The Wicked Waves: Casting Away

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The Wicked Waves: Casting Away

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Seafarers tell of a monster that makes the ocean its home. It is big, it is angry, it is territorial, and most of all, it makes itself hidden until ships find themselves in its fatal grasp. Survivors of this monster’s wrath are far too traumatized to give coherent information, but one thing is certain: It likes to shroud its presence behind a storm.
[The rest is too faded to read]

To secure the hunt of this oceanic terror, first we need to secure passage. What better place to find a boat than Loshlo Harbor?


Loshlo Harbor seemed...off today. The sea was calm, the people were bustling and active, and everything seemed normal, even with the presence of light grey clouds in the sky. It seemed like the perfect day for sailing, but something just felt weird. Even Selig could feel it crawling in his skin as he looked around the place. Sure, everything was more than ordinary as ordinary could be, including the awkward stares of the people around him. They definitely weren't reviling in his presence as they used to, probably because of that weird cloak he received from that...anomaly...back in the desert.

But that wasn't the weird part. The disconcerting part of the day was coming directly from the ocean. He had come to the ocean time and time before to hunt monsters and even people who had bounties and were trying to use the sea to escape. But the oddness coming from the ocean this time felt...foreign. Maybe he was just unnerved? Couldn't be. He didn't know what to expect out there in the ocean, but he imagined there wasn't anything from previous times that he couldn't face, hunt, and possibly kill out there in the waves. It was just the ocean. He could adapt to the ocean. What more was there to even do here other than hunt?

Well, secure a boat, for one. He was sunk if he couldn't do that.

"Selig? Is that you?"

Selig turned to see an amber-haired woman with a trident at her back staring up at him. He recognized her easily. "Marigold?"

Indeed, this was Marigold Banebright, a member of the Coast Guard. In the past, she was called on whenever Selig had been spotted at a port or a beach and been reported to the authorities. Often times she had been called on to deal with him, but she quickly realized he wasn't a threat and developed a rapport with him. They became pretty decent acquaintances...though definitely not true friends. "Hey, it is you!" She shot him a wide-beaming grin, walked up to him, and pat him on his lower back. "Hey, is that a new cloak? Looks good! Anyway, how's it going?"

Selig smiled and returned the courtesy greeting. "Good. You?"

"Pretty good, pretty good! What brings you to Loshlo Harbor?"

"Hunting."

"Well, that much seems obvious. Anything in particular?" She really didn't care all that much, just as long as he stayed out of trouble. Selig handed her a poster with some specific information. She read it and her brow furrowed. "Where did you get this?"

"Found it. Harbor further north."

"This is...an old rumor. Very old." She looked up at him with a raised eyebrow. "Nothing really came of an investigation out there, but you're free to look around the seas to see if you spark something fresh, if you wish."

"Well, I need...a boat."

"Don't we all?" Marigold smiled back at him and handed him back his poster. "I'd love to assist you, but I'm on my way to interrogate captured pirates. But hey, any other time I'll get you out to sea. Maybe we'll make a Coast Guard out of you yet!"

"Don't get yourself killed."

"Same to you, big guy. See you later." They bumped fists, and Marigold went off on her way.

And now Selig was standing there in the harbor, still boat-less. Time to ask around, he thought. Hopefully he'd find a ship, navy, or pirate captain crazy enough to take him out to sea.
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“Oi, Teegan! Wipe that blood off your lips.”

Demi cruelly patrolled and evaluated her crew before leaving the deck for shore. Khal stood behind her, casting a stern look over the men for each flaw she announced that was unfitting for their image. Wild as pirates may be, they still had to mingle within civil society to avoid the repercussions. After helping break up a fight, Demi was starting to wonder if Teegan and Tabor could keep it together while the merchant inspected their… confiscated wares.

She narrowed her eyes on the younger man, scanning his face for disobedience. “Don’t you even think of snitching.” She straightened up and smoothed back her disheveled head-feathers. “Or I’ll come find you and bust your kneecaps as well, yeah?

“Khal.”

“Yes, Captain?” Khal stepped forward, ready at her side with his hands behind his back.

“Make sure the kids behave while I’m gone. If any more want to throw a tantrum while we’re grounded, be sure to dock it from their allowance. I MEAN IT!” The shrill of her squawk riled her feathers up again. “No one. Jeopardizes. This. Sale. GOT IT? I will- OOOH, I will absolutely STRANGLE YOU with my BARE HANDS! I will POISON your drink and you will DROWN IN YOUR OWN VOMIT WHILE I CUT YOU A NEW PIPE THAT I WILL PERSONALLY-!”

“Demi.” Khal spoke softly and called to her with a hearty pat on the shoulder. She froze with tensed muscles before an exasperated exhale relaxed her once again. Her sigh turned into a groan. “You lads get it? No more shenanigans. Act RIGHT. It’s just until we finish up business and we shove off. Bah!” Demi stormed off, leaving the Condor in favor of escaping the trade negotiations that were ongoing below deck, lest she -and her crew by association- be recognized and arrested. Khal, she knew, could handle it from here.

