March 3, 1651, Wednesday afternoon
The journey along the north side of Pino is somewhat disappointing, for it reveals nothing more than Arkemis suggested. The cliffs on the east end tend to be some 30 feet high, and the grottos small, the rocks light in color and without any sign that there might be a hidden entrance. There are hundreds of potholes there, which the sea has made, places where a half-circle has been carved into the rock. The waves in these places occasionally turns in on itself and makes spray, shooting out into the air.
The rocks on the west end are darker, black and grey in color, and the rear-wall of some of the potholes there are dark and difficult to see ... but the 40 to 90 foot cliffs would be very difficult to approach, for once the boat comes into the area of the pothole, it will be swept around and crashed upon the rock.
The day remains clear and cool, though there are suggestions of building clouds far upon the northeast horizon, beyond Naxos ... Arkemis tells you those clouds are nothing to worry about, they will not approach until nightfall.
The island has a spine that runs through the middle, with a rock-and-boulder slope that progresses to heights of 600 feet. Arkemis tells you this is the best anchorage on the island, a place where small stones the size of your fists make a shallow that the boat can be pulled into.
There is no breeding on Skhoinousa at this time. The island seems utterly peaceful, more rocky than Pino but covered with more vegetation. There is hardly any sign of an expanse where one might plant a garden, and there seems to be an absence of olive or natural fruit trees. The area where the birds appear to gather are two great prominences, like fingers, reaching out into the sea, cracked stones a hundred and fifty feet high and perhaps two hundred feet long. The rocks are white and grey, spattered and trailed over their surface.
A quick examination suggests a host of vermin on the stones; it is not long before Sofia spies a wolf spider two feet across, while Neklan pronounces to the party to keep clear of the crevices. He has seen both a brightly colored beetle weighing as much as a small dog, and a centipede as long as his arm.