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Sol Galvez
 Posted: Jun 16 2016, 11:28 AM
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Date: 30-th of July 1720
Place: in the open seas



Sol and his crew had, first and foremost, other worries than getting back the elusive ”Rising Sun”. Getting his imprisoned crewmates back in one piece was the priority what they had needed to concern with, and only when they had succeeded it, with the bonus of getting also Sebastien’s sister, he could focus on the ways of not being anymore a shipless captain.

His thoughts went back to Concha’s predictions and advice, wondering what he had done wrong, if anything. He had prayed to San Cristobal, to Santisima Trinidad and San Rodrigo, besides the three images of the Virgin Mary, lighting all the candles as told. He started wearing a dark red sash since returning from Cuba. He had done novenas when in Tortuga, he had given offerings to the mermaids at night, and, in all good conscience, he hadn’t eaten what Concha had told him not to, he hadn’t gone to the cemetery, he hadn’t gambled and he hadn’t killed anyone except in self defense. That was exactly why he had abstained during the vote on the slavers too. He had been told that after that fight with the slavers, he would achieve balance; obviously, it hadn’t happened yet. Was he vain and impatient? Maybe yes, with the treasure.

Actually, the wise woman’s warning had come true. There had been people working against them, apparently for his faults of being vain, arrogant and loose lipped. There weren’t, to his knowledge, past friends who had turned against him, but mere acquaintances who had been close to bringing him death, at least two times if he counted well. He was close to being imprisoned, but others had gone through this ordeal in his place. Fortunately, this had ended well. He had been lucky to have the daring plan succeed. Still, the most difficult achievement was laying now in front of them.

After a difficult endeavour, and using all the intelligence friendly people could gather, they knew that the ship had got a changed name and another flag, but not which were these exactly. Of course, people who knew the ”Rising Sun” with its building details, would know it, beyond the new name, only to cross its path. Rumours said that they had found a shelter on another island among the Bahamas, where a new pirate den was forming, settled by some of the pirates who had run away from New Providence a couple of years ago, when Sir Woodes Rogers’ wrath swept them away.

It wasn't easy either to get again the Devil's help, but with Pieter's and Sol's persuasion, they had succeeded. Ultimately, the alliance with Sol had made Captain Johnson lose a ship offered by the men of the "Caribbean Siren" in the past, but the same men of the ”Rising Sun” had given him, for a right price, another ship to replace the lost one. The little merchant sloop they had lost wasn't as good as the new schooner was.

Instead of "Rover", the former slavers' ship, now a pirate one, was named "Devil's Fortune", and it had two crews aboard this time, questing for the lost ”Rising Sun”.
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Casimir St. John
 Posted: Jun 16 2016, 11:33 AM
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It hadn’t been easy to identify the mastermind behind the machinations, no matter how co-operating don Luca had been.

Hearing the news, the Penman was also angry that he had been duped by a ragtag pirate, and he had tried his best to help him discover who had been behind the machinations. An inquiry among certain whores, done by Cass, with the help of Nardo, Vitor and Agustin, who were rather new and unknown beyond the ”Elixir d’Armagnac”, revealed that George Cobbler, Ryder’s friend, had been involved in this, and that he and his men hadn’t been seen in Tortuga ever since. Also, it appeared that certain fishermen had volunteered their fishing boat for a trip among the cays of Bahamas.

Said fishermen had fallen into Cass’s hands and were convinced to confess everything they knew. This included the fact that they had been those who had sent the British man-of-war after those on the islet. For this particular thing, Cass wasn’t sure if to thank them or not. Since they had got along with the Navy men, maybe it was a good deed, otherwise they might have rotten on that God-forsaken cay like the skeleton they had encountered. Nevertheless, all these confessions didn’t mean much for the most pressing issue, of finding the ”Rising Sun’s” whereabouts .

