In this session of the Skulls and Shackles campaign, the scoundrels of the Femme Fatale spent some downtime in the port town of Hell Harbor. While in Hell Harbor, De’de and Wynter attempted to gain some answers about De’de’s strange dreams. From the advice of a local priest of Pharasma and Jayhalle Messierre, the party learns that De’de’s dreams are associated with a common theme: the Elder Sign. Meanwhile the senior officers of the Femme Fatale decide to dock their secondary ship, the Crimson Maelstrom back at the Island of the Empty Eyes. With their plans set for Shark Island to retrieve their left behind companions, the Femme Fatal sets sail out of Hell Harbor.
As they draw closer to Shark Island, De’de’s dreams grow more vivid. He wakes up from a nightmare, dreaming about a beautiful shark-like mermaid, while also suffering from cramps in his sides. Dalvika uses her psionic magic to keep tabs on Agasta Smythee, and learns that she is still alive.
At the end of their journey, the Femme Fatale comes across a sinking fishing trawler. After observing that there were signs of battle aboard the ship and the crew is missing, Quade and Tidus goes over to investigate. The captain and the bosun encounters sahuagin hiding in the ship’s hull. There is a brief battle as De’de, Dalvika, and Wynter join their companions to turn the tide of the conflict. While looting the dead, Tidus claims a necklace made from deep platinum, a rare mineral that can only be found in the deep trenches of the ocean.
The Femme Fatale finally arrives at Blackblood Cay, but rather then docking in town, captain Quade follows Fishguts’ advice to park the ship in the secluded cove that the Magpie Princess once took shelter a few months ago. The rest of the crew remains behind as an advance scouting team made up of De’de, Dalvika, Tidus, Wynter, and Quade head to town in magical disguises.
The group splits up, with De’de, Dalvika and Quade heading to the old Tulita safe house in the outskirts of the town to look for their missing companions. Tidus heads to the Fallen From Grace Inn to acquire some information about Agasta. He isn’t aware that he is being followed by a protective Wynter. Dalvika and company learns from their friend, Mokoli, that Sasha Nevah was captured by the Dragoons. He isn’t aware where the other companions are, except for the gnome Gelik, who often frequents at the town inn. Quade uses his magic to determine the whereabouts of Aerys, the bounty hunter, and learns that she is not in town but somewhere south. Dalvika and De’de determine that Aerys is at the capital of Shark Island, Ollo.
Meanwhile elsewhere, while at the Fallen From Grace, Tidus meets the friendly and flirtatious free captain Pierce Jerrell. He learns from Pierce that Simeon the Vain refused to pay for the ransom of his kidnapped daughter, Agasta Smythee, and declared her dead. Seeking more answers, Tidus begins to go around questioning the patrons while Wynter watches on in disguise.
The other companions eventually meet up with Tidus when they converge around the drunken gnome Gelik. Gelik is surprised to see the companions, and shares what he knows: that Sasha was captured by the Dragoons, and Aerys made arrangements with the local governor, Simeon the Vain, to prevent Sasha’s hanging. To free Sasha, Aerys is to return with Agasta Smythee. Aerys left Blackblood Cay and took Pezcock with her.
While conversing with Gelik, Wynter and Dalvika noticed that they were being watched by two other bar patrons. When one of the patrons break away to leave upstairs, Dalvika decides to follow him. She learns to her shock that the patron is none other then Hyrix Snowfeather. Using her mind link, Dalvika warns the others about the spy. Meanwhile downstairs, the others also notice that Royster McCleagh, Agasta’s bodyguard, is wandering out of his booth and heading out of the tavern.
Quade decides to intercept Royster and pull him aside for a conversation, using a free drink as a lure. The other companions all head upstairs to confront the fleeing Hyrix. Dalvika manages to stop the tengu from escaping, and Tidus pulls the bird man into a grapple. Knowing that he is cornered and beaten, Hyrix surrenders and offers to give information to the companions.
Once Quade bids Royster farewell and directing him to go after Agasta, knowing that the other man wasn’t able to pierce their disguises, he goes upstairs to join the others in interrogating the tengu. From Hyrix they learn that the Dragoons have been watching Gelik and are on the look out for the pirates of the Magpie Princess. He shares what he knows about Fort Stormshield, the Dragoon’s base of operations, and tells them of another way that they can sneak into the fort. The companions bind the tengu spy and leave him behind, heading in the direction of the sewers.
While in the sewers, with Gelik in tow, the group encounters another band of sahuagin scouts. De’de notes that the Fever Sea has a serious infestation of sea devils jokely after the companions defeat the shark men.
The stealthy band manages to sneak their way into Fort Stormshield, where they slew a number of guards and defeated the brig’s notorious jailer, Lorag the Gaoler. Also known in some social circles as Lorag the Rapist. They rescue the brig’s only prisoner, a crippled Sasha, and sneak back into the sewers.
While in the sewers they experience a brief earthquake that puts a scare into the gnome Gelik. After traveling for an hour and emerging out of the sewers, they find that the town has been devastated by a tsunami and is mostly flooded!
Blackblood Cay is under attack by the sahuagin.