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Edric Serall

Waiting at the docks in the Dock Ward, Edric felt a little bit like he was home. Back in Neverwinter, he'd grown up around the salty air, the sounds of ships coming in to port, the calls of sailors and the sounds of fishmongers trying to sell their wares, and here was no different. The shoe was certainly on the other foot now, however, as he fiddled idly with the silver badge on his collar. A Marshal. He'd never have imagined. At the moment, he was waiting for his friend to show up so they could do something absolutely crazy together. Diving out in the open sea, so that she could turn into even wilder creatures than she was already capable of…and he'd be joining her. At first he had been content to just sit on the deck of the Golden Lion, maybe shoot the shit with his own crewmates, but with becoming a cleric of Sune, he had one last thing to deal with, that terrible memory of Umberlee. This was a chance to deal with it on his own terms, and with the waterbreathing spell he had cast on him, he had at least one advantage he hadn't had before.

Rowan

Rowan was giddy with excitement. Her brief swim off the docks had opened up an entirely new world for her that she didn't know existed. The bottom of the clear streams of the forest were always visible, but jumping into that dark water she had seen all manner of life flourishing under the boats. She could see beyond the harbour an endless inky abyss, but hadn't the time to venture out there when they first arrived. She knew they would be leaving this city the next morning and didn't know when she would have such an opportunity again. She had mustered the courage to ask Edric to use his connections and his knowledge to secure them a way out of the harbor and into the deeper ocean so she could explore and learn. Trying to keep calm, she nonetheless is practically running when she reaches the docks. She sees Edric waiting for her and waves. "Edric, I'm here! Thank you for doing this for me, I'm so excited!"

Edric Serall

Seeing her approaching with such excitement, he grinned as he walked towards her. She was like any number of tourists they used to transport in between jobs, giddy about the ocean, until half of them discovered the joys of seasickness out on the open waves. "It's nothing, don't even worry about it. These guys and I go way back, and they owe me one, or two, or maybe a dozen at this point. You all ready to get going?" He indicated towards a large vessel docked behind him, an aggressive looking trading galleon with The Golden Lion emblazoned in shining brass on side, a great shining namesake sticking out from the bow in a fearsome permanent growl. He wondered, idly, if she'd ever seen a lion before, but kept it to himself as he stepped onto the ship.

Rowan

Rowan nods, following Edric. She knows she won't need anything for this voyage as she will not be herself most of the time. As he approaches the ship she is astonished by how tall it stands in the water. It did not look so large when she had approached from the street, but now that she stood before the great marvel, it was quite imposing. She can hear the sounds of the crew above her and reaches out to Edric before they board, suddenly slightly hesitant. "Is this okay? Will I be okay with them? Since we've arrived in the city I've been getting some hostile looks, and at least now I understand why, but I hope this" she gestures up at her clearly unmistakable antlers "this won't be a problem?"

Edric Serall

He shook his head, as he held out his hand to grab hers and help her onto the deck of the ship. "Don't worry, these guys are cool. Used to have a quartermaster who was a tiefling, although not with horns like yours. Good guy, could drink a dwarf under a table, but boy was he bad at gambling. Point is, these guys have seen everything under the sun, and you might get a couple of looks, but they're not gonna be hostile ones." He'd already made sure no one would be trying to make any half-drunk moves on his companion, talking to the captain ahead of time and explaining her particularities. "This is going to be fun, I promise."

Rowan

Relief spread over her face. She still had insecurities about causing trouble for the others, despite their insistance, but Edric's words did reassure her. She stepped over the steep ramp and onto the ship. She could hear it creaking gently in the water as the breeze swayed it, but because of its size she couldn't feel the movement of the ship, it appeared as solid as the ground. She looked around at the crew, giving a smile and a small nod to anyone who looked at her, and as much as she wanted to go to the edge and look out over the ocean from her new vantage point, she stayed close to Edric, at least for now.

Edric Serall

It wasn't long before the ship set out of port, as the crew mostly kept to themselves and their work. Every once in awhile, a crewman would come over and strike up some conversation, asking about what he's been up to, or how he ended up with that shiny new badge the both of them were sporting. He kept the answers vague, mostly trying to reassure Rowan that they were friendly…well, friendly enough. It wasn't long until Waterdeep was a distant landmark, and the ocean surrounded them on all sides, the waves somewhat gentle today as they dropped anchor. Edric had gone to talk to the captain, leaving her to her own devices as he negotiated his payment for this favor, before returning and giving her the okay to leave the ship. "Alright, you ready to see what's out here?"

Rowan

The trip was pleasant. Feeling the speed of the ship and the spray of the water on her face was an entirely new experience. She tried not to let her naivity show, but it reminded her so much of her first run out in the forest as a deer, she was just filled with contentment. Once the ship had slowed and the heavy anchor splashed, she could feel her excitment turn to a mix of nervousness. She's not sure how much Edric has told the crew about her abilities, she looks around to see if anyone is watching her. She leans over to Edric. "Since we won't be able to talk, I saw what looked like a fast fish when I was in the harbor. It had a large fin on top, I think you could hold onto that and I could pull you along fairly quickly. I think it might be a shark!" She says to him with a smile, recalling their conversation about books when they had first arrived in Phandalin. Feeling perhaps that it would be improper and probably more than a little difficult to change while still on the deck, she climbs onto the railing of the deck and dives off. While falling she can feel her body elongating and becoming smooth. Her arms disappearing into short fins and her feet merging into a tail. Her nose hits the water first, its not as cold as she thought it would be. She swims quickly in a circle and surfaces, waiting for Edric.

