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The following accounts can be traced to a single leather-bound journal originally found in a locked wooden chest alongside a sextant-like device of indeterminate origin and a shell that matches no known species of mollusc. The chest was located in a storage room in the Legscraper’s lower levels that was described as “smelling faintly of the sea”. Subsequent attempts to locate and navigate to said room have been unsuccessful thus far. The journal details the exploits of the crew of a large sailing vessel, The Tokyo Adrift, descriptions of which are largely consistent with mid-17th century galleons.
With The Tokyo Adrift
Captain Stijn Strongbody commanded The Tokyo Adrift and its crew. While the ship’s original purpose is uncertain, it is known from several entries in the journal that the Adrift spent a significant amount of time on mussel cultivation. Evidently, mussels grown in the medium of the Immateria that the Adrift sailed on were highly sought after in the ports frequented by the crew. Whilst general descriptions in the journal are vague, there was at least one recorded instance in which a pearl from one such mussel was described as “cracking open from the inside, hatching a [UNCLEAR]”, with the subsequent words being smudged beyond legibility. The journal describes the captain as “spending entire nights in his study without extinguishing his lanterns, so deep was his focus on his research into these pearls”.
The writer notes that Captain Strongbody had a commanding presence about him, possibly owing to “his keen intellect and evident experience on the seas” or “the eight fully prehensile appendages that spring from his back”. The journal describes the captain as having a good working relationship with his crew, often utilising his tentacles to make short work of menial tasks that would otherwise be entrusted to the lowest ranking members aboard the ship. He was often willing to entrust the safety of the ship and crew to first mate Lance Serotonin during deep dives into his research or subaquatic caverns.
Strongbody was notably absent from the journal for at least 44 days, during which First Mate Serotonin was said to take command. Due to damage, is unknown if this is due to shore leave, a particularly enchanting project, or, most popularly speculated, apparent death. His appearance is described as non-specifically "different" after his return.
Strongbody was said to be at the helm during the events of 1667, being the first to spot the [REDACTED] on the horizon. With the extensive damage to the sails and rudder, the captain was unable to set a new course for the ship. His last recorded words were, “We’ve lost all control now, there’s nowhere to drift but…” (the remainder of the last page of the journal is torn away, rendering the rest of the sentence unreadable).