After a few hours of drinking, Harrigan rose from the table and demanded that Tetra follow him. Tetra was wary, especially once Harrigan told Tessa to back off, but she decided to go along. Tessa promised that she would come at Tetra’s shout.
Harrigan took tetra to the cellar of the tavern, where one of his crew members slammed the door shut and guarded it. He demanded a captain’s share of her plunder for a year, as a way to pay back the labor lost when she and her friends abandoned the Wormwood. He leveled a gun at her head and demanded a quick answer. Tetra stalled for time, as her lizard familiar escaped the cellar to get help from Irene and Tessa.
No sooner had Harrigan said “Time’s up”, than the cellar door burst open. The guard tumbled down the stairs and fell unconscious against a wall, and a brief, intense fight broke out. Irene touched Harrigan, cursing him, before he with two swings of a short sword decapitated the captain of the Triforce of Wisdom. Tessa guarded the door to prevent his escape, while Irene maneuvered away from him after casting Sanctuary. Harrigan attacked Tessa next, but then with a spell from the Pirate Lord, he went rigid. Irene saw her chance and plunged her rapier into the old foe’s neck. His pupils dilated, and his body keeled over, falling dead to the floor.
Kixis at this point burst into the cellar, completely naked. Tessa demanded Kixis clear out the tavern, then to get dressed and fetch Sidon. Tessa distracted a confused Avimar while Irene got both bodies upstairs.
Sidon was shocked to hear of Harrigan’s death, and along with Rosie, Crimson, and Kroop, joined Kixis on his return to the Drowned Dwarf. They were stopped midway by Master Scourge, who seemed not to realize what had happened. He and a group of pirates were instead there to bloody Sidon’s nose, but this was simply not to be. In a very brief fight, Scourge was knocked out and his companions bolted. Scourge was taken prisoner aboard the Triforce of Wisdom, while Sidon went to dissolve Harrigan’s body with acid, ensuring no resurrection would be occurring.
Tessa realized that it wouldn’t be long before war broke out for this attack. She and the party left port the next morning, carrying Tetra’s body along so that she could be resurrected soon. Back in Quent, she sent word to Port Peril so that the high priest of Besmara would be temporarily transferred to cast the spell. She also began sending word to ships in the fleet that Harrigan’s colors now announced enemies of the fleet, fair game for piracy.
When Kirsisdi came into port, she was welcomed and told that she had been the explicit exception to the brewing war. With some persuasion, she agreed to defect, not at all wishing to become the enemy of the party nor Tessa Fairwind. She announced that Harrigan’s fleet was abandoning his colors rapidly, but one or two dozen ships could be expected to remain loyal, and Harrigan almost certainly had allies outside of his fleet…