20-21 Gozran, 44 NC
The flight East is uneventful for the first day. The next morning, Poppy joins Matten at the rail.
”So,” she asks, “this demon Gideon. He killed Diego?”
”It seems that way, “ Matten agrees.
”And Vlad died trying to stop him.”
”And he was sent by Leitus ar’Shamrael’Vin.”
”So we’re told.”
Poppy looks contemplative for a few moments.
“Okay then,” she says. Then strides up to the quarterdeck, whispers something into a small compass she pulls from her doublet, then wrenches the wheel so hard to starboard that the ship pitches nearly 45 degrees into a turn and begins sailing due South.
The party, notably Nimue and Matten, attempt to find out why the change of course. Poppy declares that she intends to kill Leitus (she mutters something about it being a mistake she let him live to begin with), and then the party is welcome to carry on to see Vane after.
Nimue presses Poppy to the breaking point, utterly terrifying her crew, and finally Poppy does something that causes Nimue to pass out. The party pulls her from the quarterdeck, and Kagdir attempts to get a parting shot in, but flees the deck before Poppy becomes violent.
Matten uses Volkov’s book to send a message, asking if Volkov could perhaps ask Gronk for help. After a few hours, Volkov’s response comes back: “She’s a whirlwind, there’s no stopping her if she’s got her mind fixed on it. If she feels like she can take Leitus off the board, try to help her.”
The party gathers in the galley near dinnertime to attempt to concoct a plan. After a short speech from Kagdir, the party jumps in surprise to find Poppy at the table with them.
”Let me tell you jokers about Leitus…,” she says.