With the wind at her back and a star to guide her, this old girl has saved my life more than once.
The Foxglove is one of the many light merchant exploration vessels that frequent the coastlines of Embercrest Bay and the greater Spiria Gulf. But the Foxglove herself, a modified qaribel class of ship, has a rich history that reaches back across the years, before its current infamous owner, or the Windtracer Company he works with.
She was built by the Ishnanor Shipwright Guild for the Eastledge Merchant Company in 1248AGC. Launched in late of 1248AGC, the Foxglove was under the command of Merchant Captain Matthias Harriton.
There, under command of Merchant Captain Matthias Harriton, the Foxglove was instrumental in opening new trade routes for the guild.
Primarily, this was upriver to the kingdom of Jata and south along the coast. The most famous of these would be the so-called “Vine Road” along the southern coast and upriver into the Civit Continent.
Between 1254 and 1256, she served with distinction during the War of the Eternal Night, becoming the flagship of the Eastledge fleet.
EMC Vagabond Captain's Log
Summer, Bloomcrest, 1255, Captain Escobar Akani commanding
It was the third night of the battle. My crew were exhausted and the young merchant prince I swore to protect was dying of a poison. He was only a boy who didn't deserve this.Baron Garit, that vile man had hired the Layre pirate clan to bolster his own misbegotten ships. Layre with their mystics, turning the skies as black as eternal night. A starless night. Damn them to the deepest hells.And then, the damn fool had the Layre find a way to call down a small magic storm. A mystical cyclone. The maniacal Layre created it and turned it loose toward us, using it like a 'battering ram' to shatter the fleet. Their own ships would be moving in behind the wall cloud to murder the survivors.No stars and cloud banks so dark and thick that our ship's lights extinguished themselves in fear.I did what I could and ordered the fleet to come about. We were sailing on the south end of Spiria Gulf. There were rivers, deep inlets, that cut far into Planus Continent. Some even so far as to reach near the Great Chasm. If we could make one of those, we could outlast the cyclone. We might even survive the Layre.If we could find our way. My beloved horizon was betraying me as I couldn't find shore. Ship’s compass? Spun like a top. The Eternal Night was everywhere.That was when I heard a call from on deck. My heart almost stopped."Magelight! Magelight sighted! A ship with a Schutz field! She's breached the cyclone and is waving for us to follow!""Captain! It's the Foxglove!"By the gods, it was Harriton and the Foxglove. That clever bastard found a way to actually break a magic cyclone.Right then, in my soul, I knew we were saved.
But after several refits and modifications, she was eventually retired then sold to her former First Mate, Imhorn Bihn. Imhorn, now captain, had the Foxglove refit once more, then took her to sea as an independent exploration and merchant vessel.
Her story has grown ever since.
EMC when in service to the Eastledge Merchant Company
"To The Far Horizon"
Not for sale
A qaribel ship is a common sight along the Planus coastline. The Foxglove has been modified so that it is unique.
15 ft (4.6 m)
75 ft (22.9 m)
In the time under Captain Imhorn Bihn, the Foxglove has continued her legacy. During the Lavender Plague that struck the kingdom of Jata, it was Imhorn and the Foxglove that ran down the Layre mystic that stole the cure for the disease.
Later, she made a record setting trip from Ishnanor to the Azumanami Thalassocracy and back by ten days faster than any other ship of her size. A record she continues to hold to this day.