After days at sea, the crew finally reached their destination: the pirate-held city of Puerto Rojo – Red Port, seat of Aquitaine's power. They were greeted by a soft-spoken valet named Manfried, as well as an entourage of Aquitaine's crewmates. Bronston managed to produce official-looking documents with his magic, convincing the valet and his protectors that they had important business with Aquitaine.
Duffy, Bronston, Shayla, Anne and Jimothy were then escorted from the Liberation to the gubernatorial palace serving as Aquitaine's headquarters. The Pirate Lord was in the middle of holding his bizarre "court". There were dozens of shady pirates, wizard-advisors, a musical troupe of slaves playing various instruments, and near the back of the room, a gilded cage containing a boy dressed in a bird costume.
The expedition of the Liberation treated with Aquitaine, but the conversation quickly turned south. After Duffy was asked about Nereus’s maps, he pushed the topic aside and asserted his domineering presence over the older Pirate Lord and his men. Jimothy, who had been sneaking in the shaded rafters this entire time, attempted to ambush Aquitaine by releasing the Pumpkin King onto the entire room.
However, the wizard-advisors acted faster, casting a spell that immediately froze and shattered the physical essence of the demonic attacker. Aquitaine, enraged, called on all of his men to slay the interlopers who dared to assassinate him. Nevertheless, the meek child in the bird cage, who Aquitaine often confided to and trusted, persuaded Aquitaine to rethink this decision.
After some thought, Aquitaine chose to execute only Jimothy and imprison the others, spurring a chase in which Jimothy escaped and sailed away on the Liberation. Meanwhile, Anne, Duffy, Shayla and Bronston were all made prisoners of their new pirate master.