Players: Don T, Chris, Jeremy, Grant
The Urchins bequeath the newly-taken Guild ship to Dirk the Ropesman, who is overjoyed at his promotion. The ship is christened Rope-a-Dope. Dirk is given orders to sail it to Riverwatch and use it to stand patrol there. Meanwhile, the tower is named Roxie Shieldskin.
The Urchins fly the slow tower towards Riverwatch, and see a few chuuls pass by in the water below. Just off of Freeport, they are approached by a greatship flying the flag of the Sea Dragons. It is the flagship of Lady Molly McLeod, currently captained by Marok Stern, the half-dwarf. He hails the Urchins in friendship and informs them that Lady McLeod wishes to meet with them at Sea Dragon Hall in Freeport. They agree.
The Urchins stop at Riverwatch to drop off their tower. They leave Oliver the goblin there with orders to spear rats in the basement with a pitchfork, and order Jayne Sauzall to begin constructing a giant chain that will encircle the fortress and can be powered by the water wheel, which is now complete.
The Urchins sail to Freeport and arrive at Sea Dragon Hall in their finest clothes. They are shown in by an obsequious butler. The place is lush and tastefully appointed. They are taken to a large dining room and seated, where they wait only a few moments before Lady McLeod enters, flanked by her three lieutenants. These are Marok Stern, a scarred, eye-patch wearing dragonborn called Arktos Covered-in-Glory, and a plain-looking human woman with stringy blonde hair and pale blue eyes, simply called Sarah. Sarah exudes a powerful magical aura, and seems a bit off. The more perceptive members of the Urchins ntoice that Lady McLeod is wearing heavy mail beneath her formal finery.
Lady McLeod informs the Urchins that she’s asked them here to treat with her. She has been very impressed by their quick rise to power, and admits that she believes the Urchins will soon be replacing the Guild as one of the five pirate gangs of Freeport. She would like to formalize the alliance between the Urchins and the Dragons.
Captain Moonshadow accepts on behalf of the Urchins, and the talk moves to the combined gangs’ goals. The Urchins impress Lady McLeod with their ambition, stating that they intend first to destroy or absorb the other three pirate gangs, then to take the fight to Exonia, who have been attempting to reestablish control of Freeport and the near Ruby Sea. Lady McLeod is clearly intrigued by this plan. She reveals that when Exonia lost control of Freeport, it was the final straw for her. Her husband, Lord Alexander McLeod, is one of the Trade Lords of Monmouth, where he lives with their two sons, Alexander, Jr. and Christopher. Lady McLeod, however, became disgusted with the corruption and cronyism of Exonian politics, and felt that the good people of Monmouth and the Exonian navy were left to rot as attention turned to the politicking in Whitehall, Exonia’s faraway capital. Thus she fled from Monmouth and turned pirate herself, throwing off the shackles of being a lord’s wife and letting her hidden brilliance out as she quickly became leader of the most powerful gang in Freeport. It is her sworn mission to destroy the Exonian navy once and for all, winning freedom for the Ruby Sea.
The dinner meeting successfully concluded, the Urchins repair to the Most Honorable Bar of Liquor Redistribution for a nightcap. They begin nailing up signs ordering Guildmen to join up with the Urchins instead, and are quickly attacked. A short while later, the bar is theirs. They rename it Itchy’s and give it a cute ixitxachitl mascot.
Experience per player: 450 xp each