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  1. October – December 623. Vol. 8, Issue 4 Captain Nordau Takes Port Wilks! Sources on the Corrish island of Serentia tell us that the Eslandian settlement of Port Wilks, on Isla Phillip in the northern seas, has been taken and held by the notorious Captain Nordau! Buccaneer’s Dread and three former ETTC ships Nordau captured in recent months have been seen blockading the port, and Nordau has raised his private flag over the settlement. Port Wilks has no fortifications or defenses to speak of, and the pirate crews of Nordau’s four ships likely outnumber the hamlet’s population, so it wouldn’t have taken much for his assault to succeed. This is the most dastardly move yet by the notorious pirate! We also hear from Alexport that, on his way to Port Wilks, Captain Nordau attacked the Prio trade fleet in the vicinity of Poorvintia as the Prio ships returned home. Half of the Prio trade fleet was sunk, including the flagship, Prio’s Fortune! In other news about the Eslandian pirate, from Fatu Hiva we hear that an Oleon squadron led by Espirit Tyche encountered the LBSF Demeter in the South Prio Sea. Nordau captured the LBSF Demeter from the RNTC earlier this year, and it is now presumably operated by one of Nordau’s subordinates, so Nordau was never likely in any danger from this encounter. Nevertheless, the ship was able to slip away before the Oleonese fleet could recapture it. Captain Nordau has surely made himself a target for all pirate hunters in the Brick Seas. Unless he likes a self-proclaimed exile in Port Wilks or can escape to lands yet undiscovered, we foresee a bloody end in the future to his reign of terror. Heavy Losses on Both Sides as ESL Clashes with Sea Rats From King’s Harbour we have received word of a major battle between pirates and pirate hunters in the vicinity of Charlatan Bay. An Eslandian naval fleet led by flagship Pride of Pontelli engaged the black-flagged fleet of Commodore Kane, the notorious Sea Rat pirate. Fourteen ships were involved in the battle, with six sent to Davy Jones’ Locker and two more captured. When the smoke cleared, only the xebec frigate Oscuridad IV and man-o-war Verde Oro were able to limp into port for the Greenies. Eslandian admiralty has been tight-lipped on the matter, but we have confirmed that the two largest ships of the fleet, ship-of-the-line Pride of Pontelli and frigate La Comete III, were both captured by Kane’s fleet. Reportedly the crews of White Rabbit and La Raya Venenosa III acquitted themselves well in battle before their ships were lost to the depths; Sea Rat galleon Habana, frigates Tobago and Venezia, and the previously captured ETTC Royal George were all sent to the bottom. But pirate flagship Perla de Labuan was unscathed, as was the galleon La Gomera, and their crews were critical in capturing the Eslandian ships. Meanwhile, from Nova Terreli we have received reports of an entirely different encounter southwest of Terraversa. The black-flagged Sea Rat fleet of Captain Katrin DeKruger, the so-called Yellow Skull Fleet with its flagship Hand of Fate II, were in pursuit of a lone Eslandian clipper, Midas Touch II, when they all found themselves caught in a freak storm. Sea Rat man-o-war Thunderer was crushed in the waves, and all but one other ship in the black-flagged fleet took significant damage before the storm ended. In the meantime, Marvel II became separated from the rest of the Hand of Fate II fleet, and the crew of Midas Touch II was able to capture Marvel II and tow her to port. While the capture of a pirate crew is usually met with cries of “Hang them!”, it appears that all parties involved view this as more of a rescue from an imminent demise, and our sources tell us that the Eslandians seem more inclined to use the captured crew as a bargaining chip to retrieve captured ships elsewhere. War Zone Report Oleon and Carno Fight Lotus at Sea While the Corrish navy surprisingly stayed in port this month—reportedly from unusually low tides at the Spudkirk naval base, but others suggest that Corrish scientists foresaw the chaotic storms—Oleon and Carno carried on the fight on the seas with the Lotii. Our man in Fort Arltrees sends word that an RNTC supply fleet led by Le Gaillard was attacked by a Lotus fleet comprised of three war junks and the captured Redcoat behemoth, HMS Dominance. Oleon’s HRS Combattante held her own against HMS Dominance, sank the Lotus war junk Leapfrog, and damaged the others in the Lotii fleet while enabling the Bluecoat supply fleet to escape unharmed and complete its mission. From Neustadt, however, we hear that the Lotii had better fortune against the Carnites. A Carno naval fleet, led by man-o-war Caracal and including several captured pirate ships, was pursuing a small three-ship Lotus supply squadron when the Carnites were caught in a freak storm. The sloop Lucky Corsair was quickly separated from the fleet, and the Lotii crews overwhelmed her and took her prize. Meanwhile, Caracal and Caribou were tossed about and sunk by a giant waterspout, and Comorant and Night Pillager were heavily damaged by the resulting waves and shower of debris. Only Cardinal’s Shadow came out unscathed. Perhaps the smoke billowing from the volcano of the nearby Luther Islands was a portent of the storm … and perhaps of more to come. Lotii Withdrawing? After the limited encounters with the Lotii at sea this month, we have received no reports as to their ships’ whereabouts, and land troops from all factions on El Oleonda report no encounters with Lotii troops this month. Are the Lotii simply regrouping? Have they found riches elsewhere that they don’t have to fight for? Have they decided to return home? The answer is unknown at this time. Pirate Round-Up Montroy Hanged! Our man in Neustadt sends word that the pirate Montroy was hanged with much fanfare in the town square. We salute Carno’s effort to make the Brick Seas safe from piracy! Bloody Bill Escapes! Unfortunately, from Westface we hear that the pirate Bloody Bill was able to elude his Redcoat captors and make his escape in his own ship! There is much pointing of fingers between the Commonwealth of Terraversa and the Corrish officials in port, but to our knowledge the Recoats never turned over Bloody Bill or his sloop Crimson Revenge to local authorities under Grand Admiral L’Olius, so the egg appears to be on the Recoats’ shirts. The pirate was last seen sailing southeast. Captain Gore (aka Admiral de Flynt!) Attacks Mardier Trade Fleet From right here in Kings Port we hear that the pirate Captain Gore is alive and well, or at least the new Captain Gore is. Mardierian officials are reporting that their trade fleet was attacked by a fleet led by the galleon Espada de Luna flying the flag of Captain Gore. The Mardierian flagship Minerva was sunk and terraman Mercator captured before their remaining ships escaped. As our readers may recall, Espada de Luna was presumed lost and Captain Gore killed when the pirate tangled with a Greenie fleet led by Eslandian Admiral de Flynt in the seas west of Prinport a few months back. Admiral de Flynt was also presumed dead, but it appears he has avoided the Grim Reaper, repaired his galleon, assumed Gore’s identity, and taken over the pirate’s operation as his own. Mardierian sailors report seeing a man patrolling the deck of Espada de Luna fitting de Flynt’s description, right down to his tattered green coat. Oleon Devastates Captain Jack’s Fleet Our man in Fatu Hiva tells us that an Oleonese fleet sailed into port with two known black-flagged vessels in tow: the brigs El Lobo and Nightwing II. Oleon naval reports also indicate that man-o-wars Blackjack and Colonial Storm, along with carrack Kate’s Gambit, were all sunk by the Fleur Verte fleet in waters west of Lavalette. Only the man-o-war El Genio managed to elude the Bluecoats, and Oleon officials report no significant damage taken in the encounter. The black-flagged fleet was known to belong to Captain Jack Merker, who captured the Eslandian Colonial Storm just last month. Captain Jack and his companion Kate were not among the crew taken captive, and their fate—either escaped on El Genio or doomed to the deep—is unknown. Greenies Take Bite Out of The Dragon From King’s Harbour we hear that, in addition to their run-in with the notorious Commodore Kane, the Eslandians also tangled with the pirate known as The Dragon. Sleeping Siren II entered King’s Harbour with ex-Lotus war junk Liger in tow. The Greenies report that The Dragon commanded a fleet made up of the former Prio sloop of war Patriot III and a collection of captured Lotus war junks sold off by Carno to fund their war effort. Although the Greenies lost the brig Blood Diamond, they report sinking the junks Llama and Lemur. Unfortunately, The Dragon himself escaped on Patriot III. However, Eslandian officials note they have identified The Dragon, and he is none other than the former commodore of the Prio trade fleet, Lord Francisco de Pernica! At least this explains how The Dragon was able to steal Patriot III from the Prio fleet earlier this year. Revenge Battle: LeColeon to Davy Jones’ Locker? They say revenge is a dish best served cold. But is it best served by a lady? Our reporter in Nova Terreli sends word that the crew of Lady’s Revenge II, an Eslandian armed sloop, is claiming to have sunk the Reaver’s Revenge, known to be the flagship of the notorious pirate LeColeon. Is this the end for LeColeon? LeColeon was known to have captured a small Namerean trader last month, so it’s not certain that he was on Reaver’s Revenge, but it is logical to assume he was. If so, we salute the crew of Lady’s Revenge II of ridding the Brick Seas of the scourge, and hope our reporter buys them a round! Jan Van Sud Deals on Black Market We received no reports of pirate Jan Van Sud on the Brick Seas this month, but our reporter in Prinport tells us that the pirate was spotted in that Garveyian port this month, making sales on the black market. Weather Report / Missing in Action There are reports from all across the Brick Seas of bizarre weather, strange tides, and increased volcano activity, as our readers may have noted from several of the articles in this issue. Amid these troubling reports, several ships have failed to arrive at their destinations. Rather than list them all here, see the list below of ships lost at sea to find the fates of your loved ones. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ships Lost to Davy Jones’ Locker Anaconda (Altonia) Caracal (Carno) Caribou (Carno) Coyote (Carno) Mysterious Lady (Capt Wolf) Blackjack (Capt Wolf) Kate’s Gambit (Capt Wolf) Colonial Storm (Capt Wolf) FV No.1 (Garmadon) Clearance (Salida Este) Dark Spirit (Kai NRG) White Rabbit (Eslandola) La Raya Venenosa III (Eslandola) Blood Diamond (Weelond) Leapfrog (Lotus) Minerva (Mardier) Lemur (The Dragon) Llama (The Dragon) Reaver’s Revenge (LeColeon) Le Gros (RNTC) Prio’s Fortune (Romantica) Peacock (Romantica) Thunderer (Gulagurag) Habana (NOD) ETTC Royal George (NOD) Tobago (NOD) Venezia (NOD) Dragon Fly (Fraunces) Ships Captured MOC’d: El Lobo (taken from Capt Wolf by Oleon) Nightwing II (taken from Capt Wolf by Oleon) Marvel II (taken from Kwatchi by Eslandola) Pride of Pontelli (taken from Eslandola by NOD) La Comete III (taken from Eslandola by NOD) Un-MOC’d: Liger (taken from The Dragon by Eslandola) Lucky Corsair (taken from Carno by Lotus) Mercator (taken from Mardier by Captain Gore) Known Black-Flagged Ships Still at Large (all of their crews scoundrels and wanted for piracy) Andromeda Bonefish Buccaneer’s Dread Dreamchaser El Genio Estrella ETTC Muharib ETTC Pallace ETTC Sussex FTA Apollo’s Mirth Hand of Fate II Jolly Rogers Kingfish Komodo Dragon II Lachesis La Gomera Marlin Nightingale Peregrine II Perla de Labuan Puck’s Jest II Purple Rain Sailfish Swordfish The Andromeda The Drunken Monkey Tuna King Villain’s Boat Viper Note that Black Flag Sea Rat ship locations are hidden when docked in Sea Rat ports and Garveyian ports, and all black-flag ships are hidden when docked at Barracuda Bay or Dragon Lair or other pirate hideouts. Result tables to follow shortly. Editor’s OOC Note: I’ve been editing the KPA for more than six years and have published more than two dozen issues. As we transition to Era III, the KPA will take on a new form, and whatever that is will be managed by new editors. I hope the KPA has helped bring the Brethren of the Brick Seas setting to life and given you inspiration for many great stories and MOCs. I trust Era III will be just as exciting, if not more so!
  2. July – Sept 623. Vol. 8, Issue 3 Pirate Reign of Terror on Corries Continues Captain van Baarle Takes on Sea Rat Kane From Mesabli Landing we hear that Capt. Willem van Baarle returned from his pirate-hunting mission with mixed results. Leading a squadron out of Port Woodhouse that included the frigate HMS Phama; the man-o-war Semilliante, fresh from re-armament in Port Woodhouse; and HMS Melampus, a class 7 frigate recently assigned to van Baarle’s pirate-hunting squadron, reports from the Corrish admiralty indicate that van Baarle found his prey in the East Prio Sea when they encountered Kane’s new flagship, Perla de Labuan, a class 9 galleon, leading eight(!) other ships under his black flag – including the recently captured Corrish terraman ETTC Royal George. Capt van Baarle used the weather gauge to his advantage to cut out the man-o-war Paraiso from Kane’s fleet. But Kane was still able to maneuver Perla de Labuan, La Gomera, and Habana into firing position. With hopes of capturing Paraiso dashed, HMS Phama sank Paraiso in a hail of broadsides, but HMS Melampus was sunk under heavy fire from the pirates, and Semilliante was heavily damaged before Capt. van Baarle was able to retire from the encounter. With the loss of one ship of similar size on each side of the battle, one could call it a draw, but the size of Kane’s fleet will force the Corries to commit more forces to the hunt if they intend to prevail. Captain Nordau Attempts Raid on Jameston Meanwhile, Eslandian pirate Captain Nordau struck again, this time raiding the city of Jameston. His fleet, led by iconic flagship Buccaneer’s Dread, reportedly was otherwise comprised solely of captured Corrish vessels: terraman ETTC Sussex, fifth rate ETTC Pallace, and the brig-rigged sloop of war ETTC Muharib. The pirate fleet far outgunned Jameston’s meager defenses and was able to approach shore taking only minor damage. But when the pirates came ashore to plunder away, they were met with the better part of two battalions of battle-tested troops that quickly repulsed the pirate scum. More damage was inflicted on Nordau’s fleet as they made their escape. Surprisingly, three more ships flying Nordau’s black flag, man-o-war Tuna King and two captured gunboats, approached the port later in the day, apparently hoping to take advantage of the aftermath of a successful raid. But the redcoats were ready, sinking one gunboat and damaging the other before forcing Tuna King to turn tail with its damaged gunboat in tow. Pirate Round-Up LeColeon attacks new Terraversan trade ship Here in Kings Port, officials were happy to unveil the newly built Triggerfish, a small schooner designed for long-distance routes. Coastal observers were thus dismayed when, shortly after departing on a solo mission to Jameston, she was almost immediately attacked by the notorious pirate LeColeon in his flagship Reaver’s Revenge, along with a recently captured Namerean trader. Before Terraversan authorities could do anything, LeColeon had boarded Triggerfish, took her as a prize, and sailed her to the west to points unknown. Most concerning to local officials is that they believe the pirate must have had shelter somewhere on the island of Terraversa. It is unknown at this time if authorities in Oleon or the Commonwealth of Terraversa have given pirates shelter, but we sincerely doubt Grand Admiral L’Olius would ever stoop to such a low. Capt Merker lures away ESL Colonial Storm Our man in Nova Terreli reports that Captain Nordau is not the only Eslandian pirate on the Brick Seas these days. Adding to the Greenies’ headaches is Captain Jack Merker, who was spotted in the Cocovia Sea flying the black in the man-o-war Blackjack as the Sleeping Siren II fleet left King’s Harbour. The fleet proceeded on to Nova Terreli, dispatching the man-o-war Colonial Storm to deal with the pirate. Merker once served under the Colonial Storm’s captain before Merker was captured by the Lotii, and some believe Merker holds Captain Blowenhardt responsible. Sleeping Siren II watched Colonial Storm pursue Blackjack over the horizon, and Colonial Storm has not been heard from since. HMS Alice missing; JVS to blame? Our man in Belson reports that the HMS Alice is overdue and officially listed as missing. It had been working its way down the continental coast, where the pirate Jan Van Sud is known to hunt, but there have been no sightings of either the notorious pirate or the HMS Alice. From the War Zone Reports from the New Haven Sea and El Oleonda indicate a slowing down of hostilities with the Lotii, but that is not to be mistaken for an end to the war. Scamandre has close call From Fort Arltrees we have received word that the crew of the ship-of-the-line Scamandre had a narrow escape from what is believed to be the lone remaining Lotus war fleet. Scamandre could have turned back, but pressed on to carry needed supplies into Fort Arltrees. War junks Leapfrog and Lymph led several other junks in the attack against the Oleonder ship, and both sides took damage. HMS Dominance, the former Corrish dreadnaught, was among the Lotus vessels, but never successfully maneuvered into position to be a threat. Scamandre’s crew capitalized on the trouble the Lotus appeared to have working the unfamiliar ship to maneuver free and break for Fort Arltees. El Cisne captured! Meanwhile, sources on the ground behind Lotus lines report that the Corrish galley El Cisne was seen entering the Lotus port of Oryant under the watchful eye of the small junk Scorpion. From what we gather, the El Cisne was far of course on its voyage from Queenston in the far eastern reaches of the New Haven Sea, and by the time they realized their mistake, it was too late. All crew were taken prisoner by the Lotii. We have received no word from the Corrish admiralty as to what they plan to do about this. - page 2 - Weather Report A major weather system raged through the appropriately named Sea of Storms, wreaking havoc from Weelond to Terraversa. From Eltina we hear that the Eslandian schooner Midas Touch II was separated from her squadron and was diverted from her destination of Breshaun. Our reporter in Eltina also sends word that a Namerean trader expected in port from Nola Mar was overdue and thought lost at sea. Here in Kings Port, the Eslandian galleon White Rabbit arrived safely, but had severe rigging damage. And our man in Nova Terreli reports that the sloop Lady’s Revenge II, expected here in Kings Port, instead was forced to stop at the small Eslandian port of Montario on the island of Nelissa. The storm lost strength for a bit, but continued east and regained strength in the Sea of Thieves. From Elysabethtown we hear that the Eslandian nao Hidalga lost its valuable cargo in the rough seas and was forced to cut its journey to Nova Terreli short. The storm continued into the Cocovia Sea, and our reporter in Elizabethville sends word that when the Prio trade fleet arrived there, it reported that the sloop Patriot III had been separated from the fleet in the storm and is presumed lost. And Terraversan trade officials tell us that the sloop trident was forced to make port at Astrapi when it could not continue on to Salida Este. Mercantile News Our reporter in Breshaun says Eslandian crews are partying it up with the lovely Oleonder ladies after the galleon Le Contessa de Victoria and trader Far Horizon both pulled in top doubloons for their cargos. We also hear from Weelond that the crew of the sloop Lady of Madrice II was spending DBs in the bars all around port after a successful voyage. Continuing the theme of Greenie traders doing well, we hear that the crew of Valiant Phoenix is partying in Nova Terreli after scoring a top price for their cargo from King’s Harbour. Speaking of King’s Harbour, we hear that Corrish traders sailing Turaco II and Albatross got several shiny doubloons for delivering their cargo. And sailors throughout Quinnsville are celebrating the HMS Indominable delivering the naval payroll. Finally, our man in Prinport tells us the black market is once again booming in that Garveyian port known as a haven for pirates. Social Calendar The word from Punto Sur is that local officials are once again preparing for the annual festivities known as Oktoberfest! Watch for announcements soon. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ships Lost to Davy Jones’ Locker HMS Melampus (Bricksbypidy) Numbat (Namere) Paraiso (NOD) QV Gunboat No.1 (Garmadon) Ships Captured MOC’d: Colonial Storm (taken from Capt Wolf by Capt Wolf [!]) El Cisne (taken from Bricksbypidy by Lotus) HMS Alice (taken from Puvel by Jan Van Sud) Un-MOC’d: Triggerfish (taken from Terrversa by LeColeon) Known Black-Flagged Ships Still at Large (all of their crews scoundrels and wanted for piracy) Andromeda Blackjack Bonefish Buccaneer’s Dread Dreamchaser El Genio El Lobo Estrella ETTC Muharib ETTC Pallace ETTC Royal George ETTC Sussex FTA Apollo’s Mirth FV No.1 Habana Hand of Fate II Jolly Rogers Kate’s Gambit Kingfish Komodo Dragon II Lachesis La Gomera Marlin Marvel II Nightingale Nightwing II Peregrine II Perla de Labuan Puck’s Jest II Purple Rain Sailfish Swordfish The Andromeda The Drunken Monkey Tobago Tuna King Venezia Villain’s Boat Viper Note that Black Flag Sea Rat ship locations are hidden when docked in Sea Rat ports and Garveyian ports, and all black flag ships are hidden when docked at Barracuda Bay or Dragon Lair or other pirate hideouts. Result tables to follow shortly.
  3. March – June 623. Vol 8, Issue 2 ETTC Treasure Fleet Destroyed! Only ETTC Cherub Survives Pirate Onslaught From all across the Brick Seas come tales of woe for the East Terran Trading Company. Of the seven vessels that set sail this season, only the ETTC Cherub has made it to port. That in itself is an oddity, since it is the least seaworthy of the lost ships, a slow, chubby fourth rate best used to transport bulk cargoes such as grain. Our man in New Haven reports that, according to the crew, Cherub and its escort, ETTC Muharib, a brig-rigged sloop of war, encountered the pirate Captain Nordau sailing Buccaneer’s Dread off the western coast of Cascadia. The crew of the Muharib covered Cherub’s escape, but the Muharib was captured by the pirate. Meanwhile, our reporter in Jameston sends word that none of the five Terramen that set sail have arrived in port. The treasure fleet, led by the ETTC Sussex, is presumed to have fallen to the pirate Nordau, as the Cherub crew report that, later in their voyage, they briefly spotted Buccaneer’s Dread again, but sailing with not only the prize Muharib, but the Sussex and the ETTC Pallace as well, not to mention a Lotii war junk! (This would explain the report from Poorvintia that a Carno fleet headed back from the war zone was attacked by Buccaneer’s Dread and the Muharib, taking as prize the Lotii war junk Longspur.) None of the other ships in the treasure fleet—ETTC Royal George, ETTC Endymion, and ETTC Covenanter—have been heard from, and the worst is feared. What Will the Price Be on Captain Nordau’s Head? It would seem that this season has brought an unprecedented success to the Buccaneer's Dread, entering Captain Nordau amongst the most infamous pirates of our age. The ETTC is likely to put a grand prize on the pirate’s head, although their credit may not be as good as it once was. Carno will be yet another faction on whose list of enemies the Buccaneer's Dread occurs. Pirates Raid Mooreton Bay — Again! Notorious Commodore Kane Strikes This Time City Treasury in Shambles Just a few months after Mooreton Bay was raided by Captain Nordau, the notorious pirate Commodore Kane and his fleet led by the massive galleon Soberano de los Mares have raided the Corrish city. Out of Quinnsville we hear that Kane’s fleet was briefly encountered by a Corlander squadron led by HMS Queen, which attempted to delay the pirate until more help could arrive, but Kane’s fleet outmaneuvered them in the dark and slipped past. When it reached Mooreton Bay, Kane’s fleet let fly with a series of furious volleys against Fort Denison, reducing it to rubble. The fort silenced [OOC: Both small forts in Mooreton Bay will be inactive until MOCs showing their repair have been posted], Kane’s crew launched their boats, and their numbers were staggering; more than 500 pirates made their way to shore! Kane’s pirate army swarmed the town, ransacking public buildings and collecting much loot as they searched for their prize from the prosperous settlement. The attackers eventually reached Moore House, seat of the settlement administration, and the treasury was plundered. The vastly outnumbered defenders are said to have put up a valiant defense and the commander of the militia, Captain Stanley, and Mooreton Bay Mayor James Hume were reported to have been killed in the close quarters fighting. The attack was swift, the pirates retreating back to their ships, taking vast amounts of gold and valuable goods with them. Later reports revealed that Mayor Hume actually survived, although with severe injuries, and his current condition is unknown. We have received some reports that the mayor has made scathing attacks on Corlander colonial leadership for not re-enforcing Mooreton Bay’s defenses after the first raid by Captain Nordau earlier this year. Reliable reports from the scene say the mood of the survivors in the settlement is near a boiling point, both at the pirates and the Corlander administration. One report states that the citizens appear “seething with anger” and are “burning for revenge.” Whatever the truth, Corlander authorities will need to act decisively in the coming months or risk losing much. Eslandian Trade Fleet Defeats Captain Gore But at What Cost? From Yeldo we hear that there was much confusion when the war galley HMS Carnage and the small sloop Rhodos, two ships known to be part of pirate Captain Gore’s fleet, sailed into port under Eslandian flag, but with no other Eslandian ships! What was expected to be a trade fleet made up of the war galleon Espada de Luna, the even larger trade ship La Descoberta, and the cog Holder’s Secret was nowhere to be seen. According to sources in the harbor master’s office, the Eslandian sailors report that their fleet first engaged Captain Gore near Prinport. As the ships sailed east, the two fleets engaged in a long-running battle. The pirate scored an early pyrrhic victory when Holder's Secret exploded, but it took Gore’s small sloop Dolfijn and his flagship, the brig Hades' Doubloon, with it in a fury of hellfire. The brave Eslandian survivors took advantage of the chaos and swarmed over the low sides of the pirate’s galley. Once they took the HMS Carnage prize, they turned her on the Rhodos, now alone in fighting for the pirate. The Rhodos was quickly taken by the Eslandians, but fire from the explosion of Holder’s Secret now raged out of control over Espada de Luna and La Descoberta. Both had to be abandoned. In the end, not a single ship of the original Eslandian fleet remained, but two pirate ships were taken over. As if all that wasn’t interesting enough, we hear that there are conflicting reports on the fate of Espada de Luna, Eslandian Admiral de Flynt, and the pirate Captain Gore! All reports confirm that La Descoberta sunk as a result of her fire, but Espada de Luna was still barely afloat, albeit a smoldering hulk lying low in the water, when last seen. Furthermore, Eslandian Admiral de Flynt was not among those who made their way to safety. Did he go down with the ship? Rumors abound that perhaps Espada de Luna did not sink, and that de Flynt is still alive. And with the quick destruction of Gore’s flagship, his body was never discovered. Did he make his way to Espada de Luna? Did he and de Flynt strike a bargain amid the chaos? It is quite the rumor. Normally we would dismiss such tall tales, but Eslandian officials are being very quiet about the situation, and so we at the KPA reserve judgment at this time. From the War Zone Redcoats Engage Pirate and Lotus Battle Fleet Our reporter in Spudkirk sends word of the victorious return of admiral Fletcher’s HMS Legion fleet. In an initial encounter with the pirate Montroy, the Corries exchanged blows with Cardinal's Shadow, unfortunately losing the HMS Perseus II, but sent the war junk Leatherneck to the bottom and drove off the pirate. Then Fletcher’s fleet intercepted the main Lotus battle fleet, led by the war junk Lion and including the formerly captured HMS Dominance. The redcoats lost the HMS Paladin but captured the war junks Langur and Lion herself, leaving only two damaged junks with Dominance. Later in the cruise, Fletcher again intercepted the now lonely Dominance, but was unable to take her, despite sacrificing the HMS Alexandra and HMS Wentham II in the effort. The HMS Carolina, returning from its solo voyage, also reported an encounter with the Dominance, but to no effect on either side. La Royale Joins the Frey! Our man in Seawatch tells us that the returning bluecoat battle squadron of four ships of the line, led by HRS Tonnant, report intercepting the retreating Lotus battle fleet. The Oleanders broke through the Lotus line, putting junks Lymph and Leapfrog under fire from both sides. However, the Navigator, finding herself alone against the leviathan HMS Dominance, went down after exchanging unequal broadsides for nearly twenty minutes. Her wreck allowed Dominance to escape as the Lymph and Leapfrog were sunk by the bluecoat fire. Land Campaign News SoonTM We have received word that reports from the front lines on El Oleonda are imminent, but those dispatches have not reached us yet. As soon we receive any detailed reports from Seawatch or elsewhere on the island, a special edition of the KPA will be forthcoming. Pirate Round-Up Montroy and Bloody Bill Captured! From Jameston we hear that, after the pirate Montroy escaped from the Corrish HMS Legion fleet, the notorious pirate attacked Carno’s Caracal fleet near Neustadt. Montroy sank the Greedy Guppy, but lost his flagship Cardinal's Shadow to the enemy. Not having realized the change of flag of Cardinal’s Shadow, the Carno fleet was able to take the rest of the pirate fleet unawares, and all were eventually captured. Will this be the end of Montroy? Meanwhile, our man in Westface reports that the HMS Indefatigable came into port with Bloody Bill’s flagship, Crimson Revenge, in tow, and reports are that Bloody Bill is in chains! The Indefatigable also towed in the Dozy Dragon, a mercantile junk from southern waters known to have been captured by the pirate in the past. Sailors talking in the taverns say Indefatigable first sunk the pirate sloop Little Scavenger, then captured the junk, and finally chased down the damaged flagship, making it a clean sweep of Bloody Bill’s pirate fleet. LeColeon Evades HMS Indefatigable Twice Bloody Bill was not the only pirate that the HMS Indefatigable tangled with this season. Corlander naval reports also indicate that Indefatigable engaged the fleet of the notorious pirate LeColeon on two occassions this season. The first encounter was northwest of Nova Terreli, where Indefatigable sank the pirate brig Angelfish before LeColeon escaped. From King’s Harbour we hear from the crew of the Namerean trader Novice that LeColeon subsequently captured the schooner Newcomer and damaged schooner Nuthatch before the Namerean traders sank LeColeon’s Nighthawk (previous captured from Namere by LeColeon) and made their escape. The second time HMS Indefatigable found the pirate, squadron mate ETTC Fara was able to capture the pirate cutter Belus while Indefatigable traded damage with LeColeon’s flagship, Reaver’s Revenge, before the pirate made another escape. Hardly a profitable journey for the LeColeon, unless the Newcomer is found to be stuffed to the gunwales with bullion. Corries Evade Clutches of Jan Van Sud From Terreli we hear that the HMS Alice, a small coastal supply vessel and gun boat, was attacked by the pirate Jan Van Sud along the Eslandian coast, but the redcoats escaped. From Balondia the crew of the small Corrish xebec Satyr also reports being attacked by JVS in coastal waters, and the Satyr was eventually able to damage the pirate sloop Aardvark in a running fight to the north and make its escape. And so it would appear that Jan van Sud has very little to show for his efforts this time, and yet we hear that he has scored big on the black market. What is the pirate up to that we don’t know about? Gentleman Privateer Meets His Demise From Quinsville we hear that Sea Rat traders led by The Octopus II spotted the polite pirate in the Sea of Thieves, south of Port Raleigh, and quickly launched a preemptive attack, damaging cutter Maverick and forcing both it and the lugger Audacious to escape. From nearby Elysabethtown we hear that the gentlemanly pirate tried to attack local pearl divers in their canoe, but the natives lured him onto a reef, wrecking the Audacious. The Gentleman Privateer, as he is known, continued to pursue the divers (ed.: in what seems an ungentlemanly manner to us), who had recovered a fine batch of pearls, but the Maverick was damaged on another reef and finally gave up the chase. Finally, we hear from Calisto that the Mardier fleet, led by the man-o-war Mongo, spotted the Maverick when it passed through the straights between Elysabethtown and Puerto Alijo, sinking the cutter and sending the Gentleman Privateer to Davy Jones’ Locker. Black Flags in the Far East News of action in the far eastern New Haven Sea! From Noveau Oleandia we hear that the black-flagged Andromeda and her cohorts chased the tiny El Cisne, managing to damage it before it escaped. The crew of El Cisne report that, in the pursuit, the pirate man-o-war Black Sam and sloop Joker's Folly fouled each other, dragging under one and capsizing the other in a freak accident. Jolly Rogers Kiddie Corps Strikes Again From Jameston we hear word of three encounters with the black-flagged Sea Rat Jolly Rogers. The Jolly Rogers, along with the schooner Spitting Snake of Pontelli, attacked the Corrish Terraman Octavia, but the young pirates were driven off by fierce resistance. Later in the cruise, the small sloop Bonnie was spotted. The full crew of the Jolly Rogers boarded the Bonnie and carried her, only to find none had stayed aboard the Jolly Rogers, which sailed off into the horizon uncrewed! Later the young pirates attacked the Carno supply ship Caribou to no effect. Francois the Elder, We Barely Knew Thee Our man in Fuerte Unido reports that the crew of the brig HMS Atropos was attacked by the little-known pirate Francois the Elder near Isla de Romantica. The pirate quickly found himself outmatched, and the crew of the Atropos sent Francois and his ship, the brig Rabid Ranger, to Davey Jones’ Locker. While we celebrate the passing of another pirate, we must admit that he might have been the least-successful and least-feared pirate in the Brick Seas. And A Case of Mistaken Identity? However, after sinking the Rabid Ranger, the crew must have had too much rum, as they attacked the neutral Sea Rat trader FTA Fluttering Petal with fatal outcome, sinking it. The Fluttering Petal was a yawl-rigged junk, originally from the southern seas before captured in an ill-fated attack on an armed Sea Rat convoy five years ago, and the Petal has been a common sight in these waters all that time. Perhaps the crew of Atropos mistook it for a Lotus war junk, but that is not enough of an excuse to avoid an international incident. The captain will have much to answer for when he returns to a Corrish port. Weather Report High Winds across the northern seas from the Horn to Terraversa played havoc with shipping these past months. Namerean sloop Nymph, sailing out of Balmin, was blown off course and forced to sail down the coast and make port at Londa. Meanwhile, one of her escorts, the armed sloop Numbat, struggled with the winds as the Namerean convoy approached Terraversa; once separated, it was forced to go north and make port at Nola Mar. To the east, a fierce storm system made its way through the Cocovia and Prio Seas. From Salida Este we hear that the Garveyian sloop Gazelle sprung a leak soon after setting sail and had to return to port. Our man in Lavalette reports that the armed sloop Patriot III of the Prio trade fleet also sprung a leak as it was heading for Lavalette and barely made it to Windfall. The Corrish brig Puffin II was tossed about quite severely in the storm and diverted to Alexport, but its delicate cargo was ruined by the rough seas. And from Fuerte Unido we hear that the Sea Rat trader FTA Night’s Whisper diverted to the Eslandian port when its rigging was damaged in the storm. There are also reports of storms in the New Haven Sea, but we have not heard of any disruption to seagoing traffic in the area. Mercantile News Several merchant crews were celebrating in Breshaun this month, as the crews of La Recouvrance and other Oleander ships in her fleet were rewarded for their cargos of goods from Terraversa. The crews of HRS Phoebe and HRS Helios were also spotted drinking and carousing after profitable runs. Eslandian ports also greeted traders warmly this month. A Mardierian trade fleet reportedly made a tidy profit on their visit to Nova Terreli; Altonian traders were seen celebrating in taverns in continental Terreli; and MCTC captains were rewarded on their visit to Weelond, as were the crews of Oleander traders Cornucopia and The Sloop Draco. High prices could also be found on the continent for goods from the islands. Our man in Belson tells us that the crews of a couple of small Eslandian traders were well paid for their exotic cargoes, and from Granoleon the same could be said for a couple of much larger Greenie trade ships. Sea Rat markets were also paying well, at last for some in Charlatan Bay. Our man there tells us that the crews of various FTA ships were buying rounds in the local taverns and visiting the brothels. We also hear that black markets in some areas were booming, perhaps a cause-and-effect result of the capture of Bloody Bill and Montroy and the death of Captain Gore. Pirate operations around the Brick Seas definitely took a hit, so supply and demand has driven black market prices up. Financial Times Our financial reporters have been going through the receipts of the various trade companies across the Brick Seas. They have found that the Eslandian companies, to no one’s surprise, are maintaining the best bottom lines. The Merchants Colonial Trading Company (MCTC) shows a balance of more than 26,000 DBs, and MAESTRO shows more than half that at approximately 14,500 DBs, plus 3,000+ DBs in their international subsidiary, MAESTRO-COR. The Corries’ East Terran Trade Company (ETTC) shows a balance of around 10,000 DBs, but that is likely going to take a hit after the recent losses at sea. The Sea Rats’ Free Traders Association (FTA) is next on the list with nearly 7,500 DBs. Oleon’s Royal New Terra Company (RNTC) has a balance of around 4,000 DBs. No other trade companies (which surprisingly includes the Eslandian East Trade Wind Company [ETWC]) has a significant balance. Meanwhile, a look into the financial health of the Halosian nations offer some minor surprises. Mardier appears to have recovered from their war debt, and Garvey has built a sizable trade network (reportedly including some shady dealings with black flaggers). Altonia and Namere both appear to have done well with their trade fleets, building up their national coffers. And Carno, while not rich, appears to have survived the financial pitfalls of their colonial war with the Lotii. The Terraversan treasury, however, was decimated by the war with Oleon and the Grand Duchy under Archuke Oldis has yet to recover, with many war debts still on the books. Grand Admiral L’Olius, now ruler of the Commonwealth of Terraversa, has also found war debt to be a significant problem as our eastern brethren forge their own path. We were also surprised to see that the Grand Duchy of Prio has not been able to find the trade success of nations like Altonia and Namere, but Grand Duke Prio sent considerable support during the war, even if the fighting was not on their doorstep. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ships Lost to Davy Jones’ Locker Angelfish (LeColeon) Audacious (Bregir) Black Sam (Sea Rats) Dolfijn (Captain Gore) Espada de Luna (Weelond) Esperanza (NOD) ETTC Endymion (ETTC) ETTC Covenanter (ETTC) FTA Fluttering Petal (FTA) Greedy Guppy (Carno) Hades’ Doubloon (Captain Gore) HMS Alexandra (Corrington) HMS Carnage (Captain Gore) HMS Paladin (Corrington) HMS Perseus II (Corrington) HMS Wentham II (Corrington) Holder’s Secret (MCTC) Joker’s Folly (Roadmonkeytj) Jolly Rogers (Professor Thaum) La Descoberta (Elostirion) Leatherneck (Montroy) Little Scavenger (Bloody Bill) Maverick (Bregir) Nighthawk (LeColeon) Rabid Ranger (Francois the Elder) Rhodos (Captain Gore) Soberano de los Mares (NOD) Tarpon (Professor Thaum) The Navigator (Dukesc) Ships Captured MOC’d Belus (taken from LeColeon by Corrington) Dozy Dragon (taken from Bloody Bill by Corrington) Bonnie (taken from Spud the Viking by Professor Thaum) ETTC Muharib (taken from ETTC by Garmadon) ETTC Sussex (taken from ETTC by Garmadon) ETTC Royal George (taken from ETTC by NOD) ETTC Pallace (taken from ETTC by Garmadon) Cardinal’s Shadow (taken from Montroy by Carno) HMS Carnage (taken from Captain Gore by MCTC) Rhodos (taken from Captain Gore by MCTC) Un-MOC’d Lucky Corsair (taken from Montroy by Carno) Longspur (taken from Carno by Garmadon) Newcomer (taken from Namere by LeColeon) Night Pillager (taken from Montroy by Carno) Lion (taken from Lotus by Corrington) Langur (taken from Lotus by Corrington) Crimson Revenge (taken from Bloody Bill by Corrington) Known Black-Flagged Ships Still at Large (all of their crews scoundrels and wanted for piracy) Andromeda Blackjack Bonefish Buccaneer’s Dread Dreamchaser El Genio El Lobo Estrella FTA Apollo’s Mirth Habana Hand of Fate II Jolly Rogers Kate’s Gambit Kingfish Komodo Dragon II Lachesis La Gomera Marlin Marvel II Nightingale Nightwing II Paraiso Peregrine II Puck’s Jest II Purple Rain Sailfish Swordfish The Andromeda The Drunken Monkey Venezia Villain’s Boat Viper Note that Black Flag Sea Rat ship locations are hidden when docked in Sea Rat ports and Garveyian ports, and all black flag ships are hidden when docked at Barracuda Bay or Dragon Lair or other pirate hideouts. Result tables to follow shortly.
