Part One: The Viridian Armada
While preparing to leave Reptile Island the party took stock of its current situation. Having killed Harrigan the evening before, today was the 11th day of the month of Warmshade. The paperwork recovered in Harrigan’s fort indicated that the Viridian fleet would be gathering at Greenwax in approximately eleven days. From there, the paperwork revealed, they would move to attack Tidewater Rock, arriving there about ten days later. After taking Tidewater Rock they were to move on to Rallu, arriving there fourteen days after leaving Tidewater Rock. The party recognized that this timeframe was somewhat nebulous and might not even be accurate, but it was all they had to work with.
Visk took some time to fully heal our newly recovered shipmates, Peppery Longfarthing, Stitchman Quarne, and Cut-throat Grok. The last of these, Cut-throat Grok, agreed to join Milo in his adventures as his personal bodyguard.
Time being of the essence, Milo proposed to teleport the entire party to Rallu. All agreed, Milo uttered a single word and the party vanished from the Sea Reaver and appeared on the street in front of Tsamar Fairwind’s townhouse in Rallu. Knocking on the door, they were greeted by a servant who explained that Tsamar was indeed in residence. The party was escorted to her sitting room, where they were received with a warm welcome. Milo and the other shared their story with Tsamar and showed her the evidence they had recovered about Harrigan’s agreement with the Viridians and their impending naval assault. Tsamar was unsurprised, and expressed a sincere desire to help us in any way that she could. She noted that she had been warning the Pirate Council about Viridian plots of several years now. They all decided to go to Tsadok Goldtooth, the Hurricane King’s first-mate, and request that an emergency meeting of the Council be called.
Tsamar and the party met with Tsadok at the entrance to Fort Hazard, and showed him the first of Harrigan’s letters, which discussed the agreement between Harrigan and Admiral Thrune, and outlined the timeline for their attacks on Tidewater Rock and Rallu. They withheld the second letter, which discussed the existence of a secret entrance into Fort Hazard. Tsadok agreed to call an emergency council meeting, which was to be held on the 15th of Warmshade, four days hence.
With their urgent business completed and a four day wait ahead, the party decided to do some long-delayed shopping and take care of several other matters. They sold much of their loot and divided the proceeds among the party (each party member (4) gets 51,575.5 gp). Their shopping done, Milo teleported the party to the Isle of Empty Eyes to prepare their own fleet for the inevitable confrontation with the Viridians.
Arriving on the Isle, they were greeted by Ubeck and Ederleigh, who they had put in charge before they departed for Reptile Island. They were advised on the situation and told to spread word to the fleet to prepare for departure after a course of action was determined at the Council meeting. The party also went and spoke with Lady Agastee Smythee, who, along with Knuckles Grype, had been pirating aboard the Gypsy Danger. Milo advised her that Tidewater Rock, her ancestral home, was in the path of the Viridian fleet’s attack plan. She was initially distraught, but appeared reassured after Milo promised they would do everything they could rally the Pirate Council to defend the Rock.
Their allies warned, the group decided that it was time to lay the groundwork for intelligence gathering on the Viridian fleet. It was decided that ”Caulky” Tarroon was best situated for that mission based on the previous role she played in Harrigan’s “recruitment methods.” Caulky was given a potion of invisibility, an elixir of hiding and 50 gold pieces for expenses. She was to gather as much intelligence as she could on the composition and activities of the Viridian fleet and report it to Visk every sunset via sending. The details set, Visk scryed on a known fisherman in Greenwax, allowing Milo some passing familiarity with the town. In the middle of the night, Milo teleported both Caulky and himself to the docks of Greenwax, with only a minor detour for a quick saltwater bath. Caulky set off, and Milo returned to the Sea Reaver.
