The Elder Sea.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
 GM, 23 posts
Fri 16 May 2014
at 23:17
The Elder Sea
The body of water bordering the Kingdom of Nydelisien. It is a common trade route for the kingdom, and it is also a dangerous place filled with monsters and even pirates.
Alexander Drake
 player, 12 posts
Mon 19 May 2014
at 22:46
Re: The Elder Sea
The former Nydelisien Naval sloop "Bloody Rose" cut swiftly through the gentle waves of the Elder Sea, the green and white Nydelisien colors flying atop her mast as the once pirate-hunter turned pirate made her way back into the gulf formed by the coast of the Devil's Gullet. She was returning from neutral foreign ports outside the Gullet where she had stopped to unload and sell the goods that her crew had taken from the Nydelisien Navy and now that her hold was empty and her supplies full she was ready to resume operations. At the helm stood Alexander Drake, his white cape fluttering gently in the salty sea breeze as a pleased smile graced his visage. Hunting had been good of late and the crew's spirits were high as they set course for one of the major shipping lanes used to convey wartime supplies to Todmorden.

Stepping away from the wheel Alexander handed control of the helm over to his helmsman and made his way towards the bow of the ship where his Chief Officer Annith Dree stood. As always the beautiful Elf stood out from those around her, and while most men might have preferred that such a gorgeous woman wear fine dresses or revealing clothing Alexander found Annith to be at her finest when wearing her uniform. Approaching from behind as she barked an order to the crew, he slipped his hand into her own as he stepped up next to her, raising her left arm to lay a soft kiss atop her hand before he spoke with a warm smile. "I trust that everything is in order Chief Officer Dree? We wouldn't want to be ill-prepared in the off chance that the Navy finds us would we?" He spoke as a Captain would to one of their officers, yet beneath it there was a tone of playfulness that likely told Annith that he already knew that their vessel was in order.
Annith Dree
 player, 3 posts
Mon 19 May 2014
at 23:08
Re: The Elder Sea
Even after long having gotten used to his flirtations, Annith still couldn't help the buzz and thrill of his lips against her skin and it took all the practice she had not to blush like a schoolgirl in front of their men. As usual, her uniform was clean and straight, almost seeming to have been tailored for her specifically, even after all this time. Once her hand was released, she put her hands on her hips and looked out over the ocean, her ears perked and listening to the call of gulls overhead and the slap of waves against Bloody Rose's sides. Salt air filled her, exhilarated her and she took that long moment of quiet to recompose herself. Her pride and image demanded it. She could be an awkward girl in the privacy of her quarters, not here in the open.

A slight smile quirked at her lips though, a proud smirk more then a smile as she looked back to her Captain. "Everything is going smoothly, Captain. We will be ready when the time comes to take action- that I can assure you." Her voice, though quiet, carried nicely through years of training as a youngster in her family's voice. Projection to be heard without yelling.
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Tue 20 May 2014
at 00:46
Re: The Elder Sea
The Elder Sea was quiet today, most of the ships going out had left, and most of the ships going in had already reached the docks.

"Oi! Captain! Off the starboard bow!"

Out in the water sat a lone ship, not too large, not too threatening, but it definitely looked bountiful. It had an eastern design, Krotan by the looks of it, and ships like those always had fine things that nobles loved to get their greedy hands on. The Krotan people had a great trade agreement with Todmorden, and the only problem they had to worry about was getting into the docks by themselves, until they could be protected by their ally's Navy.

However, they didn't always make it in.
Alexander Drake
 player, 20 posts
Tue 20 May 2014
at 18:07
Re: The Elder Sea
Smiling, Alexander was about to reply to Annith when suddenly one of his crew called out to him. Drawing his telescope from where he kept it on his belt he extended the optical device and then peered through it at the other ship, appraising the potential target for a moment before putting it away with a wide smile as he spoke to Annith. "Good work Mr. Onus. She's Krotan, and without an escort to boot; I think that it's high time we corrected that grievous oversight, wouldn't you say Miss Dree?" Turning from his Chief Officer, trusting that she would understand his meaning, he began barking orders to the crew as he buttoned his collar and made himself more presentable as a proper Nydelisien navy captain should look. Like Annith, he had mastered the art of projecting his voice without having to quite yell, and his orders were easy to hear amid the clamor of motion as the crew lept into action. "Mr. Turnbuckle, change course to come up alongside that ship. Mr. Arrow, signal to them that we are a Nydelisien navy vessel and would like to offer them an escort to the safety of Todmorden." Leaving the rest of the crew to Annith Alexander took his place up near the helm as Mr. Turnbuckle brought the "Bloody Rose" about to approach the Krotan ship, watching silently as Mr. Arrow began signalling the Krotan vessel via semaphore flag signals. With any luck they would be able to come alongside the vessel and get aboard without the Krotans realizing that anything was amiss, and by then they would be unlikely to stand much of a chance. Raising his spyglass again he inspected the seemingly vulnerable craft again as they approached, waiting for Mr. Arrow to receive a response from the Krotan vessel.

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Annith Dree
 player, 4 posts
Tue 20 May 2014
at 18:16
Re: The Elder Sea
Annith, at hearing the call of an incoming vessel, turned to look where it was indicated and smirked, a look that bordered on a sneer. She agreed with Alexander. Let them be the escort and protect the poor ship. "Aye aye, Captain." That smirk still remained as she issued her own orders to the crew. They needed to seem as nonthreatening as possible, after all. "One would think they would have learned by now." She muttered as Alex walked off to issue orders of his own.

