The journey north to Demon’s Fall went remarkably smoothly. The party’s fast sloop combined with aid from the trade winds brought them to Demon’s Fall in just over a week. It was a short enough journey that the crew suffered little morale loss or penalties, and the ship looked like it would be arriving at port with ample supplies on board.
Demon’s Fall is a fortress. It is stationed on a tiny sliver of coast between a mountain range, the Gulf of Storms, and is barricaded by three volcanic islands that makes traveling by sea to the city quite difficult. It is safe to say that not much trade occurs in Demon’s Fall’s docks, but that is remedied by the city’s reputation. Years of neglect by the Silverblade family who govern the city have turned it into a hive of organized crime, prostitution, and poor living conditions. In other words, into a pirate haven.
So by little surprise, the party, sailing as pirate hunters under the Arnorian flag, were assaulted by a small band of pirates just outside of the barrier islands. They sailed on an understocked sloop and relied on their speed as an advantage for taking down merchant vessels arriving from the North Gate. The last thing they expected was an elite group such as the party, who, while disorganized, managed to subdue the pirates with little damage to the Maiden or to the pirate’s Imperial Sloop, the Sea Hawk. They plundered the Imperial and Arnorian gold stored on the ship, captured it, slew its captain (a mysterious man called only as “captain” even by his closest crewmates), took prisoners of those who would not join the party’s crew, and recruited the only one who did, a mercenary by the name Jack “The Tongue” Williams. The party also uncovered a journal from the captain’s quarters, which explained that this particular pirate crew was hired by Droverston to capture incoming ships, likely hoping to capture the party themselves.
Attacking and capturing any vessel that sails under the Arnorian flag is an act of piracy unless you are a privateer, but luckily the party was at Demon’s Fall. It was not difficult to sell the ill gotten ship and the goods aboard it to the dock master, who happily accepted the exchange with a side few gold pieces for keeping his mouth shut. With the sun quickly setting, the party set off into the city. Blaze and Adder, hoping to gain a reward for capturing the pirate “captain”, intruded upon the Governor’s property. He and his guards were adamantly angered, but the Diplomacy of Blaze was enough to negotiate a reward, the rights to the Sea Hawk (which the party had already sold illegally by then anyway). While the town’s crowded streets were abrupt with pickpockets, the money that the party lost to them was about equal to what Pyter managed to steal himself.
At the local inn, as the party was purchasing rooms to stay the night, the bartender was willing to release a bit of information regarding Droverston for a small bribe. It turned out that he sailed out from Demon’s fall two days ago, and was on his way to Black Island to hole up. It was almost like he actually expected the party to arrive and ask him this.
Regardless of what goes on behind the scenes in the city, the following morning, with quickly encroaching blizzards beginning to freeze the narrow passageways into the city, the party made a few quick purchases, including some potions of water walking, and sailed out before the storm froze the entire town over. While they had no one particularly trained in vodun magic onboard the ship, as they sailed out, Kuno could almost feel the storm following them.