  4. July 623, Vol. 8, Special Issue 2a Coalition forces triumph! Olean Commander takes charge In preparation for the battle, General Hercule François took the initiative and forged a plan of combining the Eslandian and Corlander forces in Seawatch with his own force in Fort Arltrees. Despite being senior of all coalition commanders present on El Oleonda, it must have galled particularly the Redcoats to submit to Bluecoat plans, but true to their utilitarian ways, they saw the merits of the plan, and agreed. Eslandian commanders appear to have submitted quietly. Apart from staff-work, Olean forces conducted significant reconnaissance, including several notable skirmishes with Lotii forces. Additionally, incredible feats of logistics were conducted to get the forces into position to execute the plan. This included trundling guns over hilly passes, establishing new roads, and erecting semaphore stations. (Tactical score for OL: 5/5 - awarded for colossal building effort and excellent tactics) Corlander forces harassing the left flank The Olean plan of attack was, despite historical differences, deemed competent, and Brigadier Allcock and staff set about confounding the enemy within its wide limits. Much like the Bluecoats, Corlander skirmishers and hussars have conducted extensive offensive reconnaissance, engaging Lotii forward positions, and even taking down watchtowers and camps. No doubt these efforts lessened the blow of the Lotus ambush. In the rear, massive camps were erected to accommodate the forces, ensuring the future reconstitution of forces. (Tactical score for COR: 4/5 - awarded for massive building effort, taking part in a good plan, and a sound tactical approach to battle) Eslandian forces fall in with plan Whether the trade company troops of Eslandola, or a limited support of their crown, Eslandian commanders made little fuss about the campaign, and quietly fell in with the overall scheme. Consisting largely of Tercios, the Eslandian capacity for forward reconnaissance was limited, and Greencoat forces were preserved for the main assault, where the pike and shot formations would again show their formidable staying power. (Tactical score for ESL: 2/5 - awarded for taking part in a good plan, and an interesting battle formation. Limited building effort limited the score, however) Lotus high command prepares for controlled withdrawal? It appears the Lotus high command had hoped to lure the full coalition force into an ambush, but were taken aback by the excellent plan and execution of the combined coalition. However, the ambush tactics will allow for an ordered retreat, limiting losses among the main force by sacrificing some light units. (Tactical score for LOT: 3/5 - awarded for a good sound plan to meet the Corlander attack, but limited by not directly addressing the full plan of the coalition and the (relative to coalition side) limited building) The Lotus Empire is forced into retreat! We bring below a direct transcript from our reporter in Seawatch, who with a number of correspondents, was embedded in Coalition forces, experiencing the battle first hand! ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The sun rose over the battleground, and the tension was palpable as the forces of Eslandola, Corrington, and Oleon stood ready to face the formidable might of the Lotus Empire. The coalition forces had spent days preparing and planning their attack, while the Lotus forces were cunningly concealing their true intentions. On the coalition's side, the Eslandian heavy tercios formed a solid wall in the center, flanked by the line infantry and heavy cavalry of Corrington to the East. Corlander light forces, including hussars and light infantry, positioned themselves to harass the enemy's right flank. Meanwhile, Olean forces waited patiently in the rainforests to the West, their field artillery and heavy infantry poised to surprise the enemy's left flank as soon as the Lotus was engaged by the main assault. As the battle commenced, the coalition forces charged forward, intent on engaging the enemy head-on. The Eslandian tercios marched with unwavering discipline, their pikes bristling in the sunlight. The Corlander line infantry unleashed a volley of musket fire, and their heavy cavalry thundered forward, their sabres drawn. However, the Lotus Empire had a different plan in mind. Their right flank feigned a retreat, drawing the eager Corlander forces forward, falling into the trap set by the cunning enemy. The Lotus ninjas, hidden in the dense forests of the island, struck with deadly precision. In a flash, they ambushed the unsuspecting Corlander troops, causing chaos and confusion. The Corlander light forces on the coalition's flank fought valiantly to counter the ninja ambush, but the damage was done. The Corlander forces were thrown into disarray, but soon managed to regroup and rally. With WTC forces forming the vanguard and taking up the general melee, the regular Corlander forces were bought time to reform and respond, avoiding disaster. At the same time, the Olean forces, led by their skilled commanders, recognised the enemy's initial retreat as a ruse and did not fall for the trap. Instead, they advanced methodically on the enemy's left flank, unleashing a devastating barrage of artillery fire and engaging the Lotus lines with their shock troops. The Olean assault caught the Lotus positions off guard, and they struggled to respond effectively. With the coalition's forces now bearing down on both flanks, the Lotus Empire found itself in a precarious position. The Eslandian tercios, undeterred by the enemy's tactics, pressed forward with determination, their heavy pikemen shielding the musketeers from enemy counter-assaults. They clashed with the main force of the Lotus Empire, pushing back the Lotus regulars. The superior discipline and training of the tercios proved crucial in gaining ground against the enemy. Seeing the perilous situation, the Lotus commander was forced to make retreat. Realising they could not match the coalition's combined might and flanking tactics, they wisely chose to preserve their forces for another day. The coalition forces had achieved their objective of forcing the enemy to retreat. While not a decisive victory, it was a strategic win. The Lotus Empire had underestimated the strength and coordination of the coalition forces, and their retreat was a testament to the effectiveness of the coalition's well-executed plan. As the dust settled and the smoke cleared, the coalition forces regrouped, taking stock of their losses and celebrating their accomplishments. They knew the battle was far from over, but this day had shown the potential of their combined strength. The coalition commanders met to review the battle and plan for future engagements. The Lotus Empire's cunning tactics had been met with resilience and adaptability from the coalition. Lessons were learned, and preparations were made to continue the fight. The sun began to set over the battlefield, casting a golden glow on the warriors who stood side by side, united in their cause. The war raged on, and the fate of Terra Nova hung in the balance. But for now, the coalition forces had taken a step forward in their pursuit of victory. No news from Jiangkai From Jiangkai in the South, Olean guerillas led by Captain Guillaume "Tiger" Dupont set out to target the enemy logistics and communications, and rumours has it that the retreating Lotii forces have had their southern flank much harassed, increasing the Lotus losses considerably. However, the "Tiger" and his troops have yet to make their presence known in Jiangkai, and it is unknown whether they have been defeated, went into hiding, or continue to harass the enemy! (Plus 10 % losses to Lotus) _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Lotus suffers a loss, forced into tactical retreat back to their settlements in the East. All commanders (Lotus, COR (Allcock), ESL (Unknown?), and OL (Hercule Francois and Guillaume Dupont) gain +1 xp. ESL forces in the brunt of the assault took 20 % losses, while Corlander and Olean forces took 15 %. Lotus forces were hit harder, loosing 15 % to the initial battle, and an additional 10 % from the guerilla activities, for a total loss of 25 % of their forces.
  5. Sabre Island has won the (purely for fun) Brickset poll on which classic set should be revived for a GWP with 17% of the votes. Whether you like GWPs or not, let's hope Lego takes note that there is a desire in the community for pirates/imperials.
  6. November 622 – February 623. Vol 8, Issue 1 Pirates Terrorize Terraversa and Cocovia Seas! Sea Rat Scum Make Multiple Attacks Merchants sailing through the Terraversa Sea these past months were set upon like never before! The Sea Rats’ Hand of Fate II fleet, led by the notorious Sea Rat pirate Katrin DeKruger, attacked trading fleets of both Eslandola and Oleon. From Eltina we hear that the RNTC’s Le Gros fleet was attacked soon after leaving port, and that DeKruger’s 6-ship flotilla captured the sloop Le Petit Bleu. Our man in Breshaun sends word that, when the heavily damaged Eslandian frigate Golden Grasshopper docked, her commander immediately reported the loss of the remainder of her fleet! The Eslandians had been led by the galleon Thunderer, and the fleet also included the man-o-war El Genio and the MCTC clipper ship Piece of Eight II. All three were captured by DeKruger’s pirate fleet, current location unknown. Furthermore, the MCTC galleon Prince Fernando II was lost to Davy Jones’ Locker in the encounter. And from right here in Kings Port, commander of the Eslandian galleon Espada de Luna, Admiral de Flynt, reports only slightly better results under harrowing circumstances. DeKruger’s Rats captured the brig The Gallant and sunk the brig Swift, but the remaining ships were able to escape in a running battle that saw the fleets temporarily separate before the Sea Rats were able to re-engage as the Greenies made their way in to port. Meanwhile, to the southeast, the Sea Rats’ Soberano De Los Mares fleet, comprised of several heavy war galleons and commanded by the self-styled Kane the Magnificent, menaced small squadrons throughout the Cocovia Sea and had no concerns attacking naval vessels. We hear from Quinnsville that one their gunboat patrols, which have been so effective of late, was attacked by a fleet of eight ships, including the 103-gun Soberano De Los Mares and Kane’s former flagship, La Gomera. Already reduced in size after an encounter with Greenie pirate Captain Nordau (more about that below), the Quinnsville patrol lost both HMS Barracuda II and FV No.4, with only the heavily damaged brig Swift II making it back to port. At least the news was better from King’s Harbour, where the crews of HMS Indefatigable and Lady Jacqueline report that they were able to escape the massive pirate fleet near Alicentia, with only minor damage to Indefatigable. Captain Nordau Raids Mooreton Bay It wasn’t only the Sea Rats terrorizing the Brick Seas. Eslandian pirate Captain Nordau launched an epic raid on the Corish city of Mooreton Bay. Approaching the settlement under false colors and the cover of a light fog, Captain Nordau managed to maneuver the Buccaneer's Dread within point blank range of Fort Denison, the Martello tower protecting the harbor mouth. Letting fly a full broadside on the unsuspecting garrison, the tower was quickly silenced. However, the settlement was not yet without teeth, and just after letting loose his landing party upon the town, shore-based guns opened up, damaging the ship. At the same time, the shore party turned a corner to see a well-organized militia five times their number, forcing a rout back to the ship under fire. Apart from a few flirting glances at the local womenfolk, Nordau's battered crew is said to have stolen nothing but a few chicken coops snatched during their retreat, and the Buccaneer's Dread will be in need of repairs at its destination. Perhaps the Captain will think twice before testing the meddle of a redcoat settlement in the future? But we hear from Mesabi Landing that, even before Nordau reached Mooreton Bay, he attacked an ETTC squadron in the coastal waters of Alicentia. The crew of the ETTC Muharib report that the pirate took them by surprise, damaged ETTC Cherub with a broadside, then deftly separated Tuna King from her squadron mates and quickly boarded and took control of the ship. Captain Nordau wasn’t finished after the raid on Mooreton Bay. From Quinnsville we hear that he overpowered one of their gunboat patrols, capturing QV Gunboat No. 1 and FV No. 1 while damaging HMS Barracuda II and Swift II (which would severely handicap the Corrie efforts later against the Sea Rats’ Soberano De Los Mares fleet [see above]). Word for Corlander officials is that Nordau likely was able to plunder much in the way of weapons and ammunition from the captured gunboats. We’ve received somewhat encouraging word from our reporter in Lavalette, with the crew of Le Noix reporting that they encountered Buccaneer’s Dread in the South Prio Sea near Stephanique and were able to damage the goliath ship before Nordau escaped. Alas, close but no cigar! * * * The Brick Seas have not seen such a savage and rapid succession of attacks, especially within Terraversan waters. The editors of the Kings Port Advertiser call on leaders of all the nations of the island of Terraversa and the Halosian colonies to assemble their fleets to hunt down Katrin DeKruger, Kane the Magnificent, Captain Nordau, and all other pirates responsible for these atrocities and see them all hang! From the War Zone: Lotii Dreams of Naval Supremacy Dashed! After exchanging heavy blows with Corrish warships, and having their blockade swept away last season, recent news from Corlander naval officials in Spudkirk suggests the end of the last known Lotii war fleet. A squadron of four heavy war junks, led by the massive 4-masted Leatherneck, made a brazen attempt to renew the blockade, as they sailed towards Seawatch. Notably, the captured Corrie class 10 HMS Dominance was absent, and one may speculate whether the heavy damage last season and the unfamiliar Halosian construction of the behemoth has made it hard or even impossible for Lotus shipwrights to repair her. This absence may have spelled the doom for the rest of the squadron, which, upon reaching the approaches to Seawatch, found itself once more facing the flag of Corrish rear-admiral Fletcher in the HMS Legion, leading a battle fleet of frigates and heavy sloops. As the war junks rounded the cape between Oryant and Seawatch, they found themselves instantly outnumbered and outmaneuvered, frigates and sloops swarming them from windward. Rear admiral Fletcher in the van in HMS Legion led his battle line through the Lotus line, separating the Limpkin and Lizard war junks from Leatherneck and Langur. Apart from the Legion taking some fire on the approach, the Lotus ships were unable to meet these aggressive tactics, and with the Leatherneck damaged, the Lotus admiral quickly ordered the retreat, managing to avoid the pursuing HMS Alexandra and HMS Wentham II by hugging the shallow reefs of the shore, saving both his flagship and the accompanying Langur. Limpkin and Lizard, however, finding themselves separated and heavily outgunned, immediately struck their colors and took to their boats, pulling back round the cape to safety, leaving their ships in Corrie hands. Asked about the fight, Fletcher is said to have expressed regret that the Lotus did not offer a proper fight, worthy of her Majesty's Royal Navy. But this was not the end for the Lotii warships. In an attempt to salvage victory and morale, the Lotii admiral took a chance and engaged the infamous pirate Montroy near Anettaskrona. And once more, the Lotii warships proved ineffective against Halosian ships and strategy, as Montroy, without a moment's hesitation, took Cardinal's Shadow yardarm to yardarm with the Leatherneck, while the Langur was caught in stays, lying motionless and unable to do more than watch their comrades taken. Rumors in the taverns have it that the Lotii never loosed a shot, and that the damage caused to Cardinal's Shadow was solely due to its crashing its side against the massive war junk. It is said that the ferocity of the pirate boarders overwhelmed the Lotii crew instantly, and some claim Montroy decapacitated the Lotii admiral himself and now flies the severed head upon his bowsprit! What is quite clear, though, is that Montroy now has the powers of a large war junk added to his fleet of pillagers and pirates, and some wonder whether this is better or worse for Halosian shipping. And in a report from Brickford, we hear that the Langur, as it attempted to make its way back to Lotii settlements, was set upon by a small patrol led by the HMS Ymir. Ironically, the HMS Ymir had been temporarily in service with the Lotus before being recaptured by the redcoats, and was now leading a patrol of Lotii prizes. It is possible that the captain of the Langur took the Corrish patrol for friends, and approached in hope of salvation, but it was soon forced to put up a proper fight! Exhausted from two former battles, and demoralized from losing all consorts, the Langur nonetheless put up an excellent fight, slugging it out with a smaller war junk, the Limpet, which took heavy damage before the HMS Ymir, a brig with excellent maneuverability, placed itself to rake and sink the Lotii junk. Apart from the odd absence of the HMS Dominance, this appears to have spelled the destruction of the last known Lotii war fleet in the waters of El Oleonda, and while some reserves may still exist, one might well expect the Lotus to turn their attention to the fight ashore, where their forces are still unknown, but believed to be formidable. - page 2 - Pirate Round-Up Gentleman Privateer Strikes Again We received several reports that the Corish pirate known colloquially as The Gentleman Privateer was out and about these past months. From Port Raleigh the crews of two different Sea Rat traders report encounters. The crew of The Octopus II says they were damaged in an attack by the ships Audacious and Maverick, both associated with the gentlemanly pirate. Meanwhile, the crew of Sea Rat trader The Firefly came into port with battle damage, but claimed to have chased off the same two ships. And finally, various ships reported seeing an inconclusive battle between the Gentleman Privateer and the Rabid Ranger, a brig known to be sailed by the pirate Francois the Elder. Jan Van Sud Narrowly Escapes Mardier Hunting Fleet From Nola Mar we hear that the Mardier pirate-hunting fleet led by the man-o-war Mongo surprised the infamous pirate Jan Van Sud in the waters near Holder’s Rock and turned the tables on him quite nicely. While Mardierian officials report the loss of the converted Terraman Midnight Sun, they sailed into port with three ships in tow: Flying Colt, Archer, and Corland Supplier 2, all ships that the pirate had previously captured and put to use in his dastardly trade. While Mardierian spirits were high after the encounter, there was some regret that Van Sud himself escaped on his flagship, Mermaid’s Secret. LeColeon Strikes the Bluecoats From Breshaun we hear that the infamous pirate captain LeColeon captured the Oleon trader Belus. The captain of the trader Augeus made the report to Bluecoat officials after their long voyage from Terraversa. The attack reportedly happened shortly after the two traders set sail. Captain Gore Targets Redcoats Our man in Ulric sends word that Captain Gore attacked two Corish traders as they sailed around the horn. The captain of Satyr was telling the tale and lamenting the capture of their squadron mate Dolfijn. No word on the fate of the crew. Bloody Bill Avoids QV Gunboats Bloody Bill seems to have had a lot of run-ins with the Quinnsville gunboat patrols of late, but we have heard of no such encounters this month. Instead, from King’s Harbour we hear that he made a run in the waters near Port Raleigh at HMS Indefatigable and Lady Jacqueline to no avail before the Corish traders were attacked by the enormous Sea Rat Soberano De Los Mares fleet later in their voyage (see above). Missing In Action Several ships have not arrived at their planned port of call, and among them we fear the following may have fallen victim to foul play. In Balmin, Namerean officials are still awaiting word on the brig Nighthawk, expected from Bardo. Reports from Lavalette are that the Eslandian nao Eslandita has yet to arrive. From New Haven we hear that Corlander officials are concerned about the fate of Marlinspike. And Oleon officials in Fatu Hiva have heard no word on the fate of LBSF Demeter. We at the KPA sincerely hope that these ships and crews turn up soon. Weather Report A large storm system disrupted shipping in the New Haven Sea last month, making its way south from the vicinity of Chiquara south-southeast to El Oleonda. From Punto Sur we hear that Oleon’s HRS Royal Philip was forced to make port due to wind damage, cutting short its trip to Fort Arltrees. Our man in Spudkirk reports that the Carnite brig Caribou was forced into the Corish port to take shelter from the storm, and that the Eslandian galleon Gotheborg similarly made port shortly after it departed Seawatch. And from Mesabli Landing we hear from Carnite officials that the captured Lotii junk Lory, which Carno had pressed into service resupplying troops, was lost at sea. Significant storms in the Prio Seas impacting shipping around the islands of Stephanique and Isla de Victoria before heading off to the northeast. From Fuerte Unido we hear that Oleon’s La Blonde was separated from squadron mate Le Noix during the storm and was forced to cut short its voyage to Lavalette. From Corlander naval reports out of Quinnsville we have learned that the galleon Trinidad, one of the black-flagged Sea Rat ships causing so much trouble, appeared to have storm damage when it engaged the Corish gunboat patrol. And our man in Lavalette reports that the 50-gun AQAR, just recently recouped by MAESTRO from a rogue captain, was dashed on rocks off the coast of Stephanique. Scattered storms from the continent across the Sea of Storms eastward to Terraversa caused some minor disruptions. From Eltina we hear that Oleon vessel HRS Helios was forced to make port there when it took on water in the storm, and from Weelond we hear that the Eslandian sloop Lady of Madrice II had to cut its voyage short in the rough seas. Mercantile News Pirate attacks caused some big losses, and not just in the cost of replacing and repairing ships. Eslandola’s MCTC estimates they lost more than 1400 DBs worth of goods (not counting the value of the ships themselves) with the loss of Piece of Eight II and Prince Fernando II, and Oleonder officials estimate more than 500 DBs worth of cargo were lost with the Belus. RNTC officials report that, although the Le Gros fleet earned more than 400 DBs, it is offset by the loss of Le Petit Bleu to the Sea Rats. Meanwhile, reports from Prinport are that black market activity has surged there, and we her similar reports from various known pirate havens across the Brick Seas. Mardierian officials report that their main trade fleet brought in more than 500 DBs worth of goods in its return to Londa. And our own national trade fleet was able to avoid the pirate scourge and turn a decent profit calling on Nola Mar. From Trador we hear that the Prio national fleet also did well calling on that Eslandian city, making more than 600 DBs profit. And from Spudkirk we hear that Carno officials unloaded various exotic goods from their fleet of captured Lotii ships. From Corlander officials we hear that the ETTC Sussex fleet turned a tidy profit in Port Raleigh, and that the ETTC Cherub fleet did ok in Mesabi Landing, except for the loss of Tuna King and her cargo, which was valued at 130 DBs. Additionally, the crews of Albatros and Turaco II were seen celebrating strong profits with stronger drinks in King’s Harbour. And Octan Tanker successfully delivered needed whale oil to Mooreton Bay. Reports from Oleon’s RNTC are that the Le Gaillard fleet made more than 500 DBs in Nova Terreli, and from Granoleon we hear that HRS Phoebe made nearly 200 DBs on her run, although it would have been more if HRS Helios hadn’t turned back. Despite tough losses to the Sea Rats, Eslandola still had some trading successes this month. Our man in Weelond reports that the crews of cutters Finch and Lark were celebrating in their return, while from Nova Terreli we hear that La Contessa and Far Horizon combined for nearly 600 DBs in profit. MCTC officials also report that the venerable sloop Cotton Lady II did well in their call in Granoleon. Not to ignore the Sea Rats that obey the laws of the sea, we hear from Charlatan Bay that Vengeful Arrow and Triton’s Pitty made nearly 700 DBs on their most recent voyage. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Ships Lost to Davy Jones’ Locker AQAR (Maxim I) Cutlass (Bloody Bill) FV No.4 (LM71Blackbird) HMS Barracuda II (LM71Blackbird) Lory (Carno) Lucky Strike (Capt Wolf) Midnight Sun (Mardier) Prince Fernando II (MCTC) Stormbringer II (Sea Rats) Swift (Weelond) Trinidad (NOD) Ships Captured MOC’d Belus (taken from merc by LeColeon) Corland Supplier 2 (taken from Jan Van Sud by Mardier) Dolfijn (taken from Bregir by Captain Gore) Dozy Dragon (taken from Bregir by Bloody Bill) El Genio (taken from Capt Wolf by Kwatchi) Eslandita (taken from MCTC by NOD) Flying Colt (taken from Jan Van Sud by Mardier) FV No.1 (taken from LM71Blackbird by Garmadon) LBSF Demeter (taken from LBSF by Garmadon) Le Petit Bleu (taken from Oleon by Kwatchi) Marlinspike (taken from Bregir by NOD) Piece of Eight II (taken from MCTC by Kwatchi) QV Gunboat No.1 (taken from Quinnsville by Garmadon) The Gallant (taken from Bardo by Kwatchi) Thunderer (taken from Eslandola by Kwatchi) Tuna King (taken from ETTC by Garmadon) Un-MOC’d Archer (taken from Jan Van Sud by Mardier) Leatherneck (taken from Lotus by Montroy) Limpkin (taken from Lotus by Corrington) Lizard (taken from Lotus by Corrington) Nighthawk (taken from Namere by LeColeon) Known Black-Flagged Ships Still at Large (all of their crews scoundrels and wanted for piracy) Audacious Blackjack Black Sam Bonefish Buccaneer’s Dread Dreamchaser El Lobo Esperanza Estrella FTA Apollo’s Mirth Habana Hand of Fate II Joker’s Folly Jolly Rogers Kate’s Gambit Komodo Dragon II Lachesis La Gomera Marlin Marvel II Maverick Nightingale Nightwing II Paraiso Peregrine II Puck’s Jest II Purple Rain Sailfish Soberano De Los Mares Swordfish Tarpon The Andromeda The Drunken Monkey Villain’s Boat Viper Note that Black Flag Sea Rat ship locations are hidden when docked in Sea Rat ports and Garveyian ports, and all black flag ships are hidden when docked at Barracuda Bay or Dragon Lair or other pirate hideouts. 