"BLACK SWAN" ~ Cerridwen Beaupre' ~ Main Deck.   Posted by Lady Cerridwen Chisholm Beaupre' - PGM.Group: 0
Lady Cerridwen Chisholm Beaupre' - PGM
 GM, 594 posts
Wed 12 Oct 2011
at 19:04
'BLACK SWAN' ~ Main Deck
the main deck of the ship
George Pomeroy
 NPC, 12 posts
Wed 12 Oct 2011
at 20:11
Re: 'BLACK SWAN' ~ Main Deck
George is carrying his sack of clothes and various possessions onto the ship, he stands for a moment, looking over the crew and whistles to get their attention.
"Oi, fellow crew members, I was given an order by Tom to say that the captain would like to leave tonight! So please get the ship ready to sail as quickly as possible. We wouldn't let the captain wait, would we?" he asks with a little smile.
"Oh, I do apologise, I should have introduced myself. I am George Pomeroy, I will be the navigator. Now, Please get to it!" He slowly walks up the stairs to where the rudder is and look over the ship.
Tom 'Cruickblade'
 NPC, 159 posts
 A rogue and a gentleman
 But mostly a rogue...
Tue 31 Jan 2012
at 22:43
Re: 'BLACK SWAN' ~ Main Deck
As Tom and Betsy approached the ship, he paused and looked at the activity on deck. "Well my love, it looks like good old George got them moving. The cap'n will be pleased."

His eyes following the graceful, deadly lines of the ship, he asked. "So then, what d'you think of our Black Swan, eh?"
Aglaca
 player, 1 post
Wed 1 Feb 2012
at 05:38
Re: 'BLACK SWAN' ~ Main Deck
Aglaca's eyes narrowed as he watched the activity around the Black swan.  He knew he couldn't stay here much longer, and needed to leave, now how to manage a berth.

He watched as the dockworkers carry provisions and gear aboard the ship, quickly removed his shirt, tied it around his waist and smeared a bit of dirt across his chest.  He carefully approached the provisioning area, keeping in the shadows along the dock and spotting a gap, stepped into the line of workers picking up a crate of what smelled to be some kind of foodstuff.  He kept his head down as he followed the line of workers towards the ship.

He passed by a man and woman as he started up the gangplank, and tried to keep his head behind the crate of food he was carrying.  He didn't recognize them, but old habits are often hard to break.
Betsy McCall
 NPC, 120 posts
Sat 4 Feb 2012
at 21:47
Re: 'BLACK SWAN' ~ Main Deck
"When she's gonna get here Tom, Reckon she can escape alright or need some help.  Blimey but this seems a big boat.  Why is it all black?  I reckon I have a lot to learn here don't I if I'm tae be a pirate." she laughed as they boarded the ship.

"ello love, 'ave I seen ye in the Deadman's pub before?"
she didn't remember him but thought she knew all the sailors and many hustaling about knew here on deck.
Tom 'Cruickblade'
 NPC, 160 posts
 A rogue and a gentleman
 But mostly a rogue...
Mon 6 Feb 2012
at 23:31
Re: 'BLACK SWAN' ~ Main Deck
Tom winced as Betsy called his beloved Swan a 'boat'. "Ship love, we call her a ship. She's black to make it easier to slip in and out of coves at night without being noticed. Looting a merchantman's not so hard, but offloading the booty without getting caught, well that's another matter. The black doesn't make us invisible, but it helps, especially if there's no moon."

He moved her towards the cabin area. "Let me show you where we'll be staying, love. That's the captain's quarters there, and this is where the first mate bunks. That's me. As you can see, it's a single cot, so if I'm on a day shift we'll have to squeeze in close together at night. The carpenter might be able to knock something together for us, but it'll be close quarters for a while."

Tom never even thought of moving out and leaving her alone in his quarters. They were going to be married, and he was going to start as he meant to carry on.
Aglaca
 player, 2 posts
Tue 7 Feb 2012
at 02:30
Re: 'BLACK SWAN' ~ Main Deck
Aglaca nearly stumbled as he heard Betsy speak.  His eyes widened as his thoughts tumbled through his mind.  He muttered back to the woman, "Mayhaps the pub Ma'am, but I don't err dinna recon ye"

He mumbled very softly under his breath, "A Pirate ship?  You are on a Pirate ship?  You damned fool.  How in all hells are you going to stow away on this ship without getting yourself killed?  I think I might be in a spot of trouble..."

