With little ceremony you consign Scourge to the sea. The pirate does surface, clinging to the plank. He curses you with fervor from his bobbing plank as you sail away. His voice soon fades, and soon you can see him no more. The denizens of the sea seem to have left him alone as you watch, but you can see the fins of sharks beginning to circle. It's not a far distance back to Bonewrack Isle, it's possible he could make it there. You consider whether his fate was a mercy or a death sentence.
A couple days' sailing brings you alongside the Slithering Coast. Following Kroop's suggestions, you scout carefully - the estuary where you might find Rickety's Squibs is well concealed by a tall headland. At last, with Raven's help you spy the likely place. Rounding the tall headland reveals a hidden cove at the mouth of a wide jungle river, its sluggish brown waters staining the waters of the blue sea like an ugly bruise. A series of docks has been built upon this estuary, with buildings concealed beneath the overhanging limbs of the jungle beyond. A wooden watchtower stands upon the promontory of the headland, carefully concealed among the trees to provide a clandestine view of the seas.
As the Rabbit Prince sails past the headland, a checkered flag of yellow and read is raised above the tower on the promontory, and an answering flag of blue is hoisted upon a yardarm at the docks ahead. A number of humanoid figures emerge from the shaded buildings and gather on a pier. A small, single-masted longboat soon sets out from the boathouse on the estuary to meet the ship, and the boat's crew hail you. They request that you drop anchor so that they may parlay with you.
Soon a short, stoop-backed old man with a leathery, weatherworn face requests permission to come aboard. He has watery blue eyes and a halo of frizzy white hair. He is followed half a dozen men armed with nought but dirks at their belts. When the man comes aboard, he runs an appreciative hand along the wooden railing and stomps hard on the deck. "Nice lines, this one. Rahadoumi, is it? See the teak working on the prow? Straight out of Azir. Well, yes. If you're looking for Rickety Hake, well you've found 'em. Where you sailing from, and what yer business be?"
Rickety Hake is a retired buccaneer and a former mate on the bearded wench under Free Captain Ella Gurnett (who fed the kraken at the Battle of Nolis Point). He receives a lot of business from the Free Captains looking to refit captured vessels. If he's lightly defended it's because he can afford to be. Harming Rickety Hake would anger a lot of pirates.