From the journals of Kremernesh Mommanpopple...
Once we were safely away from Montain, I decided to try to find out a bit more about just what we had gotten ourselves into. Spying First Mate Kate on deck, I asked about just where it was that we were headed.
She told me that we were headed to the Ixitaca atoll. There was an old cargo ship that had hit a reef there and sunk below the waves. Included in its cargo were a number of magical items which we were free to take as Miguel was only interested in a single book though Kate didn't know just what was written on its pages.
Shortly after that we all joined Kate, Sarah, and Black Powder for dinner with the Captain himself. After we inquired some more, he told us that included among the items on the ship were a number of spell books, some necklaces, and even some coinage. When asked why the vessel would be heading to such a remote location, he informed us there used to be a small colony on the atoll that acted as a resupply point for passing ships though it had long since been abandoned. We also tried to find out more about just where the Captain had gotten his own ship from but beyond telling us that it was from a family member he refused to elaborate.
The next morning we reached the sunken ship and we watched in amazement as Miguel's crew used some kind of giant inflatable devices to raise this ship out of the depths below! Lee and I followed Miguel onto the ship as he headed straight for the storeroom that held the book he was looking for though the storeroom held much more than just a mere book. In fact the storeroom was virtually overflowing with painting, magical items, and other items.
After we dug through the items in the room for a while, we received word that a powerful storm was blowing in so we sought shelter on the beach of the island along with the rest of the crew. Shortly after we arrived on the shore, the ship sank beneath the waves again and the storm slammed into the island so we retired to our tent to wait it out. It was only after appraising some of the goods that we found that we realized that there was none of the usual sounds of activity in the camp so we went to investigate only to find ourselves knocked out!
When we came back around we found that we were tied up in a large haul with the rest of the crew. We worked to free ourselves only to find out that our captor was in fact Maria Cortova, Miguel's older sister. The abandoned atoll was not so abandoned and Maria had established her own town on the far side of the island to act as a supply point for her pirate fleet. We also learned that Maria and Miguel had been on an expedition together with their father six years earlier seeking some giant sapphire that can control the currents. Unfortunately things did not go anywhere near as well as they had hoped and their father had become trapped there while his children escaped.
Now we were faced with making a choice between heading north with Miguel to try to free their father or crossing the island with Maria to help her retrieve a magical gem from an ancient temple on the island. A difficult decision indeed, but before we make it we will rest for the night here in Maria's town.