One night out at sea, there is a shooting star that streaks overhead. It breaks up as it travels across the sky. Impacting far off shore in the distance causing a wave of water to strike out in the distance. The wave had subsided as far out to sea as the pirate Risky was, but it rocked her boat enough to dump her out of her hammock.
Risky tumbled from her hammock but lands on her hands, catching herself, and righting herself to a stand easily enough. She blinks a little bit making her way up deck moving towards the starboard side of the ship and pulls out her sextant to gauge the stars for a few moments to be sure that the ship hasn't drifted off course too much, before she whips out a spyglass to search the horizon. "What in blazes was that? Watch Duty! Report!" She bellowed to her men.
The Tinkerbat is looking at something in distance.... It beckons for her to come look. Something in the shape of a floating Island that is very small is moving very slowly twoards the ship's position. All you can see is rock at this elevation.
Risky stared at the object for some time, and frowns. "I've read a lot about the old world but that doesn't look familiar... " She shouts out to the night crew. "Starboard at Two O Clock, adjust heading and keep us at a slow sail, get the rowers to proceed with caution, we might be entering some choppy waters!"
As the object gets closer, you can see blue plumes of fire coming out of the bottom of it, and the blue plumes are what are holding the Island above the water it looks like, They displace large amounts of water as they travel. If whatever this is travels over top of you, the forces this thing is pushing down with will shred Risky's pirate ship.
Risky blinked as she gets a better look with the Spyglass well before it's too close, and she makes her way to the wheel. "Hard port! We need to steer clear of an unknown vessel! Battle stations, Sound the first alarms! Fire a flare and a warning shot to let them know we mean business and prepare the starboard cannons! Grapeshot, Explosive rounds, 20 pounders, get them piping hot! No slacking boys!"
The object changed course. Based on which way its going, its headed to Scuttle town. Risky seemed rather confused about this, but she frowns. "The unknown vessel is disengaging. Go ahead and plot a course to follow but keep your distance!" She remarks, before she makes her way towards her cabin to get her log book. She intends to write about what happened, and get some more rest while trailing after the object.
Approaching it from another angle, you can get a look at what's on the Island - it looks like its just large enough to have a castle on it. Yes, am entire castle. The Island is just large enough to hold the castle and ends just a little after the end of the castle walls. However there was a noise from below decks. Something has slipped through one of the cannon ports and made a noise while doing so.
Risky blinked at the strange sound, and makes her way below deck on a rope ladder. "What was that sound?" She asks, looking alert. Risky made her way down as well, and blinks while looking around, lantern lights keeping the place pretty well lit. "What's going on down here?" She demands. The Tinkerbats are catatonic. Standing still. a large eye can be seen in the darkness. Like, a huge. cyclops eye of a warp squid. a whispered voice says: "You will assist me in constructing the Vigil of the Gods.…"
Risky glares at the eye, projecting a fearsome aura of killing intent as the usually blackened eyes along her bustier light up, glowing red. "The Pirate Master and Queen have no gods, we are only women and men!" She declares, drawing her flintlock out, and firing right at the pupil!
The light animates it in the darkness and it squeals... whatever it is. The Tinkerbats all hold their heads like they are in pain from the creature's injury… Risky had a very bad feeling about this, and grits her teeth. She quickly starts to scale the rope ladder above deck. "Men, those of you who are still with me, drop life boats, abandon ship, quickly!" Her instinct tells her that those of her crew whom are weak minded, have probably been influenced by whatever thing she saw, and she needs at least some of her crew to come along with her if she's got any left! "Life boats, Life boats! If your fellows fight you, flee!"
Tinkerbats were actively mutinying, only a few are still under your control. They are actively tearing apart the ones that aren't under the creatures influence.
Risky did her best to try and at least gather five of those who cannot defend themselves, using her cutlass and pistol to swat aside the ones who have turned on her. She's fought monsters before, but she cannot deal with both a monster and mutiny at the same time. "Hurry to a life boat...." She urges still, actually doing her best to defend some of the few loyal minions she has. Despite being ambitious and arguably evil, she's still loyal to her crew!
The creatures stop pursuing you and change course, following the course of the castle once you are off the ship. Risky grits her teeth at her ship being Hijacked. She's got a few Tinkerbats left though, and of course, she's still got the relics of the Pirate Master. "Ugh.... Sorry boys. I don't know what that was, but let's head towards Hypno Baron's castle in the north. There's a forest there. I can summon more of you there but we'll need resources to build a ship again." She remarks, looking annoyed. "I don't know what that thing was but it's going to pay…"
In the distance, there is an exchange of fire, the ship is actively firing upon the castle, ineffective as it seems. The Castles defending the returning fire and... there is an active battle going on. Until the ship is blasted by whatever weapons are on the floating castle.
Risky takes the oars of the lifeboat herself to let some of her shaken men rest while she rows in the direction of the battle. "Ugh.... What in blazes is going on over there? " She finds herself wondering, but at the same time, she's not going to attack with a lifeboat, and now she's more intent on staying away as they head towards the upper peninsula, some ways away from Scuttle Town.
Risky beaches the small ship with the few crew members she has, leaving one of them in charge of the lifeboat, while she has the others follow along with her towards Hypno Baron's castle. "We're going to get some axes and magic potions. It won't be the first time I've had to start over from scratch..." She admits, with some obvious annoyance. Risky has a few reasons to want to talk to Hypno Baron, considering she knows he's informed about mind control, she doesn't consider him a suspect, but she does think he might be able to help her manufacture some kind of protection against such, considering his strong will, and it's his specialty. She's also got her rainy day fund handy under her hat... a small cache of jewels and gold that should make a good bribe/payment.
"Risky, What brings you to the castle? I honestly expected to see Shantae first." asked the Hypno Baron.
Risky smiles a bit. "I've come to bargain. My ship was attacked by a monster unlike any of the creatures of the sea that I've tested my might against. It had some kind of mind control and forced several of my crew to mutiny. I was hoping you might have advice.... some way I can shield the minds of my Tinkerbats if I summon more of them... some magic potions to help with that, and we need tools so I can begin construction of a new ship. I can pay you up front. You're still reliable after all, aren't you?"
The Hypno Baron nodded.
"I've come to bargain. My ship was attacked by a monster unlike any of the creatures of the sea that I've tested my might against. It had some kind of mind control and forced several of my crew to mutiny. I was hoping you might have advice.... some way I can shield the minds of my Tinkerbats if I summon more of them... some magic potions to help with that, and we need tools so I can begin construction of a new ship. I can pay you up front. You're still reliable after all, aren't you?"
"I can try, but I have felt the mind of whatever is approaching Sequin Land. I'm not sure, but it might be a creature from the lost age. Did you see the shooting star come down?" asked Hypno Baron.
Risky nods a little bit. "It made waves rock my entire Ship. You know I don't come to others for help unless it's an emergency and I have no choice... I've only got five of my crew left from hundreds." She remarks gravely. "You'd best protect yourself and alert the other barons as well. It's in all of our best interest to avoid infighting."