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?
Be ye a pirate, a naval officer, a slave or a lady, you will find a place aboard one of our four ships or live on a paradise island. Men aboard any ship are strongly recommended as first characters, and civilians as secondary ones. No more female sailors are allowed.
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Port de Paix dwellers
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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Sep 17 2016, 06:08 AM
It's not uncommon for me to disappear, I know, but since this one may last a while longer I thought I would explain what's going on.
I'm currently in the middle of some very big life changes. I'm moving again, back into New Orleans; I'm starting a new job; and I'm working on a few business projects.
So I expect to be busy for a while longer. I'll try to post when I can. As for how long this will last, I'm not sure. Hopefully things will quiet down by mid-October.
Jun 25 2016, 02:17 AM
I've never been the fastest at responses. But this one is a special case: I'm going to be extremely busy in July, and possibly in August as well. Here's why:
-I'm working on the last book in my series of novellas.
-I'm also releasing my first novel, Sovereign
, in print and as a paperback. It'll be the first novel I've published. But publishing is expensive, so I'll be working longer hours to make the money for it. (I'm also running a fundraiser; more on that below.)
-Between August 3 and August 24, I'll be in Scotland and England. But I might actually have more time to post while I'm on the trip, since I'll mostly be visiting people, doing book signings, and generally sightseeing. So I'm not sure.
I'll be back home by the first of September (I have some business to take care of in New York after the trip). After that, I'll probably be back to normal, or more, since I won't be focused on writing books as much.
So basically, I will continue to be slow in July (but I'll try to keep up, especially with plot threads), and then I may or may not post more in August.
As for my fundraiser, there's more information on it here
. Please check it out if you're interested in helping me. You can even pre-order the novel.
(Elena, if you'd rather I not advertise my book/fundraiser here, feel free to remove that last line.)
Anyway, I apologize extra for the upcoming slowness. It's for a good cause, though.
Wish me luck!
May 16 2016, 10:46 PM
Say what you want about the TV series Game of Thrones
(and quite a few of us would
, if the fact that so many of our face claims are GoT actors is any indication), but sometimes the show hits things right on the nose.
There was a scene in last night's episode that instantly made me think of Cacica and the slavers' plot revolving around the Rising Sun
(Teehee. Revolving around the Rising Sun
. I'm so funny.)
In a couple of sentences: Daenerys was on a mission to end slavery throughout Slavers Bay, effective immediately. It didn't last long. Now another character, Tyrion, has a different approach: abolish slavery over time. This
is from the "Inside the Episode," where the show's producers talk about the episode that just aired. It also contains clips from the episode. (For this post's reasons you only need to watch from 3:05 to 3:53.)
In BtM context, while many characters view slavery as dishonorable or downright disgusting, they don't necessarily place fault on slavers or characterize slavers as demons. Those who were slaves, though, actually do
consider slavers, across the board, to be complete devils. In GoT, Tyrion (who grew up in wealth in a place with no slaves) took the former approach and was willing to negotiate with the slavers, while Missandei and Grey Worm (both former slaves) took the latter and found the idea of even sitting in a room with slavers abhorrent.
Doesn't that sound like the division that happened among our own pirates?
I as a writer am not saying either side was right or wrong. (Although I as an Arawak Indian am definitely saying something.) My point in writing this is that the pirates' story developed largely on the characters' viewpoints (and an OOC vote), and that the characters' reasons, no matter which side they ended up on, were all valid. This is history we're working with. Those who had been slaves or who had personal experience with it generally responded one way, while those with less of a bias responded another. And that's how the story's played out.
And pop culture in the form of a major TV show just validated that approach. How cool is that? I didn't need the validation, but the fact that it happened there just as it did here definitely left an impression on me.
May 3 2016, 06:32 AM
There's a project due by 6 May that I have been putting off but now that I only have three days to write 10,000 words I should probably focus on. So I'm cutting out all Internet, TV, and basic human interaction (
) until I finish. I promise I'll be back to pick up on the things I started, and also various obligations. Sorry for the abrupt notice!
May 1 2016, 09:33 PM
This is a side plot I've been wanting to run since I created these two characters. Since then I've had Real Life problems that made me severely absentee (and in all honesty, I'm still a bit slow to reply), and the timing wasn't quite right on the site either, but I think now is a good time to get started.
The basics: Ira and Gwenevere Thorne are husband and wife. They're both from England. They married against Ira's parents' advice, and Ira set up a law practice in London. Gwen destroyed the practice, Ira's finances, and his reputation. When Ira confronted her about it, Gwen attacked him and then fled to Kingston.
In Kingston, Gwen lives like a proper lady, with a staff and slaves at her beck and call. She lives off the money she stole from Ira, plus what her parents send her. It's an easy life and it allows her to be the manipulative bitch she was born to be. She's also planning to finish the job in destroying her husband, who she believes to be hiding in England.
Meanwhile, even after Gwen left London, Ira still found himself under attack by her "hired hands," so he also left, gaining work on a merchant ship bound for the Caribbean. He served as a privateer gunner for a very short while (on the Twilight Shark
), but after nearly dying in the Battle of Nassau, he chose to stay on land. Learning that Gwen was living in Kingston, he set up a law practice in Port de Paix, under the name "Bernard & Dubois." (He speaks fluent French.) His life is less comfortable; he has only what he makes as a lawyer. But he is determined to ruin Gwen in any and every way possible.
"What does this have to do with me?" you ask. Well, I would like this to involve as much of the site as possible. So, if you have a character who you would like involved in this plot, either on Ira's or Gwen's side, here is where you let me know.
1) There are none.
Obviously this caters a bit more to civilians in Kingston and Port de Paix. But neither Ira nor Gwen would be opposed to help from the sort such as pirates or spies (although Gwen tends to look down her nose at such people. But, she has money!) Sea-faring characters passing through town could also get involved, perhaps lured by Gwen's siren song or Ira's persuasion skills. Does someone need a lawyer? Or a rich Kingston connection? They could become Team Ira or Team Gwen. Or they could try to stop the couple from getting revenge on each other in the first place.
If you're interested in this but aren't sure how you'd like to get involved, we could set up a thread with one of these guys and see what comes of it.
Also, if you have multiple characters, some could side with Ira and others with Gwen. And others in the middle ground.
For the full story on why the Thornes are at each other's throats, read Ira's history
first, then Gwen's
Ideas? Drop a reply here or PM my Alecto account (it's the only one I check). Happy plotting!
EDIT: Ira has an open thread in Port de Paix here
The Game of Thornes Roster (Mascha came up with that brilliant name)Team IraTeam Gwen
Lady Victoria Forrester (?)
Lady Joanna Croft (?)Team Stop the Madness
. This skin was made by MORU
specifically for BEFORE THE MAST
and rethemed by MASCHA