After San-Bolo awake and are apprised of the situation...
The man shakes his head, slightly, and answers in broken Ansylin. "We need keep voices down. Name can be powerful thing. I not say at this time. You are on prison ship."Kwargrow said:Sannit says (in Ansylin which is his instinctive language), "Well we learned who our enemies are. It would be in our best interest for them to believe we died out here." After learning the Norikadian's name Sannit asks him, "Are you with us or have you resigned yourself to the fate the Magisters assigned to you?"
Kwargrow said:As usual Bolo lets Sannit do the talking and takes time to study their prison, where the exit is, and if there are any other prisoners besides the Seekers and the Norikadian.
Sheldon gestures for Merin to speak more quietly as the Norikadian stranger says, "One more day."Merin opens his eyes groggily, and looks around... Merin claps Sannit warmly on the shoulder (and speaks in the common Ansylin), "My friends, I am glad to see that you are still alive. From the looks of things, the Magisters are carrying out their threat? I assume we're on a one-way voyage to wherever this 'Maelstrom' thing is?"
Tellerian Hawke said:... While they are talking, Tor comes to consciousness as well. The process of greetings and information sharing is repeated. Tor adds, "Let us see to Indigo and Vadin. They appear to still be out. How is everyone? Does anyone require assistance for injuries?"
Vadin slowly awakens.... He sits up ... rubs his eyes trying to gain clarity in his sight... looks around again and says "It seems we are on a boat, I imagine they are not taking us to a tropical beach. What have I missed?"
San-Bolo share a look at the exchange between Tor and his father, but they remain silent so as not to disturb this emotional reunion. They keep their minds on the task at hand, escaping this hold. The most obvious answer to reach the grate above their heads is to stack the crates. They intend to enlist the help of the other Seekers to arrange the crates as quietly as they can. Bolo will manipulate Way to try and determine if there are any people outside the hold.
Tor cannot believe his eyes! “Father.” he whispers, excitedly. ”They told me that you were dead, no doubt to goad me and the other Seekers into rash action, in order to trap us. Is your collar cursed?...
"I was told that if I were to remove this collar, it would kill me. I have seen another on this ship do that very thing. I have no reason to doubt it."Is your collar cursed? Can it be removed without harm??
"Your mother is gone, along with everyone else who was with us in that tavern.""I must get you away from this place! Is mother alive? Is she here?
"Hmm. The captain, his first mate, the quartermaster, and the master-at-arms are all soldiers, so is the chief cook, for that matter. There are five other soldiers on board at all times, as well. There are ten other crew, counting me. Only three of us are collared. The five officers have stayed the same since I have been aboard. The other soldiers are periodically changed out.""Tell me about the size and strength of the crew; it might be necessary to kill them all!”
Bulywif said:"The five officers have stayed... other soldiers are periodically changed out."
Bulywif gestures at Merin and speaks in Centrin even though Merin spoke in Ansylin. "Slow down there, nephew. Five officers. Five soldiers. Ten prisoners, including me, but not counting all of you."Merin nods at Bolo, "19 of them? So be it. I doubt more than half of that number actually know how to fight. Most of them are probably simple sailors, who will follow the orders of anyone who asserts himself into the position of command."
Bulywif interrupts his son. "The cook will be below deck, along with the mess hands. The captain and quartermaster will be at the helm. The master-at-arms and first mate will walk the deck with the other soldiers, making sure all the prisoners are at their assigned tasks. I am the oldest prisoner, which is probably why I was put in here to watch you all."Tellerian Hawke said:Tor nods, "I'd be willing to bet that the officers are all above-deck, running the ship, along with the actual sailors. And I'd bet Clams-To-Pine-Vine that the enlisted soldiers are below-deck somewhere, either on guard duty, or assigned to other tasks...
Tor said:... "I suspect that the officers will put up the greatest resistance. We should not face them unarmed. The only way out seems to be up through the hatch, so let us start there. We need to get above, then back below-deck, without being spotted. Worst case, we fight unarmed if we are discovered, and disarm people, arming ourselves as we go."
Tellerian Hawke said:
Even though Merin asked Bolo, Sheldon offers an answer. He speaks in Ansylin, as is more comfortable with the other Seekers. "We can. I can. Sort of. I was already doing that. We may have had the same idea. Just based on the health of the people present, I would guess that one prisoner is aloft. Three are below deck with one officer, that would be the cook, as Tor's father mentioned. The other prisoners seem to be fairly stationary at various places on the deck. The other soldiers are pacing."Tellerian Hawke said:Merin asks Bolo, "Can you sense which ones are which? Is there any way to tell the difference between soldier and sailor, using your sensitivity?"
Sheldon adds an unexpected option. "I see no reason that we cannot pull out all the stops way out here on the ocean. I have been analyzing everyone on this ship since I have awakened. I think I can remove the captain from play before you even try to lift the grate. I will have to guess if it is the captain, but it stands to reason that the most stationary person at that location will be the quartermaster, who should be at the helm."Sannit says, "If Bulywif thinks we can lift the grate with our combined strength, then we surely should be able to after we augment ourselves. I think we should make a push for the captain and take over the ship by taking him down. If we do it with enough style we should be able to recruit any other soldiers to our cause. They might be ready to change from Asylim to Southroad Fair, like the guards with the silk collectors, and we might need extra help in the war with Asylim."
"Hold up!" Sheldon moves to place a hand on Sannit's arm. "I am a little stronger in that particular talent than you are, but that sheep slipper, Saucy was beyond me. If we try to remove the collars, now, there is still a risk that it will kill the wearer and harm us. Unfortunately, it would be more wise at this point to leave it, until one of us can be sure there is no risk. Once freed of the obligation of this prison ship, the collar is of moot consequence, other than its chafing location."Sannit said:"We should probably do first things first and get your father's collar off him. Didn't we decipher that secret already?" Sannit will use what ability he has to aid in removing Bulywif's collar.
Kwargrow said:At the appropriate time Bolo will increase Sannit's strength before they lift the grate.
Sheldon asks Bolo to give him a count of three then watches for her signal as well. As soon as she gives it, he compels his unseen target to fall asleep.Using her sensing ability, Bolo will make sure there is no one close to the grate and the signal Sannit to move it, to have a surprise element.