Upon arriving at Tidewater Rock the heroes encountered the current and longstanding residents. Lady Agatha Smythee had taken control of the Rock after her late husband “Iron Bert” died at sea at the hands of Barnabas Harrigan. The heroes agreed to parlay with the Lady of the Rock and while she was unwilling to give up the home she had fought for and kept for 15 long years she was all to aware of her delicate situation. Lady Agatha offered Captain Anders a deal, her hand in marriage for one year promise. While a somewhat outdated proposal this seemed the most amenable solution that would avoid bloodshed and offer the heroes a base of operations. Capt. Anders agreed to the proposal and the two were joined. After a brief celebration the heroes sail to sell their ill gotten gains.
En route to Hell Harbor the Crab Shark spotted a strange vessel that began appearing at sundown and seemed to be sailing against the wind. This ship was none other the Dethknell, a undead vessel captained by Whalebone Pilk and had long terrorized the Caribbean. After rallying his Crew Capt. Anders lead an assault against the foul vessel. The grim Whalebone nearly stole the breath from Fist Mate Ibn but thanks to some quick thinking the heroes noticed the ringing bell as the source of the specters power. Acting quickly they were able to shatter the ship’s bell and escape before they were dragged down with the vessel.
Upon reaching Hell Harbor word spread quickly about the heroes defeat of the Deathknell and about taking Tidewater Rock. Their reputations grew and infamy spread to an all new level but the joy would ultimately be short lived once they returned to their new home.
The Rock had been assaulted by a Sahaugin scouting party shortly before their arrival and certainly heralded a future attack. Upon the next full moon a Galley was spotted approaching the island and all hands readied for battle and longboats were launched to assault the Rock. The Captain leading the assault was the free captain Isabella “Inkskin” Locke, a powerful and deadly Sorceress. After blasting open the entrance to the Rock a fierce battle was joined by Richard and the guards while Isabella attempted to steal into the upper levels to kill Lady Agatha. Isabella nearly succeeded if not for the timely arrival of First Mate Ibn who was nearly slain himself if not for the assistance of Capt. Anders and Skabswerth. The heroes were narrowly able to overcome the assault and slay Inskin and drive off the assaulting ship.
Isabella “Inkskin” Locke got her name not just from her sorcerers tattoos but also because of the map her skin bore as well. The map tattooed on the Isabella Locke’s back depicts
the outlines of several small islands. A stylized half sun sits to the right of the islands, while simple images of a monstrous eye and the face of an aged, bearded king are to the left. Beneath the map are five lines of crude verse:
From blue bight’s embrace
Spy the Grave Lady’s prize tooth
With the Dawnflower’s first kiss
Climb the Captain’s wayward orb
To claim old king’s hoard