Once that was done, she climbed the rigging to get a better look at their new target. The fact she had been on deck at all while out was a surprise, but even the elf needed a break from climbing once in a while. They weren't trees, but there was something soothing about the feel of rough rope under her hands. Carefully balancing upon the ropes, she straightened her outfit to ensure she looked presentable and ran a hand through her hair, trying to ensure the stray and short strands were as smooth as possible. Image. Image was everything.
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Thu 22 May 2014
at 00:38
Re: The Elder Sea
The ship waved the Bloody Rose over, completely buying the rouse of it being a ship of the Nydelisien Navy. As the two ships got closer the captain of the trading vessel waved to Alexander as he got closer.

"Kerata nevra captain! It is good to see you out here! The seas have been very still and quiet, a bad omen among my people. Seeing another face is very good!"

The man's accent was thick, and he seemed to have some difficulty with the native tongue, but not enough to slow down his conversation skills.
Alexander Drake
 player, 22 posts
Mon 26 May 2014
at 03:39
Re: The Elder Sea
Smiling, although not for whatever reasons the Krotan captain likely thought he was smiling for, Alexander greeted the other captain. "Greetings Captain, and I must agree that it is good that we saw you; we're just happy that we managed to find you before any of the pirates did." His smile widened, although he maintained the facade which came easily to the formal naval captain as the Rose came up alongside the larger merchant ship. "Before we make way perhaps my Steward and I could come aboard? The port authorities recently rewrote several of their import policies and I may be able to help you bypass some of the less pleasant bits of paperwork depending on what your cargo is. Besides, should the worst happen I'd like to know that you will be able to defend yourselves in the case that we are disabled or sunk." He turned momentarily to nod to Annith that she was to stay aboard the Rose as the acting officer in his absence, his smile taking on a predatory gleam for but a moment before he turned back to the foreigners. "Do you have cannons yet, and if so how well stocked is your powder and shot? If you are low I am certain that we can lend you some of ours to ensure your safety, and if you lack cannons I can certainly lend the services of my Chief Officer, who is as capable as a mage as she is beautiful."

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Annith Dree
 player, 5 posts
Mon 26 May 2014
at 20:29
Re: The Elder Sea
Alexander Drake:
"Greetings Captain, and I must agree that it is good that we saw you; we're just happy that we managed to find you before any of the pirates did."


The elf felt her inwardly smirk at the man's comment, though she was high up in the rigging, and with the sails and the like, more then likely hard to see, so it wouldn't have mattered. If they did have a keen eyed sailor aboard, he would have simply seen a stoic faced elf clinging to the ropes with a great amount of ease.

She caught her lover's nod, however and nodded in return, her body poised, ready to move if need be. Her ears perked up as she listened, and the salt air filled her lungs. Her pulse was quickening with excitement at the coming raid, but she kept herself composed as she quickly and deftly crawled down the ropes to the deck, landing with the grace that most probably associated with her kind.

 
Alexander Drake:
"Do you have cannons yet, and if so how well stocked is your powder and shot? If you are low I am certain that we can lend you some of ours to ensure your safety, and if you lack cannons I can certainly lend the services of my Chief Officer, who is as capable as a mage as she is beautiful."


Though she remained on deck, she crossed her arm in front of her chest and bowed at the waist. It was a bow of respect and of acknowledgement before she straightened again. Once more the captain had her mentally a-quiver, but her face stayed relatively emotionless. A small quirk to her lips broke the mask though as she turned her eyes to the captain of the other ship. Unless told otherwise, she would keep her words and thoughts to herself. No need to divide the man's attention too much, after all.
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Thu 29 May 2014
at 00:43
Re: The Elder Sea
The captain of the trading vessel smiled at Alexanders words.

"Of course friend! Ketara varahi botara varahi! My space is your space. Bring the boards!"

He motioned to his men to bring the boarding planks and connect them to the Bloody Rose, allowing the Nydelisien Naval Captain to come aboard, or at least that's what he thought.
Alexander Drake
 player, 36 posts
Mon 9 Jun 2014
at 00:18
Re: The Elder Sea
"Thank you captain; you are most gracious..." As the boards were laid down to connect the two vessels Alexander waved Annith over and leaned in to speak softly, so that their words would not carry across to the other ship. "Make sure the archers have chosen targets and have the gun crews ready to take their stations; hopefully they will realize that we have them outgunned and will surrender without a fight but should they resist I want this to be over quickly. If I can draw their commanders below deck with me I want you and the men to take control while we are occupied below." Stepping forward as the planks were secured in place Alexander made his way up onto the deck of the Krotan merchant vessel, his eyes scanning over the men and equipment on the top deck before he turned back to the foreign captain. "She looks to be a fine vessel Captain; I am sure that you must be quite proud of her." Glancing back as the Rose's Steward made his way up the plank and onto the ship Alexander smiled as he gestured to the man. "Ah, there you are Mr. Quentis; these fine merchants are en route to Todmorden and were hoping that you might be willing to lend your expertise helping them clear customs more easily." Turning back to the captain, he smiled warmly as he continued. "Lead the way my friend; perhaps while Mr. Quentis looks over your cargo and manifests you and your officers could give me a tour of this beautiful ship? I must admit to not being terribly well versed in Krotan craft and would be most grateful if you would be willing to indulge my curiosity."