He stayed in the line of men carrying crates towards the hold and tried to hurry along.  The sun had heated the deck, and he wasn't really used to carrying such weight on his shoulders so it was really no surprise, or actually should have been no surprise when his foot tangled in something as he was placing his crate on the deck.  He fell forward with his crate striking the middle of the back of the man in front of him bringing them both crashing to the deck.

As he stood he could feel the eyes staring at him, and he looked down quickly to realize that the shirt which had been tied about his waist had been pulled to the side and the silver hilt of his backsword and the intricate carvings running along his curved scabbard gleamed in the sun.

He stepped back with both hands waist high and palms forward as he watched the man he had knocked down, "Apologies Mon, I tripped."
Tom 'Cruickblade'
 NPC, 161 posts
 A rogue and a gentleman
 But mostly a rogue...
Tue 7 Feb 2012
at 15:01
Re: 'BLACK SWAN' ~ Main Deck
Tom glanced over to where one of the dock workers had tripped over, bashing the man in front.

"Careful with those supplies, you landlubber!"


As his eyes made out the sword, and then took in the quality of it, his eyes widened in surprise and then went hard and flat. Signalling two of the lads, he moved towards the man.

"Well now, and what do we have here then?"


As the man hit by the box scrambled to his feet, groaning with pain from where the box had hit him, two burly sailors grabbed the arms of the man responsible and turned him around to face Tom.

"I'd talk fast and truthful if I were you, sunshine, or the fishies might be in for a little snack. You're no dock worker, wearing a piece like that. Who are you, and who do you work for?"

Aglaca
 player, 3 posts
Wed 8 Feb 2012
at 01:26
Re: 'BLACK SWAN' ~ Main Deck
Aglaca paused a moment and flexed his arms slightly just to see how screwed he actually was.  The firm grip on each of his arms quickly convinced him that he really wasn't going anywhere, so he relaxed and took a deep breath.

"My name is Aglaca, call me... Friday."  He looked at the two burly men holding his arms and tipped his head to the side, "As to whom I work for, you are correct, I make a rather poor dock hand, but if you are the captain of this ship, and in need of a decent sword arm, I would seek to work for you.  All I am interested in is passage from this place."

He stood as tall as possible and stared at the man in front of him feigning calm, as his stomach pulled a series of flips and twists.  Suddenly a thought popped into his head and he shifted his gaze to the raven haired beauty standing behind the man.  He smiled slightly and winked, then steeled himself for the blow he was sure would follow.
Tom 'Cruickblade'
 NPC, 162 posts
 A rogue and a gentleman
 But mostly a rogue...
Wed 8 Feb 2012
at 17:48
Re: 'BLACK SWAN' ~ Main Deck
Tom smiled coldly at the man. "Well now, do I look like the captain to you?"

Catching his wink at Betsy, he slowly drew his dagger. "You've got balls, I'll give you that, but if I catch you making eyes at Betsy again, you won't have." Pressing his dagger lightly against 'Friday's' crotch, he smiled nastily.

Removing the blade, he gestured to the two sailors. "Throw him in the brig until the captain arrives, then we'll see if he lives or feeds the fishes."
Aglaca
 player, 4 posts
Thu 9 Feb 2012
at 05:55
Re: 'BLACK SWAN' ~ Main Deck
"Actually since you are giving the orders here, I expected you to be the Captain, my apologies."  As the two men began dragging him across the deck, he shouted, "I'd apologize to the Lady also if I were too forward, nothing more was intended than to offer her a compliment for her beauty."

He shrugged and stood straight and walked between the two men leading him, not resisting at all.  "So, if he is not the Captain, is he perhaps the first mate?"  He looked at each of the men leading him and was rewarded with a surly grunt.  The men lead him into what appeared to be the bowels of the ship, it certainly smelled like it was in any case, and tossed him into a small room with a solid door.  The room contained a small bucket, and nothing else.

