Today I spent some more time interviewing some of the other sailors that Johann has picked out to be potential crew. After the last couple of days of recruiting we have enough bodies to be able to crew the ship and have a margin of error for anyone that doesn’t make it onto the ship.
I approached a couple at a time and engaged them in a game of dice, while we played we talked and as they talked I read them. Some of the sailors know of me and some have even worked with me in the past albeit for only a brief period of time.
I also got to know some of the gang leaders a bit better. I talked at length to a Dwarf known as Skunkbeard. He knows my reputation and wanted to know if I can get him weapons, as he’s heard that there may be a power play on the block soon by another gang. I convinced him that I will get him some weapons, but that I’ll keep talking to the other gangs to bring in smaller contraband items like bread, cheese etc for them so as not to arouse suspicion.
I was then summoned by a gnoll and a minotaur who are part of the Iuzian group. They took me to a corner of the block where a Cat approached me. The Cat is Dr Fleishschnitze, and apparently know what I’m up to. We had a chat about hypothetical escape attempts and the Iuzian blockade that surrounds us.
A little while ago, I felt a burning on my arm. Allbrights tattoo that he left on me was showing “4 nights to go”. Time to step up the planning.
This morning I decided to go speak to Jordell Lighthammer, the odd, loner Elf. I was curious to find out if the rumours I’d heard about him were true and wasn’t surprised after talking to him that they were. He seems to be a cold, calculating man, and someone that could be of use, maybe.
I spoke with the Cat again. He wants me to break him and one of his colleagues out of here with us. His colleague however is in solitary which is going to add to the difficulty. He is promising that he can get us through the blockade though.
We’re planning on moving the weapons from the cache into our cell ready for distibution, but I can’t do this if I thought for 1 second that our cells would be searched in the next couple of days. Just before lockdown tonight I kept Archie and Willfred talking at our cell. While doing this Mugridge started yelping and jumping around outside his cell, pretending that something was moving amongst his hay. We ran in and there we could see it, his hay bed being tossed about as if a large creature was rustling about in it. This of course was one of Mugridges unseen servants throwing the hay about. Archie and Willfred stabbed at the hay and then I jumped in and kicked it about. We then repeated the same thing in the other areas of the cell with Cutty and Johann making the fuss about the movement. Archie believed thoroughly that something was there and reckons he saw it dash out of the block. Before they left, I suggested to the guards, that there is no place now that something could be hiding in this cell, that they haven’t searched.
I now have a very difficult decision. Do I trust the Iuzians enough to break them out and hope that they’ll get us through the blockade? Or do I make a deal with Lighthammer, to despatch the cat in exchange for getting him out of here, and then have to try and break through the blockade.
I’ve spoken with Cutty, Mugridge and Tiny. They all agree that we should take the risk of allowing Dr FleishSnitze and his companion in Solitary to come with us. This adds an extra element to the escape as we will now need to break another person out during the escape.
I made the first runs to the weapons cache tonight. A couple of hours after lockdown, when the guards have finished their regular patrols and most of the cons have settled down for the night. It’s quite straight forward to get to the cell, although I did notice that the cell of the other Iuzian was lit and had a couple of guards in it. I decided that it was easier to carry 1 roll of weapons at a time and make multiple trips.
I managed to get back 3 rolls tonight so I’ll return tomorrow night for the rest.
Today we kept up the routine of being seen around the block, making sure everything is still going to plan. The cat approached me and made sure that I am still willing to help him and his colleague.
Tonight I returned for the last couple of rolls of weapons. On my last trip back I nearly walked out of the cell and straight into a guard. The guard then proceeded down the corridor into the Iuzians cell where he left the main door wide open as he chatted with his colleagues. I had no option but to go for it and run past the open doorway. I got away with it this time.
If everything goes to plan we will be out of here in the next few hours.
Today we dropped the weapons off to the gangs in the cell block and told them to wait until 12:30 to kick it off. Dr Fleishsnitze has been prepped and will have some of his loyal Iuzians help with the fight and the distraction. My men have been prepped and know the plan. With luck the next entry will be written in the sweet air of freedom.
As I write this I am sitting in the captains quarters of my new ship.
At 11:45 last night Cutty saw the prison transfer ship(a sloop class) looming through the storm towards the island.
At about 12:20 the alarms started sounding round the prison. We waited for the guards to pass our cell and then we ran down towards the main block. 2 guards were waiting for us on the door, but with surprise and an Ogre, we managed to overpower them. I opened the cell block door. We took the keys from the guards. Mugridge and Cutty waited with the weapons by the cell block door ready for our men to come out. Tiny and I raced back to solitary. The solitary cell had a couple of guards in, and they were quickly subdued allowing us to break the massive Iuzian out of his shackles.