She huffed and puffed, grumbling to herself as she continued further away from where her ship was docked. For everyone’s best interest, it was asked that the Captain take a special, temporary leave while the silver-tongues attempted to sell stolen goods. She could… sort of understand. But after watching Teegan and Tabor’s brawl she began to question if her absence would really make an impact. In the meantime, she eyed the rest of the harbor for cracks in the defenses: ideally unguarded wares or individuals.

Demi caught sight of one of the coast guards speaking with a Moblin. She chuckled to herself as her imagination went wild with speculation. She held her ground out of the coast guard’s vision and observed with rampant curiosity as the tail end of the conversation wrapped up. When the Moblin was left alone, the crafty bird couldn’t stop herself from springing into action. Moblin guts, believe it or not, sell for a pretty price if you can find the right buyers. And of course our pirate queen would know a guy. A quick and semi-easy scheme began to hatch in her little head.

“Say!” she said approaching him with a flare of confidence. “I couldn’t help but overhear that... you need a boat. I’ve got one that can ferry you all over the Faron Sea, if that’s where you’re heading.”
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Shin Nata was sitting atop a warehouse roof, his feet dangling beneath him as he ate a banana. Old habits die hard, after all. The tattered black coat he'd had for years was flowing gently in the breeze. His ship, the Freedom, was moored about fifty yards away. Today he'd needed some time to himself and, despite having an entire cabin, the crew still managed to find things to bother him with. Under the pretense of finding work for them, Shin had found this little perch to observe the goings on around him. It'd taken a moment to get up here, but a few well-placed jumps and a little bit of parkour situated him in a perfect spot to see a familiar face. There was that Moblin from the coliseum. It'd been several months now, so Shin wasn't sure he'd be recognize. It'd been a damned shame when that Gerudo came in and interrupted their fight and caused such a ruckus the sparring had to be cut short.

The Moblin was speaking to one of the coast guards, and Shin's Sheikah ears perked up, managing to barely catch a bit of the conversation. Some sort of job he needed a boat for? Well, as it happened... Then another figure approached, a Rito, offering her services. Wait... A Rito? There was only one Rito captain he knew of, and if he was right, this probably wasn't good for his Moblin friend. Captain DeMonet. He'd never had the fortune of meeting her, but the stories of her ruthlessness traveled. Whereas Shin's rumors were of a merciful pirate who only took your things, this Rito would take a life as quickly as she'd swat a fly. At least, those were the stories. Hooking his grapple into the edge of the roof, Shin rappelled down, landing next to the two. With a soft yank, his grappling hook fell down into his hands where he caught it gracefully.

"Hallo there, my Moblin friend. It's been quite awhile, you might not remember me- Our sparring match was cut short in the Coliseum," he said with a cold smile directed at Demi. Whatever she had planned, Shin didn't trust her. Though it was certainly possible that she'd recognize him as well- the Sheikah Pirate Captain that blended with the Hylians. His dark locks were obviously dyed and if one looked closely enough they were sure to notice his red irises. "I hear you're looking for passage on a ship! I would be more than happy to offer my services to an old acquaintance, if you'd like. What manner of beastie'll we be hunting?"

The flip side of this, however, was that Shin wasn't entirely keen on using the Freedom on a wild goose chase. There was something that the coast guard had mentioned... Some pirates that had been captured. The pirates in question were acquaintances of Shin's, and their vessel was still in the harbor, manned with only the cabin boy who hadn't been in the harbor when the others had been captured. With any luck, they won't have cracked yet and Shin might be able to just... borrow it. The Drunken Wench wasn't the fastest vessel, but it was sturdy and reliable. It would make for a fine expedition vessel. The trick would be removing the cabin boy and instituting his own crew before Selig noticed that anything was up. Most people tended to avoid doing business with pirates for obvious reasons.
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With a *POOF* of strange magic and rain of glitter, Zomo found himself in a very unique position…
He was very high up in the air.

“Uh oh- AHH!” He began to plummet into the town below, screaming loudly and wishing he could fly- Wait, a second! Quickly, Zomo pulled out his deku leaf and channeled magic into it. Sure enough, the leaves began to spin and his fall was turned into a gentle descent touching down on the sand. Oh, it was a lovely little beach near the ocean.

Wait.

THE OCEAN?!

Zomo watched in horror as a small wave crashed and the salt water came up to meet him. He scrambled back from the water, horrified. How could this have happened? Oh. Right. That gosh darned wizrobe! The fiend had warped him away to the ocean! And made the sun come up super fast too no less! How did he know Zomo’s one weakness was his fear of the ocean?! How awful! How fiendish! How-! There was another crash of water and Zomo’s mental ranting was cut off by another jolt of fear. He broke into a jog towards the nearest dock he could see. He could save the curses for when he was safe from the water.

