The Sea Strike headed to Assail based on rumors of a gold rush. After arriving in the Dread Sea, Whellen soon fell victim to its powerful magic. An encounter with an ice floe sent steaming shards of ice onto the deck. When Whellen touched the ice, it burned him and he collapsed. Confined to bed, his sleeping form radiated cold. The sea slowly claimed all of the other crew members until only Whellen and Burl were left. Whellen awoke one last time, spoke to his captain, and threw himself overboard.