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Annith Dree
 player, 6 posts
Mon 9 Jun 2014
at 00:29
Re: The Elder Sea
Annith absently nodded to her Captain, her brows furrowing as she turned from him when he turned from her to head to their potential target. Her ears pricked up, listening for more of the noise she had heard before. Something wasn't right here, but she couldn't quite put her finger on it. The strong smell of salt on the air made it difficult for her nose to work out anything amiss on the breeze, and so, for the moment, she had just that strange splashing to work with. As she walked, she made sure the archers were in place and the guns ready if nothing else. Slowly, she made her way over to that side of the ship, and she leaned over the rail with one hand behind her back; she hoped her posture, though unusual for her, was simply appearing as if she was merely checking to ensure things were in order. In reality, she was checking on the possible source of that noise - caution was her friend more often then not, and if it was truly nothing, she didn't wish to alarm the captain. He had enough on his plate as it was, and for a brief, brief moment, that reminder panged at her with guilt before it was gone once more.
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Mon 9 Jun 2014
at 22:40
Re: The Elder Sea
The Krotan captain smiled,

"Of course! Come come, what these ships lack in weaponry, they make up for, how do you say, 'beauty'."

The captain clapped his hands and a four men moved over to him, looked like man servants or something to the sort, one opened the door and allowed the group to enter into the passage leading below deck.

"Come, let us begin with the silks, even your people know that there is nothing quite the same as Krotanian silks!"

The deck hands began to go about their business as usual, minding their ship while welcoming their new guests aboard. The splashing that Annith heard seemed to stop as she peered over the side of the ship, only deep blue water met her curious gaze.
Alexander Drake
 player, 39 posts
Tue 10 Jun 2014
at 19:06
Re: The Elder Sea
The whole affair almost seemed to easy, and if this vessel had been of any other nationality besides Krotan he would have been for more worried by how well this seemed to be going. The Krotanian merchants were known for their underarmed ships however, and this reputation made Alexander feel far more at ease than he might have otherwise been. Following the man down below, he smiled as they entered the hold and he was able to look over the precious cargo being carried by the vessel. He may not have been an expert in trade values of goods and such like Mr. Quentis was, but that didn't mean he couldn't clearly see how much wealth this haul would represent. "Even for Krotanian silks these look to be fine specimens Captain; they should sell quite well at market in Todmorden." He turned to his steward, gesturing to the man to examine the silks. "Would you kindly look over the Captain's cargo and make sure that he and his cargo can get through customs easily Mr. Quentis? The captain and I are going to continue our tour of his fine vessel."

As the two captains continued their walk Alexander continued his conversation with the Krotanian captain, hoping to keep the man and his officers distracted below so that Annith and the rest of his crew could seize control above. "Mr. Quentis is a skilled steward with a merchant background; if anyone can get you through the nightmare that is Todmorden customs he can. While he works why don't you tell me more about your ship? What is the wood of choice for Krotanian vessels? The royal navy prefers Cedar for their sloops, but I am not familiar with the trees that grow in Krotan and thus I am not terribly well versed in that portion of your country's shipbuilding techniques."
Annith Dree
 player, 8 posts
Thu 12 Jun 2014
at 04:43
Re: The Elder Sea
Annith's nerves niggled at her, but she had no evidence behind it beyond a suspicious splash. Green eyes cast about for anything, anything out of the ordinary for the area. Upon not seeing anything, she nudged one of the archers as he passed, and with a feigned smile meant more for the Krotan vessel then for the man she spoke with. "Pass it on to the others of your band to pick their targets, yes? Be gentle about it, though. We don't want them getting edgy." Her smile gave way to a smirk, mirrored by the man she spoke with, albeit quietly.

"Yes ma'am." His smirk was subtle as he strolled passed her towards his fellow archers.

Annith watched him go, before looking towards the other ship in question. She cast her senses out, as she had been taught as a younger elf first learning her magic, looking for that hook, that flicker, or whatever it was that a mage would have (so many different signatures, it was hard to explain). She didn't want any surprises when they made their move, and a mage would definitely be something that would be a surprise.
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Fri 13 Jun 2014
at 02:37
Re: The Elder Sea
As Alexander looked at the precious cargo, he felt something he probably had not felt in a while, the tip of a sword steadily being held against his back.

"The yac'ak tree, provides strong wood, for a strong people. Turn around 'captain.'"

His accent had lessened, it was clear now that this man was not unfamiliar with these parts. Upon turning around, Alexander could see three men pointing their swords at him with the Captain standing behind them smiling. More of his men held Alexanders crew below deck at the end of their swords as well, and a silence fell over the area.

"I know of you, traitor pirate, Drake, no? I knew your greed would lead you to my ship, floating all alone, humble merchants. I think not. It appears that you will finally be heading back to Todmorden..."

The hunter had become the hunted.


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As The archers picked their targets, Annith noticed the Krotan crew eying her and her own crew an awful lot, they seemed to be getting jumpy, and their movements didn't look like instinct, they almost looked...rehearsed, practiced. Something wasn't right, these weren't normal deck hands. Then she found what she was looking for, that signature twirling of the fingers from a tall Krotan man wearing a robe. Her eyes met his and he gave her a slight smirk, ice appearing on his finger tips. The tension began to build as both of them knew that this wasn't going to go like either of them planned, the world almost seemed to get blocked out and the suspension built for who would strike first.
Annith Dree
 player, 10 posts
Sun 15 Jun 2014
at 05:00
Re: The Elder Sea
She had her target, even if this was striking her more and more as a trap rather then a simple steal. Her eyes narrowed at the man's smirk, an inward growl actually manifesting on her lips. This was a trap. Her fingers twirled and she felt a familiar warmth around her hands as fire began to flicker to life at her prompting. Green eyes glanced around the ship she was so fond of. Archers were in place, as were those with the cannons. It was coming down to whoever made the first move, and the mage on the other ship seemed set on making that first move. First things first, however.