Zomo observed the hustle and bustle of the busy port with skeptisism. Ships and people towered over him. The smell of fish and saltwater almost made him want to gag. He was a hero, but he couldn’t stand being here any longer. He had no idea where he was, what he was doing here, and most importantly how to get back to Castle Town from here. He wished he could just stop someone and ask for directions.

He was about to pull out his deku leaf and fly off in hopes of finding his way home when suddenly he spied a familiar face.
Was that Shin? Maybe he could ask for directions after all!

Last Zomo saw of him, he was walking off and leaving the other shiekah to escort their noble charge. How did he get here so fast? And who was the rito and moblin he was talking to? Well, the best thing to do in this situation was to ask. Right?

“Shin!” Zomo squeaked and quickly ran toward the comfort of a familiar face. “Shin! Shin! Oh, it’s awful!” The little korok was quick to hide behind the sheikah's legs and glare out towards the water.

“We’re near the OCEAN and it’s BAD and how did you get here from Akkala so fast? And what's a beastie'll?” Zomo looked up at him with a curious tilt of the head.
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Selig found himself being approached by a bird-person with an all-too familiar disposition, claiming that she overheard him. Was this how all his adventures were going to start? Being approached by some seedy-looking female with a penchant for being overly curious and possibly mischevious? First it was Adelia back at the Dueling Peaks. Then it was Kitro at the Kara Kara Bazaar. Now it was...this Rito. Who was this Rito? By their voice, they were definitely a female Rito. And so the cycle repeats itself. But this encounter was THANKFULLY not like the others. She was offering him a ride on the sea. The Moblin looked at her with a raised eyebrow. The Faron Sea...was it only the Faron Sea? He needed to go somewhere else.

Before he could ask the Rito for more information, another stranger approached him...except it was no stranger! It was Shin Nata, the Sheikah pirate he dueled in the Coliseum some time ago! "You look...familiar," Selig grunted. Was that the right word? Familiar? Now this was playing out like the time he became reacquainted with Raelissa down in the Kara Kara Bazaar, funnily enough. And he also claimed to had overheard what Selig was talking about with Marigold. Was this just the day for everyone to eavesdrop on a beast man's business? Well, a beast man in a civilized place was the type of rare occurrence to warrant open ears, shifty eyes, and closed-minded remarks, it seemed. Such was the fate of his time at the Lanayru Promenade, after all.

Selig sighed. He might as well indulge them. "Yes. I'm looking for...passage," he said. Turning toward Demi, he shook his head. "Not south." He was about to pull out the poster he had shown Marigold when he heard someone calling Shin's name. Some kind of childish-sounding voice resounded from somewhere nearby and seemed to be talking to one of them, but as Selig looked around, he couldn't see anyone. "You hear something?" He continued scanning, but he seriously couldn't see anything. This was a new type of situation to be in. He shrugged. Whatever it was, he probably was just imagining it.

He pulled out the poster from before and showed it to the two of them. Shin was correct in that they would be hunting a beast, but problematically, Selig didn't know what exactly they would be hunting. After letting them read the prompt for a little bit, he took the poster back and pulled out a map, laying it out on the ground for people to see. "Supposedly...here." He placed his finger on a spot north of where they were: An area of ocean near the border of the Lanayru and Akkala seas. "Looking to...investigate...here." Again, he didn't know if "investigate" was even the right word. It was just something he'd heard before.

He put the map away and looked between Demi and Shin. This was going to be...one hell of a heated competition. They both had offered him a ride on their ships, and this was before they knew his destination. Maybe one of them would be quick to rescind their offers now that they knew where he was going? "The ship depends," Selig said. He didn't know what exactly they would find out there, but maybe a cursory glance at the place would work. In and out, back by...later tonight at the earliest, next day at the latest? Possibly. With a grin, he added "Got anything fast?"
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Demi couldn’t stop herself from suspiciously squinting at the young captain who she had yet to recognize. Her beak slowly opened as the cogs began to turn, realizing that the fellow was about to whisk away her quarry. “Whoah, whoah, whoah! And just… who are you, exactly?” She tried to stand between them, holding up her feathers to separate the growing chumminess these two were developing.

She didn’t have to wait long, though. Somewhere, there was a small and oddly elusive child that cried ‘Shin’ over and over. Demi’s eyes visibly widened as a smirk cracked her fortified posture and her shoulders slacked. “My, my, Captain Nata. Sincerest apologies.” She said without an ounce of sincerity. Demi folded her arms, appraising the rascal. Strangely enough, he was good for business. Any wrench he could throw in the plans of other captains would sometimes cause a portion of their crew to flock into Demi’s open arms. To her, she always thought of the roguish captain to be too soft - but never cowardly. A growing interest took root in the back of her mind while she evaluated her predicament. Wanting to mock and tease him in every way possible, Demi also realized it would leave herself open for judgement as well. Not wanting to escalate while buried in the vulnerable center of the public eye, she best thought to keep her naughty beak shut. Though, having never butted heads with him before, she was still undecided if he was worth disposing of or not. Play nice, Dem’. She laced her next words with the best flattery she could muster, batting her eyelashes for extra pizzazz. “Your reputation precedes you.”

