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Previously: Recruiting at Marco's This Is Not the Wealthy Housing of Rassilon Falling Out with Foxx Cantu's Fort in Rassilon Freddy's Trained Chickens The Viper Jail Break! Cantu's House Even a Pirate Has a Sweet Tooth La Oleon Captain's Cabin Tropical Fruit Decision Lumber Camp Freddy's Big Haul The Golden Dragon The Capture of "El Polla" Swamp Raid Pirate Lagoon Palm Tree Inn Statues of Justice Secrets in the Hold Pirate Dojo Sinbad's Choice The Piranha's Plunder The Darting Frog Water Torture Choose! The Jade Piranha Strikes Again! The Parched Pirate Pirate Pet Shop Warped Wood The Captain's Dinner Death Before Dinner Kraken Attacken! Lechuga Squadron Advance! Revels Death of Captain Fheng and the Fate of the Jade Piranha This entry is Pre-ESL. Though the Sea Rats end up with the Gold. Although Freddy had struck it rich, he was again a poor man. He had spent all his money on parties and now was back at work trying to sell his trained chickens. But it wasn't going so well. Last month he had only managed to sell one chicken. He was on his way through town heading to one of the local pubs to drown his sorrows when he was stopped by a respectable looking gentleman that Freddy couldn't help but trust right away. He was such a dapper looking fellow, who wouldn't trust him? "You look like an enterprising young chap!" the man called out. "Wanna buy a rare jumbo rabbit?" "Wow!" exclaimed Freddy. "I've never seen a rabbit so big!" "Yes-sir-ee!" continued the man. "This is one of the rarest rabbits in the world. Legend says one this big is only born once every 100 years!" "Double wow!" shouted Freddy. "This could be just what I need to break out of my trading slump! How much do you want for him mister?" "Well," said the salesman, "as I said, this kind of rabbit is a rarity and a wonder. I don't think I could let him go for anything less than 50 doubloons." "Oh," said Freddy, crestfallen. "I only have 7 doubloons." "I'll take it!" cried the salesman. "We have a deal!" --- Freddy, with his newly bought jumbo rabbit, had immediately set sail to try to find a new fortune. Unfortunately, he had run into a storm that had driven far from the Nest of Thieves and instead towards the coast of the Gunpowder Island (how he got that far in nothing but a row boat, we may never know). Freddy didn't know this though, he still thought he was about to see Bastion on the horizon. After a few more hours of rowing and not seeing the city, he headed towards land to take on fresh water and any food he could find. But before he could step out of the boat, four natives emerged from the forest. Freddy had heard about these natives before. They painted themselves red in honor of the volcano that was on their island. He had also heard that they were a fearsome race so he held out his rabbit with trembling hands, praying that they would eat the rabbit instead of him. But rather than attack him, the natives seemed in awe of Freddy. The leader motioned at Freddy's jumbo bunny and said, "rabbit, give." Freddy was stunned that these natives knew any english so he just stood in his boat with his mouth hanging open. Mistaking his wonder and amazement for hesitation, the native leader spoke again, "rabbit, trade!" Freddy wasn't sure what he was about to get in exchange for his rabbit, but he figured it was better than being eaten so he got out of the boat and followed the natives into the jungle. --- They passed through the native's village where Freddy saw all manner of rabbit emblems. He was beginning to think that this tribe probably worshiped rabbits. He hoped he wasn't about to become a sacrifice to some bunny god. The continued past the village and into the mountains. They approached a fearsome looking rock formation. "Tomb." stated the native leader. "Killer rabbit." Freddy was glad to hear that the "killer rabbit" was dead. But he wasn't sure what he was going to find inside. "Trade!" insisted the leader and motioned Freddy into a hidden cave entrance. Freddy left the rabbit with the other natives and ducked past the curtain. Inside Freddy found his mouth again hanging open. He had found a veritable city of gold! He gladly traded the rabbit for as much gold as his rowboat could carry and headed for home (again, no idea how he made it that far in just a rowboat!) Back in Bastion, Freddy ran across Sinbad who was still trying to figure out what to do next. Sinbad had no captain and no ship. He had a small amount of treasure still with him from the events that led to the death of the Fang family. But most of it was buried on an island far away. Sinbad needed to find a new crew to join, or another way to make his name in the world. He noticed the gold that Freddy was carrying happily about and wondered where it came from. "Where'd you get that gold?" asked Sinbad. "You won't believe it Sinbad!" cried Freddy. "I found the city of gold!" This gave Sinbad an idea. "Alright then Freddy," threatened Sinbad. "Unless you want to see what I can do with this harpoon, you're going to take me to the gold." "A-a-a-alright Mr. Sinbad Sir!" stammered Freddy. "But the gold belongs to the natives. They'll only trade it if you have something they want!" "And what is it they want?" asked Sinbad. And so, that was how, a few hours later, Freddy and Sinbad could be seen walking through the streets of Bastion with a crate of rabbits. They sailed back to Gunpowder Island and traded for the rest of the gold. Sinbad knew that Captain Fheng probably would have figured out a way for both Mardier and himself to profit from the venture. But Sinbad didn't care. Captain Fheng had chosen to fight for an ideal and it had killed him. Sinbad was making his own choices. And this time he was choosing to make a large profit for himself.