In which the heroes punch out a small child…
The heroes awoke, tied up and groggy, on the deck of a large pirate ship, completely surrounded by pirates. They had last been on a barge traveling up the river by Daggerford, when their barge was set upon on all sides by pirates, and they and the other barge passengers were taken prisoner. Watched over by their captain, a man with gold teeth and a very long beard, and another female pirate with a red bandana, the pirates first divided up their prisoners into two groups: those who could be ransomed off – and sadly our heroes were not convincing enough to join this more fortunate group – and those who would be sold to slavers. Stripped of their weapons and other belongings, they were all taken a few floors below decks to the brig, and were locked in a large cell, guarded by a filthy and slightly inebriated pirate named Grift. Grift mocked the prisoners and talked of how the heroes would be their entertainment that evening, which did not sound good.
What Grift and the pirates didn’t know was that the heroes could easily loose their bonds, as Maki deftly bit through the ropes holding them. The heroes also freed 3 other prisoners – the two twins, Demmy and Senne, and an old elf named Pellavan, all of whom looked like they could hold their own in a fight. Xavros used magic to deceive Grift into thinking that the pirate with the bandana ordered him to bring up one of the orcs, and got Grift into the cell with them. But Grift noticed that their bonds were cut and yelled for backup before the heroes could subdue him. Grift then took a young boy prisoner hostage, putting his scimitar against the boy’s throat and threatening what would happen if the heroes didn’t give up. The heroes were unimpressed, and attacked Grift anyway. Unfortunately for the child, their aim was not so great, and Phi and Mitzy clobbered the poor boy unconscious!
While Pellavan attempted to heal the child, the heroes went up against Grift and knocked him out, taking his weapon for themselves. Although the powerhouse Pug was finally armed, they were then up against more pirate guards, and more after that. Pug held the door of the cell, bashing any guards who came near it, but the heroes were still mostly unarmed and looking worse for the wear. They managed to slay 3 pirate guards before the lady with the red bandana came down the stairs. Seeing what was up, and not liking it one bit, the lady fireballed the heroes – and the rest of the prisoners – and told them to drop their arms or they’d all be killed. The heroes did so, and although Phi came close to death, she was healed in time. With half of the other prisoners dead, including the child they had beaten, the heroes were now clapped in irons and locked up – this time watched by more competent guards than Grift, who surprisingly survived the ordeal. But if the heroes’ situation looked grim, they could at least take solace in the fact that Grift’s future didn’t look so bright either.