The Wormwood Mutiny

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Adventure Background

The Free Captains of the Shackles have long been a thorn in the sides of the nations of the Inner Sea, and no country has chafed under their predations as much as Cheliax. Unfortunately, removing the threat of the pirates by invasion is made almost impossible by the howling winds and treacherous currents of the Eye of Abendego, the permanent hurricane that rages just north of the Shackles. Since the defeat of two Chelish fleets in 4643 and 4660 AR, respectively, the House of Thrune has longed for revenge and the chance to eliminate the pirate confederacy once and for all.

But Harrigan needed to replenish his crew with fresh bodies. He returned to Port Peril, the rough-and-tumble capital of the Shackles, to press-gang new hands for his ship—including the PCs, who now find themselves members of his crew of scoundrels and cutthroats. With a hold full of impressed sailors, the Wormwood left Port Peril and headed for the open sea, where Harrigan will put his plans into motion. Harrigan’s new crew, including the PCs, need to quickly adapt to life on a pirate ship, or suffer the harsh consequences of pirate justice.

Voyage of the Wormwood

In preparation for his long-term plans, Captain Harrigan wants to strengthen his position among the other Free Captains of the Shackles, but he first needs to increase his funds by plundering the shipping lanes. He tells only his closest allies (including Mr. Plugg) where they are heading, and tells no one why. After leaving Port Peril, Captain Harrigan takes the Wormwood north across Jeopardy Bay, then steers southwest, passing to the east of Dahak’s Tooth on the fourth day and Motaku Isle on the seventh day. At this point, a storm strikes, driving the Wormwood southeast. Once the storm blows over, Harrigan tacks east, keeping his vessel well away from the Slithering Coast, sailing into the open Fever Sea for the remainder of the voyage, where Harrigan hopes to pick up merchant vessels from Bloodcove, the Mwangi Expanse, and Sargava. The Wormwood encounters the Man’s Promise on the 20th day of its voyage and attacks within a few hours.

The Wormwood Mutiny

Skull & Shackles MattDroz