The ferryman was a hooded undead figure, much in the spirit of Charon
who ferried passengers from the northern shore of the Whispering Lake
to the north end of Ferryman's Isle
at its center. He was actually the masthead of the boast; a living masthead so to speak.
Extending his bony hand out to possible voyagers, a special token was
required to ride the ferry; it was only needed to be shown, not given.
From the Whispering Woods side, it took three rings of the dock-bell to
summon the ferryman; while it was only necessary to ring it twice when
returning from the isle.
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