlylow behavior, Faw managed to to convince Solaruus to wait long enough for them to heal, rest and recover before heading out after the Grindlylows. While they recovered, Teech took stock of the damage to the ship and found a massive hole in the lower hold of the ship, plus the main water container was damaged, leaving the crew with only a few days of fresh water and low on supplies after the Grindlylow attack.
That afternoon, the group set out with Conchobar and Crimson in the jig headed toward some building seen in the distance. They found a deserted fishing village whose population was killed off by the Grindlylows. After exploring the village they realized that the only way to find the Grindlylow caves was to head further inland, into the swamp visible on the horizon.
OOC: Earned 240 XP