The next morning, the start of the 13th day of Warmshade, the party decided to deal with their erstwhile enemy and prisoner, Gilbrok the Tongue. During the invasion of Harrigan’s fortress, the party had taken Gilbrok prisoner after he made repeated attempts to escape. To Visk’s surprise, Gilbrok now begged for mercy. He told the party how he had been rescued from cannibals by Harrigan and had been given a place to live. Gilbrok eagerly accepted the party’s offer of a tower to live in on the Isle of Empty Eyes in exchange for his services. The party even agreed to pay for the material components needed for Gilbrok to replace his familiar, which Milo had killed. To that end, Milo once again teleported the party to Rallu, where Gilbrok spent the afternoon gathering materials (-6500 gp).
Once Gilbrok had completed his shopping Milo teleported everyone to Tidewater Rock, where it was decided Gilbrok would reside until after the battle with the Viridian fleet. This required some fast-talking with Royster McCleagh, who was no fan of savage warlocks inhabiting the keep there. Arkin managed to convince Royster that it was in his interest if he wanted to island defended, however.
The four days until the Council meeting nearly expired, Milo teleported himself and his officers back to Rallu. The engaged in a night of revelry and whoring, and woke on the morning of the 15th of Warmshade with blaring headaches. Thankfully, the Council meeting was not to be held until later that afternoon.
Gathering in the Council chamber, Milo sidled up to the Master of Gales and tipped him off about the topic of the coming proceedings. While grateful for the warning, the Master of Gales would not commit himself to support the party’s cause at that time.
Tsadok called the meeting to order and Kerdak entered the chamber, standing on his private balcony, tankard of rum in-hand. Milo and his officers told their tale and presented the evidence of Harrigan’s treachery. Arronax Endymion had a somewhat smug grin on his face when Harrigan was revealed as the traitor, vindicated from all suspicion. Tsadok read Harrigan’s letter aloud, though there were some snickers from the audience balcony at his outrageous lisp. Afterward, Tsamar Fairwind spoke in our favor, recollecting her own entreaties to the Council regarding a potential Viridian plot.
Kerdak, the Hurricane King, was dismissive. He stated that he remained unconvinced that there was a true Viridian threat, and that even if the Viridians did intend to attack, how would they get to Rallu without Harrigan’s assistance now that he was dead. Arkin’s cajoling and appeals to solidarity notwithstanding, the party’s requests for assistance to meet the Viridian fleet at Tidewater Rock were rejected by Kerdak and Tsadok. Tsadok said that even if there was a threat, the Council should wait until the Viridians had attacked Tidewater Rock to consider any action. With that, Kerdak dismissed the meeting and walked out.
Immediately following Kerdak’s departure Arkin vocally questioned the point of a Council when it would not agree to defend against such a threat. He proposed a vote even in the absence of the Hurricane King. Arronax Endymion vocally supported the cause and Arkin proposed that they organize a “coalition of the willing.” Milo attempted to persuade Krya the Wide to join the colation. She observed that while she was disappointed by the lack of leadership in the Council, she had her own captains to worry about and would not join the fight. Likewise, Visk was unable to persuade Kanos Lagos or Sarene Bloodmourn to join the coalition, despite her allusions to the potential for great booty to be taken.
In the end, the only ones to support Milo and his crew were Arronax Endymion and Tsamar Fairwind. They felt that the Hurricane King had become a coward and committed their naval squadrons to the fight. The Master of Gales agreed that the Hurricane King was ineffective as a leader, but was not willing to commit his own forces. Instead, he declared that would leave Mase Darimar to defend Sunev and would sail with us personally aboard the Sea Reaver.
Following the meeting, and after discussing the matter with Arronax Endymion, Visk and Arkin realized that it was possible that the Viridian fleet might have powerful wizards that were capable of scrying to learn about any plans to counter their attack. Visk used a screen to defend against any scrying, instead portraying increasing division amongst the pirate council and free captains.
Endymion, Tsamar, and the Master of Gales set sail immediately for Tidewater Rock. Milo teleported the party to Reptile Island, where they too set sail for Tidewater Rock, departing on the 16th of Warmshade. Five days later, on the 1st of Sunstrong, Caulky reported to Visk that a Viridian fleet of eight squadrons and approximately fifty ships had assembled in the harbor of Greenwax and looked ready to depart the next day.