Today we join the lesser heroes of this story as the players take control of their allies back on the Quicksilver Phantom. Tepet Maru goes to work in rowing the remaining merchant crew onto shore to treat them for the spiritual poisoning suffered at the hands/claws/fangs of the Doldrum. Once on shore Tiln, the Elder of Quiet Falls, begins treating many for early stages of starvation and dehydration.
Mint by Midnight manages to remove the ailment from some of the afflicted crew, but while doing so there was a commotion from the other ship. A massive Doldrum, in the form of a Kraken, had grabbed hold of the vessel and was assaulting the Dragons aboard while trying to pull the ship into deeper waters.
First Mate Ziesha sounded the call to set sail and, after a quick chase of the beast, managed to broadside the creature with cannon fire and a flamepiece barrage dealing enough damage to pull the creatures attention to the Pirate vessel instead.
A heated battle ensued with Mint, Ziesha, and Quill-for-Heart’s-Ink about the Quicksilver Phantom, but eventually the beasts tentacles were rendered useless and a couple final shots finished it off just in time for the Solars to return.
In the sanctum of Beckoning Hammer the Solars and the three Terrestrial Gods conversed about the possible causes and motivations behind the assault on the local gods. Tyrus suggested, with his tactical expertise, that the Doldrums must have been a diversionary tactic for something else and it was concluded that whoever had been making the undead with the strange black metal was responsible for the aggression in this area. In the middle of the discussion Ki-Ken noticed Miles Long Roar was distracted and then Lattice of Clouds. hotly after, they announced that something must be wrong at the ship for Miles Long Roar had received prayers to bless the cannons and Lattice’s cloaking of the ship had faltered.
As this was revealed another prayer, this one solid in form, appeared before Miles Long Roar. It was a bottle of sorts, with an ingredient list written in High Realm. A signed prayer strip in Old Realm was attached to it, but as soon as it hit the air a crackling of Viridian energy scorched the page and blotted out the sender.
With the pressing emergency Beckoning Hammer proposed that the Exalts swear on the Eclipse’s anima and invite him aboard their ship, a suggestion that Ki-Ken vehemently opposed on the premise that the God should trust them after they had rescued him. He stated that he did not trust Solars, but had hopes that their re-entry into the world heralded a new start rather than a continuation. Ki-Ken, tired of being blamed for the faults of a past life, did not take it well and threatened the God with the Greenwood Blade. Beckoning Hammer sent the other two Gods back to their respective sanctums with a request that they prepare paperwork for the Quicksilver Phantom.
Eventually, after a good amount of discussion and frustration of the Night Caste, the agreed to be bound in oath. The Oath, serving as a Divine loophole, allowed Beckoning Hammer the right to travel instantaneously with the Solars to the Quicksilver Phantom for the purposes of spiritual promotion of the ship small god.
They needn’t have hurried, though, as the crew managed to defeat the Kraken before they arrived.
Beckoning Hammer finished the promotional prayer to the ship and then left, leaving the Yasal crystal and a black spike with the Solars along with a promise to repair the airship if they continued to pursue his vengeance. The spike, a creation of his condensed wrath to be used against whoever was responsible for the attack, came with the caveat to: “Strike whoever is responsible with this, but don’t be nearby unless you are very certain of your ability to survive.”
The heroes and crew returned to Sharktooth Cove to get the work started on assistance of their neighboring village, but involvement in the preparations were cut short when Ten Stones warned Ki-Ken to come home to the Blue Lotus quickly and quietly. The group donned disguises and kept to crowds and shadows in order to pass through the village unnoticed. During the jaunt they all saw the trouble… a host of soldiers were in the town and were headed up by five Princes of the Earth, including Sesus Weisse, a Fire Aspected dragonblood that had attacked Mishi Youmo after the crystal prisons were broken… a bad idea for he was promptly ejected from the area, tossed into the horizon by Xia Wren Ta, the Demon Eater, with her tremendous strength. The group proceeds to wait a number of days for things to calm down. The ship is sent back to the Moonlight Cavern for repairs and restocking and the Solars plot out how they intend to deal with the Wyld Hunt…