While the party is trying to catch a few moments rest, Gronk inquires of Corky whether there is anything he knows of that may disrupt the operation of the Bubblesneezer Cannon. After some thought, he produces some research and a demonstration about how a large volume of star metal can disrupt the Tablenhelm liquid metal for short periods of time. This should render the cannons non-functional and should return them to operation within minutes. The volume of star metal required for a device that could disable the High Guard battery is massive by any standard.
At the appointed time, the party proceeds to the wharf where they meet up with Sir Robert and his men – composed half of old men in their fifties and sixties, and half of boys who could be their teenage sons. After a short bit of planning, they row out into the bay on several launches. On their way out to the Stiletto, the necklace Vladimir received from the beggar woman in the marketplace becomes freezing cold and shatters, and time seems to stand still. He is visited by the same woman, dressed now in nobles garb, who walks beside him on the water. She tells him that he has been touched deeply, and that “She” will be able to sense him wherever he goes. She raises a hand in parting, revealing a delicate ring with a blue gem on her finger.
Upon arriving at the Stiletto, Moriel uses a lasso to yank a sailor off the rail of the ship, allowing the rest of the party to achieve the deck before the Peacekeepers notice. A pitched battle between the platoon of Peacekeepers and the party ensues. After several grievous wounds, the party emerges victorious, and Sir Robert’s men climb the deck and begin to set the ship to sail. It is quickly found that all of the supplies brought by Sir Robert and those on the ship itself have spoiled (a result of a failed spell by Banagher during the fight).
The crew of the Decimator, the largest warship in the Penshin Navy, notice the disturbance and set sail to intercept the Stiletto, signaling her to heave to and prepare to be boarded. Sir Robert sets the Stiletto on an attack course, a patently suicidal maneuver weighing the Stiletto’s eight captured guns versus the Decimator’s twenty. At the last minute, Sir Robert flings open his robes, revealing his mithril plate armor bearing the Seal of the Emperor and the Seal of the Order of Leopold upon its breast, he casts a spell and launches himself into the air, then casts a series of fireballs down upon the deck of the Decimator, exploiting a weakness in the design of its powder magazine and causing the entire vessel to detonate, leaving nothing but splinters and a burning keel.
The Stiletto lines up for its shot against the flotilla of troop transports, and Vladimir takes aim and fires the twenty rounds from the model gun in just a matter of seconds. The thought of batteries of full-sized automatic cannons seems to horrify the watching crew, none more than Corky, who flies into a rage and begins beating on Vernon and screaming. He takes Vernon and wraps his bindings around the model gun, pulls the spite pin, and launches the whole incredibly heavy mass over the rail of the ship, taking Vernon to the bottom of the bay with it. During the exchange, the warping sensation of the Tablenhelm WayGate is felt by all.
The shells detonate as expected and shower burning naphtha down on part of the flotilla. Sir Robert adds a few extra shots from the Stiletto’s guns in passing, but it becomes clear that, at most, only a few dozen of the two hundred troop transports will be destroyed by the attack. Banagher seems to become awash with power, being overwhelmed by the rush from the WayGate’s opening, and manages to rain down a shower of fire over the flotilla, setting the whole thing aflame.
The chapter ends with the Stiletto sailing off into the night, lit by the raging bonfire behind, and Sir Robert and his crew singing the Imperial anthem.