Well, after we finally did everything we needed to do here, we did alot more waiting. Sort of. A bunch of logistical stuff that Suhrlock was pretty much handling along with Shenora. We convinced one of the skilled artisans to come back to our mine as well as purchasing some more equipment to keep the people happy. We also decided to hire 3 more skilled people to help improve production as well as being able to smelt the ore into ingots. This will increase our profits quite a bit, which I am ALL for. We all needed to put our heads together to make some of the logistical decisions but it wasn’t hard once we found out the return on investment. And as this was all happening, the crew fended off a sea monster and was attacked by another pirate ship. We lost some good men, but because our guys are so good, they won and actually we were able to recruit 12 of their surviving guys onto our ship. But we had this other ship we needed to do something with. We decided to teleport to Rickety’s. After talking to him about taking this off our hands, both he and Harrigans brother teleported us back to the ship and gave us some decent coin with a friend discount. Having that Rickety and Harrigans brother on our side will pay dividends in the end. The bad news, someone noticed our paper thing for a new ship. It isn’t for a new shipo. it’s for a down payment on a new ship. And the new shipo is massively expensive. And large I’m asusming by the price tag. 1 million gold. The paper is for a down payment of 350k. e need to find a way to make some more coin betwen now and getting to Aqueduct 8.
After a lot of teleporting back and forth moving equipment and people, we got all settled and got on our way following the log pose to our next destination. But not before we planted our flag in Obses. Having these guys on our side will be a boon to business. The legit side of things. As we weighed anchor and got going, we noticed that a ship was following us. Upon further investigation, we discovered it to be a military ship. The question was whether to run and leave the possibility that they go to Obses and wreak havoc or turn around and fight. After we sailed a bit more to ensure they were following us, I went into pilot mode. I caught a wave just right and did an about face to come straight at them. Our ship is way more maneuverable than theirs. We were so quick closing that we came at them sideways and rammed them hard. Luckily my new bauble I bought for the ship worked like a charm and it took no damage, which was more than I could say for the other ship. We planned out our attack though for when we collided. As soon as we hit and stuck, a field of black tentacles was laid down to stop the advance on to our ship and it worked like a charm! The casters stayed on our ship for the most part, with Mav coming over to heal us as we tried to take on the big guy, who got even bigger as Shenora and I attempted to attack him. He was a tough bastard. Lots of spells to deflect attacks. Some got through while some seemed to get through and completely whiffed. He hit me hard MORE than a few times but Mav was right there to help. Eventually Shenora and I got into a rhythm before the bastard captain or commodore or whoever took to the air. But There was Mav and Suhrlock again with their Dispel Magic spells and brought him back down to earth and eliminated his protections to where Shenora and I could really get some hits on him and that was just the trick we needed to. After taking him out and the tentacles keeping everyone else pretty much busy, we focused on the stragglers who were smart enough to stay out of the tentacles but too stupid not to jump overboard than face us. And I cut them down as they came too. Jesus I hate those military assholes. With the ship secured and any items stowed away on to our boat that we could use(extra sails, rigging,etc) Shenora was FINALLY able to do her trick of making a ship shit its pants. It looked really weird to see a boat melt, but it definitely did it’s job scuttling the ship. We even recovered almost enough to offset the money we need to buy the new ship once we get to Aqueduct 8! And we picked up 4 more crewvmembers that were in the hold of the military ship.
We followed the log pose to our next destination. A small island with a hole in the middle and a lighthouse. We anchored and made our way to shore where there apparently lived a single hermit. We talked to him and he let us know why our log pose was pointing straight up. Apparently, there’s some sort of floating island up above and the only way to get there is to take the express route up the geyser that just exploded up from the middle of the island. The bad part? it won’t happen again for a week so we have a week to kill and for me to plan exactly how I need to run up the side of a geyser. We could fly up, but then if there’s any real loot, we’ll never be able to bring it all. No chances on that! One more little nugget the hermit provided to us? We got hoses on our log pose. It’s a 1gp log pose, not a 1000gp one. We got swindled! I’ll have to take that up with someone once we find Plunderhaven again