Shahzada Warralash the Engulfing descends to the bottom of the sea. The Fang of the Shaitan, riven nearly in half by the mighty marid’s hand, is following close behind. The venturers see Barbafir Bloodmouth struggle against the current before he is pulled under, the ruined body of his would-be jinn-binder preceding him.
Aya’s first action is to take control of the winds to push the Typhoon Queen out to a safe distance from the maelstrom. As the captured ship and the Twist of Fate pull away, Kismet brandishes the Dolphin Jewel. She attempts to conjure a water elemental from the sea, but her call is not strong enough to be answered. She quickly resigns herself and dives beneath the waves. The jewel’s power allows her to push against even the outer current of the whirlpool, and she reaches the unconscious Barbafir quickly. But pulling him free is beyond her power, and she finds her hands tangling in his sash, pulling her down with him.
The surviving ships only barely reach a safe distance before a new danger is upon them — the Leviathan Crown. Attsu fires a chakram from the stolen ship-to-ship weapon, but misjudges the distance and is unable to clip Unnat’s rigging. Aya shifts the wind away from the Typhoon Queen to support the Twist of Fate and keep it running close to Kismet. As the Leviathan Crown comes closer, they spot Unnat al-Shim at the bow of his flagship. The muscular, bald sea mage chants an incantation as they draw within range. A great water elemental, larger than any the venturers have managed to conjure with the Dolphin Jewel briefly heaves itself up from the sea foam. Wind-of-Embers manages to strike it with a blazing javelin before it vanishes under the surface in the direction of Kismet, Barbafir, and the Crocodile Jewel.
Kismet manages to pull her hands free from Barbafir’s sashes as the wreckage from his ship sings around her. She takes one end of a passing length of rope, ties it around the insensible corsair, and then starts up toward the surface. But she is drawing ever closer to the whirlpool, and even the Dolphin Jewel’s power does not help her overcome the powerful current.
Unnat al-Shim gestures again. Two streams of seawater leap into the air, knotting themselves into a thick cloud, and then the cloud explodes into a corrosive rain that washes across the Twist of Fate. Many sailors scream, some collapsing, as Tairasha and Wind-of-Embers and Notch endure as best they can.
Attsu turns his attention to the sailor currently piloting the Typhoon Queen away from the Eye of Hunger. He intimidates the desperate man into setting a course back into the fray, and the Queen sailors curse their wretched fate as they move to obey.
Kismet pushes closer and closer to the surface. She almost makes it, al-Shim’s elemental swiftly gaining on her, and then the water erupts around her. Talons close carefully around her, and the vulture-headed sphinx carries her from the sea to the deck of the Twist of Fate. It closes its beak on the rope in her hand and gives a mighty tug, pulling Barbafir free of the ocean like a fish on a line. The rope hooks over a spar and Barbafir comes to an abrupt halt over the deck, dangling like a fruit and coughing water onto the planks — still insensible, yet by the hand of Fate, somehow still alive.
Unnat al-Shim takes the opportunity to focus again. He conjures a massive wave before the Twist of Fate that slaps the ship’s prow, driving the ship to a momentary halt. With that, the Leviathan Crown is able to pull alongside. The larger ship hurls out grapnels, and draws the Twist of Fate in for boarding.
A great melee breaks out between the two crews. The Izirian boarders are led by a trident-wielding warrior wearing red armor fashioned like a crab’s shell. Wind-of-Embers moves back and forth between helping save the lives of the most severely wounded and throwing blazing javelins at the enemy force. Notch, still wincing at his corrosive burns, sends a yellow-fletched arrow into Unnat al-Shim’s thigh, and the enemy mage catches his breath as the mageslayer venom enters his blood. “Kill the gnoll!” he rasps, and several of his men leap to obey. At the same time, the water elemental that had been pursuing Kismet surfaces and moves effortlessly onto the Twist of Fate. Kismet leaps in to engage it, though her blades cut through the water without seeming to cause much damage.
The vulture-sphinx moves to the Typhoon Queen. It carefully places Aya on its back and seizes Attsu in its talons, and then it flies the two away to the Twist of Fate.
The water elemental surges past Kismet, and reaches out one wave of an arm to pull the dangling Barbafir free of the rope — and stuff him inside the elemental’s body. As the trident-bearer pushes his way to the venturers, Aya and Attsu land on the deck and join the fight. Aya breathes out a killing wind, striking down some of the Iziri attacking Notch. Attsu leaps across to the Leviathan Crown to close with Unnat al-Shim himself. The hydromancer blocks one set of claws with his staff, but Attsu rakes him with the other metallic paw, carving four bloody lines across the mage’s bare chest.
