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Jack and Kate buy a ship

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Jack and Kate, having escaped from imprisonment by the Lotii on El Oleonda, were finally out of the war zone. They had captured a small assortment of junks after their escape and had sold them off to Carno, and they had also captured and let go a small native trading vessel. Jack was anxious to lead a squadron of “proper” ships, but the assortment of captured brigs and barks they had liberated from the Lotii docks were not of the best quality. Only his flagship, the man-o-war Blackjack, was truly battle worthy. And so, anchored in Freeport harbor, Jack sat at his desk in his flagship’s cabin when Kate walked in.

     “What you writin’ there, Jack?”

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     “Did you read about Admiral DeKruger’s exploits in the latest Kings Port Advertiser, my dear Kate?”

     “Yeah, what abou’ it?”

     “Why, she led the Sea Rats’ Hand of Fate fleet on quite a series of engagements, securing — among others — the Eslandian man-of-war El Genio.”

     “And why does that matter to us?”

     “Well, we need to add another ship to our squadron after losing the Lucky Strike in that storm.”

     “We wuz lucky to save most of ’er crew.”

     “Indeed we were. And El Genio would be a marvelous replacement ship!”

     “Sure. Bigger than that ol’ brig, an’ I’d bet more seaworthy. We’d need to recruit more crew for ’er, though. But I still don’t see why yer focusin’ on one partic’lar ship.”

     “It’s been in the service of the Eslandian armada from day one, well maintained, not like most of our ships,” explained Jack. Kate grunted in agreement. “What’s more," Jack continued, "she was laid down in the same shipyard as this ship. They’re of the same design. They’re essentially sister ships. (Not in the BoBS sense of the phrase. Just two ships of similar design.) It would be tremendous to have another ship the equal of Blackjack!”

     “Okay. But that don’t answer my question, Jack: what ar' you doin’ with parchment and quill?”

     “I am writing a letter to Admiral DeKruger, to congratulate her on her recent success! And ... to find out if she would be willing to sell us El Genio.”

     “Good luck with that, Jack. She could put that ship to good use ’erself.”

     “Yes, she could, but I hope to appeal to her anti-establishment instincts, that she would be helping a fellow pirate disrupt the best-laid plans of the continental powers.”

     Jack spent some time composing his letter...

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     Finally, Jack signed it with a flourish. “There! I think that will do it.”

     “What you doin’ with that coin?”

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     “I am including a 5db gold piece as an offering of good faith, and as a show of respect.”

     “And now yer just gonna mail a letter to 'er at 'er secret hideout?”

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     “No, at least not by normal means. But I know some men over in Barracuda Bay who should be able to get this to her.” Jack paused. “And while we’re there, we can see about recruiting some new crew, as well.”

     Kate smiled at that. “Now yer thinking straight!”

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A little story and vignette to illustrate my purchase of El Genio. @Kwatchi, I hope this meets with your approval. :pir-grin:

All C&C welcome.

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Great story! :pir-huzzah2:  A letter with a 5db gold piece as a donation is definitely useful. I hope Jack and Kate can buy the ship. With a large and powerful fleet, they can also do great exploits like Katrin DeKruger. :pir-triumph:  The good black flags against the evil continental powers.

The Captain's Cabin is beautifully built and goes well with galleon Blackjack.

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:pir_laugh2:Very good vignette, catching the atmosphere quite nicely. And I like you changed Jack a little bit (grown more adventurous for sure ). Let’s hope your old Genio comes back intact after the rough pirate treatments she’s had

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ROFL  That coin was an inspired bit.  Our deal is complete.

I hope you don't mind me re-using this:

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On 3/23/2023 at 3:49 AM, NOD said:

Great story! :pir-huzzah2:  A letter with a 5db gold piece as a donation is definitely useful. I hope Jack and Kate can buy the ship. With a large and powerful fleet, they can also do great exploits like Katrin DeKruger. :pir-triumph:  The good black flags against the evil continental powers.

Thanks! The 5db donation was inspired by the conversation Kwatchi and I had when I inquired about buying back the ship. I'm certainly anxious to get Jack and Kate into some proper pirating activity! :pir-triumph: 

On 3/23/2023 at 3:49 AM, NOD said:

The Captain's Cabin is beautifully built and goes well with galleon Blackjack.

Thanks, although the cabin is a bit plain for my liking; there was a bit more that wound up getting cropped out of the photos, including his books, spyglass, sword, and hat.

18 hours ago, Fraunces said:

:pir_laugh2:Very good vignette, catching the atmosphere quite nicely. And I like you changed Jack a little bit (grown more adventurous for sure ). Let’s hope your old Genio comes back intact after the rough pirate treatments she’s had

Thank you! I changed the head I used for Jack just so there wouldn't be any more confusion between him and your sigfig. He'll still wear a black tricorne most of the time, though.

2 hours ago, Kwatchi said:

ROFL  That coin was an inspired bit.  Our deal is complete.

Very good! :pir-grin: And it took me a bit to find that coin, but I knew I had one with a "5" on it.

2 hours ago, Kwatchi said:

I hope you don't mind me re-using this:

Not at all. Thank you!

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