As the adventurers began their investigation into the murder that had taken place earlier that night, a scream cut through the crew’s quarters and Dinni, 2nd Stew, came barreling past Ford and Orpheus. After investigating the cause of the stewards fright, Ettie found Peter poking around on the Pilot Deck as Gollybobble directed the airship.
Vash, meanwhile, stayed in his room and tried not to think about the terrifying experience he had in engineering. Suddenly, he heard a comforting voice telling him that “You think I would have let you die?” The voice responded to him at first, but seemed to go silent.
Everyone came together for drinks and the sleuthing commenced. Ford and Peter discovered from the previously terrified Dinni that there was some yelling coming from engineering earlier in the evening and that she heard Torin, the red Dragonborn in first class, had a slew of poisons and what sounded like implements of torture in their checked bag.
Ettie started a conversation with the sister of the deceased Eredur. Her name was Eredanniel and while it was clear she was hiding something about her brother, she did help Ettie to locate his baggage in the cargo hold and found a package of letters and some books. The books ranged in topics from detective novels to technical manuals dealing with animal tracking and history books on Mror Holds and Karnath. There were 3 letters as well, one from Eredanniel accepting his invitation to travel with him to Krona Peak, one that was an official missive from House Orien stating that they are considering his request for assistance and to stop writing and one from his daughter, Eraina, talking about how excited she was to go with him on this trip.
One of the deckhands, Yosner, saw that Vash seemed to be having some trouble and invited him up to the top deck to take in the fresh air and something else that REALLY took the edge off. Through the haze, Vash would remember that he also spoke about Eredanniel, the aunt of the now orphaned Eraina, leaving the ship after boarding and reappearing upon the ship after it set sail, suggesting that she is a magical being who eats people’s souls. His terror temporarily removed, he went and spoke with Kava, the blue/green dragonborn and they hit it off, and Kava insinuated that the only person it could have been was the man sitting next to her and Torin because of the point from which the magical darkness sprang: the back of Eredur’s coat. Though admitted she wasn’t sure where Hannah or Ettie were in relation to the victim.
Orpheus, Ford and Peter waited until all were gone before exploring the bump they had seen in a carpet behind the stairs. Their curiosity was rewarded with a hatch, which Ford easily opened after Peter and Orpheus loosened it. On the other side of the hatch, they could see the stage in first class where Ettie had been playing at the time of the murder.
After a few more hours of darkness, light began to filter from behind the mountains to the East and and announcement went out for Breakfast. Vash anxiously, but coolly waited for Kava to enter first class dinning to stroll up to the top deck together, but Torin exited first. It was like pulling teeth, but he managed to exchange a few words before Torin’s fist filled his vision.