Pirates of Caribdus

Maiden Voyage
Dark Times in the Savage Land

The life of a sailor is a life at sea – the spray of the sea on your face, the wind at your back. Sailors are always moving – whether they’re running from something, to somewhere, or just seeing where life and the sea takes them.

Life doesn’t always seem to work out that way, though. The crew of the Rebecca have learned that the hard way. On the 40th night of their 60-day voyage, something – something big – hit their hull hard. Several of the crew either fell or were pulled out of the ship into the dark depths, never to be seen again. In the confusion, a lantern was broken and set the ship ablaze. Any man that could be spared fought that fire, as the captain did the only thing he could – he ran the ship aground on Torath-Ka.

Typically, only a mad man would dare set foot on the Savage Land… that place is home to everything that could kill a man easy, along with the savage red men – the Ugaks. Captain Abraham had no choice, though; he couldn’t let his men drown, or burn. As soon as the ship was beached, he gave his orders. Totorakin, Vincent and the Doreen were to scout about and search for food while the remaining 20 souls salvaged the ship. He wouldn’t say it, but the Captain expected to be here for a long time.

Totorakin, at home in the water, looked for nearby fishing spots while Vincent looked for animal tracks at the treeline. While there were obviously fish in the water, they felt that they would have better luck tracking whatever reptiles made the tracks that Vincent found.

The jungles of Torath-Ka are hot, and muggy, though a welcome alternative to death at sea. Vincent lead Totorakin and the Doreen, Bloop, through the jungle. After a few hours, they hear rustling not far from them. As they stop to listen more closely, it’s obvious that something is moving toward them. Vincent dives for cover, Totorakin prepares his magic, and Bloop readies his sword.

Out of the foliage jump 5 man-sized lizards, who all run straight at Bloop who easily parries their claws and bites. They seem hungry, and fight wildly. Bloop keeps most of them busy while Totorakin conjures a plume of fire, incinerating at least one of them. One of these yellow-backed lizards charges Totorakin, and nearly kills him; though the Doreen is able to help. After 4 of them are killed, the last runs off.

Totorakin hears running water nearby, and convinces the others to drag the bodies over there. Vincent and Bloop skin the beasts while Totorakin goes for a swim. About an hour later, he rises from the water free from harm, and explains to the others for the first time that he can control not only the element of Fire, but Water as well.

The estimate that these lizards will provide about 40 man-days of food and decide to head back to the wreck, certain that the captain will be pleased. As they approached the shore, they were met by six red men – Ugaks. These men put up quite a fight – nearly taking out Bloop. However, they were no match for the trio, especially when Totorakin started slinging bolts of Fire.

After the red men were dispatched, they continued to the wreckage. As it came into view, they were presented with a brutal battleground – bodies and pools of blood surrounded the remains of the Rebecca, now burned to the waterline.

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The Red Pool
Blood Spilled in the Savage Land

Vincent Vegas, Bloop and Totorakin had just returned with food after their ship had been shipwrecked on Torath-Ka. Something hit their ship and a fire broke out, forcing the captain’s hand. As they returned, pleased with their findings, they are met with the remains of their crew – dead from a recent battle. All but six of their cohorts – including their captain, Jonas Abraham, lie dead on this beach.

After a few moments of silence, Vincent Vegas offers to take care of the bodies while Bloop and Totorakin search for the survivors. They take a careful look around, and begin following the tracks back into the jungle of Torath-Ka.

An hour into their journey, they walk into what seems to be a small tribe of monkapes, who promptly start hollering at them. Bloop waves, and one of them waves back, which prompts Bloop to start walking past them. These apes don’t like this, and begin hurling coconuts at them! Totorakin quickly scares them off with some of his fire magic.

A few more hours into the hot and humid jungle, the tracks they had been following turn into an old trail, and they hear someone chanting loudly up ahead. Bloop scouts ahead, and sees a giant stone pool filled with what looks like bubbling red tar. On the other side of the pool stands a twenty-foot tall statute of a giant monkape, and kneeling in front of that stands the missing crew!

The crew’s hands and feet are bound behind them, and standing behind them is a source of the chanting – likely an Ugak shaman. Bloop hastily finds his way back to Totorakin, and they devise a plan of rescue. They decide that they don’t have time to go get Vincent Vegas for help, so they sneak as close as they can to the clearing, while Totorakin lets loose some fire bolts.

One flies true – striking the shaman in the face and sending him tumbling to the ground. Bloop advances slowly to draw the attention of the other red-men, while Totorakin continues to throw fire at the Ugaks.