After their exchange, they looked over Selig’s presentation. Between the previous conversation and the fine print, she quickly concluded that this would be some kind of hunting expedition. Demi, sometimes equipped with keen judgement, already figured the quest to be folly. Buuuuuuuut, if the place was nearly deserted for fear of a sea-monster? Well then, she could make quick and easy pickings for an ambush. And if they could capture (or destroy - whichever she fancied first) the fabled Freedom to boot? Oh Demi could just squeal with anticipation of Shin Nata’s dumbfounded face. She quietly schemed with a soft smile, eagerly memorizing the destination.

“Fast? Dear me, I’m afraid my girl isn’t built for speed.” A sprinkle of shame glistened on top of false modesty and an ever-so-slight chuckle. “Slow ‘n’ steady, and all that.” Demi whispered low with a subtle wink. “But why don’t I come along anyway? Oh! And Captain Nata! What divine luck that you’re here! After all, your vessel is well-known for finishing first.”
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Shin heard a voice yelling his name and furrowed his brow, looking around. It took him a moment to realize that it was Zomo, the Korok he'd met with Garret and the others. His face lit up and a rather uncharacteristic grin spread across Shin's face as he knelt down in front of the Korok. "Ahoy there, Zomo, it's good to see you my friend. What do you mean so fast? It's been three months since Akkala." It then occurred to him that Selig and Demi might not be able to see Zomo. The little guy was in a very strange get up, so maybe they could see the clothes floating near Shin's ankles?

"Er, sorry, allow me to introduce my friend Zomo. He's a Korok so, I've no idea if you can see him...I think you may have heard him?" He rubbed the back of his neck sheepishly. The Captain wasn't used to such an awkward exchange. Shin looked at the map that Selig was showing them and blanched at the location. It was known for being a dangerous stretch of sea. Shin glanced at Demi, listening to her platitudes without really paying them much heed. Risking the Freedom was out of the question. However...

Shin looked at a ship not too far away. It was a Brigantine, a two-masted ship that was slightly larger than his own. It's name, the Drunken Wench, was no longer visible on the side, it'd been washed away with time. It just so happened that its crew was being questioned by the local authorities. And thus it was, at the moment, unoccupied. As luck would have it, a sailor from his own ship passed by him. Catching him by the arm, he said, "Gather the others a prepare to sail. Be sure that Johnny doesn't bring his drunken wench, he said with a pointed glance at the other ship. There was no Johnny, of course. The sailor, following Shin's gaze, understood his meaning. Turning to the others, he held up a finger to indicate giving him a moment and he walked away out of earshot. "We're going to that rough patch of sea between the Lanayru and Akkala seas, leave a crew of about four and if we aren't back in a few days, they are to come after us."

Returning to the little group, Shin smiled and gestured to the Wench. "Righto! I've got just the ship for us. We'll set off whenever you're ready. Oh, and I apologize, my Moblin friend, I forgot to get your name back in the Coliseum."
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“Three months?!” Zomo didn’t really know how to respond to that. Had it really been that long? Was his memory faulty or was there strange trickery in the works? Suspicious. Zomo adjusted the oversized scarf around his neck to try to better hide his face around these strangers. To the average observer, it just looked as if he were a child who really just wanted to be bundled up despite the weather. Of course, if one were to peel back the clothing they would find no occupant inside unless they had sight like Shin’s.

Zomo eyed the two Shin introduced him to. A strange-looking pair to be sure. Still, even if they couldn’t see him, he had to keep up appearances. Zomo puffed out his little chest with pride and struck a pose.
“It is very nice to meet you both! I am Zomo, a hero usually based in Castle Town! But I’ve been doing some very important and very amazing wandering hero-ing as of late. Perhaps fate brought me here to help you with your problem-!”

Then it registered into Zomo’s head that everyone had been talking about boats. Oh dear. That meant going out on the ocean didn’t it? Zomo suddenly felt very conflicted as he nervously eyed the waves.

