After recovering the Golden Vespal, the party decided to sail back to Quent to resurrect Tiberious and deliver it to the House of Stolen Kisses. high priestess Dindreann lives up to her end of the bargain, and tells the PCs that one of the temple’s patrons, a half-elf scrimshander in Drenchport named Jaymiss Keft, claimed to have knowledge of a spy operating in the Shackles. The party also asked about the Brine Banshee. Dindreann tells them that a retired ship’s doctor in the port of Ollo named Haneilius Fitch claims to have a means to locate the Brine Banshee, but is looking for someone to bankroll his expedition.
With the new information, the party travels to Ollo to find Haneilius Fitch. The locals where not the most friendly, but the party was able to locate Fitch. He holds up a glass tube containing a human leg bone suspended in preservative solution.
“This tibia previously belonged to Vargus Brack, one of my old shipmates. Vargus was grateful to be rid of it—he’d have died of gangrene if I hadn’t amputated his leg. It’s a good
thing I kept it as a specimen, since he was an officer aboard the Brine Banshee when she last sailed. Vargus and I were good friends—he came to visit me the last time the Brine Banshee was in Ollo, as he always did when he was in port. He mentioned in passing the course the Brine Banshee would be taking, and said he wouldn’t be back for some time. The Brine Banshee had an abundance of riches aboard her, and together I believe we can salvage them. Are you interested?”
He goes on to explain his convoluted plan to track down the Brine Banshee. Fitch explains that there’s a magical ring that can be used to find a corpse, provided the wearer already has a piece of the body. He goes on to tell them that he knows of a pirate captain who wears just such a ring, called the ring of the iron skull. Fitch just wants an equal share share of the Brine Banshee’s treasure so he can live the rest of his life in modest comfort. The party agrees, so Fitch tells them that the ring of the iron skull is in the possession of a pirate named “Milksop” Morton, who regularly sails his sloop, Dryad’s Grave, between the Smoker and Shark Island. Fitch joins the party as they set sail looking for the Dryad’s Grave.
After a couple days travel, the Dryad’s Grave appears on the horizon off the PCs’ port bow around midday. It closes in on the Integrity signaling for parley. Captain Morton hails the PCs and introduces himself. He tried to engage in small talk, but the party did not respond. Then he gets strait to the point that these are his waters and demands a toll.
Just after the party refuses, the Dryad’s Grave figurehead, carved in the likeness of a bare-chested, goat-horned satyr with muscular arms, animates. The Screaming Satyr picks up a ballista from the ship’s deck and fires a bolt attached to a long chain into the hull of the PCs’ ship. It then reels in the Integrity. At the same time, Morton’s crew fires its catapults loaded with living grapnels, animated constructs that scuttle around like spiders.
The ships are now side-by-side and the satyr boards the integrity. While the Party defends its ship from the animated grapnels, “Milksop” summons fire elementals and a stinking cloud on the ship. the stench is so bad William starts vomiting uncontrollably.
Thinking he has the upper hand, “Milksop” teleports to the integrity, putting the stinking cloud between him and the party. He shoots a scorching ray at Aries. Being beaten and battered from defending his allys, Aries fell from the sky dead.
Then, Tiberious created a wind wall that cut strait though the stench revealing a direct line to Milksop. Realizing that the tide was turning, Milksop teleported back to his ship. Tiberious drew his claws and flew strait at Milksop grabbing him around the neck. William upset that he lost his companion, was able to stop the vomit long enough to create a frozen ball from the vomit puddle and flung it at Milksop. Milksop plead for mercy, he even offered up his ring. Tiberious then proceeded to bit off his head.
After retrieving the ring, The integrity sets sail following the last know course of the brine banshee. the party reaches the wreck. Only half of the ship was visible. The Brine Banshee’s bow rested next to a rift in the ocean floor. The ring indicated the corpse of Vargus was down in the rift.
Shortly after the party dives in to investigate the wreck, they are attacked by a pack of sharks lead by a merman named Ormandar. The sharks rip into Galrum, but the party it able to defeat Ormandar and his minions.
William explores the Brine Banshees bow. He found a chest that contained the undistributed ships payroll. It was a decent amount of gold, but nothing compared to the treasure that Fitch eluded to. There was also no sign of how the ship was capable of its legendary speed. The party decided to decend into the rift to find the body of Vargus.
The stern of the Brine Banshee rested at the bottom of the rift 180 feet down. Before anyone could react, a giant Charda came rushing at the party from the cold dark depths. It breathed a cone of vile black bile hitting most of the party. It gnashed and clawed at the party with a blind rage. Senfyr hasted the party giving them the upper hand and they defeated the Charda.
On the deck of the Brine Banshee, The ship’s helm still stood with a moldering corpse lashed to the wheel. Upon investigation, Tiberious discovered the magic of the wheel and that it must be the source of much of the Brine Banshee’s reputation. The party also managed to find the corpse of vargus in the officers’ cabin. Senfyr Noticed that he had sustained extensive scalding burns around the time of death.
The party headed to the main cargo hold. Broken timbers and boxes were scattered about. a huge shark swam out of the depths and into the gaping open end of the hold. Lewis felt compelled to defend the party from the shark and attacked. The rest of the party joined in except for Tiberious. He investigated the illusion aura coming from the back wall. He was able to see though the illusion. On the other side, there was an aboleth. Before Tiberious could inform the party, the aboleth dominated his mind. Senfyr also noticed the aboleth and was able to resit domination. One by one, the party realized that there was no shark and that the aboleth was toying with them.
The party was able to defeat the abolith but not without consequence. Many breathed in the mucus cloud it was excreted and lost their ability to breath air. However, the effect wore off after a couple hours. Senfyr and Galrum where affected by the abolith slime. Their skin and flesh transformed into a clear, slimy membrane that dries quickly and cracks if not kept moist. The party made it back to their ship with several crates of ivory the Brine Banshee had in her hold.