Game Date: February 9, 2011
The next morning, the Chief approached Doctor Guffin and asked him about the information he had extracted from Furtain (see Chapter 9). Although the Doctor had advised the Captain about Jameson’s involvement, he decided to keep this information from the rest of the crew. The Doctor told the Chief about Crag Stonefin’s named alleged involvement with the Usurper’s Circle. The Chief recognized Crag’s name from his and Court’s encounter with the dwarven thugs in the Rock Port Warrens (see Chapter 6). They decided to learn more about Court’s relationship with this dwarf-of-interest, when they noticed Savitar eavesdropping on their conversation. The Chief invited Savitar to join them and brought him up to speed; the trio went to talk to Court who the bridge of The Legacy’ with Captain Goodacre.
Meanwhile, Reboot worked on his gimbal to raise and lower (and conceal) the ballista into the ship’s hull.
On the bridge, the Doctor took the lead and asked Court about his using Crag’s name in the Warrens and how Court knew Crag’s name.
Court said that he knew of Stonefin from word “on the streets” and was just using Crag’s name to scare the thugs and avoid a fight. This, along with the Chief’s knife display, had scared them away. The Doctor did not buy it. Neither did Savitar, who attempted to cast a spell on Court to make him truthful, but it failed and temporarily backfired. The discussion went round and round until the Captain took notice of the conversation.
Goodacre asked what the matter was; the Doctor explained that during his interrogation of Furtain, he had mentioned Crag Stonefin’s name in connection with the Usurper’s Circle.
“I know Crag Stonefin. He is the crime lord in Rock Port. Court, are you associated with him?”
“No,” Court responded without meeting the Captain’s gaze. No one believed the lie.
“Court, I’m not buying it.”
“If you had bought it Captain, I would have told you.”
“Court…” said the Captain, his patience wearing thin.
“I smuggled for him when I worked for Onyx.”
“Wait. How old are you? When did you work of Onyx?” The Captain asked.
“What ship were you on?” asked the Doctor.
“The Star Darter,” said Court.
“Court, let me be clear: I do not want you smuggling on this ship, unless it hurts Onyx. If I ever learn that you are helping them, I will personally dump you overboard.” With that, the Captain returned his attention to the horizon.
“Did the first mate mention any other names.” Court asked the Doctor.
This time it was the Doctor’s turn to shift awkwardly. “No,” he said.
The Chief believed him, but he was the only one.
“Who else?” Court pressed.
“That is none of your concern, I have already discussed it with the Captain and he understands my reasons.” The Doctor turned and left the bridge, the Chief and Savitar followed.
After, Court and the Captain were alone on the bridge, the Captain spoke again.
“Court, when we get to Rock Port I want you to arrange a meeting between Crag Stonefin and myself. Where there is confusion there is profit to be made.”
The next day The Legacy neared its destination. Reboot and the Chief finished the gimbal; the Doctor was able to concoct a poison with Court’s assistance.
The crew began to to see evidence of orc-sign on a grand scale, all moving toward Portalis. They also saw a mysterious fog that seemed to spread for miles throughout the forest surrounding Portalis. The mist not only covered the forest, it was too thick to navigate visually. Savitar sensed that the fog was a magical defense and immediately notified the Captain. The Captain related that he had felt the ship drag when it contacted the fog and lose residual heat from the skytanium reaction in the engine room. Savitar, the Doctor, and the Chief surmised that the fog was a magical defense used by the elves to protect their homeland from hostile arrows that bypassed the natural defenses of the Portalyn Wood.
The crew got to work. Reboot, with the help of the crew, began mixing a viscous fluid coating for the ship to slow the depletion of the skytanium. Court began plotting their course and the Captain piloted the ship by touch. Savitar maintained the skyatnium core to regulate the fog’s draining qualities. The crew waited.
Court’s navigation was true. At The Legacy burst from a solid wall of fog to see Portalis before them. Some of Reboot’s mixture was misapplied and the arrow pulled to the right, but the Captain was able to bring her in safely. There were few elves to greet them and most appeared sick or exhausted.
“We have the medicine!” Hailed the Doctor from the deck.
“Brought to your port by the Great Captain Goodacre!” Court amended.
The highest ranking diplomat still on his feet was an elf named Salamdin. Learning who they were he asked the Doctor to accompany him immediately to see the King. Reboot insisted on taking the Doctor’s crates to the nearest clinic, but gave the Doctor one vial of medicine to take to the elven palace. Court and the Captain went with him.
At the palace, the Doctor was taken to see the King who had also fallen ill. Salamdin insisted that Mac use the medicine to heal the King, but the Doctor would not hear of it and demanded to be taken to the Princess. Salamdin eventually relented but demanded that the Captain and Court immediately return to the the ship and get more medicine. The did so.
Meanwhile, Reboot and the Chief located one of the many clinics and tried to find someone, anyone, to administer the medicine. Most of the doctors were sick or unavailable.
At the Palace, the Doctor lifted the Princess’ head and administered the vial. She did not awake, but color returned to her face, her pulse became stronger, and she seemed to rest more easily.
On The Legacy, the Captain, Court , and Savitar began discussing the disposition of the four remaining crates…