The Fors Elande
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The Fors Elande is an independently owned ship that travels from port to port hosting carnival rides, magic shows, exotic animals, and other delightful wonders. The ship circles around to different ports about every 18 months. It's arrival is usually announced by fliers and messengers that arrive at port towns about a week before they are scheduled to arrive. (Although sometimes inclement weather means that they arrive significantly before, or, on rare occasions even after the ship leaves town.)
Covert OperationsMost members of the Fors Elande are connected to The Undercurrent, a covert network focused on freeing slaves from the Sea Prince Kingdom and bringing them to freedom. Captain Andreas Auditore is aware of these activities, but remains uninvolved in most operations to maintain plausible deniability.
Most of the operations are organized by the first mate, Quil Rylion and one of the illusionist mages. Contacts within the city confirm plans with a server at the Gilly Scarp. Once the escapee makes it onto the ship they are smuggled in through the mirror maze and down into the hidden room below deck.
LayoutOnce a modest merchant ship, the Forse Elande uses bright gaudy colors to separate itself from the other sailing vessels. The first floor has several large attractions including a spacious restaurant with elemental statues of bizarre ocean animals and a large arena. The arena shows include animal taming, acrobatics, strongmen competition, elemental bending, and an illusionist show usually last 1 hour with the next show starting 30 minutes later.
The forecastle of second level includes other family-friendly activities like the illusionist's mirror maze, fortune-telling, and a sea horse carousel; the starboard side of the ship has three different sweet shops, a gift shop, and a few arcade games. Most administrative offices, including the bridge, are located at the sterncastle. The lower levels of the deck contains cramped sleeping quarters, a cargo hold, and a small chapel for the religious crew members. There is a hidden room behind the chapel where Quil Rylion hides escaping slaves seeking freedom.
DefensesThis large ship does not have many traditional defenses, and relies on its swift speed, often augmented through its magic users, and a smooth talking captain to handle most confrontations. Any pirate that drops by for an unexpected visit quickly learns that the fireworks and owlbears are not just for entertainment. Anything that needs a more gentle approach is handled discretely by either Quil or an illusionist. Aware of its clandestine undercurrent operations, the Fors Elande crew works hard to maintain a clean reputation and avoid unwanted attention.
Saltmarsh ReceptionMost of the people in Saltmarsh are excited to see the Fors Elande dock. It's one of the smaller port towns that the circus stops at, but it is also the only town for several days travel in both directions. A few weeks before the expected circus arrival, many of the local businesses offer odd jobs to children in the town as a way to help them save coppers for the entry fee. Captain Andreas Auditore is always invited to dine with the Saltmarsh Town Council at Gellan Primewater's house before opening night. Quil always declines, claiming responsibilities on the ship. In reality, he spends his time in town catching up with other Undercurrent members Ingo the Drover or Keledek the Unspoken.
Vehicle Wooden Sailing Ship
Purpose Circus/Underwater Currant
Captain Andreas Auditore
First Mate Quil Rylion
- Free Your Spirit - Free Yourself
Navigation As a sailing vessel, The Fors Elande navigates through the wind and sea currents. Due to the large number of magic users in the crew, the ship does have navigational advantages. Lulls in wind or water streams are easily negated. Large storms are unable to be tamed and still cause delays. Ideally, two druids are on at all times, but especially when transporting juwele.Circus Highlights
- Bearded Elf Woman
- Halfling Strongman
- Owlbear Tamers
- Half-Orc Conjoined Twins
- One head orc
- One head human
- The Gilly Scarpe
- Empire's Emporium
Arielist's fireshadows during an above-deck evening rehearsal
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