1621, Storm Season 43, Illusion Week, Freezeday
After rumours from the south that the Lunar council in Corflu is putting pressure on the Ingilli family to lend them the warship in Corflu harbour, Raiko decides to round up his fellows, and book passage on a ship south. Giomanach is in the Rubble, and Daerius is off on a romantic weekend with Crazy Meg, so Raiko finds two new friends to accompany him: Mycolith and another one. The riverfolk are very hesitant to make the trip in Dark Season, and they have a lot of trouble finding a shipper who will take them. In the end they have to accept the steep rates from Antar, a Pavisite with a lot of ambition but no ideas. They ship south on what seems to be a rather clear day for the season, but it soon darkens and starts raining, as they head along the Zola Fel. After a quiet day they make camp on the shore. The next day they continue their journey, but at noon, under a steady drizzle, they notice a gang of Broo taking advantage of a group of farmers on the river bank. Antar the shipper is hesitant to interfere, but Herculon simply throws the Pavisite overboard, and with some trouble, manages to ram the vessel into the muddy river bank.
Our heroes disembark, some with more elegance than others, and charge forward to face the fearsome Broo head on. The Broo are taken somewhat by surprise, and the ferocity of the attack leaves them very little time to group up, shifting the favor to the party almost immediately. Some of the Broo are still busy doing unspeakable things to their captives, and their bestial instincts prevail, giving our heroes the opportunity to press the advantage home. One of the Broo emits an icy cold, no doubt a feature due to his chaotic nature, and some of the adventurers suffer serious wounds from this, but not Herculon, who carries on, in his berserk frenzy, hacking and slaying and almosttaking the head of the first Broo. Mycolith collapses wounded, but Jaya manages to slay her opponent, a Broo with a piglike demeanor. Herculon then chops the head of another Broo, a clean cut this time. The leader of the Broo, still standing, now faces several opponents. He cannot hope to win this, but the party find out this Broo has a very annoying chaotic ability: his flesh is extremely sticky, and when the Broo is finally slain, he has several weapons glued to it. The party have to burn the beast to release their weapons.
Within minutes, the Broo are killed, and the few survivors are healed. Around that time, Antar made it to the shore swimming. Understandably, the pilot was not pleased at all about having been thrown overboard, but he felt reluctant to take it up with Herculon, who was still recovering from his berserk fury, covered in blood and grasping his great axe with a maniacal grin on his face.
The party decides to return to Pavis to take the survivors back, and Antar is too afraid to object.