For those in peril on the sea.

A halfling, a half orc, and a half barrel? ITS A RACE

episode 25

Several days after the death of Magnon and his funeral, the alarm bell rings shortly after breakfast. The party is pleased to find that Brutus has arrived accompanied by Slash and his previous second mate Brestina a female half-orc.

Also with Brutus are about 40 refugees, mainly female (elves, orcs, and half-elf/halforcs) and children. Also (retconned from the next episode lightside points) several bags of grains utilized in brewing beer. Barley, hops, and wheat.

Bootjack immediately takes stock of the refugees that arrived, looking for someone that seemed capable and strong. A young slender girl with dark brown hair, about 14 years of age. She is with her mother. Bootjack approached her and offered her a hatchet, and lessons on how to use it. The girl appeared bashful about the offer at first, but soon after she was seen showing off the hatchet to her friends.

The party resumed their activities for the day which now included helping a large group of refugees situated. Around lunchtime the ship bell on the pier began to ring. The lookouts had received word of a very small ship on the horizon.

From the dock the ship seemed to be in a shambles and did not appear to be crewed. Gus volunteered to go check it out, and commented that he was an experienced sailor. Brestina took this as a challenge. Hannik cut a barrel in half and tossed it to the gnome. Surprisingly the gnome jumped in the barrel. Hannik, Brestina, Bootjack, and Ren climbed on the skiff, with Brestina rowing.

The race commenced. Immediately Gus took a slight lead, the half orc began to get her pace and pulled ahead of the barrell bobbing gnome and continued to pull ahead with each powerful pull of the oars. Gus decided to even the odds and cast grease on the oars. Brestina was unable to keep hold of the oars and dropped them both into the water. The gnome overtook the skiff and pulled into the lead. Brestina was able to recover a single oar but was unable to hold it well enough to use. Dropping it, she jumped out of the boat and grabbed the stern with her hands. The thought of losing overwhelmed her sense and she entered a berserk state. Her kicks brought the bow of the ship pulled up out of the water and a large wake rose up behind her. She was rapidly catching up with Gus. The gnome panicked upon seeing this and started paddling like mad. He reached the ship, and the skiff pulled up a few moments later.

Gus boarded the dilapidated vessel only to find a pair of interesting characters passed out on the floor of the boat. The first was a raven like humanoid, the second a bald half elf, in strange garb. Ren boarded the ship, and was able to help Gus revive the bald man, and the raven. Gus was frightened of the foul mouthed bird man. The bald man, was named Naro and assured him there was nothing to fear.

The group decided that they wanted to keep the small boat, despite its poor condition. Ren and Gus stay behind and awkwardly manage to sail the sinking piece of junk in after a few hours. The other part of the party returned on the skiff and were back on shore within a few minutes. Naro and his bird friend Hugh are given sustenance and make a quick recovery. The group decided to retire for the evening after having dinner.

Elsen, is awakened by a figure standing at the foot of her bed. The figure starts asking her why she did what she did, and suddenly bursts into flame. Screaming at Elsen, at that moment a second figure appears and also bursts into flame. She realizes that these may be some of the women that were burned to death in the barn during the mutiny of the Minge. Elsen, wisely decides to GTFO of her house. She jumps through the window and hauls ass. Gus who has shacked up in the house next to Elsen hears the commotion and runs out to see what is going on, in time for Else to streak past him followed by two blazing spirits. Gus joins Elsen in running from the spirits. They double back once but find out quickly that the spirits are able to travel through terrain and that they are faster than the players. They both decide to make their way to the fountain hoping the water will provide some form of protection.

The alarm bells had sounded earlier on and the party started to arrive on the scene to see Elsen and Gus trying to avoid the two ghosts. The party engages the vengeful apparitions. They are managing to do some serious damage to the ghosts, but suddenly one of the spirits screams sending out a fiery burst. This immediately renders Elsen and Hugh unconscious and on deaths door. Ren ran to heal Elsen and then to Hugh, while the rest of the party continued to battle the ghosts. Hannik and Bootjack arrive on the scene finally. One of the spirits is defeated the other one releases the same fiery scream as before, this time only Hugh falls (again) to the deadly attack. Within a few quick moments the party mopped up the spirits and emerged victorious, and take a well deserved rest.

The following morning Slash gives a tearful goodbye, and leaves again with Brutus. They promise to return in around a month. Brutus is happy to hear the news about the fiery spirits being defeated as they had killed a dozen or so men on the other island.

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