All the ideas inside the overall plot are all perfectly useable on any sea adventure, in whole or in part. Would be nice to have a little more background on the Captain if the PCs were to be pressed into serving, but otherwise there are some good ideas to 'hijack.' Go to Comment
I like the amount of detail and thought you've put into the execution of this plot, and the possibilities for adding twists and subplots. I think the premise for the plot is a little thin: what is the purpose of voyaging? Simply to satiate this old mariner's wanderlust? Surely he has tempted them with a promise, be it discovery of new lands, discovery of treasure... And is a desire for adventure all that's driven him back to the sea? Maybe he had unfinished business with the deep...
Just to let you know, I hadn't read the Odyssey at the time of this posting. I had only seen an awful TV version. I have since read it and realize that I totally misunderstood Odysseus's character. Go to Comment
What about a 'criminal' society with distinct laws - for stealing, the larger the value of something stolen, the less punishment the courageous thief recieves (but must return it of course). For this pirates(?) caught petty thieves deserve to be punished harshly. If you take, you better take a lot.