“O-Or maybe not. You never know. Fate is kinda funny sometimes…” He fidgetted with the oversized gloves on his hands and inched a little bit closer to Shin. He was a hero! Heroes were supposed to be brave! But the ocean was so very very bad with sharks, squids, monsters, and worst of all starfish. Zomo’s bark was already crawling at the mere thought of those horrible creatures. But it was a hero’s job to be there when they were needed. Zomo had to do something, right? Maybe, just maybe, he’d tag along and if things got too dicey he could just fly away? Yeah, that sounded like a good plan. Still, the thought of going near the ocean made his knees knock together.
“But un-until fate decides for our p-p-paths to diverge once more I’d be happy to accompany you! If you’ll have me, that is.”
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Before hearing any of their responses, Selig looked down and saw a tiny mass of clothing accompanied by a squeaky voice. This was the source of the odd voice he heard earlier that hadn't belonged to any of them, and he tilted his head to the side upon seeing it. What kind of creature was this? And why was it so small? Well, Shin was quick to answer that. He introduced that tiny mass as "Zomo," and it was a Korok. "Koroks are...real?", Selig quietly asked himself. He'd heard the legends about tiny forest people, sure. They'd circulated back in his old tribe and in places around the world. He never placed any stock in them because he wasn't sure they were real...and yet here one was standing right in front of him. They were about as real as Minish were in his opinion, and yet he thought he had encountered both of them back at the Queen's Derby. The Minish were fake, sure, and he wasn't sure the Korok he saw was real. But seeing this one now...was the one called Pachiko that pinballed its way around the track like a maniac real as well? He still couldn't define any of their features, but perhaps this Korok's...clothing...could serve for an idea of an outline. He was tiny, but that observation had already been made. He couldn't think anything more than that. Zomo had asked to go with them despite a fear of the ocean, and Selig just shrugged. "Up to you," he said to the little guy. He was fine with Zomo wanting to come along, but whether or not the poor thing could suck up his own fear was a different question entirely.

Things appeared as though Demi and Shin would come to blows, but they were both able to keep it cordial. Selig did not recognize Demi's false sincerity, and he couldn't tell if Shin registered the jabs or even detected the sarcasm. This all sounded like just a nice, sincere conversation between the two. But then what was up with these weird comments? That didn't matter. Shin had a ship. "The Freedom" was the name. What kind of name was that for a ship? What kind of freedom did it represent? Pirate freedom? People freedom? Monster freedom? Was it trying to represent freedom in a different sense? Was someone being oppressed and found a way to speak out? Was someone on the crew attracted to a certain kind of person and wanted to be free to do so? What kind of freedom was this? WHAT KIND OF FREEDOM, DAMMIT SHIN?! Well, he was wasting time trying to figure that out.

"So that's...the ship, then?" Well, it looked seaworthy. Whether it could get the job done was depending on how quickly he might actually get there, search around, and get back. Then Shin asked him his name, saying he didn't get it back at the Coliseum. He hadn't introduced himself back then? He thought about it for a minute. All he remembered was tossing people around left and right, Shin challenging him, then that one Gerudo with the sledgehammer interrupting the party and promptly getting knocked the fuck out. They closed the Coliseum for the day right after that happened just so they could rush the Gerudo out for medical treatment. He got paid for winning all those fights and disappeared after that. "Name's Selig," he said.

With Shin's crew assembled, it was now time to board the boat. This was going to be a tricky thing. Out of every bounty hunting experience he'd ever had, Selig had never once been on a ship this size before. His only naval experience had been on a small rowboat. In the middle of a lake. Trying to catch fish with a rod. Sure, there was that one experience he'd had in Akkala on that one restaurant boat, but that didn't count. Or had it even happened yet? Events that took place outside of the specified calendar were extremely weird, especially where a "when" was involved. That little memory aside, it was time to do this. He attempted to step down the gangplank and onto the boat, only to find his balance thrown out of balance and wobbly. He stood upright to catch his balance, revealing the full eleven feet of his height to everyone present before he crouched back to his nine-foot height. "Okay," he shakily started. "How does...this thing move?" There were no oars or anything! Someone would need to tell him the basics of sailing in words he would understand.
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“Er, sorry, allow me to introduce my friend Zomo. He's a Korok so, I've no idea if you can see him...I think you may have heard him?” Demi cocked her head with a raised brow. “Come again?” she asked. However, Captain Nata didn’t have to explain himself any further, as the little pipsqueak spoke up. “It is very nice to meet you both! I am Zomo, a hero usually based in Castle Town! But I’ve been doing some very important and very amazing wandering hero-ing as of late. Perhaps fate brought me here to help you with your problem-!”

“What a strange child…” Demi muttered to herself with a polite wave to Zomo. “Call me Demi.” She winked, then drifted her gaze from the bundle of clothes to the pirate, squinting her eyes tight enough to mask the daggers behind them. A Korok? Is this a joke to you?! She would then nod along cautiously to Zomo’s hesitations, not entirely heartless enough to spoil the fun of child playing pretend. It wouldn’t be the last strange encounter she’d seen today, either. Her curiosity was piqued again as Shin directed orders to a passerby – one she could only assume was part of his crew. The grand scheme didn’t click until he gestured to the Drunken Wench. A visible smile traced her beak from cheek to cheek. Nata, you naughty boy.

