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Peace with Spain was signed in February 1720. In late April its news arrived to the West Indies, so all the Navies got allied against the common foe – pirates, making their trade more difficult to survive. Which side are you on?

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The inhabitants of Port de Paix, a French colony, are now busy with celebrating Saint Jean d'Ete and a wedding among the highest nobility. Time for everyone who happens to be in Port de Paix to know them better… and to add your personal flavour to the holiday!

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 April Chronicles Of The West Indies
Elena
 Posted: Mar 21 2017, 12:00 PM
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“Before the Mast” is over six years and a half old - and counting! To many more together! Warm thanks to all the crew, to everybody who has made it possible for our writing community to flourish and for the story to get further.

You are invited to join our next volume, Caribbean Dawn, and bring there the characters you want to survive the Doomsday (and all the land-based characters you want to keep). The only effort required from you is to make sure you update the character bios not only in form, but also in contents with everything which had happened in 1720 Before the Mast.

The circumstances of the move have been discussed here as extensively as you wished. The discussion is still open for all of you to mention any concerns, suggestions or comments regarding the new volume, the new possible plots, the ways to strengthen our community and anything else related to our story and community. The floor is yours!

As per the 1-st of April 2017, statistics show that we have 36 male active characters and 24 female. For the purpose of the statistics, only the writers who have posted in February are counted here. However, if they have posted only with one character out of several they have, all their characters are counted as active.)

Active members: 11
Active characters: 60, out of which:

Pirates = 12
English Navy = 4
French Navy = 11
Privateers = 5
Civilians = 28

There are plenty of new things “Before the Mast”, looking forward to your participation, as they give opportunities for more characters than they actually seem to join. There are new and already ongoing threads which would welcome your participation. We are now in the process of exchanging prisoners between the French Navy and the pirates. There is also a big battle, which has also been opened for the pirates, the French and British Navy too, as shown here. It will end apotheotically the month of July 1720, making way for a Caribbean Dawn bright for the survivors.

As for thread/ quote spotlight, the former pirate Sabelline Durand, played by Sabe, deserves highlighted for the most suspenseful quote from the thread Over you:

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"Prison has no escape from your thoughts. There is no leaving that cell, no work to lose yourself in. What I would have given many nights for exhaustion so I didn't have to dream. That's the real torture. Moments stretch into eternities with nothing but...visits from the guards to break the long stretches of nothingness."

It is well written, reflecting well the spirit of a character who had spent three years in prison and catching the whole essence of the ordeal. Congratulations!

I would also want to highlight the Whale of a tale section, where there are lots of interesting stories to read when you are waiting for your partners’ replies, as well as the Message in a bottle, where some journals start to contour!

You know also that we need fresh blood of the history-loving, writing and dedicated kind… I am making an appeal to all of you to bring other friends of yours who are into writing swashbuckling adventures, because the word of mouth is the most powerful way of advertising. In addition to this, the ones who have blogs, MySpace, LiveJournal or InsaneJournal accounts, please advertise “Before the Mast” and try to bring new members. Those who have Facebook accounts – please “Like” our page and spread the word! Those with Twitter and Tumblr, follow us and retweet/ reblog some of our messages! We have the site’s Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Deviant Art group links in the sidebar, just a click away – but how successful can they be if even some of the members ignore them?

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 Posted: Mar 24 2017, 07:34 PM
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GOSSIPS AROUND THE FIRE


Saint John’s summer fires are dwindling, but the celebration isn't yet over entirely. They have attracted many of the citizens of Hispaniola and from the other islands, sailors and other... shadier individuals.

In Tortuga, closer or farther from the fires, three lifetime friends are catching up, teasing each other and making plans for future. A herborist girl received an invitation to dance from a pirate, while a newly arrived blonde young woman found a dark-skinned one to accompany her back to the inn, discovering, on the road, that they have several things in common.

The celebration of Saint John's feast is starting, next morning, with good news for the new bride. And which news could be better than her sister's arrival?

Two master gunners and a quartermaster are caught in a manly discussion... hopefully not leaving any kind of scars. And later during the party, the pirate captain invites to dance a blonde lady.

We'll keep our readers informed about any further developments... Don’t miss the next issue of the “Histories and Chronicles of the West Indies ”!
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Before going to the market place, to hear more of the gossips, the chronicler is letting the readers know the latest news.

In Port de Paix, a young lad is giving swimming lessons to a girl. What would her mother say if she learnt about the girl's indiscretion?

A honeymoon voyage in three is a bit strange, but some people have been known to always mix business with pleasure in the strangest ways.

At Cap Mole Saint Nicolas, an exchange of prisoners is going on. Will it pass quietly?

In Kingston, a foreign sailor had been seen getting out from a little house in the slums. A healing man is grateful to his helpers.

In Tortuga, two young tavern apprentices find a half-full bottle on a table they were supposed to clean and they get drunk. What chaos do they make? And how angry will the owner be on them?

A domestic dispute ends when both parties have learnt something about each other and about their own feelings.

In Cuba, the feast of Saint Peter brings a sailor to participate in the local competitions and dances, even winning one of the smaller prizes. What would he have less good luck in, to keep the balance? One could easily guess, and no, this might not be love this time...

Aboard Le Phenix a lieutenant befriends a compatriot and tortures a pirate, also of similar origin...

In the open seas, a naval battle took place, the cannonades being heard at large distance. The attacking ship has just exploded and sunk. Allegedly nobody survived. The Navy ships who heard the explosions are heading to their direction, to investigate who was battling whom, and give chase to the winners...

For further news and gossips, don’t miss the next issue of the “Histories and Chronicles of the West Indies”!
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