Tides of Terror
Though small, Seawell is a prosperous trading town with a good location on the coast. Next to it is a long peninsula that features mostly swamplike terrain. The most dangerous inhabitants of this peninsula are lizardfolk, but several kinds of reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds dwell there too. Most of these creatures don’t bother the town, and Seawell’s militia is experienced at repulsing raids by the more aggressive lizardfolk. A large reef extends the entire length of the peninsula on the side away from Seawell. This great wall of coral is a favorite site for fishermen, but it has always presented a serious hazard to ships approaching from that direction. Thus, about 45 years ago, the people of Seawell built a lighthouse on a small promontory near the reef, about 200 yards from the shoreline. Operated by a family who lived inside it, this lighthouse ensured that ships could easily steer clear of the reef. A few weeks ago, a group of pirates who had been unsuccessful on the seas decided to try a different tack—luring ships to their doom. After killing the lighthouse keeper and his family, the pirates built a high wooden tower on the beach about 200 yards from the lighthouse, then lit a fire atop it. Captains using this false “lighthouse” to navigate ran aground on the reef, and the pirates rowed out to steal the foundering ships’ cargo and claim the wrecks as salvage. They murdered the crews as well, so that no one could spread the story of the false lighthouse. So far, three ships have fallen victim to these pirates, and the people of Seawell are beginning to wonder what has happened to them. Thus far, however, they have not been able to mount an investigation. To keep the townsfolk away from the site for as long as possible, the pirate captain has been stirring up a small group of lizardfolk that live on the peninsula. Emboldened by the pirates, these creatures have begun raiding Seawell and its environs in earnest.
Seawell became the target of the depraved Mitchel Miles. He killed many residents until the characters subdued him.