- Later on the seventh day of the voyage, General Adeline and Praetor Titus separately decided to investigate that morning’s fight between four passengers.
- They heard from the other passengers that a hulking dragonborn, Set, had decapitated an equally large human named Gaius to save the life (and dignity) of a young woman.
- Adeline decided to watch this Set carefully for any signs that his vigilante behavior would be a danger to others on the ship, or worse, to the citizens at their destination – her city to protect. This conspicuous vigil went on for several hours before Titus made a decision of his own to investigate the vigilante.
- Set and Titus immediately recognized one another from several years ago when Titus was Set’s lawyer against charges of – surprise, surprise – taking justice into his own hands. Set had gotten off on those charges but now Titus approached him in a different role.
- Set explained his decision to stop an assault that no one else seemed about to prevent and emphasized that this Gaius had brought his fate upon himself with his decisions.
- Adeline jumped into the discussion after Titus emphasized that once the ship disembarked they would be under his jurisdiction as Praetor of Atlanta, adding that she similarly had a mandate to protect the people of Atlanta and would not abide violence outside the law.
- Although Set seemed unswayed from the use of violence, he assured the two voices of the law that he only uses violence for the greater good and that sometimes there is no law to protect those in trouble.
- Unsatisfied with Set’s answers, but granting that his actions seemed within the law given his account of events, they elected to hear other perspectives, going to the captain to follow-up on word that the other man involved, Lucius, was being held somewhere away from the passengers.
- The amiable Captain Silus was happy to oblige a senator and a general in investigating the unfortunate events of that morning, bringing them down into the hold where he held Lucius.
- Lucius recounted how his friend Gaius “couldn’t help himself” and was deaf to his pleas to walk away before there was no going back. Once the woman had thrown the first punch – after Gaius tried to lay his hands on her – the rest was as Set described, ending in the death of his friend and his desperate attempt to avenge Gaius despite himself.
- Even though Lucius knocked out Set, the would-be victim made sure that Lucius would not be causing any more trouble, leaving the crew to tie his unconscious body to a beam (in a terribly uncomfortable position). Lucius seemed to regret the whole affair and resigned himself to his guilt.
- With this testimony, there remained only to hear word from the woman, a young human by the name of Vala, who Titus and Adeline found deep in a book in what passed for quarters for the regular passengers (a spacious level of the ship with hammocks and rolled out beds mixed in with the less perishable supplies).
- Vala confirmed the other testimonies, adding that she was grateful for the intervention by Set and received the assurance of Adeline that she had a place at their destination if she ever ran into similar trouble there.
- The rest of the journey went by with little of consequence: Set continued to avoid the other passengers, reluctantly accepting the praise of a few enthusiastic witnesses of the fight; Adeline and Titus had chats on several occasions, as the praetor updated the incumbent general on the situation in the New World (otherwise, Titus dealt little with the passengers on the ship, separated from them by his personal retinue); and Vala (who was content to spend time with her owl and her books) interacted even less with other passengers, except for a reclusive fellow named Theo – who seemed to have seen better days – asking only for some paper from the considerable stacks that surrounded the young woman throughout the voyage.
- Within sight of its destination on the 30th of Julius, the ship was stopped by the approach of two vespae – light naval craft – seeking to board. Two legionaries from these boats told Captain Silus that they would have to search the ship for any contraband. Their tone changed quickly though when Adeline – their commanding officer for the foreseeable future – took control of the search, leading her soldiers to the hold of the ship.
- After checking the hold and dismissing the prisoner inside, the legionaries were briefed on how to handle the rest of the search. It became clear to the passengers that their main concern was books – as laws had been passed recently banning Greek text from Atlanta. Although Vala and Set caught the legionaries’ attention for different reasons – the sheer number of books and of money respectively – nothing of interest was found, although one legionary was reprimanded for openly discussing the issue of piracy in front of passengers.
- With that inconvenience out of the way, the ship continued into port, vomiting out its many passengers who each went about their own business.
- Getting lost in the city of Atlantis, Set eventually found a place to stay – an inn at the western edge of the city under the ownership of the helpful Titus Apuleius. From Apuleius, he learned where to find information on the artifacts that were garnering so much interest in the New World and where to get help with his equipment.
- Titus caught up on paperwork but sent out feelers for his new project – getting together mercenaries to begin his own search for artifacts in the New World.
- Adeline got settled into her new post, meeting the troops and learning more about how her predecessor Lucius Junius Varrus handled affairs – she heard little more than vague compliments about the short tenure of the prestigious Varrus. Given news of the deaths of nine legionaries outside Roman territory, as a result of some kind of magic, Adeline began a training program to prepare legionaries for dealing with spellcasters – sending legionaries to find people with knowledge of magic.
- One of these spellcasters was Theo, who had immediately gone about using his considerable skill with magic to entertain crowds in the main forum (for essentially the two days after arriving). On the second day, two legionaries told Theo he could have work with the Legion training soldiers on combat against magic and left him to think about the option.
- Not long afterward, Theo was given a more appealing offer from Stella, the amiable retainer of Praetor Titus. She said that her good friend, the Praetor, was looking to bring a group together and that someone who knew his way around magic, like Theo clearly did, would be a big help.
- Vala spent her time at the library learning what she could about this new region – finding no helpful maps or other info on the surrounding area.