And so our journey continued, having freed the shipwright and his daughter from the foul tyranny of the Kieran Emperor Jannis Jant, we took our stolen people and goods to the north and closer to Arfk and the trading city known as Kaja. It would be a nice change of pace from the treacherous seas near Torath-Ka. As we travelled north, the cold winds were slowly growing stronger but a strange sight appeared upon the horizon! Flames that seemed to touch the skies and burned upon the ocean’s surface. It was here that we discovered a lone surviving Kraken, one who had been sent out to secure this powerful device from the middle of the sea that would supposedly be a powerful weapon against the Sea Hags. While my fellow captain seemed hesitant to risk her newly acquired ship in such a dangerous venture, I cannot deny feeling a thrill at entering such dangerous seas. Every test I pass helps secure my name as one of the greats of these waters, I’ll become famous one day.
It was agreed by the Company that we would head into the fiery blaze and secure this sphere from within. My ship, the Poseidon, took the lead and ventured forth into the flames. Danger arose on every side, the burned wreckage of lesser ships and captains littered the burning waters but we were successful at entering the core of these dangerous waters. Within laid a sphere of gold, etched with arcane symbols that I cannot fathom. It was a massive thing, huge and requiring both ships to tow it out from the depths of that hellish place. No sooner than when we began to make progress, we were beset by a horde of devilish salamanders! These foul creatures, native to the Croaker Mountains, must’ve been living within the fiery waters and feasting upon the poor souls who became caught within their burning web. The battle was fierce but quick, both crews becoming victorious. It seemed they had made their home within a burned wreckage, a wreckage that contained my new eyepatch! I humbly accepted such a kind gift from the Company and could feel a surge of power run through me. It was as if I more aware of my posture, how to present an intimidating form! I will use this gift well, as I am not above using a more forceful presence to convince my enemies I am correct.
When we escaped that dangerous place, we were greeted by the massive chip of High Admiral Caspian, the last admiral of the Kraken Fleet! Legends were whispered of the man, an admiral of amazing skill and more than a rival for even Duckworth. Rumors had it he was dead, others said that he was simply waiting for another opportunity to strike down the Hags. His ship, even though it showed the damage of his last conflict with those terrible beings, was still a thing of magnificence. He explained that they had lost hope that they would ever receive their secret weapon, a weapon that had a cost too dangerous and unknown for them to be willing to use previously. We made it clear our intent was to destroy the Sea Hags and save our world and the Admiral, though suspicious of our ill-mannered ways, agreed to hold onto the sphere until the day we needed it. A bone whistle was gifted to Kraken Jack, a single blow of it would summon the last Great Ship and bring our weapon to bear.
After leaving the Burning Sea behind, I finally convinced the beautiful Rana Racen that our purpose was not of ill purpose. She is as beautiful as the shining lights in the most northern reaches of Arfk and I find her passion for justice just as attractive. She has been dining with me privately now within my cabin and I hope to convince her that my interest is not simple carnal lust. Alas, every day we get closer to the Free Towns, the closer I get to losing my chance! I hope that my skills, daring, and fellow passion to revive Ograpog will show her that I am more than some common cur. Regardless though, we made our way at last into Kaja to unwind with some drinks, celebrations, and a splitting of our collected bounty.
While the men celebrated, I spoke to a fellow Masaquani named Caleb Candelas. The man was in mourning, having lost his brother in the far north of Kaja hunting blue bears. He made an offer for us to collect his brother from whatever danger he may be in, and he would show us to the wreckage of The Arkanaus. Eager for treasure and to bring the man some form of closure, we drank heavily that night and set off in search of his brother Caylen. We had the grael known as Narf lead us into the wintry wastelands, heading days north of Kaja where we stumbled upon an encampment in the white beyond. There were frozen statues outside, almost like human figures, when we stumbled upon and hunted a duo of Blue Bears. Their cries led to a number of Yetis to appear, foul creatures that attacked from the snow with surprise on their side. Yet they were not enough to stop us, the Company and I slaying them quickly and efficiently. It was then that the true threat roared up from the deep with a shattering of ice! An ice drake!
This terrible creature sent chills down my spine, but we held firm and confronted the terror. Something stirred in me and I stood forward, challenging the beast with a fiery intensity that sent a chill down its spine. The beast hesitated, unsure of the crew and I, and we leapt upon it without hesitation. Without a single casuality, we slayed the drake and claimed its horde for our own. Within its clutches, there was a battleaxe that seemed to catch my eye. I took the weapon as my own and found that it was enchanted as well. This fact, we learned, when we were attacked returning with our haul of treasure as well as Caylen Candelas. Once we returned to Kaja, we reunited the brothers and found the treasure of the sunken ship with their assistance. They were a little hesitant to split the treasure with us when there was such a difference in the cut but I convinced them of their need for a trustful crew. Too often have I led the Company to what I believed to be great treasures and instead, it led to a paltry sum. I will not be fooled again.
On our way back, however, we heard a tale of Marcus Smythe who was a one-armed man seeking vengeance against a whale that took his arm, crew, and happiness. Having headed to Kaja for that exact purpose, as well as feeling a connection with the man as one with his own crippled feature, we recruited the man and hunted the white norwhale known as….“Frosty”. After two days of sailing, we found the hunting grounds of the mammoth beast and set sail to hunt the beast down in just a single longboat. I could see that the men thought as mad, and perhaps I am a little insane, but the thrill of the hunt could not stop me from grinning as we entered the ice flow. All around us was chill death, the great beast not even respecting us enough to find us as threats. With rifles, harpoons, and courage, we struck! The battle was hard, dangerous, and we almost met the spirits that day if it were not for the mettle and skill of our crew as well as the capable abilities of Kraken Jack and Seratos. We successfully hunted the beast, slaying “Frosty” and bringing in a massive norwhale as our first hunt. Though the smell is horrendous on the deck and I’ve restricted [[:rana-racen | Rana] to the lower decks, I cannot help but be gleeful at the prize we have caught. Many riches are now ours in just a few days!
We set sail for Kaja, to sell our bounty and then set sail for the Kehana Flumes! There are items that we must harvest for the mages of Caribdus as well minerals we can find to enrich ourselves further. Soon, I think we shall secure our little fleet as privateers and truly begin to rein in the wealth we need to secure Caribdus’s freedom and salvation. Mother, Father, I hope you are seeing this and I have not shamed you too much. I will bring greatness to my family name and will bring an end to the Hag’s terror!