All of your jobs today seem to take you to the Main Deck this morning. You can decide what you were told to do, it doesn’t really matter. Dewshine, you were probably fishing or something like that, and the rest were either in the rigging or swabbing the deck, etc.
At about mid-morning, young Jack “Scrimshaw,” a teenage human talented enough to get a nickname, rushes onto deck. Anyone on deck can make a Perception check to overhear what he reports to Mr. Plugg. Plugg immediately looks for volunteers to investigate, and selects all of the “snivelling new recruits”, telling them to “get down to the bilges and not bother coming out until whatever is down there is dead.”
As everyone began heading down to the trap door on the lower decks One-Gun Floyd listened as nonchalantly as possible to “Scrimshaw” relate his tale. Ashen faced, and gibberingly he continues, “I wus below on rattin’ du’y, catchin’ fings near the Bilge (h)‘atch, when somfin’ big swum out of the bilge wa’er an bit me. Mussa bin’ the size ov a dog, it wus. I fink it came wif the barley we pickt up from Por’ Perow. Looks like these worfless pirate whelps ain’ the on’y fings rott’n we got there.” Plugg cuffed him across the mouth, and saw you looking, but you couldn’t tell if he already knew you were listening before he cuffed him.
When everyone finally gathers, standing around the Trap Door in the Lower Decks, ready to go down. Kipper and Patch sneer at you all, “Are you just going to sit there and stare at the water? I thought that Plugg sent you down to clean it out!! You’d better get down there ‘fore we go up an tell him you’re lolly-gaggin. Betcha he didn’t give you more’n an hour ta do it.”
One-Gun Floyd draws a weapon looking down into the bilge to see what might be there, as Dozer flexes and readies himself for a fight! Valdus seems to be murmuring words in a low tone and the air feels a bit chilly. Jamie sticking to the middle to have protection of others in the front and rear watches the overly curious Ashriel begin to scurry through the trap door mentioning tricks for a new pet. Jamie begins to wonder if this is how he ended up with wicked looking shark bite in his side. Did he really think that shark just needed a friend? Well, apparently it takes a couple of hard knocks for this cat to learn his lesson.
Down goes Ashriel, followed by Valdus, then a nearly comical moment of watching Dozer the Ogre squeeze through the opening. Next was Floyd, Dew, and Jamie bringing up the rear.
HERE"S THE MAP!!!
As our group descends they see water and boxes. It looks like it always did, for those that have had the displeasure of working here before. Ashriel moves into the water. “Here li’l fella.” The cat starts looking around some of the boxes. “Come on out, li’l fella.” Ashriel now in the muck of the bilge, starts to somewhat wise up to the situation, that it might not be all roses and gumdrops. His mind begins to race through all the possibilities of what could possibly be down here, paying attention to all the sounds and smells he notices that are different. The Catfolk mentions what he is seeing to those behind him as they come down, but pauses to wait for the Ogre to make it through. By the time Jamie gets onto the ladder, (though doesn’t get off it, since there’s no part of floor that’s not wet) Dozer is attacked by a bite from a Dire Rat!!! While snarling and vicious its teeth don’t break the Ogre’s skin. Seeing the danger and another of the rats One-Gun Floyd fires his gun and the side of the dire rats spew blood and gore across the already filthy bilges! The wounded rat turns its blood soaked face on One-Gun Floyd ready to charge! Just then two more from either side of One-Gun Floyd land on him attempting to bite but fail to keep hold and leap back!
