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  1. The Henri had dropped anchor in Pontelli some time before - plenty of time for Alberto da Pontelli, at least to have some rather noticeable experiments which quite justified de Chauncourtois' opinion to most of the crew - when Myles and Dirk (the second mate) discovered that a printer had set up shop in the town, and went in to take a look. They found that enterprising worthy working away furiously at his press - so much so, in fact, that his two apprentices found it rather difficult to keep up with him - and muttering a heap of things about fountains and journals and gold and fortune, about fortune and gold and journals and fountains - and so on. Dirk winked at the first mate with a grin and laughed, and Myles went down to see what was up with the eccentric printer. "My dear sir!" began the printer on seeing Myles in front of him, lifting up the sheet he had just removed from his press and trying to catch his breath, "Look at this! All of Nova Terra will soon be scrambling! Not to mention that it will be the making of my own fortune in selling all of these!" "Ha ha!" he went on, handing a sheet to Myles, "I knew that Rhys Thompson would be the making of me!" Myles glanced down at the paper. "The journal of Father Tholeau, and the Quest for the Fountain of Youth" ... A few more shots: The last part of the collab, but not of the storyline! Stay tuned for more soon! Thanks for viewing, C&C are welcome!
  2. ONCE UPON A TIME there was an Olander priest named Tholeau. The priest, secretly in search of the Fountain of Youth, set sail with Cato Calrelli to Nelissa. One night, when the ship neared the islands that, according to an ancient manuscript, were the likeliest locations of the fountain, Tholeau made his move. While most of the crew was asleep, the priest threw his clothes on over his pajamas, snuck out through a gun port, and sailed off by himself in the captain’s boat. The priest eventually came upon the first island, but it did not match the description in the ancient manuscript. “This island is too big!” he exclaimed. So he proceeded to the second island. “This island is too small,” he said. So, he sailed to the last island. “Ahhh, this island is just right,” he said happily, and he proceeded to the interior of the island. After he’d travelled far into the jungle, he was hot and sweaty and wanted to refresh himself, when he happened across three bodies of water. So he undressed and waded into the first pool. “This pool is too hot!” he exclaimed, and he jumped out. So he waded into the second pool. “This pool is too cold!” he shivered, and climbed out. So he tried the last pool. “Ahhh, this pool is just right,” he sighed. After bathing in the pool, Father Tholeau was very tired. He climbed out and put on his pajamas. He found a nice bed of leaves to lie down in, but it was too hard underneath. Then he lay in a second bed of leaves, but it was too soft. Then he lay down in a third bed of leaves and it was just right. Tholeau fell asleep. As he was sleeping, three monkeys came by. “Someone’s been wading in my pool,” growled the Papa monkey. “Someone’s been wading in my pool,” said the Mama monkey. “Someone’s been wading in my pool, and they turned it yellow!” cried the Baby monkey. Looking around some more, they saw the leaves had been disturbed. Papa monkey growled, “Someone’s been sleeping in my bed!” “Someone’s been sleeping in my bed, too” said the Mama monkey. “Someone’s been sleeping in my bed and he’s still here!” exclaimed Baby monkey. Just then, Tholeau woke up and saw the three monkeys. He screamed, jumped up, and started to run away. But Papa monkey was quick, and he jumped on Tholeau and bit him on the shoulder. Tholeau finally got away from the three monkeys and into the jungle, but died a few days later from a nasty infection. THE END * * * * * A couple of additional pics: The first build (12x12), uncropped and unedited: The final build from above, uncropped: I hoped you enjoyed this BoBS fairy tale. All C&C welcome! .
  3. “World famous explorer Thaddeus Calvo claims the Fountain of Youth in the name of King Fernando and Eslandola. Calvo followed the clues that dozens of other adventurers failed to decipher to find the no-longer-mythical waters on an undisclosed island in the east. Calvo is now the toast of the Brick Seas, as leaders of various factions bid on his services.” Yes, that is how the report in the Kings Port Advertiser should read, thought Calvo. Publicity and showmanship are key in this new modern age! That is why Calvo, moderately famous in certain social circles, brought along a painter to capture the moment for posterity. Putting two of the finest suits of armor he could lay his hands on (it’s amazing how much like gold you can make an old brass breastplate look with a little elbow grease) on a couple of his crew, he had them stand in the background with the Eslandic banner. The natives were willing to pose for the painting for a few trade items. The hardest part of this “epic” quest, thought Calvo, was finding such an idyllic-looking spot that wouldn’t be instantly recognizable. The Fountain of Youth? Surely this large puddle from a recent rainstorm, dressed up with some border stones, has mythical restorative powers! Once back to civilization, Calvo would hire another artist to convert the painting to an engraving suitable for mass printing. Then this image would be all anyone would know of this “glorious” moment, and kings and trade companies would shower him with gold and everlasting fame would be his! * * * * * I decided to try my hand again at a FP build, but I couldn't get the background elements out of the field of focus. Other than that, I'm relatively happy with the effect. As for the story concept, I just wanted to poke fun at how various historic events are "preserved." All C&C welcome!
