The quaint village of Reefshore sees a son return…
Ren returns to the small fishing village after dividing the meager plunder from his last cruise. It was a pittance, but he is not coming home empty handed. He has a treasure map that his mate gave to him as he was dying.
Ren visits his family and then heads down to the shore to The Slippery Fish to see if he can find any of his childhood friends. Whether they left the small town or not, they would be a tough crowd to recruit from if he was going to have any trouble searching out the treasure.
Carousing the night away, he finds his old sidekick from childhood Tango and meets up with a new gambling friend Gregory and his sidekick Sam. Gregory sells an elixir of tremendous properties to Ren and become fast friends gambling the night away. Ren eventually shares his knowledge of a prize nearby and recruits these new acquaintances on the adventure.
Heading home for the night, Tango mentions to Ren that he does not really trust Sam and Gregory as they have been acting in a suspicious manner ever since they came to town. Sam has been around longer and seems to be a holyman of some sort, but why would he act as a bartender? Gregory seems to do most of his business with people passing through town. Occasionally someone angrily comes back to look for him, but he always seems to be out of sight.
The group meets up in the morning and head down the road. They see an armed patrol on horseback and yield the road to them… always safer to avoid the patrols or nobles: who knows what they will get angry about?
As they get closer to the area of the shore that the X marks on the map, they peel off the main road and hear some strange noises. They investigate and see a giant alligator!
A quick battle ensues as the alligator makes its way to the water of a nearby pond when the party splits up. It kills Sam in one bite and nearly at the same time tail whips Tango nearly to death and finishes him off shortly thereafter. With some cunning action, Gregory kites the alligator away from the bodies causing damage as he retreats. Ren also gets in there face to face with the monster. After both men damage the monster to within an inch of its life, it retreats to the pond to try and lick its wounds.
The two take some time to prepare to attack the alligator when it resurfaces. Gregory lays a trap, and Ren and Gregory both chop up pieces of their former friends to bait the trap and chum the water. Then they go into bushes and hide. Gregory tries out some of his new orange camoflage face paint. Ren puts his friends bloody shirt over his head to help himself hide.
Needless to say their attempts at subterfuge do not work, their prey stays under water for a long time. After a while, the alligator surfaces and heads back towards the bodies. Once there he gets hit by a bolt from Ren and then triggers the trap which prompts an attack from Gregory.
The giant alligator is finally dead… time to loot the bodies?