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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 Plot
 Posted: Oct 15 2013, 12:06 AM

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Before The Mast

It's 1720 in the West Indies. After a one year direct war preceded by less open acts of aggression during the War of Quadruple Alliance, peace with Spain was signed in February 1720. In late April its news arrived to the West Indies, so after celebrating the peace, the former enemies got allied against the common enemy - pirates, who are looting indiscriminately. Privateers remain in the business only for hunting pirates, making their trade more difficult to survive. Which side are you on?

Terror rules the trade routes, and the former enemies are now allied in their quest to end piracy.... Will our pirate crew survive?

On the sea, ships are fighting storms and foes. On the islands, life attempts to go on; people work, pray, drink, brawl, party, fall in love or break up. In a world where nobody is what they seem to be, people have their own secrets: spying, smuggling, mercenary contracts, disguises and lies, shady deals, and rivalries.

If you want to know what has happened until now, please read our story so far.

What happens next? Who will be fighting whom, and who will find death before the mast? Whose lovers will weep somewhere ashore, and whose will party, covered in expensive gifts?

That's entirely up to our players... and to you! Sharpen your blades, load your guns, drain the last sip of rhum and raise to swashbuckling adventure, spending some time with us before the mast, on the ship of your choice!

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