The battle with the pirates still raged.
Loache, wounded but capable of action, struggled to his feet and flew towards the prone Athena, intending to pick her up and carry her back to group's airship. Meanwhile, Ventis slashed a pirate's forearm with his falchion, opening the man's arm to the bone. The pirate dropped, bleeding out.
Ellanora took advantage of the pirates' momentary distraction to pass through the floor of the deck, falling into the pirate ship's hold. Looking around the room, she spotted several barrels of oil, as well as a still-lit lantern. In a corner of the hold, she spotted a shelf filled with strangely-marked bottles. She grabbed several and placed them in her bag, including a jewel-encrusted bottle with a gold band and lead stopper which caught her eye. As she loaded the bottles into her bag, two pirates dropped down from the upper deck, drawn to her brightness.
She noticed that the two pirates were standing on what appeared to be a wooden panel. On the far wall, she saw an iron lever. Ellanora rushed to the lever and instinctively pulled it. A cargo loading ramp opened underneath the two pirates, dropping them into the open sky below the airship.
The added drag from the opened ramp caused the airship to shudder and shake. On deck, one of the pirates stumbled and lost his footing; another pirate, too close to the railing, was pitched over the side of the ship and fell with a scream.
This left two surviving pirates. Quickly assessing the situation, they called out their surrender. Dawn ignored their request and fired his crossbow at one of the pirates, hitting him in the throat and paralyzing him instantly. The other pirate, realizing that he would not be taken alive, charged Dawn with his weapon drawn. Dawn drew his sword and killed the pirate with one blow.
Ellanora returned to the group and attempted to aid Athena. She discovered that the jewel-encrusted bottle she had picked up was filled with a healing potion capable of reattaching Athena's severed hand and saving her life.
As the group recovered from the battle, they discovered the the pirate who Dawn had paralyzed was actually the pirate captain. Several of the group set about questioning him. Meanwhile, the rest of the group searched the remainder of the pirate ship for any sign of something which could help Athena or Loache. Ellanora searched the captain's cabin and found a map of the region. Dawn and Ellanora explored the area astern of the cargo bay. They discovered a small room where a woman was chained to the wall. Ellanora freed her by freezing the manacles which bound her.
After freeing the woman, the group returned to the captain's cabin to search it more thoroughly. Ellanora found a small box near the captain's bed and opened it before the group. Inside was a gold ring with a red jewel set in it. Dawn tried the ring on to see if it was magical, but it had no immediate effect. He cast a spell to sense active magical effects in the area, but detected nothing around the ring.
He asked the captain about the ring, but the man insisted he knew nothing about it. Ellanora believed him to be lying. She tried on the ring and felt a strange emotional attachment to it, though she did not understand why. Meanwhile, Loache found the captain's logbook in the quarters. He discovered that the captain had a bounty on his head in Lycanea and Muritoria.
Loache, still recovering from his injury, agreed to escort the woman they had discovered on the ship and take the captain to Muritoria, where they could collect the pirate captain's highest bounty and could later return to rendezvous with the rest of the group. The rest of the group would continue on in the newly-captured pirate ship to complete their mission.