WIth Wind-of-Embers’ assistance, the Twist of Fate crew rally and give the Izir boarders a brutal fight, coming to Notch’s aid. The priestess of Hakasarre takes the opportunity to hurl divine fire at al-Shim’s water elemental, boiling portions of it away. Kismet spots something moving through its lessened form and cuts into it with a precise scimitar strike. She cuts the geode-like elemental core in half, and the watery form loses all cohesion, splashing across the deck and freeing a weakly breathing Barbafir. Kismet and Wind-of-Embers proceed to fight a short battle with the trident-using Iziri until Aya freezes him from behind. Kismet then takes the miraculously still alive Barbafir and drags him below-decks to his wives. Hajuda, knife in hand, assures her that if any intruders come below they’ll meet a fight. Kismet praises her, then reaches into Barbafir’s belongings to pull out two items — a small leaden stoppered jar, and the Crocodile Jewel.
With the trident-brandishing lieutenant frozen and Unnat hard-pressed, the Leviathan Crown sailors are losing momentum in the fight. Attsu continues to rake at the sorcerer-captain, who fervently blocks his strikes. Finally Unnat al-Shim speaks a few desperate words and leaps from the prow of the Leviathan Crown. The fight leaves those of his crew who his retreat.
Aya takes the opportunity to check on the possibility of enemy reinforcements. Across the water she sees that the Thunder Star has caught up with the Phantasm, and the corsairs are boarding the illusionist’s ship. She’s not the only one to notice. Some of the Leviathan Crown sailors see that their rescue is not close at hand. With Unnat al-Shim fled and the Phantasm mired in battle, the Izir sailors surrender. A great cheer goes up from the Twist of Fate.
Wind-of-Embers begins shedding her armor; some of the acid rain was caught underneath, still burning her despite he healing spells. Aya and Attsu scan the waves for Unnat but cannot see him near the surface. Attsu takes the Hunter Jewel from a compartment within, and whispers the name “Unnat al-Shim.” Immediately the direction comes into his mind, and he points the way for Kismet.
Kismet throws the bag of holding, the Crocodile Jewel inside it, to Aya, and then dives overboard. It takes her a moment to spot the eight-foot bubble moving through the ocean away from the battle, Unnat al-Shim within it. She swims after him at top speed. She’s almost on top of him before he notices her presence — and although he strikes at her with his trident-tipped mage’s staff, she outmaneuvers him completely. With the Dolphin Stone, she comes at him from angles above and below, cutting a deep slash across his back to match the claw marks across his front. Blood pools in the bottom of the bubble, seeping through its surface and spreading into the ocean. Finally Kismet places a strike across the hydromancer’s neck, and his eyes glaze over. The bubble bursts, and the seawater around him clouds with blood. As sharks begin to move in, Kismet lets Unnat al-Shim’s body sink deeper into the Jadesea as she swims back.
In the meantime, the Twist of Fate sails into the brawl between the Thunder Star and the Phantasm. The venturers swiftly and conclusively tip the battle. With some satisfaction, Aya, Attsu, and Wind-of-Embers witness Bulukh the Buffalo land the killing blow on the elven illusionist Zaerdahil. In the aftermath, Attsu finds the clockwork assassin that poisoned Notch lying against a mast; it is broken possibly beyond repair, and he mercifully finishes the job. The only enemy ship still uncaptured is the Typhoon Queen, limping away with half the crew it once boasted. The venturers decide not to pursue, as the sailors healthy enough to serve as a prize-crew will already be thinly split.
Kismet resurfaces, climbing onto the Twist of Fate and offhandedly reporting that the Uncrowned hydromancer is dead. For the first time since they set out in search of Barbafir Bloodmouth and his three wives, the venturers don’t have a pressing goal. They consider the Leviathan Crown, a notably bigger ship than the Twist of Fate. Attsu suggests that Tairasha takes command of it, but Tairasha defers for the moment — he has spent so long aboard the Twist of Fate thanks to his curse that he is unsure of any other life. He stresses that the venturers have earned this prize, and that whatever final disposition it may have, it is theirs to decide.
A quick visit below decks reveals that Barbafir is somehow still alive, despite his multiple contusions, two near-drownings, and the company of his very unhappy wives. Then the crews of the Twist of Fate and the Thunder Star strongly demand a celebration. Three ships of Izir were taken and destroyed in a single day, and one of the Uncrowned was thwarted in his ambition — to say nothing of the plunder to be had aboard the Izir flagship. The only real question is what port to sail to that could provide sufficiently worthy festivities.