In the second encounter, our heroes charged into the pirate’s cave on the rocky island while Marg sneaked in to free the Queen. A large man named Gavos stopped them short, holding the Queen threateningly, while another pirate stuck around our heroes and lobbed a net at them. Corwin was on his guard and managed to dodged, but the others were caught by surprised and trapped under the heavy fishing net. With a swift shot from his bow, Corwin extinguished the pirates lantern, leaving Vane Starbreeze’s sword as the only source of light. Plunged in to darkness, our heroes engaged in battle, while Marg attempted to free the Queen.
Rylo engaged in a battle of whips with a pirate wielding a snaking octopus arm! Whips cracked and wits flashed, but they appeared to be evenly matched. Meanwhile, Vane and Corwin faced off against the other two pirates. The Kree feinted defeat, only to leap into action, issuing a surprise attack that felled the mighty Gavos! In the end, only the pirate with the whip remained, dueling it out with Rylo as his companions fell to the swift moves of the heroes. Rylo won the final test of wills, intimidating him into forfeiting claiming the octopus whip as a trophy.
The Queen was free, and they’d captured a valuable pirate informant to boot! They interrogated the man, named Speeven, and learned that he was a crew member of the ship know as the Blood Tide, captained by a fearsome man named Balarkova. From the Queen, they learned that the Axolotls had been entrusted with a priceless treasure, a pair of maps from the lost Prince of Octopon himself, Ren! She begged them to go to the island and find Ren’s treasure before Balarkova! Speeven reluctantly agreed to tag along, swearing that if the captain would kill him on sight for loosing the queen.
In a final act of greed, Corwin declared the whip to be his rightful booty, seeing as he’d bravely fought two of the pirates. Unfortunately, he ended up a little short on this bargain, and now owes the silver tonged merchant some money.