Teech Blackfyre novice pirate, Jheron elven ranger, Solaruus Grakkor half-orc sorcerer, Hogarth dwarf cook and fighter, and Fae the half-elven bard were five strangers who all went to the Formidably Maid in Port Peril. While at the Maid, or as they were leaving, they are beset by Master Scourge and his minions and press-ganged to join the crew of the Wormwood.
After waking up in the hold of the Wormwood, Master Scourge and some of his cronies, forced the quintet to the main deck of the ship. There they were introduced to CaptainBarnabas Harrigan and told they were now crew of the Wormwood. With Port Peril quickly fading away in the distance, Barnabas Harrigan left the new pirates in the hands of Mr. Plugg do give new jobs.
The first job was to find a new rigger. Teech Blackfyre, Jheron, Solaruus Grakkor and Fae were all ordered to climb the main mast. Teech Blackfyre and Jheron seemed to find the task very simple, while Solaruus Grakkor and Fae seemed to struggle a lot. As Teech Blackfyre and Jheron reached about halfway up the mast, Solaruus Grakkor was still not even hardly started, while Fae actually slipped in water and fell on the deck to the delight of the watching pirates. Mr. Plugg was so disappointed in Fae that he ordered Hogarth to start up the mast. No sooner had Hogarth started to protest that he was a cook not a monkey then Teech Blackfyre managed to leap to a nearby rigging line and launched herself to the top of the mast, thus securing her a position as the newest rigger and being ordered to the crow’s nest.
Mr. Plugg then ordered Hogarth to the Galley where he was to serve as the new Cook’s mate, working with Ambrose “Fishguts” Kroop. Jheron, Solaruus Grakkor and Fae were all designated as swabs and given different tasks. While working on ropes, Fae tried to make friends with Giffer Tibbs, but talked too much and just bored her. Solaruus Grakkor worked hard on ship repairs all day, while Jheron became familiar with the ship while running messages between officers and crew.
Hogarth was taken to the Galley where he met Ambrose “Fishguts” Kroop. Before falling into a drunken stupor, Ambrose “Fishguts” Kroop ordered Hogarth to gather fish for the nights dinner. Hogarth searched the galley and found some bags for fish and a belt pouch, in which he placed the empty rum bottle. Hogarth spent a few hours collecting fish from the starboard nets, including a blue marlin, before returning to the galley to cook dinner. While the fish stew was boiling for the crew and the blue marlin baking for the captain, Hogarth spent some time organizing the pantry.
At the end of the day, the Crew was ordered to the Main Deck for the “Bloody Hour.” This particular night saw the interrogation and keelhauling of Jake Magpie, a rigger caught stealing from the Quartermaster’s Store. After watching the thief be thrown overboard to be ripped apart by the rudders and drown in the deep ocean of the Shackles, his body was thrown to the sharks below.
After dinner, the crew was given their rum ration, except Solaruus Grakkorforced Barefoot Samms Toppin to drink his instead. With rum in their bellies, the crew began to have some fun and games. Fae enchanted the crew with a lively sea chanty. Hogarth returned to the Galley to continue sorting it and found a dagger. Solaruus Grakkor attempted to take the steering wheel but was kicked down the stairs by , the Master Gunner of the Wormwood. Teech Blackfyre tries her hand at the drinking game Heave, but passes out after her first cup. Jheron talks with Rosie Cusswell about her missing fiddle.
As the crew starts to bed down, Sandara Quinn heals Solaruus Grakkor and Jheron of their wounds.