Skull & Shackles

Wormwood: A Rude Awakening

DAY 1: A Keelhauling for Jakes Magpie

A Pirate’s Day (Pg.23)
Swab:Swab the Decks
Rigger:Rope Work
Cook’s Mate:Fishing
Weather: Normal.

The PCs awake in the dark hold of the Wormwood. They remember the night before: the ringing laughter of a wild night, the heady joy of excess, the scents of rich stewed meat and perfume lingering in their nostrils.

-The next thing they feel is a pounding headache, the sickly taste of cheap wine in their mouths, the hard floor, the rhythmic creaking, and the feeling of the room swaying as if they were still drunk.

Master Scourge wakes the PCs “Still sleepin’ prettys? On y’ur feet, ye filthy swabs! Get on deck and report for duty, ‘efore the Cap’n flays your flesh and Fishguts cooks ya up!”
-Pcs equipment is missing.

When the PCs reach the main deck, it’s quickly apparent that they are on a sizable ship in the middle of the ocean, far from any land. The PCs notice there seem to be four other recruits, a dozen or so pirates, existing members of the crew stand about on the deck or in the ship’s rigging.
Captain Barnabus Harrigan addresses the crew: "Glad you could join us at last! Welcome aboard the Wormwood! My thanks for ‘volunteering’ to join me little crew. I am called Captain Barnabus Harrigan! I have one rule, don’t speak to me, you will have no need. I like talk, but i don’t like your talk. Follow that rule and we’ll get along fine.
“Oh, and one more thing. Even with you new recruits, we’re still short handed, and I aim to keep what crew i have. There’ll be a keelhaulin’ for anyone caught killing anyone. Mr.Plugg! If you’d be so kind as to make pirates outa these land lubbers.”
He nods and says goodday.

Mr. Plugg’s Tests

  • Rigging: Rumli was fastest to the crow’s nest.
  • Cook’s Mate: Toad reluctantly volunteered.
  • Swab: Chip and Mikki were made swabs.

-Sandara Quinn approaches the PCs the first chance she gets she lets the PCs known that friends are handy to have on a pirate ship and returns to them essential items.

Mikki: Rapier, Cutlass.
Chip: Gunsmith’s Kit, Pistol
Rumli: Boarding Axe, Throwing Axe (1)
Toad: Sling Staff, Spell Component Pouch

Jakes Magpie is keelhauled before the evening meal.

DAY 2: Laying Down the Law

A Pirate’s Day (Pg.23)
Swab:Rat Catcher
Rigger:Rigging Repair
Cook’s Mate:Cooking.
Weather: Normal.

Just after the bell tolls to summon the crew on deck, Aretta Banison, Flipps Chumlet, Jaundiced Jape, and Slippery Syl Lonegan block the PC’s path.

-“Master Scourge don’t like you. Thought maybe you could be pounded into shape.”

The PCs beat the pirates into submission.


A Pirate’s Day (Pg.23)
Rigger:Line Work
Cook’s Mate:Cooking
Weather: Normal.

DAY 4: Something in the Bilges

A Pirate’s Day (Pg.23)
Swab:Hauling Rope and Knot Work
Rigger:Upper Rigging Work
Cook’s Mate:Fishing
Weather: Blistering.

Mid-morning on the fourth day, young Jack Scrimshaw rushes on deck. He was on bilge-duty and claims that something big swam out of the bilge water and bit him.

Plugg assigns the PCs to get down to the bilges: “Don’t bother coming out until whatever is down there is dead!”
Six dire rats have gnawed their way out of a dodgy barrel of barley the captain picked up in Port Peril on the cheap. They’ve taken residence in the brackish water in the bilges. Today the weather is so blistering that the bilges are considered very hot (Fort DC 15, +1 for each previous check) or take 1d4 points of nonlethal damage. Characters wearing heavy clothing or armor of any sort take a –4 penalty on their saves).

Dire rat

The PCs slayed the dire rats below and earn respect and favor.

DAY 5: The Owlbear

A Pirate’s Day (Pg.23)
Rigger:Rope Work
Cook’s Mate:Turtle Hunting
Weather: Normal.

After the evening meal, Plugg and his cronies lead Owlbear Hartshorn on deck for ‘a bit of sport’, Plugg dares one of the PCs to take him on—bare-knuckle fists or wrestling only.
  • Plugg tosses down a purse of 100gp as a wager on Owlbear.
  • The PCs can choose which of their own will fight Owlbear, and can bet on their chosen champion—winner takes the entire pot.

Toad reluctantly stepped forward to be smashed by the brute.


A Pirate’s Day (Pg.23)
Swab:Hauling Rope and Knot Work
Cook’s Mate:Bull Session
Weather: Heavy Rain.

DAY 7: A Building Storm

A Pirate’s Day (Pg.23)
Rigger:Mainsail Duties
Cook’s Mate:Bull Session
Weather: Building Storm; -2 on Rigger work.



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