Scarborough's Fate

Captains Log 5-1-2010

First off, the group was prepping to head to Hell’s Cove after a discussion with Christopher Muere. He informed the group that the skeleton key in their possession was for a treasure chest to be found with Bullhead Willows. Muere gave the group a simple map that shows the location of Hell’s Cove on the Yucatan.

As the PCs are preparing the ship to leave, Soliere asks to come on board and have a chat with the group. He tells the group how he misses his days of being a pirate and gives them specific directions on how to enter Hell’s Cove. The directions were deceptively easy – Head straight towards a ship wrecked Dutch vessel called the Groene Draeck, Then tack a 45 degree angle and they will see the opening.

He then wishes the group well and departs. A few minutes after his departure, a commotion breaks out topside. The group heads up and see a group of strangers attacking their crew. After Beautiful James slits the throat of one attacker, Skivver takes out a few, and Angry Finnegan almost gets taken down, they finally repel the attackers and get underway.

The Revenge takes a western route to the Yucatan with very little issues. Even the trip past Port Royal was uneventful even though a ship was sighted leaving port as they passed.

Once they get close to where Hell’s Cove may be located, they spot an English merchant ship listing to the port side. They crew decide to see what booty they can obtain. Captain Edward Nerrington was interested in parlaying and wanted nothing to do with battle. He had lost a good portion of his crew and lost some of his cargo. He offers the PCs 1,500 gold crowns to just let him be. Skivver throws over a grappling hook. The captain who wanted the Pirates to stay on their own ship.

While the discussion goes on, a 3rd ship comes from the south to join the activity. The Dolor De Santo Domingo, a spanish Pirate, wants in on some of the action. He begins to attack the starboard side of the Revenge.

Back on the Hanby Rose, the captain tells the pirate crew that if they take the ropes back he will throw the bags of gold over. The captain did not have as much gold as he promised and the crew only received 900 gold and 300 lead pieces. The two ships ended up separating and the Revenge goes after the Santa Domingo.

A some very accurate cannon shots, the front end of the Santa Domingo is blown apart and a boarding party ensues. Skivver ends up confronting Captain Rodrigo Incarnacion in a one on one battle. The clashing of weapons occurs and as the Captain begins to run Skivver shoots him in the leg as he jumps off the side of the ship. Skivver then grabs a musket rifle and rolls a natural 20 and take the captain’s head out as he swims towards a life raft.

After the clean up of the ships and the total destruction of the Hanby Rose, the Revenge finds Hell’s Cove and docks. After several conversations at Hell’s Cove, it is determined that Bullhead Willows had obtained a rare map of an uncharted Aztec island knows as Rigas Island and was seeking out a witch doctor to break the “curse” on the treasure check that the group hold the key for. They meet up with Paolo, Willow’s first mate who was left behind as Willows left in a hurry to find Rigas Island.

Paolo tells the group that Willows does have the chest and is trying to find someone to remove the curse so he can open it up. He also tells the group that Willows has a prisoner that he thinks is the Governor of Port Royal.

As the group head back to their ship to leave, they contact Chief Gustavo to off load some of the cargo to store/sell. After making contact, they then are confronted by Adrian Locke and surrounded by twelve others. Locke and his group are part of Montblanc’s crew and they are asking for the treasure chest key. The group back up and escape, while the local militia of Hell’s Cove show up and scatter Montblanc’s men.

The group gets underway and as they depart the tunnel a ship is awaiting them outside. Montblanc stands on the aftcastle and says “Gentlemen, this is where it ends. Surrender now or Die!” and finishes with the eruption of all cannons from his ship.

Soliere's men

Captain’s Private Log:

1 May 1717: Skivver and Captain Flint return to ship from Port Royal.Governor LawesNicholas Lawes attempted to capture them instead of paying up. Something about a missing log book missing from the Scarborough inventory. Revenge and Breeze sail mid evening toward Hispaniola. Not enough rations to last to travel anywhere further. See what the captive female wants back home. Weather clear and winds from east.

2 May 1717: Continuing West towards St Domingue. Lady Muere says her estate is in St. Marc a small sugar plantation port. Going to take her word for it, but taking no chances. Winds still favorable from the East about 12 knots. No sign of pursuit from Port Royal.

3 May 1717: Changed direction to a North West direction to head toward port. Temperature cooling a bit, wind steady from East.

4 May 1717: Ship sighted in the distance. Too far to tell merchant, pirate or warship. Wind switched from NE about 13 knots and a light foggy haze on the horizon.

5 May 1717: Attacked the merchant ship Rickets carrying sugar from Port-o-Prince to Port Royal. Took very little damage and gained 18 crew. The rest of the Ricket’s crew wanted to go down with the ship. Beautiful James stripped the Captain’s quarters for new bedding and clothes. Doesn’t look right on him, but what doesn’t? Sank the Rickets as we departed. Skivver almost blew it as the fuse was extinguished prior to gunpowder igniting. Captain Berry went down with the ship as we tied him in the crow’s nest.

7 May 1717: Docked in St Marc. No problems docking. Sold goods and the Breeze for a good payout. Sugar from Rickets didn’t get top crown, but enough to please the crew. After business completed, we headed to Julie Muere’s estate. Smaller than expected and someone had ransacked the house. Muere said she believes her nephew, Christophe may have done it to throw off the pirate Albert de Montblac. She paid us the necklace she promised, so we released her. She also stated that Christophe was the person that could have told us the whereabouts of the chest that this key unlocks. Christophe is rumored to be working with a crime lord, Soliere, in Leogane.