"Hoist the colors, mates! We got a fight on our hands!" She tipped their hands, but what choice did she have? They were aiming to attack first, and she was already wanted for being a danger to everyone... She didn't need war crimes added to that list. As she heard the call from the crew, she flung the fireball that had been forming in her hand towards the other mage. She had to distract him, and keep him distracted at that.

The crew sprung into action with the hoisting of their true flag high above their heads. She knew they had to be careful or else their Captain would be hurt, but what choice lay before them? Barely, she made out the sound of the fuses being lit on the cannons, of the twang of arrows around her as their archers aimed and fired their shots. She braced herself on the deck, her back to the rail for support as she readied another spell.

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Alexander Drake
 player, 40 posts
Fri 20 Jun 2014
at 02:17
Re: The Elder Sea
Alexander smiled as the Krotan captain dropped their own charade, turning at the sound of steel leaving sheath and drawing his smallsword casually in response and settling into a defensive stance as he chuckled confidently. "I find that highly unlikely Captain; your men clearly aren't used to life on the sea and I suspect that their skills with a blade won't measure up either..." Suddenly the dull thud of the Rose's cannons firing reached his ears and he shifted, absorbing the movement caused by the shots slamming into the Krotan vessel's hull, and then lunged forward with a flash of steel as the tip of his blade sought the nearest of the three swordsmen's heart. As he struck he kept an eye on the other two, being careful not to overreach and leave himself vulnerable.

Regardless of the result he pulled back from the lightning-fast thrust with practiced speed, settling back into his defensive stance with a predatory grin as he used his fencing footwork in conjunction with the tighter space below decks to control who and how many people he had to fight simultaneously. "I find it interesting that you have not yet drawn your own blade Captain. Are you that confident in your mens' ability to defeat me, or is that you are a less than competent swordsman yourself?" He smiled, seemingly unbothered by the predicament that he and Mr. Quentis had found themselves in. Meanwhile, Mr. Quentis used the distraction of the broadside impact to draw his cutlass and defend himself, focusing more on staying alive for the time being than gaining ground. He wasn't an accomplished fencer like Alexander by any means but he knew how to use a blade and should hopefully be able to defend himself long enough for Alexander to overcome his foes.

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Sat 21 Jun 2014
at 21:17
Re: The Elder Sea
[((Private to Alexander Drake: OOC: No biggy, its all good.))]

(Above Deck)

"To arms!

The mage quickly pulled a shield of ice in front of him to block the ball of fire, he stumbled for a moment from the power of the blast and the cannon balls tearing through parts of the hull. The archers had the advantage of a first strike, taking out a few of the unlucky ones who couldn't get to cover fast enough. Not wasting time the Krotanian crew dropped the act and drew their own weapons. Grappling hooks were out fast, tying the ships together as the crew began to board the Rose. The Mage kept his focus on Annith, pulling back and hurling a large spike of ice towards the first mate.

(Below Deck)

Quentis had a bit of trouble with the simple number of enemies, but they were no pirates, and most of them didn't expect the dirty tricks that all pirates know.

The Krotanian Captain laughed after regaining his balance.

"It seems our first mates are also in disagreement."

He drew his broad cutlass from the sheath at his side, a real beauty of a Krotanian blacksmith.

"Unlike the men before you, I am not so simple in the ways of the sea. You will have to work hard to fight your way out of here."

He whistled and the two remaining bodyguards set themselves upon Alexander.
Annith Dree
 player, 12 posts
Wed 25 Jun 2014
at 03:22
Re: The Elder Sea
The crew moved to meet the oncoming crew, some even chopping ropes to loosen the hold the other ship had on their beloved Bloody Rose.  The archers took aim again, this time for the opposing archers that still stood their ground.

Annith's eyes grew wide as she watched the spike come at her. She needed to focus and that spike was a big reminder of that. Quick reflexes had her sidestepping on instinct, and a smirk raised on her lips, a feral glint beginning to edge into her green eyes.

Annith knew their crew would know the drill. They knew what to do. And she knew what she had to do. Keep the mage busy. The Captain could certainly handle himself, that was for sure. Annith smirked, her eyes glancing for the deck. Fire was formidable against the other ship and mage... Since ships were made of wood, and wood definitely loved fire (or vice versa). She shifted her gesturing, ice forming around her hands. She had forgotten about the strange splashing, her eyes on the wood under the other man across from her. She flung the spell, and if it hit its mark, the other mage would have a slippery sheet of ice underfoot.

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Alexander Drake
 player, 41 posts
Sun 29 Jun 2014
at 03:36
Re: The Elder Sea
Alexander smiled, laughing himself at the other captain's sense of humor. He liked this one; it was a shame that he would likely have to kill the man. "So it would seem. I had hoped that this would be a bloodless bounty but that seems unlikely now; At the very least this should prove to be an amusing challenge, wouldn't you say so? I look forward to testing your skills once I am finished with your men..." Keeping his left hand against his hip and mostly out of sight beneath the cloth of his cape in a classic fencing stance Alexander rotated around the right of the two men in a counter-clockwise motion, keeping the one between him and the other in an effort to keep the fights as close to one on one as he could. When the man in the middle struck Alexander raised his smallsword in a high guard with the tip pointed slightly downward, catching the man's cutlass with an audible clang of steel striking steel. He then slid his blade along the bodyguard's and twisted it so as to aim the tip at the man's chest in a counter-thrust, attempting to run the bodyguard through before the man would hopefully be able to recover.
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Tue 1 Jul 2014
at 01:28
Re: The Elder Sea
(Above Deck)

The fight raged on as crew members from both ships traded blows, men falling dead on the decks, some into the water spilling blood into the sea. The Krotan mage stumbled for a moment before blasting ice at the ground to regain his balance, he wasn't just learning to hold a staff, he seemed to be realizing that she wasn't either. The time for games was over as far as he was concerned.

