Sorrowing Sands, Chapter 3

The boat turns out to be an Ekelonian trader. Although suspicious of the stranded survivors, the crew takes them on board and brings them to the city of Ereg Daguu (Undershore) in the small island nation of Baharam.

Immediately after landfall, Marconi makes a gambit for freedom, shouting that he’s the victim of a slave trade. At first, nobody supports him, but Loud sides with Marconi and the dock official calls for guards. The situation gets messy as Loud and Marconi both try to flee. Marconi retreats into the cold waters while Loud is pinned. Meanwhile, Puca disguises herself with magic and slips away.

Pressed further, the rest of the group concedes. They try to come clean and honest with their intentions. Not wanting things to get more complicated, the local authorities decide to send the whole group to the care of the Sopidean embassy and keep them under house arrest there.

Once at the embassy, Junior Ambassador Ruby Irving takes Maria and Iddan aside and berates them for creating such a mess. She strips Iddan of her rank. Later, she meets with the remaining prisoners – Utu, Loud, Seven, and Dalton. She attempts to wheedle a bribe out of them in return for freedom, but isn’t impressed with their offers.

Meanwhile, an observant and patriotic embassy guard, Vincent, follows clues that lead to him eavesdropping on ambassador Irving. He discovers a plot of hers to sell Seven, the rare golem, to a foreign spy, and dispose of the others who know about Seven’s special abilities.

Vincent goes to the others and tells them of the plan before helping them escape. The escape gets messy when the foreign spies show up at the same time, expecting to take Seven. A fight breaks out, and the group rips through the enemy spies. One of them flees and is chased by the group. When Seven catches up with her, she lets her live, but only after the spy says that she’ll give information at a later meeting.

The group flees to the Undershore city slums and meets a smuggler contact familiar to both Loud and Seven, the unseemly dwarf Numarin. There, they discuss options. The is nervous about the fight in front of the embassy, and local officials don’t know quite what to make of it, but rumors spread quickly and the group is labelled by the papers as fugitives.

Iddan decides she needs to go back to the hobgoblin’s island and try to rescue the surviving crew. Maria tries to convince the prisoners to continue with her to the Sopidean mainland and join the Soulfire Wing like originally planned, but only Utu decides to follow her.

Seven, Loud, and Dalton find one of Numarin’s offers too good to refuse. They take a job offer to escort Captain Matilda Earhart of the Blissful Tongue to Fort Sparkles with a shipment of Mareshi red wine. Vincent, interested in Seven and unable to return to the embassy, decides to go with them.

Over the next day, the group breaks up. Iddan leaves first, and then Seven, Loud, Dalton, and Vincent are shuttled out of the city, leaving Maria and Utu to their fate.

Once Seven, Loud, Dalton, and Vincent escape the city, they head to the small village of Port Pence to meet with Captain Earhart.


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