Their captain is David Lonely-Gale, a tightassed Kalashek who runs a smooth ship. He seems to be a very competent navigator. They make their plan on the ride. They will apprehend Termina, shrink her, and keep her in Arcady’s bag until they get back. They go to sleep, but are awakened in a few hours by a loud screech. Arcady goes upstairs to see what’s happening, and Aldy runs panicked to the captain’s quarters for some drink. There’s thick fog, but when they emerge from the largest clump, they see two dragons (an ice and a water) circling them and two boats of men coming towards them.
Amos immediatley vanishes into the fog, Arcady starts concocting a firebreath solution, and Aldy helpfully shouts that the ice dragon won’t like the fire. Amos allows the ice dragon to
land and attack one of the crewmen so that he can get a good shot at it, which is then followed up by gout of flame from Arcady. Aldy defiantly drops his pants and yells at the remaining dragon and approaching men while shaking his junk at them. The captain’s men fire a well-timed volley of bolts at the approaching men. The ice dragon flies away wounded, and the men sound a retreat, and the water dragon follows them. Aldy mistakenly identifies the dudes as Ulyark’s people as they flee.
Captain Lonely-Gale gives them crap about their dangerous tactics, and Aldy tries to justify them under the fact that they’re not dead. The captain loses his cool and pushes Aldy to the floor. Amos, Aldebaran, and Arcady start talking to the crew, and Aldy convinces two of them, Benjin and Troy, to hire on to their cause. As they get close to shore, Aldebaran delivers a flase apology while Amos and Arcady sneak Benjin and Troy onto their small boat in Arcady’s
backpack. While on the boat, Arcady explains that they’re here by Ulyark’s request but have other plans on the table. Aldebaran corrects him by saying “Are you kidding? We don’t ‘work’ for Ulyark. He works for us—he just don’t know it yet.” They establish that Aldebaran will sneak in to find Termina, and blow a horn they stole from the ship when he needs Arcady.
They land on the island, get harassed by Alan Highclere, who decides that Arcady’s story is true, and that they will be allowed in without their weapons. They enter to see Roric wrestling an Undertow guy. He showcases his gauntlets of ogre power, then Arcady goes in to teach him a lesson, and beats him. Aldy slips away before the end of the fight with Benjin. Blake Wavestrider comes out of his room/office to hear out Arcady. He eventually gets Arcady to agree that a formal apology would clear the air between them, then returns to his Termina talks.
Amos and Arcady meet Maza the Swift, Roric the Hammer, and Leeland Dormer while drinking. Maza recognizes Amos as one of Urrax’s Hounds, since she is the daughter of Shuruppak The Dread, a border lord who had land near Urrax. She expalins her life story, and Amos gives it a “cool story bro”, and tells her that he’s more legit than her and she has much to learn.
Leeland and Roric are pretty jolly, and Leeland invites the two of them to “sample the herb”. They pick up on his meaning and accept the offer. Troy goes to gamble with some of the Undertow and Wavestrider guys. As they walk to Dormer’s lab (the “way below”), he explains how he is responsible for turning this island into a place for long-term habitation. He shows them his golems, made from the clay of the island, which dug out the spaces and formed the walls of the fortress. As they smoke, they get to talking about their lives. Amos holds back a lot, but Arcady is very conversational, and tells them about his service to Ulyark. Leeland speaks up and tells them how he was in a similar role as Ulyark’s go-to guy, but he learned that Ulyark is not only one Sorcerer, but also a complete jerk, which left him to leave and join the Wavestriders. Roric begins singing a dwarven country song, which nobody can understand. Maza tries to strike up a conversation with Amos, but they get to an awkward moment, and he asks Leeland what her deal is. Leeland launches into a story about her insecurities and daddy issues, so she makes a move at him but the golems come to his defense. She curses at him in Yaram, says a cordial goodbye to Amos, then leaves.
Roric leaves, and Leeland picks up a book from his shelf and starts reading. Amos and Arcady get the hint and leave. As they’re about to pass into the main room, they hear Aldebaran’s horn, promptly followed by a death scream from “the below” (sleeping caves in between the main room and the lab). They pause in confusion, and Highclere comes rushing down the stairs from the main room to see what’s going on. He sees the two of them, who he finds less than trustworthy, and assumes that they are responsible. Arcady holds out his hands as a sign of innocence, and Highclere draws his sword and narrows his eyes.