The group booked passage on a ship heading for Westcrown in Cheliax, and planned to take a ship from there to the north. The first part of the trip proved to be rather uneventful, until one of the passengers, a noble from the looks of him, approached the druid and informed her that the group had been duped by Alanna. He said that he belonged to the cultists they had been hunting and that she had misguided them. He told them that Alanna was the one trying to invade Golarion and that they were helping her in doing so. He also told them that his group of cultists was trying to prevent this from happening by retrieving the artifacts needed to open the gate large enough for her army to pass through.
Seeing no reason to disbelieve the man, and with the things they had already seen and learned, the group decided to not trust either group and just go with their original plan of finding the artifacts and making sure neither the cultists nor Alanna would get all of them at once.
Not long after a strange localised storm overtook the ship and from it a dragonrider appeared and attacked the ship. 3 flaming meteors crashed towards the ship, 2 missing and the third slamming into the foredeck, levelling one of the masts. the meteor proved to be a sort of elemental creature and they had a bit of trouble disposing of it.
With the ship heavily damaged, but luckily not sinking, they limped on to Westcrown. Here they decided to take a path overland instead of taking another ship, so the paladin went looking for a caravan to join.