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Chapter Ten: Red Port
Aug. 6th - Aug. 9th, 1692

After days at sea, the crew finally reached their destination: the pirate-held city of Puerto Rojo – Red Port, seat of Aquitaine's power. They were greeted by a soft-spoken valet named Manfried, as well as an entourage of Aquitaine's crewmates. Bronston managed to produce official-looking documents with his magic, convincing the valet and his protectors that they had important business with Aquitaine.

Duffy, Bronston, Shayla, Anne and Jimothy were then escorted from the Liberation to the gubernatorial palace serving as Aquitaine's headquarters. The Pirate Lord was in the middle of holding his bizarre "court". There were dozens of shady pirates, wizard-advisors, a musical troupe of slaves playing various instruments, and near the back of the room, a gilded cage containing a boy dressed in a bird costume.

The expedition of the Liberation treated with Aquitaine, but the conversation quickly turned south. After Duffy was asked about Nereus’s maps, he pushed the topic aside and asserted his domineering presence over the older Pirate Lord and his men. Jimothy, who had been sneaking in the shaded rafters this entire time, attempted to ambush Aquitaine by releasing the Pumpkin King onto the entire room.

However, the wizard-advisors acted faster, casting a spell that immediately froze and shattered the physical essence of the demonic attacker. Aquitaine, enraged, called on all of his men to slay the interlopers who dared to assassinate him. Nevertheless, the meek child in the bird cage, who Aquitaine often confided to and trusted, persuaded Aquitaine to rethink this decision.

After some thought, Aquitaine chose to execute only Jimothy and imprison the others, spurring a chase in which Jimothy escaped and sailed away on the Liberation. Meanwhile, Anne, Duffy, Shayla and Bronston were all made prisoners of their new pirate master.

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Chapter Nine: Welcome Aboard
Aug. 4th - 6th, 1692

With the British frigate crippled, the crew of the Liberation swung aboard it and engaged the enemy soldiers in combat. Shayla found the captain, Horatio Prior, just as he was preparing to flee. Anne, after struggling to swing aboard the other ship for some time, was shot down by a squad of soldiers and fell near them. Jimothy offered their souls to the Pumpkin King, then leapt to the other ship to shield and rescue Anne.

Bronston was shot in the back and partially crippled. Skillfully utilizing his magic, however, he repaired his shattered vertebrae and extracted the bullet from it. Back in Horatio's cabin, the enemy captain fired at Shayla, but then surrendered after yielding to her persuasive words. Together, they ordered a cessation to the fighting. The British soldiers were rounded up.

Throughout the battle, Duffy was being healed in his cabin by Ashley. Most of the broken ribs were knitted back together by her magic, but he needed a few more days for them to continue healing. With Jimothy's permission, the Pumpkin King devoured the souls of the nearly forty enemy sailors, sparing Horatio Prior. Two prisoners were found in the British ship's lower decks: a terrier and a bald hair priest by the name of Abzan. 

Abzan made it known that he would be Jimothy's servant. The following day, the terrier, now named Kiwi, found a skeletal hair priest beneath Jimothy's cabin. The priest had been dead since at least 1678, and had been put inside the ship after being killed somewhere else. Shayla realized that another transformation was imminent, so Duffy directed the crew to dock near one of the Florida Cays.

Duffy and Shayla ventured to the far corners of the island, but were assailed by ghosts claiming to be Aquitaine's victims. Their hostility was quickly allayed. Jimothy began the dangerous ritual of absorbing the Pumpkin King, ingesting copious amounts of ectoplasm which caused him to violently convulse. The young first mate survived the endeavor, taking on new features such as orange skin, clawed fingers and a repaired voice.

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Chapter Eight: The Pumpkin King
Aug. 3rd - 4th, 1692

Plans were made for O'Shea Bay to be founded on Tenenbaum's Rock. With many believing the island to be haunted, an expeditionary force consisting of Chinwe, Hector, Jimothy, Anne, Shayla and Samwise was sent to investigate the rumors and strange phenomena. When they reached the shores, Anne collapsed and was taken aback by a disturbing presence. Chinwe sensed the energy of a spirit calling itself the Pumpkin King.

The expedition came across a large cross erected at the center of a misty clearing. Three men were crucified upon it. After further investigation, a compass belonging to Aquitaine's crew was found, as well as a ghost-capturing wand inscribed with the name "Morales". Chinwe spoke with one of the corpses. It mentioned Aquitaine's men performing a dark ritual to some unknowable end, then fleeing in haste.

