On Stranger Tides.   Posted by Dread Pirate Robert.Group: 0
Dread Pirate Robert
 GM, 21 posts
 Master of Fate
Thu 4 Aug 2016
at 22:36
On Stranger Tides
The captain can tolerate some delay when the ship sails, as the tide takes awhile to go out completely. Fortunately, everyone seemed to be on board, so the anchors were hoisted and the ropes cast off.

The tide begins to pull the ship away from the wharf. It isn't until the ship is pointed out to sea and about 100 yards offshore that the sails are hoisted.


It takes about a half hour to clear the tide, and full sail is deployed.

It's then that the captain requests the Seeker's presence in his cabin.
Jarrun
 player, 40 posts
 Vestenmennavenjar Warrior
Fri 5 Aug 2016
at 13:45
On Stranger Tides
The tall blonde stands on the deck, feeling the wind as it catches on the sails.  A strong confidence reveals itself as he chants in a deep melodious voice,


"May you see the way
wherever the journey takes you,
sailing safely over rough water and weathering the waves’ dips and crests

May you find treasure in Earth’s infinite variety, beauty and surprise
May you hear the ocean’s music in every shell you hold to your ear

May your boat fill with insight, laughter, generosity and love
as you discover new landscapes and explore the wide expanse of memory.”


His voice fades, but not before ending with a quieter, "And thus the song begins."

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 17:56, Fri 05 Aug 2016.

Gabriela Torres
 player, 11 posts
 Castille
 Aristocratic Scholar
Fri 5 Aug 2016
at 17:55
On Stranger Tides
Gabriela heard the singing while on her way to the captain's cabin, and came over.

"That was very nice. An old Vesten song?"
Jarrun
 player, 41 posts
 Vestenmennavenjar Warrior
Fri 5 Aug 2016
at 18:08
On Stranger Tides
He shakes his head slightly.  "I heard that blessing once from an Avalonian cook.  He loved his stout.  Told me that he heard it was an ancient blessing from way back during the time of Numa itself.  Don't know if he was telling the truth himself, but it sounded a good tale."

He glances and grins slightly.  "Most old Vestenmennavenjar songs are made to be remembered while drunk, or while going to battle.  But we do have our share of great sagas and blessings."
Alain Gaspard
 player, 9 posts
 Montaigne Aristocrat
Wed 10 Aug 2016
at 15:29
On Stranger Tides
Alain below deck insures that his gear is properly stored. He changes his clothes to something more appropriate for sailing. When he emerges back on the deck; he is dressed in dark pantaloons with a white laced shirt with a cravat held in place by a blue sapphire pin. Around his wait a blue sash that matches the pin. He wears a simply, but functional pair of black cotton gloves.

As he passes, "Lovely music." With that said he makes his way to the chart room to meet with the captain.
Gabriela Torres
 player, 12 posts
 Castille
 Aristocratic Scholar
Wed 10 Aug 2016
at 16:29
On Stranger Tides
Gabriela smiled.

"All the best songs are. Though in Castille we usually combine music with dance."

She part turned as the Vicomte of Gaspard passed.

"I regret, I must be going. The Captain has arranged a meeting."
Jarrun
 player, 43 posts
 Vestenmennavenjar Warrior
Wed 10 Aug 2016
at 17:23
On Stranger Tides
Jarrun nods.  "Yes, he has. I am glad I had a chance to greet the sea with a song before our meeting begins."

He will once again look out beyond the bow.  "I look forward to the new adventure."
Marcelo Marino
 player, 3 posts
 Vodacce Swordsman
Thu 11 Aug 2016
at 01:04
On Stranger Tides
Marcelo had set the meeting for a time when the ship was expected to clear the tidewaters... that nebulous zone where the tide going in and out didn't affect the ship as much as the wind and the wave and the ocean's currents. It was always a guess because there were so many factors, but an experience sailor usually got a feel for it.

He left his door open so that the Seekers... it was as good a title as any for those who were seeking the Black Pearl under the aegis of the Explorer's Society... would know to come right in.

There were only seven of them, so that was a good thing or else there wouldn't have been room for them in his cabin.

He was expecting his XO to be the last to arrive as he'd be busy with the ship.

"Thank you for coming to this meeting," he began when they were all present, seated or standing as preferred.

"My instructions were to take you first to Wandesborrow in Avalon, as that was where the report of the Black Pearl seems to have started."

"If any of you have a different destination in mind, now is the time to tell me."

