The Search for Water
Captain Hale and Esme left the area of spirits and tikis to search for water. As they approached the center of the island, the monkeys became more aggressive, baring their teeth and making noise. After a while, one threw a coconut and hit Esme. Capt. Hale stood her ground and then shot one of the four large (70-pound) monkeys who were leading the group. After a brief fight with the four large monkeys (including Patchy), the small monkeys fled and all four large monkeys were dead. The island was then named MOUS Island.
Upon reaching the center of the island, Capt. Hale and Esme found a large step pyramid, lined with dozens of wooden tikis. They didn’t see any spirits, but they did find water. They then headed back to the rest of the party, without entering the pyramid.
Towing Tiny Tikis
Meanwhile, the rest of the group decided that the easiest way to move the tikis to the other island would be to toss them off the cliffs into the water, and then tie them onto the boat launch. (Fortunately, Malcolm could tell there weren’t any rocks in the water.) Lady Gwendolyn asked Tycho and Malcolm to prep the tikis for this maneuver and then she returned to the launch. With a little effort, she persuaded Boatswain Harrison that it was safe enough to bring the launch around the island to the tikis.
As we headed toward the Island that Comes and Goes, the spirits were floating along behind, with the makeshift raft of tikis. The spirits seemed pleased. In particular, they seemed to be building rapport and starting to show some respect for Malcolm.
En route to the Island that Comes and Goes, we stopped by the main boat briefly to give them the location of the fresh water supply, and let Boatswain Harrison return to the ship. Capt. Hale told the crew to wait one week, and then head back to port if we hadn’t returned.
The Island that Comes and Goes
When we first reached the Island that Comes and Goes, it was barren and rocky, with a large rocky mound in the center. After about 10-15 minutes, the island changed. It looked like a smaller version of the other island, with trees and a large step pyramid in the middle. Esme realized that the shape of this island is an exact copy of the other island, and she’d recently had a dream about just such an island.
The spirits now look like people, not spirits. They can also communicate with us via speech, not just hand waving. They told us that “There is only one language here.” They also explain that their people learned a magic ritual to put spirits into tikis. Then, this island extracts the spirits from the tikis. Their legends promised them new magical gifts and powers once they reached this island, but they don’t know much more about this island than that. They don’t feel any different yet. (Side note: we also don’t feel any different here. We still look and feel very much alive.)
The former spirits also said that they had been cast out from their people, due to an old feud who should be in charge. The others placed their tikis on the other island to mock them and show them that they will never reach this island. They now want to take revenge on the others. Malcolm has asked them to wait, and they have agreed to learn more about the island before pre-emptively attacking.
Meanwhile, Tycho has been busy collecting samples of sand and rocks. Several of us also held Esme while she looked under the island. It looks like the island did down below (i.e., rocky and barren, with a large rocky mound in the center). We don’t know how far up we are, as we can only see clouds below us (not water).
In the distance, we see people near the step pyramid. It looks like they are approaching us…..