Edric Serall

For a moment, he was beginning to regret this whole plan. He was about to go jump into the cold, dark waters of the open ocean, riding a god damned shark. Mind you, it was a shark that was a tiefling who was his friend, but still. Even so, he was here to get over his fears, and while a look of aversion crossed his features momentarily, he made a running leap and jumped into the waves. For a moment he panicked, as the nightmare became real around him, but he clutched at the symbol of Sune that hung heavy on his neck and took his first breath of water-a strange sensation to be sure-as he looked to Shark Rowan and grabbed onto her fin, ready to go. He couldn't talk, but he was giving her the thumbs up as he held on for dear life.

Rowan

She took off at what she would have characterized as a gallop if she had feet, but she didn't know the different speed of fish. She could feel Edric dragging behind her, he felt like a heavy cloth pulling at her and she had an animalistic impulse to shake him off, but resisted it remembering that this was her idea to come out here. As they moved away from the surface the sunlight didn't penetrate the water as deeply. She could still see clearly, but it was difficult to tell direction and speed. There was only the darkness surrounding them. She slowed for a moment, not really sure what she was looking for. She knew there would be a greater variety of creatures out here than in the harbour, but she couldn't begin to imagine what they could be. Starting to wonder if there would be anything at all, she saw a shimmering ball not far from them at the same depth. She began to swim towards it, and as they grew closer the ball broke into over 100 small fish. She recognized them as the kind she had seen at the docks that had been caught by fisherman. She tried to follow the group to see where they may lead, but it seemed as though her form was not particularly welcome among them and they sped off at a greater speed than she thought such stocky fish could move.

Edric Serall

His grip nearly slipped a few times as the excited, aquatic Rowan dashed through the waters, only managing to hang on with a bit of magic and some serious tenacity. Every time he thought his fear was going to overwhelm him, he managed to recover, and down here, the ocean was truly beautiful, even with his poorly equipped human eyes. Even so, he managed to see something big enough swim past them in the distance that he could make it out, a great, massive, and yer graceful creature of black and white, gliding through the waves before surfacing for a moment. He'd seen them before, more often in the northern coasts, but they were known to migraine far south this time of year. Tapping on Rowan's side, he made sure she got a good look at it.

Rowan

Feeling Edric's tap, she twists her body, following his outstretched arm she sees in the distance a massive creature. She has never seen anything so large and yet its movements are graceful. Even though it is at quite a distance, in the water she can see it quite clearly as though it were only a few feet away. It's distinctive markings are beautiful. She at once is filled with two urges. Her own mind filled with curiosity wants to go closer to the beast, to know everything about it, yet the part of her that is the animal, no matter how small it may be is filled with a primal fear and a sharp warning to not let herself and her companion get within its path. The two urges countering each other, she floats silently in the water. Wanting to express her joy at seeing such a wonderous creature she spins quickly to face Edric and give him a wide smile, her rows of teeth bared in his face.

Edric Serall

Blanching at the sight, he nearly lets go out of his own suddenly primal urge to flee, as he regains his composure at seeing such a dreadful sight. Last time he saw shark teeth that close, they were tearing one of his good friends in half, and so his free hand went to grip the symbol of Sune tightly. He blurbled out, forgetting for a moment he had no ability to speak down here, before just giving her another thumbs up and gesturing down at something in the shadows of the deeps. It looked like a sunken ship to him, which was always a good source of interesting sea life in his experiences. Once they traveled with a mage who could create great air bubbles to travel down into the deep, and he had seen a great many incredible things.

Rowan

She sees the blind fear on his face and recoils, internally chastising herself for being so impulsive. She has forgotten what her form must look like to him, how frightening she must be. She remembers his first description of a shark as an "ocean bear" and her memories of steering clear of bears in the forest, before she was as strong as she is now. She wants to express how she is sorry for frightening him, but not wanting to make any more potentially threatening motions, she instead sheepishly turns towards the ship and heads downward slowly so that he can hold on without difficulty. The ship is surprisingly bursting with life. There are a great many colourful fish and crab bustling on the hull. Some species of plants she could not begin to identify have covered much of the surface, such that only in the broadest sense does it still remain the shape of what it once was. While exploring and enjoying the seabed, she sees a glimpse of movement of something large undulating inside. As with the large creature they had seen in the distance, she gets the distinct impression that they should not approach it. She darts quickly, feeling Edric struggle with the sudden jolt to stay on, as they hide behind part of the hull. Slowly the head of a snake appears. It begins to exit what must have been the cabin of this ship but instead of seeing a tail its body seems to go on and on. She wonders if it will ever end.

