50 Fathoms

Captain's log #20 Fencing, treasure hunting and retirement
by Captain Locke Montoya

Rebecca’s Ghost sails for New Madrid. General mood has changed a lot after leaving Kiera. Some of the crew seem to treat me differently, bit more on their toes. Some with respect, some with… something else.

New passengers and crew start to find their place. Tomas spends his time circling around women and boasting about his adventures. He and Bos have also started to talk a lot about magic and becoming mage… Scary thought, Bos being a mage on top oif his unstoppable fighting style. I’m pretty sure Kylie and Exodarion have something going on. That doesn’t really bother me, but Exodarion seems to be absent-minded around officers meetings. Hopefully it doesn’t affect his performance if his skills are needed. Rana also seems to be handling herself quite well, all things considered. I’ve tried to get her something to read and make sure she doesn’t become too bored. Annoying that she seems to take pride in making me look bad with her noblewomas education. Still I get her to shut up and listen with tales of my travels… that’s something you can’t read from books.

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We came to ruins today. Kylie helped us to send Bos and Exodarion to search it. Not much loot, but crew got some free time form normal workday.

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We arrived to New Madrid. Exodarion changed few words with me. It became clear why he had been on his thoughts these last days. He had started to think about settling down. He had a small fortune that would buy him a house and get him going. He said he was tired of this endless struggle against Hags, as this was his second war against them… He also said that he needed to think about future, looking towards Kylie. I must say that I understand, but him leaving is quite the blow to our crew. Maybe it isn’t his fight… or maybe he knows something we don’t. After that he went to talk with Kylie.

I headed out to find someplace for Rana to stay in. I ended up going to talk with New Madrid’s men of cloth. They offered safe place for Rana to stay in. I also told her that she should go to ask Martinez for help if she was in trouble. Hopefully she doesn’t get in same kind of trouble in here that she got in Kiera.

Losing these people felt suprisingly heavy in my mind. As we went to take couple of drinks Bos also said that if our ship was being careened here, he would loan our dinghy and leave for Whip Islands to look for some salvage. He isn’t a persoin to take it easy it seems.

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I headed for Ramirez fencing school to better my skills with rapier. Bos leaved with Dumond for Whip Islands. That’s quite the feat if they actually get there.

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Huh. Rumors about scurillian and a visitor rowing close to Whip Islands floating around. They say that stubborn scurillian wouldn’t approve ride in a real ship. Seems that Bos want’s to keep shares to minimum.

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Bos returned and tomorrow I’ll end my two week training under Ramirez. After that we’re going to head to South, Baltimus and Bluth’s Crown. Maybe in Bluth’s Crown we would get some information about Hags and golden triangle that Redbeard is looking for.

Maybe they could help me with wound that Telimos gave me… If they can’t I’m not sure what I’m going to do.

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Captain's Log #21 Farewell and unexpected discoveries
by Captain Locke Montoya

We departed from New Madrid today. Rana came to see our departure. I thought that she acted weird. Then she.. then we… huh, didn’t even think that she was interested…

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Tomas came to talk. Commented something about my inner fire, referring to Rana I reckon. Proceeded to ask if Annie was free for taking. That womanizer is quick to adapt it seems…
Feels like I should have talked with Rana more… first time for everything it seems. I’m actually waiting to return to New Madrid. Am I crazy? I might be dying… damn it. Need to focus.

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As we came to Caresia I needed a drink. Trade companies were meeting in there so town was quite lively. After hard gambling and drinking I woke up in strange house the next morning. There was a parrot there, seems that I bought it while drunk. After getting my bearings and some food for parrot, it repeated a conversation it had overheard. Something about burying treasure and marking it with cross to old tree. After some searching we found chest on marked place. What was inside took me off-guard. Some kind of magical statue and a golden triangle, like the one we found in Mad Dog’s cargo. Seems that there is more to Red Beards treasure than we thought.

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From Caresia we headed for Tuck. There we met Joshua Goldstain that needed help calibrating his chronometre for Caridbus. I offered to help. We also heard about pirate raids and looked around for their tracks. We found one of their shoring places, but nothing else… until we came back to village and saw smoke rising in north.

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Captain's log #22 Among noblemen, play to remember, diary of Byron Balrimus.

Swift Death. Rumors tell that it is a pirate Kieran Cutter, captained by doreen named Brays. This is second time we encounter landtroops it has left to act on their own and disappeared.