  4. Burp As Captain Bran arrived in Quinnsville the welcome he received was warm. The first evening a celebration was prepared with coffee, chocolate, female entertainment and of course rum! Still with the sun on the horizon, everyone attending the festivity was drunk till the bone. Captain Bran had to take a break from the alcohol and strolled into the woods surrounding the village. He wandered off, till his bladder couldn’t hold it anymore. The captain looked around to find a quiet spot to take a leak. Behind some bushes he found a fountain. “Strange spot for the mayor to build a fountain”; he thought. But his intoxicated mind brought the bad up and before he knew it, the result of his evening drinking was splashing in the fresh water sprouting from the ornament.
  5. In the bars and taverns of Bastion all sorts of tales are told, especially once enough grog starts to flow. One such story is that of Captain Leon Dracken and the Witch Yolanda... ...a story that begins half a century ago, at the midst of the Forty-Nine Year War, when Admiral Leon Dracken of Oleon was charged with escorting a Priest of Hades to Oleon's early colonies to 'ensure their spiritual purity and discipline'. Not an unusual task, Dracken thought. And, as he would tell himself later, refusal could have meant death... ...but the company of soldiers the priest brought with him was unusual. While Admiral Dracken remained on the ship the priest and soldiers ventured inland to wipe out the followers of the Lord of Deep Waters. The results would be recorded by history as the Blackwater Massacre. The survivors were brought onboard Dracken's ship as prisoners to be taken back to Oleon. Dracken had no doubt any fate other than public execution awaited the prisoners... ...but a storm brought Dracken's voyage to a sudden stop as his ship was battered, broken and began to sink... ...the priest ordered the prisoners remain locked up for their heresies. Dracken disagreed, violently, and as the priest bled out on the deck Dracken tried to save those below... Oleon records that both Dracken and the priest went down with the ship ensuring as many of the crew made it to longboats as possible, and their story ends there. Elsewhere, the story sometimes takes a stranger turn... ...some tell that Leon Dracken and a Blackwater witch named Yolanda were the last to a boat, and that the storm separated them from the other survivors. That Dracken and Yolanda spent days aboard the longboat before the already scant supplies ran out. Dracken was the first to pass out from hunger and dehydration... ...only to awake on an unknown island where Yolanda lead him to a cavern. And within the cave lay a fountain of strangely glowing water... "For the lives you have saved," Yolanda said, "a reward. And for the lives you could not, the burden of your guilt. A life renewed." ...Yolanda bade Dracken drink... ...The effects were immediate, and quite painful... ...And so Dracken left that mysterious isle to begin his career as a pirate. Yolanda remained with him for a time, but eventually the two were parted. Of course, that is just a tall tale, the sort sailors like to tell, isn't it? To the east the real Leon Dracken and one of his crew, the witch Iosefka, have been following Father Tholeau's journal out beyond the known seas. "Hmm", Captain Dracken says to himself, "no one here." "You could hardly be expecting someone," Iosefka says, "from the wrecks on the beach it seems no soul has ventured in some time." "Expecting? No," Dracken says softly, "but hope is the curse of humanity." "I must ask," Iosefka adds, "have you been here before?" Dracken pauses to examine the fountain, filled with brackish green water. "Perhaps," He answers, quietly, "perhaps I have."
