The Fallen Oranna presses on through the fog bank toward the Horn Cove. Suddenly the ship lurches to a halt throwing crew members from the rigging. The fog concealed a dense bed of sargasso which the ship is mired in.
At the captains orders the crew grab axes and drop over the sides to chop away the seaweed. Colby questions the captain about the seaweed. Unfortunately the captain had never been in this part of the ocean before, but in warm waters such as these all manner of things might grow.
Susi takes to the air to try and find the edges of the sargasso. The fog limits his vision, but the gulfweed doesn’t seem to extend too far. Before scouting too far away movement catches the Vrawk’s eye. Something was causing ripples in patches of water amid the sargasso. When Susi wheels around to investigate, but the disturbance continues toward the Oranna.
Colby offers to wander over the kelp and see what he can find, his eyes being better in such gloom. He quickly becomes distracted by walking across the water and doesn’t remain alert. He does notice an odd mound, or hill, made from the sargasso along the far edge.
Grimclaw peers over the edge of the ship and notices that the crew members have vanished. The axes they were using against the seaweed are still there, but the men are gone.
A Grimclaw roars out a warning, several newtlings burst up through the sargasso and grab hold of Colby. The attempt to drag him under, but the tiny Lir squirms from their grasp.
Simon flings out his javelin, spear fishing for the newtlings from the deck of the Oranna.
While running toward an arbalest Brine spots several newtlings climbing up the other side of the ship and dashes across the deck to engage them.
As Colby approaches the ship he sees more newtlings scaling the hull. He cuts one of them down before scampering up a rope ladder to the deck.
Despite their large numbers against them Simon, Brine, Grimclaw and Prospero manage to drive them back killing many of the newtlings. Hovering over the kelp Susi’s bow makes quick work of any enemies moving toward the ship.
Thinking that the mound he saw was some sort of hive for these creatures Colby directs the crew manning arbalest and canons to aim for it.
Once they are driving from the Oranna the remaining newtlings dive underwater to hide. Simon leaps over the bulwarks to chase the fleeing newtlings. He makes it to the mound when the newtlings leap out of the water and quickly surround him. A shaman was waiting there and begins casting hexes on Susi. Just as Simon begins to take control of the fight an Eye of the Deep bursts out of the water and turns the fight back against Simon.
Simon teleports out of the melee just as Prospero lobs a fireball into the heap of foes that had collected where was only a moment before.
All of the enemies took refuge beneath the seaweed once again. Brine dives into the water, instantly changing to his shark form to pursue the Eye of the Deep.
Badly wounded, Simon calls for aid and Father Vargas steps in to heal him. Restored Simon tucks Colby under and arm and leaps off the deck calling for Susi to speed them into the battle. Susi swoops in and grabs them, whisking them right to the mound.
In a pitched battle neither Brine or the eye are able to gain advantage. On top the seaweed Colby and Simon cut through the kelp and discover that the missing crew members had been imprisoned inside the mound.
Simon begins a thorough investigation of the mound, while Susi begins to carry the unconscious men back to the ship. Colby dives into the water, hunting the shaman. With a bit of luck Brine and Colby manage to score solid blows on their opponents. The shaman and Eye of the Deep turn and escape into the dark depths of the ocean.
Once everyone has been carried from the mound Simon discovers a jug of healing balm. With the newtlings gone the Oranna is quickly cut free from the kelp and the journey toward the Horn Cove is resumed.
As the ship emerges from the fog bank the crew gives a cheer as land and friendly shores are finally in sight.