Bloop fights fiercely, felling the first few Ugaks to charge at him. He is quickly surrounded, however, and is stuck in the guts with a red-man’s spear. His life flashing before his eyes, he can do but one thing as he falls at the feet of these red men. He yells:

Totorakin….Run!

Seeing his mate bleeding all over, Totorakin‘s rage manifests as a great blast of fire, incinerating three of the Ugaks almost instantly. He rushes over to Bloop, but soon sees it is too late… But, instead of heeding his friend’s advice, Totorakin is determined to free the rest of the crew from a grim fate at the hands of the Ugaks, and he continues hurling fire.

The shaman eventually rises, burned and barely alive with just enough energy to kick one of the crew – the kehanna Mongrel – into the red pool. He sinks slowly into the acidic pool, dying seconds later. With one final volley of flames, Totorakin slays the last of the Ugaks and moves to free the crew.

Just as he unties Cais, the last of the captives, the ground around them begins to shake violently, and the red pool begins bubbling much more quickly. Uninterested in finding out why, the remaining crew of the Rebecca hastily make their way back toward their ship’s wreckage. As the flee, Totorakin looks back to see a giant monkape – even larger than the stature – rise roaring from the pool. Thankfully, they are able to get out of its view by the time it begins looking around.

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The Shady Lady

Totorakin leads the rescued crew back to the wreck of the Rebecca. What was once a 25-man crew is now reduced to nine: Captain Jonas Abraham, Miguel Figuroa, John Smith, Cais Cath, Caras Cath, Blarg-Honk, Vincent Vegas, Totorakin and Luna. After resting at the wreck for a short time, Luna glides high to get a quick view of the area. Spying a river to the West, they decide to make camp and send a scouting party to the river in the morning.

The stranded souls are awakened to the angry cries of a flock of birds. Totorakin quickly recognizes them – Razor wings! These deadly seagull-like birds are infamous for their razor-sharp beaks and wings, and are known to rip unsuspecting crews to shreds.

The flock floods over the captain and Cais, while Blarg-Honk flails his battle-ball into the mass of birds. Totorakin blasts them with fire, and the crew swings wildly with the swords. A few of them panick, curling on the ground in an attempt to escape the razorwings, but after a few moments, the flock is reduced to a scattering few. Luna – who was sleeping perched in a nearby tree – swoops down on one as the flock dissipates.

Totorakin sustained a few minor cuts during the fray. None were serious, but as Blarg-Honk saw his friend bleeding, he picked him up and rushed him to the water (now that is known that Totorakin can heal with his water magic), crying “Toto hurt! Toto need water!” Despite his objections, Totorakin cannot stop the brute from carrying him into the sea.

Captain Abraham assigns Totorakin, Blarg-Honk and Luna with the task of scouting toward the river while the rest of them organize and guard the salvage from the Rebecca. The tree travel down the beach for roughly two hours, and quickly spy more wreckage a short distance up the river. Upon further inspection, they find that it is an old skiff – a salvageable skiff!

Seeing that the ship has no mast, Blarg-Honk steps into the foliage and uproots a small tree, but losing his balance as he tries to carry it to the wreck. Totorakin explains that they should be able to use what was salvaged from the Rebecca, and thanks Blarg-Honk for his help. Luna takes a quick look inside the wreckage, finding nothing; then offers to head back to their camp to lead the others here to repair the skiff.

Luna glides quickly back to the camp, and begins to lead the others (along with some of the salvage) to the river. As they hike up the beach, the air around Torath-Ka rises roughly twenty degrees in temperature. Thankfully, the skiff can be repaired in the shade near fresh water.

Cais Cath, the ship’s carpenter, quickly patches the hull of the skiff with little help from the others. They tie lines to it, guiding it down the river and along the beach to the rest of their salvage. Totorakin helps shove off with his water magic.

With the skiff moored at the beach, Cais and Blarg-Honk repair the mast and sails while the skiff is loaded. Night is nearing, so they decide to rest on the ship for the night and shove off in the morning.

As dawn nears, Luna spies some movement in the trees. She glides toward the campfire to get a closer look, and is met with spears hurling toward her! She cries, awaking the crew, and prepares for a fight. She sees a dozen Ugaks – two riding yellowbacks – emerge from the trees. She fights three of them off while Totorakin provides covering fire. Blarg-Honk cuts the mooring line and yells for Luna to return.

As the ship begins to drift, Luna runs and barely catches the side before the Ugaks close in. They dodge a few more spears, but are safe… for now.

The new skiff is dubbed The Shady Lady, and the crew sails off into the blue.

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