Start: Day 6
End: Day 16
The expedition treated the wounded from the Cartli attack and gave chase to the Cartli warship. Despite having more rowers than the Cartli vessel, the Golden Dew’s lack of sailors and unfavorable winds allowed the aggressor to get away (presumably fleeing to the Olmaran port city of Nori).
The Golden Dew’s captain, two sailors, and four Cartli marines, were segregated and subject to interrogation. From this the expedition learned that the Golden Dew sold out the expedition to the Cartli, who appear to see the expedition fail. The expedition also learned of a second Cartli vessel waiting to intercept them outside of Utra. The prisoners were not harmed . . . yet.
Morale was low, due to deaths and injuries, cramped quarters, and seasickness. One of the expedition’s original porters had the misfortune of being ethnically Olmaran. This gentleman, Rimilas Othian, was subject a variety of verbal and physical abuse in retaliation for the Lyrish and Cartli actions against the expedition.
This abuse escalated, and only Nars Eldingson (the expedition blacksmith) tried to defend him. Even the expedition leadership did little if anything to put a stop to it (in fact, the expedition master-at-arms Steinhallur Aelfvirsson was very public with his verbal abuse of the Olmaran prisoners). Rimilas was found dead in the hold of the ship one morning—his throat slit.
While this was going on, Freylyn Hallgrimsson, the expedition haruspex, became suddenly and violently ill during the voyage. This illness was persistent, and he was bedridden and under the full-time care of expedition herbalist Kolgiva Vilnasdottir (assisted by Rolf Jagerson, who was recovering from his own relatively minor condition). Freylyn succumbed to his condition the next week, leaving the expedition without a haruspex. Kolgiva was tight-lipped as to the cause of Freylyn’s demise.
For fear of the second Cartli warship outside of Utra, the expedition decided to stop off on the coast outside of the ruined Omaran city of Stari. This was both to give the landlubber crew respite from their seasickness, to throw off their schedule and hopefully befuddle anyone else hoping to intercept them, and to hunt for fresh food to boost morale (the fresh food having run out several days prior, leaving the crew to preserved rations).
Rolf, the expedition tracker, suggested the expedition mount a hunting party to look for game. Rolf, Athela Gudwahlsdottir, Tristan Anderson, and Egwyn Brunmarrson (the expedition huntsman), went out three times. Their first outing was unsuccessful, the second outing netted a goose, while the third brought back a deer. This fresh food, as well as several days ashore, raised expedition morale significantly.
On the last morning of shore leave, the two captive Lyrish sailors were found dead with their throats cut. No one confessed, and the investigation was brief and unproductive. This raised morale further.
From Stari to Utra, the expedition rowed (but not sailed) the Golden Dew at night, to minimize its visibility and chance of being spotted by the second Cartli warship. This delayed the expeditions arrival in Utra even further, although the expedition encountered no second Cartli vessel.
The expedition arrived in Utra at night on the fifteenth day, and waited to dock on the morning of the sixteenth.