Back aboard the ships, Siphon checks in with Spart, who has poisoned much of the food indiscriminately. Most of the crew is sick.
Fang goes to see Percy, who is sick in his bunk. He tells him that Fenntower fell fighting zombies. Offering his condolences, he takes his leave. He also checks on Jade and Leslie, who made it back to the ship and were in the process of checking the weapon stores for mechanica.
Meanwhile, Blythe seeks out Malik. ‘Informs’ him of the events in the same way as Fang. He tells her that 80% of the crew is sick, and that Tevelyn has secured himself in his room to avoid this ‘plague’. Fortunately, of the original pirate band, only Sarah and Jorm are sick.
Siphon and Fang distribute found mechanika amongst their crew.
Blythe and Fang go to talk to Tevelyn. Through the door, they inform him of the predicament.
Blythe, being the highest member of the social order and de facto admiral now, appoints herself as Capt of the Golden Edge, with Dirty Burt as first mate. the Black Dawn will be captained by Fang, with Siphon as the mate.
As the Black Dawns new officers row over, Siphon sees a large eye surface and re-submerge in the silty water. A massive thing, streching back towards the island breaks the surface. It is composed of thousands upon thousands of muscular leech-like strands. A massive eye is pushed up on a stalk, surveying the ships. It belches forth a spray of acid all over the deck, melting some of the crew outright and horribly burning others. Jade lets loose with exploding arrows, Burt with harpoons and explosives, and Fang with grenades and swivel gun. Siphon commandeers a longboat, and has some of the crew row out to the beast. Stepping upon it, he hacks at the eye stalk. Blythe gets a crate of grenades from below. The Black Dawn fires many shots with her deck guns, but the beast heaves itself up out of the water and sticks itself to the side of Golden Edge. Another spray of acid washes through the gun deck.
Tevelyn, in his gas mask, emerges from his room to call down lightning. The beast tries to pull the ship down into the water, making it very hard to stand. Tevelyn dislocates his shoulder trying to stabilize himself on mast.
Siphon succeeds in hacking down the eye stalk, and the beast shudders. The stalk collapses down on him, pinning him amongst the leech-like tendrils. The crewmen quickly free him, but he is much the worse for wear.
Josephus organizes repair party for the Golden Edge, taking pains not to get the leaking silty water on them.
Early Evening: The rumbling subsides, but the monster is still twitching. Blythe orders it unstuck from the Golden Edge, but it takes hours to get the sticky thing detached completely.
A new away party is formed to return to the now partially sunken island. Blythe, Burt, Fang, Siphon Jade, Sasha, and 5 other crew row back. Blythe is careful to leave sympathetic, piratical crew in charge of Golden Edge.
The island is tilted, and the beach landing is submerged, but they find the trail head. Hands tap the underside of their boats as they approach. Quickly disembarking, they head up the trail, only to be pursued by more of the horrible undead things. Siphon, with a mighty swing, explodes one into Blythe. The undead rip into Siphon, but the crew riddle them with bullets, Jade finishing them off.
Night: They reach the cave once again. Restarting their fire pit outside, Siphon leaps upon the opportunity to take a nap while Jade keeps watch. The rest go in. Approaching the maw and re-engaging their now tilted crane rig, they lower a torch, then lower Fang. He sees froth in the water, and broken up rafts. He straddles one, and collects others in order to make something close to seaworthy. Burt goes down next and helps reconstitute a raft. Blythe comes down with some makeshift paddles.4 other crew come down, and they all paddle to the ship. They find it partially above water now.
Searching through the bow, they go below and into the crews quarters. Skeletons rest in hammocks, while others stand listlessly against supports. Attacking, many are crushed before they have a chance to retaliate. A green mist begins to collect and seep through the floor, and a spectral being, unseen, enters Burt. Possessed, Burt fires upon his own crew, killing two, and seriously injuring Fang, setting him on fire. Twice. Fang purges the ghost by slamming his blessed mace into Burt’s head repeatedly.
A deep, grating sound is heard in the depths of the ship, and a giant black metal hand punches up through the floor. Fang and Burt fire upon it, slowly retreating up the stairs. A wide helljack, green light shining from its necrotite chambers, lumbers after them, but is slowed down by the concentrated fire. Retreating to the raft, the party paddles away, Burt managing to finish off the helljack from a distance.
All survivors manage to retreat back to the rope, and return to the top of the cave.
Huddling in the cave, a fire burning outside, they rest the night. The watch hears heavy rustling in the jungles, and sees flashes of green light from the maw irregularly.
Morning: A new rigging is put in place above the maw. Burt is lowered down with a flare. The waters are still and calm. Jade, Siphon, and a Trollkin crewman are left up top. Blythe, Burt, Fang, Sasha, and one other crew descend once more.
They return to the raft, and paddle to ship. Returning to the deck, the ruptured helljack has spilled necrotite and containment fluid across the planking. Resuming the search, they go into the lower aft, finding the officers mess and chambers. Broken windows and shifted furniture litter the areas. It is decided that they should re-enter the aft-castle.
A crewman stays on deck to watch the rafts, and Sasha watches the hall. The rest of the party re-enters the captains rooms to fill bags with treasure. The bodies begin to twitch, and Fang and Burt take to smashing them.
Green flashes of light appear outside, and mist roils on the water. Sasha and Blythe look out onto the deck, they unnaturally sense other ships, storms, and something otherworldy outside, as if they were in the midst of a great battle in a storm, but the ship is physically as it was, calm and decrepit. Blythe hurriedly delivers more treasure to the deck in bags.
She sees fog rolling in and hears a storm. Across the deck, she sees a massive creatures shadow. Returning to the cabins, she encounters Fang, who has found a box matching the description that Geoffrey had given. Opening the box, they find the cylinder containing a strange apparatus. The center glows, and support braces extend its length. Wire of some unknown material stretches from the center to disks layered at the extreme ends. Burt tries to pick it up, but it is very, very cold. He puts it back in the box.
Suddenly, Sasha runs back into the hall and slams the door in a panic. Burt goes to check it out, and sees a ghostly melee on the deck, and giant fangs attacking from the shadows. He retreats back inside. Fang keeps filling bags and notices fog rolling in through the windows. It grows thick and cold, and is difficult to see through, though green flashes of light irregularly illuminate the surroundings.
Blythe thinks perhaps the thing in Geoffrey’s box. Fang smashes it with the blessed mace, and it erupts in a sickly green explosion. It washes into the hall to hit Burt and Sasha as well. They feel a deep, tingling burn that goes to the bone (Sasha and Burt to a lesser extent). It lingers afterwards.
Grabbing what they can, the party heads out onto the deck, assailed by shadows as they go. Blythe sees Alexander, the man, fighting something horrible and unseen on the deck. Alexander sees Blythe and attacks. Burt shoots him with a mechanikal pistol and sets him on fire. He is overcome by whatever shadowy foes he was contending with in the mists.
Throwing the treasure onto the raft, they try to escape as quickly as they can. A burst of otherwordly cannon fire decapitates Sasha.
At the rope, no signals are returned from the top. Fang and Burt climb, and find the tunnel filled with fog, and Jade, Siphon, and the Trollkin outside. Blythe ties on the treasure, and it is hoisted up. The rope is lowered again, and Blythe manages to find it in the fog. She is hoisted up, too. The fog addles her mind, but she resists her mental inclination to cut the rope.
Fighting back down the trail, they reach the longboats and row back to the Black Dawn.