Alicia de Larrocha
 player, 38 posts
 Castille Scientist
 may work a miracle or two
Thu 11 Aug 2016
at 20:30
On Stranger Tides
Alicia would wait to see what the others would say.
Jarrun
 player, 45 posts
 Vestenmennavenjar Warrior
Fri 12 Aug 2016
at 04:57
On Stranger Tides
Jarrun will stand against a wall, letting others take chairs as they felt the desire.  As the captain begins to lay out the general plan, Jarrun will take a quick look at the map.

The big man speaks up.  "Captain Marcello.  On behalf of all the Seekers present, I would like to thank you, your crew, and your ship for agreeing to assist us on this great quest.  If we are successful, every person on this vessel will become part of an incredible tale that will spread to all the corners of this world."

He looks around at everyone present.  "There are faces here whom I recognize, but not everyone.  As such, I am Jarrun, a Warrior Skaald of the Vestenmennavenjar.  It is my hope to record our journeys and craft a tale worthy of our deeds."

He once again faces the captain.  "Before we consider our destination, should we each compare our knowledge of the Black Pearl so that we begin on the same page?"
Alain Gaspard
 player, 11 posts
 Montaigne Aristocrat
Fri 12 Aug 2016
at 18:13
On Stranger Tides
"A skald that would loosely translate in my culture as a poet and Minstrel with a touch of fighter. I believe. That explains why you are well spoken. You have said well any sentiments I would have." Alain remembers to look directly into the big man's eyes. The Vesten, he had found did not believe the words of someone who avoided eye contact.

"I am Alain, the Vicomte of Gaspard. I believe my primary function is that of a patron to this endeavor. I was told by the explorer's Society that some of the more learned members of our fellowship would tell me more of the Black Pearl and what we hope to find in Avalon."
Marcelo Marino
 player, 4 posts
 Vodacce Swordsman
Tue 16 Aug 2016
at 20:09
On Stranger Tides
"I may be captain and owner of this ship," Marcelo offered, "but I am also a member of the Society." He holds up his left hand to display the signet ring of the Explorer's Society in case anyone hadn't noticed.

"Hestor Babington is the person who reported sighting the Pearl, though details are scarce. He professes to be one of these newfangled archaeologists working at a site just outside of Wandesborrow. When he was buying supplies in town, a sailor was buying supplies, too, and was offering to trade this large black pearl for what he needed."

"The shop owner apparently knew nothing about the Black Pearl, and didn't trust the sailor enough to agree to the deal, thinking the Pearl was a fake."

"According to his own report, Babington was just amused at the failed transaction. It was only afterwards that he realized that if the pearl had been genuine, it must have been the Black Pearl itself. Could there be two such giant pearls in existence? Always possible, of course, but not likely now, is it?"

"He sent a letter to the Society about the matter. Somewhere along the way, word got out. Babington had no idea what a furor he'd unleash by mentioning it to his co-workers."

"He reported that he observed the sailor boarding a ship. He did not know the sailor's name or the name of the ship, nor did he know where the ship was heading."

"In theory, we should be the only ones that have the inside track on this information, which is why we are heading to Wandesborrow. We need more information in order to pursue this ship and the sailor."

"If any of you have heard further details, perhaps we can forego the trip to Avalon."

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:17, Fri 19 Aug 2016.

Alain Gaspard
 player, 13 posts
 Montaigne Aristocrat
Wed 17 Aug 2016
at 13:51
On Stranger Tides
"It seems we look for the proverbial needle in the haystack, but that is okay I am a patient man. With the information given; I see little that we can accomplish, but I believe if there is one piece of information available we might have hope. Do we have the date that the sailor left on the ship. I believe we can find out what the ship was by going to the harbor master to find out what ships put a sail that day." Alain knew that they were not the only ones on this route. A very specific person was also seeking the Pearl, and when Alain and their paths crossed one would surely die.
Eisen
 player, 4 posts
 Eisen
 Mercenary/Duelist
Wed 17 Aug 2016
at 18:04
On Stranger Tides
Eisen tapped the pommel of his sword. He was getting fidgety. This was just another job, but the repercussions were earth shattering. "I agree that searching the port for the sailor seems the logical start. We could search all known ports for some random sailor and find nothing. At least in Avalon, we have some sliver of hope finding some information. We may have a head start, but I'd like to keep it that way. I don't like the idea of hounds nipping at our heels."

Eisen looked at the Captain. He seemed the honorable sort. He hoped the he and the crew were good with a blade, he didn't fancy having to babysit a bunch of milk-sops in the hopes of getting to the goal. He hated boats to begin with. Adding playing nursemaid would just complicate matters. He was just a mercenary, a deadly one to be sure, but in the end coin was all that mattered to him. What he did with the coin...well that was his business wasn't it?
Jarrun
 player, 46 posts
 Vestenmennavenjar Warrior
Fri 19 Aug 2016
at 12:03
On Stranger Tides
Jarrun frowns.  "We are looking for an unknown sailor who boarded an unknown ship for an unknown destination.  Hmph.  I sure hope this Hestor Babington is still in Wandesborrow and can at least provide us with a description of the sailor at least."

