The door to the next room opened, revealing Tsadok Goldtooth, who fired his pistol at Chopper. “I told you that you should have let me fish him!” Feruzi said as Ezikial returned fire.
“Fish?” Chopper asked, baffled. A dwarf boatswain appeared beside the half-orc and launched himself on Chopper, pinning him down while a second dwarf ran up and began punching the Captain about the stomach. Feruzi skewered one dwarf with arrows while Reiko surgically removed the other. Sandara threw an ice storm at Goldtooth, who swung his falchion at Ezikial, who took a serious wound for, probably, the tenth time today. Any more of this and they’d be taking him back to the Crisis in a box. Reiko intercepted Goldtooth’s next attack and treated him as she treated all opponents.
“Doesn’t matter,” the half-orc sputtered. “The King’ll kill you all.”
“I bet fish looks like the nice option now,” Feruzi said.
“What is it with you and the fish?” Chopper demanded. “Seriously.”
“What is it with you and the senile old-man memory?”
“’E’s an old man,” Sandara said brightly, mending their wounds."
“I hate you all.”
“This is not news, Captain,” Ezikial said.
“If he started liking us I’d be worried we weren’t doing our jobs well enough.”
The next room in the tower was a dining hall, dominated by a large table of polished teak and an ornately carved-high backed captain’s chair.
“I vote we use the chair as a battering ram on . . . something that needs battering,” Chopper said. “Just for spite.” Ezikial pulled Bonefist’s banner down from the wall.
“I vote we don’t,” Reiko said. “It’s a nice and probably expensive chair.”
They left the tower, now empty of enemies, and headed for the docked ship, the Filthy Lucre. An exquisitely painted figurehead of a beautiful, bare-breasted woman rose from the ship’s prow. Feruzi cast a spell of invisibility over them and they crept aboard the ship, apparently unnoticed. Chopper began climbing the rigging to the crow’s nest, where a sniper was watching the pier. “Ahoy,” Chopper announced, and gave her a violent shove.