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  8. July – October 622. Vol 7, Issue 3 Corrie and Lotii Fleets Clash to Break Blockade of Seawatch! Lotus Naval Forces Routed in Battle of Cape Barten News has reached the offices of the KPA of a large naval battle fought in the waters north of Cape Barten, just east of the besieged Carnite settlement of Seawatch on the island of El Oleonda in the New Haven Sea. The massing of large numbers of Corlander ships and troops in the settlement of Spudkirk has been noted here at the KPA for months; although there was much speculation about how (and if) the Corries would employ these forces. After a final build up in the weeks prior to the last trading season, Corrie intent has finally been revealed when two large fleets departed Spudkirk, both laden with hundreds of Redcoats. The first fleet; a powerful battle squadron flying the pennant of Rear Admiral Fletcher proceeded to aggressively sweep the waters between Spudkirk and Seawatch with the intent of engaging the Lotii fleet blockading Seawatch. At dawn of on the 29th September while approaching Cape Barten from the east; the Corrie lookouts spied masts on the horizon to the southwest and by 8am, it was clear the approaching fleet was the Lotii blockading force, including the former Corrie 1st rate ship of the line Dominance. By 9am, battle was inevitable and the Corrie fleet had hoisted their battle ensigns, cleared the gun decks, and formed line. Led by Fletcher's flagship, the heavy frigate HMS Legion, the Corlander battle line consisted of frigates HMS Alexandria and WTC Red Angel, men'o'war HMS Unicorn, HMS Theseus, HMS Publius II, and HMS Perseus II, and war brig HMS Peregrine. Opposing them were a Lotii force of unknown leader, led by the war junk Lion (class 5), supported by war junks of carying size: Lobster (class 4), Limpet (class 3), Lemming (class 3). The Lotii force also included Corrie vessels, now prizes of war crewed by Lotii and mercenary crews: the 1st rate Dominance and brig Ymir. Legion, Alexandria and Theseus swarmed around Dominance, attempting to overwhelm the behemoth with their gunnery. Theseus was caught in a massive broadside from the 1st rate and swiftly sunk with great loss of life, the first casualty of the battle. Meanwhile the WTC Red Angel had managed to clear the decks of the smaller Limpet with merciless cannonade and installed a prize crew, before turning to assist with the continuing battle against Dominance. Unicorn and Peregrine faced off against Lion and Ymir, re-capturing Ymir and driving off the Lion, although not before the Lotii flagship dealt serious damage to Unicorn, de-masting her and putting her out of the fight. The war junks Lobster and Lemming put up a terrific fight against Publius and Perseus, attempting to out manoeuvre the square-rigged Corries. Superior Corlander gunnery again won the day however, with Lemming sunk and Lobster captured. Meanwhile, in the dual with Dominance, the smaller Corrie ships circled the huge 1st rate, constantly battering her with cannonade to seemingly little effect. Disaster struck Alexandria when her rudder fouled and left her drifting at a critical moment. Fletcher on Legion was helpless to intervene as Dominance lined up to deliver the same devastating broadside that had recently finished Theseus, when suddenly, the WTC crewed Red Angel entered the fray, racking the Dominance from the stern and forcing her to turn away from Alexandria, giving that ship time to affect repairs and rejoin the fight. Now with three large Corrie vessels battering away at her, Dominance began to withdraw to the east. At this stage Lion, retreating from her fight against Peregrine and Unicorn, surprised Red Angel with a racking of her own, setting her on fire from which she would not recover. Alexandra turned to rescue Red Angel's crew and Fletcher put Legion between the stricken vessel and the retreating Lotii. With the Seawatch blockade broken and three prizes, one Lotii ship sunk for the loss of two ships and one damaged, the Corlanders had clearly carried the day - although the escape of their former first rate must have made the victory somewhat bitter-sweet for the Reds. Seawatch Relieved by the Reds and Greens! After the battle of Cape Barten, Rear Admiral Fletcher's Corlander battle squadron rendezvoused with the second Corlander troop carrying fleet of nine ships to proceed into Seawatch. As they approached the bedraggled settlement, masts were sighted again, this time from the northwest. The battle-scarred Corries cleared the gun decks for a second time and prepared for battle, only to be surprised by the unexpected appearance of a large Eslandolan fleet of eleven vessels! After exchange of salutes, the combined Corlander-Eslandolan Fleet sailed into Seawatch harbor, huge cannonades driving the forward Lotii besiegers back into the jungle and over 800 troops landing, bringing a huge store of supplies to the Carnite defenders. With strong combined Carnite/Corlander/Eslandolan forces now in Seawatch, and Oleonese forces reported to be advancing overland from Fort Arltrees, surely the Lotii threat to Seawatch is over, although reports from that place indicate that the force of unknown strength remains in the densely wooded area outside Seawatch. Carno Crushes Lotus Convoy In yet another blow to Lotii maritime power in the New Haven Sea, the Carnite Navy has won a successful engagement against a Lotii fleet. Carnite naval commander Fregattenkapitän Karl von Saalwächter led a small but powerful flotilla of Carnite warships and accompanying supply vessels in a daring attempt to slip past the Lotii blockade of Seawatch. Although not powerful enough to directly confront the blockading force, von Saalwächter planned to lure Lotii pickets into an ambush using captured class 5 war junk Locust. On approaching Seawatch, Locust happened upon a Lotii supply convoy instead of the pickets, which unknown to the Carnites had been withdrawn to confront the Corlander fleet. Taking the bait, the Lotii class 4 war junk Lemur separated from the class 3 supply ships Llama, Lory, Lorikeet, and Leaf. von Saalwächter pounced with his naval forces men-o-war Cobra and Caracal, brigs Coyote and Comorant, and war sloop Greedy Guppy. At the same time, Carnite supply ships Caribou and Civet attempted a break through to Seawatch. Separated from their escorts, the Lotii merchantmen were swiftly overcome by the Carnite forces with Lemur, Llama, and Lory all being captured and Leaf fleeing off to the east. Meanwhile, Lemur sunk the decoy Locust and turned to engage the Carnite fleet. In revenge for the ravished Lotii merchant convoy, Lemur easily caught and dispatched the supply vessel Civet before the Carnite men-o-war could intervene. Despite being outnumbered and having opportunity to flee, Lemur fearlessly charged straight at the Carnite fleet. Fighting with astonishing bravery and fury, the Lotii junk caused serious damage to von Saalwächter's flag ship Cobra before the other Carnite vessels joined the fray, pounding the junk into splinters. As the Lotii junk slipped beneath the brick sea, von Saalwächter was forced to abandon Cobra, which soon joined Lemur in Davy Jones’ Locker. The Carnite fleet continued to Seawatch, surprised to find the formally besieged garrison celebrating the arrival of the Corlander and Eslandolan fleets. von Saalwächter has received a hero's welcome in Seawatch as the Carnites cast a wary eye on their foreign “rescuers.” Monarchy Restored in Eslandola! King Fernando returns; Count Lewisham vanishes; Colonial Council dissolved From the Eslandolan capital of Terreli, the news has rung loud and clear: King Fernando has returned! Everyone could hear the drums, especially King Fernando, as he prepared his first speech in many years. After months of political turmoil, there was something in the air that night, the stars were bright, and finally Eslandola was coming to rest. What had begun with a power grab by Count Lewisham, who seemingly had bribed most of Eslandola's society, ended with the reinstatment of King Fernando as an absolute monarch. The Colonial Council was dissolved after that final duel between Fernando and Lewisham. Likewise, those strange political parties that had briefly appeared and had aimed for strange new currencies or power for women had also vanished completely. As for Count Lewisham, the King suggested that the count had been hanged, but others say that he escaped the hangman’s noose and fled to islands unknown. Asked about the recent events, the King Fernando told our intrepid reporter that, "If I had to do the same again, I would, my friend." Eslandola's noblemen and high society cheered the King and his return. The mood from the trade companies was not as joyful, but all are glad to be rid of Count Lewisham. Events at Sea Sea Rats attack WTC convoy From Mesabi Landing we hear that a WTC convoy was attacked by the Sea Rat black flag fleet led by the galleon La Gomera. The eight pirate vessels caught the WTC fleet, led by the terraman Icarus Returning, west of Cascadia and promptly overwhelmed them. The Rats’ broadsides damaged the Icarus Returning and WTC Teamwork while they boarded and made off with the brig WTC Seriously. No word as of yet on the fate of the crew. The WTC ships did manage to sink the brig Victoria II before using the rising storm to break away. Only WTC Copperhead managed to escape unscathed. The black flagged galleons are becoming a menace in the area. Jolly Rogers harass MAESTRO convoy Our man in Damaborg reports that the MAESTRO fleet led by the class 5 xebec Purple Reign was harrased on its journey through the New Haven Sea by the Jolly Rogers, apparently returning from an unsuccessful adventure at this year’s Soccer Cup. The little Sea Rascals picked up the trail of the MAESTRO fleet soon after it departed Jameston and followed them to south of Punto Sur before the Jolly Rogers broke off for points unknown. The El Rubi was damaged when soccer balls fouled their rigging, but no other damage was reported by the MAESTRO crews when they reached Damaborg. Eslandola black flag attacks native traders From Interlagos, an Eslandian town on the north coast of Maldria, we hear that Captain Jack Merker, fresh off his escape from captivity by the Lotii, sailed into port with the native longboat Sapphire Seas in tow. While Merker’s flagship flies the black, he was treated warmly in Neustadt last month when he presented Carnite authorities there with three captured Lotii war junks. No word yet on whether Eslandian authorities will do anything regarding his activities, but his crew were reportedly celebrating returning to Eslandian soil with no immediate concerns. Pirate Round-Up JVS whiffs in attack on ESL vessel From the small trading post of Puerto Alijo we hear that the Eslandian terraman Whiffo’s Riposte successfully eluded the clutches of notorious pirate Jan Van Sud. The pirate stalked the trader shortly after it departed Terreli, but Captain Whiffo was too smart for him. Using his knowledge of the waters near the Eslandolan capital, Captain Whiffo lured the pirate into dangerous shoals, where one of the pirate’s ships was damaged. Whiffo then skillfully maneuvered his ship out of dangerous waters and was on his way before the pirate could navigate out of trouble. LeColeon escapes Mardier fleet Our man in Weelond reports that he infamous pirate LeColeon had quite the surprise when he attacked a Mardierian convoy west of Terraversa. The ship-o-the-line Minerva came into the Eslandian port with the pirate brig Lusty Princess in tow. While the Mardierian convoy does feature two stout class 4 trading vessels, their heavily armed escorts include Minerva, man-o-war Meteor, and war brig Marauder. Apparently Mardier uses it as something of a decoy fleet to lure in pirates, and this time it worked like a charm. Unfortunately, LeColeon and his other ships were able to disengage and escape. However, in addition to the capture of Lusty Princess, the Mardierian traders earned a tidy profit for the run from Nola Mar to Weelond. Francois the Elder comes up empty again In Stormhaven the crew of the Dozy Dragon, a small class 2 junk trader from Molokai, reported being attacked by a pirate in the waters between Ile de Zeus and Ferro Azure. From the description they gave, it sounds like they were attacked by Francois the Elder, a pirate that has been harassing traders throughout the islands, although with little success. This time appears to be no different, as the Molokai traders were able to escape the pirate and his brig with little trouble. Captain Gore attacks COR traders Our man in Belondia, that little Corish outpost on the northeastern peninsula of the continent, sends word that the crews of the sloops Satyr and Dolfijn report being attacked by the infamous pirate Captain Gore. Both ships were damaged in the attack but managed to escape. This is not the first report of Captain Gore patrolling these waters, as he continues to make his presence known, even if he has to resort to attacking small traders. Weather Report Bad weather extending through the Sea of Storms from Weelond up through Prinport resulted in some difficulties for Namerean traders recently. From Bardo we hear that the brig Nexus was forced to make port in the town known in past years for its music festival rather than continue on to nearby Weelond, and our man in Prinport tells us that the brig Nighthawk was forced to return to report soon after setting out on its southbound journey. Squalls in the Sea of Thieves also disrupted shipping. From Quinnsville we hear that the Eslandian escort El Dorado had to leave its convoy and take shelter in the Corish port when its rigging was damaged, and from Puerto Alijo we hear that Sea rat trader The Octopus II was forced to break off from its convoy when it lost its mast in high winds. In the east, a storm system ravaged the South Prio Sea. From King’s Harbour the crew of the Amelia report that the Alexander Keith went down in the storm. -page 2- Financial Times Bankruptcy Looms for Queen Annetta? It has come to our attention that Corrington has only a little more than 300 DB in the royal treasury, and according to our sources, that is due only to the largesse of a prominent wealthy citizen. Additionally, the local coffers for the city of Arlinsport and the town of Elizabethville are in the red to a combined amount that would nearly wipe out the paltry funds in the queen’s treasury. Clearly the cost of ships and troops for the fight on Terraversa and the battle against the Lotii, have been a mighty drain on Corrish finances. Was this the reason the Corrish Navy failed to sail a few months back? Also, rumors persists that the WTC is in serious financial trouble and is only being kept afloat by Countess Agnes Mesabi’s personal funds. Oleon Coffers Overflow while Cities Go Broke Meanwhile, Oleon’s treasury is flush with coin, more so by far than any other nation in the Brick Seas, but at what cost to its citizens? The latest financial reports show four Oleon settlements in the red as all funds go to the crown. The cities of Lavalette and Astrapi, along with the town of Crecopia, all show triple-digit deficits, and the town of Acropolis is also in debt with empty coffers. What will the crown do? Or does the crown care? Is Damaborg a Money Pit? Eslandola has been a model of financial responsibility of late, as the tax structure passed by the former Colonial Council appears to have addressed their concerns quite well, while the trade companies and their company settlements do much of the heavy financial lifting. But the city of Trador has been at a deficit for awhile now, and MAESTRO reported modest losses this quarter, leading some to question whether the effort to settle The Lowers and establish the town of Damaborg is actually a money pit. Only time will tell. Mercantile Report The Terraversa national trade fleet made its first call to Westface as a foreign port. Delivering needed supplies to our eastern brethren, trade officials report that the fleet turned a tidy profit, which is good news, as the fleet is currently at a reduced size as it recovers from war losses. From Fatu Hiva we hear that officials were ecstatic when the sixth rate Scamandre arrived with Oleon’s naval payroll for the sector. Meanwhile, from other Oleonder ports we hear that Garveyian traders were having success selling goods in Eltina and Lavalette, and our reporter in Breshaun heard from a little birdie that the crews of Eslandian cutters Finch and Lark were celebrating a big score. Our sources in the MCTC report that the Eslandian trade company earned a good profit delivering exotic goods to Oleon buyers on the continent in Granoleon, and also celebrated after delivering needed goods from the continent to Nova Terreli. Our man in Arlinsport reports that an Altonian trade fleet earned several doubloons on goods delivered to the Corish port. And from Quinnsville we hear that the crews of the Corish xebec Albatross and galleon Turaco II were celebrating in the pubs after being well paid for delivering anxiously awaited supplies. Social Calendar Soccer Cup Returns after Two-Year Hiatus Our man in Nola Mar has a full report on the latest edition of the Soccer Cup. Eight teams entered this year’s tournament, the first since 619 in Mesabi Landing when the Cup was interrupted by the rebellion on Terraversa. Defending champion Team E of Eltina chose to host the new round in the Oleon city of Nola Mar as a way to show that the citizens of our island can resolve their rivalries without bloodshed (as long as they don’t encounter any of the WTC hooligans). Team E chose not to defend their title, so the early betting favorite was the two-time runner-up Weelond Regimentals. The other repeat entrant was Corrington’s Quinnsville Cannonade. Although the Red Rogues did not compete this year, the WTC sent two teams, the WTC Marines and Horatio’s Hookers. The Sea Rats’ sent team Cuba Libre, and there was a local entry, the Terraversa Rebels. Additionally, two junior teams stepped up to play with the big boys: Ocean’s Eleven (made up of crew from the Sea Rats’ Jolly Rogers; not to be confused with the Ocean Eleven team from Oleon in 619), and Young Boys Pontelli. The semifinals featured an all-Eslandola game and an all-Corrington game. Young Boys Pontelli defeated the Weelond Regimentals, and Horatio’s Hookers got the best of the WTC Marines. In the final, the niños from Pontelli defeated Horatio’s Hookers to take the prize. We look forward to seeing the action in Pontelli next year! Oktoberfest Turnout Disappointing; Future of Festivities in Question As the Soccer Cup wrapped up, the annual Eslandian Oktoberfest started in Punto Sur. Our reporter there says that attendance is down this year, perhaps scared away from last year when the Sea Rats sailed an entire black flag fleet into the harbor! Regardless, from the sporadic and drunken nature of the messages from our reporter, indications are that participants are enjoying themselves, but local officials are wondering if the annual festival has run its course. ~~~~~~~~~ Ships Lost to Davy Jones’ Locker Cobra (Carno) Civet (Carno) Locust (Carno) Alexander Keith (Ayrlego/COR) HMS Red Angel (Mesabli/COR) HMS Theseus (COR) Lemming (Lotus) Victoria II (NOD/Sea Rats) Golden Rat (TomSkippy/Sea Rats) Ships Captured MOC’d HMS Ymir taken from Lotus by Corrington Sapphire Seas taken from Bregir by Capt Wolf WTC Seriously taken from Mesabi by NOD Un-MOC’d Lemur taken from Lotus by Carno Limpett taken from Lotus by Mesabi Llama taken from Lotus by Carno Lobster taken from Lotus by Corrington Lory taken from Lotus by Carno Lusty Princess taken from LeColeon by Mardier Known Black-Flagged Ships Still at Large (all of their crews scoundrels and wanted for piracy) Alexander Apollo’s Mirth AQAR Audacious Blackjack Black Sam Bonefish Dreamchaser II El Lobo Esperanza Estrella Habana Hand of Fate II Joker’s Folly Jolly Rogers Kate’s Gambit Komodo Dragon II Lachesis Lucky Strike Marlin Marvel II Maverick Nightingale Nightwing II Paraiso Puck’s Jest II Purple Rain Sailfish Stormbringer II Swordfish Tarpon The Andromeda The Drunken Money Trinidad Villain’s Boat Viper Note that Black Flag Sea Rat ship locations are hidden when docked in Sea Rat ports and Garveyian ports, and all black flag ships are hidden when docked at Barracuda Bay or Dragon Lair or other pirate hideouts. The KPA editors would like to add a special thanks to New Haven Seas war correspondent @Ayrlego and Eslandolan political reporter @Captain Braunsfeld for their contributions to this issue. Result tables to follow shortly.
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  10. February – June 622. Vol 7, Issue 2 Lotii Crush Defenders, Raid Olean Settlement! Sweet revenge for the Lotii as their forces successfully raid their own former settlement of Jiangkai, now administered by Oleon. Oleonese man-o-war HRS Ville de Granoleon II is believed to have been conducting a patrol of the waters around the Olean settlement of Jiangkai when she came across not one, but two Lotii war fleets intent on attacking the Olean settlement! In a valiant defense, HRS Ville de Granoleon II put up a furious fight against great odds, even successfully managing to sink one of the Lotii flagships, the war junk Ladybug. In the end, however, the vastly superior numbers of the Lotii fleets drove the plucky defenders off, allowing the slightly reduced combined Lotii fleets to commence a raid on Jiangkai. The majestic Oleonese fort, positioned to dominate the approaches to the settlement, stood like a rock throughout the attack and resisted all attempts by the Lotii to break in. However, after most of the fort’s guns were knocked out, the surviving garrison could not stop the Lotii swarming into the nearby settlement. The gallant resistance by the Olean troops did buy enough time for the majority of the citizens of Jiangkai – Oleonese and ethnic Lotii alike – to flee into the nearby jungle. Jiangkai was then thoroughly sacked by the victorious Lotii troops, who are reported to have plundered a significant amount before withdrawing, possibly fearing Olean re-enforcements from nearby Fort Arltrees. Both sides are understood to have taken significant losses. Lotii efforts to fire the town were not successful, probably due to the haste of the sacking caused by the robust Olean defence. The Lotii are showing a great propensity for these hit-and-run naval raids, having started the conflict with a similar raid on the Corlander settlement of Spudkirk almost two years ago. With the Carnite settlement of Seawatch poised on the brick of falling to Lotii besiegers, this reporter wonders is any Madrician settlement in the area safe? OOC Results: 61 troops lost for Oleon, 119 troops lost for Lotus; 585DB transferred from Oleon to Lotus; large fort at Jiangkai inactive until repaired (MOC required) More News from the War Zone Seawatch Defenders Despair under Relentless Lotii Siege News out of Seawatch is that despite the resolute defense put up by the Carnite defenders, Seawatch will not last out without relief for much longer. With the Lotii blockade iron tight, the defenders are said to be down to their last powder and shot and have long been reduced to minimum rations. Unless help arrives very soon, this bastion of Carno on El Oleonda will fall! Tensions between Corrie and Oleander Troops on El Oleonda It is believed that small advanced parties of Corlanders are arriving on El Oleonda after the shock news of an agreement between Oleon and Corlander authorities at the end of last year. Despite the intentions of the leadership of those two Empires, we here at the KPA are hearing reports of tensions on the ground between the troops of the two traditional rivals that suggest that cooperation may not be as easy as hoped. Incidents have been reported in both Fort Arltrees and Neustadt. Only time will tell if these two recent belligerents will be able to cooperate to defeat the Lotii threat. Escaped POWs Deal Blow to Lotus War Fleet From Neustadt we hear that a rag-tag Eslandian fleet led by former prisoners of war devastated the Lotii’s premier war fleet as it returned from the raid on Jiangkai. The Eslandian fleet, a collection of brigs and carracks the Lotii had taken as prizes in recent months, were stolen by the escaped prisoners and sailed out of Luyang after the Lotus war fleets had already set sail. Later, when the Lotii’s Lion fleet was returning to Luyang, it encountered the escapees. And the escapees let their former captors have the worst of it! They claim to have sunk the war junk Leopard and towed in the captured junks Liger and Longspur. Carnite officials have taken the captured Lotus crews into custody and hope to learn much about Lotus war efforts from the interrogations. No word yet on what the newly free sailors plan to do with their prize flotilla of seven ships! Carno Fleet Victorious in Encounter with Lotii Meanwhile, our reporter in Neuberg sends word that a Carnite naval squadron entered port with the war junk Locust in tow. Word from Carno naval officials is that the fleet, led by the man-o-war Caracal, encountered a Lotii fleet northwest of Bricksford Landing and proceeded to engage the enemy. The brig Caribou and sloop Greedy Guppy were damaged, but succeeded in capturing the Locust and damaging the war junk Leech before driving off the remaining enemy ships. Concerning to local officials is the description of the Lotii flagship Leatherneck, which was larger than any other previously encountered native Lotus ship, similar in size to a galleon! Corrish Navy Missing in Action, Shipping Suffers Our sources are still trying to determine why most elements of the Corrish navy did not set sail this month. Perhaps they are regrouping for a major effort against the Lotii. But in the interim, civilian shipping suffered at the hands of the Lotii. From Wullham we hear that the crew of the trader Bonnie, a small bermuda-rigged sloop, is telling stories of a narrow escape from a Lotus patrol squadron. The Bonnie was damaged by the fleet of four junks, but managed to escape with her cargo intact. Around the Brick Seas Sea Rat Black Flags Tangle with Eslandola, Oleon ESL Patrol Decimated, but Cartagena Sunk Our man in King’s Harbour sends word that the survivors of the Eslandolan brig Asesino II reported that their anti-piracy patrol of four ships was engaged off the coast of Poorvintia by a powerful fleet sailing under the black, led by the galleon Cartagena -- a veritable floating fortress! The Victoria II and the Peregrine II, no match for the opponent’s warships, struck their flags and surrendered to the Esperanza and the Estrella. The schooner La Salamandra fought on and was disabled by the Cartagena. Then, unluckily for the attacker, a shot to the powder magazine made La Salamandra explode when the Cartagena closed in for the kill. The explosion set fire to the Cartagena and brought her to Davy Jones locker with the La Salamandra. The explosion also damaged the rudder of the black-flagged Paraiso, which enabled Asesino II to escape the trap. MAESTRO Fleet Ambushed From Punto Sur we have received reports that an Eslandolan fleet led by the flagship Princess Margot arrived with a small and crafty ship in tow. Apparently the MAESTRO fleet, returning from their new settlement of Damaborg in The Lowers, were attacked off the east coast of Maldria when they stopped to obtain fresh water. Suddenly they were under attack by a throng of small ships swarming out of nowhere. The Margot, a third-rate ship-of-the-line, still at the anchor, couldn't do anything and was quickly overwhelmed by the raging crews of the aggressors. The powerful Princess Margot, flagship of the fleet, was able to run out and tie down in double-quick time, but the scoundrels were too small and too numerous to be correctly targeted, even if a single shot could smash a pirate. The Dark Purple Rain came to the rescue and captured one of the pirates' exotic little catamarans. When the Princess Margot struck her flag, the Dark Purple Rain escaped with only the captured Kingfish. The loss of two such powerful ships is a blow to MAESTRO efforts in the New Haven Sea. MAESTRO’s Revenge Meanwhile, from Jameston we hear that another MAESTRO fleet, this one led by the Purple Reign, got the upper hand on their Sea Rat agitators. The Cardinal II sailed into port with the Sea Rat sloop LaPetunia in tow. Purple Reign, Cardinal II, and El Rubi all showed storm damage, but the fleet -- and their cargo -- was intact. Oleon Turns Tables on Pirates! Our correspondent from Dortanix reports that a trade fleet from Oleon, led by the brig Hemera, took on the fearsome Sea Rats war fleet led by the Hand of Fate II. After riding out a storm off the coast of Terraversa, the Oleonese ships found the Sea Rats fleet heaving to, probably to repair. Two ships, the Prince Alex and the Hotspur, were moored together with the rowboats going to and fro with the other ships to bring spare parts. The Rats were surprised by the Oleonese ships, and with a smooth maneuver and three longboats, the Bluecoats succeeded in boarding the moored ships, encountering no resistance. They set sails freely and were able to make some distance before the Sea Rat rowboats could raise the alarm. The feared Hand of Fate II and Dreamchaser II gave chase, and when the Hemera missed stays, she was destroyed by the bow chasers of the two dreadnoughts. The rest of the Oleonese fleet reached port safely with their prizes. A Case of Mistaken Identity From Nova Terreli we hear that the Sea Rat squadron led by Odin’s Scorn nearly attacked friendly Sea Rat traders near Isla Del Diablo. The crew of The Firefly say that it was all a case of mistaken identity, as a crate of green silk had broken open on deck, and Odin’s Scorn apparently mistook them for Eslandian traders. The mix-up was soon resolved and both fleets went on their way. Pirate Round-Up Captain Gore Sinks Namerean Ship From Prinport we hear that a Namerean patrol was attacked by the pirate Captain Gore just south of this Garveyian port. The crew of the sloop Nova report that the pirate attacked the brig Nemesis with intent of taking her, but she took a pounding and sunk. Outnumbered, Nova used her superior maneuverability to escape the pirate fleet. Gunboats Foil Bloody Bill From Quinnsville we hear that the infamous pirate Bloody Bill has mounted yet another attack on shipping around the Corrish settlement. Quinnsville gunboats captured the sloop Rusty Claw and damaged the pirate’s flagship, Crimson Revenge, but were unable to stop him from sinking one gunboat and capturing another. Still, the Corrish gunboat initiative continues to pay dividends, as no commercial shipping was harmed. Montroy Eludes Carno Patrol Our man in Neuberg reports that a small Carnite patrol chased off the infamous pirate Montroy north of Fort Arltrees. Naval officials here claim the the man-o-war Cobra and brig Coyote damaged one of the pirate’s three ships before Montroy escaped southeast in his flagship Cardinal’s Shadow. JVS Reaps What He Sows Our man in Terreli reports that the crew of HMS Alice is telling of an attack by the pirate Jan Van Sud. However, the pirate’s attack went awry when two of his sloops, former Altonian traders, fouled their rigging in high winds. Then the crew of another captured sloop, the Aardvark, capsized in the rough seas, and HMS Alice was able to make her escape. Speculation is that the pirate failed to properly repair his prizes from an earlier attack and suffered the consequences. To that we raise our glasses and cheer! LeColeon Tucks and Runs From Pharos we have received reports that the Oleon sixth rate warship Scamandre fought off an attack from the notorious pirate LeColeon. No casualties are reported for either side, as it was apparently an exercise in maneuvering, and the pirate finally departed without a ship being fired. Oleon naval officials are deeming this a victory for driving the pirate away from their waters. Something Rotten in Elysabethtown? From Elysabethtown we hear that the misfortune of the notorious pirate Francois the Elder has continued. This time one of his ships, the Wicked Wench, was towed in by the AQAR. However, the continued operation of the AQAR in this port is causing quite a stir, as the AQAR is accused of much piracy, yet seems to have found safe haven here. The captain of the AQAR is known to be a former MAESTRO captain turned renegade, so it is unclear how he can freely sail to and from this port without Eslandian or MAESTRO officials taking action. Weather on the Brick Seas A storm system creating rough seas moved across the northern reaches of the Sea of Storms and the Terraversa Sea, disrupting shipping for many. Our Garveyian sources report that the Mardierian man-o-war Mongo sprung a leak and was forced to leave its convoy and take shelter at Prinport. Our sources on our home island tell us that the Oleon sloop The Resurrection similarly sprung a leak and took shelter in Nola Mar. And from Nova Terreli we hear that at least three ships, including our own Terraversan trader Typhoon, had to take cover in the Eslandian port to escape the storm. A stronger storm raged through the Cocovia and Prio Seas, and Lavalette appears to have been a safe haven for many. From that large Oleon city we hear that MAESTRO’s Oscuridad II sunk in the Cocovia Sea, and Eslandola’s Firefly sank in the Prio Sea. We also hear reports of several Oleon ships having trouble at sea. The ship-of-the-line HRS Royal Philip listed dangerously when its ballast shifted and was forced to take shelter at Poppy Port. The terraman Le Gaillard had to deal with both storms, and it was the only ship in its convoy to reach Lavalette, as the HRS Terrible capsized and The Argo was forced to stop at Nova Terreli. In the New Haven Sea, we hear that the Princesse Feline may have been fortunate to have been diverted to Punto Sur before the rest of her fleet was attacked by pirates! Mercantile Report Breshaun appears to have been hungry for imports this month, as we hear that crews form all factions are celebrating with the lovely ladies of that city after raking in the doubloons. In particular, the Eslandian crews of La Descoberta and Lady of Madrice II are partying hard. And our man in Nova Terreli reports that the crew of Oleon’s Le Aspiration is celebrating in that Eslandian port. Reports from the continent suggest that Terreli, Belson, and Granoleon continue to pay well for cargos from across the Brick Seas. From Jameston, where the Prio Sea meets the New Haven Sea, we hear that the crew of El Rubi, a MAESTRO trader, was celebrating successfully delivering their cargo despite being attacked by LaPetunia during their voyage. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ships Lost to Davy Jones’ Locker FV No.3 (LM71Blackbird/COR) Firefly (ESL) La Salamandra (ESL) Oscuridad II (MAESTRO/ESL) Ladybug (Lotus) Leopard (Lotus) Nemesis (Namere) Aardvark (Jan Van Sud/NPC) Hemera (CapOnBOBS/OL) HRS Terrible (OL) Cartagena (NOD/Sea Rats) Ships Captured MOC’d Hotspur taken from Kwatchi by OL Prince Alex taken from Kwatchi by OL Pergrine II taken from ESL by NOD Victoria II taken from ESL by NOD LaPetunia taken from Roadmonkeytj by MAESTRO Kingfish taken from Professor Thaum by Maxim I FV No.2 taken from LM71Blackbird by Bloody Bill Margot taken from Trador by Professor Thaum Princess Margot taken from Maxim I by Professor Thaum Un-MOC’d Wicked Wench taken from Francois the Elder by Maxim I Locust taken from Lotus by Carno Liger taken from Lotus by Capt Wolf Longspur taken from Lotus by Capt Wolf Rusty Claw taken from Bloody Bill by Quinnsville Known Black-Flagged Ships Still at Large (all of their crews scoundrels and wanted for piracy) Alexander Apollo’s Mirth AQAR Audacious Black Sam Bonefish Dreamchaser II Esperanza Estrella Golden Rat Habana Hand of Fate II Joker’s Folly Jolly Rogers Komodo Dragon II Lachesis Marlin Marvel II Maverick Nightingale Paraiso Puck’s Jest II Purple Rain Sailfish Stormbringer II Swordfish Tarpon The Andromeda The Drunken Money Trinidad Villain’s Boat Viper Note that Black Flag Sea Rat ship locations are hidden when docked in Sea Rat ports, Garveyian ports, and Barracuda Bay or Dragon Lair or other pirate hideouts. Result tables to follow shortly.
