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Mid-Atlantic, early 1700s

 

The Fat Slug had never been known for its speed or its grace. Still, she had made the Atlantic crossing more than half a dozen times, carrying her rich cargo of slaves from the shores of Western Africa to the plantations of the southern American colonies.

 

Her captain, John York, had presided over each of those previous trips, and they had been routine. No sign that anything could go wrong with the Slug's seventh trip had been noticed. Yet, the horrors that would be played out on her deck and in her insides would be most gruesome indeed...

 

 

 

Sign-ups are now open! Come one, come all, don't forget to board the ship before she sets sail!

Edited by Tanuchan
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Yarr! (that loosely translates to "count me in", even if google translate doesn't know it)

 

Adam Peters is a "very" man.

Very round.

Very gruff (most of the time).

Very good cook.

And secretly: very kind, though not always in the mood for it.

 

When he was a kid, one of Adam's uncles arranged an apprenticeship for him with the cook of a merchant ship. He discovered that he didn't dislike the ocean, and that he absolutely loved the sights, sounds and smells of the different ports around the world. When he got older, he discovered that he also liked certain inhabitants of all of those ports. With at least two women in every port eagerly looking forward to his next visit (and the included meal!) and tons of new and exotic ingredients to discover everywhere he's never bored, no matter how long the ship is in port.

 

He got assigned to the Fat Slug at the same time as John York and the two get along well enough, in spite of their culinary differences.

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Equiano is the son of an Asante chief. The Asante are a very warrior-based culture, and have been using prizes of battle as slaves for centuries before the Golden Triangle of Trade, at which point they increased their prowess with better weaponry, took more slaves, and began selling them to the slavers who came to the coast.

 

On the last trip, several of the slaves died of wounds while waiting for the Fat Slug, and the Captain took Equiano and several other Asante to make up numbers.

 

The Asante, knowing their worth, shrugged philosophically and set about making themselves invaluable, taking charge of the other slaves, working the decks, and eventually Equiano was moved from slave to sailor.

 

He is a powerfully built man, with ritual cheek scars that identify him to any who look - particularly other Africans, who look in fear. He has connections with his own tribe in Africa, and with the culture of escaped slaves (mostly Asante), in Jamaica.

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Carey had always wanted to be a pirate. It was in his blood, after all!

Well, actually his father had been a Naval officer, and a very law abiding one at that.

Nevertheless, Carey had grown up with a thirst for adventure that was fueled both by the stories he read and the fact that his mother never told him how his father died at sea, only that he had.

 

As soon as he was of age (well, actually he was only 16 but he was tall and gangly enough that he looked older) he'd joined the first ship's crew he could find.

 

This was *not* what he expected. At least his father had taught him the value of discipline before dying, otherwise Carey would have been a real nuisance. As it was, he still grumbles to himself but at least does his job.

 

He still hopes for the action of a pirate attack one day, though.

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Forgot to add: although Carey joined the Slug when he was 16 that was a couple of years ago - he's barely on the right side of 18 at this point.

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She didn't like having to pretent being someone else, but hey all sailors seemed to think a woman aboard would be bad luck, and she had to make a living somehow. So Tina did the only thing she had learned from her dead-beat dad, and got herself a job as a junior deckhand aboard The Fat Slug.


For her first trip she had cut her hair short, but fast enough she realized that as long as she didn't comb it, none of the men noticed a thing, they were all too occupied with their own jobs.


Hiding her breasts was a different deal however. She made sure to not eat too much, and wound her upperbody tightly in cloth, still she worried about what would happen if anybody ever found out.


For the moment it worked however, the men started calling her Tiney. She pulled her weight, and hey, the captain had even asked her to come back for another trip.

Edited by Sweetcherrie

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Michael Walters had never meant to serve on a slave ship, but like many things in his life, it simply had worked out that way. He had boarded the departing Fat Slug one step ahead of his creditors a few years ago, and signed on as an assistant ship's carpenter. Everything had worked out for a while, and Michael had built up his funds to make a new start of things, perhaps to take passage to one of the northern colonies or back to England. Invited to a friendly game of cards in port, Michael ended up losing it all... and several months wages besides.