9 May 1717: Arrived in Leogane. Investigated some taverns for details on this Soliere or Christophe Muere. A rowdy group jumped us in the tavern. Not sure if they worked for Soliere or just picking a fight. We were approached by three finely dressed gentlemen that asked to meet with us and our boss later in the evening at Marchard de Gruyere. Believe they were asking about Teach, who we had not worked with for several months.

9 May 1717 (evening): Turned out it was a trap. A dozen armed men and Soliere’s lieutenant Grodin surrounded us and asked us to either betray our boss “Montblanc” and join Soliere or die at their hands. Not sure how they believe we work for Montblanc. They took our weapons and took us to Ville du Sucre Bienfaisant to meet with Soliere.

Met with Soliereand gave him note from Julie Muere with information about us searching for Christophe. He put us through a trust test and we had to take out six of Montblanc’s men. Skivver did go down but Soliere’s medical men stabilized him.

We accepted Soliere’s offer to join him and it gave us free access to Christophe Muere. Finally some answers – Muere told us about the chest. Montblanc had given it to a pirate name Bullhead Willows for watching over a prisoner. Bullhead got bored of babysitting and is trying to find a way to open the cursed chest. Muere also gave us a map showing the location of Hell’s Cove, where Willows will more than likely be found.

Logbook of the Revenge

Governor’s Announcement: Anchored the boat off the coast and took a longboat back to dock. The announcement was about a missing ship, the Scarborough, which was lost off the yucatan peninsula. It has been missing for about a week. The reward is 8000 crowns. The Scarborough is a pirate ship under control of Albert de Montblanc. 200 nautical miles SSW of Port Royal. We cut the rudders of four ships and took off to where the last ship was seen.

GM’s Note: There were eight ships moored at main harbor, not including the Revenge. Skivver swam over and cut four of the ship’s rudder until he felt something underfoot. Unable to determine what it was, he assumed shark and it spooked him out of the water.

Day 1: Headed south.

Day 2: Headed south.

Day 3: Headed south. Wind is picking up, 24 knots from the E.

Day 4: Pushed E by a storm. Waiting for the storm to end. I fed the men something I found in a barrel. Wouldn’t eat it myself, but they haven’t found my stash of oranges yet.

Day 5: Winds are northerly at about 20 knots.

Day 6: Northerly wind slows to 18 knots. Our headway north is slowed by this wind. We encountered a small reef in our path, taking a northern route around it while we hope the wind changes. Ship sighted NNW flying Spanish colors. Recognized as the Diablo de Margarita. We moved the ship SSW. Slowed dramatically.

Day 7: Wind is heading NW at 15 knots. The Margarita is moving around the reef. We moved ahead of them, with a luck move to the south of the reef. We may close with them today. Killing other pirates is hard, much rather kill the ones in uniforms.

Day 8: Wind NW again, holding steady. We are coming closer to the Margarita. They started to prepare for attack. We readied our guns. We took out their sails with 3 broadside shots. They sank and we moved on.

Day 9: The wind was out the the East, and we headed down to the area the Scarborough was last seen.

Day 10: Wind was out of the NW and we headed further into the search area. Skivver sighted a ship, though we aren’t sure if it is a real one this time. Sighted off to the SW.

Day 11: Wind out of the north. Approaching the ship. No sign of life, no sails, no flag. The mojo around here is bad. We moved south. The ship was being search by men from a smaller ship on the port side of the beached ship. We began to board the beached ship and the men searching the ship came out and began to attack us. We killed them all. Of course I was deadly with my scimitar, but the others also helped a bit. We found a girl in the crow’s nest who had been there when the ship was abandoned. Her name Julie Muers, and she was captured with the ship by the french pirates. Also found a skeleton key that seems useless for anything on the ship. The name of the captain of the smaller ship was Miles Brooks and his ship was the Breeze. We took possession of the Breeze, towed the Scarboroughof the sandbar and proceeded to tow it back to Port Royal. I took the Breeze as my own and named her the Penelope.

Day 12 – 14: Fair weather, no issues. On the 14th day from port we separated from the Scarborough. Skivver and the Captain took it into Port Royal. They took it into port with a skeleton crew. The rest of us took the other two ships on to Long Bay.

Day 15 – 17: We set anchor to wait for the fallout from the meeting with the Governor. James and Iwere sure that nothing good could come from the meeting, but there was no way either of us was going to be there for it. James wants to rename the Revenge to the Reaper. I thought it was a great name. I guess we are the captains now. He can have the Reaper, I am quite taken with the Penelope. She is quite the little lady.

Day 18: This is the day of the meeting with the Governor. James and I gave the men an extra ration of rum in memory of the others. Began to debate what our next move should be. Began speaking with Miss Julie. She is desperate to get back to a port, and promised information on the key if we would get her to land. She is starting to get quite annoying, her French accent is shrill. I might need to find something to put in her mouth to get her to shut up.

GM’s Note: The meeting with the Governor didn’t go well. After being treated to a nice Dinner – Captain Angry Flint and Skivver were accused of taking something from the ship. Neither the skeleton key or Lady were mentioned. Only the Captain’s private log book was mentioned as missing.

Incomplete crew notes from rumors:

– Spanish Bishop: ?

– The Spanish Silver Route: The Spaniards seem to be using a new route to get their silver back to Europe?

Travel Route

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A Pirate's Tale

Coming soon. Our first session is scheduled for 3-20-2010.


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