They were lucky that the ship had been spotted somewhere in the Bahamas' area by friendly eyes, and now they had at least a vague idea where to go seeking, aboard the ships of their ally. Actually, one of the not so many allies among the Tortuga ships, since a true friend was known only when in deep need, and plenty had been nothing more than good weather friends.
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 Posted: Jun 19 2016, 10:07 PM
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GEORGE COBBLER, captain of the "Rising Star"


George was very pleased with himself that his schemes had paid off and he was now the captain of a pirate ship. He intended to rename it again “The Rising Sun”, but it hadn't happened yet. Disturbing news from Hispaniola arrived to the pirate den on Andros Island where the connivers had found shelter, knowing that they couldn't dare return to Tortuga too soon. At least, not as long as the accursed Sol Picador was still alive – and it seemed that he had outlived the marrooning sentence and, more than this, he had succeeded to get back his crewmates George himself had sold to the French authorities to be hanged. So in these circumstances, coming back to the name of “The Rising Sun” would have meant, in the connivers' opinion, becoming the target of concerted hunting, both from the navies and from the pirates who were friends with Sol Picador. More disadvantages than the initial advantage they had seen, in building upon the already existing reputation of “The Rising Sun” among merchant ships, leading to their surrender without fight.

He couldn't say the new name was bringing them any bad luck either; they had a couple successful expeditions, mainly targeted at the ships going to Florida and Louisiana. This was what the pirates on Andros were mostly aiming at; however, it meant also competition, so he, being the new lad in the established group, had to cast his nets a bit farther, not to step on sensitive toes which led to sharp blades and loaded pistols.

The group of pirates established in Andros following the falling of Nassau in the hands of that privateer, pirate-hunting governor was smaller, but tighter. It was difficult for a newcomer without a reputation in his name to be accepted with open hands. Besides, these were as ruthless cut-throats as some of Tortuga were; nevertheless, George knew what to aim for, and what to do in order to meet his goals.

For now, the "Rising Star" was in open seas, looking for prey. The announce of sails sighted at horizon brought the decision to let them closer and give chase. It seemed to be several ships - two or three, and some inflamed minds were already dreaming about Spanish convoys filled with riches...

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 Posted: Jun 19 2016, 11:13 PM
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JEAN-PIERRE BEYNARD, pirate ship boy


Jean-Pierre did not have anything better to do than to obey the new captain's orders and to try his best to make himself pleasant enough to be accepted among the men.

He had been on to a rude awakening on what it meant being a ship boy on a pirate ship – more or less what his uncle had envisaged when cringing at his decision. Now Jean-Pierre understood how lucky he had been before… If on "Eglantine", he was the captain's nephew, and the crew couldn't misbehave with him, on the "Rising Sun" he had been scolded one or another time, but also explained what he was doing wrong and why. Now, on “The Rising Sun”, the boatswain's starting rope or a swat or an ear boxed here or there served more as incentives for doing his tasks quicker. What was to be liked in it?

Honestly, it wasn't worse than most apprentices in this world had it daily, but Jean-Pierre saw it differently. Besides, the general atmosphere of this ragtag crew which hadn't got yet the time to form friendships and to become an entity, like Captain Sol's crew, was not to his liking.

He had seen, powerless, how his crewmates and friends had been sold to the French Navy flagship, and he had been praying for them every night, because he couldn't do anything else. He didn't want to be with them in prison and in the noose…

He was glad when hearing that Captain Sol and the crew hadn't allowed Cacica, Sara and the others to remain in prison. (Of course, he had no idea that Sara had been free before the others, and due to another deal. The news were getting to Andros from mouth to mouth, in what version the pirates and smugglers wanted to tell them.)

He still hoped that some day he would be able to get back to Tortuga and with the crew he had befriended and he had learnt to respect. He was actively looking for such an opportunity, however even at his young age, he knew he needed patience for this. And, more than anything, that his new captain and crewmates didn't suspect him having such thoughts.

For now, as a convoy of ships had been sighted, he was actively contributing to preparing the sloop for the fight to come.

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 Posted: Jun 20 2016, 05:33 PM
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DAVID JOHNSON, Captain of the “Devil’s Fortune”



Captain Johnson somehow always found his life tied to Sol Picador and his crew. But, cooperation seemed to always make sense. They had sailed together with great success before and the “Devil” even genuinely liked the captain and the crew.

Of course Johnson had thought of betraying them more than once, but it had never been personal. But, his help was never without a price and it was hard to get so he was not helping these pirates without a ship out of the goodness of his heart. Later he would at least expect a favour in return.

