Valley of the Sun - 50 Fathoms

Neptunians Ho! Adventure Log by Seratos

Revenge is a dish best served with Cold Steel...

Instead of making landfall, we spent the night anchored near the old fort on Kuwaway. In the morning, since nobody else was available (at the game), Kraken Jack and I made a brief sortie into the ruins. Luckily, we found no spirits haunting them by the light of day. Very luckily, we happened upon the moldering remains of some of the long-dead soldiers’ payroll and returned with some booty to the ship ($500). The crew was in need of a few nights of carousing so we set sail for New Madrid. On the way there, the sky changed color as if a storm was brewing but instead we were briefly pursued by a strange red-sailed ship with a lone figure on deck guiding it. We managed to outdistance him and sailed into the mighty port of New Madrid.

Once we landed there the sailors were more than happy to spend time carousing and we went to see some sights in town. We saw an immense Clock Tower, the largest mechanism of its kind in the world, designed and built by the Visitors. We also went to visit the cathedral that they had built to honor and worship their god. The elaborate ornamentation was exquisite, and it seems that the town leader Rodrico Perez spared no expense to make this most impressive building. We had the luck to actually meet the Cardinal Torres who had to arrange for a missionary expedition led by a (deluded and doomed!) priest named Rafael Servia to Torath-Ka in hopes of establishing the worship of their god among the Ugaks. He even asked if we would help the church in this venture, but we were quite certain it was doomed to failure and cautioned against such an enterprise. He was quite confident and assured us that their god would protect them. Having seen one of the lesser Living Gods of the Ugaks up close in person, I am not quite so sure…

We also happened upon one of two swordmanship schools based in New Madrid, the one run by Juan Martinez that proudly bore his name. The other, rival school is named for the city itself. We toured Mr. Martinez’s facility with him as our guide. He told us that for an enrollment fee of $1000 and week of intense training, a character could improve their Fighting skill with the slashing blades (saber, cutlass, short- and longsword) and for another enrollment fee and further training could even unlock more potential. We were interested of course, but the fee would have been too much for us at present, and we informed Mr. Martinez of this sad fact but expressed our admiration of the school and said we would definitely keep it in mind when we could afford the training. We were interrupted by a gang of rascals from the New Madrid Fighting school, led by none other than a former student of Juan’s who had returned to seek his revenge and prove the worth of his steel by skewering him! Kraken Jack and I were determined not to just be helpless bystanders as they set upon him with flashing blades! To be continued…

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