After the ice flow the Evinki continues north toward Stoord island. That day smoke was spotted rising from three places off beyond the horizon. The smoke got more distinct as the day went on.
Then a giant tsunami struck the Evinki. First, the ship was pulled down into a steep trough as the wave approached. Then the ship was thrust upward along the leading edge of the giant wave. The party lashed themselves to their stations and Captain Petey struggled to maintain control of the ship. The Evinki climbed higher and higher on the wave and began to take on water. The captain finally lost control. The Evinki plunged deep into the tsunami becoming completely swallowed by the wave. The hull began to fill with water, a hole was torn in the ship, the rigging and the sails were ripped from the mast. As Captain Petey regained control of the Evinki he brought the ship out of the wave to surf along the front.
The party went below deck to frantically make repairs and work the pumps. Another hole was torn in the side and the party members were tossed about the inside of the ship by rushing water. The dog came below deck spreading hair among the oily water. After repeated attempts, the party was able to patch the holes in the ship just as it crested the wave and began its rapid decent down the back side of the wave. The Evinki came crashing down into the sea and eventually drifted to a stop in calm waters. Without sails and adrift on the open ocean.
The crew quickly re-rigged the ship with the spare set of sails and got on their way before sundown. Just before the sun set a derelict ship was spotted in the distance. It was decided that the Evinki would try to render aid. The derelict was heavily damaged, sails torn and hanging loose from their rigging, the rudder ripped from the ship. As a moonless night set in, Captain petey ordered lanterns lit. After being lost in nightfall, the derelict ship emerged from the gloom almost suddenly. The lanterns cast an eerie, shifting light over the derelict, The Whale Fever. Someone could be seen in torn clothes, dragging himself around face-down on the deck.
Calladarumanna and Grim Giantkiller Longstick Silverfist jumped on board and were immediately attacked by grisly creatures. They had a green pallor of rotten flesh that had been soaked in sea brine, filthy clawed hands, torn and dirty clothes, and gore dripping from their hideous mouths.
Battle ensued. The party started out with most of the hits on the enemy but were soon overwhelmed as more of the creatures emerged from the sea on the far side of the Evinki and Grim and Glauben took severe injuries from the filthy creatures’ claws. The crew cut the Evinki loose from the Whale Fever and made a break for it under full sail. The two monstrous corpse-creatures on board were dispatched and thrown to the sharks.
The next day the Evinki made port in the town of Stood on the island Stood. The town had been damaged in the earthquake and tsunami the day before and it looked as if the whole town was working to get the place back in order. The port was full of damaged ships. The Evinki put in to the drydock at the shipyard in town for repairs.
Captain Petey took Grim Giantkiller Longstick Silverfist, Glauben Silverfist, Calladarumanna into town to make arrangements. He met with several merchants who spoke common with an almost unintelligible accent. The crew was told to load up a mule cart and haul all 80 long tons of the whale blubber to the rendering facility with the barrels necessary to hold it.
Grim Giantkiller Longstick Silverfist and Glauben Silverfist realized late into the day of heavy lifting that their wounds from the creatures the night before were getting worse. Fearing disease they went to find a cleric for healing only to discover that the gods have forsaken humans and do not grant healing magic to human clerics. The cleric of Njord was kind enough to take the injured gnomes to the local surgeon who fixed up Grim quickly. Glauben had a harder time of it though and it took two days of surgery and healing to stop the advancement of the disease.
Cured but still weak, the gnomes made their way to the Pelican’s Perch Inn to join the rest of the crew only to find a commotion in the tavern. Inside they saw a middle aged human clearly cast the spell prestidigitation.