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Tristan,

I hope this letter finds you well, old friend of mine.  I know it has been some time since we have wrote the last time: by then I have taken up residence in Charlatan Bay on Infero Pordejon, as you probably know a large volcanic island in the Sea of Thieves.
It has been a great change going from sea life to that of a landlubber... I had started building ships to keep my connection to the sea, even if the salty wind on your face and a deck under your feet are quite a different thing.
However, all was going well until several months ago: the volcano on the north side of the island exploded suddenly and it seemed the town was going to be destroyed as well. At first it was sheer panic as the cloud of ash and smoke belching from the mountain turned the morning sky as dark as a moonless night: it was like a demon fell over the town cloaked in its new ashy cloud.

It didn't take long for people to start scrambling to catch the tide. It was pure chaos: several ships sank in the bay just by others running through them.
Then t
he fortifications began firing on ships trying to maintain order in the Bay. That day was terrible, but I'm afraid this was only the beginning of the disaster.

With the port closed supplies quickly doubled in price. Then the looting started: at first shop owners were threatened and beaten, but the more it drug on the worse it got. Soon the beatings turned to murders as the keepers tried to fight back. Mass riots plagued the streets and soldiers couldn't control them, not even firing on the crowd. Hightown even began to see the crime of Low town, and Low town fell in the most complete anarchy. I have seen my town turning to ruins.

Tristan, as you know I am not a fearful man but I am afraid that if I don't step up soon, I too will just be another body in the street. I've rallied a few supporters and I plan to retake my town from the violence and the chaos.
My friend, I know you have always been one for a good fight, and now the honest citizens of Charlatan Bay desperately need somebody fighting for them.
I would gladly accept some help, maybe some privately trained men if you can. I don't wish to bring here any army as that would be the ruin of what we have strived to build here, but I will take back my town and would love to have some good men at my side.

Your Old Friend 

Gustaf VonBricktin

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Stained glass depicting a volcano… I think it's quite appropriate!

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The last rowboat reached the coastline. Only months ago they would have met groups of fishermen, maybe a pirate crew sharing the spoils of their last raid. Now the little beach was covered with rocks and ashes, and the only sign of human presence was a ruined building, buried in almost a metre of volcanic debris.
That bay had always been quite a secluded place but now, with the terrifying fallout of burning ashes that had hit the northern coast, there was not a living soul who could see them, or hear the floating pumice stones, as big as a human fist, hitting their hull with dull thuds. And that was exactly what they wanted.

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"Sir, no sign of hostile forces spotted. For miles all around us there are only burned trees, a couple of ruined houses and a barren wasteland of damned ash!"
These words broke the unnatural silence of the bay. The men were nervous, things seemed wrong, that place seemed more suitable for damned souls than for living beings; they couldn't hear a single seagull, a cormorant or a parrot… but sometimes a low rumbling came from that damned, restless mountain.
The officer continued: "Please, don't consider me a coward, monsieur Rimbaud, but…"

"But we are still in time to take our boats again, row as fast as we can and never come back, hoping not to meet Hades himself in the meantime." Completed Tristan Rimbaud "Were you saying something like that, right?"

"Yes Sir. More or less, Sir." Replied with uncertain voice the officer.

"To be honest I don't like the situation too. We have just landed on the devastated coast of a pirate island where most of the population frankly hates Halos nations and their soldiers. Moreover, we can't receive direct support from our country and can't wear our reassuring uniforms, or it would seem an invasion and we would have to face a general riot. In that case, even a shallow grave would be a good result. I would rather take a vacation in Hell than being on this island.
But, if we don't lend a hand to my old friend Gustav, the settlement would starve and fall in the most complete anarchy. Any appearance of order would disappear from the island and, while the civilians would suffer enormously, the most dreaded pirates, with nothing left to lose, would swarm like vultures in the whole archipelago."

"So... we are really here to save the pirate republic, Sir? I thought I would have seen Charlatan Bay in a different situation, from a firing battleship, for example!"

"Our mission is exactly what I told you when you volunteered for it. A pirate republic is bad, but the alternative is worse." -Then Tristan raised his voice, talking to his men- "Soldiers of Oleon! We are on this island in an unexpected situation, to help people that only months before we would have fought fiercely. Our task is to help bringing order back and giving aid to the population. It's a difficult task, you know that, and we will not receive reward nor glory. You all volunteered, but you are still in time to take a step back, you would not receive punishment or contempt. Now decide. I don't need brave men, I need something more: I need Oleander soldiers, the pride of our Nation! Are you with me?"

The soldiers looked each other for a second, then their expression became proud. One of them made a concorded signal to their ship: the crew would have sent some more boats with horses and supplies for the town, then they would have left. Tristan gave a little sigh; he had recovered his men's bravery, now they would have followed him to Hell and back. Exactly where he was going to.

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The ruined house

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This is the beginning of a joined storyline with @Roadmonkeytj (credit to him for the letter).
My character is in Charlatan Bay with a support/humanitarian role and should not be considered a hostile force.
The soldiers (not many, less than a company) are there only storywise.
@Kwatchi, I'll try to be as faithful as possible to the way you created the settlement. I'll follow Roadmonkeytj's guidelines and won't do anything too strange. PM me if you don't like something of my builds (that will basically be training some militiamen, bringing supplies and so on) 

Edited by Keymonus
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This turned out awesome! I too am looking forward to where we take this story!

I think the window is my favorite part but the ash translated well.

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23 hours ago, Professor Thaum said:

Just an add-on

Cool shooting of the vignettes.

well thought the ashes on the sea and nice window

 

I will keep an eye on your story arc

I thought it was necessary too! :pir_tong2:

18 hours ago, Roadmonkeytj said:

This turned out awesome! I too am looking forward to where we take this story!

I think the window is my favorite part but the ash translated well.

 

17 hours ago, Spud The Viking said:

Nice scenes and story! 

I look forward to the next part!

Thank you for your feedback!

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Nice builds, especially the ash-covered coast scene. The story is the star though - really nice continuation to the overall storyline already, and setting up the direction for the future. I am very much looking forward to more of this cooperation! :thumbup:

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20 hours ago, Fraunces said:

awesome story and I really want to know what will happen next..

10 hours ago, Drunknok said:

Nice builds, especially the ash-covered coast scene. The story is the star though - really nice continuation to the overall storyline already, and setting up the direction for the future. I am very much looking forward to more of this cooperation! :thumbup:

Thank you both! :classic: This is my first collaboration of this kind, I’ll do my best to coordinate my efforts with Roadmonkeytj!

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On ‎9‎/‎15‎/‎2018 at 6:40 PM, W Navarre said:

Fine scenes, I really like the rocks or ashes which the boat is pulling up against! 

Thank you! We are working on the next part! :classic:

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