While traveling to Port Peril to attempt to resurrect Teech Blackfyre who died on Mancatcher Cove, the party is awakened by Clyde to the revelation that her body had disappeared in the middle of the night. All that was left behind was the sign of Groteus burned into the bier that held her body. They also found that her equipment had been taken as well. Concerned about these events, Fae ordered the crew to keep quiet about the death and disappearance of Teech, so as to not to arouse too much suspicion about the ship.
After arriving in Port Peril, the Crew sends a messenger to Kerdak Bonefist at Fort Hazard to petition to become Free Captains to be able to go after Barnabas Harrigan. The next morning, Tsadok Goldtooth, first mate to Bonefist, arrived at the docks to publicly announce their intent to join the Free Captains. He told them that because they were relative newcomers, the Crew must pass several tests to prove they are actually pirates and not just fancy jackets.
The first test is a climb into the rigging. Xorlox had to climb the main mast of the Stingray, another ship in dock, in a race against Haines Boyne, one of Tsadok;s crew. Using slippers of spider climbing, Xorlox quickly took the lead, while Fae sang a sea shanty to encourage him onward. Meanwhile, one of Boyne’s shipmates, “Bilgerat” Jacobi, tried to untie part of the rigging to knock Xorlox off the rigging. Fae spotted him and with Solaruus Grakkor confronted him just in time to stop the attempted sabotage, letting Xorlox finish well ahead of his competition.
The second test was a friendly game of cards between Fae and Tsadok. While Fae bluffed her way to win the game, Xorlox, disguised as a animal, caught the dealer cheating and exposed him. Fae ended up winning much to Tsadok’s displeasure.
The final test involved the officers repelling boarders from the The Barnacle’s Revenge. They faced off against Fishpork a male marsh giant that fights in many of the gladiator areans in Port Peril. However, despite throwing the crew off with a fog cloud spell, he was quickly overwhelmed by the magic of Solaruus and Xorlox, leading to their third and final victory.
Tsadok reluctantly announces that the Crew is deserving of becoming Free Captains and that Kerdak Bonefist will present them their letter of Marque at a feast that night. During the revelry, Kerdak requests the Crew tell a tale or two about their exploits. Fae tells many tells, while overcoming the distractions of several hecklers, gaining the crew infamy. Then Kerdak presents the Letters of Marque to the Crew.
The next day, Fae and Xorlox sells off their plunder and pay the crew while Solaruus travels to the Mystic Redoubt and meets Zokk Klun an eldritch knight who begins training him to become an eldritch knight.
That night, the crew retires to the Riptide Alehouse where all relax a little. While Fae gambles, Solaruus has a quiet evening with Sandra Quinn and Xorlox watches the crowd. Suddenly, he catches sight of a familiar face, “Caulky” Tarroon, former cabin girl on the Wormwood. Meanwhile, Pierce Jerrell, a Free Captain, starts to flirt with Fae. While Xorlox moves toward Caulky, he notices her putting something in the cup of another sailor. When he tries to intercept her, she stabs Xorlox with a dagger and runs toward the bar.
At the same time, some of the sailors realize someone has tampered with their drinks and throws a punch at the nearest person, but hits someone else instead, inciting a bar fight. Caulky tried to jump past a dwarf at the bar, but he attacks her and slows her down, while several pirates rush over to help her. Several pirates go after Captain Jerrell and another tries to steal Fae’s hard won money. Others go after Solaruus and Sandra, who finds them very capable of defending themselves. The dwarf and Xorlox chase Caulky into the kitchen, where they subdue her, while the others soon follow in an effort to escape the coming watch.