Episode 6: La Lucertola del Tuono
Starring: Armand Sejus and Volker
Also Starring: Skoja Sigrúndatter, and Xaviera Bernoulli
And Introducing: La Cruz Negro
The exploration of Isola del Primo Demone proved to unveil terrors beyond imagining. There were poisonous carnivorous plants, traps, and a massive, raging Thunder Lizard. When the group came upon their target, the ruins upon the island, they found that they were not alone. An unknown schooner was anchored in the bay at the base of the ruins.
The sound of cannon fire drew the group’s attention from their target, however.It was coming from the other side of the island, in the direction of La Tranquilita.
The group rushed back quickly, to find their ship taken by Inquisitors. The man=o=war the Castillans had arrived in was sailing away from their ship, with a contingent of guards left aboard. Swiftly and silently, the explorers took the guards on the island, and prepared to make way from the island to re-take their ship.
With the help of Xaviera’s witchery, and Armand and Volker’s stealthy boarding of La Tranquilita, the group quickly thrashed the guards aboard and found the battered remnants of their crew in the cargo hold. The Castillan man-o-war was rounding the island, presumably to head towards the ruins and the unknown schooner. La Tranquilita was in no condition to take it on should it return. The group had to make a quick decision.
They would set sail to Potenza, for a number of reasons. Not the least of those reasons was Armand’s quest to find Gerard Royer and exact terrible vengeance for the murder of his mentor. While there, they could also discover the damage done to the relationship between the Bernoulli family and the Lucani family with Xaviera’s marriage to Timeo. The shipyards would also be able to affect a repair to La Tranquilta—this would not come without some cost, though. A patron would have to be approached.
The question of the patron was no simple matter. They could contact Giovanni Villanova, who had afforded their expenses thus far and whose motives were suspect already, and continue his patron. There was also Timeo’s father, Gespucci., who might be greatly displeased about what had happened with his family so far.
And then there was the question of Modesto Lorenzo, clearly a well-trained killer in the employ of Don Villanova. He was also educated, but by no means an explorer. What had Villanova really sent him on this journey for? His attraction to Skoja Sigrúndatter seemed real, but were they really another order issued to him by his master?
And the unknown schooner was another matter of interest. If only Timeo had been privy to the information that was available about this island, who else had found it? Was it chance? Or were there still spies aboard La Tranquilita?