The mage began to sprint once he was good on the ice and lept towards the Bloody Rose, forming a small bridge of ice underneath him as he moved, connecting the ships once more, at least for now. He drew a scimitar from his waist and spotted Annith amongst the chaos once he landed. He wiped some blood off his face, nicked by an arrow, foolish mistake. Ice on his fingertips, and sword in hand, he advanced on the Bloody Rose's first mate.

[Language unknown:  "Ameos str rema!"]

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(Below Deck)

As Alexander's sword ran one more man through, that marked two 'bodyguards' down. The Krotan Captain shook his head in disappointment.

"You embarrass me."

He shoved the last man into the wall nearby and held his sword out pointed at Alexander.

"How about we cut this... [Language unknown:  ioananro,] short, and have a real duel Captain?"

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Annith Dree
 player, 13 posts
Sat 5 Jul 2014
at 18:23
Re: The Elder Sea
Now this was a challenge, Annith mused as she shifted her weight on the balls of her feet. She snarled, going so far as to bare even her teeth at the oncoming mage as fire once more played along her fingers, rolling and sweeping and threatening. Her other hand, her right hand, went to the cutlass at her left hip and with a soft noise, she drew it, readying herself for the oncoming. Why was she waiting?

Good question. Her feet pushed forward and she launched another ball of fire at the competent enemy. He may have been learned in the skill of the elements, but how good was he at a fight on a ship? Annith had her sea legs. Did this man? She swiped at the man with the cutlass at the heels of her attack, not wasting time to let him get in another attack if she could help it.
Alexander Drake
 player, 44 posts
Tue 8 Jul 2014
at 03:43
Re: The Elder Sea
Smiling with excitement for what he hoped would prove to be a more entertaining challenge than his previous opponents had been Alexander took his place opposite the man. Tapping the tip of his smallsword lightly against the Krotan captain's blade to signify the beginning of their duel he then fell back into a neutral fencing stance, his left hand still held against the back of his hip as he leveled his blade at the other captain. "En guarde Captain; let us see who is the better swordsman." With that he stepped forward, feinting a vertical slash down at his opponent's left shoulder before stepping to his left around the Krotan captain in a clockwise movement as he brought the nimble smallsword around in a quick, light slash aimed at the man's right side. Such an injury would more than likely do little more than hurt and bleed if it landed, but Alexander was more interested in testing his foe to get a feel as to how capable he was than landing a killing blow just yet.
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Fri 11 Jul 2014
at 20:21
Re: The Elder Sea
(Above deck)

The tall Krotan mage advanced as well, sending a chilled blast forward and meeting Annith's blade as the magic fizzled out between them. He seemed a bit stiff, most likely because of his bulky stature, but it didn't look like he had too much trouble matching the motion of the rocking ships unlike his green ship mates. He pushed forward knocking Annith back and then went for a broad sweep at her legs.

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(Below Deck)

The Krotan Captain gracefully sidestepped the blow, Alexander's sword slightly tearing the man's garbs. He smiled and let out a slight laugh. He then advanced on Alexander with a few thrusts, followed by a slight slash from either side. He watched for Alexanders footwork the advanced back towards the door leading to the deck.
Annith Dree
 player, 15 posts
Wed 16 Jul 2014
at 15:23
Re: The Elder Sea
This close, her choice of spell would not do well, especially if it got thrown back at her. As their blades crossed initially, she started the channeling, and as he swung at her, she jumped back, feeling the blade cut the fabric of her pant leg. That was close. Far too close for comfort. Her eyes began to darken from their spring leaf green to a darker green, and she glared, her lips lifting in a snarl at the man as she threw a blast of air into his face, aiming to distract him with the instinctive need to shut ones eyes in the face of such a thing. The move was quickly followed up by a slash across his chest as she settled her stance once more into an offensive one, her knuckles white around the hilt of her blade. "Not bad, mage."
Alexander Drake
 player, 46 posts
Sat 19 Jul 2014
at 03:35
Re: The Elder Sea
As the other captain began his assault Alexander smiled in return, easily shunting the thrusts to the left or the right of his thin sideways profile with the flat of his blade as they came. When the first horizontal slash came he leaned back just barely enough to avoid serious harm, the tip of the Krotan captain's sword slicing through the fabric of his shirt to leave a thin, shallow line across his chest which began to slowly seep blood. The blow stung, to be sure, but it was a calculated sacrifice which Alexander took advantage of as the second slash came in from his left side.

Stepping back forward onto his right foot he met the Krotan's blade from below with the flat of his smallsword, pushing up with his blade against his opponent's weapon as he pivoted forward to step under the two weapons and inside the man's guard so that he now led with his left foot instead of his right. As he did so his left hand shot forth from beneath his cape, the dagger which he kept strapped against the small of his back held tightly in its grip as he slammed it forward towards the other captain's gut. If the blow landed he would quickly pull the dagger back out, twisting it as he did so, and step back slightly to disengage from the man temporarily so that he could try to gauge how his opponent was fairing as the Krotan moved towards the entrance onto the deck. In the process of stepping back he would also pivot back around so that he was leading with his right foot again.