He liked his new schooner very much. Some time ago he had dreamed of a proper pirate flagship, a “ship of force” as he called it with three masts and frigate’s gun deck, but now he was more than happy with “The Devil’s Fortune”. This was a time when being a pirate became more and more dangerous and a fast vessel like this was better than larger and slower one. Things had changed in a few years.

So here they sailed smoothly looking for Sol’s former ship. Captain Johnson was on deck enjoying the fresh wind and good weather they had. He practiced with his pistols trying to shoot some seagulls that had somehow followed the ship this far from shore. But, after discovering that this was mere waste of powder and shot he stopped and just enjoyed the wind on his face.

After a while he walked slowly to Sol and leaned at the ship’s rail. He glanced at the other man and asked with a serious look, “How did you find these Ryder’s people anyway, Picador? I mean they had never caused any real problem to me in Tortuga, but to you they seem to cause endless amount of pain and trouble.”

He looked at the sea. He then convinced Sol with a smirk, “Anyway, I will be happy to put these men to the sword for you. And I think the man called George Cobbler cheated me at cards once… Anyway I don’t like them.”

Captain Johnson also hadn’t liked how late Ryder’s men had shaken the power balance between well-established pirate crews in Tortuga. Yes, Pirate crews were usually ran by voting and they were prone to constant changes, but Johnson had never liked this much. Among the few pirate crews in Tortuga Johnson wanted to expand his own power. But, he also wanted to have a “Status quo” among the other crews like someone more educated might have put it.

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Sol Galvez
 Posted: Jun 22 2016, 03:09 PM
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Sol wasn't thrilled either to be in this situation.Captain Johnson was now spreading the proverbial salt on his wounds with these words.

"Don't shoot seagulls, this is bad luck!" Sol warned him when he saw what the Devil was doing.

Seagulls were meant to announce the storm and to protect sailors, even if one or another seafarer got annoyed sometimes by being splashed from above, needing a bucket of water to clean himself up and cursing all the birds of the sky. Fortunately, the captain stopped before killing any of them. Those birds knew how to keep their lives…

The question came unexpectedly, however not without reason. Endless amount of pain and trouble – the deep wound from Ryder's dagger had barely healed properly, as for the trouble, it was no way to deny it either.

"It seemed they found us, unfortunately." he shrugged. "Our luck with the Spanish gold had raised to the surface all kind of envy from scums who had been thrown out of various ships. And, you know, a man can't have only friends… There were also favourable circumstances for them, as our ship was weaker with some men gone to Kingston festival," he added, as it wasn't necessary to say that Pieter had been elsewhere.

This was mainly it. Details could always be added – some of the men Ryder had gathered around him had something against Sol from previous encounters – cheating gamblers who were discovered and ran away from Sol's piercing blades, brutes that Sol had got a woman out of their painful, harming grip, and so on. Others had merely availed themselves of the opportunity to get what they hadn't sweated and bled for.

He smirked when the Devil remembered that George Cobbler had cheated him at cards.

"This is what he does the best. I think I played with him and Ryder a few times in the past. You know it's more than one year since I am not gambling anymore."

Captain Johnson knew well that it was due to a memorable night playing with him that he had stopped gambling.

"Thank you. I think we'll have all of us the honour to pass them through our swords, for others to hear and never be inspired to do the same thing they had done," Sol replied on a somber tone.

Something was matching Concha's predictions, but something wasn't. And this expedition had too much at stake for him to like it and not be worried.
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Pieter de Wyntere
 Posted: Jun 25 2016, 06:39 PM
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During his years Pieter had seen and experienced much. He had survived countless awful situations and escapes. These recent happenings had, however, felt more serious than the previous cases. He had been feeling more awful and sad and not only angry for all of this.

He himself noticed this and he had an idea what had caused him to be more sensitive. Previously hadn’t had much to lose, but now he had had Amanda. She was back on Tortuga waiting for him and Pieter knew that they needed each other. He was now less selfish than he had been before, but he also had stronger will to continue living and thus more fear of losing his life.

Nevertheless the shocks hadn’t changed his devotion to revenge anyone who double crossed him or his crew. He wanted the traitors’ heads on a plate. He was happy to know that their ally, Captain Johnson, was the man who could help them with this. The man might even deliver his wish literally. But, Pieter did not care what would happen to these traitors, he only wanted a revenge of some sort and to get their ship back.

