The Flight of the Busty Belle

Ep3. All aboard the Busty Belle!

the group joins the pirate crew and escapes into the night.

Pirate ship

Tuesday June 5th, 1:15 am

The crew settled aboard the Busty Belle, wet and underfed sailors all around them. Orders were soon being barked by Captain Anna, all able bodied sailors were to prepare the ship for immediate departure while all sick sailors needed to report below decks and see the ship’s surgeon. Unfortunately the fates were not on their side as it was soon discovered that the rigging and the steering had been sabotaged, the ship was essentially adrift.

The weather suddenly took a turn for the worse, the clouds opened up and rain began pelting the ship. Mr. Carrow began organizing the crew, going below decks and retrieving all the spare rope they had. Some of the crew, including Francois Lacroix (all nicknamed the rope monkeys)ran up into the rigging and began cutting away the damaged lines.

Down on the deck Emilie, amidst all the chaos and confusion, looking off into the distance, noticed a light to the southwest. Up in the rigging Francois hopped up into the crow’s nest, noticing some small lights off in the distance as well. Looking into the mounted spyglass and noticed that the light in the distance was not just one light but 5 separate lights, quickly estimating they were approximately 15 minutes out. Francois quickly shouted down this information to the deck below.

Below deck Leo followed the ship’s surgeon, a man named (coincidentally) Leonardo and began administering as much help as he could to the sailors that were injured. Leo helped everyone he could but when he attempted to help three crewmen they told him to mind his business and then left, Leo surreptitiously followed them and saw that they headed downstairs to the storage deck.

Up top, Captain Anna, Mr Carrow and the ship’s Master Carpenter, known only as Ol’ Gus, were busy looking over the helm, the rudder chain having been removed. Emilie made her way over and looked as well, finding a small piece of blue fabric wedged into the gears. Below deck Leo shared his suspicions with the Mister Irish and Quentin and the three of them decided to keep an eye on the three crew members.

Making their way to the supply deck below they witnessed the three crewmen having a slightly heated discussion around a storage chest, they began trying to move in to overhear the details of their conversation but unfortunately because of the brewing storm the ship suddenly lurched to the side and they knocked over some crates, causing the three men to look over in their direction. The three begin moving towards Leo and the others and a fight seemed inevitable.

In the crows nest Francois helps finish with the rigging before returning to the deck below, the rain making his trip down more dangerous than usual. As he reaches the deck he see’s Emilie head below deck and not knowing who she is decides to follow her. Emilie goes below deck to check with Leo and, not finding him, decides to check the supply deck.

Below, the 3 errant crewmen advance on Quentin, Leo and Mister Irish. Irish attempts to intimidate them by bashing his head into the mast, this causes them to take a step back but they quickly decide to press their attack. Quentin pulls out a dagger, deftly throwing it at one of them but the lurching of the boat makes him miss the mark. The dagger sticks into a box and one of the thugs pulls it out and hands it to his friend in front. The thug takes a stab at Irish, missing him but tearing his shirt. Irish takes a swing at two of the thugs and despite hitting them causes no damage, he takes a few hits as well but just smiles back at them. Leo remains in the back with his bow nocked, when one of the thugs draws a pistol Leo attempts to shoot it from his hand but, again, the lurching motion of the ship makes things difficult. Quentin moves in with a punch but loses his footing, Irish though finds his and dispatches one with a wicked hook that throws him back into some crates causing them to collapse atop him, he then steps in towards the one Quentin is fighting and delivers a wicked head butt that collapses the man’s face into itself. The remaining thug with the pistol attempts to take a shot at Quentin but fortunately the ship’s movement throws him off and he throws the pistol to the ground and attempts to draw his cutlass, Leo quickly responds by firing an arrow which embeds itself directly between the man’s eyes and he falls over dead.

Emilie comes downstairs as the fight wraps up and demands to know what is happening, Irish tells her they were attacked as Leo begins searching them for clues to who they are. Emilie notices the chest they left open and finds the missing rudder chain inside, Quentin quickly grabs it and turns to return to the top deck. Francois watches all this from the stairs and not knowing these new people pulls out his pistol, telling them not to move, Quentin ignores this threat and showing him the chain proceeds up the stairs, Francois doesn’t stop him.

The group brings the chain to Ol’ Gus and he quickly installs it while Captain Anna orders the crew to ready for immediate cast off. The lights, meanwhile, draw ever closer, close enough that the lead ship starts taking shots at the Busty Belle, most missing widely but one hitting the port side rail, shattering it into deadly splinters that kills one of the crewmen. Quentin and Emilie hear the shots and hit the deck immediately, the rest of the group are barely missed by the shrapnel.

The Belle begins moving forward and the five ships closing in are now visible despite the darkness of the night. The captain orders the pilot to use Port Royal, moving around it for cover. The group begins moving around the ship, dousing all lamps and helping the crew with the sail and even the storm itself seems to lend a hand as the lead ship and loses control and almost slams into one of the other ships. Soon the Belle makes it’s way around Port Royal and escapes into the night.

The Busty Belle’s Captain’s Quarters, 3:20am

Captain Anna calls the group into her cabin, thanking them for their efforts. Irish goes and checks on Mouse, making sure she’s asleep and safe. Captain Anna looks at Irish and says that she believes they can be trusted and that it may be time to share with them the secret of the Belle.
She lays out a small sheath of paper with markings on it and tells them the story of One Eyed William and the Brethren Hoard, how the treasure was hidden years ago and the map divided amongst Willy and his officers but that del nero had captured on of them and obtained a portion of the map. Captain Anna wants to recover the rest of the pieces (one of them being in the possession of del Nero himself) and find the treasure herself to use it against him. One of the officers was rumored to have been seen on the island of Martinique but before they can go and investigate the Belle must first head to Tortuga to resupply.

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