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 GM, 268 posts
 My word is law.
 But I'm a cool guy :3
Tue 22 Jul 2014
at 19:59
Re: The Elder Sea
(Above Deck)

The mage did not expect the sudden gust of air in his face and the slash across his chest ripped through his cloak and bleeding red line to appear on his body. He recovered after stumbling a few steps, putting on an angry scowl as he looked at his new wound.

[Language unknown:  "Ca pa anylarprosan ntnend."]

The man pulled his arm back, frost gathering and intensifying, but right as he was about to send what was surely going to be another ice spike, the boat suddenly rocked as though something had hit it from below. Those aboard began to stumble. The entire ship got quiet as fights stopped as the boat was hit again, and one could notice that the other Krotan ship began to rock as well, the ice bridge slowly cracking apart as the ships moved.

Then, one by one, horrifying long necked serpents with teeth the size of a man's forearm began to rise out of the water, there dead fish eyes scanning the now still boat, a soft hissing noise echoing out from their throats.

"Deep Anglers!"

The one man to shout out was quickly set upon by a nearby monster, bitten and dragged into the sea. The others began to swipe and bite at their prey as well, throwing the fight into chaos.

The Krotan mage looked over to Annith and gave her a look that said, "I'll kill you later," and then sidestepped a Deep Angler's bite, throwing ice into its face as he began to fend it off. Annith could notice a nearby Angler setting its hungry gaze on her body, just before it lunged in her direction.

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(Below Deck)

The Captain smiled as the fight progressed, it'd been a while since he had a good sword fight. Although he got a little lazy, and before he knew it Alexander was in his open spot, and a dagger had been twisted at his side.

[Language unknown:  "Vor!"]

He took a step back leaning on the wall holding his side.

"Enhhng. Good to see we are fighting like pirates, its been a whi-"

Just then the ship rocked hard, knocking things over, causing some of the few men below deck to stumble and fall down. Taking the opportunity, The Krotan Captain delivered a swift boot heel to Alexander's stomach to allow him to stumble towards the stairs, still holding his stinging wound, and get out of the confined hallway they were in. He got to the top and was stunned at what he saw, he called to Alexander as he recovered.

"Captain, I'm afraid we may need to run each other through at a later date, else we lose both our crews."
Alexander Drake
 player, 48 posts
Wed 23 Jul 2014
at 11:20
Re: The Elder Sea
Alexander grunted as the other captain delivered a kick to his gut, catching himself against the opposite wall as the Krotan retreated up onto the deck. Recovering, he ascended the stairs as the other man called down to him, his eyes widening as he emerged onto the deck and saw the Deep Anglers. "Bloody hell..." Turning back to the stairs he called down into the ship, his left hand sliding the dagger back into it's sheath against his back as he did so. "Mr. Quentis we are returning to the Rose; it would seem that we have a bit of a Deep Angler problem!" Turning back to the other captain with a smile as he waited for his Quartermaster to emerge from below decks Alexander nodded in a show of mutual respect; not everyone who knew of his reputation was so willing to tangle with him and his crew. "Best of luck to you and your crew Captain; perhaps when next we meet we might exchange stories rather than blows."

When his man did finally emerge Alexander gave him a push towards the weakening gangplank of ice, following him back to the Rose at a run as the fight continued. As soon as his boots met wood again he began barking orders, his military background quite obvious as he moved to his First Mate. "Archers, draw blades and hold back the beasts; stay together and do not let them catch you alone! Loose all canvas and full sail ahead; get us out of here Mr. Turnbuckle!" As the serpent eying Annith lunged Alexander intercepted the bite, his blade flashing in the sun as he thrust it up and into the thing's maw so that it pierced the beast's brain through the roof of it's mouth. "I shall require a strong wind at our stern Miss Dree; I presume that you can provide such services?" Not bothering to wait for her response he ripped his smallsword free from the creature and resumed barking orders, working alongside his men to defend the ship and get her moving to the best of his ability without leaving Annith unguarded. "Defend Miss Dree with your lives Gentlemen; she will be the wind in our sails and the savior of our skins before this day is through!"
Annith Dree
 player, 17 posts
Tue 29 Jul 2014
at 03:15
Re: The Elder Sea
Deep Anglers. Damn. She squared her shoulders. Of all the luck... That explained the splashing on the water earlier, that was a certainty. It cut through the fog of wrath that had settled on her, their appearance, and she snarled at the mage. He was no longer paying attention to her though, and she doubted this would be her last meeting. She looked forward to it! Of course, before she could pursue the infuriating man, instinct had her look over. She wasn't the top of the food chain. Right.

Fire sizzled and hissed around her hands, burning brighter and brighter, mere hints of blue tinging the bright colors. It burned hot, but it only felt warm around her hands. Adrenaline flowed through her, riling her aggression. Just before she could let loose the spell, a short sword blade swept around and up into the creature's mouth. His voice embraced her, driving her aggression towards a purpose. Fear flagged at her, but dealing with that would have to wait. Her ears pricked forward as the Captain drew his blade from creature and he addressed her.

