Zax's first arrow grazes the large figure on the boat. The second projectile seems to hit him straight on! The large figure cowers for a moment, but then goes almost instantly back to standing tall and waving his weapon.
Jeremy's speech seems to bring some faint smiles around him, but the militia and guard's attention end up going for Rabbit standing tall in front of the burning battery. The party members that can fly take off to meet the aproaching pirate ship.Help the wounded! Drag them out of that fire! And get that bombard loaded faster!
-orders the captain, pointing to the burning southern battery.
Some militia and guard obey, dragging back the heavily burned corpses (are they still breathing? Hard to tell in the midst of action). The elves however take careful aim and loose an arrow each towards the large figure, clearly trying to keep up with Zax. Three are lost to the sea or the ship's planks, one seems to hit the large figure straight on as well. Except this time he doesn't react at all, as if unharmed.
As the pirate ship closes in fast, you can finally see Zax's newest target. A large, heavily muscled humanoid with dark orange skin with an head resembling a bulldog and wearing a worn out bright red tricorn hat. Under its chin, a spiked beard that looks as if made of metal, over a necklace of human bones. On his clawed hands, a sawtoothed glaive with an emerald on its tip, his body partially covered by black leather strips and blue ragged pants. On his back half a dozen of harpoons with ropes tied to his leather strips. On his forearm, Zax's arrow, seeming more like a toothpick compared to the monster's powerful bulk. Behind him, at least two dozen pirates much like the ones you faced so far, but this ones waving halberds, battleaxes at their belts and javelins at their backs, manning the remaining catapult and sails. They all scream and grunt togheter as they get aproach the docks. Their clear leader laughs as he sees Pha fly directly towards the ship.
And then the great fairy activates Rabbit's Singularity in a Bottle just as the ship is about to ram over her. A purple flash and chains of dark energy spread surround the wooden planks and dive into the sea into a fraction of second. The ship comes to an halt almost instantly, projecting several of the pirates screaming into the water, the others barely holding on by holding to nearby ropes or whatever's at hand.
Their commander himself seems quite suprised, but then quickly recovers and starts grunting orders:
What the...Damned Fey trickery-Grof-Just a minor setback. Those already in the water, keep going-Grof!-I'll gut you myself if you try to come back into this ship whitout a proper trophy. And you scum, get that catapult firing faster-Grof! They still have one bombard active, we're all dead meat if we stay here like this! The rest of you lousy lots, make me a long boarding plank now! We'll get to those pink-skins much faster if we can get over the rest of this sea-Gronf!
The pirates instantly spring to action, clearly intimidated by their commander. The ones that had been thrown off advance towards the ice, discarding their halberds and drawing their battleaxes as they quickly climb up. Only for the thin layer to crush under their feet just as they try to stand up, making them fall back on the water. Regardless they press on relentless, two of them managing to get a good holding on the ticker ice ahead. The ones in the catapult keep reloading as fast as they can, while the others hurry around the ship's deck gathering wooden barrels, loose planks and rope.
Gronf-Now let's see if I can catch myself a faery...
The pirate commander aproaches the deck's edge and pulls one of the harpoons on his back before flinging it towards Pha at point black. The steel pierces her fey skin and armor and latches into her icy flesh, and the commader laughs cruelly as he pulls back the trailing rope to check if it's secured. Situation
Pha takes 10 damage from the harpoon (7 with DR), reflex DC 17 or it gets stuck and will be limited to moving at half speed, no charging or running, and needs an oposed Str check to pull out (that deals more damage to self).