 

Now owing several month's wages to Captain York, Walters is basically an indentured servant aboard the Fat Slug, and has sworn to himself to stay away from the card games this time.

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I'd like to participate again! I'm dead tired right now, but I'll try to get a character up tomorrow, I promise!

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Davey Jones decided very early on his life that being the child of rich merchants was very boring; and as soon as he could make up his mind, he decided that running away was the best idea he'd ever had. That took, actually, about 14 years of his life. He left home with a nice bag of "essentials", and boarded the first ship he saw at the port that seemed ready to depart. That happened to be the Fat Slug.

 

John York couldn't care less about whoever came aboard as long as they did as told and worked hard; Davey fit that bill, but there were times that John did wonder if he should have screened the boy better... even after a year on board, Davey had no idea what side he had to turn to whenever someone sent him starboard. Or that when one shouted 'bow' it didn't mean he had to bow...

 

In time, Davey Jones is not his true name, but one he chose because it fit a sailor. Or so his babysitter used to say. And to anyone who asks, he'll say that he's of age - just small of build.

 

[and a fair warning: I know even less than Davey does]

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Paqs is a younger boy, he'd guess around 13 or 14 although he isn't sure. Never knew his parents and grew up on the streets until he was 11 or so when he decided to stow away on a ship in order to avoid some angry townsfolk. The captain, Roland, had been both gracious and harsh, letting Paqs scrub decks and coil ropes until his hands blistered and finally calloused rather than turn him over at the next port. A year later Roland died in a bad storm at sea and when the ship was finally anchored in a safe harbor, Paqs, not trusting the first mate, slipped away into the night.

 

He kept everything he'd learned about sailing though, and for the first time in his life found legitimate work, this time on a new vessel: The Fat Slug.

 

Paqs isn't the brightest, but that's mostly because he'd never had the opportunity to learn much. He still doesn't always understand the normal civility of what's accepted in society, but if there's one thing Roland taught him well, it was the necessity of respecting authority.

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So it looks like we have:

 

Venefyxatu - Adam Peters (cook, round, very round)
Peredhil - Equiano (sailor, former black slave)
Mynx - Carey (sailor)
The Death of Rats - xxx (lieutenant)
Sweetcherrie - Tiney (sailor, woman in disguise)
Gyrfalcon - Michael Walters (former sailor, indentured servant)
Azuran - Paqs (young boy)
Tanuchan - Davey Jones (young man/boy, sailor in training)
With these eight players we shall have four specials:
  • 1 wolf (nothing new here...)
  • 1 devil (loosely inspired by http://www.brenbarn.net/werewolf/rules.html) - the devil is a wolf, counts as a wolf for victory,but is also a seer, so can look at someone's role each night phase in addition to killing someone with his or her partner)
  • 1 seer (as usual)
  • 1 baner (can't protect himself, but can protect anyone else)

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Poor Captain York has sailed his last voyage on the high seas. The wolves have sprung into action. Day phase shall be open at least until the end of the weekend. Happy lynching!

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Intended PSA:

 

I've been noticing (for quite some time) a problem with text formatting on dark skins. If you write your posts in some text editor then paste it here, or even copy from a post within the Pen instead of quoting, it seems to come with a code setting the font to "black". While it's not a problem with light skins, those using dark backgrounds (at least the darker SimplyPen skins) will see the text as black against dark blue, or dark green, or such. Illegible :P

While I can shrug it off and just highlight the text while I'm reading, there might be others who also prefer these skins (and in general it's very weird to glance at a barely visible post anyway).

 

So, if you're copying from some text editor/PM/other thread and then pasting it here, if it's not too much work I'd suggest clearing the formatting before hitting 'enter' (highlight the text then hit the second icon on the top, the one that looks like an eraser)... If the font is not formatted, then the skin will default it to the appropriate color instead of the original black (so, white in dark backgrounds).

The problem being that you'll have to re-add any bolded/italicised/underlined text (and font, if you chose to use different ones).

 

I've been quietly clearing the formatting of the affected shorter posts in the current ww game, but if they become longer and use more formatting (usually italics/mix of fonts), I won't do it for fear of missing something and thus changing the poster's intent.

 

Just wanted to give a heads-up :P As I said, I can live with it and probably others with dark skins can, too.

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