Wulfgard: World's Edge
Voyage of the Sun Chaser
The sun crept lazily over the horizon, bathing the tall towers of Illikon in its light. Below, the city was stirring to life, slowly shaking off the night. If one were to watch the city transition from night to day they would witness the transformation in all its splendor. The night owls of the city crawled back to their holes to sleep while the markets and streets began to buzz with activity. Merchants opened their stalls and bakers began to make their rounds. City guards changed posts while thieves retreated to their lairs. The city was coming to life and everyone was waking. Almost everyone.
At the Silver Stein, Wilhelm’s snores were hard at work peeling the paint off the walls. After a long night of drinking and getting to know his crew, Wilhelm was oblivious to the world waking. However, his slumber did not last for too long. With a loud bang the bedroom was kicked in. Years of survival kicked in and Wilhelm leapt to his feet with a shout. He found himself staring into the cold grey eyes of his first mate.
“By the gods Faelor!” Wilhelm snapped. He paused and held his head, a throbbing headache painfully reminding him of the activities from the night before. Gently rubbing his temples, he began to turn and walk back to his bed. However, the elf grabbed his arm to stop him and began to drag him towards the door. Wilhelm loudly protested and tried in vain to get back to his bed.
“We are late captain,” Faelor explained in his usual monotonous voice. To most people the elf rarely showed any kind of emotion, preferring to keep reserved and expend as little energy in inflections as possible. In many ways, he was the polar opposite of his fiery-tempered captain. He suspected that was the reason Wilhelm chose him to be his first mate, his level-headed approach to the world helping keep Wilhelm from too much trouble. Sometimes.
“What... What time is it?” Wilhelm murmured. He blinked slowly as his head threatened to explode. Faelor glanced out the window at the brightening sky.
“I'd say it's just past dawn, Captain.”
“Damn. We’re late.”
“I’m glad you noticed, Captain.”
At the docks the motley crew had gathered on the deck of The Sun Chaser. The boards creaked beneath them as the ship bobbed gently on the water. The early morning breeze teased the sails with the promise of adventure. For a moment, the crew were wondering if the captain would even bother to show up. They stood about in silence, the world around the ship slowly getting busier and busier.
“There they are!” came a high-pitched shout. From the crow’s nest Shauni spied the captain and first mate making their way to the ship. A sense of relief passed over the crew. At the very least they would be setting sail.
Wilhelm leapt aboard the deck and surveyed his new crew. A smile spread from ear to ear as he greeted them. He went around taking their names, Faelor silently following behind him. After introductions were finished he climbed to the upper deck to address them.
“Welcome aboard!” he started with a cheery tone. “Ye have chosen the life of adventure. To go where no man, woman…” Wilhelm paused and glanced at Shauni. “Or child” he amended. “We will map to the Edge of the World and forever seal our fate as legends!”
“Now!” Wilhelm turned to the horizon. “We set sail!”
With the final shout, Wilhelm hopped down among the crew and began assigning tasks. The crew scurried about, lowering sails and preparing the ship. The old caravel groaned in protest as she left the dock and began to drift swiftly out of the harbor and onto the open sea.
During the speech, Faelor had turned his attention to the piece of parchment in his pocket. It was the one he had used to take down the names of the new crew. He pulled it out and sighed quietly as he reviewed the names and began to think to the sort of desperation that led to hiring such a crew. He silently prayed to the gods that maybe they would live to tell this tale.
Shauni Sun Chaser (The Arbiter)
Brackenburn the Black (The Captain)
Basil Shimmershore (Burger Warrior)
Tenebra Abdris (Burger Warrior)
Sir Gisburn “Guy” of Pikeston (Dalton Westmoore)
Adrienna De’Maravanne (Sephsekla)
((This is a time to have some brief interactions with your fellow crew. You are all running about doing ship-things. You can just declare what you are doing.))