The Sea Horse fires a broadside into the Captain Bonebeard, blasting many big holes into it. This enrages Bonebeard even further, but before he can retaliate, one of his crewmen warns of the impending sunrise. Bonebeard declares that his grudge with Guts' party will be settled later, and his ship submerges once more.
Roderick's crew cheer in celebration of their victory, swarming around Guts and marveling at how easily he defeated the tentacle monsters. The celebrations end when they notice that Roderick is deep in thought - he wonders how Bonebeard and his crew have been turned into monsters, when only a few days before they'd been completely human. The navigator interrupts Roderick's contemplation, reporting that the Sea Horse's hull has sprung a severe leak and that wood is needed to repair it. Roderick orders the Sea Horse to make berth at a nearby island so that an inspection and full repairs can be made.
Upon docking, Manifico and Isidro express their great fondness for dry land. Schierke, however, is suspicious of the island. She tells Guts that she senses something odd, and Guts admits that his Brand of Sacrifice has been bleeding ever since the light covered the world. Schierke also voices her suspicions to Roderick, but he tells her that the Sea Horse cannot go back out to sea without being repaired, and so they will have to remain on the island for the night.
Isidro excitedly begins to explore the island with Puck. Schierke telepathically chides him for running off, but he assures her that he will contact her via thought transference if anything should happen to him.
Isidro climbs up to the island's highest point and his disheartened to see that it is much smaller than he'd originally thought. Puck points out a large cavern in the island's side, and Isidro approaches it to investigate. He excitedly begins searching for dry wood to make a torch so that he can enter the cave, but the blue-haired girl appears, now wearing a long shirt, and warns him not to enter it. She bounds towards him and stares above Isidro's head at Puck, curious about the elf.
The girl realizes that Isidro has just arrived on the island by way of the large ship that has just docked, and thus he could not have known about the cave's dangers. She clarifies: it is the home of the Sea God.
Roderick, Guts, Serpico, Farnese, Schierke, Casca, Manifico and several of Roderick's crew have wandered into the island's only settlement, a small fishing village. To Roderick's disappointment, the village does not seem like it could provide food, supplies to repair the Sea Horse, or even lodging for the night. He waves into an open window, through which someone watches him, but the window closes immediately. Roderick brushes off the villagers as shy.
Guts turns to Schierke, but she says that she still cannot pinpoint the source of a strange feeling she has - she compares it to a faint od covering the entire village. Casca suddenly splits from the group, and Farnese follows; Casca has found a disconcerting statue in a small shrine, shaped like an octopus with a single, large, closed eye.
Characters in Order of Appearance