  11. October 621 – January 622. Vol 7, Issue 1 The Lotus Empire Strikes Back! From El Oleonda we hear news of a new wave of conflict sweeping the isle! Rumors of a huge new Lotii army have been abound for months since the capture of a Lotus spy near Brickford Landing. Now our sources in Carno report the settlement of Seawatch is under siege! Little information has escaped the settlement, as the Lotii have ringed the coastal town with siege works and trenches and a Lotii fleet blockades the seaward approaches. The few small Carnite ships that have escaped tell of a vast Lotii army, equipped with modern weapons and conducting daily bombardment from both land and sea causing much carnage. The small Carnite settlement is not expected to be able to hold out for much longer without relief, and it is unknown what other forces Carno has in the New Haven area available to conduct such an operation. Our sources in Brickford Landing report that Corrish authorities reached out to Carno with an offer of an alliance against the Lotii a couple of months ago, but we do not know what came of that diplomatic foray. What will the fate of the Carnite settlers be at the hands of the Lotii barbarians? Surely only the Gods can save them now! This military campaign has been paired with increased naval patrols, two of which clashed with the Corlander navy. Our man in Brickford Landing reports that a Corlander squadron led by the HMS Badger gave chase to an armed Lotus supply convoy led by the Lemur. The Lotus war junks where outmatched, and took flight, which led to a prolonged stern chase, with chase guns dueling to cripple the enemy. The Corlander brig Cannonball, a former Eslandian and Sea Rat vessel, pulled ahead of the line and looked to be catching up with its quarry, when a lucky shot took down its foremast. The fuming Corlander captain of the HMS Badger reported that the fallen mast and crippled brig blocked his squadron and allowed the enemy to escape. Corlander bad luck did not end here, though, as the Lotus turned their weapons upon their former masters. The word from Spudkirk is that the HMS Dominance, captured by the Lotus in a former engagement and now part of a squadron led by the war junk Lion, intercepted a Corlander troop transport fleet and damaged the xebec Sternidae. The Corlander flagship, the HMS Legion, at once signaled the warships to take up positions between the transports and enemy fleet. The Corlanders were outnumbered and outgunned, and had it not been for the gallant sacrifice of the commander of the brig HMS Ymir, the whole Corlander fleet would likely have been lost. However, at a critical moment, the HMS Ymir rammed directly into the Longspur in the middle of the Lotus fleet, firing both broadsides. In the collision, both the war junk and the brig lost masts and spars, getting entangled in each other's rigging and blocking the progress of the Lotus fleet. While Corlander officials lament the loss of the fine brig, all of Corrington celebrates its valiant commander, who may just have saved Spudkirk, by ensuring the arrival of reinforcements. Troops on the Move From Silithona we hear that, after much discussion with Oleon officials at the Pine Island Monastery, Oleon has consented to redcoat troops on the New Haven island of El Oleonda to fight the growing Lotus threat. We have reliable information that Corrington has sent the 26th Foot under the command of Captain Brickleton from Terraversa, and our sources in Westface tell us that Corrington’s 95th regiment, aka the “Queen’s Rifles,” has been dispatched to El Oleonda as well. Our Oleon sources tell us that Oleon's 1st Grenadier Guards, recently departed from Terraversa, have landed in Fatu Hiva to resupply as they proceed to the New Haven Sea. Given the threat from the Lotii, and the movement of redcoat troops to El Oleonda, we can’t imagine that Oleon won’t reinforce Fort Arltrees with more troops in the near future. In addition to the Corrish and Oleonder troops headed for El Oleonda, our Eslandian sources tell us that a large contingent of MAESTRO ships set sail from Punto Sur full of troops, reportedly set to support an expedition exploring The Lowers archipelago in the southern reaches of the New Haven Sea. However, rumors abound that these troops could actually be intended to combat the Lotus as well. We have no word from MAESTRO officials at this time. Meanwhile, our man in Weelond reports that there was much jubilation at the safe return of that city’s namesake regiment after they were deployed to Terraversa, and there is no indication that they will be headed to the New Haven Sea any time soon. Around the Brick Seas Sea Rats Pose as Merchants, Ambush Eslandolan Traders We hear from New Nassau that some Eslandian traders were treated rather rudely by their Sea Rat hosts. As the Greenies tell it, a large Sea Rat fleet flying normal Sea Rat colors – rather than the black flag – attacked the small trade squadron sailing up from Ceniza Bajo in the Luther Islands. The captain of the schooner Valiant Phoenix reports that five large ships, led by the galleon Habana, sank the xebec Consort’s Duty and damaged Valiant Phoenix before he and Island Rose could escape. While the danger of piracy is recognized throughout the Brick Seas, the subterfuge of the pirates posing as a trade fleet have Eslandolan officials in a tizzy. Corlander Gunboats Attack Neutral Merchant Our man in Quinnsville sends word of a scandalous event. Whether due to incompetence or criminal intent, the Quinnsville gunboats set upon a neutral trader, the Sea Rat Vengeance of the Desert, and took her prize. While trying to board the merchant vessel, the two gunboats fell afoul of each other, resulting in No. 3 sinking, and No. 2 taking heavy damage. No doubt the commander thought the prize his atonement for the lost gunboat, and we can only imagine his consternation when realizing he had put his name to piracy! Corrish authorities offered no official comment at this time, simply muttering about the blatant breach of the Corlander Articles of War. We at the KPA emphasize with the poor lieutenant in charge of the Quinnsville Gunboats, and whoever has to inform Rear Admiral Fletcher in Kings Harbour. Pirate Round-Up Eslandian Fleet Bites Bloody Bill From Port Raleigh we hear that an Eslandian anti-piracy patrol led by the brig Asesino II pursued Bloody Bill all the way from Tortuga before the pirate was finally able to escape into a storm bank in the Cocovia Sea. The Greenies report that they damaged the brig Rusty Claw and sloop Little Scavenger, but the Bloody One got away in his flagship, the man-o-war Crimson Revenge. Carno Captures Sloop from Francois the Elder The Lotus siege of Seawatch isn’t the only problem the Carnites are having, but they lost no time swatting away an attempt at pirating one of their supply fleets. From Fatu Hiva we hear that a Carno squadron towed in the sloop Greedy Guppy and had several of pirate Francois the Elder’s crewmembers in shackles. Francois escaped at the helm of the brig Rabid Ranger, but the Carno fleet suffered no damage and was even able to get needed supplies in port intended for the relief of Seawatch. Montroy Whiffs in Attack on Eslandola Trader Our man in Nova Terreli reports that the crew of Eslandian terraman Whiffo’s Riposte are telling tales about outmaneuvering the pirate Montroy just north of Isla de Victoria and escaping the pirate’s attack. Montroy has had success against Eslandian shipping in the past, as he uses the former Greenie frigate Cardinal’s Shadow as his flagship. But, despite being outnumbered 3-to-1, Captain Whiffo was able to use his knowledge of the local shallows to plot a course the pirates could not follow without exposing themselves to a raking counterattack. And not only did Whiffo escape, but his cargo was undamaged, and he was rewarded with a good profit in Nova Terreli. Rogue MAESTRO Captain Attacks Eslandian Ship Our man in Pontelli reports that the Eslandian sloop Fog Breaker was attacked by the black-flagged ship-o-the-line AQAR in the waters around Berelli. Captain Myles, formerly First Mate of the aforementioned Captain Whiffo, says he was able to duck into a fog bank to escape. Meanwhile, the 50-gun AQAR and the cutter Alexander, both under the command of rogue MAESTRO Captain Hernando Grey, has apparently sailed into the Eslandian port and MAESTRO company stronghold of Elysabethtown. We have received no word yet on whether Eslandian or MAESTRO officials have taken the renegade captain or his ships into custody. Gentleman Privateer Strikes Again From Port Raleigh we hear that the crew of the Eslandian snow Jon El Flurry rowed into port in a lifeboat rather than their ship. The captain reports that the ship was sunk by the Gentleman Privateer. However, living up to his moniker, rather than leave his victims to Davy Jones' Locker, the Gentleman Privateer set out a boat for the waterlogged crew before departing empty-handed. Weather on the Brick Seas The Sea of Storms lived up to its name this season. From Eltina we hear that the Garveyian trader Golden Shekel sprung a leak in a storm and was forced to make landfall at the LeBellan port rather than continue to Prinport with its squadron mates. And from Belson we receive word that the Namerean brig Nexus also took on water in the rough seas and diverted to the Corrish capital rather than continue to Arlinsport. Locally, a pop-up squall in the Terraversa Sea caused problems for the Corrish trader Filly Winds, which sprung a leak and was forced to make port in Westface In the Cocovia Sea, high winds were a problem these past months. The Eslandian schooner Piece of Eight II was separated from its convoy and forced to divert to Salida Este. The Sea Rat trader FTA Dusk was also separated from its convoy by high winds and forced to make landfall in Alexport. And the Eslandian escort Clearance took on water in the rough seas east of Ferro Azure and cut its journey short by heading into Poorvintia. Finally, a fast-moving storm system made its way through the New Haven Sea, causing much mayhem. Our man in Spudkirk reports that the Carnite sloop Civit was separated from its convoy and diverted to Neustadt. We also hear from Spudkirk that a WTC convoy lost one of its ships, the WTC Dog Days, when it was separated in a storm near the unsettled Isla de Plata (aka Island #3). (OOC: The WTC Dog Days is beached on island #3; a MRCA-result MOC is required before the ship can sail again. See spoiler below for island info.) From Punto Sur we hear that Captain Matt Lenoir was forced to return to port with the xebec Purple Reign rather than continue with the other MAESTRO ships heading south. And word from our Sea Rat sources is that the Arkham Chaser is long overdue at Hellion, and she is feared lost at sea. (OOC: The Arkham Chaser is beached on one of the islands of “The Lowers” archipelago; a MRCA-result MOC is required before the ship can sail again. See spoiler below for info.) Mercantile Report National Trade Fleets National trade fleets experienced the highs and lows of plying the sea lanes these last few months. From Londa we hear that Mardierian officials are pleased with the profits from their returning convoy, and from Belson we hear there was great demand for Namerean goods. But we hear that Garveyian trade officials were unhappy with the latest haul of their eastern trade squadron after paltry profits on its return to Freeport. Here in Terraversa, our trade ministers are attempting to normalize relations with Oleon after the recent hostilities. However, after our trade fleet set sail for Astrapi, they quickly found themselves hunted by the Sea Rats’ infamous Hand of Fate fleet. The terraman Tamarin and brig Tiger were both sunk by the Rats northwest of Nova Terreli. Apparently the Sea Rats do not care that the war is over! Our captain reports that all other ships in the trade fleet reached Astrapi safely, but profits earned there will not even out the loss in ships and lives. Meanwhile, an entire Altonian trade convoy has gone missing! The schooner Archer and sloops Aardvark and Abalone were expected in Terreli last month but have not been heard from since they left Ulric. As weather was fair around the horn these past months, piracy is suspected. There are unsubstantiated reports that pirate Jan Van Sud was sailing in the area, but we cannot confirm that at this time. Private and Company Traders Several traders turned a tidy profit these past few months. From Jamestown we hear that the Alexander Keith had a golden voyage, earning more than 700 DBs for their run, and Octan Tanker 1 scored with a timely delivery of whale oil. From Mesabi Landing we hear that the trade fleet led by HMS Indomitable scored big, raising concerns that the WTC’s Agnes might be up to something big enough that she’s willing to pay top dollar for cargoes. Our man in Mooreton Bay reports that the Dozy Dragon was paid handsomely for desperately needed supplies. From Quinville we hear that the captain of Turaco II was buying drinks for the house after a big payday. Meanwhile, from Port Raleigh we hear grumbling after several Eslandian traders failed to make much at all; the most grumbling came from the investors in La Contessa de Victoria, and there was open speculation that the captain’s job was in jeopardy. What little Oleonese shipping there is apparently did quite well. From Weelond we hear that Eslandian merchants were happy to pay top dollar for goods brought by the traders Cornucopia and Hemera. And our man in Breshaun reports that HRS Helios and HRS Phoebe were showered with gold for their cargoes. But they weren’t the only ones. The Eslandian cutter Finch made a tidy profit by quickly delivering perishables from one side of the island of LeBellan to the other, and the crew of the cutter Lark were partying with the ladies of Breshaun after scoring over 600 DBs for goods from the continent. And who says Sea Rats can’t make an honest living? From Charlatan Bay we hear that the terraman Octopus II and brigantine Margaret pulled down more than 500 DBs for their totally legitimate cargo. Meanwhile, we hear the black market in Kieg has heated up again, and the Corrish trader HMS Alice may have just been in the right place at the right time … or were they up to something shady? While we don’t know that for sure, we do hear that the pirate LeColeon definitely unloaded some goods at an undisclosed Sea Rat port. - back page - Oktoberfest Wrap-Up: Sea Rats Party! Eslandian officials deemed the most recent Oktoberfest a big success, and the Sea Rats certainly provided much of the excitement. First, there were the tales being told by the crew of The Andromeda. They reported escaping from a huge class 9 or class 10 “ghost ship” south of New Nassau. Severe fog limited visibility, but the strange ship could be seen opening its gun ports in an attempt to hit The Andromeda with a broadside. However, the maneuverability of the Sea Rat frigate enabled them to alter course and escape. Next up was the local home show, the feature of this year’s festival. Westward Square (@omnihash_cz) took top honors, with the Montegro residence (@evancelt) and a Carnite immigrant farmstead (@CapOnBOBS) also winning recognition. Other properties that were honored included Don Alejandro Martinez de Recalde Saez de Vasocavala y de Sancha de Larrinaga’s large townhall (@NOD), and Oggy’s beachside eatery (@Professor Thaum). Finally, there were the exploits of Captain Bluebeard, who was so determined to enjoy the festivities that he docked his black-flagged fleet in Punto Sur’s harbor. After allowing him to get drunk as a skunk, local militia arrested the pirate and put his ships Golden Rat, Joker’s Folly, and Lachesis under guard. They also confiscated several barrels of beer, which rumor has it were used during the festival, although Eslandian officials deny this. Regardless, it looks like this may be the end for Captain Bluebeard! (OOC: black flag ships are subject to automatic capture if sailing into unfriendly ports. If you're flying the black, make sure you know where you're going! ) Soccer Cup in 622? Due to the hostilities on Terraversa, no Soccer Cup has been played since late 619. The champion Eltina squad is scheduled to host the next iteration. We have tasked our reporter in Eltina to find out when a new Soccer Cup might be scheduled. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Ships Lost to Davy Jones’ Locker Consort’s Duty (gedren_y / ESL) Hydra (Bregir / COR) Jon El Flurry (MCTC / ESL) QV Gunboat No. 3 (Quinnsville / COR) Tamarin (Terraversa) Tiger (Terraversa) Turaco (Jan Van Sud / NPC) Ships Captured MOC’d: HMS Otter (class 3) taken from Bregir by Professor Thaum HMS Ymir (class 4) taken from Corrington by Lotus Vengenace of the Desert (class 2) taken from omnihas_cz by Quinnsville Un-MOC’d Greedy Guppy (class 3) taken from Francois the Elder by Carno Archer (class 3) taken from Altonia by Jan Van Sud Aardvark (class 3) taken from Altonia by Jan Van Sud Abalone (class 3) taken from Altonia by Jan Van Sud Known Black Flag Ships Still at Large (all of their crews scoundrels and wanted for piracy) Alexander Apollo’s Mirth AQAR Audacious Dreamchaser II Esperanza Estrella Golden Rat Habana Hand of Fate II Hotspur Joker’s Folly Jolly Rogers Komodo Dragon II Lachesis Marvel II Maverick Nightingale Paraiso Prince Alex Puck’s Jest II Purple Rain Stormbringer II The Andromeda The Drunken Monkey Trinidad Villain’s Boat Viper Note that Black Flag Sea Rat ship locations are hidden when docked in Sea Rat ports, Garveyan ports, and Barracuda Bay or Dragon Lair or other pirate hideouts. Result tables to follow shortly. Results sorted by faction and flagship: (part 1) (part 2)
  12. April – September 621. Vol 6, Issue 2 PEACE IN TERRAVERSA! After months of combat and the occupation of Kings Port, peace has been achieved in Terraversa! However, as evident by the delay in our reporting, there has been a great cost to Terraversans as a result of the war, and we continue to rebuild. Here are our reports: Island to be Divided Our man in Pamu for the peace talks tells us that Terraverswa will now be divided into four zones: one ruled by Oldis, one by L’Olius, one by Loyalists in league with Oleon, and the interior shall be the realm of the native Atwi. Per the treaty: "All sides will immediately cease all offensive action and enforce permanent peace. Oleonese forces will immediately depart from Kings Port, Eastern Silitholina, and Tarlor. Terraversa will be split four ways. -Archduke Oldis is restored to Kings Port under his rightful, independent rule. Under his rule will fall the settlements of Tanari and Pamu. -Nola Mar becomes the center of a new territory under Oleonese affiliation. This includes Pilnton and the Western half of Silitholina. -Grand Admiral L'Olius is instituted in Westface as sovereign of an independent Eastern Terraversa. His domain will include the settlements of Tarlor and Eastern Silitholina. -The interior: -The interior shall encompass any territory 12 miles or more from the coast, excluding the Great Plantation and the Kingshead District. -The Atwi, from which L'Olius traces his descendants, will have free and exclusive rights to settle and inhabit the interior, and live under their own rule. In so far that no harm comes to foreign people or property, they are free to live by their own rules, under their council of elders. They will be exempt from any compulsory military or other service. -A road is to be constructed down the center of Terraversa between Westface and Terraversa through which trade and travel can happen unregulated through the interior. Each settlement may have one equally unregulated road connecting to this main route of transport. Any and all travel through the interior outside this network is subject to Atwi rules and laws, and any military movement must be restrained to these roads, unless explicitly allowed by the Atwi council. -At the central crossroads, a free trade zone is established, where trading posts can be established. No permanent military presence will be tolerated in the zone, although forces in transit may be housed." Additionally, Oleon will release all Corlander vessels currently interned in Oleonese ports under taxes due, free of charge. Further, to compensate for erroneous overcharges in the past, Oleon will transfer a lump sum to Corrington." Kings Port Restored to Oldis Here in Kings Port, the Bluecoat troops have marched out and have been replaced by Terraversan troops that had been marshalling in Pamu under the leadership of Archduke Oldis. The Archduke has acted swiftly to re-establish Kings Port as a commercial powerhouse, rebuilding fast and accepting any help he can get. The Greenie fleet led by Eslandian Admiral de Flynt arrived in port with 180 of the mercenaries that Eslandola had committed to our efforts, and they have brought needed supplies (while turning a tidy profit for themselves as well). Oleon, Mardierian Loyalists Keep Nola Mar Our sources in Nola Mar report that the Bluecoats have been quick to consolidate their forces in not only Nola Mar, but Pilnton and the western half of Sillitholina as well. And with its divided status, Sillitholina is already looking like a hot spot for proxy fights between Oleon and Corrington. At the time of our independence from Mardier, Nola Mar was a small but prosperous town, but afterward it became the hub for a return to Imperial rule, with monarchists turning to Oleon for leadership in the absence left by Mardier. Having achieved union with Oleon, loyalist Terraversans are determined to show those of us in the two “free” Terraversas the superiority of order and tradition over chaos and greed. A program of religious and cultural works has followed, with the construction of temples, monasteries, etc. L’Olius to Rule Over Westface From Westface we hear that Grand Admiral L’Olius is overcome with pride at his opportunity to finally lead Terraversans beyond his naval exploits. While Westface has always been second place to Kings Port, established as a logistics hub to supply Kings Port with agriculture produce from the Great Plantations that dominate the southeastern landscape, its population is largely made up of craftsmen and artisans of mixed Mardierian-Atwi heritage, much like L'Olius. Although before now L'Olius has never displayed any sign that his naval competence extends to the mundane administrative tasks that are necessary to keep his fledging nation afloat, he has concentrated on its agrarian roots and raw material production, focusing on the production and export of raw materials such as sugar cane, minerals, timber, etc., to much success. Fatu Hiva Returned to Oleon Under terms of the agreement, Corrington returned the Oleon eastern colony of Fatu Hiva to the Bluecoats. Reportedly not everyone among the Redcoats was happy with the concession, but it was apparently pivotal in establishing the return of Kings Port to Terraversans. * * * Pirate Round-Up Corries Capture Two Black Flags, Kids Escape Our man in Brickford Landing reports that the Corrish squadron led by HMS Badger made port with two ships in tow: Cannonball and Grand Venture, both Sea Rat black-flagged man-o-wars. The crew of the HMS Unicorn report minor damage to their ship in the encounter. Sailors from the HMS Badger report giving chase to the Sea Rat flagship Jolly Rogers, but the ship known to sport a crew of youthful sailors managed to make their escape. Eslandian Fleet Deals Blow to Sea Rat Black Flags From Salida Este, home of the Eslandolan Naval Academy, we hear that a large fleet led by the ship-of-the-line La Comete III caught a Sea Rat pirate fleet in the Sea of Thieves. Locals were delighted to see the captured man-o-war HMS Pegasus towed into port, and sailors were enjoying drinks as they told of sinking the man-o-war HMS Bull Shark. All was not joyous for the Greenies, however, as the Sea Rats sent Oscuridad III to Davy Jones’ Locker. Fortunately, most hands on board were able to be fished out of the water. Eslandian admiralty laud this as a great victory against the Sea Rat menace. LeColeon Sinks Two Corrie Ships, Escapes Corrish officials in Elizabethville are labelling as a victory the HMS Resolute’s capture of the brig Atlantis, but the renowned pirate LeColeon sank both the HMS Publius and Pineapple Revenge before making his escape aboard his flagship, Reaver’s Revenge, and the mood in the pubs is somber. Quinnsville Gunboats Again Successful From Quinnsville we hear that the local gunboats nearly captured the pirate Francois the Elder. Although the pirate himself escaped, the local gunboat patrol captured his flagship, man-o-war Serpent’s Scream, and the pirate had to transfer to the large sloop Wicked Wench to make his escape. Corrie officials were beaming at the continued success of their gunboat diplomacy with pirates in the Cocovia Sea. Captain Gore Has Near-Miss with Greenies Our reporter in Weelond sends word that the pirate Captain Gore narrowly avoided a squadron of Eslandian ships near Baskers Island. The trade company MAESTRO had purchased several ships in Prinport, but encountered rough seas right away and lost the Long Beard II to Davy Jones Locker. With the weather still a concern, and one ship already lost, the MAESTRO captain reports that he opted not to pursue the pirate fleet but rather deliver his remaining ships safely to port. Personally, we’d rather see a little more aggressiveness against the pirate scourge! Sapphire Seas Survives Encounter with Bloody Bill Our reporter in Jameston sends word that the crew of Sapphire Seas, despite damage sustained in battle, celebrated their battle with the infamous pirate Bloody Bill. Although they only sunk a former WTC gunboat that Bloody Bill has been using for some time, they forced the pirate to disengage to points west. A victory worth celebrating indeed! Namerean Traders Escape from Jan Van Sud From Balmin we hear word that a Namerean trade fleet took heavy damage when the pirate Jan Van Sud surprised them between the Mardierian island of Persus and the Namerean coast. Despite being outnumbered and taking heavy damage, the Namerean fleet reached their home port with no losses and their cargo intact. Namerean officials spoke of the need to beef up anti-piracy efforts along the Halosian coast of such attacks continue. Corries Hit by Renegade Greenie Our sources in Sillitholina report that the pirate Hernando Grey, a renegade captain formerly of the MAESTRO fleet, escaped capture at the hands of the Corrish navy. The HMS Greyhound, along with HMS Diligence, sailed into port with the cutter Valkyrie in tow. However, the HMHV Athena was lost at sea, sunk by the pirate’s flagship, AQAR. The pirate apparently came by the ship-of-the-line when he went rogue from the MAESTRO trading company and has been on the run ever since. Gentleman Privateer Practices “Catch and Release” Our gal in Elysabethtown reports that the Gentleman Privateer, an otherwise proper Corrish gentleman who is known to fly the black, captured the local canoe of native pearl divers. But, rather than take their only means of earning a living, the privateer took their pearls but let the divers and their canoe go free. Lotus Warships Active in New Haven Sea Third Rate HMS Dominance Captured! A year after the Lotii captured the Corrish third rate HMS Resilience, the scourge of the New Haven Sea have struck again. Corlander naval officials in Brickford Landing were worried about the whereabouts of the third rate HMS Dominance, which is listed as overdue in port. Given that it was sailing through Lotii waters, some feared the ship may have been sunk or captured. Well, our sources on the island of El Oleonda report that their fears were warranted, as a Lotus fleet was seen sailing home with the massive class 10 ship in tow. Twice now the Lotii have been able to overwhelm the largest ships on the Brick Seas with a swarm of mid-sized junks. The red coats may have to beef up their patrol squadrons in the area to avoid continued losses. Lotii Harass Shipping around El Oleonda In Punto Sur, the Corrish crew of the Bonnie report narrowly escaping from a Lotus patrol of four junks. Ships in Spudkirk reported seeing another Lotus squadron of three junks board and capture a solo ship, although there is some confusion about the identity of the captured ship, as it also appeared to be a small junk of some sort. But Carno continues to reinforce their presence in the area, and our man in Wayport reports that a Carno supply fleet arrived there recently, presumably on its way to Seawatch or Neuburg. Typhoon Season Upon Us Several storms ravaged shipping across the Brick Seas. Along the northern Halosian coast, we hear from Aden that the Altonian merchant Aurora had to turn back from an attempt to round the horn. Our man in Weelond tells us that MAESTRO officials confirmed the loss of the brig Long Beard II, sunk in heavy seas shortly after leaving Prinport. And from Belson we hear that the cutter Sparrow was lost at sea trying to make a run through the Sea of Storms from Weelond. Nearer to home, a near hurricane made its way from the Terraversan Sea into the Sea of Thieves. Eslandola’s new ship-of-the-line, White Rabbit, couldn’t reach Nova Terreli and was forced to call on its home port of Pontelli. From Elizabethville, Corrish officials are reporting the loss of the ironically named HMS Windblown, which was sunk in deep waters southwest of Isla Phillip. MCTC officials tell us that the terraman Far Horizon couldn’t manage the high winds and was diverted to Port Raleigh. We hear from our Sea Rat sources that the FTA Redtail couldn’t reach Charlatan Bay and was instead forced to make port at Moray’s Den. And from Quinnsville we hear that Puffin II was forced to return to port due to roguh seas, and that gunboat FV No. 3 was blown off course and forced to go to Mooreton Bay. From the Prio Seas, we hear that the Garveyian sloop Gecko was in trouble almost immediately after leaving Freeport and had to call at the nearly barren Altonian Island of Bats. From Lavalette we hear that the MCTC merchant Jon El Flurry was forced to make port rather than continue east. Other Greenie sources tell us that the Sea Rat sloop The Eagle made port at the seldom-visited Hojaroja. And from our Corrie sources on Argentia we receive word that Turaco II was blown past Mesabi Landing, finally making landfall at Camp Isaac. Additionally, the galleon Alexander Keith is overdue at Jamestown, last seen headed east in the Cocovia Sea. Finally, in the New Haven Sea, we hear that the Corrish ship HMS Paladin couldn’t make its way back to Spudkirk and was forced to dock at Carno’s Seawatch. There were also reports of Sea Rat ships Atropos and Enyo struggling in the storm, their fates unknown to us. Mercantile Report Terrversan Trade Fleet Returns to Kings Port! Our national trade fleet finally return to its home port, having safely managed to avoid hostile Oleon warships over the past months. Much needed goods have been offloaded, as Kings Port faces severe shortages of everything after the Bluecoat occupation. But things are slowly beginning to return to normal, or at least our new normal is starting to emerge. Prio Trade Fleet Stops in Tanari Furthermore, the national trade fleet of our staunch allies in independence from Mardier’s colonial yoke, Isla Romantica (aka Prio), is visiting the southwestern Terraversan port of Tanari. Our sources there tell us that Commodore de Pernica, on-again off-again commander of the Prio trade fleet, pledged to Count Navarro to help rebuild the Terraversan economy through continued trade. That, in addition to the support of the Eslandolan merchantmen, suggests things are looking up here economically. Mardierian Fleets Visit Breshaun, Granoleon Our Oleonder sources report that the Mardierian trade fleets called on two major Oleon ports, not that we’re surpised. One fleet called at the Oleon capital, and another made port in Breshaun, where they reportedly raked in the doubloons. Altonian Fleet Sails Around the Horn Our man in Ulric reports that the Altonia trade fleet successfully sailed ’round the Horn at the northern tip of Halos as they made their way home after a long trading run along the continental coast, although the fleet flagship, the Aurora, was forced to make port at Aden due to a storm. Garveyian Traders Sail All Over From east and west we have reports of Garveyian merchants visiting ports. Our man in Weelond sends word that the fleet led by Gilded Lilly called at the Eslandian port and made a handsome profit on their goods. Meanwhile, our Corrie sources in King’s Harbour report that Garvey’s Grasshopper fleet called on the Corrie’s Cocovian jewel, although the storms they encountered leaving Freeport appear to have damaged their cargoes, as the Garveyian traders did not seem happy with their earnings in King’s Harbour. Hidden Gems Our insider in Breshaun, tells us that not only did the Mardier fleet score well in the Oleon port, but so did the Oleon trader The Sloop Draco, as the crew was seen celebrating with the Breshaun ladies well into the night. On the other side of Le Bellan, the Eslandian cutter Finch scored a tidy profit on goods from Weelond. Are Oleon ports ripe for traders after the dearth of Oleon shipping of late? From Nova Terreli we hear that the crew of La Contessa de Victoria was partying in the pubs after a huge haul. Eslandian ports were also kind to the Corrsih trader HMS Alice when it reached port in Terreli. Meanwhile, Corrish traders did well elsewhere. Octan Tanker 1 brought a profitable cargo of whale oil to Belson, and the crews of Albatros and Satyr were seen with money to spend in Arlinsport. ETTC officials report that the Tuna King unloaded a huge haul of fish in Mooreton Bay. And the captain of the Sternidae was happy in Jameston. Black Market Booming in Aftermath of War Our sources in Prinport, Londa, and Kieg all report a heavy demand for luxury items, and the black markets are booming across the western Brick Seas. Ships Lost to Davy Jones’ Locker HMS Bull Shark (Professor Thaum) Atropos (Professor Thaum) Enyo (Professor Thaum) Long Beard II (MAESTRO) Liger (Lotus) WTC Agnes Y4 (Bloody Bill) Sparrow (Capt Wolf) Oscuridad III (Eslandola) HMS Windblown (Flavius Gratian) HMHV Athena (Bregir) HMS Publius (Corrington) Pineapple Revenge (Corrington) Ships Captured MOC’d: Alexander Keith (class 6) taken from Ayrlego by Montroy Cannonball (class 5) taken from Professor Thaum by Corrington HMS Dominance (class 10) taken from LM71Blackbird by Lotus Pearl Diving Canoe (class 0) taken from Elysabethtown by Bregir (and then returned) Scorpion (class 1) taken from Capt Wolf by Lotus Valkyrie (class 2) taken from Maxim I by Corrington Un-MOC’d Atlantis (class 4) taken from LeColeon by Corrington Grand Venture (class 5) taken from TomSkippy by Corrington HMS Pegasus (class 5) taken from Roadmonkeytj by Eslandola Serpent’s Scream (class 5) taken from Francois the Elder by Quinnsville Known Black Flag Ships Still at Large (all of their crews scoundrels and wanted for piracy) Alexander Apollo’s Mirth AQAR Audacious Dreamchaser II Golden Rat Hand of Fate II Hotspur Joker’s Folly Jolly Rogers Komodo Dragon II Lachesis Marvel II Maverick Nightingale Puck’s Jest II Purple Rain Stormbringer II The Andromeda The Drunken Monkey Villain’s Boat Viper Note that Black Flag Sea Rat ship locations are hidden when docked in Sea Rat ports, Garveyan ports, and Barracuda Bay or other pirate hideouts. Result tables to follow shortly.
