ghost ship sighted on the yawling sea
The Crestling Shoal, the Echolian passenger liner that mysteriously disappeared into open cosmos almost 50 cycles ago, has been sighted drifting in the Elrock’s Fathom region of the Yawling Sea.
Flagship of the Raubritter Line (a now largely vestigial subsidiary of the Hexworth Starship & Sundry Vessels Company), the Shoal was returning from their sophomoric voyage when they vanished somewhere along the Creeping Narrows — an occurrence that was fairly commonplace at the time for a region that has since started to behave itself.
The fact that a sizeable cohort of Meridian nobility happened to be on board turned an unfortunate-but-these-things-happen mishap into a drop-whatever-you’re-doing emergency, not least because amongst those in attendance were the Zephran Grand Magnate Argus Whitlow and King Alberich II of Flint & Canora.
The default position of ‘let’s just see what happens — they’ll probably turn up eventually’ was swiftly abandoned in favour of a more proactive approach, with a rescue fleet dispatched in search of the wayward vessel. None of these returned either; two were found almost a decade later, wedged unceremoniously in the Netheregion of Nethereach, whilst the other three presumably ended up wherever the Shoal did.
The reappearance of the ship adds yet another layer of empuzzlement to one of the System’s greatest unsolved mysteries. Although preliminary scans suggest no signs of life on board, a recon team have been dispatched in order to draw more definitive conclusions.
Perhaps they will be able to determine where the missing vessel has been for all this time, and on a more chilling note — why it has returned.
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