It seems that some islands will be formed by the sundered throwing chunks of the ocean floor to the surface, these islands are slightly unstable but can have a diverse amount of things dredged up with them. On one such island (besides a large amount of crap to eat) I was able to find a mostly destroyed pre-rift statue of some Dwarven God.
I found a strange rock fish (drawing included) which has a barb under its tail, it seems to have some form of neuro toxin that numbs the muscle, I am able to extract it with relative ease and after studying it I believe it is a viable substance to use, I will try to have the crew catch me other fish, their knowledge of the sea may lead to some other discoveries for my craft.
(a catalog of fish caught over 5 days, none of which have measurable value other then in eating, and some not even that).
Unfortunately the crew netted a school of fish, red and yellow in color, that they said was no good as it will make your stomach turn and keep you “arse hang’in O’er the aft” for a few days. The unfortunate part comes in the fact that the crew tossed the net full of these fish back into the ocean before I could stop them.
(additional notes on promising stories such as sea anemones and the bile of a lizard seen on some rocky islands)
The empire in its wisdom of seeing how effective the vessel that they forgot is, has gone over my contract with the dwarven ship builders and purchased the Ordeniux, I am left only with my joke of a prize ship (which was sold for a small amount of gold) and I was refunded all of the money spent on the ship doubled (which is not a small amount of coin, but I wanted a ship and not a chest of gold). Luckily my lab was removed carefully and none of it was lost, nor did those moving it think it more then a well put together collection of specimens and alchemy lab.
Wade was made a minor noble by the man who stole my ship out from under me, he seems pleased with himself and is bringing his Menorite wife to Gossid (I knew he had a family, but him to a knee bender, I would never have figured that to occur).
The local lord has offered me a position on one of his ships, I do not think taking on a tour in the royal navy is good for me (as I do have a persona to keep up and the empire is notorious for keeping good records, accepting this could lead to difficulties down the road). Under the circumstances, I plan to refuse this offer and see if I cannot find another way of procuring a vessel (the crew of gnomes has become increasingly loyal to me).
Ugly seems to have found some recognition among the Dwarven mages, I believe that he will be open to staying as he seems to thrive on his ever increasing importance. I am still not able to determine who he is writing to (perhaps himself) but he has become slightly lax at hiding it from me so I may be able to procure his papers for a few minutes to figure it out in the near future.
Kamen has absconded with the damaged idol, he seems to have found a way to trade it for, if my dwarven has not faltered, nothing (though the word he used was silence, I think it may be a dialect thing) so I am out the additional boon of gold that it could have brought.
Alden has been in an overly good mood since we returned, I believe the slaying of the maniticore has increased his status and proven him more useful than his superiors and contemporaries thought.
A group of orcs escaped from the prison, luckily we were able to thwart their getaway. Ugly has increased in power as he used Haste upon us, I feel that my lack of being able to study the arts has put me further behind him then i realized, I will need to dedicate some additional time to research when I can. While not a tough fight, the power of my companions was shown (even Alden found a use for some of his expensive gadgets). I was also able to get the orcish shaman’s fetishes, I will look into what they do and put them to good use.