While the chaos is getting into full swing Ashriel sees two Dire Rats cowering in the boxes getting the feeling he could tame and train one, if he didn’t already have a familiar. Ashriel was sad for he knew without the familiar’s bond, they’re too rabid. His skills in skulking told him more were lurking about as well. Valdus could see Ashriel coddling something in the boxes and just prayed he was not daft enough to think we had visited a pet merchant’s store. Spiders drop from the rafters and two land on One-Gun Floyd biting him with their envenomed fangs. Ashriel, can now make out the other rats were hiding behind or in boxes, trying to corral them into the least broken one, bears success. One of the two spiders on One-Gun Floyd’s neck bites him again, but the cagey sailor doesn’t feel like the poison got worse. Clinging to the ladder Jamie summons a dog. It lunges at the Dire Rat, and hits it, spraying gore and vanishes among the splatter. Dewshine’s Eidolon starts going crazy, scratching at its back where a Dire Rat has landed but failed to hurt the spiritual wolf. One-Gun Floyd feels the other spider try to bite him. Dozer moves into position, and the two more dire rats attack him with one drawing blood. The great Ogre smashes it with his huge Club! The explosion of the Dire Rats covers the other with sickly red, brown and green gore. Not even a death rattle escaped its lips. This causes Dozer to giggle with maniacal glee. While Dewshine’s Wolf Eidolon continues to deal with the one on it, Valdus’ Ray of Frost finishes off one not aware of his ranged attack prowess!
Turing now toward Dewshine, the Half-Elf Magus starts to target the Spider on Dewshine’s Wolf Eidolon with a Magic Missile spell. Ashriel leaves the box unattended with the 2 dire rats, and picks up a shard of wood. He throws it at one of the spiders on One-Gun Floyd’s neck landing at best a glancing blow. Dewshine verifies that there are no other rats or spiders visible, and she thinks that there aren’t any more. One-Gun Floyd dunks into the water after reloading, knocking one off, and getting bit twice more by the other that hung on! Jamie throws hands and arms in flowing motions, calling Nature’s Ally to his aid. A Dire Rat appears out of nowhere, and finishes off another Dire Rat near it, and it disappears. The spider knocked off Floyd’s back lunges at Dozer, biting him. The spider on Dewshine’s Wolf Eidolon bites into it, but only catches fur. The Eidolon reaches back with its fangs and rips it down, throwing it into the wall. It splatters across the wall. Dozer swings at the spider, ichor oozing from its eyes and silk chute. Seeing that all of the visible rats are dead, Valdus turns his Magic Missile onto the spider on Dozer. It dies in an acrid smoke with a piercing scream that fades away while Valdus shouts, "“Off my friend!” He nods at the Ogre.
Seeing that their are no more visible beasties Dewshine went through several of the boxes, and found a Masterwork Light Crossbow and 2 regular bolts, but no rats or spiders. Ashriel returns to the two live rats in a box wondering what their fate will be? The poor Catfolk is sadden when One-Gun Floyd tells Dozer to deal with them. Ashriel understands One-Gun’s wisdom, and remembers Mr. Plugg’s words, “Don’t bother coming up until EVERYTHING is dead.”
“Does it haf t’be done this way, Mr. Floyd?” Ashriel pleads. “Can’t we a’least throw ‘em overboar’? ‘Least then they got a fightin’ chance?” Ashriel doesn’t prevent the senseless killing, but he doesn’t participate in it either. He does realize these creatures are too big and too feral to train as a standard pet, so he does nothing to try to save them. Nonetheless, he feels quite remorseful for their deaths. The Ogre reaches into the box crushing them in his grip and then begins to eat them in front of the horrified Ashriel. After eating he turns to One-Gun Floyd and says, " anything here i can wear? They took my armor when i was taken here would like them back."
“Dozer,” Valdus says in low tones, “I have some leather armor for you in my bunk upstairs you are welcome to it my big friend.”
Dozer nods to Valdus and says, " if big enough to fit me most make to small"
Valdus saw that there weren’t any watchers, so he began searching the murky bilge and recovered two vials of Holy Water. Ashriel finds a simple buckler, and 21 golden coins. At that point, everyone hears Kipper yell down, “Mr Plugg says for me to tell you, ‘if they can’t deal with one tiny creature in half an hour, they each get three lashes.’ so ye better be done by now!”
Up they went into the night air after they all helped Dozer squeeze out.