New Zealand

New Zealand

One time we took on a passenger in New Zealand, bound for Europe, but discovered along the way that his cargo of wool was actually dyed with a toxin, known to Dr. Gintia, that would be absorbed by the fingers as a person handled it. Considering that the yarn was destined for the Queen of Lichtenstein, renowned for her pleasure in knitting, we considered this to be an assassination attempt. After The Assistant took care of the passenger, we returned to New Zealand to track down the source. That tale must be told another time, but we would like to note that the views from Mount Cook are excellent, and hiking is a welcome exercise (in moderation) for those accustomed to shipboard life.

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  1. (Maybe a better description of the events)
    The Passpartout landed safely in New Zealand and crew and passengers set out for a tour of the local sites and markets. A few minutes after their arrival, a message arrived from a man seeking passage along with a cargo. His destination was Lichtenstein and the cargo was wool destined for the queen. Wool would not be much of a burden and the ship had a course set for that general direction once all had finished their business be mischief or innocent tourism. With all matters settled, the ship took off oddly a bit heavier than expected but nothing to serious. It all seemed to be going well until a beloved companion came up dead. Minerva was beside herself with grief at finding Greyling dead outside the cargo hold. No one had to ask how the grey flying rat got there but what killed it was the mystery. It was upon further inspection by Dr. Gintia that the crew discovered the creature had been poison. The type of toxin was easily absorbed through the skin. The flying rat must have been nesting and had taken some of the wool because nearby where Greyling was found was a tuft of dyed wool. Dr. Gintia tested the wool and it came back positive for the toxin. The only conclusion was that their newest passenger was planning on poisoning the queen with the wool since she had a renowned pleasure for knitting. This had to be an assassination attempt. A few minutes later The Assistant was spotted outside the man’s room and all was handled in a manner best not disclosed. The ship returned to New Zealand in order to find the source of this toxic wool.

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