…Beauregard Shazam, meanwhile, was looking at the body of his dead brother, and implored Lord Vetinari to allow him time to give Caliban and Farcon their “last rites” with Deck as his priest. Less than a minute later, Deck had performed revivify on Caliban, but Farcon, poor Farcon, simply didn’t have the brains (or the head) to come back to the land of the living.
Despite the team’s best efforts to help Caliban escape, the Shazam Brother was too overcome with grief and fury to run, and was immediately taken into custody by Vetinari’s guards, for…another purpose. Some thank-yous and nifty items were bestowed upon the Told Ones, and Vetinari ordered Commander Vimes to round up the fleeing Breccia trolls and bring them to justice (but not before a heartfelt exchange with Declan), while Lord Explosario would spend the rest of his days in the dungeons…with the rest of the rats. The Golems returned to work, and a sense of order was beginning to fall upon the city once again.
The travel embargo finally lifted, the adventurers set about procuring passage to the Counterweight Continent and taking care of some last-minute business. First, they all headed to the Watch House to see about reviving the comatose head of the Thieves Guild, the lovely Andalicia Boggis, but to no avail. While Sen’dai communed with Marco Soto of the History Monks and attempted, to no avail, to locate Sandra Batteye, Dialyn went to do some research of her own regarding “people with pointy ears”…
During that time, Beau, Deck, & Loki headed to the Docks to check on the status of the Beggars’ Guild ship (spoiler: not good). It was then that Moist von Lipwig, alleged con man and confirmed head of the Ankh-Morpork Post Office (as well as the Bank and the Clacks) delivered some mail from Quirm: first, a notice for the next round of the Shazam Fighting Tournaments; next, a letter to Beau from B.S. Johnson informing him of his niece Phinelia‘s supposed disappearance; and finally, a private note for Sen’dai regarding…private stuff. Deck asked about any word from Pseudopolis, and learned that no mail had been going in or out, strangely enough…Deck then set about acquiring a ship, and the Beggars’ Guild was kind enough to loan the heroes some capital to pimp their ride with cannons. Of course, the gang spent most of the day arguing about the best way to mount said cannons.
The team regrouped at the Mended Drum for some farewell drinks and toasts, and the group tried to cheer Beau up. Mostly, he just drank. Later, Dialyn brought him to Lady Sybil’s Sunshine Sanctuary for Sick Dragons and got him a nice souvenir card…and the two also learned that their old draco-pal Oliver was once one of Lady Sybil’s rescues. She asked them to bring him home if they ever saw him again.
A couple of days later, the group headed back to the docks to begin their sea voyage, joined by the gender-ambivalent Cooper Porter and a crew of scurvy sea-dogs led by First Mate Jerry. Deck took the reins as Captain, while Dialyn sent Henry and Cooper to keep look-out from the mast. The ship set sail, and Loki spent her days fishing and helping keep the company fed. Sen’dai mostly vomited.
One night, as the Told Ones attempted to plot their next destination, Loki set out on her own to watch the waves and dream of home…As she sat, she noticed three lovely dolphins swimming alongside the ship, and went to talk with them. Surprised that she could understand them, they freaked out and dove underground, and a strange blue glow began emanating from the ocean’s depth.
Just then, Henry and Cooper sounded the alarm, as Sen’dai noticed a figure running across the water towards them…with a symbol of a Hare on his monk garb. As the crew raced to prepare for battle, a long, slimy tentacle crashed onto the boat, gripping both it, and the heroes, in terror…