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.
GM
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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.
GM
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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.
GM
 GM, 171 posts
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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.
GM
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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.
GM
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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.