Skull and Shackles
The Journal of Ezikial Hands, Journeyman Gunner Part Eighteen
Our second day out from our encounter with the Dominator, we interrupted an attack on a Sargavan trader by a pirate longship. With much banter and quipping, we decided to uphold the intent of the Sargavan/Shackles covenant and come to the trader’s aid. The ship battle did raise my blood and spark covetousness for their ship’s catapult. We finally came along side and were able to board the Devil’s Pallor. Their captain was a large Hobgoblin that used poison on his crossbow, but proved to be no match for Reiko’s sword and Chopper’s new axe and the crew surrendered shortly thereafter.
At this time we did notice that the Sargavan ship was attempting to flee, and having put Reiko in charge of the longship, Chopper ordered us to catch them up so that we may speak with them. Taking only a small portion of their cargo as a reward, we left the Sea Chanty to herself and sailed on for Tidewater Rock.
Having several days to make changes to my new pistol, I added narrow steels strips to each barrel to facilitate a one handed operation and the new powder has proven most effective. As well there was the new catapult, now set on the aft deck…
(the journal goes into great detail on the workings of standard catapults, the blood/powder combination and the modifications of the pepperbox, with sketches, diagrams and equations)
Disaster nearly struck as Besmara and the sea proved their capriciousness upon our mainmast with a bolt of lightning during a heavy storm. We did manage to cut the mast loose before the hull was damaged, but we were late in our arrival to Tidewater Rock.
The Keep at Tidewater Rock had been assaulted by sahuagin and one caretaker lay dead and another seriously wounded. Chopper did work tirelessly and, with Sister Sandara’s aid, managed to save the lad’s leg and life.
Meanwhile, Pegsworty had sent a fabulous bow to Feruzi, indicating his most strong interest in her.
And, lastly, Captain Chopper did marry Lady Smythee and became the Lord of Tidewater Rock for the period of a year.