“So that's...the ship, then?”

Demi nodded with a deep, smothered chuckle for confirmation. “Come along then, little hero. There’s nothing to fear with all these… reputable sailors around.” As the crew began to assemble, she lingered behind, hoping to catch the same luck that one of her boys would pass by – or hell, even notice. Without securing the Freedom, her ambition of pillaging it came to a temporary ceasefire. What a shame. At least he’s not stupid. Mustering enough wanderlust to make the voyage worth it, Demi swaggered on deck and observed (judged, really) the efficiency of Nata’s crew.

She watched with bated breath as Selig adjusted to the ship, flinching at just how tall the monster could be. "Okay. How does...this thing move?" he had asked. Her smirk grew into a devious smile as Demi relished her reply. “Ask the ‘Korok’ for one of its leaves and start fanning the sails.”
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Shin rolled his eyes at Demi. But it mattered not, the Rito could believe whatever she liked. To Zomo, Shin said, "Worry not, my friend, you'll be safe with me, you can be sure of that." The little guy had definitely grown on Shin. It was strange that none of his friends could ever see them. Was he really all that special? He didn't think so. But either way, he was glad he could see them. As he boarded the ship, his crew let out a whoop, excited to be sailing again even if it wasn't on The Freedom. The crew was rather bare bones, however, only fourteen of his crew of thirty two. However, the Drunken Wench was not a complicated vessel. Armed with twelve cannons and four ballista, she wasn't as well armed as Shin's own ship, but she'd do. "You asked how it moved, my dear Selig. Watch and learn. Hoist the sails and weigh anchor ye skallywags! What am I payin ya for? We need to get movin before the wind let's up." With a grin, he began to sing a song that was one of his crew's favorites.

I'm sailing away set an open course for the virgin sea
I've got to be free free to face the life that's ahead of me
On board I'm the captain so climb aboard
We'll search for tomorrow on every shore
And I'll try, Nayru, I'll try to carrrrrrrry on


His crew then continued:

I look to the sea reflections in the waves spark my memory
Some happy some sad
I think of childhood friends and the dreams we had
We live happily forever so the story goes
But somehow we missed out on that pot of gold
But we'll try best that we can, to carrrrrry on
A gathering of angels appeared above my head
They sang to me this song of hope and this is what they said
They said come sail away come sail away
Come sail away with me


Sheepishly, he turned to the others. "Apologies, it's one of their favorites. From some old band- Fallen Branches I think their called. I've never been quite on board with it, but there we are." The crew were working quickly, sails were flying up as ropes were pulled, and the helmsmen approached Shin.

"We 'ave a 'eading, Cap'n?"

"Indeed, sailor." Shin unrolled a map and compass on a nearby table and pointed to the same spot that Selig had showed him before. The sailor blanched but nodded and went off to the wheel. The ship began to move out of the dock. Unfortunately, this particular ship would not reach the fabled sixteen knots The Freedom could, but it would probably reach around twelve at maximum. Which, all things considered, would still be a decent clip. "Might as well settle in, we'll be here awhile." Shin settled into the captain's chair on the deck, which was not nearly as lavish as his own. He supposed the previous captain must've gotten it on sale. Smiling at his own internal pun, he looked to Selig. "Well? What say you, Selig? Nothin like sailing, not a thing in the world. Closest us landbound races'll ever get to flying." He gave a look towards Demi, which was a clear, Yes, I'm talking about Rito look.
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Zomo’s gaze shifted from person to person as they spoke, the whole time he was anxiously debating about whether he should accompany Shin and the crew on the ship. Shin’s reassurance that he would be safe definitely soothed him a bit. Shin was an experienced sea adventurer, and Zomo believed that maybe the reason he was sent here through strange magicks was that fate had wanted him to be there. Maybe it was his heroic destiny?! Didn’t all heroes have to face their fears at some point? Shin knew what he was doing. Selig looked really big and strong enough to fight off the scary things. Demi was... Good at doing Demi things, probably. Maybe this could work?

With a determined little march, Zomo boarded the Drunken Wench with Shin and his crew. His very fragile confidence almost instantly shattered when he saw the vast ocean on the other side of the ship.
“Eep!” Zomo ran to cling to the mast, with no intention to move. He was almost frozen where he stood until he was pulled out of his thoughts by the comment from Demi.

“S-Sorry but my deku leaf isn’t big or strong enough to make a whole big ship go! I’d need wind magic!” He pulled out his deku leaf to show them as if that would explain any further questions they would have about it.

When the crew burst into song Zomo looked around, pleasantly surprised. He didn’t know sailors did sing-a-longs! Zomo remembered his days back in his village. It was always full of song and dance and everybody having a good day under the Great Deku Tree’s branches. He didn’t cling so hard to the mast now, going so far as to stop hugging it completely. Some odd little woodsy noises escaping Zomo as he hummed an old Korok tune to himself while idly swung his leaf back and forth.