He shrugs and looks around the table.  "The repeated stories of ill fortune seeking out those in possession of the Black Pearl contain signs of truth, so if this sailor was attempting to trade the pearl for supplies, I wonder if the ship he had been on had suffered one of these unfortunate incidents."

He nods.  "The current destination sounds as reasonable place to start as any."
Alain Gaspard
 player, 14 posts
 Montaigne Aristocrat
Sat 20 Aug 2016
at 16:59
On Stranger Tides
Alain agreed with Jarrun's assessment, but he could not allow that to be the prevailing thought. "Sailors are known to spread tales. When we arrive we can also canvas the taverns the Jennys, barkeeps or other sailors may have tales to share about this sailor's identity. Captain, your Mr. Neville is from Avalon I believe. Perhaps, he might be able to help liaison with the locals to give us a solid clue. With your permission and his consent of course."
Christian Neville
 player, 24 posts
 Avalon Sailor
Sat 20 Aug 2016
at 17:23
On Stranger Tides
As the ship breaks away from the coast; Christian absentmindedly sings the song he heard Jarrun sing. He had heard it many times when he was sailing with the Sea Dogs. Standing on the topmast he looks to out to the sea as he sings.

Christian has a strong high tenor voice. He is obviously not professionally trained, but he seems to have natural ability.

OOC
09:20, Today: Christian Neville rolled 21 using 6d10 with rolls of 2,4,1,2,10,2.  did not record dice.

09:19, Today: Christian Neville rolled 5 using 1d10.  1 die reroll. 2 raises 2 opportunities

Jarrun
 player, 48 posts
 Vestenmennavenjar Warrior
Wed 24 Aug 2016
at 13:34
On Stranger Tides
"At that, Captain.  You state that you yourself are a member of the Society, but what of your crew?  Are we able to call upon members of the crew, by permission of the officers of course, to aid us in the course of our search when we must go ashore?"

Jarrun indicates the group inside and the subsequently the door.  "And similarly, should those of us here who have skills useful at sea be willing and able to aid make ourselves known to your officers in case a need arises on the seas?"
Alicia de Larrocha
 player, 40 posts
 Castille Scientist
 may work a miracle or two
Wed 24 Aug 2016
at 17:18
Re: On Stranger Tides
Jarrun:
"And similarly, should those of us here who have skills useful at sea be willing and able to aid make ourselves known to your officers in case a need arises on the seas?"

Bah! After being shushed aside like a child for no legitimate reason by these same officers, she would not follow any orders for skills useful at sea- but those of the captain, and then only if he were to ask her specifically.

And then, only if his order made sense to her.
Marcelo Marino
 player, 5 posts
 Vodacce Swordsman
Wed 24 Aug 2016
at 18:57
Re: On Stranger Tides
"Yes, that is the consensus of the Society, too," the Captain replied. "I cannot find any fault with that logic."

"Also, Babington failed to describe the sailor in any more detail."

"What concerns me is the reward being offered now. If he shows off the pearl before he realizes what it is, he's as good as dead. The trail could grow very cold in that case."

"If he does understand the reward, well, he could run into the same problem--someone of unscrupulous morals would as apt kill him and take the pearl rather than escort him somewhere."

"But to answer your other questions, if you have skills useful at sea and we find ourselves in need of them, then, yes, you would be welcome."

"Likewise, the crew is here to help you in anyway possible and necessary. Being part of a ship's crew, you learn early on that any wealth that may be gained is shared equally among the crew. If, on the other hand, a crewman is visiting his sick mother in Ipswich and becomes fabulously wealthy all on his own, we'd be slightly resentful if he didn't share a bit of it with us, but he's under no obligation to do so as it had nothing to do with the ship."

"In other words, as far as I'm concerned, we're all in this together."

Eisen
 player, 5 posts
 Eisen
 Mercenary/Duelist
Thu 25 Aug 2016
at 17:07
Re: On Stranger Tides
"Then we simply have to find him before he dies." Eisen said sardonically. "How I love being rushed." Eisen tapped his pommel again, rhythmically, almost without noticing he was doing it. "How long before we get to Avalon, Captain? I'll admit most of my travels have been on land. I could tell you how long it would take you by horse to get to Paix to San Cristobal, but sea travel? That's an entirely different story."

Eisen was already feeling ill aboard the ship and he lived off of rotten meat for a fortnight only a month ago. Such was the life. He hoped the ship's cook had prepared something light for the meal, anything heavy would come right back up.