S.F. Jude Terror wrote:"Anything you like, noble sir. But first, we must deal with my flock, who have likely been dismayed by my absence. While most of them follow me devoutly, there are two who are troublemakers, one a filthy rogue who calls himself Sabo, and the other a fool with the name of a Faolan, a fool's name. The two are no doubt plotting right now to assault this ship, despite my warnings that they stay behind. Of course, they will find the vessel unassailable, but they should still be dealt with."
'But how?' thinks the Weasel.
"Their biggest weakness is an absurd desire to protect others, so rather than waste effort in attacking them, simply fire on the raft, and they will retreat or surrender quickly. You may need to kill a few, but they will simply blame the rogue and the fool for disobeying my orders. The rest of the survivors will willingly wear your shackles and do whatever you bid. Some can be ransomed for some value, and others can perform labors, and such they will do with enthusiasm, for they will view you as their savior rather than their captor."
"After that unpleasantness is done, I can regale you with the tales of my heroic adventures on the Aria, and what occurred to sink such a ship," says the Weasel, still deciding what exactly to tell of this particular story. "And when you tire of that tale, we can deal with the traitors, Sabo and Faolan. Perhaps you would enjoy seeing them walk the plank."
The captain's expression (such as it is) doesn't change but Alundra excuses herself and, for a moment, the room is flooded with outside air and light (which is quickly subverted by the room's anomalous environment). If Trench Coat were here, he'd likely suspect some kind of perverted mental communication between the two (but he's not so you'll have to deduce their silent means of communication on your own).
You hear the muffled sound of cannon fire shortly thereafter as eight survivors are torn to pieces on your advice. Weasel gains +10 good role-playing XP for expertly tying separate pieces of the story together.
The captain, who finally identifies himself as Lief, professes no need for tales or adventures, though he is interested in the Aria's sinking (for practical purposes, in order to prevent his own self-boat from suffering the same fate). Lief's crew witnessed the beam of light and subsequent explosion but none on board are learn'd enough to guess its origin or nature.
You're finding it difficult to get a read on him. It. Lief is mostly disinterested in common things and only appears to entertain your presence because he believes you can help him with information about the Aria, its survivors and whatever mysterious ulterior motives he may have. Even though he believes your (partial) lie about being the leader of the flotilla, it's frustrating to your ego how unresponsive he is.
(You're welcome to speak with Lief awhile longer but I really need to know what Faolan and Pinky are doing before proceeding very far.)