"I can provide that." She nodded, but that gesture was probably missed as he turned and continued his orders. She sheathed her cutlass at her hip again, turning towards the stern of the ship. The heat around her hands cooled and she immediately began the necessary handwork for the needed strength of wind to get them out of here. Of course... being in the open, she felt vulnerable. Her back was exposed and she had to concentrate on the spell at hand. She couldn't defend herself.
Fredrick Drake
 NPC, 1 post
 High Seas Captain
 Out for justice.
Thu 31 Jul 2014
at 03:43
Re: The Elder Sea
Crews of both ships began to swing back on to their respective vessels and draw their blades to combat the new Deep Angler menace. Heads flew as Deep Anglers were cut down, and men screamed as teeth sunk into their flesh, or as they were dragged into the ocean and ripped apart. The ships' sails began to rise as they captains ordered their crews to sail away from the creatures when suddenly a chain shots began to fly in towards the Bloody Rose's, a few of them ripping through the sturdy material of their sails.

Off the horizon, approaching at amazing speed, was none other than the NNS Vengeance, commanded by esteemed Naval Captain, Fredrick Drake. The young captain watched as he got closer two the Krotan vessel and the rouge Nydelisien ship, fire in his eyes. He'd finally caught up to his brother, and he would not let him escape.

"Full speed ahead! Keep the chain shots steady and slow them down, they can't outrun us, the Vengeance cannot be outrun!"
Alexander Drake
 player, 50 posts
Mon 11 Aug 2014
at 03:52
Re: The Elder Sea
Alexander swore loudly as the chain shot suddenly ripped through the Bloody Rose's sails and drew forth his spyglass to examine the other vessel; while there wasn't a huge amount of damage he easily recognized that the attacking ship was a Nydelisien Sloop of War similar to his own vessel and even that damage would be enough to allow them catch up with them. Cursing his foul luck under his breath as they moved away from the Deep Anglers he resumed barking orders as he moved to the helm. "Make ready all guns and prepare to repel boarders men! The baying dogs of Nydelisien are at our heels, thinking that they will be taking us with ease this day. We may be battered and bruised, but each of us is worth ten of their soft, pitiful excuses for sailors and we will prevail! Let's give them hell men!" Looking over the navigational charts he quickly searched their nearby area for any islands or shallow water such as a sandbar or the like. He knew that the Vengeance had just as shallow a draft as the Rose, but running wasn't on the table anymore regardless and he knew it all too well. No, he had another plan in mind and for it he required sea where his anchor could find sufficient purchase.

"Miss Dree, keep as much wind in the sails as you can in spite of their shots; Mr. Turnbuckle, keep us out of the fire arcs of all but their foreward long guns. Mr. Arrow, prepare both the port and starboard anchors to drop at a moment's notice. They will not take us without the fight of their lives..." As he barked orders he continued his search for shallower waters, using the charts in combination with his spyglass to try and locate what he desired.
Annith Dree
 player, 18 posts
Fri 15 Aug 2014
at 22:17
Re: The Elder Sea
For all who looked at her, Annith was a woman in deep thought, deep concentration on her task. Those that looked closer could see some minute signs of her stress, such as tense shoulders and the anger in her eyes, but she felt the wind finally answering, stirring in the air and turning towards them. She didn't even flinch when the shots tore the sail, merely because she was so focused on the task that she barely even registered what had happened. This particular amount of wind was going to take a lot out of her, but they had run this long. She certainly wasn't going to have them be caught today! She had learned to control her inner wolf, she was certainly going to tame the wind.

Her ears pricked up at Alexander's cursing, however, and the lightest smile crossed her lips in amusement as she listened to his speech. They would make it. They would. A remarkable crew, a remarkable captain, and herself on board... Yes, they would certainly make it.
Fredrick Drake
 NPC, 2 posts
 High Seas Captain
 Out for justice.
Sun 24 Aug 2014
at 02:01
Re: The Elder Sea
Alexander was an amazing captain, Annith was an amazing mage, and they both lead an even more amazing crew, but that did not make up for the fact that the Vengeance was at least a decade more advanced that the Bloody Rose.

Fredrick watched with cold eyes as the shots continued to fly from the frontal cannons. He wasn't pulling any stops, he wasn't showing any mercy to his blood, he was acting like a true soldier.

"Captain."

A naval soldier handed Fredrick a spyglass and directed his view to the the deck of the ship, directed his view towards Annith.

"Their using a mage to propel the ship's sails. If they get to open sea they might be able to get away."

Fredrick thought for a moment and handed the spyglass back to the soldier.

"You know what they say. Mages on ships are bad luck. Redirect the aim, arch the shot and put a hole in the deck, we're to take the traitor in alive, I care not for the crew, or his vessel."

The soldier nodded and began barking orders at the front cannon-men and the cannon fire stopped for a brief moment as the men aimed the cannon at Annith. A cannon ball flew threw the air crashing into the deck nearby.
Annith Dree
 player, 20 posts
Wed 27 Aug 2014
at 17:56
Re: The Elder Sea
No matter how strong and steady her sea legs, Annith could not stand up to the rocking of the ship as the cannon ball tore into the Rose's side. She stumbled to the side before falling over entirely, her concentration broken. The adrenaline from the fight was draining, but it once more surged through her and she gritted her teeth. She needed to get them moving, and now! She stumbled to her feet once more, her eyes casting around for a more secure and hidden location to work her magic from. The Rose was being eaten alive, so to speak, and she could hear the sloop protesting and creaking her discomfort at having holes blown through her. Absently, her arm went to where there was a sharp pain she barely paid any heed to. Shrapnel had gotten to her, but she couldn't rest to take care of it until this was over.