As I and Bos ran toward the smoke we catched pirates looting the buring farm. Needles to say we attacked without hesitation. After felling pirates I focused on saving some of the wounded farmers. Seems that at that time leader of those pirates escaped. We took some of the live pirates to be convicted by Tuck’s farmers. They thought that we killing those pirates would get those pirates to think twice before attacking again. I hope they’re right, but I fear that Swift Death will return to plague weak farmers around these parts. Still we left for Baltimus.

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This town seems to unfold new layer of filth everytime we visit. We decided to approach nobles and possibly Baltimus through theater again, to get our hands to Sea Hags’ true names. We got a deal that we would get invited to theater act that was kept to find allies to trading company. Some rumors float around tha in last tradecompany meeting, something happened and now things are gettig more tense between them. As we headed to tavern to write some guidelines to our fakeplay to get that invitation, some shady character tried to hire us to assassinate Bruno Baltims. He talked about some legendary magic sword he would give us and getting revenge againt Baltimus and his court for what they did to his daughter and famil but wouln’t go to detail. This haunted me for a while, but one doesn’t go to assassinate one of the most powerful men in Caridbus without strong evidence…

Our script got the wanted effect and we were invited by Lazenby to this theater night. Bos and I attended. Play was named “Merchant in Venezuela”. Reminded me of other side. It seems like a lifetime ago now…

Then the assassins hit us. They were after Lazenby. We and couple brave adventurers defended Lazenby against them, saving his life. He offered 3000 pieces of eight as thanks, but we asked if he could try to get us the names of Hags. Sure enough couple days later old diary waited us in Company’s office.

Mala, Maka and Mana Mallus. The ones haunting the Devil’s Cross. The ones drowning this world. The ones who were about to be challenged. Still, there is work to do, if we’re going to survive our voyage to Flotsam sea.

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Captain's Log #23 Magic, peglegs and talking head
by Captain Locke Montoya

Not a day had passed after we got our hands to names of hags when a storm came from nowhere. Incinerator and Redbeard attacked again, but we escaped quickly. Does he sense the triangles, or was he sent there by hags to stop us?

Before venturing to Bluth’s Crown, we lowered anchor on Azy Cay. There we met “stumpy” Pete, a sailor with two peglegs. He told a tale of his adventures and about treasure they left behind. After a barrel of beer and talking we were set to sail and find that treasure after our visit to crown.

Crown is quite strange place. Two dozen mages learning magic in towers every day. I asked them about golden triangles, hags and my wound, that still seems to be getting worse. Didn’t get much out from them. They said that they could use the stones set middle of village, but they were crumpling from too much use. A ritual could revive them they said and told us about what they needed for it. Gold from Kehana Flumes, lava from volcanoes in Torath Ka, Air from Coaker Mounains and water from flotsam sea. With our route, we should be able to get those things, power from “stones that brought magic to Caridbus” could prove to be important in our guest. Bos also asked for week to learn magic.

Sitting around got under my skin.. me and couple men from crew went to stroll around the woods… Arn Abel fell as razorwings and monkapes attacked us. Losing first mate like this affects crew badly… it affects me badly.

Finally we departed and sailed to Azy Cay to start our treasure hunt. While in there I got in talks with Azy herself. She had heard about me and my work to get Rana out from Kiera. As she talked about it being a good thing and talking about helping women down in their luck, I couldn’t help but be scared. How many know about Rana? Where she is? How powerful Livis could be? It’ probably nothing, but its good to visit New Madrid after our trip to treasure island, make sure she stays at her toes.

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Quite a treasure. Third of golden triangles and a mummified head, that talked when touched. It talked about powers and helping against hags before returning to its dead state… and gold. Lots of gold. And undead monkapes and giant monkapes trying to steal the head. Now it seems good that I let Bos to study magic. Now he cand grow somekind of sandarmor around him and become as large as the giant monkape. Still I can’t help thinking that his powers were acquired with Arn Abel’s life.

Need to stay sharp. Rufus might be waiting for us again.

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Captain's Log #24
by Captain Locke Montoya

Once again Rebecca’s Ghost anchors in New Madrid. I find it hard to leave this time.

As we left, I found some wellpaying cargo. While sailing we had to avoid some pirates so travelers wouldn’t get scared. Bos is quite irritated by that. Choosing Tomas as first mate probably didn’t help.
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From Baltimus we continued to Brigandy Bay. Waiting to set chronometer we visited the black market. Now I have two maps that claim to be same french captains treasure maps. Other points to south of Swindon and other has just drawings… they seem familiar to me, but not sure from where.