Once out we raced back towards the main doors, where hopefully the rest of the escape was making progress. We came up against the back of a log jam of prisoners on a spiral staircase, being held by a shield wall of guards at the bottom. I vaulted the rail and dropped heavily into the crowd below clearing a space and making a small hole in the wall. Mugridge summoned a swarm of creatures that enveloped the guards distracting them enough to weaken their hold. We surged through the door to find ourselves in the main yard. At the far end guards were hastily trying to close the large double doors. Tiny forced the door and I ran out onto the pier. The guard towers were active and started firing ballista rounds down onto us. I called to Mugridge to drop a wall of fog onto the area and then ran towards the ship. Some of the other cons had made it through the fog first and the pier was clogged with fighting men. I decided that being out in the open was not where I wanted to be, so I leapt from the pier and caught a rope, tied from the back of the ship to the pier. Shimmying up the rope I was able to climb through the window into the captains cabin. I grabbed a couple of Rum bottles and headed out onto the deck and up to where the light ballistas were firing from the back of the boat. Mugridge had already fettled one with his acid arrow and I saw to another with the rum bottle. By now the cons were pouring up the gang plank onto the ship so I gave the order to Tiny to get this boat moving.
The gang plank was thrown and we cast off and pulled out of the pier. I set Chalky up on the wheel, and the Iuzian(who I found out is named Butcher) guided him to the point where we could break the blockade.
Some of the men were at this point helping to move the ship and others were trying to ransack it and still fighting with each other. I moved below deck to find a bunch of them going over the captains cabin. I stopped them, although one fellow decided to press the matter and didn’t appreciate what I had done for him. With the looters dispersed I went through the captains trunk and found myself some britches, boots and a 3/4 Felix Rex brockaded jacket. I removed the insignia and ordered 2 men to take the rest of the clothing up on deck for those that want to ditch their prison rags.
I went back up topside and addressed the men, to let them know that I am in charge and if they want to stick with me, I guarantee them riches, if they don’t I guarantee them a short trip to the briney deep.
Below decks, in the cargo hold was a single cell containing an Illithid. Cutty recognised him as the fearsome pirate Krakken. He was weak looking and bound with shackles as well as some device clamped to his head. I unlocked him and introduced myself. I set him up with a cabin next to the captains quarters and Butcher sent in the chap with whom I had the altercation with earlier to “greet” him.
By now the ship had rounded the island and we were on the battery side of Longwait. We were now between anti-ship batteries and the Iuzian blockade but I trusted Butcher to know where he was going.
Rocks hurled from catapults splashed down all around us as we pushed on towards the line. As we got nearer, Dr Fleishsnitze moved to the front of the ship and in an instant cast a fireball at a ship to either side of us, engulfing them in flames and allowing us to cut through the blockade.
It looks like the Iuzians will be with us for a little bit longer than I expected.
So, we’re free men once again. However, I have a crew of about 50 that all need food, and drink and so if I want to avoid a mutiny I’d better do something about that quick.
After a full headcount and an inventory check, we found that we have about 70 men on the ship and only enough food and water to last us for a day or two if we ration it out. I’ve taken the decision to give the most to the crew that are manning the ship.
I have found that we have some fishermen on board and so I have tasked them with crafting some basic trawling nets from whatever they can find on board to help suppliment our meagre supplies.
I’ve plotted a course for a small fishing village on the Skitter Isles called Red Beach where we can pick up some supplies to last us a few more days.
We cannot continue on with such a large crew, especially as there are a number of men who are not sailors and have spent the voyage so far being ill. A few have died from wounds sustained in the break out and some are sick with exposure from having to sleep on the open deck in the rain. Tiny has identified 15 men who want to leave the ship so we will find a suitable cove to let them off onto dry land before we reach Red Beach.
On checking the backgrounds of the men that want to leave I have discovered 1 of the men(Malice “The Wolf”) was serving his time for Extortion and Bribery. I have concerns that the moment he finds civilisation after we have dropped him off, he will instantly turncoat and inform on our movements for a few gold pieces. I have therefore taken the measure of asking Mr Butcher to make sure no accidents happen to him.
I was awoken with news this morning of one of the men due to leave us(Malice “The Wolf”) having a fatal accident. Apparently he slipped and fell during the night’s storm, and his throat was cut before he fell over the side of the ship.
We have just left the cove after parting ways with 14 Murderers, Arsonists and Cattle rustlers. They are about 12 hours walk from the nearest settlement which should be enough time for us to put some distance from the area.
We have just set sail from Red Beach after a successful supply stop. Posing as Captain James T Crook of the Felix Rex training vessel Hoodwink, I convinced the towns mayor( a man named Grubb) that we were on a basic training mission, and ran into a storm which has taken us several days off course and with no supplies. I have left them with a chitty and a letter of marque from Captain James T Crook. I’m not sure what will happen when they present that at Gryffin Peak. I think Mayor Grubb is also of the impression that some sort of commendation is beffitting to him for helping the war effort. It still surprises me the ease of which a small town Mayor can be won over with the promise of a shiny medallion, and an admiralty seal for his town hall.
We are now on course for Blackrock Cove, a place I have heard of in legend but never visited. The Krakken is going to make the introductions there and will arrange to have this ship fitted out as a more suitable vessel for our needs.