The Pumpkin King possessed Jimothy and, after splitting his consciousness, possessed Anne as well, hell-bent on slaughtering Aquitaine's pirates. Both Anne and Jimothy bargained with the Pumpkin King and appealed to whatever humanity it had.

One of the now-split Pumpkin Kings agreed to give Jimothy his hand and voice back if he were personally taken to Aquitaine and permitted to kill the man and his crew. Jimothy agreed. Anne convinced her half of the Pumpkin King - a more frantic and child-like version – to defend the new town of O'Shea Bay from anyone who may bring harm to it. Not wanting to be rejoined with his other half, the spirit agreed.

Over the course of the day, the frameworks of many buildings werefinished. Graham took charge as the town's governor. Hector gave Duffy O'shea a pocket watch belonging to the Kraggles family and told the captain that the boy was ready to learn the truth. Later the following day, the crew sailed within range of a British frigate and began raiding it after crippling it with cannon fire. Duffy was shot in the chest by a retalitory cannon ball.

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Chapter Seven: Leaving Nassau
Aug. 2nd, 1692

Shayla, now a werewolf, tracked the source of the zombies and learned that they came from hundreds of old graves south of town. Jimothy was led to the warehouse where Jonathan lay unconscious. On the way, Jimothy failed to sneak past a pack of zombies and lost his right hand to their bite. Bleeding out, he fled to the burning warehouse and urged the Atlantean to return Jonathan to the ship and inform Duffy of Jimothy's predicament.

Shayla came across Jimothy's tracks and slew scores of zombies with her claws before heading back to the ship. Jimothy managed to escape on his own by leaping from rooftop to rooftop. At the ship, the Atlantean told Duffy and Bronston that he was a prisoner of the French schooner that they encountered a week earlier. He told the captain that Greer was potentially in possession of one of Nereus’s maps. 

Ashley halted Jimothy's bleeding. Bronston vetted some of the refugees as possible recruits for the crew. Twelve of them accepted. Making good on her promise, Pryce sent fifteen of her own men, led by Benjamin Waters, to serve under Duffy's flag. Driven to found their own pirate kingdom on a new island, Duffy and the others enlisted a refugee blacksmith named David Graham to act as this kingdom's governor. He happily accepted.

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Chapter Six: City of Fire
Aug. 2nd, 1692

Ashley Hartwood asked Duffy and his friends to reclaim her village from the hands of an immortal pirate named Virgil. He agreed, so long as she served as the crew's healer.

Discovering an army of zombies at her doorstep, Emily Pryce called upon all captains docked in her harbor to come to the city's defense, even offering Duffy and his crew a handsome reward should they cooperate. They renegotiated the terms and agreed to instead evacuate and destroy the city to avoid any unnecessary deaths. After a successful evacuation, kegs of gunpowder were then placed all across Nassau.

A possessed Chinwe warned Duffy about the dangers of seeking Atlantean artifacts. Duffy disposed of the Pandora's Box. Ashley, escorted by Bronston, created a wall of brambles around Nassau to temporarily stave off the invasion, then collapsed into her protector's arms. Cookie noticed that Jonathan was missing, purportedly somewhere in the city. Duffy, Jimothy and Shayla left the ship in search of him.

Shayla and Duffy came across Bronston, who was pushing an unconscious Ashley on a cabbage cart. A building near Duffy exploded from a stray cannon ball, but he survived with only minor burns and bruises.

The rest of the ships bombarded the city shortly thereafter, leading to a cascade of explosions that incinerated scores of zombies. As Shayla voluntarily transformed into a werewolf to continue the search for Jonathan, Bronston, Ashley and Duffy made it safely back to the docks with the help of the quartermaster's magic. Meanwhile, Anne masturbated and sipped tea in the confines of the ship.

Back in the city, Jimothy failed to find Jonathan, instead coming across a large trident-wielding Atlantean who guided him to safety. Reaching the rooftops, Jimothy underestimated a jump and fell into a pack of zombies who immediately began eating him. However, he managed to escape in time and, directed by the Atlantean, followed him into the inferno of the city.

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Chapter Five: Wolves in the Night, Part II
Aug. 1st - 2nd, 1692

Bronston, Anne and dozens of their crewmates defended the ship against Greer’s raiders, with Bronston disposing of several enemies before accidentally shattering his hand in a backfired spell. The raiders, losing ground, eventually retreated. Shayla and Allison continued to brawl in the marshes as Jimothy fled back to the ship with most of his men.