But if they were aiming for her, it would take a few moments to get the cannon ready again, and she could have a temporary reprieve. Again, she forced the magic to obey her and to seek out the wind, her fingers on her left hand dripping with the fresh blood from her arm. This was no time to stop. There was no time for a break - not until they were free.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:38, Wed 27 Aug 2014.

Alexander Drake
 player, 54 posts
Thu 4 Sep 2014
at 06:19
Re: The Elder Sea
Alexander cursed as he failed to find any sort of shallower water with which he could execute his plan, shifting gears as he adjusted to the reality of their situation. "Mr. Turnbuckle, hard to port; Bring them in line for a broadside! It would seem that the fickle winds of fate have decided that we are to fight today. Miss Dree; kindly redirect your attention to their vessel and aid our cannon in doing as much damage as we can before they reach us. Archers, once they are in range pick off their gun crews as quickly as you can and then target their archers. All other hands draw your weapons and prepare for battle!" Casting a worried glance in Annith's direction, the captain noticed her arm moving to press against a part of her body where, judging by her body language, shrapnel from that cannonball had hit her. Thankfully she didn't seem to be too badly injured but he made a mental note to make sure she was examined by the ship's doctor once the battle was over. Forcing himself to focus on the battle, he drew his smallsword and joined his crew, ready to lead them from the front once combat began in earnest.
Fredrick Drake
 NPC, 3 posts
 High Seas Captain
 Out for justice.
Mon 8 Sep 2014
at 05:20
Re: The Elder Sea
"So he aims to fight does he!? So be it!"

Fredrick moved towards the wheel of the ship and turned to address the crew.

"All hands to their swords! Prepare to board the Blood Rose! Kill anyone that opposes you accept the captain, bring him in alive! Archers, be prepared to cover your fellow soldiers, today, the Pirate Captain and traitor to Nydelisian Alexander Drake meets his match!"

Fredrick drew his saber and pointed at the ship ahead.

"Full speed ahead! Ram them!"

The Vengeance did not falter when faced with the broadside cannons, instead charging straight forward with intent to smash into its opponent.
Annith Dree
 player, 21 posts
Sat 13 Sep 2014
at 21:12
Re: The Elder Sea
Annith glanced to the man she called her lover before giving a quiet nod in understanding. Another fast moving piece of shrapnel tore into her cheek and she hissed at the brief pain, her fingers gingerly coming up to touch the new cut as blood beaded to the surface. She pulled her hand away and looked at it, her eyes flashing golden for a moment before she turned her attention back to the ship that was daring to attack them. Her fingers warmed and sparked, like a fire readying to be lit. The flames erupted and grew around her hands and she brought both of her hands together to gain better control over her new missile. These men were going to pay for attacking her beloved Rose. All around her she could hear the sounds of battle - could smell the salty sea air. The winds whipped angrily at being dismissed so quickly. She may have started something, but her focus was not on the weather but the fight at hand.

She pulled her arm back and threw the ball of fire towards one of the cannoneers, and if she was lucky, she would probably hit the cannon as well. Those things needed to be gotten rid of, before they lost their footing to the many shots being thrown at them. They were going to sink if this kept up. She couldn't let that happen.
Fredrick Drake
 NPC, 4 posts
 High Seas Captain
 Out for justice.
Mon 6 Oct 2014
at 23:05
Re: The Elder Sea
The fireball struck true, slamming into one of the frontal cannons causing it to explode with a glorious flash as the gunpowder ignited.

"Stay the course dammit!"

Fredrick was knocked to the hull thanks to the explosion pushing him off balance and the Vengeance veered off course, but perhaps not for the better. The front of the huge ship turned at the last second as it caught up to the Bloody Rose, and instead of hitting it head on, its scraped against the side, the large ram tearing gashes in its enemies hull. For a moment there was silence, both ships' crews had been knocked off there feet, and only the wind, the ocean, and the crackling of fires on both ships made any noise.

"Attaaaaaaack!"

In an instance, the the silence was broken, and the Bloody Rose was boarded for a second time today as arrows began to fly, and men began to grapple onto either ship. Fredrick pulled out his blade and began to search for his prey amongst the hustle.
Annith Dree
 player, 22 posts
Tue 28 Oct 2014
at 23:17
Re: The Elder Sea
Her glee at hitting her target was very, very brief, before the scrape of wood on wood made her pause. Not just pause, but stumble and fall over. She grunted, mentally cursing as blood dripped to the deck from her injured arm. She didn't have time for this. The Rose didn't have time for this. Once more, she readied herself. The air cracked as wood froze over, turning into a slick sheet of ice along the railing (or what was left of the railing, anyways). Anger made her eyes spark a golden color and she gritted her teeth together, trying to keep herself in check. The anger merely fueled her spell work, though, spreading the ice rapidly under the feet of those that dared to board them. She would make them work for their quarry, that was for damn certain.

If she could disable their captain, maybe they could get some leverage. She merely needed to find the bastard.
Fredrick Drake
 NPC, 5 posts
 High Seas Captain
 Out for justice.
Mon 24 Nov 2014
at 02:33
Re: The Elder Sea
Fredrick began fighting with the pirate crew when the floor below his feet covered itself with ice.

"That damn mage."

He began fighting his way through the crew, as is own men joined the brawl, the chaos going larger with each passing second. The fighting became intense as the men and women slipped on the ice, and weapons began coming second to old fashion fists. Fredrick blended into the mess while he scanned for his brothers traitorous mug.