  13. Klaus-Dieter

    Friends 2021 - Rumours & Discussion

    Hello everybody! ? A list for the Winter 2021 Friends sets appeared on the usual place: 41444 Organic Cafe (30 dollars), 41447 Park (40 dollars), 41448 Cinema (50 dollars), 41449 Andrea's House (70 dollars) and 41450 Shopping Mall (100 dollars) could be interesting if the buildings were (minimum) two floors tall, had decent sidewalls and if the colors weren't too extremely girlish, don't you think?
  14. RazerTDI

    Old Newsstand

    Hello everybody, the time available to me is less and less but I managed to insert another small piece inside my Winter Village: The Old Newsstand. At the moment it is still in a "summer" version but will soon be covered with snow to better match the context. The little moc was born inspired by the old newsstands of historic cities like Milan (the city I live in) and Paris. I am aware that it still has some "flaws" but, unfortunately for the time available, it is already a result to be able to present it to you. I hope you like it and I hope to be able to finish it all for this winter. Small SPOILER: Compared to the photos posted previously, the village has almost doubled and still lacks a small space to finish all the tables available. Alessio
  15. October 620 – February 621. Vol 6, Issue 1 Battle for Kings Port Continues As we go to press, the battle for Kings Port is ongoing. Nowhere in the city is safe for the citizenry. Archduke Oldis has raised emergency militias and the Bluecoats have brought in reinforcements, and so the battle rages on. However, there are signs that an outcome may be known in the coming days. When we learn anything definitive, we will publish a special issue to bring you the news. WTC Invades Fatu Hiva! While bluecoat forces concentrate on their siege of Kings Port, Oleon settlements far from here have discovered that the war is not contained to just our island. Our man on Île d'Or in the East Prio Sea has sent word that the WTC, the rogue Corish trading company, has seized the Oleander city of Fatu Hiva! Our reporter’s eye-witness account follows: As the WTC fleet opened fire on the shore batteries, one thing quickly became clear: A gentle sea breeze ensured clear shots for the ships, while a lull in the wind over the largest fort obscured the landward gunners' vision, forcing them to fire blindly at the enemy. With muzzle-flashes to aim for, both forts were quickly reduced to a rubble by the heavy guns of the ships. In closing in on the quays and beaches at the head of the line, however, the WTC Red Sun was hit by a field gun emplaced on the quay, striking its bowsprit. With a long audible groan, the foremast fell, and the vessel, now out of control at such a critical moment, drifted on to the beach.* Despite a grounded vessel, Count Mesabi was undeterred and ordered his forces, more than four battalions, into the city. The WTC marines landed in what can only be described as unexpected order, formed up on the shores, and marched to face the Olean troops guarding the settlement. Count Mesabi is said to have led the troops personally, ordering the soldiers from his position on the beachhead. For a few largely bloodless hours, the two fairly evenly matched forces maneuvered to try to gain the upper hand. However, with the fleet anchored in the bay, guns at the ready, the Oleander forces were limited in their options, and soon had to acknowledge defeat. To the cheers of the WTC, the Oleander colors were hauled down, and a small fleet of the Royal Navy entered the harbor and landed reinforcements of the Corlander Army. Some say the residents of Fatu Hiva should be grateful the redcoats proper arrived before the WTC had free roam of the city. Count Mesabi was last seen leading his personal contingent towards the Basilica of the Faith. After a brief conference, now joined by redcoat officers, the bluecoats were allowed to march off with all military honors, to make camp outside the settlement on their word of honor not to join the fighting again until such a time they can be shipped off for a neutral settlement or exchanged.** The WTC Quartermaster is said to have made much of not being allowed the horses of the Oleon officers, muttering something about feeding the troops, but it seems some of the stables have already seen disappearances. -------- OOC: *The WTC Red Sun is beached until a build is made showing some sort of recovery. ** 60 soldiers are available for pickup by neutral shipping. 240 of the fort garrison will rejoin the forts, if/when they are rebuilt by Oleon. Greenies Land Mercs at Pamu Residents in Pamu were overjoyed when an Eslandian merchant fleet made port and unloaded its cargo of mercenaries! More than four battalions -- including infantry, cavalry, and artillery -- have reported to local Terraversan commanders to see how best they can reverse the tide against the bluecoats. Already we hear rumors that, with these reinforcements, a push to force the Bluecoats out of Kings Port is imminent. Prio Offers Aid More good news for Terraversa’s defense! Archduke Alexander Prio of the Isle of Romantica has sent his trade fleet to Terraversa with an offer to coordinate with our own navy to drive off the Oleon invaders. Commodore Francisco de Pernica personally delivered the offer of assistance upon reaching the port of Pamu. It is heartening in these hard times to know that we have many allies across the Brick Seas. Sea Rats Attack ESL Convoy Our man in Salida Este sends word that an Eslandian trade fleet was attacked by a Sea Rat fleet flying Oleon colors! Commodore Janszen of the galleon La Contessa de Victoria reported directly to Eslandian officials at the local naval offices. From the crews we hear that the man-o-war Migery’s Revenge and the brig Fenris Ranger were both lost in action before the trade fleet managed to escape. But the real concerns are political, as the Sea Rats flew both the Oleon colors under a Letter of Marque and the Black Flag of piracy. The scuttlebutt around this navy town is that the offending Rats may be marked for special attention from the greenies in the future, and that they also intend to take up the matter with Oleander officials. The crews of the Sea Rat ships Atropos, Lachesis, Enyo, Golden Rat, and Joker’s Folly may want to lay low for awhile. Pirate Round-Up Sea Rats in Scrape with Bloody Bill! Our man in Jameston sends word that a Sea Rat merchant fleet led by Odin’s Scorn arrived in port with three of Bloody Bill’s ships in tow! Given that Bloody Bill is frequently seen at Sea Rat ports, the question on everyone’s lips here is: who attacked who? The Sea Rat crews are not talking about this for now, but have revealed that Bloody Bill departed the encounter on his flagship, the brig Rusty Claw. Bloody Bill has never been known to attack Sea Rat shipping of any kind. Have the Sea Rats turned on their own? Or was this all a misunderstanding, and if so, on whose part? For now, the encounter remains a mystery. LeColeon Escapes from Mardier Fleet Mardier sailors are claiming victory in the Garveyian port of Kieg after repelling an attack by the pirate LeColeon, but all may not be as rosy as they make it sound. The Mardier decoy fleet of five ships lured LeColeon to attack with his 3-ship squadron. Although two of LeColeon’s ships were damaged, the pirate managed to sink the Mardierian flagship, the man-o-war Majestic, before making his escape. If this is victory for Mardier, it is a Pyrrhic victory indeed! Namerean Traders Repel Jan Van Sud From Terreli we hear that Namerean traders fought off an attack from pirate Jan Van Sud near the Halosian coast. The traders lost the large merchant sloop Ninja to Davy Jones’ Locker before forcing the pirate to disengage. - page 2 - Storm Ravages Continental Coast and Western Islands A western storm system hit the Halosian coast this month, forcing several ships to divert from their intended destinations. The Mardierian terraman Macaw sank when it was dashed on rocks along the Eslandian coast. The Altonian brig Aurora had to make port in Aden when it sprung a leak in the rough seas. And the Corrish ship HMS Alice was forced to wait out the storm in the Garveyian capital of Kieg. Farther south, the Oleon ship Le Aspiration was forced to return to Le Bellan shortly after leaving port, taking shelter in Eltina. Elsewhere, storms in the Sea of Thieves tossed the Sea Rat trader Triton’s Pithy around quite a bit, ruining their cargo, and FTA Achemar was forced to make port in Leopaldis after taking on water. From the New Haven Sea we hear reports that a Lotii war fleet was caught in a squall off the eastern coast of El Oleonda, but we cannot confirm any casualties. Mercantile Report Our man in Mesabi Landing reports that Sea Rat merchants are celebrating after crews of The Octopus II and Margaret combined to take in more than 1000 DBs for their cargo. (No word yet on whether their subsequent luck was good or bad at navigating the wheel of fortune that is the Mesabi Landing customs agency.) He also reports that the crew of the Corrish ship Octan Tanker 1 were quite pleased with the price for their cargo of whale oil. From Kieg we hear that the crew of the Mardierian terraman Midnight Sun were spending freely after netting 450 DBs for their cargo, although celebrations were subdued due to the loss of man-o-war Majestic in action against the pirate LeColeon. Meanwhile, from Prinport we hear that another large batch of illicit goods have hit the black market. Our source in a certain Sea Rat port that will remain nameless (if our source wants to stay alive) tells us that the Nymeria and Akela made nearly 800 DBs on their run when they delivered their cargo from the east. Our reporter in Quinnsville sends word that WTC officials are pleased with the profit brought in by the Red Queen, and that horse steaks were had by all the crew. From Westface we hear that our national fleet has returned home with valuable supplies for the war effort. Our man in Mooreton Bay reports that the crew of the Corrish trader Alexander Keith were in high spirits after receiving more than 400 DBs for their cargo. Finally, from Bardo we hear that the local fisherman who had such trouble last month was able to bring his haul into port this time, netting 300 DBs for his catch. Notable Events No Need for a Green Thumb in Wullham From the Carnovian settlement of Wayport we have reports of ships laden with fresh produce arriving from the new Corlander settlement of Wullham, of the island of Panarium in the northern reaches of the New Haven Sea. One of the sailors transporting the delectable-looking cargo described the island as a veritable goldmine ... for growing food! With reports that new settlers who had never before taken a hoe to a yard garden are now proud owners of full-fledged profit-producing agricultural powerhouses, streams of prospective settlers are reportedly asking about how they can gain passage to Wullham so they too can make fortunes in the food business. With soil so rich, Panarium might soon be referred to as the Breadbasket of Corrington! Supposedly the new commander of the settlement is Captain Brickleton, recently of the Elizabethville colony. With him in charge, settlers appear confident in the security and future prosperity of Wullham. Punto Sur Hosts Successful Octoberfest In our last issue we reported that the Eslandian Octoberfest held annually in Weelond was rumored to be moving east. The rumor proved to be true, with Eslandola’s settlement of Punto Sur in the New Haven Sea serving as the new host of the festivities. Partiers of all factions flocked to the hamlet, making it the fastest-growing boom town in the Brick Seas. Despite that, our man there tells us that Punto Sur is looking for more permanent settlers, and is willing to pay licensing fees for settlers looking to build residences in the town. Contact @Capt Wolf for details. Ships Lost to Davy Jones’ Locker Fenris Ranger (Capt Wolf/Eslandola) Macaw (Mardier) Majestic (Mardier) Migery’s Revenge (Eslandola) Ninja (Namere) Ships Captured MOC’d: WTC Agnes Y4 (class 0) taken from Bloody Bill by Roadmonkeytj Un-MOC’d: Little Scavenger (class 3) taken from Bloody Bill by Roadmonkeytj Cutlass (class 3) taken from Bloody Bill by Roadmonkeytj Known Black Flag Ships Still At Large (all of their crews scoundrels and wanted for piracy) Alexander Apollo’s Mirth AQAR Atropos Audacious Dreamchaser II Enyo Golden Rat Hand of Fate II Hotspur Joker’s Folly Jolly Rogers Komodo Dragon II Lachesis Marvel II Maverick Nightingale Puck’s Jest II Purple Rain Stormbringer II The Andromeda The Drunken Monkey Valkyrie Villain’s Boat Viper Note that Black Flag Sea Rat ship locations are hidden when docked in Sea Rat ports, Garveyian ports, and Barracuda Bay or other pirate hideouts. Result tables to follow shortly.
  16. July-September 620. Vol 5, Issue 4 KINGS PORT UNDER SIEGE Bluecoats Land Troops across Terraversa A fleet of 24 ships, under the flag of King Philip of Oleon and flying the banner of Oleonder national hero Sir Admiral Dukesc, sailed into the harbor of Kings Port and opened fire on the multiple fortifications of our capital city without provocation. Three Oleon ships were sunk as the invaders’ fleet closed to trade blows at close range, and our fortresses have taken considerable damage. Under heavy fire, the bluecoats narrowly managed to launch longboats carrying hundreds of men ashore. The local regiment, as well as troops from the royal fortress, have taken up positions around the upper city and government buildings, and have so far kept the bluecoats at bay. But the streets are running red with blood as the fighting is fierce, and both sides appear to have taken considerable losses. Archduke Oldis has put out the call for reserves to reinforce the city, and we hear reports that the native Atwi are mustering their tribes inland. Meanwhile, the Oleonder fleet has anchored at bay and blockaded the port. From elsewhere around the island we have received reports of similar assaults by the bluecoats. Sillithonia is now under Oleonder control, as our man there sends word that nine ships flying the command banner of Admiral Winston decimated the small tower defending the port and landed troops as troops from Nola Mar launched a ground attack on the town guards at the same time. Pilnton has suffered a similar fate, attacked by a fleet of 17 ships under the banner of Commodore la Guffre, although it appears the command may have been too much for him. We hear that the fleet was very disorganized as it approached the batteries and that one ship was lost to fire from Terraversan gunners before the tower was silenced. We also hear that Tarlor has been overrun by bluecoats after 23 ships overwhelmed the small port, but again the Oleonder fleet coordination appeared suspect. Three Oleonder ships were severely damaged when they collided, despite only a single martello tower and no Terraversan ships opposing them. The fleet has anchored off shore. Our man in Tanari reports that Terraversan forces have repelled the invaders there! The firepower of the five Oleonder ships quickly reduced the single defensive tower to rubble, but militia and government forces were able to force the bluecoats back onto their ships, which have departed the port. We hear that bluecoat discipline was minimal, with the invaders acting more like common looters than soldiers. At this time we have not received word from Westface or any news of actions by Grand Admiral L’Olius, but for the moment we hope that the presence of visiting Corlanders in our second largest port means that port is still open. The fate or Terraversan independence is at stake. As our valiant soldiers fight the bluecoats in the streets of Kings Port and across the island, we will continue to gather the news and get it out as long as we draw breath. Events at Sea Sea Rats Raid Stormhaven From Stormhaven we have reports that the notorious Sea Rat black-flagged fleet, now led by Hand of Fate II, raided the Corlander settlement. The raiders outgunned the defenses and made their way in land their marauders easily enough, but local troops put up a stiff defense. Still, the Rats made off with 170 DBs worth of coin and goods. Furthermore, we hear that the pirates captured Gun Sloop No. 2 on patrol from Elizabethville during their escape. Sea Rats Capture Two Eslandian Ships Our man in King’s Harbour sends word that an Eslandian merchant fleet sailed into port and immediately reported an act of piracy. The captain of the Long Beard IV says that the merchant convoy was set upon by a Sea Rat black-flagged fleet near Fatu Hiva. The Greenies tried to outrun the Rats, but eventually had to stand and fight. While the Eslandians sank the Sea Rat ship Black Rat, the pirates were able to capture two Eslandian man-o-wars, Grand Venture and Cannonball, while the merchant carracks Eslandita and Hidalga made their escape. Long Beard IV was able to disengage and escort the merchants the rest of the way to King’s Harbour, while the Sea Rat fleet, led by the Atropos, sailed away with the captured ships. Eslandian officials are concerned about the growing presence of black-flagged ships in the seas south of Celestia and Cascadia. Lotus War Fleet Attacks Carno Supply Ships Our war correspondent in Neustadt reports that a Lotii feet surprised a Carno supply fleet just east of the Carno settlement in the New Haven Sea. A fleet of five ships, led by the war junk Lion, sank the clipper ship Camel and captured the large merchant sloop Chital. Carno officials claim to have damaged the junk Leopard. While conflicts between Lotus and some Halosian forces appears to be winding down, the fight between the Lotii and Carno continues, and all travellers should continue to be wary in the seas around El Oleonda. Lotii Capture Sea Rat Ship? Our war correspondent also sends word that the Lotii are rumored to have captured the Sea Rat sail kart Exocet. A squadron of three Lotii junks was seen north of El Oleonda attacking two Sea Rat vessels fitting the descriptions of Arkham Chaser and Exocet. Later reports say that Exocet was seen in the company of the Lotus junks approaching the island. We have no word on the fate of the cutter Arkham Chaser, but believe it escaped to parts unknown. Pirate Round-Up Corries Capture Bluebeard – Again! Corrie officials in Quinnsville are crowing about the re-capture of the notorious pirate Bluebeard! The HMS Juniper sailed into port with the pirate in chains and his large sloop Indigo in tow. Our loyal readers may recall that the Redcoats previously captured Bluebeard in February of this year, but that he escaped his prison cell in King’s Harbour three months later, before he could be brought to trial. We’ll be watching to see if the pirate can slip his bonds once again, or if the Corries can finally put the noose on him. Greenie Vessel Eludes Bloody Bill From Fuerte Unido we hear that the crew of Consort’s Duty is celebrating their escape from the infamous pirate Bloody Bill. Consort’s Duty was making her way around Isle de Victoria from Puerto Desafio when Bloody Bill struck from the west. In addition to the large sloops Little Scavenger and Cutlass, Bloody Bill counted a captured WTC gunboat among his numbers. This may have hindered his attack, as Consort’s Duty, a cross between a xebec and a junk, was able to outrun the pirate and make it around the western point of the island and to port safely. Satyr Damaged by Captain Gore Our man in Arlinsport sends word that the Corrish xebec Satyr arrived in port visibly damaged. The crew of the vessel was telling the tale of being attacked by the pirate Captain Gore in the vicinity of Baskers Island. The Satyr took heavy damage from the war galley HMS Carnage (a former Corrish vessel), but an opportune breeze gave the xebec the push it needed to escape. Gentleman Privateer Escapes from Eslandian Patrol Our man in Weelond reports that the crew of Myth Chaser encountered the Gentleman Privateer in the vicinity of Berelli. They report damaging the three-masted lugger Audacious and the cutter Maverick. The Gentleman Privateer was easily recognizable in his bowler hat aboard Audacious, and ultimately was able to gain the weather gage and disengage his smaller vessels from the pounding from the Eslandian ship-of-the-line. HMS Ironsides Sunk by Pirate Montroy! Corrish naval authorities in King’s Harbour are sad to report the loss of HMS Ironsides. The storied man-o-war has a special place in the hearts of Corrish sailors across the Brick Seas, having won many significant naval encounters. Alas, the notorious pirate Montroy got the better of her this time. HMS Ironsides was leading a squadron of five ships when they encountered Montroy in the ship-of-the-line Cardinal’s Shadow east of Charlatan Bay. The pirate came under heavy fire, but maneuvered his warship expertly, effectively using HMS Ironsides to shield himself from the rest of the Corrish patrol. A lucky shot from the pirate reportedly set a magazine ablaze, and Montroy was able to make his escape. There was nothing the Corrie crew could do to save HMS Ironsides, although they did prevent an explosion that could have damaged other ships in their fleet. Jolly Rogers Captures Corrish Merchant Sloop From Mooreton Bay the crew of the armed cog Huntress report that they were attacked by the man-o-war Jolly Rogers in the South Prio Sea. The youthful crew of the Jolly Rogers captured the cog Octan Tanker 1 and her valuable cargo of whale oil. Overdue/Missing Our man in Yeldo reports that officials of the Seawolf Shiping Company are concerned that the cog Corland Supplier 2 is overdue in port. Between the heavy storms on her route and known pirates in the area, there is great concern for the fate of the crew. And from Aden we hear that the new ETWC ship WDTPTOE (Why Did They Not Put This Out Earlier) is overdue and presumed lost. We can only hope that, if the ETWC decides to build a sistership of her, they give her an easier name! -page 2- Sea of Storms Lives Up to Name In the Sea of Storms, a vicious system came up from the south and progressed through the islands to the north and then moved as far east as Terraversa. We have word that the Garveyian trader Goldfish was forced into Arlinsport by rough seas and the Namerean trader Nemesis had to divert to Aden. We also hear that the Bluecoats lost some of their invasion force as they crossed the open sea to Terraversa, as our observers report that Executioner, Kuga, and HRS Pride of Oleon are missing from the attacking fleets. We also hear that Le Gros was forced to make port in Eltina before eve making the crossing. Locally, Eslandian galleon The Big Apple was forced to return to Westface, but the cutter The Messenger was not as fortunate and sank before she could return to port. Corrish official also report that the HMS Intrepid is missing, and it is not known if it sunk or was intercepted by Oleon forces. A lesser storm system made its way through the Sea of Thieves: The FTA fleet led by Hades' Tuba sailing out of Charlatan Bay was hit hard, as FTA Fluttering Petal was forced to divert to Leopaldis, and FTA Dusk was driven east to Bastion. From King’s Harbour we hear that the large merchant sloop Thalia, part of our Terraversan national trade fleet, sank before it could reach the Corrish city, and word is that damage it took from Oleon ships as it escaped Kings Port may have led to it being unable to handle the rough seas. We also hear from Elysabethtown that the Eslandian galleon Prince Fernando II was also forced to cut short it trade mission. In the east, only small squalls were reported, but that was enough to throw the WTC Iron Tony far off course, eventually making port at Camp Isaac. Mercantile Report From Breshaun we hear that the crew of the cutter Lark are buying rounds in the local pubs after bringing in 900 DBs for their cargo. We hear that Seawolf Shipping was ecstatic with the haul by the Eliza, garnering nearly 700 DBs for their cargo in Belson, and with the payout for the cargo of Corland Provider 2 in Elizabethville. A Sea Rat trade fleet led by the fluyt The Octopus II, and including the brig Dragon Fly and Margaret, made port in Trador. Between the three of them, we hear that pulled in nearly 700 DBs. The capture of the pirate Bluebeard and his ship wasn’t the only bounty HMS Juniper brought into Quinsville. She apparently also had quite a valuable cargo, netting north of 600 DBs. From Londa we hear that the Mardier trade fleet garnered modest profits there and in Prinport. From Jamestown we hear that the crew of the snow Jon El Flurry were celebrating after a profitable run, and that MCTC officials were generally happy with the profits of the whole fleet, but grumbled about lost revenue due to the Prince Fernando II being diverted by the storm in the Sea of Thieves. Our man in Kieg reports that the black market is booming this month. The Garveyian settlement is a well-known port of call for western pirates. Finally, from Weelond we have a tale of woe about an old man who set out for Bardo in his small fishing boat. He indeed caught a mammoth fish, but it was more than he or his boat could handle. The weather forced him to return to Weelond and, as his catch was too big for his boat, he was forced to leave it in the water and sharks consumed his catch before he could return to port. Notable Events Tortuga Crowns Sand Castle King Tortuga’s sand castle contest attracted beach sculptors from several Halosian nations, and Dr. Thaum has announced the winners. Congratulations to all the creative seafarers who took time out from plying the Brick Seas to re-explore their childhood. Octoberfest Moving East? We expect to learn details about this year’s Octoberfest soon, but the rumor is that it will have a new host settlement. While Weelond residents will celebrate privately this year, we’re hearing that a different Eslandian settlement, somewhere much farther east, will be hosting the public festivities this year. Ships Lost to Davy Jones’ Locker Black Rat (Tom Skippy/Sea Rats) Camel (Carno) Devil’s Barnacle (Oleon) Executioner (Oleon) HMS Intrepid (Flavius Gratian/Corrington) HMS Ironsides (Bregir/Corrington) HRS Pride of Oleon (Oleon) HRS Ville de Granoleon (Oleon) Kuga (Dukesc/Oleon) Le Fougueux (Bodi/Oleon) Thalia (Terraversa) The Ambition (Phred/Oleon) The Messenger (Faladrin/Eslandola) WDTPTOE (ETWC/Eslandola) Ships Captured MOC’d: Exocet (class 1) taken from Professor Thaum by Lotus Corland Supplier 2 (class 1) taken from Brickwolf by Jan Van Sud Octan Tanker 1 (class 2) taken from Brickwolf by Professor Thaum Cannonball (class 5) taken from Eslandola by Professor Thaum/Tom Skippy/Roadmonkeytj Gun Sloop No. 2 (class 2) taken from Elizabethville by Kwatchi/Gulagurag/Sea Rats Un-MOC’d: Indigo (class 3) taken from Bluebeard by Sir Kingston Chital (class 3) taken from Carno by Lotus Grand Venture (class 5) taken from Eslandola by Professor Thaum/Tom Skippy/Roadmonkeytj Known Black Flag Ships Still At Large (all of their crews scoundrels and wanted for piracy) Alexander Apollo’s Mirth AQAR Atropos Audacious Dreamchaser II Enyo Golden Rat Hand of Fate II Hotspur Joker’s Folly Jolly Rogers Komodo Dragon II Lachesis Marvel II Maverick Nightingale Puck’s Jest II Purple Rain Stormbringer II The Andromeda The Drunken Monkey Valkyrie Villain’s Boat Viper  Note that Black Flag Sea Rat ship locations are hidden when docked in Sea Rat ports, Garveyian ports, and Barracuda Bay or other pirate hideouts. Result tables to follow shortly.
  17. July-August 620. Vol 5, Special Edition OLEON INVADES TERRAVERSA! Kings Port is shrouded in the smoky haze of battle as a fleet of Oleon’s 25 largest ships sailed into the harbor and opened fire on the port’s fortifications. Five ships that were already here with the RNTC are helping shelter dozens of long boats ferry hundreds of bluecoated soldiers to shore. Flashes of cannon fire from the Oleon ships and the fortresses that protect our city continually illuminate the haze as our local regiments make preparations to repel the invaders. Meanwhile, reports from smaller settlements around the island tell us that at least five other Oleon fleets are openly assaulting Terraversan towns. Nine ships last spotted in Astrapi are bombarding Sillithonia and have sent a battalion ashore. From Tarlor we hear that 24 ships last reported in Breshaun are bombarding the local defenses and landing nearly four companies of bluecoats. Fom Pilnton we have received word that 18 ships out of Granoleon are bombarding the shore batteries. Small squadrons have also opened fire on the towns of Tanari and Nola Mar. In total, we believe nearly 90 ships and possibly a full division of bluecoats – more than 800 men! – are involved in the assault. If you are here on Terraversa, we at the KPA urge all able-bodied citizens to take up musket and blade, whether sword or farm implement, and fight the dastardly bluecoats. Make the beaches, the streets, and the fields run red with their blood! If you are unable to fight, make your way to safer regions of the interior, or to the defenses of Westface. If you are reading this somewhere off the island, then ships from our national trade fleet were able to escape Kings Port harbor and sail past the invading Oleon fleet. Know that the Bluecoats are villainous deceivers. Send help if you can, and protect yourself against similar perfidy! The outcome of these assaults is as yet unknown. We will endeavor to continue publishing as long as we have a printing press, but receiving reports from our far-flung correspondents may be more difficult in the coming weeks. Rest assured that one way or another, we will find a way to get the news to you.