After both Duffy and Hector soothed their respective werewolves, Hector carried an unconscious Allison back to town, and Duffy and Shayla found one of their startled crewmates who had gone missing in the fray.

Returning to the carnage aboard the ship, Duffy inquired as to what the hell had happened. Bronston filled him in. After tracking Hector down to one of Aquitaine’s hideouts, Duffy and Jimothy convinced him and his lover Allison to take refuge aboard their ship and leave the island.

They then met with Emily Pryce to inform her that Hector had been dealt with. Duffy requested more men from her, but she refused because Duffy would not sail beneath her flag as one of her lieutenants. She still rewarded him with five pouches of flying powder. Anne seduced and had sex with the shopkeep James for five pounds of free tea.

Shayla discovered a thick, green mist and slime – connected to the Atlanteans – just outside of Pryce’s Castle. She bottled the slime. Bronston met with the young Ashley Hartwood, the purported best healer in Nassau, and had his broken hand mended. Pandora’s Box, now glowing silver and radiating energy, was opened by a charmed Jimothy, unleashing countless shadows into the surrounding region.

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Chapter Four: Wolves in the Night, Part I
Aug. 1st, 1692

Bronston bought a parrot named Violet (later renamed Kumquat) for Jimothy. Shayla, Jimothy and Duffy visited the Pirate Queen Emily Pryce, but she would only offer the group her resources and cooperation if, as a show of loyalty, they drove Aquitaine’s recruiter out of town – Aquitaine being Pryce's greatest rival.

The recruiter, Crooked Hector, was engaged to a fishmonger named Allison Pritchard, who Shayla later discovered was a werewolf like herself. Anne refused to join Greer’s crew and steal Duffy’s map for them, displeasing Greer’s first mate, Alvarez.

That night, Duffy, Hector, Shayla and Allison headed into the southern wetlands to attempt a ritual cure for the lycanthropy. Jimothy followed close behind with a cohort of men to try and capture Hector alive. However, Shayla and Allison both transformed into werewolves sooner than expected and attacked each other, sending plans into chaos. Greer’s crew began raiding The Dawn of Wales.

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Chapter Three: Silence
July 28th – Aug. 1st, 1692

Bronston discovered a fish-like Atlantean aboard the ship, learning the truth of the mysterious box – that it is actually one of many Pandora’s Boxes. Jimothy and Old Jenkins had a violent falling out during their sexual whipping, ending with Jenkins’ execution and the permanent damage of Jimothy’s vocal cords. The crew arrived in Nassau after five days of sailing.

Continuing Rhys’ search after finding a map in his chest, Duffy met with an old “associate” named Roland Greer to learn about Admiral Nereus’ buried treasure. Bronston shopped for a parrot for a mute Jimothy, meeting a young Edward Teach in the aviary. 

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Chapter Two: The Mutiny
July 28th, 1692

While Captain Rhys was feeling unwell, the crew evaded three Spanish warships near the coast of Cuba. Duffy, Jimothy and Bronston brought the mysterious box to Chinwe, who was just as puzzled as the group by its origins and purpose. Cookie the chef and Anne discussed Jonathan’s affections toward her.

Later that day, Rhys ordered the lashing of Jonathan, on grounds that the boy poisoned him, prompting the mutineers to kill the captain and any loyalists. Experiencing intense duress, Shayla transformed into a werewolf for the first time aboard the ship, devouring a loyalist’s head. After winning a duel against First Mate Evanson, Duffy took charge as the new captain of a free ship.

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Chapter One: Shipwreck
July 26th - 27th, 1692

Shayla, Duffy, Bronston, Anne and Jimothy are privateers aboard The Dawn of Wales, sailing under the flags of the English Crown and Captain Rhys Ekupp. Docked in a secluded cove to avoid the brunt of a coming storm, the group spoke with Chinwe the shaman and watched as Rhys attempted to drunkenly shoot an apple off of Old Jenkins’ head.

Jimothy tried pickpocketing Old Jenkins, failed, and was seduced by the older man while Bronston and Duffy spoke with the ship's dissidents. Shayla tried entertaining several crewmates around the bonfire, but they quickly grew bored of her music.

Next morning, the group discovered zombies and a mysterious bronze box aboard a wrecked French ship. After killing the zombies, they planned a mutiny to finally end Rhys’ blatant cruelty. Bronston asked Jonathan, the cook’s boy nephew, to feed potentially poisoned rum to Rhys.

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