  6. After the agents of the Crown and the much esteemed Oleander cartographers pinpointed the "almost exact" location of the Fountain of Youth according to the rumors already in circulation, an expedition from the already bustling city of Belson took off in order for the Fountain of Youth to be found for the glory of our mighty nation! Preparations were assigned to Hugo D' Offren, an officer of the Crown that had proved its value more than once on these rough lands across this hostile ocean that had already claimed many ships and sailors. Sadly for Hugo, the leadership of this expedition was assigned to an Oleander noble (obviously due to his closer family ties with the King), freshly arrived from the mainland. Ooh, how infuriating that was for Hugo, especially now that he had already established his name and capabilities at New Terra Islands... And so the expedition reached this underwater grotto that their big ships couldn't navigate in. Three rowboats were downed at the sea with their crew hand picked. One rowboat full of marines was to guard the entrance of this grotto from the cliff above, just in case... But obviously they had their fair share of action as well... ...while the rest were about to proceed inside. Hearty, muscular sailors started to row and navigate around shallow reefs with underwater eyes always fixed on them... And when the light was about to abandon them, they gasped in amazement... The cave they reached was glittering with something like gold dust in the air (later on, due to an Eslandolan invention called magnifying glass, they found out they were really small fireflies), it smelled strangely pleasing and above all... it was teeming with plants and vines! How could that be??? What we used to learn at our academies back home, was that plants couldn't survive without sunlight. Yet this underwater cave was full of glorious plants and vines! That must sure be the work of this small but deep pond in the middle of the cave... We had just discovered... The Fountain of Youth!!! What is not told at this story is that many years later, scientists found out that the water in the pond was not miraculous at all. It contained some forms of bacteria along with some sulfur that nourished the skin and made it look younger. But until then, we will let our protagonists be happy that they achieved immortality C&C always welcome! As always, a big thank you to Mpyromaxos for his lovely photographing and photo-editing capabilities! Also inspiration came from the always great Sid Meier (photo below), from Disney's PoTC and from the countless documentaries, books and stories i have read about the fascinating Age of Sails.
  7. Fascinated by the reports in Father Tholeau's journal, Cato Calrelli immediately wanted to set sail to the mentioned island. But realizing he was out out supplies, he instead changed course back to Terreli to return better prepared as soon as possible. Unfortunately for him and his career, Calrelli was a bit too eager getting home quickly. He ignored the bad weather warnings from the Kings Port Advertiser. Never a good thing to do! He didn't wait for the storm front to pass, and took the direct route - were the hurricane caught his ship. Only with luck Calrelli and his crew were washed up on the shores of Terraversa. Alive - but he would never again be given the chance to captain another expedition to find out if Father Tholeau's stories were true.
  8. "Set course to engage the vessel!" bellowed Calrelli, pacing the deck of his ship furiously (he liked pacing, as you may have noticed). The coast of Nellisa, which Cato had just encircled before he had set out on his return voyage to Eslandola, had not yet faded astern, when the lookout had spotted a small speck on the horizon. Afraid lest some foreign explorer had found out Eslandola’s secret, Calrelli boldly set out to engage the vessel. Lifting his telescope to his eye again, Captain Calrelli squinted in surprise. It was his captain’s boat, empty except for some clothing and, aha! - a journal. On the 15th night of the journey, the priest of Zeus, Father Tholeau, had snuck inside the captain’s boat and lowered her to the sea. Once detached from the fleet, he had set sail in the small skiff. The crew had had no idea what had happened to the priest, but Calrelli had continued with his expedition without him. Here was the boat again - but there was no sign of Tholeau. Later, in his cabin, Calrelli perused the journal, and discovered that the priest had been obsessed with an ancient manuscript that stated that the Fountain of Youth lay on an island to the East of Halos. The journal detailed Tholeau's recent escapade and his discovery of three islands. On the third of those islands he found what he was looking for – the Fountain of Youth. Knowing he did not have enough supplies to try to follow Tholeau's poorly noted nautical directions, Calrelli reluctantly decided to return home to resupply. Unfortunately for him, Cato was caught by a hurricane on his way back, which wrecked him and his fleet on the shores of Terraversa, and, since then, he has been unable to get permission for another expedition. But! - More to come soon! The ship's rail is inspired (once again!) by awesome Koen's De Ruyter Frigate. Thanks for viewing, C&C are welcome!
  9. Cato restlessly paced the courtyard, awaiting the coming of the Oleander priest with whom he was to meet up there. The deal was too good of a one to pass up, and taking a crazy Oleander priest on board could hardly get him into any trouble. Still, it was decidedly annoying to be kept waiting by someone of that sort. There, finally! The priest rounded the corner and came into view, producing the price for the passage - and a little extra - at the same time. He held a scroll in his other hand. All in all, that Oleander priest's was a rather mysterious personality, but Cato Calrelli was not one to ask too many questions if he was paid enough. "Bon voyage, sir," he exclaimed, taking the money, "and I hope that you - that is, of course, we - may have a prosperous voyage to Terra Nova!" An overview on blue: Built for- well, wait and see, for there's more to come soon! Thanks for viewing, C&C are welcome!