As Aglaca caught his momentum entering the room, he turned and looked at his guards, "Tell me about the Captain?  Is he as surly as the other?  If I am to wait for him, shouldn't I know what to expect?"  He was suddenly greeted by a deep darkness as the door was slammed shut with what sounded to be a heavy bar placed across, and deep guttural laughter from the two men.

Aglaca felt his way to the far corner and sunk to the floor.  He removed the odd shaped dirk from his boot and stuck it into the floor next to him.  He hated the darkness.  He hated the melancholy thoughts that always crept in, but after a while in the darkness with the hustle of the ship echoing through the room, he began to sing very softly.

"As I walked forth one summer's day,
To view the meadows green and gay
A pleasant bower I espied
Standing fast by the river side,
And in't a maiden I heard cry:
Alas! alas! there's none e'er loved as I."


"Then round the meadow did she walk,
Catching each flower by the stalk
Such flow'rs as in the meadow grew,
The Dead Man's Thumb, an herb all blue;
And as she pull'd them still cried she:
Alas! alas! there's none e'er loved as I."


"The flowers of the sweetest scents
She bound about with knotty bents;
And as she bound them up in bands
She wept, she sigh'd, she wrung her hands;
Alas! alas! alas! cried she,
Alas! alas! there's none e'er loved as I."


"When she had fill'd her apron full
Of such green things as she could cull,
The green things served her for her bed,
The flow'rs were the pillows for her head;
Then down she laid her, ne'er more did speak;
Alas! alas! with love her heart did break."


He ended the song with:

"Alas! Alas! Though t'was his heart, she did break..."

He leaned back and closed his eyes.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:56, Thu 09 Feb 2012.

Aglaca
 player, 5 posts
Tue 14 Feb 2012
at 05:05
Re: 'BLACK SWAN' ~ Main Deck
Aglaca woke with a start and grabbed madly for the dagger which he had stuck in the floor.  He pulled if free and held it in his lap as the darkness closed in.  The sounds of the ship were magnified, each creak and groan as the small waves splashed against the sides of the ship, and the ship rode up as the tide slowly increased caused him to start.

He squared his shoulders, and stood searching with his hands in the darkness for the door.  "Keep busy, keep busy, don't imagine, just keep busy and you won't see her."  He started exploring the seams of the door looking for an area that his thin dagger could be put to use.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:05, Tue 14 Feb 2012.

Betsy McCall
 NPC, 121 posts
Tue 14 Feb 2012
at 22:50
Re: 'BLACK SWAN' ~ Main Deck
"Tom!" she turned on him "HE was not out of line you jealous lout men look at me and flirt with me all the time.  You were to harsh and where is this Captain ... ehhh" she said as she looked about with her hand on her hips. "What if she didn't get away.  Doesn't get away!  what about marrying us..ehh!" she ranted.  But she had seen Tom jealous before and he was a deadly man.
Tom 'Cruickblade'
 NPC, 163 posts
 A rogue and a gentleman
 But mostly a rogue...
Wed 15 Feb 2012
at 17:27
Re: 'BLACK SWAN' ~ Main Deck
Tom took Betsy by the shoulders, trying to calm her down before she flew into a rage. "Love, listen to me! For all we know he could be a Revenue man. Remember what ship this is! I wasn't going to have him killed just on my say so, that's why I left it for the captain to deal with."

His eyes became heated, and his gaze burned her. "As for men flirting with you, now you've said yes to me, that'll be the end of that. I'm all the man you need Betsy McCall, and I'd be happy to prove it to you, soon as we're alone."
Aglaca
 player, 6 posts
Thu 16 Feb 2012
at 01:18
Re: 'BLACK SWAN' ~ Main Deck
Aglaca slipped his thin dagger into the crack that ran along the edge of the door.  It was a gamble, but he figured that it would be difficult to throw an actual lock on the outside and keep it from corroding in the salt air.  If there was a simple bar across the door, maybe he could catch and lift it.

He then chuckled and stopped probing at the door, "You damned fool.  It is a ship, not a huge ship at that.  Even should you get out of this, what are you going to do then?  I expect that you best relax a bit and wait for the Captain."

He reached down and slipped his dagger back into the cuff of his boot and sat with his back against the wall near the door and waited.  He tried to close his eyes and just calm himself, but each creak sounded like a moan and he was soon pacing restlessly.