As we visited taverns, the three pirates that run the place wanted to see me. Warning, mostly. I tried to see if they could be talked into helping with hags… no such luck. Only the visitor was interested and Swift Deaths doreen captain seemed ready to kill me then and there. Need to be on my toes in the future. Rumors also tell that trading companies are having some kind of disputes. This might change things in future..
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Torath Ka. Looking for rock formation in the map I returned to red pool where cpt. Abrahams was killed. Didn’t find anything, apart from small group oh Ugaks. Continued further east to find Malai and saw a bonfire. When we arrived, we found tracks leading to forest. There we found Ugak village, getting ready for feast honoring the walking gods. We could hear screams for help from one of the huts. Hopefully we can save them before it’s too late.

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Captain's Log #25 Fire of Torath Ka
by Captain Locke Montoya

Whole Ugak village waiting for feast of gods and we managed to disappoint them. As rest of crew didn’t get to village in time it was up to me to sneak Malai out from there. When they noticed me on way out, Bos released their captured yellowbacks on them and all of us got out without a scratch.
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We continued east along the coast. I took small group to volcano and left rest to calibrate chronometre and watch the ship. We needed to find lavastone for Bluth’s magical stones and ritual to fix them.
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Entering volcano is madness without protection from heat. Thomas enchanted me, Bos and Kylie and we started climbing down the pit. There we ran into salamanders that were according to Bos different from usual beasts, changed by their living place. As we attacked them we noticed some things: water hurt them, their tails weren’t armored like all other parts of their body and that whatever burned inside them allowing them to breath fire exploded when they died. With some burns and wounds we made it low enough to get our hands to right kind of lava stone. I was tired and releaved to be so close to our price..

Then I heard something huge breathing at end of cavern. The volcano shook under its legs as it rose from its sleep.. and then the beast roared.

Bos answered its challenge with his warcry.

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Captain's log #26 Inquisition takes notice
by Captain Locke Montoya

When the battle between monsters seized I was bleeding badly and in need for Annie’s healing skills.

Bos also was battered, but also disappointed that in the end beast had fallen as the floor collapsed under us during battle. I think that he starts to doubt that my ship can offer glorious battles to him and that he might lose his life to some meaningles foe. Still m y pla to sail to Flotsam Sea seems to keep him interested in our mission. Still, marching deeper to Torath Ka’s jungles. climbing the moiuntain and facing dangers on this voyage are the moments he seem ed to enjoy himself the most. A true warrior, looking for thrill of the fight over all else.

There was a time I went to adventure with same mindset, with no fear for my own life, as nothing couldn’t be worth of not seeing new things, but now I’m not so sure… Now I actually have a reason to returrn and I’m not sure how to live with that feeling.

Still, there is larger things at stake than my own life and happiness.

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Walking from the mountains back to shore felt like eternity with this heat on us. Kylie tries to ease our march with her magic, but still fainting and hallucinations shadow our march.

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FInally back at the ship. Water. Don’t feel like writing now, going to swim.

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Our sailing towards Kiera starts. In there we can relax and get more provisions. I hope that we’re still welcome there after our last visit to Kieran empire. Men need rest and possibility to spend their money. I hope that Livis didn’t have friends in high places or reason to suspect us. Still there is uplifted tone on ship as we managed to save Malai and acquire lavastone from depths of Torath Ka.

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Now I feel stupid about my worries about sailing to Kieran empire. We visited the Coconut Grouve without problems, even with the dungeaon looming over us, as we talked and drank to the reunion of brothers. Tomorrow we sail for Kiera to resupply for our voyage to Coaker Mountains.

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In Kiera, I again let my crew to take it slow and drink all they want. I gotta admit, even I’m impressed by them using all their pay so quickly. Asrael even asked for loan to pay for his girls and rum. While the crew started drinking at the noon, I visited the market. I found out that they could sew the salamanders hides to armor, able to withstand fire. After paying and leaving them to their work I, too, headed for the tavern to block out the thoughts of doubt.

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All our luck seems to have run out in one day.

First, we lure inquisition ships to take notice at us. Then our main sail ripped, leaving us dead on the water. Now we are faced by witch hunters, ready to kill all magic users, on a ship with three mages on board. I’m not sure if I can handle this peacefully. I feel the whole crew to tense up as the inquisition enters our ship. I’ve ordered them to keep weapons at hand.

This might turn out ugly…

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