We have a map; we take a nap!
Braith kicks the rats off the boat; and Raskogg goes to go find some hammocks.
We start getting ready for departure; to the Pirate Castle. Probably we won’t die.
During the trip, which is uneventful, Fengar teaches Lily how to tie a sailor’s knot.
When they begin drawing near to their destination, Karina finds a spyglass in the hold, and spies with it: an area where the cliffs we’ve been following (the coast) slope down to a river outlet. Along the river there are walls.
It’s definitely the pirate castle. There’s a big closed gate.
Karina yells to the group. It occurs to Fengar and Braith that this boat is expected; and we’re not the crew.
Raskogg goes to dress up in Sholar’s clothes, and considers turning himself blue.
Braith and Karina vote for telling them the truth. “Yeah they’re pirates. They’ll probably be fine with it”
Sigrid remembers that Lily has a hat of disguise. She could effectively impersonate captain Sholar, except for her voice which would still sound like a 12 year old girl.
Or we could give someone else the hat.
Raskogg gets the hat.
Braith gets the halflings clothes on. Sigrid decides she’ll spin a tale about how she killed the first mate and is the first mate now.
Lily continues to attempt to impersonate Sholar’s voice, regardless.
The boat moves inexorably forward.
As we get closer, we get a better view of the keep: It’s under construction, right now, being renovated to repair some previous damage.
A guard yells out: “Who goes there?”
Raskogg shouts back: “It is I; Captain Sholar! Let me in.”
The gate starts to raise up. We can see another big boat docked on the wall, and a space on the shore for our boat to be moored.
We decide to dock in the place where it looks like our boat goes.
A couple muscle-y looking men descend from the tower and stand on shore, looking expectant. Fengar looks at them blankly for a second. “OH! ROPES!” He says. He throws them some ropes. Hopefully the right ones.
They pull us up onto the shore. Lily jumps into a barrel and puts the lid on. Karina also gets in a barrel. Braith starts carrying barrels and boxes from the hold to the deck to prepare for unloading. The two shore guys come up the ramp and start hauling stuff.
Four figures come down the stairs from the tower. A couple heavily armed guards with freaky looking shark tooth blades, and bare-chested blue man with a mustache.
The big blue guy yells out “Sholar! You finally made it!” He looks at Sigrid, quizzically. “Who’s the Lady? Where’s Pike?” Sigrid shouts “I killed him” at the same time Sholar yells “He Shat himself to death after some bad food in Corlan”
Blue guy looks shocked for a second, but buys the story.
“Heck of a way to go.” There’s a moment of silence.
“Well, you guys got this out here? Sholar, the boss will want to see you” Sholar replies in the affirmative.
Everybody else leaves, letting us unload. About every ten minutes the strongmen come back and grab some crates and leave again.
While they’re gone, Raskogg decides he’s going to impersonate another member of the crew, and then we can just be like, “I thought Sholar went to see the boss”
Those of us who are not in barrels pick up those who are in barrels and follow the burly dudes up the stairs with their burdens.
When get to the end we see a staging area, seemingly outside the kitchens. Every couple minutes some commoners pop out and grab the supplies, and take them to their larder or whatever.
Still holding the barrel, Raskogg grabs a commoner that pops out. “Hey, Sholar asked me to take this to his room specifically. Can you show me where it is?” The person looks unimpressed, and points to the keep. " ’s probably in there". “Okay, thanks”
We start walking over there.
We get into the great hall. It’s really fancy, there’s a big shirtless guy looking through papers. He looks up. “Who are you?”
“We’re Sholar’s crew”
“Sholar… I don’t remember any of you”
“Apparently his other crew had some deadly shits.”
This exchange goes on for a while, but somehow the Bossman believes everything eventually, and introduces himself as Grimjaw.
We get pointed to the the barracks and head on our way.
We get out of the great hall, and see a bathhouse. Guessing that the bathhouse will be empty, we take the barrels to the bathhouse. Raskogg and Sigrid go to the Barracks and get shown to the bunks of Sholar’s old crew. They go through their old chests and find a bunch of pirate clothes! Sigrid takes the clothes to Karina and Lily so they can look like pirates, while Raskogg sits down with some sailors and gambles, and collects information.
He find out that Grimjaw is a good boss but there’s something suspicious that happens to him at night.
Also he asks why people are blue and learns that there are sketchy things that happen in the chapel for orientation.
Karina gets her pirate clothes on, basically looking like captain Jack Sparrow; and really pulls off the look.
It’s afternoon, we’ve all been welcomed and no one seems suspicious that we’re here at all. Raskogg goes to the bathhouse and turns back into Sholar, to go make his report to Grimjaw. Sigrid accompanies him.
The rest of us stand loitering by the door in case things go bad.
Instead, it actually goes super well. There’s a gruff exchange of words, Grimjaw by this point is too drunk to really see through the illusion, and then it’s done.