  18. According to The Brick Show this list is CONFIRMED and is the shortlist for retiring sets. -Super Star Destroyer (Until they run out of stock) -VW T-1 Camper (Until they run out of stock) -Sopwith Carmel (Until they run out of stock) -Pet Shop (Until they run out of stock) -Haunted House (After Halloween?) -Via Jason from The Brick Show (Sorry for typos I have a really new computer that won't let me type on EB)
  19. May-June 620. Vol 5, Issue 3 Tensions Mount in Kings Port RNTC Under Curfew! Archduke Oldis has reacted to suspected ill-deeds of the RNTC, and subjected all RNTC personnel and all Olean citizens to a curfew prohibiting all public appearance between 20:00 and 07:00. Further, an official issue passport must be carried at all time. Finally, the RNTC and other Olean agents will be prevented from smuggling and other nefarious activities! Neither the Archduke nor the RNTC has been willing to comment on these developments, but there are those who suggest the RNTC should be expelled entirely from our capital. Corries Deny Lotus Prize by Burning HMS Resilience! Our man in Spudkirk sends word of a daring operation carried out by the Corrish navy. Patrolling the northern coast of El Oleonda, a squadron led by the HMS Wentham II encountered a Lotus battle squadron using the captured Corrish first rate HMS Resilience. According to sources inside the admiralty, plans had been presented by Acting Commander Joshua (@Spud The Viking) in case they were ever to encounter the HMS Resilience in Lotus service, and those plans were immediately put into effect. Set on denying the use of Resilience to the Lotii, Priest’s Bounty and HMS Bagg of Bolton, both ships originally captured from foes and pressed into naval service, were used as fire ships and rammed the first rate. The ploy worked to perfection, as Lotii crew were forced to abandon ship before the magazine of HMS Resilience exploded! HMS Wentham II, along with HMS Paladin and HMS El Bellos, then used the conflagration as cover to disengage. While technically a tactical victory for the Lotus, losing only one ship to the Corries’ two, everyone in Spudkirk sees the battle as a strategic victory by denying the Lotii the use of the former Corrrish first rate, and many are singing the praises of Acting Commander Joshua and his plan. Eslandola captures Pirate Zublius Von Wreck From Fuerte Unido we have reports that the new anti-piracy squadron comprised of the brigs Asesino II, Peregrine II, and Victoria II returned to port with two ships in tow: man’o’war Thor’s Anvil and the small clipper Valiant Phoenix, both known to belong to the infamous pirate Zublius Von Wreck. More notably, the pirate was paraded through the docks in shackles! The Greenies apparently surprised the pirate off the northeast coast of Stephanique. With the weather gauge favoring the Eslandians and pinned against a rocky section of the island’s coast, ZvW struck his colors and surrendered without nary a fight! Eslandolan officials are mum on their plans, but for now the Fuerte Unido jail is filled with Von Wreck and his pirate crew. Carno Resupplies Forces on El Oleonda From our Carno contacts we hear reports that a Carno supply fleet headed for Seawatch on El Oleonda fought off a small Lotii patrol and successfully delivered men and supplies for the war effort. Although one Carno man’o’war was sunk and another damaged, two Lotii junks were damaged and the enemy squadron driven off, allowing the Carno cargo ships to reach their destination unharmed. This can only be good news for Halosian forces fighting the Kingdom of the Lotus in the New Haven Seas. Sea Rats’ Tangle with Corries Cut Short by Storm Our reporter in Quinnsville sends word that the crews of the ships in the squadron led by HMS Ironsides are telling tales of a fight with a Sea Rat fleet led by the brigs Atropos, Lachesis, and Clotho. Encountering each other off the southwest coast of Cascadia, winds increased steadily throughout the engagement until both Corrish and Sea Rat commanders were forced to break off the fight. Clotho capsized before her crew could bring her sails under control, and the ship was lost, but no other damage to Sea Rat ships is reported by our Corrish sources. HMS Resolute arrived in port with its rigging in obvious distress and other signs of damage, but the rest of the squadron arrived in Quinnsville unscathed. Weak Storms Divert Ships along Continent and through Central Islands The Halosian coast was disrupted by a storm system that moved up the continental waters from Belson all the way to the horn. Our man in Londa tells us that the Mardierian trader Midnight Sun was forced to abandon its convoy and return to port due to the rough seas. From Belson we have received similar word about the Narmerean trader Nexus, which was forced back to Belson when it started to take on water in the storm. The other major weather system this month saw a storm system move east from Nelissa through the central islands and into the South Prio Sea. From Nova Terreli we hear that the flagship to our national trade fleet, the man’o’war Typhoon, was forced to leave the convoy and take cover in the Eslandian port. Additionally, the Greenies report that one of their convoy flagships, the galleon Thunderer, was forced to break off from its convoy and hole up in Elysabethtown on Berreli. The Greenies also tell us that the snow Reventazon could not reach King’s Port and was diverted to Lavalette. Events at Sea Sea Rat Flag Abused by Corsairs; Free Traders Concerned Reports throughout the Brick Seas tell of a most scandalous behaviour! Corsairs are reported to have attacked Eslandian and Corlander merchant shipping while flying the black, yellow and blue of the Sea Rats. Observers note that this may put the neutrality of independent Sea Rat merchants at stake, as Halosian fleets refuse to accept the risk of a backhanded attack. Sea Rats would be wise to crack down on those abusing their colours for misdeeds, lest they find all their vessels taken up as pirates. OOC: Several Sea Rat vessels *not* flying the black flag have attacked neutral shipping. Remember, the black flag mechanic was made to avoid all Sea Rats having to answer for the crimes of the pirates. Hence, pirates should take care to change the black flag status of their ships before turning pirates, rather than wait until afterwards. Greenies Break Up Sea Rats Andromeda Fleet Eslandian anti-piracy efforts continue across the Brick Seas. From Salida Este we hear that the squadron led by the frigate La Comete III returned to port with the Sea Rat man’o’war Myth Chaser in tow. Word is that the Greenies also sank the galleon Thunder, but lost the man’o’war La Raya Venenosa II as the Sea Rat frigate The Andromeda escaped. The Eslandian admiralty views the encounter as a rousing success for their new policy of dedicated anti-piracy patrols. Jolly Rogers Escapes from Colonial Storm From Fatu Hiva we hear that the crew of the Eslandian man’o’war Colonial Storm are telling tales of an encounter with the black-flagged Jolly Rogers. The Greenies, sailing north out of the New Haven Sea, claim to have been jumped in the vicinity of New Nassau, but got the upper hand on the pirate quickly and forced it to flee. Oleon Navy Remains in Port The sixth rate Scamandre returned to Breshaun after a semi-clandestine mission to El Oleonda in the New Haven Sea, but other than that most Oleonder naval forces remained in their respective ports. Our reporter in Weelond sends word that the dispatch ship Le Phenix called on that Eslandian port, but from our sources in Oleonder ports we hear that the big ships stayed anchored. The HRS Triton and nine other ships are still in Astrapi, the Le Fougueux squadron and HRS Retribution of Breshaun remained in Le Bellan waters, and HRS Terrible and four others remained in Granoleon harbor. Pirate Round-Up Corries Capture More LeColeon Ships, But Pirate Escapes The Corrish naval forces currently operating out of Westface continue to decimate the pirate activity of the infamous LeColeon. HMS Publius was forced to return to port almost immediately because of rough seas, but the rest of the squadron, led by HMS Greyhound, continued on their patrol. When they returned, each ship had a pirate vessel in tow! The large sloop Golden Trident along with the smaller sloops Satyr and Newt, now sit in Westface harbor. The Redcoat crews are telling many happy tales in the taverns, but also note that the pirate LeColeon himself slipped away in his brig Angelfish. Although LeColeon avoided capture again, one of the most powerful pirates in the Brick Seas has now been reduced to an afterthought. And although it is the Redcoats we have to thank for clearing our local waters, one can’t help but wonder how much impact Grand Admiral L’Olius has had behind the scenes. Is he in negotiations with the Corries? If so, what does it mean for Terraversa? No News from Nola Mar, nor of LeColeon's Corlander Bane Still, no word has reached Kings Port from the lockdown-subjected Nola Mar! Has the crackdown on smuggling been successful, or are the authorities still struggling? And what of the new earthworks and defenses reported by this very paper's last issue - For what purposes and by whom have they been erected? Mounting rumours of foreign funding have yet to be addressed. However, the mysteries do not end here. Corlander naval captain, Sir Jno. Cooke, and bane of the dread-pirate LeColeon, is still missing in action, and last reported landing in Nola Mar. Some theorize that Captain Cooke has been taken up on false suspicions of smuggling, and that local authorities are still to realize their obvious mistake! Mardier Surprises Jan Van Sud Mardier appears to have reconfigured their trade fleet in recent months. Before massive losses to piracy last year, Mardier operated two trade squadrons of approximately equal size. Now it appears that one larger squadron is focused primarily on trade, and the other smaller one is hunting pirates. Our man in Londa reports that the crews of the pirate-hunting fleet are telling tales of an encounter west of Prinport with the pirate Jan Van Sud. The sailors say they sank the pirate’s flagship, Syrene, and damaged Turaco before JvS fled aboard Flying Colt. Mardierian flagship Majestic was damaged in the battle, but Midnight Sun and Wyvern were unscathed when they returned to port. The battle must be especially frustrating to the pirate, as Midnight Sun was his before a Mardierian fleet took it from him last year. Pineapple Revenge Grapples with Bloody Bill From Quinnsville we hear that the Corrish war brig Pineapple Revenge attempted to capture the notorious pirate Bloody Bill in the Cocovia Sea, but the tales are not joyous ones in the Q’ville taverns. Surprising the pirate and having the weather gauge, the captain of Pineapple Revenge to use his advantage over the pirate’s sloop and take him alive. Alas, the pirate’s crew lived up to their reputation and their captain’s bloody moniker, and Pineapple Revenge was lucky to ungrapple with the pirate sloop and make for Quinnsville. Bloody Bill may also have felt lucky, as he did not pursue, but several crew members of Pineapple Revenge were wounded or killed in the action. The Dragon Eludes Odin’s Scorn Our sources in Charlatan Bay tell us that Governor Vonbricktin’s bounty on the independent pirate known as The Dragon has yet to be paid. We hear from our covert reporter in Tortuga that a squadron led by the frigate Odin’s Scorn, on assignment from Vonbricktin to find The Dragon and the stolen ship Rahab’s Gambit, only harassed an old WTC gunboat belonging to Bloody Bill. However, other sailors in Tortuga claim to have seen a ship bearing a striking resemblance to Rahab’s Gambit in the South Prio Seas this month. Captain Gore Flees from Athena Captain Gore continues to ply the Sea of Storms in his captured war galley HMS Carnage. The word from Westface is that the Corrish snow-rigged sloop-of-war HMHV Athena encountered the Carnage just west of Prinport, but the pirate was able to retreat to shallow waters and evade the Corrish war ship until she went on her way. Montroy Escapes from ESL Patrol From Fatu Hiva we hear that a small Eslandian patrol happened upon the pirate Montroy in the man’o’war Cardinal’s Shadow. Eslandian crews report damaging Montroy’s ship, while the Greenies’ man’o’war Cannonball was also damaged. Rising winds apparently forced the Greenies to break off the fight, and Montroy was able to escape. Mercantile Report The black market is booming in Prinport this month. Although our sources there can’t identify who brought in the contraband, the ill-gotten goods are selling for 2-3 times normal prices. From Arlinsport we hear that the crew of the Eliza are celebrating a golden voyage. The Seawolf Shipping Company only recently recovered the small cog and put her back into service, and all involved are overjoyed for such a prosperous return. The word from Westface here on Terraversa the word is that HMHV Athena did more than have a run-in with Captain Gore. The Athena crew also delivered a big payday, reportedly bringing in 450 DBs for their cargo. In the aftermath of L'Olius's trade agreement with Corrington, Westface has lately become more of a destination port for merchants. The Greenies appear to be suffering under their own taxes. Several MCTC traders arrived in Nova Terreli, and while they received good prices for their goods, the local taxes took a sizable bite out of the profits. We wonder how Eslandian merchants feel about such restraints on their own trade. Our reporters in Belson and Granoleon report that continentals were paying well for foreign goods this month. The Namerean trader Ninja turned a tidy profit in Granoleon, and the main Mardierian trade fleet visited Belson with good results as well. Commodore Francisco de Pernica guided the Prio trade fleet into Fuerte Unido, led by his new flagship, the terraman Prio’s Fortune. While profits were minimal for the short run from Alexport, Prio sailors were happy to have the fleet back together again and de Pernica returning to command. We hear from Bastion that the FTA fleet sailed into that Sea Rat port. Although every ship in the fleet turned a profit, income was still minimal. Fortune smiled on a small fishing boat in Lavalette. The crew of Dame Fortune brought in a huge haul of tuna, earning nearly 300 DBs and free sandwiches for a month! And from Port Raleigh we hear that residents were again blessed by a visit by one of the island’s native pearl divers. A favorite of Nelissan jewelers, the pearl divers work the oyster beds off the eastern shore and make frequent visits to Port Raleigh and Elysabethtown, with occasional visits to Dragonstone as well. This month we hear that the natives took in more than 150 DBs for their pearls. Ships Lost to Davy Jones’ Locker: Syrene (Jan Van Sud) Cougar (Carno) HMS Resilience (Lotus) Thunder (Professor Thaum) Clotho (Professor Thaum) La Raya Venenosa II (Eslandola) Priest’s Bounty (Corrington) HMS Bagg of Bolton (Corrington) Ships Captured: MOC’d: Myth Chaser (class 6) taken from Roadmonkeytj by Eslandola Satyr (class 2) taken from LeColeon by Corrington Valiant Phoenix (class 3) taken from Zublius Von Wreck by Eslandola Un-MOC’d: Golden Trident (class 3) taken from LeColeon by Corrington Newt (class 2) taken from LeColeon by Corrington Thor’s Anvil (class 5) taken from Zublius Von Wreck by Eslandola Known Black Flag Ships Still At Large (all of their crews scoundrels and wanted for piracy) Alexander Apollo’s Mirth AQAR Atropos Audacious Black Rat Golden Rat Hotspur Jokers Folly Jolly Rogers Komodo Dragon II Lachesis Maverick Nightingale Purple Rain Stormbringer II The Andromeda The Drunken Monkey Valkyrie Villain’s Boat Viper Note that Black Flag Sea Rat ship locations are hidden when docked in Sea Rat ports, Garveyian ports, Barracuda Bay, or other pirate hideouts. Result tables to be posted shortly...
  20. March-April 620. Vol 5, Issue 2 Corrish First Rate Captured! Our man in Spudkirk reports that Corrish naval officials are beside themselves after a disastrous patrol for Lotus war junks in the waters north of El Oleonda. The 134-gun first rate HMS Resilience left port with the 74-gun third rate HMS Dominance and heavy frigate Lightning for an extended patrol with spirits high, but only the HMS Dominance returned. Whether by accident or cunning planning by Lotii naval forces, the Corrish squadron found itself sandwiched by two separate Lotus fleets somewhere east of the Carno settlement of Neustadt. Although the Lotus fleets reportedly had no ships larger than a Halosian man-o-war, they outnumbered the Redcoats 2-to-1, closed on them from both sides, and quickly initiated a boarding action against HMS Resilience. Meanwhile, rockets fired from smaller war junks set the Lightning ablaze, and the conflagration was irreversible. Resilience ultimately struck her colors, and the HMS Dominance was forced to disengage after sustaining heavy damage. Word in the dockside bars is that no significant damage was inflicted on the Lotii ships. With the pride of the Corrish navy now in the hands of the Lotii, spirits in Spudkirk are extremely low. Greenie Exploration Fleet Returns Our man in Fuerte Unido sends word that the Eslandian exploration fleet sent to the New Haven Sea more than two years ago has finally returned! Captain Janszen went immediately to report to Eslandola’s Admius Legistrad, Willem Guilder, before our man could question him about what wonders he may have discovered. Eslandian officials had received a report from Captain Janszen last summer that led to the Greenies establishing a small trading post on a fruitful inhabited island northeast of Ile d’Or, but no further information was forthcoming at that time. However, the expedition crews in the taverns are talking about having successfully started a settlement on the island of Maldria. The renowned adventurer Thaddeus Calvo was not spotted with Captain Janszen, and speculation is that he may still back on Maldria. Our reporter in Fuerte Unido will continue to dig into this developing story, but while most of the Brick Seas are abuzz about El Oleonda in the southern part of the New Haven Sea, the Greenies seem to have been focusing their efforts in the north. Sea Rats Capture Corrish Warships Our man in New Haven on Alicentia reports that the expected Corrish patrol from King’s Harbour suffered severe losses at the hands of the Sea Rats. The crew of Pineapple Revenge report that their squadron was surprised just north of New Haven by a fleet of four black-flagged ships led by the ship-of-the-line The Andromeda. Pineapple Revenge traded blows with The Andromeda while man-o-war HMS Pegasus dueled with the ship-of-the-line Myth Chaser and the war brig HMS Bull Shark squared off with the clipper Midas Touch. Bull Shark sent Midas Touch to the bottom, but took a lot of damage in doing so, and when Pineapple Revenge was damaged by the bomb ketch Thunder, The Andromeda turned her attention to HMS Bull Shark. With Pineapple Revenge forced to withdraw, the Sea Rats then grappled and boarded the remaining Corrie ships, capturing both Bull Shark and Pegasus. Lockdown in Nola Mar Continues In the north of Terraversa, the settlement of Nola Mar has long been the cause of concern. Months ago, the settlement deposed its mayor and introduced harsh measures restricting travel in and out of the town, allegedly to crack down on smuggling. Since then, very few reports have made their way back to Kings Port. The rumor in Westface is that Corrie agents have uncovered information that something foul is happening in Nola Mar. Meanwhile, citizens in the vicinity of Nola Mar have reported that gatehouses, earthworks, and various other fortifications are being erected – of which the archive of public works in Kings Port makes no mention! Unless planned and paid for by the settlement itself (which is highly unlikely), foreign funds are undoubtedly involved! Events at Sea Storm Claims Eslandola Commodore? From Salida Este the reports of the second sailing of the Greenies’ pirate-hunting fleet are distressing. The fleet was unable to sniff out any pirates this month while suffering losses to the storm system that went through the Sea of Thieves this month. Commodore Argentum is feared lost at sea when his flagship, the man-o-war Lady Cora, broke apart in the tempest north of Isla del Diablo. The fleet continued to race the storm northeast, and the Verde Oro also suffered damage but was able to make port. Eslandian officials have vowed to search the Sea of Thieves for any sign Commodore Argentum may have survived. Three Storm Systems Ravage Brick Seas In western waters, a storm system moved up from the Oleon coast, through the Sea of Storms, and north all the way to the tip of the continent. Oleon’s 38-gun frigate Vigilante was sent to the bottom nearly within site of the Granoleon port. The Namerean sloop Nymph was forced to make port in Bardo shortly after setting sail from Weelond while the rest of her convoy successfully outran the storm to the north. The Altonian brig Aurora, sailing as part of a convoy from Arlinsport to Ulric, was forced to cut short her journey and make port in Aden. And from Londa we hear that the Mardierian man-o-war Mongo arrived in port unexpectedly, separated from its patrol squadron. Another system sprung up in the Sea of Thieves and moved northeast through the Cocovia Sea before eventually dissipating in the Azure Sea. From King’s Harbour we hear of multiple ships that ran into storm trouble. The crew of HMS Barracuda II report that one of the vessels in their convoy, the merchant xebec Pelican II, succumbed to the rough seas. And there was a bit of commotion when the armed sloop La Salamandra, flying Sea Rat colors, sailed into port as well. We hear from our man there that the ship was part of an exchange of captured ships between the Rats and the Greenies. So, while the Sea Rats may not have been able to deliver La Salamandra to an Eslandian port as planned, our sources tell us the Greenies still consider the exchange completed. From Salida Este we hear that our national fleet skirted disaster as it outran the storm system in the central waters. Our flagship escort, the man-o-war Typhoon, will need to seek repairs in the Eslandian city after high winds caused significant rigging damage, but she was able to see the entire trade fleet safely into port. And from Astrapi we hear that Oleon’s schooner HRS Infatigable had to break off from its squadron and make port in Poorvintia. In the east, a third storm sprang up in the West Prio Sea and moved southeast into the New Haven Sea. From Isla de Victoria we hear that the Eslandian xebec Consort’s Duty was forced to make port in Puerto Desafio when it couldn’t continue sailing around the island to Fuerte Unido. From Port Woodhouse we hear that the Corries may have averted more bad news through some luck of the weather. The squadron led by HMS Ironsides found themselves outnumbered 2-to-1 by the infamous Drunken Monkey fleet in the waters south of Celestia, but the storm front came through at almost the same time. Instead of another pitched battle between the Rats and the Redcoats, both sides spent more time fighting the weather. The small brig Justicia was de-masted in the gale and captured, while the Rats suffered damage to their war brig Atropos but were able to tow it away. The fleets then parted ways as the storm forced an end to hostilities. Overdue Our man in Mooreton Bay reports that the ETTC’s Golden Filly is overdue in port. Coming from Myzectlan, we have not been able to find any sightings of her west of Tortuga. Her fate may forever be unknown, as local authorities say it’s 50-50 whether she was attacked by pirates or lost in one of the southern storm systems. Pirate Round-Up Corries Rid Terraversan Waters of LeColeon! Corlander Naval Captain Mysteriously Disappears From Westface we have exciting news of the defeat of the infamous pirate LeColeon. A Corrish squadron of four ships, led by the frigate HMS Greyhound, sailed into port with FOUR captured pirate ships in tow! The Redcoat squadron was apparently en route to Nola Mar when they sighted a convoy. Closing to investigate, they realized too late that the ships were under the command of LeColeon. Although outnumbered, the Redcoats engaged the pirate fleet. Steering straight for the enemy flagship, the HMS Greyhound and the brig HMS Diligence doubled up on the large frigate La Comete, while the sloop HMS Publius took on the sloop Golden Trident coming to LeColeon's aid. After a few furious broadsides, the foretopmast of La Comete fell, bringing sails and rigging down as the guns were fired, setting sails ablaze, leaving the crew to abandon ship before she burnt down to the waterline. With the flagship lost, the remaining crews hauled down their colors, but as the Corries went to secure their prizes, the Golden Trident took the opportunity to escape, despite being damaged. Some sailors claim to have seen LeColeon cursing on the quarterdeck, wet from his escape from La Comete. When learning of the glorious sight of the captured pirate ships being towed into the harbor, Terraversa's indomitable Grand Admiral L'Olius immediately went to congratulate the commander of the Corrish squadron, but he was nowhere to be found! Instead L’Olius was greeted by Commander Lavendwood of the HMS Diligence. Apparently, after their victory over the pirate LeColeon, the Corlander squadron had proceeded to Nola Mar, where their captain and commander, Sir Jonathan Cooke, boarded a fishing boat and was seen landing at a small pier. However, the Corries report that their captain did not return at the appointed rendezvous and that no word has been sent. They are now planning to investigate the disappearance of their captain further with the blessing of Grand Admiral L'Olius. Here in Kings Port, the editors of the KPA believe all of Terraversa should be grateful that Corrington has joined our Grand Admiral in the fight for security for our nation. Captain Gore Recruits Oleonders Our man in Londa reports that the some of the crew of the Oleon trader Rhodos returned to port in a longboat after their vessel was captured by the notorious pirate Captain Gore not long after they set sail for Dortanix. The three sailing mates of the Rhodos – Cormorant, Ka, and Fishing Proa 1 – were all sent to Davy Jones’ Locker when they were surprised by Captain Gore’s war galley, HMS Carnage. After capturing the Rhodos and fishing surviving crewmembers of the other ships out of the water, Captain Gore reportedly gave all captured sailors the chance to join his crew, and those that refused were set afloat in the launch as Gore disappeared with his prize to the east. No word from the Oleon admiralty on how many of the Rhodos crew took Captain Gore up on his offer. The Dragon Returns! The pirate known as The Dragon, unheard from since he escaped from his Mardierian captors in late 618, reappeared this month, if reports from Fatu Hiva are to be believed. The crew of the Sea Rat trader Triton’s Pithy claim ships belonging to The Dragon set upon them not long after they set sail from Charlatan Bay. The Dragon captured the terraman Rahab’s Gambit while Triton’s Pithy escaped. Some Sea Rats mentioned that they thought The Dragon’s ships looked very similar to captured ships sold off by the Yellow Skull pirate fleet last month. Corrie Gunboats Tangle with Bloody Bill and Montroy Our reporter in King’s Harbour sends word that one of Quinnsville’s gunboat squadrons engaged with none other than the infamous pirate Bloody Bill! The Corrie squadron only suffered damage to two of their six boats while sinking two of Bloody Bill’s ships, including his flagship! The infamous pirate was seen to transfer to the sloop Little Scavenger and pressed the attack until the gunboats broke off the engagement. Although a tactical defeat, this was clearly a Corrish victory over the pirate! In more news of the exploits of Corrish gunboats, from Quinnsville we hear that the local gunboat patrol squadron performed their duties admirably, chasing off the pirate Montroy when he approached local waters in the frigate Cardinal’s Shadow. Although the pirate escaped unscathed, the local citizenry were pleased their gunboat patrols continue to protect the area’s commercial interests. Zublius Von Wreck Strikes ETTC Not all the news in the Cocovia Sea was cheery for the Corries, however, as there are only so many gunboats to go around. Our reporter in Mooreton Bay tells us that the infamous pirate Zublius Von Wreck has struck again. The crew of the ETTC sloop Tuna King report that they were attacked by the dastardly pirate as they neared port after setting sail from Quinnsville. Von Wreck came at them out of the west and sank their sailing partner, the lateen-rigged dhow Jinn, before the Tuna King was able to gain the weather gauge and escape. While nothing will console them over the loss of their sailing mates, the crew of the Tuna King were able to salvage their cargo. Namerean Traders Drive Off Jan Van Sud From Arlinsport we hear that the crew of the large, four-masted xebec Albatross had a close call with the pirate Jan Van Sud, who is known to ply the continental waters of the Brick Seas. The pirate, leading a squadron of four ships, set upon the Albatross just after she rounded the horn off the northeastern coast of Namere, but the Albatross proved a formidable opponent. The crew are boasting of sinking one ship and damaging another before finally getting away from Van Sud, but their cargo was ruined in the course of the fight. Gentleman Privateer Outmaneuvered by Oleonders In Nova Terreli the captain of the Oleonder brig Le Phénix, Tristan Rimbaud, is rejoicing in a local pub. He is telling a tale of being set upon as he sailed through the passage between Torrach Bonn and Blueton. The would-be pirates were a three-masted lugger and a carronade-armed cutter, and some in Rimbaud’s crew say the captain of the lugger was wearing a bowler hat, signature of the “Gentleman Privateer.” Although Le Phénix took damage before its Rimbaud was able to outmaneuver the pirates, he made it to port with his valuable cargo intact, although the local port fees took a sizable bite out of the profits. Roger Redbeard Alive and Well in Rum Isles! Our man in Freeport sends word that the infamous Captain Roger Redbeard, unheard from in the Brick Seas in decades, has been discovered alive and well in the Rum Isles! As their name suggests, the Rum Isles are in fact not one island but rather a collection of small islands, all claimed by Garvey. The settlement of Freeport, located on the largest of the islands, has been until recently the only known outpost of civilization in the archipelago. But smugglers and even pirates are a common sight in Garveyian ports, and it has long been suspected that a pirate hideout was located on one of the smaller isles. As of the first of this month we have confirmation that Captain Redbeard is living in the wreck of his old flagship and is the lynchpin to much of the smuggling activity in the Rum Isles. Our reporter has interviewed several local sailors and confirmed that “Barracuda Bay” is well known as the place to lay low for pirates and smugglers in the area. Local officials, uninterested in our man’s investigation, dismissed the report and declined comment. It is our suspicion that Garveyian officials have known about Captain Redbeard and Barracuda Bay for some time and have simply turned a blind eye to his activities. OOC: Barracuda Bay is a BoBS pirate hideout. Anyone can visit Barracuda Bay IC outside the MRCA for story purposes. In the MRCA, black flag ships of any faction may use Redbeard’s pirate hideout to avoid having their location revealed in the KPA ship lists. Players need only list Barracuda Bay as their destination in zone 27 in their MRCA forms. Non-black flag ships should not sail to Barracuda Bay in the MRCA (at risk of losing their ship!) but should instead use Freeport as their destination if they want to be in the area for story purposes. -page 2- Mercantile Report Our man in Breshaun reports that the captains of Lark and Sparrow, two small Eslandian cutters, were buying drinks for the house after their run from Bardo netted them 570 doubloons each. If they still owed anything on the purchase of their vessels, they’re paid off now! From Belson we hear that a Namerean trade squadron turned a tidy profit of 900 doubloons when they made port in the Corrish capital. Elsewhere on the continent, our man in Granoleon reports that the topsail schooner Comtesse de Praenia made it through the storms unscathed. Although one squadron-mate sank in the storm and another lost its cargo, the Comtesse delivered its cargo to the Oleon capital in full, netting 330 doubloons in profit. From Salida Este we have received word that the captain of the Terraversan sloop Thalia, part of our national trade fleet, has been singled out for exceptional service to our merchant marine. We understand that he made five times the profit over other ships in the trade fleet this month. Congratulations captain! Outrage in Kings Port! The RNTC Exposed? In Kings Port, the attitude toward the Oleander trade company, the infamous RNTC, has changed. Starting out with promises of trade and prosperity, locals now fear the Bluecoats have turned to looting Terraversan relics! Recently, with the aid of Terraversans, the RNTC recovered the fabled Quiver of Artemis from its Atwi guardians of old and brought it to Kings Port. Celebrations abounded as it was paraded atop a bed of flowers and placed in the Temple of Artemis. However, our reporter with an ear for the goings-on of the Order of the Faith, that unique instrument of conservative Oleonder interests, tells us he now suspects the Order of regarding the Quiver as their proprietary relic, and rumor has it that access will soon be restricted to priests of the Order alone. Some Terraversans have started muttering that perhaps now is the time for us to take back what is rightfully ours, and we at the editorial offices of the Advertiser cannot say that we disagree. And now a source has gotten word to us that he believes the RNTC is conspiring against Terraversan Independence! Although our source lacks details, he claims the RNTC is scheming with counter-revolutionary Mardierian Royalists! Allegedly, the aim is to reinstate foreign rule over our sovereign island, although it is still not clear whether the final object is the return of Mardierian despotism or an RNTC puppet regime! Their strategy and methods are still unknown, but we urge any loyal Teraversan to keep their distance from any RNTC staff, and keep a watchful eye on any of their fellow citizens seen collaborating with foreign nationals. Further, we at the Kings Port Advertiser call for Archduke Oldis to take immediate action and expel the foul snakes from our grand capital! News from the War Zone Redcoat Cruisers Take Nominal Victory The Spudkirk cruiser squadron, led by HMS Bagg of Bolton and consisting of an assortment of ships of the line, man-o-wars, cruisers, and war schooners, set out to patrol the waters surrounding the island of Avestia north of El Oleonda. They returned with a captured Lotus war junk in tow, although it was no larger than a Halosian brig, and it was apparently the flagship of its small squadron. The admiralty report that a smaller junk was damaged and that a third escaped. Alas, even with a victory, the news was uninspiring, as the war schooner HMS Huntress failed to return, sunk in battle. It will take more than victories like this to raise Redcoat spirits in the New Haven Sea after the loss of the first rate HMS Resilience and frigate Lightning (see page 1 story). Carno Supplies Reach Neustadt From Neustadt our war correspondent sends word that a Carno supply fleet finally arrived in theater. A trio of warships, led by man-o-war Cougar, escorted three cargo ships into port, including the terraman Camel. They reported seeing Odin’s Scorn as they passed near New Nassau, but the lone pirate quickly tacked away. With fresh supplies and naval forces, Carno spirits are up. Greenie Privateer Captured The word in Neustadt was not as good for Eslandola. The man-o-war Colonial Storm made port in the Carnovian settlement with news that the brigantine Nightwing had been captured by a Lotii squadron. The Greenies are apparently privateers looking for action in the war zone, and they found it, but it didn’t turn out as they hoped. Sailing along the western coast of El Oleonda, we hear that they encountered three junks, none bigger than a large Halosian sloop, and two of them were lightly armed supply ships. According to the captain of the Colonial Storm, the captain of the Nightwing, Jack Merker, completely disregarded his orders and immediately engaged the supply ships before Colonial Storm was ready. As such, the Lotii forces were able to successfully gang up on the Nightwing and overrun her with boarding parties before the Colonial Storm could engage. The captain of the Colonial Storm then opted to cut his losses and make for Neustadt. Sea Rat Traders Escape Unknown Pirate Our correspondent in Neustadt also sends word of increased pirate activity in the New Haven Sea. The crews of Arkham Chaser and Exocet report being attacked by a man-o-war flying the black about midway on their voyage from New Nassau as a storm front moved in, but were able to escape from the unknown attacker as the winds became severe, and the attacking ship looked to be overcome by the storm. The Exocet also took damage in the increasingly rough sea, and neither small trader’s cargo survived the storm. But between the Lotii, privateers, and pirates, the New Haven Sea is a dangerous place at the moment. ---------------------------------------------------------- Ships Lost to Davy Jones’ Locker: Billy Boy (Bloody Bill) Bloody Scavenger (Bloody Bill) Cormorant (Keymonus) Crusader (Christopher X) Fishing Proa 1 (Phred) Golden Filly (ETTC) HMS Huntress (Corrington) Jinn (Bregir) Ka (Dukesc) La Comete (LeColeon) Lady Cora (Eslandola) Lightning (LM71Blackbird) Long Beard III (Puerto Desafio) Midas Touch (Roadmonkeytj) Pelican II (LM71Blackbird) Puffin (Jan Van Sud) Stormbull (professor thaum) Vigilante (Kolonialbeamter) Ships Captured: MOC’d HMS Bull Shark (class 5) taken from Corrington by Professor Thaum HMS Resilience (class 10) taken from LM71Blackbird by Lotus Justicia (class 4) taken from Bregir by Roadmonkeytj Nightwing (class 4) taken from Capt Wolf by Lotus Rahab's Gambit (class 5) taken from roadmonkeytj by The Dragon Rhodos (class 1) taken from Merc by Captain Gore Un-MOC’d HMS Pegasus (class 5) taken from Corrington by Roadmonkeytj Inquire by PM for ships stats. Known Black Flag Ships Still At Large (all of their crews scoundrels and wanted for piracy) Alexander Apollo’s Mirth AQAR Audacious Black Rat Golden Rat Hotspur Jokers Folly Jolly Rogers Komodo Dragon II Maverick Myth Chaser Nightingale Odin's Scorn Purple Rain Red Dragon Stormbringer II The Andromeda The Drunken Monkey Thunder Valkyrie Villain’s Boat Viper Note that Black Flag Sea Rat ship locations are hidden when docked in Sea Rat ports, Garveyian ports, Barracuda Bay, or other pirate hideouts. Result tables to be posted shortly.
