Ships Log for Flagship ‘The Wrath Of The Dragon That Rages In The East Like The Storm That Created The Universe’
13th day of Lesser Heat, year 109AS
Being the accounts relayed by explorers and specialist crewmembers, namely: Teoh – Marine, First Class Sun Li Wei – Ranger Sima Wulong – Explorer Qi Lein – Wu-Jen Zheng Lei – Priest of The Heavenly Bureaucracy
The storm, as noted in previous log entry, had scattered the formation of the squadron and fleet. Signals were sent to re-establish contact and start the regrouping. One Turtle ship, “The Steel Hawk That Swoops from Heaven and Rends it Foes”, failed to signal after three attempts to contact. We sent the above team to investigate and this is there report.
“We were rowed over to the stricken ship. A visual inspection was made of the outside. Some minor storm damage was noted as well as a possible lightning strike on the metal armour. However this was incidental and the ship was still very much sea worthy. We came aboard at the stern castle. Sun Li went up to the crow’s nest but the vantage point offered no further clues. At this point Teoh entered the deck below and we all heard possible movement from the interior. Inside we discovered that the crew were dead, attacked by tooth and claw. The Captain and First Mate, in their cabin. A quick look in the log only showed that the ship was being made storm ready.
In the main deck, the rest of the crew and marine platoon were also dead. The ones nearest the hold died quickly. Those near the rear of the ship had weapons in hand but did not prevail against whatever it was. We moved closer the hold hatch, again hearing the movement from below; some of us also caught sight of a head looking briefly out of the open hatch. It seemed pale with lank hair and glowing red eyes. We definitely heard several creatures moving down there. We also open the main armour hatches, to let as much of the evening sunlight as we could. Zheng suggested lowering a light source before descending the ladder. This is the reason we might still be alive now.
Whatever was down there attacked the lantern, smashing it. In the brief instant of light we caught sight of 4 figures, pale as the first. Teoh tried to talk to them, a voice full of cold hatred replied, confirming it had eaten the crew and that it had always been there.”
First Mates note: We have initiated a fleet wide search for any undead stowaways on all ships.
“We tried to set a fire but the creatures were smart enough to use the sand buckets to put it out. By now we had become convinced that they were some kind of undead, especially as the sunlight was hold them below. But the light was fading very quickly as the Sun set. The sailors on the rowboat reported that we were approaching an island. We decided that best course was to disable as much rigging as possible and set the sails alight before retreating. As the last of these tasks were done and all of us were on deck, the armour hatches began to close. We fled back to the rowboat and just managed to get away as the ship beached itself. We counted a total of five figures emerge on deck in the last of the light. Sun Li let loose an arrow but the light was so bad he did not hit a target. Zheng recognised the creatures now, Wights. We also noted several corpses on the beach of the island but deemed they to have no bearing on our current situation. We returned to the fleet with the charts, log and navigation equipment of The Steel Hawk recovered from the Captains Cabin.”
First Mates note: We have added the island and its dangers to the navigational charts. Should any Halfling ships pass this way again Fire should be used to cleanse the island of any remaining undead taint.