So in the end, it was decided to turn the pirate boss over to Magistrate Zheng. Let him handle it.
Megaera kept an eye on him, although without his spell components his ability to do much of anything beyond glare angrily at people and check out Meg's rear was pretty limited.
They left Zheng with some of the Magistrate's guards, to await whatever fate the system had in mind for him. Before meeting with Zheng for praise and possibly rewards, of course, the group had another decision to make: did they want Zheng to send them back to Yao now, or did they want to go poking around the forest and find out what the crap was up with the ghosts and why the Ancestors were acting up like that.
All the men, and on some level even Meg, Myfanwy, and Yu, did find the prospect of spending more time around the intensely alluring Alchemist to be quite an appealing prospect.