  21. January-February 620. Vol 5, Issue 1 Corrington Victorious Over Lotus Fleet in New Haven Sea! Our man in Spudkirk sends word of Redcoat hurrahs in the New Haven Sea. With war declared, a squadron of five Corrie ships led by HMS Wentham II set sail last month to patrol the seas northwest of El Oleonda and protect the settlement of Spudkirk from another raid by Lotus forces. This week they returned victorious, and with a war junk in tow! Word from the admiralty is that the HMS Wentham II squadron encountered four war junks ranging in size from about that of a large sloop to the size of a man-o-war. The captured ship appears to be the size of a brig. Reports are that the Wentham and her mates dished out plenty of damage to the two largest war junks. The battle was broken up by the weather, as winds increased throughout the engagement and rough seas eventually made combat impossible. HMS Huntress was briefly squared off with the Lotus flagship as the storm grew, and both ships were barely able to disengage before the sea overtook them. While Corries cheer their victory at sea, all Halosian sailors across the Brick Seas cheer the valuable information on Lotus naval forces. Eslandola Gets Revenge on Komodo Dragon Fleet Captain Argentum is being hailed a hero in Nova Terreli after his victorious pirate-hunting voyage. Setting sail in search of the Sea Rats that devastated the Greenies’ large trade fleet last month, our man in that Eslandian city tells us he returned aboard his flagship Lady Cora with all his ships intact and four Sea Rat vessels in tow! Encountering the Sea Rat fleet south of Terraversa, Captain Argentum expertly used the weather gage to his advantage and broke the Rats’ line of battle. Although Eslandola did not significantly outnumber the Rats, the Greenies had a sizable advantage in tonnage and were able to overpower several ships and board while the remaining pirates struggled to regain order in their formation. The trade company MAESTRO redeemed its reputation on the seas with ship-o-the-line Princesse Margot getting the best of the Sea Rats flagship, although the notorious Sinbad was able to disengage the Komodo Dragon II and escape capture. The craftsmanship of the Nova Terreli shipyards was also on display, with ship-o-the-line La Comete III and three other quickly readied sisterships proving worthy of combat. The Rats lost the brigs Clearance and Swift, as well as the war junk Red Dragon, and the man-o-war Cannonball that they had previously taken from Eslandola months ago. In light of developments in the New Haven Sea, there is much interest on the docks and among the admiralty in Nova Terreli in getting a close look at the captured war junk. Sea Rats Devastate Prio Trade Fleet Our reporter in King’s Harbour sends word that the Sea Rats have delivered a devastating blow to the Prio trade fleet. Seven ships were expected in the Corrie port this month, sailing from Mesabi Landing, but only one arrived in port. The crew of the Peacock report that they were attacked by the Sea Rats’ black-flagged Hand of Fate fleet west of Isle de Romantica, stalked in similar fashion as the Eslandian fleet that sailed from Fuerte Unido. The Prio fleet, led by Commodore Francisco de Pernica, was unable to outrun the Sea Rats and finally forced to turn and fight. The Prio man-o-war Pegasus and the Sea Rats’ Hand of Fate both went down to Davy Jones’ Locker, but the remaining Sea Rat ships – Apollo’s Mirth, Hotspur, and Stormbringer II – overwhelmed the remaining Prio vessels and captured them all except for Peacock. Included in the captured vessels is the pride of the Prio trade fleet, the terraman Prince Alex. Our readers may recall that Prio and the Sea Rats were engaged in some confrontations at sea two years ago, where the Peacock figured prominently. This time it appears that the Sea Rat fleet was flying the black in accordance with maritime tradition, hopefully avoiding any retaliation from Archduke Alex against non-black-flagged Sea Rat traders, but we will certainly keep an eye on the situation for our readers. Oleon Ships Emerge From Port, Gather in Breshaun Our man in Breshaun reports that the Oleon navy has awakened from its slumber and has descended on the island port in the Sea of Storms. Our reporter counts by his eagle eyes approximately 15 warships and 25 traders in Breshaun at this time. Word around the docks is that even more were expected, with five missing from the numbers. Additionally, a revitalized Mardierian trade fleet seven ships strong also arrived in port. Our man in Londa reports a small collection of Oleonder fishing vessels (including a small catamaran!) have called on the Mardierian port, but nothing of any naval significance. What are the Bluecoats’ intentions? Why is Mardier there as well? All nations of the Brick Seas would be wise to keep an eye on the situation. Encounters at Sea Sea Rats Best Greenies in Prio Sea All was not gold for the Eslandians this month. Our reporter in King’s Harbour tells us that only half of a trade fleet coming from Fuerte Unido arrived in port. The Greenies lost the armed sloop La Salamandra and the merchant sloop Aurei Lacerta to a Sea Rat black-flag fleet led by The Andromeda. Word on the docks is that the pirates stalked the trade squadron for some distance as they both sailed west past Romantica, and that the Rats finally caught the Greenies about midway between Alexport and King’s Harbour. The Eslandian brig Asesino II suffered heavy damage but was able to escape the Rats and escort the trader Dark Spirit into port safely. Corrish Patrol Takes Bite Out of Sea Rats Our man in Spudkirk also reports that a Corrie squadron surprised a Sea Rats black-flag fleet south of Celestia and sank The Drunken Monkey before most of the remaining Rats could escape. We say most because the HMS Resilience sailed into port in Spudkirk damaged but with LaPetunia in tow as a trophy from the encounter. Needless to say, with prizes from both Lotus and the Sea Rats in port, spirits in Spudkirk are high! Carno Warships Chase off Jolly Rogers From Fuerte Unido we hear that the Carno warships Cougar and Coyote chased off the Sea Rats’ black-flagged Jolly Rogers south of Isla de Victoria. Carno ships have gathered in the Eslandian port as ships already deployed to the New Haven Sea return west to meet and escort new ships coming from Carnovian shipyards in Poorvintia. Carno ship crews were happy to have had a successful encounter with no damage taken. Gentleman Privateer Returns Last month we speculated that we had heard the last of the gentleman privateer, but word from Charlatan Bay is that we were mistaken. The crew of the Sea Rat trader Spirit of Sir Edward report that they were attacked by a three-masted lugger and a small sloop both flying the colors of the gentlemanly pirate. Apparently good manners mean little on the high sea, however, as the pirate sank the Sea Rat cutter Sangiovese in his attack before the Sir Edward escaped. Pinto Filly Sinks Jilted Maiden From Westface we hear that the crew of the ETTC schooner Pinto Filly had a scare when attacked by black-flagged Sea Rats west of Terraversa. The crew report sinking the man-o-war Jilted Maiden with a skilled (some would say lucky) shot to the pirate’s magazine. Damaged, Pinto Filly was still able to use her speed to best advantage and escape from the Nightingale. Pirate Round-Up Corries Capture Bluebeard! Our man in King’s Harbour was busy this month. He also reports that the HMS Bull Shark and Pineapple Revenge returned from patrol with the infamous pirate Bluebeard in shackles and his ships Blue Moon and Gun Runner in tow. Word from the crews is that they also sunk the sloop Aqua Fina. All news was not good, however, as HMS Victoria and several of her crew were lost in the fight, and only the physical capture of Bluebeard aboard his flagship caused his pirate band to strike their colors. We assume the citizens of King’s Harbour can look forward to a pirate hanging in the near future. LeColeon Attacks Altonian Traders Our man in Balmin sends word that the pirate LeColeon has struck an Altonian trade fleet. The schooner Antelope arrived in Balmin unexpectedly, as it was supposed to return to Ulric with two other ships after a voyage to the Sea of Thieves. The Antelope’s crew is telling tales of being attacked south of Terraversa by a group of four of LeColeon’s ships. The Altonians were able to sink the pirate’s flagship, Black Star’s Revenge, as well as the aged Belson, but the pirate sank the Adler and captured the Angelfish as the Antelope escaped. The storm system that ravaged the northern Halosian coast this month forced the Antelope to make for the nearest home port rather than round the horn. Captain Gore Driven Off By Corries From Belson we hear that the HMHV Athena arrived in port unscathed after she successfully fought off the pirate Captain Gore. The encounter reportedly occurred as she sailed around the horn at the northern tip of the continent, a popular spot for pirates to lurk. The pirate captain has reportedly been reduced to sailing a war galley he captured late last year, and after Athena inflicted heavy damage on it, Captain Gore broke off the attack and made for the coast. Athena then continued on her way to Belson, where her cargo reportedly turned a handsome profit. Montroy Attacks Greenies Right here in Kings Port we have an Eslandian tale of woe. The Flying Apple, a fast sloop from the MAESTRO trade company, arrived in port without her companion, the frigate The Brickwall. The pirate Montroy surprised the Eslandian ships west of Nelissa and sunk The Brickwall before fleeing east. ETTC Ships Escape Clutches of Zublius Von Wreck From Quinnsville we receive word that that the traders Tuna King and Jinn were attacked by the infamous pirate Zublius Von Wreck southwest of Poorvintia in the Cocovia Sea. The crew of the Tuna King claim to have shot off the rudder of ZvW’s flagship Grimwald, causing it to collide with the small gaff-rigged schooner Valiant Phoenix. As Grimwald took on water, the pirate was forced to abandon his flagship and transfer to the smaller vessel, while Tuna King and Jinn made their escape. Corrish and Eslandian Ships Overdue, Piracy Feared Our man in Yeldo reports that two Corrish traders, Turaco and Puffin, are long overdue and that officials fear they have fallen prey to pirates. Meanwhile, we hear from Westface that two Eslandian ships, The Lady Hawk and The Raenette, are also overdue in port, but local fishermen report seeing the two ships in the company of ships believed to belong to the pirate LeColeon near the coast not far from town. Eslandian official are expected to ask for a search of nearby coves, but we have no word on the fates of any of these ships at this time. - page 2 - Storm Ravages Halosian Coast A major storm system moved north along the continental coast this month, wreaking havoc on Oleon shipping in particular. The Amphitrites Lily was forced to return to Granoleon after taking on water soon after leaving port. The Corrish trader Filly Winds was forced to return to Belson under similar circumstances. Oleon’s Blue Bayou was lost when she capsized near Eltina. The HRS Retribution of Breshaun, unable to continue when her rigging tore, was forced to make landfall in Arlinsport. The storm gained strength as it moved north. Ship-o-the-line HRS Combattante was lost to Davy Jones’ Locker when she crashed into rocks near the Mardierian coast, and the sloop Crete was forced to make port at Aden rather than continue. Weather Forces Rats into Corrish Ports In the east, storms caused problems for the Sea Rats. From Mesabi Landing we hear that the Vengeful Arrow has pulled into port in need of repairs after taking on water in the storm. And our man in Jameston tells us that the black-flagged Odin’s Scorn has anchored off shore there, rigging in tatters, keeping a careful distance from the port authorities. No word yet on what Redcoat authorities might do with a known pirate in their port! Mercantile Report Our man in Terreli sends word that Namerean traders were buying rounds for everyone in the pubs after their small trade squadron survived the stormy seas and took in 1800DBs in profits after calling on the Eslandian capital. And from Weelond we hear that the Namereans were feeling generous down there as well, with rumored profits of more than 1600 DBs for their three-ship squadron. Quite the month for traders from Namere! Oleon traders may have struggled with weather in the west, but they still turned a profit. Although spread out across dozens of ships, our man in Breshaun tells us that more than 3800DBs were earned by the massive convoys. Small ships fared better for Oleon in the east. From Astrapi we hear that the crew of Le Phenix were celebrating a short run from the south. Word on the dock is that they took in more than 500DBs for their effort. And our man in Lavalette tells us that the crew of Dame Fortune made a similar profit for the tiny jaunt over from Windfall Island. From Arlinsport we hear that a small Altonian trade convoy had much better luck than the Antelope reported in Balmin. Four trading vessels, led by the brig Aurora, sported happy crews in the Corrish port. Our reporter estimates they took in nearly 1000DBs for their quick run from the continent. Our man in Jameston reports that Eslandian traders were celebrating in port after collecting approximately 1000DBs for their long run from Nova Terreli. And from King’s Harbour we hear that the small Eslandian trade squadron that set sail from here in Kings Port netted more than 700DBs for their run south. Here in Kings Port our national trade fleet returned home after a successful trip to the Sea of Storms, and sailors and merchants both sound happy. Local News from Terraversa Here in Kings Port, the Oleon trading company, the RNTC, is experiencing rising unpopularity, as rumors abound that they are harboring designs on our young nation! Additionally, the appropriation of the Quiver of Artemis by the Blues has not gone unnoticed, although at least they have not removed it from the island! In Westface, Grand Admiral L'Olius is entertaining the Corlander delegation that Archduke Oldis, in his wisdom, has largely ignored. Is this part of a larger plot from our government, or is the ruling class of Terraversa divided? To the north, Nola Mar has largely fallen silent since local authorities announced their crack-down on smuggling and corruption. Will the third largest city of our island again be made heard of, or are matters worse than first expected? Soccer Cup Round-Up Oleon’s Team E from Eltina bested Eslandola’s Weelond Regimentals for the championship in the Third Annual BoBS Soccer Cup that will go down as a classic in sporting annals. Team E scored the tying goal in the final seconds of overtime to send the game into a penalty shootout, where Eltina proved victorious. To recap how they got to the finals: Team E narrowly won their group to advance to the final when they defeated the Rassilon Rascals 5-4, and Weelond edged out the Sea Rats Smileys by one point in group play. In the championship game, Weelond held a first half lead after a goal by Jan Slegers, but Eltina tied it in the second half when Guy Lejeunot scored. Weelond took the lead in overtime with some marvelous passing that led to a goal by Fangio, but Weelond’s defense tired as injury time went on and gave up the tying goal, again to Lejeunot, literally as time expired. Demoralized, Weelond’s aim was off in the shootout, and Team E won the shootout handily 3-0. Eltina earns the prize and the right to host this year’s Soccer Cup. Weelond suffers a second-straight finals loss and is left wondering if Patch Verlander’s pineapple training methods are the right approach. Oleon’s Ocean Eleven and Corrington’s Quinnsville Cannonade were left disappointed by their performance in group play and hope to improve next time around. And everyone was ecstatic with the wonderful job Mesabi Landing did in hosting the tournament after the Red Rogues won the title in 618. We’re already looking forward to visiting Eltina in 620 for more Soccer Cup action. ---------------------------------------------------------- Ships Lost to Davy Jones’ Locker: Adler (Altonia) Aqua Fina (Bluebeard) Belson (LeColeon) Black Star’s Revenge (LeColeon) Blue Bayou (Oleon) FTA Dusk (FTA) Edit: An erroneous report -- it arrived late but safe! Grimwald (Zublius Von Wreck) Hand of Fate (Kwatchi) HMS Victoria (Corrington) HRS Combattante (Oleon) Mystery (Jan Van Sud) Jilted Maiden (Roadmonkeytj) Pegasus (Romantica) Sangiovese (Tom Skippy) The Brickwall (Faladrin) The Drunken Monkey (Roadmonkeytj) WTC Judgement (MKJoshA) Ships Captured: MOC’d: Aurei Lacerta (class 3) taken from Umbra-Manis by Professor Thaum & Roadmonkeytj Cannonball (class 5) taken from MKJoshA by Eslandola Clearance (class 4) taken from MKJoshA by Eslandola LaPetunia (class 3) taken from Roadmonkeytj by LM71Blackbird La Salamandra (class 3) taken from Eslandola by Professor Thaum & Roadmonkeytj Puffin (class 4) taken from LM71Blackbird by Jan Van Sud Red Dragon (class 5) taken from Professor Thaum by Eslandola Swift (class 4) taken from MKJoshA by Eslandola The Lady Hawk (class 3) taken from Faladrin by LeColeon The Raenette (class 2) taken from Faladrin by LeColeon Turaco (class 5) taken from LM71Blackbird by Jan Van Sud Un-MOC’d: Angelfish (class 4) taken from Altonia by LeColeon Blue Moon (class 5) taken from Bluebeard by Corrington Gun Runner (class 3) taken from Bluebeard by Corrington Lynx (class 4) taken from Lotus by Corrington Panther (class 3) taken from Romantica by Kwatchi Patriot II (class 3) taken from Romantica by Kwatchi Pearl (class 2) taken from Romantica by Kwatchi Prince Alex (class 5) taken from Romantica by Kwatchi Pronghorn (class 3) taken from Romantica by Kwatchi Inquire by PM for ships stats. Known Black Flag Ships Still At Large (all of their crews scoundrels and wanted for piracy) Alexander Apollo’s Mirth AQAR Audacious Black Rat Golden Rat Hotspur Jokers Folly Jolly Rogers Komodo Dragon II Maverick Midas Tocuh Myth Chaser Nightingale Odin's Scorn Purple Rain Red Dragon Stormbringer II Stormbull The Andromeda The Drunken Monkey Thunder Valkyrie Villain’s Boat Viper Note that Black Flag Sea Rat ship locations are hidden when docked in Sea Rat ports, Garveyian ports, or pirate hideouts. Result tables to be posted shortly.
  22. November-December 619. Vol 4, Issue 5 OPEN WAR IN NEW HAVEN SEA! As word has leaked out about Carno’s exploration efforts in the New Haven Sea, officials have publicly acknowledged what many already suspected: Carno is at war with the Kingdom of the Lotus, a nation from Southern Halos. Apparently the two sides have been fighting over the large island known as El Oleonda in the southern part of the New Haven Sea. First we observed more Carnovian ships headed to the area, and last month the Corrish settlement of Spudkirk was raided by Lotus ships. We have heard from reliable sources in the Carnovian admiralty that they will soon be issuing letters of marque to authorize privateers to go after Lotus ships, and a call for mercenary soldiers to fight on El Oleonda is also expected soon. Merchants are advised to be careful in the New Haven Sea, and we will report any new developments as soon as they happen. Sea Rats Deal Blow to Carno War Efforts Our man in Jameston sends word that a Carno squadron headed to resupply their troops on El Oleonda was decimated before they could even reach the New Haven Sea. The crew of the clipper ship Camel are telling a harrowing tale of being attacked by the Sea Rats’ Yellow Skull fleet, led by Captain DeKruger on the Hand of Fate. Apparently the pirates stalked the Carno squadron almost from the moment they set sail from Poorvintia, and caught them as they passed near Tortuga in the East Prio Sea. The clipper ship Cricket and her crew were sent to Davy Jones’ locker, and the Rats captured the large sloops Chameleon and Chipmunk. Several of the Camel’s crews are complaining about the Carno admiralty’s decision to build fast ships, hoping to outrun attackers, rather than slower, heavier ships that have more firepower to defend themselves. Komodo Dragon II Decimates Greenies; Infighting among ESL Trade Companies Ensues Eslandolan officials are up in arms here in Kings Port. Expecting the arrival of a seven-ship trade fleet under the command of newly promoted Commodore Alessio Florissone, only three vessels arrived after the trade fleet was attacked by the Sea Rats’ Admiral Sinbad and his infamous Komodo Dragon fleet. The Eslandian’s were sailing west for Kings Port when they first spotted the Sea Rat fleet of nine ships lying east of Terraversa, but it was perhaps too late for the Greenies from the start. Sinbad’s fleet had the weather gauge and quickly sized up their prey. The floating fortress Komodo Dragon II and the armed junk Red Dragon sailed directly at the Eslandian flagship, ship-of-the-line Deuxieme Comete, and isolated her from the rest of the fleet. Deuxieme Comete was able to hit the Red Dragon with a full broadside, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Sea Rats from closing. Meanwhile, the man-o-war Cannonball (ironically, a ship captured from Eslandola months earlier) and the brig Clearance teamed up against the large xebec frigate Oscuridad II, and the armored sloop Viper and sloop Nightingale (a former Namerean trader) doubled up on the last of the Eslandian escorts, the brig Long Beard II. As the escorts were sandwiched by pirate ships, boarding parties poured over the sides to take the warships. But all was not lost for the Greenies. Captain Anthony Crol of the terraman Far Horizon teamed up with the xebec Purple Rain to shield the traders from battle. For the Rats, the WTC Judgement (a former Corrie ship-of-the-line) led Swift and Jilted Maiden in pursuit. The Purple Rain suffered a direct hit to one of her masts and fell back, while the Eslandian sloop Lady’s Revenge II took heavy damage but was able to maintain sail. Far Horizon, the carrack Eslandita, and Lady’s Revenge II all fired their stern guns, but were unable to save Purple Rain from the onslaught of boarding parties. We hear that although the Sea Rats’ Red Dragon was damaged in the fight, the Rats suffered no significant losses. For Eslandola, loss of all three escorts – Deuxieme Comete, Oscuridad II, and Long Beard II -- plus the MAESTRO trader Purple Rain, is devastating! That Commodore Florissone is a MAESTRO captain, and that Captain Crol is an MCTC captain, and the three surviving ships are MCTC ships is a source for much speculation in port here, as Greenie trade companies are rumored to be pointing fingers at each other over this debacle. Was the MAESTRO captain derelict in keeping a proper watch? Did the MCTC captain abandon the MAESTRO ships, or did he do his duty in leading the trade ships to safety while the escorts fought? Furthermore, did the Eslandian admiralty err in promoting Florissone too quickly? And will they be willing to pay a ransom for his release? Additionally, the Midas Touch is overdue in port and has not been heard from. All we know at this hour is that the voices are loud and angry from the Eslandian trade offices tonight. Encounters at Sea WTC Loses Red Fox to Drunken Monkey Eslandola’s trade companies aren’t the only TCs with pirate problems. From Jameston we hear that a large Sea Rat pirate fleet, led by The Drunken Monkey and its self-appointed Admiral, the former Captain Larvey, attacked a WTC gunboat squadron and captured the WTC Red Fox. WTC crew report damaging ship-of-the-line The Andromeda and sloop Jokers Folly, and otherwise escaping intact. Yellow Card to the Black Flag Our agent in Mesabi Landing for the Soccer Cup sends word that crew of the Corrish heavy frigate Lightning report damaging the black-flagged Jolly Rogers in the seas between Isla de Victoria and Cascadia before the cowardly pirate fled to the west. Oleon Ship Spotted at Sea! In a surprising report out of Prinport, the Oleon sloop Cormorant sailed into port this month, the first time in recent memory that an Oleonder vessel has been spotted outside a bluecoat harbor. In addition, the crew are claiming to have had a run-in with the pirate Jan Van Sud, fending off his attack and forcing him to escape in the sloop Flying Colt. Black Flagger Bungles Pearl Caper From Dragonstone we hear that native pearl divers are telling a story of piracy gone wrong. As they were diving off the coast of Berelli, they were suddenly beset upon by the Defiant, a Corrish three-masted lugger flying the black and captained by a man fitting the description of the gentleman privateer. The three natives scrambled into their canoe and started to row for shore. As Defiant pursued, she ran aground on a coral reef, gashing her side. As the native pearl divers (and their pearls) made it to safety, they could see the Defiant’s crew abandon ship as she took on water and foundered in the coral. No authorities from Dragonstone, Elysabethtown, or Port Raleigh have reported finding the pirates on the island, but the Defiant is now just a jumble of wood in the coral reef. Pirate Round-Up Montroy on the Run From Alexport we hear that Corrington’s renowned HMS Ironsides, along with HMS Pegasus and Justicia, surprised the pirate Montroy as he was setting sail from Leopaldis. The cowardly pirate captain fled in Cardinal’s Shadow as the Corries took his flagship, the man-o-war Hades’ Fury. Word from the happy redcoats is that casualties were minimal, and their ships suffered nary a scratch. It was a narrow escape for Montroy! Bluebeard Blue over Run-In with Redcoats From New Haven on Alicentia, onlookers in port were treated to the sight of a Corrington patrol squadron, led by HMS Bull Shark, tow in Bluebeard’s sloop Glittering Wind. Crew of the Bull Shark also claim to have damaged the Gun Runner, a former fast Garveyian sloop recently captured by the pirate. This is the second time the Glittering Wind has changed hands since it raced in the inaugural PA Cup in Alexport earlier this year. No word from the Crahaish neh Triuri if they will petition for the return of their ship. Namerean Traders Take Fight to Captain Gore Our man in Balmin sends word that Namerean traders are being treated to drinks for their run-in with the infamous pirate Captain Gore. The pirate attacked them from the south as they approached the island of Persus. Forced to fight, the Namereans didn’t give in. The brig Nuthatch led a fierce counter punch that saw three of Captain Gore’s four ships sent to the deep, including his flagship, the brig Escape Artist. Nuthatch suffered significant damage in the fight, but eventually was able to lead the brig Nighthawk and large sloop Ninja out of harm’s way and escape the pirate’s lone remaining ship, the war galley HMS Carnage. The fate of Captain Gore is not known at this time. Bloody Bill Bloodies Redcoats Our man in Alexport also reports that the Corrish cutter HMS Otter was attacked by the infamous Bloody Bill as it approached Prio waters. The Otter’s crew report that, despite Bloody Bill sailing alone in his large sloop Little Scavenger, they took surprisingly heavy damage and were forced to make for port rather than continue the fight. ZvW Sinks Amethyst From Nova Terreli we receive word that Corrish traders were not as successful against pirates as Corrish warships this month. The crew of the Dozy Dragon, a trader only recently retrieved from the clutches of Bloody Bill, arrived in port severely damaged, and her crew report that their sailing companion, the schooner Amethyst, was sent to the bottom in an attack by the infamous pirate Zublius Von Wreck. They also report sending the pirate’s small sloop Castaway to the bottom as well, before escaping into a fogbank. We recently reported that Amethyst had been captured by Sea Rats and then mysteriously returned to its Corrie owner, so this loss must be doubly difficult to take. - page 2 - Relatively Calm Seas Benefit Trade Remarkably good weather prevailed for sailors over the last couple of months. A squall in the Sea of Storms forced three Eslandolan ships to divert to Bardo. The captains of The Raenette and The Defiance report their cargos were damaged beyond salvage. Rough waters in the Sea of Thieves forced the Eslandian trader El Rubi to divert to Elysabethtown when it sprang a leak, and the Sea Rat trader FTA Dusk was likewise forced to make port in Leopaldis. Mercantile Report From Terreli we receive word that Altonian sailors are celebrating in the pubs. Their national fleet made port at the Eslandola capital, and from conversations overheard at the customs office, it sounds like the Altonians netted more than 1700 DBs for the run. Our agent in Mesabi Landing for the Soccer Cup reports that the Prio national trade fleet has paid a visit to that city, with fair results in the ledger. While crews are more interested in the soccer tournament than buying rounds in the pubs, we hear their fleet brought in a tidy sum in profits. Another lone Oleon ship ventured out this month, although she quickly made her way to a bluecoat port. Our reporter in Astrapi tells us that the small coastal trader Angelique out of Acropolis raked in more than 500 DBs for a short solo run past Charlatan Bay and across open sea to the Ile de Zeus. From Arlinsport on Tiberia, we hear that crews of the Corlander traders Turaco and Puffin were quick to buy a few rounds in the local pubs, and our man in the customs office tells us that the two ships netted nearly 1000 DBs between them. Corlander coastal traders hauled in heavy profits in King’s Harbour. We hear the fleet of small boats made the trade run around the coast of Cocovia from Quinnsville and hauled in nearly 1000 DBs! Nice work if you can get it. All was not bad news for Eslandian merchants here in Kings Port. Although they lost several ships to the Sea Rats, the three ships that did reach port netted more than 1300 DBs, with the Far Horizon getting nearly 600 DBs alone for its cargo. We hear that some Sea Rat traders were celebrating in Fatu Hiva. With Oleon shipping at a standstill, their ports are giant opportunities for enterprising traders, and the captains of The Eagle and Vic Viper were in good spirits when spotted dockside. Illicit trade is also profitable around the Brick Seas. We hear from our Sea Rat sources that the infamous pirate LeColeon scored big in the black market this month. Closer to home, word from the other side of Terraversa is that the black-flagged AQAR, along with prizes Alexander and Valkyrie, were seen in a cove near Westface, and representatives of the pirate crew negotiated a tidy profit for their ill-gotten goods on the local black market. Notable Events Soccer Cup in Progress Excitement in Mesabi Landing surrounds the third annual Soccer Cup, with visiting ship crews joining the sporting fans for a rowdy time by all. Early results are in from tournament pool play. With the opening round still in progress, the Sea Rat Smileys have a narrow lead over the Weelond Regimentals in pool A, and their rematch later this week (after we go to press) should go a long way to determining who plays in the finals. In pool B, Team E from Eltina remained undefeated with a win over the Rassilon Rascals. We will report on the final results in our next issue. Oktoberfest Round-Up All the factions of the Brick Seas came together for a grand time in Weelond for this year’s Oktoberfest. The Sea Rats’ Bru-Ha-Ha made its presence known by hosting a keg tossing contest, many stories were shared at an Oleon beer garden, and the WTC only blew up one vendor stand (credit to local authorities learning what to expect from some of their guests), but Hernan Orellana’s sugar plantation produced the molasses that took top honors at the festival. ------------------------ Ships Lost to Davy Jones’ Locker: Amethyst Castaway Cheap Trick Cricket Defiant Escape Artist Pioneer Ships Captured: MOC’d: Midas Touch (class 4) taken from Nova Terreli/ESL by Roadmonkeytj Deuxieme Comete (class 7) taken from Eslandola by MKJoshA/Professor Thaum/Roadmonkeytj Oscuridad II (Class 6) taken from Eslandola by MKJoshA/Professor Thaum/Roadmonkeytj Long Beard II (class 4) taken from Puerto Desfaio/ESL by MKJoshA/Professor Thaum/Roadmonkeytj Purple Rain (class 4) taken from Maxim I by MKJoshA/Professor Thaum/Roadmonkeytj WTC Red Fox (class 1) taken from Drunknok by Roadmonkeytj/Professor Thaum/TomSkippy Glittering Wind (class 2) taken from Bluebeard by Corrington Un-MOC’d: Hades’ Fury (class 5) taken from Montroy by Bregir/Corrington Chipmunk (class 3) taken from Carno by Kwatchi/Roadmonkeytj/Sea Rats Chameleon (class 3) taken from Carno by Kwatchi/Roadmonkeytj/Sea Rats Inquire by PM for ships stats. Known Black Flag Ships Still At Large (all of their crews scoundrels and wanted for piracy) Alexander Andromeda Apollo’s Mirth AQAR Black Rat Cardinal’s Shadow Clearance Golden Rat Hand of Fate Hotspur Jilted Maiden Jokers Folly Jolly Rogers Komodo Dragon II LaPetunia Myth Chaser Odin's Scorn Red Dragon Stormbringer II Stormbull The Drunken Monkey Thunder Valkyrie Villain’s Boat Viper WTC Judgement Note that Black Flag Sea Rat ship locations are hidden when docked in Sea Rat ports, Garveyian ports, or pirate hideouts. Result tables to be posted shortly. Results by nation:
  23. August-September 619. Vol 4, Issue 4 Corrie Settlement Attacked by Lotus Fleet in New Haven Sea! Our source in the Corrish Royal Society of Navigation and Discovery sends word of conflict in the New Haven Sea. The scientifically inclined RSND has done much to explore the terrain, flora, and fauna around the small colony of Spudkirk on the island of Avestia, one of the eastern-most outposts of Halosian Society (along with the rumors of Carnian settlements further south in the New Haven Sea). But true to their nature, with their heads engulfed in scientifics and feeling safe in the far east, the Corries seem to have largely neglected defenses, a mistake that now appears to have cost them dearly! We hear that, under the cover of darkness, a fleet of five Lotii ships closed with the makeshift port, and armed men flowed into the boats and looted stores still waiting on the lower levels of the settlement. Corlander sources report that the Royal Marines put up a brave fight, but, being heavily outnumbered, could only preserve the high ground and watch the southerners make away with their loot. Spudkirk will be fighting to survive after the loss of stores, mainly machined goods, weapons and powder, and preserved foods. One wonders how the Corries will react -- will this mean war? Encounters at Sea National Trade Fleets Return Home Here in Kings Port we welcomed home our national trade fleet. We hear that it was a profitable mission, and the crews are spending plenty of coin in the pubs. They’re also telling the tale of being attacked by the Sea Rat Yellow Skull pirate fleet, known to be led by Captain Katrin deKruger aboard the ship-of-the-line Hand of Fate. The attack occurred in the Sea of Thieves, south of the island of Berelli. Our sloop Trident was damaged, but the fleet commander--aboard our flagship, the man-o-war Typhoon--expertly used the weather gauge to his advantage and maneuvered our fleet to safety. Three hurrahs for the safe and profitable return of our fleet! From the Altonian capital of Ulric we hear that the feared Sea Rat Komodo Dragon fleet, under the command of so-called “Admiral” Sinbad, attacked the Altonian national trade squadron. The attack took place just west of Prinport. Again, the Sea Rats were denied any booty by the expert seamanship of the a trade fleet captain, as the Altonians managed to damage two of the Sea Rat vessels before escaping with only slight damage to two of their own ships. All ships reported a good profit on arriving at their home port, and we offer another Hurrah! for traders eluding the Sea Rat scourge. Meanwhile, our man in Londa reports that the lone remaining Mardier trade fleet has finally returned to home port. The armed brig Marauder had returned alone last month to much dismay and gnashing of teeth in the admiralty. This month the ship-of-the-line Minerva escorted three trade ships into port, although one of them was just a sloop captured months ago from the pirate The Dragon. The trade fleet was able to fight off an attack from pirate Jan Van Sud, sinking the Black Diamond and capturing the brig Midnight Ruby before the pirate made his escape. However, after the battle, Mardier’s man-o-war Meteor, weary from the long trade mission and several battles with pirates, was forced by rough seas to seek repairs in nearby Prinport, so it will be at least another month before the entire Mardier trade fleet is whole. Meanwhile, the shipyards in Londa are busy working on replacements for the SEVEN ships from the mission’s launch that have failed to return. Carno Loses Ship From New Haven Sea From Poorvintia we receive word of troubles for Carno. The crew of the fast sloop Chameleon, returning from a supply mission to the New Haven Sea, report that they were attacked by the Sea Rat ships Myth Chaser and Narwal, both flying the black, southeast of Poorvintia. Chameleon and Cockatoo traded blows with the Sea Rat barque Narwal, sending the pirate to the bottom, but not before Cockatoo succumbed as well. The Chameleon took heavy fire from Myth Chaser, but her crew were able to outmaneuver the larger ship and make their escape. We have no word at this time what spoils of exploration and war the Cockatoo might have had in her hold. ETTC Eludes Sea Rats In Mooreton Bay the crew of the ETTC schooner Golden Filly is partying in the dockside pubs. As they sailed west through the South Prio Sea, they were attacked by the Sea Rat black-flag fleet led by The Andromeda and including ships-of-the-line Thunder and Odin’s Scorn. Although damaged, the crew of Golden Filly managed their escape and also kept their cargo safe, resulting in a whopping 500 DBs haul when they reached port. Greenie Convoys Tangle with Pirates Eslandian officials report successfully fighting off an attack by infamous pirate Zublius Von Wreck in the Cocovia Sea east of Quinnsville. The report says that they damaged ZvW’s flagship Grimwald and sank the brig Ferryman before the pirate made his escape. However, the official report fails to mention that the greenies apparently lost the squadron flagship, La Raya Venenosa, in the fight. We hear all crew were saved before the ship went under. While the traders celebrate that all their ships made it safely to port, we wonder if the greenie accountants are debating if the cost of one of their flag vessels was worth it. Meanwhile, from King’s Harbour, Eslandian trade officials report that they successfully fought off an attack by the pirate Montroy northeast of Charlatan Bay. The Eslandian escorts Migery’s Revenge, Asesino II, and La Salamandra gave fight with the pirate flagship Hades’ Fury and Montroy’s recently acquired Cardinal’s Shadow, with only the loss of the large cog Cotton Lady. Unfortunately, profits were light when the remaining ships reached port. Our reporter in King’s Harbour also tells us that he endeavored to find out if the infamous Captain Nordau was at the helm of Cardinal’s Shadow, as some wonder if he has joined forces with Montroy, but no such word was forthcoming. Corries Nearly Captures Bloody Bill From King’s Harbour we hear that Bloody Bill ran into serious trouble in what may have been an intended raid on the Corrie jewel of the Cocovia Sea. Corrish ships HMS Ironsides and Justicia joined forces with two port gunboats to deliver a serious blow to the pirate. The pirate flagship Scavenger II and most of her crew were sent to Davy Jones’ Locker, and the red coats captured the brig Vulture and the junk Dozy Dragon with only the loss of a single gunboat. While Bloody Bill was able to escape aboard his sloop Little Scavenger, the loss of 3/4ths of his ships and crew has to be a devastating setback, and a major victory for the fight against piracy in the Brick Seas! Pirate Round-Up From Belson we hear from the crew of the HMHV Athena that they were attacked by Captain Gore as they rounded the horn off the northeast coast of Namere. The infamous pirate inflicted heavy damage on HMHV Athena, forcing her down wind, and then captured the swift little yacht Pioneer. Captured crew that did not wish to stay with the pirate were made to walk the plank, but HMHV Athena was able to make its way back to the survivors after Captain Gore made his escape with Pioneer in tow. From Pontelli we hear that the crew of the xebec Satyr have made port in a long boat after their ship was attacked in the Terraversa Sea and captured by the infamous pirate LeColeon. Headed for Elizabethville, their fate appeared sealed when their ship was de-masted. But LeColeon gave them the choice to join his crew or make port in a barely sea-worthy longboat. They chose the latter, and made landfall fairly quickly, but not in time to mount any response to the pirate’s attack. From Fuerto Unido, the crew of the Garveyian trader Gazelle are reporting a harrowing tale of their encounter with the infamous Bluebeard. The pirate surprised them in the Cocovia Sea east of King’s Harbour. The Garveyian fast sloop Golden Apple was sunk, and Bluebeard captured the sloop Gun Runner, but not before the Garveyians sank both the man-o-war Blazer and the cutter Western Wind II. Bluebeard’s fleet, which included his flagship Blue Moon and the Aqua Fina (fresh from competing in the PA Cup) were last seen headed north. Mild Weather Only two storm systems of any consequence moved through the Brick Seas this month. A small system moved along the northern edge of the main sea lanes, originating near the horn and moving east across Holder’s Rock and just north of Terraversa. In the east, a heavier storm made its way through the East Prio Sea, disrupting an Eslandian convoy out of Jameston. The Golden Crescent was forced to return to port almost immediately, the schooner Midas Touch had to abandon the convoy and make port at Lavalette, and another escort was reported to have major storm damage by the time it reached Salida Este. Missing Ships In Prinport, ETTC officials anxiously await word of the arrival of the Alexander, Corland Provider, and Valkyrie en route from Belson. Our man in Arlinsport tells us that the small trade squadron was spotted northwest of Tiberia. With increased pirate activity around Baskers Island, and the rapidly growing black market on Holder’s Rock, piracy is feared. Our man in Prinport tells us the rumor going around the docks is that ships fitting the description of the Alexander and Valkyrie were seen in the company of the AQAR when it sailed into port, but ETTC officials have not been allowed on board and the identity of the two mystery ships has not been confirmed. From our sources on Tortuga we hear that members of Bloody Bill’s extended crew are claiming to have captured the Margaret, a lovely little brigantine known to be a Sea Rat trader, with the gunboat squadron assembled from captured WTC craft. Amethyst Returned The Corrish schooner Amythest, captured by Sea Rat pirates earlier this spring, was discovered this month anchored in a cove near the King's Harbour bay. Our reporter in that city tells us that Corrish officials received an anonymous tip from a messenger boy about the ship. Upon inspection they found recent battle damage and standing seawater in the hold. The entire crew was found tied up but in good health. The ship was void of all cargo and rations. A strange note was reportedly carved on the captain’s desk, but officials would not comment on what the message said. The prevailing rumor circulating the pubs is that the carving was a skull with the words “PLEASURE DOING BUSINESS GENTLEMEN.” -page 2- The Great Blue Enigma Continues Oleon’s fleets continue to defy logic and reason by refusing to sail. While some may be content with idle speculation, our man in Granoleon attempted to contact La Royal with the hope of getting answers to this great enigma. Unfortunately, this has proved easier said than done. Attempts to enter admiralty buildings were rebuffed, and when our reporter questioned officials in the streets and nearby taverns, he was greeted by the joys of an aggressive interview by la Force Publique with charges that he was an intelligence man. While we are certain that the charges will be dropped (as anyone who knows the reporter in question will quickly tell you that he may be a man, but by no means is he connected to any meaning of the word “intelligence”), we continue to wonder what secrets lay concealed behind La Royal’s continued surreptitiousness. But fortunately for our dear readers, our man in Lavalette has had better results. The RNTC was agreeable to an interview, with an official stating that the Company’s ships were held up for a “variety of reasons” ranging from the need to overhaul weathered vessels to delays in filling the massive Terramans’ holds with valuable goods. There is no doubt that this statement was inaccurate -- as the Company’s sailors are more likely to be found in a drunken stupor than in any state of productive activity -- but we are unsure at this time whether the deception was due to ignorance or duplicity. Mercantile Report In addition to the ships and crews mentioned above, we have other reports of successful merchant runs in the Brick Seas. In the west, from Belson we hear that the crews of the Alexander Keith and Filly Winds were buying rounds in several dockside taverns; our man their tells us that the two merchant captains logged nearly 900 DBs in profit between them. Our reporter in Weelond sends word that the crews of the Greenie trade fleet were also getting a head start on the upcoming Oktoberfest, with profits of nearly 300 DBs per trade ship. Despite all the doom and gloom from Londa, Mardier officials report high profits from the Maria and Wyvern. Here in Kings Port, the crew of the Namerean trader Nexus were spending freely in the pubs, although their mates on the Nymph were not happy as all, as their cargo was ruined in the rough seas on the journey from Balmin. Furthermore, the Namerean captains have been heard grumbling about the high port taxes, claiming that the fees have taken all their profits. From Westface we continue to see signs of a thriving black market, with another influx of illicit goods this month. From the near west, word from the town of Elysabethtown on the island of Berreli is that a local native pearl diver received 300 DBs for his efforts this month! Eslandian ladies there are all a twitter trying to get their husbands to buy them pearl jewelry. Meanwhile, our man in Quinnsville tells us that the crew of the WTC Riff Raft were actually seen leaving tips for the staff in several bars. (Just don’t let Agnes find out!) From the East, our man in Jameston reports that, despite the loss of La Raya Venenosa, several Eslandian merchant crews are happy with their results. Crews from the Piece of Eight II, Prince Fernando II, and El Rubi have all been seen celebrating in local bars and … other establishments. Notable Events Weelond Oktoberfest around the Corner We have it on good authority that Weelond’s annual Oktoberfest activities are to be announced shortly. Our reporter on An Holli tells us that among the activities at this year’s Oktoberfest will be keg tossing, musketry contests, and drunken equestrian events, along with the usual games, costumes, and bands, as well as butchers and brewers selling their wares. Watch for official notice any day now! Soccer Cup to Begin Soon? We have not heard yet from our reporter in Mesabi Landing on the status of the third annual Soccer Cup. With the city recovered from the tsunami earlier this year, the Red Rogues should be ready to defend their title. Initial tournaments in Trador and Bastion were a smashing success, and all sport fans around the Brick Seas anxiously await official word so they can book their passages to Mesabi Landing. ------------------------------------------- Ships Lost to Davy Jones’ Locker: Black Diamond Blazer Cockatoo Corland Provider Cotton Lady Ferryman Golden Apple Gun Sloop No. 1 La Raya Venenosa Narwal Paddly Scavenger II Western Wind II WTC Agnes B5 Ships Captured: MOC’d: Alexander (class 3) taken from SilentWolf by Maxim I? Dozy Dragon (class 2) taken from Bloody Bill by Bregir Margaret (class 3) taken from Fraunces by Bloody Bill Pioneer (class 2) taken from Bregir by Captain Gore Satyr (class 2) taken from Bregir by LeColeon Valkyrie (class 2) taken from CelesAurivern by Maxim I? Un-MOC’d: Gun Runner (class 3) taken from Garvey by Bluebeard Midnight Ruby (class 4) taken from Jan Van Sud by Mardier Vulture (class 4) taken from Bloody Bill by Bregir Inquire by PM for ships stats. Known Black Flag Ships Still At Large (all of their crews scoundrels and wanted for piracy) Andromeda Apollo’s Mirth AQAR Black Rat Cardinal’s Shadow Clearance Golden Rat Hand of Fate Hotspur Jilted Maiden Jokers Folly Jolly Rogers Komodo Dragon II LaPetunia Myth Chaser Odin's Scorn Red Dragon Stormbringer II Stormbull The Drunken Monkey Thunder Villain’s Boat Viper WTC Judgement Note that Black Flag Sea Rat ship locations are hidden when docked in Sea Rat ports, Garveyian ports, or pirate hideouts. Result tables to be posted shortly.
  24. June-July 619. Vol 4, Issue 3 Mystery in Granoleon The sound of silence was deafening around Oleon ports this month, as the entire Oleon navy stayed in port! No bluecoat vessels of any sort were spotted on the Brick Seas at all, leading to speculation that something must be up in Granoleon. The rumor in some quarters is that there may be a purge in the admiralty initiated by The Faith, but lips are sealed with all of our Oleon sources. Rumors from Charlatan Bay Our man in the Sea Rat port of Charlatan Bay has managed to send us a report. Once a flourishing pirate settlement, it remains closed to most outsiders after the dramatic happenings of the last few months. The settlement, briefly occupied by Mardierian forces, was hit by a catastrophic eruption of the nearby volcano and fell into a state of complete anarchy, with pillaging and violence ensuing. What happened later is not clear. Some sailors claim that a retired pirate, Gustav von Bricktin, now controls most of the town and has succeeded in bringing back a certain degree of order. Others say that von Bricktin has organized a militia and plans on assaulting Fort Saint Millar. A merchant tells our reporter that food is being distributed to the Lowtown folk, and said he witnessed a fight between von Bricktin's militia and a street gang. There are also rumors about mysterious soldiers, supposedly Oleander, fighting side-by-side with the local militiamen. Some even claim that these men are led by an Oleander Marquis, Tristan Rimbaud, although others say he has been spotted in Granoleon. We can't confirm or deny any of these rumors, but our man in Acropolis tells us that several cargo ships apparently set sail from that port some time ago with an intended destination of Charlatan Bay. However, as noted previously, no Oleon ships have been spotted on the Brick Seas this month. Moderate Weather Favorable to Trade Only two minor storm systems moved through the Brick Seas this month. A storm originating off the northeast coast of the Madrice peninsula and moving southeast harassed a Namerean trade squadron headed for Balmin. While the squadron made it to their destination, the brig Nexus took on water and had its cargo ruined. An Altonian trade squadron also reported difficulty, with the sloop Archer also reporting all cargo lost upon arrival in Prinport. And Eslandolan officials report that La Mystique was lost in rough seas southwest of Terraversa, but that all crewmembers were able to transfer to other ships in the fleet. Meanwhile, storms moving through the Sea of Thieves into the Cocovia Sea claimed two traders, but otherwise only disrupted a couple of escorts or patrol ships. From Lavalette, the crew of the Sea Rat trader Margaret report that her sailing companion Octopus went to Davy Jones’ Locker. Our sources with the Sea Rats’ Free Trader Association also tell us FTA Sirrus was lost north of Alicentia. Corrie man-o-war HMS Ironsides was forced to return to port early after a tussle with pirates left it in poor shape to handle the worsening weather. Finally, the Corrie topsail cutter HMS Otter was diverted to New Haven, short of its intended port of Mooreton Bay. Encounters at Sea Sea Rats and Corries Clash Our man in Prinport hears that Corrish traders are talking about their encounter with the infamous Komodo Dragon squadron of the Sea Rats. Pinto Filly was damaged, but managed to lead Puffin and Turaco to safety, but could not prevent the overpowering Sea Rat fleet from taking the class 4 brig Swift. The crew of the Pinto Filly put up a good fight and were able to inflict some damage on two of the Sea Rat ships, but ultimately were lucky to escape. In a report from Jameston, we hear that a Sea Rat battle squadron led by the Andromeda decimated the WTC gunboat squadron patrolling those waters. The WTC Grey Wolf sunk, the WTC Bully Boy II was captured, and WTC Bully Boy III was damaged. The Sea Rat squadron was last seen sailing off to the west. Pirate Captured! From Stormhaven we have a report that the Corries have captured the pirate Christopher X. Apparently the pirate got a rude awakening when he encountered a pair of Corrie gunboats patrolling the local waters. With both Corrie sloops sporting mortars and heavy carronades, the aspiring pirate’s large sloops were quickly splintered and taking on water. Despite sinking Artillery Sloop No. 1, the pirate was forced to surrender his ships lest they go to Davy Jones’ Locker. We look forward to the spectacle of a pirate trial in Stormhaven! Small Nations Fight Back Against Piracy From Balmin we hear that the crew of the Namerian fast trader Nymph successfully fought off an attack by Rover, a Corrish ship flying the black. The attack occurred shortly after the Nymph left Port Raleigh, and the trader was able to sink the aggressor before the pirate could close and board their ship. A rare victory for a lone trader over the rampant piracy in the Brick Seas is to be celebrated everywhere. Our reporter on Isla de Victoria tells us that the crew of Prio trader Pearl narrowly escaped capture at the hands of Bloody Bill’s gunboat squadron. The tiny gunboats packed a punch, but the Pearl was able to outrun them and reached Fuerte Unido unscathed. With the bulk of Prio’s trade fleet also arriving at the port, rumor has it that Commodore Francisco de Pernica may authorize his escorts to hunt down the gunboats. And our man in Jameston sends word that the crew of a Carno supply squadron headed to the New Haven Sea reports that they were attacked by two Sea Rat vessels flying the black near Poorvintia in the Cocovia Sea. Carno fast sloops Chameleon and Cockatoo escaped, but the sloop Cheetah was captured by Myth Chaser and Narwal. Carno authorities are contemplating offering a bounty for the capture of the pirates. Pirate vs. Pirate! Has Captain Nordau Met His Match? From Alicentia we hear reports that onlookers observed a battle between ships all flying the black flag. Just within sight of the north coast of the island, two ships believed to belong to the pirate Montroy captured an Eslandian ship flying the black, rumored to be the Cardinal’s Shadow of the infamous Captain Nordau. One of Montroy’s ships appeared to be damaged in the fight, and there is speculation that it might not have made it far given the storm that was coming in at the time. Regardless, we can only cheer when pirates turn upon their own kind. Pirate Round-Up In another report from Prinport, our man there tells us Corrish crews from the trade squadron led by the Alexander were attacked by the pirate Jan Van Sud just southwest of Holder’s Rock. The large sloop Flying Colt was captured, and Corland Provider was damaged. The Corrish sailors claim to have damaged the pirate’s flagship, Black Diamond, before the pirate made off with his prize. Word from the mercantile quarter is that the squadron pulled in a very good profit, but the loss of Flying Colt certainly puts a damper on any celebration. In Salida Este, the crew of the carrack Eslandita is telling a harrowing tale of being attacked by the infamous pirate LeColeon. The pirate stalked them from east of Nelissa before catching them within sight of the Berelli coast. LeColeon’s fleet of five (!) ships overpowered the small squadron of two trade ships and one escort, capturing both the class 7 ship-of-the-line La Comete and the class 3 trade sloop Lady of Madrice II. The loss of La Comete, one of the largest ships in the Eslandolan navy, is quite a blow to Greenie pride. Corrish naval observers report that HMS Carnage out of Arlinsport, a class 4 war galley on patrol, has been captured by the infamous pirate Captain Gore. After sinking Jawed’s Fortune, several of Her majesty’s crew were able to abandon ship and avoid capture. Captain Gore’s fleet was seen disappearing to the north. While the loss of Jawed’s Fortune surely cost the pirate several doubloons of trading profit had she reached port, the HMS Carnage could make up for some of that loss at auction. The word from King’s Harbour is that the local the Corrie patrol chased off a squadron led by the infamous pirate Bluebeard. The pirate fleet was reportedly led by two class 5 man-o-wars, but the stout patrol squadron of HMS Pegasus, HMS Ironsides, and Justicia repelled the pirate fleet with only minor damage to Justicia (although HMS Ironsides was forced to return to port when the weather turned). Corrish officials boast that King’s Harbour continues to be a safe port for merchants from across the Brick Seas. Crahaish Triuri Missing Two Ships From Freeport we hear bad news for two ships belonging to the Crahaish Triuri. Our man in Freeport sends word that Glittering Wind, the cutter fresh from a second place finish in class at the PA Cup races in Alexport (see our full report on page 2 below), is overdue to arrive in port. There is no information at this time as to its fate, but our man in Alexport tells us the Aqua Fina, purportedly owned by Bluebeard, was seen leaving port at roughly the same time on a similar heading. Our man in Freeport also tells us that there is concern over the fate of the trader Valiant Phoenix, which is also overdue. Worse, there is a report from other ships here that the pirate fleet of Zublius Von Wreck was seen near Sabre Island towing a ship matching the Valiant Phoenix’s description. We have no comment from the Crahaish Triuri as we go to press. Overdue and Presumed Lost From Mesabi Landing we hear that the vessel known as Small Sloop is overdue in port. We have no word on its fate. -page 2- Mercantile Report Trade Agreement Pays Dividends Terraversans rejoiced as the trade agreement Archduke Oldis negotiated with Eslandola earlier this year has started to show results. An Eslandola trade fleet visited Kings Port this month, and although no taxes were collected, 1800 DBs worth of goods were delivered. We can now expect regular visits from Greenie ships in the coming months, and our national trade fleet will be able to visit many of their largest ports without the looming expense of taxes, fees, and tariffs as well. After the Garveyians grumbled about the Kings Port taxes recently and few visits from other ships, it’s good to see trade with other nations improving. ETTC Has Mixed Results ETTC crews in Belson were celebrating for two reasons this month. Not only did the Alexander, Valkyrie, and Corland Provider escape from the pirate Jan Van Sud, but they made more than 1300 DBs in profits upon arrival in the Corrie capital. However, with the capture of Flying Colt by the pirate, and damage sustained by Corland Provider, the trade run could not be counted as a success. Still, the ETTC appears to be on a firm mercantile footing. A Tale of Two Fleets Two major trade fleets made port in Nova Terreli this month, and the difference was eye-opening. The Greenies proudly called on their colonial lynchpin with a fleet of seven ships, and word from our man in Nova Terreli is that they easily made more than 1000 DBs in revenue. Meanwhile, a Mardier trade fleet of five ships limped into port and made less than half of the Greenies’ profits. Once one of two major trade fleets for Mardier, these ships now represent Mardier’s only trade fleet due to losses due to piracy earlier this year. And the remaining fleet is a shell of its former self, forced to utilize captured pirate sloops to fill out the squadron. A fleet that once inspired awe at the ports on which it called now barely garners a notice. The word from the shipyards in Londa is that Mardier is hard at work building new ships for its trade fleet. But for now, the scene from Nova Terreli is striking. Jameston Is Bustling! Jameston is quickly establishing itself as the trading center of the east. Our man there reports that 20 ships called on the port this month, and after checking with customs agents, estimates that more than 1400 DBs worth of goods were delivered. The crews of Golden Filly as well as those of Far Horizon and Golden Crescent were seen partying it up in the dockside pubs. Garvey’s Black Market Economy Thriving Our reporter in Prinport sends word that the Garveyian port was as busy as always. Official tallies from custom agents put the value of goods delivered there at more than 1400 DBs, with the crews of Turaco, Puffin, and Gilded Lilly buying rounds in several pubs. But word on the street is that the black market activity brings that number much closer to 1900 DBs. With a third of the port’s trade value due to illicit goods, it’s no wonder Garvey is known as the “Fence of Madrice.” Notable Events Pilot’s Association Racing Cup Our man in Alexport in the Grand Duchy of Prio, sends us this report on the first annual P.A. Cup: The Archduke established the Pilot's Association as an international organization dedicated to ensuring safe navigation of the Brick Seas by making pilots available throughout Terra Nova. Furthermore, the Archduke wanted to create a competition to identify the proper designs for pilot cutters. Thus the P.A. Racing Cup, a boat race for smaller vessels, was born. Races were held for class 1, class 2, and class 3 vessels. The winners ultimately faced off to determine an overall champion. There are rumors that people from many different walks of life have shown an interest in the races, not only for the prestige and the prizes, but also for the boat designs … designs that coincidentally are exactly what a pirate or smuggler might utilize! In class 1, six vessels were entered, including two Sea Rat entries and two entries from island natives. Three of the vessels were catamarans. But ultimately the winning vessel was Orion, a two-masted pilot boat from Oleon. In class 2 there were also six vessels entered: two dhows, two sloops, and two cutters. All the major nations of northern Halos were represented. The dhow Jinn was the clear winner in class, piloted by a mysterious Corrish gentleman in a bowler hat. In class 3 there were three entries: one by the Sea Rats, one apparently by the infamous pirate Bluebeard despite all protestations to the contrary, and finally a late-arriving entry – a junk crewed by settlers of Loti origin in the service of the Oleon Foreign Legion. Fireworks ultimately ensued between the first two entries, with (not) Bluebeard’s Aqua Fina proving to be the fastest. In the race to determine an overall champion, the gentleman privateer guided Jinn to a narrow victory over Aqua Fina to claim overall honors. No word yet as to where next year's competition will take place. ------------------------------------------- Ships Lost to Davy Jones’ Locker: Artllery Sloop No. 1 Blue Thunder FTA Sirrus Jawed’s Fortune La Mystique Octopus Rover Small Sloop WTC Grey Wolf Ships Captured: MOC’d: Cardinal’s Shadow (class 6) taken from Garmadon by Montroy Flying Colt (class 3) taken from SilentWolf by Jan Van Sud Glittering Wind (class 2) taken from gedren_y by Bluebeard HMS Carnage (class 4) taken from Arlinsport by Captain Gore La Comete (class 7) taken from Eslandola by LeColeon Lady of Madrice II (class 3) taken from Capt Wolf by LeColeon Swift (class 4) taken from LM71Blackbird by MKJoshA, Roadmonkeytj, and Sea Rats Valiant Phoenix (class 3) taken from gedren_y by Zublius Von Wreck WTC Bully Boy II (class 1) taken from Drunknok by Professor Thaum and Roadmonkeytj Un-MOC’d: Cheetah (class 3f) taken from Carno by Roadmonkeytj and Bart Mary Jane (class 3) taken from Christopher X by Elizabethville and Stormhaven The Hundred (class 3) taken from Christopher X by Elizabethville and Stormhaven Inquire by PM for ships stats. Known Black Flag Ships Still At Large (all of their crews scoundrels and wanted for piracy) Andromeda Apollo’s Mirth AQAR Black Rat Cardinal’s Shadow Clearance Golden Rat Hand of Fate Hotspur Jilted Maiden Jokers Folly Jolly Rogers Komodo Dragon II LaPetunia Myth Chaser Narwal Odin's Scorn Red Dragon Stormbringer II Stormbull The Drunken Monkey Thunder Villain’s Boat Viper WTC Judgement Note that Black Flag Sea Rat ship locations are hidden when docked in Sea Rat ports, Garveyian ports, or pirate hideouts. Result tables to be posted shortly.