Sharn Inquisitive01/23/2006

Shipwreck Survivors Launched Distress Call
News for Sul, Zarantyr 1st, 998

Bitter Sea Shipwreck Survivors Launched Distress Call

REKKENMARK -- Thrane's ambassador to Karrnath has informed the Crown that a magic distress signal has been received from the Perfect Chicane -- now three weeks overdue from a whaling expedition in the Bitter Sea. According to Ambassador Tellek ir'Uther, a Silver Flame templar stationed in southern Thrane received a sending spell from his estranged brother, who had left home last year to seek his fortune at sea.

The message allegedly went as follows: "Brother, aid me. We struck iceberg northwest of Gurrney's Point. Ship and most crew are lost. We cling to iceberg. So huge... so cold. Help..."

This report lifts the hopes of the sailors' families and focuses the rescue efforts of the Karrnath Navy and House Lyrandar, which volunteered several wind galleons for the search.

Admiral Vurth Harranacht said the message from the Perfect Chicane's crew was good fortune indeed. "Even as I speak," he said, "ships are sailing from Gurrney's Point, and we're making every effort to get spellcasters aboard those ships to aid in the search. The fact that the whole sea is fogged in right now makes the search a lot more difficult -- not to mention dangerous for the searchers.

But Harranacht cautioned against unrealistic expectations as well. "Two things still worry me," he said. "The first is the weather. It's foggy and cold out there, and we don't have any idea what kind of condition the survivors were in when they sent the message.

"The second issue is the timing," he continued. "That distress call is almost 48 hours old, and it'll take time to move our ships closer to Gurrney's Point. A major eastward current runs out there too, and an iceberg caught in it could be leagues away by now."

About the Author

David Noonan is a designer/developer for Wizards of the Coast. Before coming to Wizards, he was a daily newspaper reporter in Washington state. Apparently the city hall beat is good practice for an Eberron campaign.

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