“I love flying, I’d offer you a ride Shin, but I don’t think I’m strong enough to take you very high up. Plus, you’d never catch me flying over the ocean. I heard a story of a korok who flew over the sea and got eaten by a giant fish! He turned into driftwood…” Zomo shivered. “Saltwater is terrible for any life that isn’t a fish. The ocean is like the forest’s rival. It doesn’t mix well. B-But if my duties as a hero call me to be here then gosh darn it I’ll help! Yeah!!!”
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And off they went. Shin showed Selig the ropes on how to sail one of these things, and then the crew started singing. Was this the norm on ships like this? He didn't get it. He didn't understand the lyrics, either. What was a "virgin sea?" Why would anyone not be free to face the life ahead of them? Were...were they singing a song about the name of the ship? He still didn't understand why the ship was named the way that it was. THE NAME, SHIN, WHAT DOES IT MEAN?! AND WHY WERE THESE PEOPLE SINGING OUT OF TUNE?! Seriously, Selig knew Bokoblins who were better singers...at least he thought he did. Really, though, the singing didn't matter. He was more focused on the teachings of the boat and what Shin had told him.

Eventually they reached the spot on the ocean where Selig had marked on the map. The sky was darkening, as though the sun was getting lower on the horizon. He had no way of telling what time it was or whether or not the sun was actually going down, but based on what time they had set out, it had to have been sunset. Cloudy weather was certainly a pain in the ass when it came to both sailing and telling time, after all. "This is the...spot," Selig said. He looked around him and saw...not really much of anything. To the north? Ocean. To the south? Ocean. To the east? Ocean. To the west? A tiny bit of mainland, but also some more ocean. Pretty much ocean as far as the eye could see and nothing to show for it. There were some seagulls flying circles overhead, but that didn't seem too out of the ordinary.

"Hmm...nothing." Was the information given to him out of date? Or was it just plain incorrect? Either way, he had convinced a whole bunch of people to just sail out to the ocean for absolutely no reason at all. Two of them were seafarers, so they technically lived here, but one of them was terrified of the whole thing. He shrugged. "Looks like a bust," the Moblin sighed. He turned back to the crew. "Guess that means--"

His words were cut off by the appearance of raindrops. Within seconds, the trickle of rain turned to an intense torrent. The ship was hit hard by the sky's heavy rain and the sea's rolling waves. Lightning even streaked through the skies to the west of them. What was happening here?! Freak weather conditions didn't just pop up out of nowhere like this! Selig had no idea what was going on or whether or not this was supposed to be a normal occurrence. He struggled to keep his balance.

"Ooooooooooooooooooo..."

The sound that occurred pierced through everyone and rumbled the deck. Selig lost balance, tumbling over temporarily and standing up to see something rising from deep underneath the ocean. It rose slowly, but towered over the ship and over the people on it. Its form was pitch black, obscured by the shadows of the storm. "WHAT IS THAT THING?!", Selig shouted. Then a flash of lightning revealed its form to everyone present. It was similar to an Octorok, except it was humongous in size and possessed more than two eyes. Sailors had heard tales of this beast, but no living sailor had ever expected to encounter something of such gargantuan size.

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Shin smiled at the Korok, and felt sort of bad that Demi had been teasing him. "Maybe one day, my friend, we can try it. I hear the Rito have these places set up with large updrafts. That might be just the ticket." Looking around, he decided to try and relax. It'd be a long trip. Pulling out an orange he'd been saving, he peeled it expertly and ate a few of the slices. Then he settled in for a nap.
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Shin was lounging in his chair, catching some shuteye as the boat rocked gently. They'd been sailing awhile, and he was starting to doubt Selig's intel. Opening his eyes slowly, he observed his crew as they bustled around, keeping the ship moving. The helmsman was glancing at his compass, making sure they stayed on the right track. It was getting late, and the sun had begun setting. The last thing he wanted was a night out on the open sea with a potential monster around. Then Selig announced that this was the spot, and the Captain was instantly alert. Standing, he walked to the side of the boat, examining the waves. They were calm, calmer than they probably should've been. But beyond that and a few seagulls that were way too far from the mainland, nothing seemed different. His moblin companion announced that the whole trip was a bust and Shin sighed sadly. He'd hoped to add another notch to his belt - monster slaying was fantastic for the reputation. "What a shame, big guy. Maybe-" Then, seemingly out of nowhere, it began to rain.

As the droplets began hitting the deck, the ship all bemoaned the bad luck, but Shin figured it had to be more than that. Just moments ago there was nary a cloud in the sky or a gust of wind to be felt. "What in blazes..." Shin murmured, looking around desperately. He stumbled, tumbling against the rigging as he heard a loud sound. Almost a moan. "Where is it?!" Then he looked behind him at the huge, towering form. It wasn't until the lightning struck that he saw it. An octorok- but it was huge. He'd heard rumors about this- how sea creatures would grow infinitely as long as their life span and environment allowed. That meant this monster had bested every single predator to ever challenge it.

