Reviewing the Cerulean Storm, it seems to me that the Lord Mariner was not among those Dead Lords destroyed by the Heroes of Tyr during their battle at the Baxal Shoals. Indeed to my knowledge, we never see the Lord Mariner, although we are told on page 209 of CS that the Spirit Lords were commanded by the Dragon to disperse themselves throughout the fleet, and to search in squadrons for the heroes amidst the various channels of those forested shoals. It is my understanding that in the narrative of the battle, the Heroes only encountered but one of these squadrons, and this squadron in fact did not include the Lord Mariner, for all the Spirit Lords described were more or less specifically identified.
All this said, I query, whatever became of the Lord Mariner and his fleet? The absolute devastation of Ur Draxa and the Broken Plain immediately surrounding the super city surely did not instantly destroy these magical ships made of basalt stone, nor do the undead crews require ports for normal resupplies, at least as far as I can understand, and therefore could still easily be operational. Therefore, what became of them? What might be the ambition of the Lord Mariner after the fall of Ur Draxa, and where might such an undead abomination take his fleet after the cataclysm of his homeland?
Perhaps some of you have explored this in your games thus far. As I often like incorporating the adventures and campaigns I see posted about on Athas.org, I was looking to see if anyone had used the Lord Mariner and his fleet. What might any of you tell me about this? Is there a piece of lore that I am missing?
I speculate that the Lord Mariner at least at one point possessed command of a port out of which his fleet was based, and where more such ships could be constructed and enchanted, somewhere along the silt-stormed coast of the Valley of Dust and Fire. I also speculate that before the Dragon’s death, his task was to patrol the perimeter of the Great Ash Storm, so as to counter any daring admiral who might attempt to sail against the power of the Ur Draxa and launch an amphibious invasion of the Valley, should any be so bold! Being undead, the Lord Mariner and his fleet, as well as perhaps surviving Spirit Lords, might still maintain a power base there, and may be attempting to rebuild a nucleus of Draxan culture amidst the clouds and mists of the Cerulean Storm.
Anxious to hear your thoughts!