He had his personal spyglass with him on deck and he observed the horizon with hunger for revenge. Then he saw something small that seemed to be a mast head. Then he was confident there were three mastheads not only one. It felt like his mere will had made a ship appear there. It could well be their ship. He said, “A sail just two points on the starboard bow! A Sail! She could be the one!”
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Andrea Costa
 Posted: Jun 29 2016, 03:46 PM
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Andrea had been restless lately. The French prison was an experience nobody would have wished for himself, and it definitely changed people. Actually, he remembered how changed were the three captains after the adventure of last year, and how Capitaine Boyer got sick and he wasn’t able to sail again. Getting married to a widow and selling in his shop what loot Captain Johnson brought had been the best choice for the former captain of ”Fleur de l’Orient”, captured by the French Navy.

Andrea himself had lately thoughts of giving up piracy. He still had nightmares, which at home had been endured and soothed by Honey, and aboard the ship by his mate, Nardo. For this, he considered himself failing as a pirate, but hoping to have remained still good as a navigator. However, he felt that changing direction in life would not come just because he wanted it, but because at a certain moment and turn of the destiny something would happen – like it had happened with buying the house bargain and getting married immediately afterwards. He was waiting for the opportunity to get a ship more appropriate for the needs of a merchant captain – or rather a smuggler like Chago had become.

Speaking about Chago and his sudden marriage and establishment in Tortuga, the alternative of working for him, as he had claimed he was happier with a sailing master aboard, had also been analysed. But those weren’t to happen yet. First and foremost, he considered he had a duty to his captain and crew, to be with them for this mission of revenge and recuperation. The company needed a proper ship, and this was no other than their own, wrongly stolen away. This was why he was here now, not allowing himself to think aboug leaving yet.

At hearing that Pieter suspected the sighted ship to be the lost and elusive ”Rising Sun”, he took a spyglass. There was more than one sail now – there were three masts, Bermuda rigged, what else should they wait for?

”I propose getting ready for giving it chase, if I may say this,” he stated more for Captain Johnson than for Sol. ”There can be many Bermuda sloops of the right dimension, however… we pray to be the one we are looking for,” he added.

It was annoying not to be aboard your own ship, and having to rely on another captain’s favours…
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Sol Galvez
 Posted: Jul 5 2016, 01:54 PM
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Sol extended his hand, taking the spyglass from Angel. He wasn;t annoyed that the discussion with Captain Johnson had been interrupted; that was just polite chatter, while the issue of the sighted ship was important.

”I think it is the one we are looking for. And if I am not mistaken, they seem to have seen us. Their ship is faster now. I bet they had put extra sails to catch more speed…”

This was exactly what he would have ordered too. But, indeed, it was difficult to rely on another captain’s favours and orders. The cheated crew of the ”Rising Sun” was ready to take back their ship, and to give the needed punishment to the ship thieves… Most likely, they would taste the same punishment they had got: marooned on a desert island, out of the regular ship route. This time, with no ship directed to them… However, it meant first to catch them and be a captain again.
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GEORGE COBBLER, captain of the ”Rising Star”


George was glad that they seemed to have an unexpected good luck. As the ships came closer, they were surely two of them; and given their dimensions, on the small to medium side, they had to be merchantmen. If there was a merchant ship with a highly precious cargo, escorted by a Navy ship, they would have chosen a more impressive vessel. But these two were the ideal target for a pirate ship... no matter that they would be required to choose. The sloop was too small to think they could take down two ships in the same battle. There should be a trick to separate them.

"Fly the spinnaker and all the jibs! Let's catch them up!" he ordered.

The riggers complied with the order. Meanwhile, George asked the other experienced pirates around him:

"Does anyone have an idea how we are going to separate them? I think we can't attack both!"

They needed a plan, but his seamanship knowledge wasn't very detailed.

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 Posted: Jul 22 2016, 07:36 PM
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DAVID JOHNSON, Captain of the “Devil’s Fortune”


Johnson stopped his chat with Sol immediately when the news of a ship. He also had a spyglass. Based on a glance at the target he agreed. It could easily be what they were after. In any case greedy Captain Johnson would have liked any other prize ships too.

