„No need to be rude, this man has just warned us about dangers“ ferdinand says facing bala. He turns back to the man and says: „i apologize for my friend here, sometimes he doesent know what he‘s talking about.“
Hearing Ferdinand's question, the Man seems incredulous. He turns back to his ship, as if checking something, then to you again.
"Where the hell are you from that you do not recognize the Imperial Banner?" He says, pointing to his ship. You now recognize, that the banners on the ship have the same symbol of a castle that you saw on the coins, this time in black, over a white background.
"I am here, because I am tasked with patrolling this shore, so that people do not get eaten, if their ships suffer an accident. Though, seeing you walk through here and talk the way you talk, I am starting to think there was no accident and you crashed that ship of yours through sheer incompetence!".
Then, he turns to Bala.
"Being rude is, generally, not a crime, but some officers of his majesty have thinner skin than myself, so I'd watch my tongue, if I were you".
Then, hearing Dihek'nir speak, he lets out a breath, as if calming down a bit.
"Right. I'm a bit on the edge as well, we were not expecting ships at this time, from that direction. Come aboard, I will need to compile a report for the Rear Admiral, and we can sail towards your ship, to see what can be done. However, remember, the Imperial Navy can only offer security and we won't be able to provide any help with fixing or even towing your ship".
Finally, thinking a bit, he says:
"We have not been introduced. My name is Hewer, and I am a Commander in his majesty's navy. Who might you be, and where have you come from? It is not often that someone sails to Havergate from the Darktaken north".
He motions you to follow him as he goes back to the ship. You can see that a wizard is standing on the bow of the ship, aiming at you and casting a spell, which you recognize to be Water Walking.
„Indeed. Would you allow me to have a look at your maps of the region? Our captain doesnt have any. And as our navigator, maps would sure be helpfull in our situation“ Ferdinand feels comfortable in the presence of other seafarers.
Dihek'nir allows the navigator and other men of higher rank do the talking, satisfied that he diffused the situation. He is rather uncertain about walking on the water though, trying to peer into it the whole time.
"We will offer support, but cannot do all that much besides security. I can deliver you to Kirkleigh if you want, though perhaps it would be best i you first visited Needham harbor, as the Rear Admiral might want to talk to you... You seem like an interesting lot".
Then, he turns to Ferdinand:
"Maps? well, yeah, of course we have them... Where exactly are you from?"
As everyone turns around and heads to the new ship, Zeng will stay back a bit while pulling their hood up. As they walk they will change appearance to look like a more normal dwarf woman with ruddy skin and short black hair, and a crooked nose to go along with it. They will keep the hood up for now.
"From where? Is that some strange figure of speech?" Hewer seems confused, then says "May be should indeed exchange information only after you have received consent from your captain".
Then, turning to Bala:"
"Well, you all look quite interesting, so that could still mean something".
With this, you all board the ship, which, you notice, has the name "The Maid's Fury" written on its bow. The sip is nowhere near as fast as the Void Skipper, of course, but it can navigate the waters quite effectively. Soon, you approach the crash site.
Captain Aella has clearly seen you, so she steps towards the water. Hewer jumps overboard. Aella waves you away, as if asking you not to interrupt them. They converse for approximately half an hour. after which you see Aella hand Hewer a piece of paper and return to her ship. Hewer comes back aboard. He turns to one of his wizards and says:
"Thelsnar, take your squad and guard this ship with your life. Be cordial to the crew and especially to the captain".
The wizard nods and casts Water Walking on four heavily armed men aboard.. All five of them jump from the ship and go to the wreck. Hewer turns to you:
"Now, your captain has told me... quite a lot, it is not easy to take in... Worlds between worlds, realms I never even could dream about... She instructed you to follow me and find... Something... here, you can better understand it".
With this, he hands one of you (OOC: whoever is closest, I am assuming Ferdinand) the piece of paper.
Then, he says to both his crew, as well as the party:
"Now, we sail towards Needham Harbor. We can converse more en route".