The scene opened along a coastal reef with the surf spraying foam in the morning light. The chum line on the one of our heroes’ small boats was suddenly pulled steeply downward. It went nearly vertical and the pulled under the small craft, sending it listing steeply. Those aboard were scrambling for a safe perch, and Boomah pulled out his mutagen to boost his physical powers. As the boat leaned precipitously, two large reefclaws lunged up from beneath the waves and attacked.
As people turned to defend themselves against the new threat, the chum line went slack, sending the boat rolling. Dremahl and Even lost their footing and fell into the surf. The creatures on the side of the boat submerged and went after the castaways.
Boomah dove in to assist and smashed a bomb against the side of one of the creatures. The second boat cleared itself from the reef and tried to maneuver closer to the fray. Luix dove off and grappled the beast that held Boomah tight. Dremahl made it back aboard and worked at healing those already wounded.
The three-way grapple continued and Boomah was quickly losing unconsciousness. Luix managed to manhandle the reefclaw to the surface, giving others the chance to attack. Even managed to get back on board, with Kallius and Saerin firing at the creatures pulling him down.
Focused on the enemies in front, no one saw as a gigantic reefclaw crashed up on the stern of the boat. Odd turned his pike on the beast, who cast it aside and tore him in two. Kallius turned and rushed the monster, sword charged with magical energy. His blow landed with a crackle and dug deep into the huge reefclaw. Saerin followed with a charge and also struck deep. Even moved in to avenge his brother, flailing futilely with a pike.
In the rolling surf, Luix was still battling. The lobster-like creatures dug in with their claws and tried to drag him below. Fearing for the northerners life, Dremahl jumped in to provide healing, only to become the victim of still another beast.
Reeling from the combined attacks, the monstrous beast pinioned the ranger and dove off the ship. It did not get far, however, before it was brought down — its death throes nearly taking Saerin with it.
Luix, Dremahl and Boomah joined forces in the surf to try and take down the two remaining reefclaws. After killing one, the other takes Dremahl in its claws and flees to the oceans floor. Kallius dives down to the reef, and fires color spray at them both — knocking both the creature and the priest unconscious. Luix and Boommah helped bring them to the surface, where the stunned creatures claws are removed and it was tossed back into the surf.
The creatures dispatched the remaining fishermen harvest claws and turn to the party to aid their fallen comrade. Celeste explains there is nothing they can do, and administers last rites. The send the bulky fisherman out to sea on a make shift boat, and set it aflame.
It was a somber crew that sailed another three hours up the coast to the river mouth, and drop the party and their canoes off on the shore.
After a brief discussion, the group decides to move up close to the old coast road before settling in to rest.