“I think the Dutchman is right. Based what I can make out of it, it seems like the “Rising Sun”. And indeed they may have started their approach.” He then commanded his men, “Don’t change the course or touch the sails. This is well!”

He then looked at Sol with a look like he was begging for something, “It is not easy to take them unharmed.” He was actually not asking his approval to damage the “Rising Sun”, but his comment might have been misunderstood in that way.

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Sol Galvez
 Posted: Aug 19 2016, 03:19 PM
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Sol was waiting breathlessly for Captain Johnson’s decision. In his place, he would have given the order for chase long time ago, but it was both about having to submit to another captain’s decision and about his own impatience and thirst for revenge. Yes, it had to be the ”Rising Sun”. They had searched for this ship enough.

He agreed with the older man’s command. He wouldn’t have changed the course either. He would have put more sails, but this would have revealed their true nature too early. If Captain Johnson wanted his ships to play the damsels in distress, so be it. Sol agreed with it.

The next words hit hard the shipless (former) captain longing for his ship, and he looked at Cass for a second opinion. But he knew it was a hardened pirate’s opinion.

”I guess so. I want it back, but I think there are good shipwrights in Basse Terre too, for the right price,” he sighed.
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Casimir St. John
 Posted: Aug 19 2016, 03:30 PM
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Cass heard everything too. He wasn't the most appropriate man to assess the rightness of the captain's commands; he accepted them because this was what he had to do. About accepting the master gunner's commands, though, if he considered them unjustified, this would have been another story. But that bridge had to be crossed only when stumbling upon it...

He got Sol's questioning gaze and he nodded slightly, affirmatively. It would be damn difficult indeed, if they were going to resist how he supposed it would happen, to take the ship undamaged. Besides, he had no idea how many people were aboard now and with what skills.

Sol's words about the shipwrights made him smile faintly:

"Indeed. And we have some men with carpentry skills to help them and to supervise them."
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Pieter de Wyntere
 Posted: Sep 7 2016, 06:54 PM
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Pieter did not like the "Devil's" attitude. Of course they should try to take the vessel by causing only some sail damage. But, Pieter understood the point as well. Some enemy cannons and crew might be best neutralized with cannon fire, and even with grapeshots it would mean some upper hull damage.

Yet, when he replied he felt so angry that he almost said what he did not mean, "I will rather see our ship on the bottom of the sea than crewed by that scum." He meant this, but the way he said it did not highlight his priorities.

After a moment he added, "But, despite this, Johnson, don't toy with us. I know you have taken such ships with little damage before. You can do it here too. But, naturally we cannot take it without firing at them. Let the shipwrights deal with her afterwards." He did not show anger towards Captain Johnson, even while he knew he annoyed the other man.
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DAVID JOHNSON, Captain of the “Devil’s Fortune” & SHAY O’CONNOR, commander of the “ Devil Jewel” consort ship


Pieter’s attitude was indeed irritating to Captain Johnson. The “Devil” spoke to Pieter and also to Sol, Cass and others, “Don’t you fret Dutchman or any of you! I ain’t going to blow her up. Why would I want to do that? I just meant that she will take some damage… I just changed some of our guns, you see, for their larger calibre, but my men aren’t yet fully trained with all of these new pieces. But, they are damn good shooters, you can count on them. I just thought it was polite to tell you what to expect, partner.” He seemed to be somewhat offended.

He scratched the back of his head while staring at the approaching ship. He asked from the other ‘captain’, “Picador, how would you want us to advance? I would think they try to catch us like they seem to do now, but what if they change their mind and run? I could order O'Connor to block their escape, the “Jewel” is jolly good at tackling with this wind… Well, it seems, for now, these buggers want us and they are now just wondering how to shatter our two ship convoy.”

Back in the consort ship commander Shay O'Connor was feeling confident. This was his second important command under Johnson -the first had been the hunt of the Spanish treasure ship. He liked the “Devil’s Jewel”, his brigantine, and he was ready to follow Captain Johnson’s vessel to any battle. This was not because of mere loyalty, certainly not, but he was getting a bit foolhardy and he knew that winning was always good for his purse. Besides, he knew that keeping good relations to other pirates was wise in this desperate age. Helping Sol's crew was useful as favours could later mean counter favours.

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