Upon reaching the island, the newly made officers of the Ruby found that most of the coast was jagged shoreline and crashing waves. Rowing around to a beach on the eastern shore, they discovered that the entire coastline was patrolled by inanimate scrimshawed skeletal warriors, posted as some sort of tribal warning.
Landing on shore, they headed north for a fishing village they spied from off the coast. After encountering some less than friendly natives, it was determined that this island was not a habitable place. Some terrible disease seems to have stricken the island. The wildlife was non-existent with exception to vermin, and the only signs of sentience had been turned into undead monsters – including the long shipwrecked crew of some poor sea voyage. The village proved deserted, and a quick view from a nearby hill showed that there was some sort of structure on the large cliff to the west.
The next morning “Fresh Water” was gathered for the crew and sent back to the ship. Sailors tend to be superstitious about magical water.
The officers adventured south-west, discovering and avoiding a large corn field that seemed very ominous. Heading up the ridge took most of the day, but upon reaching the top a small stockade was discovered, containing a freshwater spring. After dispatching the locals that had set up shop, the story of the shipwrecked crew was determined.
A Chellish ship named the Infernus had been blown into a coral reef roughly 3 years ago in a storm very similar to the one that caught the Ruby. Arron Ivy, the final living survivor, set up this stockade to protect himself against the rest of the newly undead crew. Becoming less and less likely to survive, he attempted to take his own life by hanging – failing in the process and being turned by the terrible disease instead.
Morning came with new surprises. A spyglass set to the wall of the stockade was aimed in the direction of a small cove off the shore. Daylight showed some of the goblinoid creatures known as Grendylows were in the water, and one of them was wearing Sandara’s hat!
Rushing back to the rowboat, the officers made their way to the cove. Killing anything in their path they swam to the heart of Riptide Cove and encountered the Grendylow Queen, and her son “The Whale”, along with Sandara and Shivikah tied up.
During the ferocious battle, Shivikah sunk to the bottom of the churning waters and was ripped apart by ghouls. Sandara was saved just before she met the same fate. With the Whale defeated and the Queen fled, the officers shared a moment of relief at the safe return of their beloved sea priestess.
The battle had just begun however, as the Queen regrouped her remaining grendylow and laid a trap just outside the cove. Upon exiting, the officers found themselves ambushed by the remaining tribe. Another brutal battle took place, claiming the life of Tragen’s companion Biter. The Queen was dead.
Bitter moments took place back on the Ruby. Shivikah was given a small ceremony, and Dungrin punished for his lack of work (due to lack of pay) while the officers were on shore. The crew seemed very morose, but the Ruby has been repaired.
After few more days on the island to gather final supplies and finish looting the Riptide cove, the Ruby set sails (what was left of them) north for the coast.
The journey to Rickety’s Squibs was extremely slow, as the crippled ship limped its way across the Fever Sea north to a secluded area of the Slithering Coast. Finally reaching their destination, the crew of the Ruby was greeted by a weathered old man named Rickety Hake, owner and proprietor of Rickety’s Squibs – a secret establishment that refitted ships for pirates. After a short inspection and negotiation, Rickety has been hired to repair and squib the Ruby.
The repairs will take nearly a week, and the crew has some much needed shore-leave in the small village.