Edric Serall

It was something to marvel at, the length of the creature which slowly slithered from the hull of this once great ship. As much as as Rowan's current form terrified him on a basic level, he felt immensely safer with her than he would without, and he held onto her firmly until finally, the last of the gargantuan constrictor left in search of food elsewhere. He gave a bubbling sigh as he patted her on the back. This wasn't really so bad…I mean, this was actually kind of fun, in a strange way.

Rowan

Watching the giant snake drift away into the darkness, she felt the fear leave her. Peering out from behind the hull, it seemed that the other inhabitants of the artificial reef had also emerged and had returned to darting in amongst the plants. A tiny fish with shiny sides swam up under her. She could feel his small mouth pulling at her skin, but it seemed to be eating debris that had collected on her skin rather than attempting to harm her. As they glided calmly through this whirlwind of activity, she felt completely at home in nature. This was how she felt at her most serene in the forest, when she could most strongly sense the connection between her and the grass and the predators and prey surrounding her. She was part of this ecosystem as if she had been born in this place. However, lost in her reverie, her inexperience caused her to fail to notice the immense shadow that had passed over them. It wasn't until she looked around and could not longer see any other fish did she look up and see the great mass of teeth and muscle barreling down upon them at tremendous speed.

Edric Serall

While she had been lost in her reverie, he seemed to have reached a state of peace as well, letting a sense of serenity wash over him. He wasn't drowning. He wasn't under assault by the sea itself. Instead, he was safe and with his giant shark friend and everything, for the moment, was okay. His grip on Sune's symbol lessened, as he closed his eyes for just a moment…before a jolt of movement woke him and his eyes focused on the great beast about to devour them. A great burble echoed in the deep as he gripped her fin, hard, and yanked to help her come to grips with the terrifying reality now present, and pointed out into the waters towards the ship with urgency.

Rowan

Rowan feels the pull and dashes to the side. The massive shark, at least five times her size crashes momentarily into the deck of the sunken ship, causing bits of coral and small fish to escape their homes and scatter. In the moment before the shark regains its senses, she realizes the boat is too far and they will never make it. Instead she motions Edric to grip tightly against her back and darts into the cabin where the giant snake had just vacated. Inside there are bits of ruined furniture, all covered in various plant life but only one door and she momentarily panics thinking she has lead them into a corner. The shark begins to charge the cabin, but the steady beams of the ship prevent him from entering quickly and he must wriggle through. Searching frantically she sees a small hole, only a few feet wide in the floor where the wood has rotted away. Dashing towards it they head into the bowels of the ship. It is pitch black inside, but her keen senses allow her to make out the shape of the room. They are into what must have been the hold at some point, There remain some barrels and crates from the ship's last voyage, but it is mostly empty. Above she can hear the giant shark thrashing around to get out of the beams and she looks around for another method of escape. Finally she sees an old cannon hole, partially filled in with sand but using her nose and Edric's hands they are able to dig themselves a way out. Moving silently away from the ship the giant shark has almost wriggled free from the cabin. This is their chance and moving as fast as she can, she drags them towards the surface and the safety of the ship. However behind her she can hear the snap of breaking wood and the vibrations in the water tell her the shark has gotten free and is chasing them. It is much faster than her form, faster still as it is not dragging a human behind it. They are still too far from the ship, they cannot make it.

Edric Serall

Edric had to hold on for dear life as Rowan's maneuvers took them through the bowels of the ships, takings bumps and bruises all over as he was slammed into walls and beams and barrels, doing his best to try and focus on the danger and figure out exactly what he could do. It was difficult to focus, and a smack to the head disoriented him momentarily, but as he regained his focus he began to speak words, muffled by the ocean waters. His hand began to glow, as he simultaneously accomplished several things at once. First, he would turn Rowan invisible, which in turn rendered him invisible as her passenger. Secondly, spotting a great reef, he focused his magics on creating a spider's web between them, strong enough to delay its advance for just a moment. It was all they needed, as the two of them neared the ship, as he tapped on her to remind her to transform back before they landed on the deck.

Rowan

She could not turn around, but felt Edric move on her back and a light as something shot away from him. She didn't notice the exact nature of his spells as her only focus was reaching the ever expanding surface and the underside of the boat. As they breached the surface of the water with a great splash she felt her body return to its natural form. Taking in a great gasp of air she reached for the ship, scrambling up the ropes tied to the side of it, reaching out to help pull Edric out of the water, still desperate to get away from the creature, not knowing if it would appear behind them at any moment.

Edric Serall

As soon as he was out of the water, Edric disappeared in a puff of mist, and his hand reached down to grab hers from the deck above along with several others, who quickly pulled her up and out of the way of danger, just moments before the shark erupted from the water and smashed into the side of the ship with a painful sounding thunk. The Golden Lion was a sturdy vessel, and the creaking of cartiledge seemed to be a discouraging sound to the creature as it swam back off into the depths. Soaking wet and grinning, Edric looked at Rowan and started laughing, the sheer relief of it all overwhelming. "That was incredible!"

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