[color=#FF0000"Magnificent,"[/color] Shin whispered, almost unknowingly. Grinning ear to ear, he rushed to overlook the main deck and shouted, "Alright ye scurvy dogs, aim for the eyes on that beastie! Blind em and then go for his body. We won't be able to take much more than a smack from one of his dangly bits." The crew obeyed, and the first volley of cannon fire blasted into the night, slamming into the monster. Hopefully that will have done a decent bit of damage to it.
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While they sailed Zomo seemed to gain a small fragment of confidence that the ship wasn’t going to somehow magically sink for no reason. He took to wandering around, having abandoned the oversized shoes and the gloves of his disguise, finding it easier to move around in them. He investigated his surroundings, but never dared ventured to the edge. He passed by Shin’s napping form several times, always being sure to tip-toe (despite not having toes) so the clunking of his little wooden feet on the deck wouldn’t wake him.

Once he was done with his inspection, he sat down at the base of the mast and took out his slingshot in order to polish it. He spent that time keeping himself busy, either with the maintenance of his supplies or just people watching.

He didn’t even notice dozing off himself until he heard Selig announce their arrival.
“Huh? What?” Zomo jumped to his feet, slingshot out and scanning their surroundings. He was expecting green clouds with skulls made of poison, monsters surrounding them on all sides, and explosions! But no, everything was still and quiet.

This only made him feel unnerved.

Zomo looked up at the birds.

The birds.

In nature, a korok always knew to rely on nature and its animals. Birds were always reliable companions during his heroic adventures, from delivering his letters or calling upon their aid in tight situations. Which was why, when he saw Shin approach the side of the ship, he felt a stone drop in his gut. The rain came down and that stone became a boulder. No, something was definitely going on. His instincts seemed to be picking up on these signs but he just couldn’t string them together to determine an actual cause.

At least, not until the shadow rose up from the water.

“I wanna go home now...” Zomo was fairly certain if he was Hylian he would have soiled himself.
The ship became alive with activity and the little hero was caught up in a mess of running legs and flashes of cannons. He was starting to get more than a little bit overwhelmed and took to hugging the mast of the ship again. That thing. It was huge! How could he possibly take that down with his little slingshot? There was no way!

Something bumped into his leg and he looked down to see a cannonball.

… That’ll work.

Zomo tried to lift the ball up, dropped it due to its weight, then just decided to roll it across the deck to the nearest cannon. If there was one thing Zomo was good at, it was shooting stuff. When he reached a cannon he stared at it for a solid five seconds before loudly announcing: “How do you use this thing?!”

This was going to be harder than he thought.
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Selig followed the crew's lead and picked up a cannonball to fire into the monster. Shin seemed to know exactly what this thing was and what he was going to do to stop it, and him being a seafaring fellow over the Moblin, Selig decided to follow along and do what he was told. As he picked up the cannonball, he found it to be very light. He only needed one hand to use one of these things. Funny how muscles and genetics worked. He loaded the ball into a cannon and received instructions from one of the crewmates on how to fire it, with Zomo receiving the same instructions.

On the signal, they all fired the cannons at once.

Only one of them succeeded in hitting the monster in one of its eyes.

"OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooo..."

The monster cried out in pain as blood pooled out from the destroyed socket. Selig and the other crew members cheered out when they saw they had damaged it. If this was the pace that they had to adhere to, then fighting this thing would be a breeze. But unfortunately life was not so simple. Everyone froze when the Big Octo trained all its remaining eyes on the crew. It was hurt. It was angry. And now the crew was going to pay. Without warning, four tentacles appeared from beneath the waves, all of which twice as thick as a tree trunk and just as large as one. Two of them wrapped themselves around the hull and the quarter deck and began to squeeze. The ship would be unable to move with these things in place.

Selig saw this and ran to the tentacle squeezing the hull, culminating in an attempt to stab it. Sure, his twin blades were able to pierce the monster's flesh, but it would not be enough to stop the attack. "Wha..." He'd never seen anything like this before. Sure, a Hinox would not have reacted to an attack like that, but at the same time, it still would have felt pain. Based on the lack of reaction, both from the monster and the tentacle, it just didn't feel anything. Was this what would have happened when he fought the Molduga months ago, too? Would that monster have felt anything if he attacked it?

Well, he wouldn't get an answer. The remaining two tentacles raised up high, then slammed down into the middle of the main deck and cut the ship in half. The pressure caved in the ship, and both halves sank rapidly into the waves. Selig, Zomo, Shin, Demi, and all the members of Shin's crew were swept away in the rapid currents and tides of the storm. With everything that happened, would they live to tell the tale? Would they drown? Only sailor's luck would save them for sure.

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