Good to see you back, Jake!
@dinthalion - All good, dinth! Feel free to move Rasheba (appearance and wikipage) where she'd likely be moved so to receive the Vennets aboard the Provenire. She will be dressed in this armour without the helm. Her hair is braided back in a bun, but strands of hair have gotten free around her face.
@Skummy - That puzzle box... it smells like sea-salt. Also, here's where I mentioned both items Darius has given Saki:
Kotorchix wrote:He looped a water-proof belt-pocket onto the leather strap, patting at the druskh-packed pellets inside.
Druskh was something he hadn’t seen in a while. It was a rarity to find anywhere outside of a highbrow apothecary, or maybe a museum. The Dwarves of the Obscura Mountains used to craft the strange pellets, but the art was lost with the Spreading. He had heard rumor some folk were undertaking a study on the substance so as to replicate it, but it would involve going deep into the Obscura Mountains to find samples or even rifle through the lost cities of the dwarves.
Druskh itself was a very volatile substance. A dark blue- or purple-black powder, it was almost grimy when rubbed between the fingers – though, that wasn’t something one with sweaty hands wanted to do. With the contact of water, the powder would create a large explosion. The pellets were constructed with a thick, water-soluble resin. When the pellets hit water, it would take a few seconds for the explosion to occur. The resin also had the handy feature of becoming sticky when wet – so it could be stuck to things.
Darius briefly wondered at the Captain’s sanity on keeping these things on board a ship sailing on the water… but dismissed the thought quickly enough. He himself was insane to consider approaching the Untamed Isles if there was even the slightest evidence of demonic presence. The druskh-pellets would hopefully help turn the tide if an element of surprise was needed…
The final item, still on the map table, was magical. Darius had hoped the old pirate captain had at least had the luck to stumble upon something of its power in his travels. But even though Darius could feel the power radiating from it… he couldn’t figure out how to open its prison. Puzzle-boxes. He hated them. He left it on the table as something to keep him occupied later.