The second day of the short journey you find yourselves relaxing on the deck eating today's pottage when you hear shouted from above. “Ship ho!” looking up you can see the young man in the crow’s nest pointing. His finger indicating an area far to the fore of the ship and further out to sea. The affair is strange as you have seen half a dozen ships already with no issue.
Climbing to the top of the aft castle you can see the captain staring through his glass as his face finally sees the ship turns grey. “45 degrees port Mr. Lamar! Full sail,” and followed by a slew of further nautical jargon as the captain tris for the perfect trim to take advantage of sailing nearly into the wind. “Look alive men, its a black ship.” As the ship turns to move away from the enemy ship the waves
However within 10 minutes of the ship turning the sails suddenly go slack, then the wind twisting and turning starts changing directions rapidly as if the air itself had decided to break apart the ship. Heavy rain starts falling and the sky above darkens for what seems only half a mile in each direction around the ship.
The men begin to look terrified as the enemy ship slowly closes in. The sailors express their disbelief as they makes comments such as.
“That’s impossible, if should take hours for ships to close at sea.”
“Where is this storm coming from”
“It is a black ship”
“The dead elves are coming to get us.”
“Why are they attacking this time, when they normally just let us be?”
Then they soon put their mind to finding someone to blame for this. Several times they have seen a black ship, but never before have they been targeted by one.
The storm immobilizing his ship and screwing with even seasoned sailors footing is a terrible things as the captain looks around he says to your gathered heroes. “I hear you used magic to kill a Seeker for the King, can your magic stop this storm and aid our flight?
“And if not that to aid us in fighting them off. The Black Ships are crewed by the dead and they take no man alive to press into service. They are even said to wield fire itself as a weapon. I assume you understand how dangerous that can be to a ship at sea.”
Slamming his fist against the railing he seems upset as he adds. “Its those damn Shaya'nor. they are not content to stay on their side of the world and now we have their ships running as pirates here.”
The look of fear and nerves on the captains face is enough for you to be certain this is a real threat.