Next Deadline: Tuesday, January 31st at 11:59 PM EST
Josh Hay (Mr. Puff)
Dann Tuggles aka Dizzre
Before departing, Captain Ossa leaves everyone with the following parting words:
“If anyone needs a lift to a different rock, let me know before we depart! Maybe we can work out some sort of trade to make it worth our while to have you on board.”
Unfortunately for Ryu89, this pretty much completely blows his cover, as Ossa both turns and sees him, the proceeds to watch his boat carefully for anyone he might be able to help out. Foiled by kindness, essentially. Frustrated that he wouldn’t be able to go against the cosmos and get both an adventuring pack and be able to sneak onto a ship, Ryu89 does take this as a lesson and manages to train his [agility] to improve the success of future sneaking.
Other gestures of friendship seem to be in the air. There is talk of some unofficial trade circle being formed between the independents. Bell awaits a reply from The Awesome Squad eagerly, while Hawkers and Mike Burns propose a direct alliance. parrotfanatic asks Hawkers and Mike Burns to lend their services to them, and the local guard reminds them that as three people they could register to be a team under King Daggerbeard’s official decree, which may or may not even have any benefits. BAPunchface offers to work with Captain Awesome, proposing a great partnership!
The dock vanishes completely after all of its pieces of wood are salvaged by various people.
A couple of the people on the island decided it would be a good idea to take a bite of the bread. With the dough melting away in their mouth, they were deep in thought trying to figure out how exactly the bread had affected them, and before they had noticed, they had eaten the whole loaf of bread! It was just too delicious to not eat all at once, unfortunately, leaving Dann Tuggles, captainawesome, and Rayner with [no more delicious bread].
Crafting is a popular choice of activity for people while they’re stuck on the initial island. Itylhive manages to finish his axe with from wood from the dock and name her [Goldilocks]. Wahoo McDaniels enjoys the view, noting his monocles seems to give them access to a unique form of vision where everything is scratchy and has a crack down the middle, and only out of one eye. Still, McDaniels does manage to make a [shovel] from the coveted dock planks. captainawesome decides that a shovel would be a fine tool to construct, and for some reason he has an overwhelming success building it from driftwood, giving him a really nice [shovel]. Dann Tuggles manages to make an exceptional small [wooden box], about 50% better than he thinks anyone else could’ve made such a box. Despite knowing “fuck” about making a raft, LeoCrow manages to do a pretty good job of making a [raft] that seems sturdy enough for about one trip. Nothing too impressive, but it’ll do. Miltank gets incredibly close to finishing a bow, though without any trees around he doesn’t feel comfortable finishing it, leaving him with an [almost finished bow] and about [10 arrows]. If he were to find a tree, he could either quickly finish the bow or put another day into it and get a really nice bow! Mike Burns notices that Hawkers had a shovel in his pack so he also makes a [shovel] out of jealousy. He also tries to eat a lump of sand thinking it might be bread and some seashells thinking they might be candy, but ends up with various gross tastes in his mouth. anthcul158 ends up building a pretty small sandy [shelter] by digging a hole, but they’re not entirely convinced it would protect them from much if it really came down to it.
While some were crafting, others were exploring the very small surroundings of the initial island. thornb123 spends the turn collecting pretty [seashells] while thinking about his future, partially because the seashells match his mermaid key, partially because there doesn’t happen to be anything else of interest on the island. Hawkers and anthcul158 decide to scrounge up some delicious barnacles, taking care that they don’t accidentally pick up any of those cursed barnacles King Daggerbeard kept rambling on about. But presumably cursed barnacles look like treasure, and none of the food they gathered happened to. Eating the barnacles seemed to improve their [health] a bit as well. parrotfanatic searches for birds, but there aren’t really many things exciting in the air around this initial island. Still, the empathy towards birds and the admiration of the basic seagull improve your [animal companionship]. Strangely, there doesn’t seem to be any nearby algae.
While others might consider the actions of Vaclav strange, offensive, or even completely insane, the cosmos viewed his dedication favorably. The flavor of the gum allowed achievement of a total trance in which the universe, protecting Vaclav from harm while increasing the success of their endeavors. In many universes, this might’ve been considered spirituality, but on the Everything Islands, this was considered [luck].
LooseLips decided to give the list a go, but it seemed rather obnoxious. Parts of it were even crossed out! Regardless, it read:
1 sacred gem, 1 human sacrifice, 10 pearls, 10 rubies, 10 sapphires, 36 eyeballs, 50 wood, 50 stone and 1000 fish.”
What a bunch of cryptic phooey.
Anyone who attempted to swim on their last turn finds themselves a bit confused when the tide decreases drastically and they instead find themselves on sandbars. A flustered RedSunEternal, Beau, Dann Tuggles, and LooseLips find themselves trying to swim in a sandbar, which is silly. Now it just makes more sense to walk to whichever island they were headed towards, unless they were headed in a strange diagonal direction, which would probably be pretty inefficient. Still, swimming was good activity to boots their [strength] somewhat.
Rayner, the exception that proves the rule, somehow managed to actually swim all the way north to one of the islands that the initial island is now connected to via sandbar. This island looks much like what he was looking for – trees, suitable for plant life – and as the first one there he has dibs for its exploration.
With the land now raised, there are now four unique polar directions for people on the initial island to explore, and the island they’re currently on is larger as well, with a good bit more washed up miscellanea . The sandbar isn’t considered part of the same island, however, so it will take anyone a whole day to cross it and reach either the north, south, east or west islands connected to it.