Faced with several job offers, none of which would meet the profit requirement of their contract by themselves, the crew worked out a way to accomplish two voyages in one and thereby satisfy their debtors. One would be a simple trading voyage, carrying cargo from one place to another, while another would be to collect on a bounty for Corine ‘Brown Teeth’ Klark.
Meanwhile, Zenevieva was contacted by someone who claimed to know her from before her amnesia. The old sailor, retired from the sea, offered her ‘the same deal as before’: the location of a piece of treasure he knew about, in exchange for 10% of the value of that treasure. The crew scrimped together 2,000$ to give the old man and he provided them a map to a location that, by some coincidence, happened to be on the island of ‘Brown Teeth’ Klark’s encampment.
The crew accomplished one leg of the trading mission, detouring to Klark’s island to claim the bounty and retrieve the treasure. They made their way through a tunnel maze and solved a puzzle to uncover a jewel-encrusted gold mask carved with the same runes they had previously seen on the gold plate covertly brought to Diveon by Capt. Goodyear Tristan. After that, they assaulted the pirate encampment, slaying Klark and her men.
On the return voyage to Areen Port, they were shadowed by the Black Corsair.
Having acquired a ship, christened The Fisher Price My First Taupe Clipper, the crew set forth to seek their fortunes. Needing to pay off their debt, they accepted a hopefully lucrative contract to chart and survey a small chain of islands, looking for valuable and exploitable resources.
Upon arriving at the destination, they discovered a pirate cave and met the island residents who had recently suffered the predation of orcish slavers. The islanders agreed to share their knowledge of the islands—including a vein of gold ore—with the crew and cooperate with the company wanting to exploit the island, if the crew would agree to rescue those captured by the slavers.
The crew pursued the slavers, spying their ships beached on a nearby island, recognizable by the blue-white striped sails charged with an emblem of a shackled man. A short fight ensued in which the crew defeated several slavers and rescued the islanders. They were able to return to Areen Port successful, earning a tidy commission that met the contractual requirements of their debt.
The crew spent a short time on the deserted isle, finding a small treasure hoard hidden in a cave with a pirate skeleton, being harried by monkeys, encountering a ghost named Mr. True, and subsisting on fruit and monkey meat. Soon enough the ship’s boat was repaired enough to be seaworthy, and a pair of crude oars were fashioned, and they were able to make their way to land.
Upon arriving back at Areen Port, their original port of departure, the crew struck a deal with the company that owned the now-sunk Aurochs, Aigéan Trading Co., to be paid for their shares as originally agreed in exchange for returning the ship’s boat in which they survived the sinking. As it turns out, the boat had a secret compartment, in which items unknown had been smuggled back to Aigéan Trading. And furthermore, an unnamed patron who looked favorably upon Queequeg’s faith recommended them to Mr. Enoch Guth for a business venture.
The crew have agreed to a deal with Guth where they receive 1/5 ownership of a new ship to be commanded and crewed by them, in exchange for four voyages returning a profit of at least 18,000$ each to Aigéan Trading, whereupon ownership of the vessel will transfer in full to the crew.
The crew have signed on as deckhands for a round trip trading expedition from Areen Port to Durovernum and back under Captain Goodyear Tristan. After an ambush by a goblin scow, a sighting of the Black Corsair, some curious happenings in Durovernum, and a storm-lashed chase with the Black Corsair hot on their tails, the merchant vessel Aurochs has sunk to the briny deeps. The crew were just barely lucky enough to make it into one of the two ships boats.
The next morning they find themselves washed up on a sandy beach, oarless, the boat holed.
Next session is March 25th!
The crew set forth on their maiden voyage this Sunday, March 11, at 7pm!