The Flight of the Busty Belle

Ep.5 Foraging and Forts

the mysterious island.

Guatemala fort caribbean coast

Low on supplies but with morale restored the crew had set course towards a small island that the navigator, Mr. Sorenson knew about, once there the ship would resupply with fresh water, gathered fruits and hopefully some meat from hunted game.

On the trip the crew went about their normal duties, forming a routine by which they could lose them selves in to relieve the monotony of life aboard a ship. Quentin studied under Mr Sorenson, learning about chart navigation as well as how to use the sextant, astrolab and compass properly. Emilie had taken to Mouse’s lessons with a renewed energy and soon became impressed with her ability to grasp the language and concepts they were going over. Leo continued organizing Leonardo’s medical ward, sealing up leaks and cracks. Meanwhile through all of it Mister Irish continued his job, following up with everyone and making sure all hands were doing their duties, while coordinating with Mr Carrow on crew foraging assignments on the island.

Island The Busty Belle laid anchor in a small harbor and the crew all boarded the longboats to row out to the island. Upon landing they split up into their assigned teams to forage for fruit, fresh water, timber and game. Mister Irish, Quentin, Leo and Emilie headed off towards the interior, Quentin in the lead. Unfortunately Quentin navigation lessons under Mr. Sorenson did not help too much on land and soon the party became lost.

While wandering around on the base of the volcano the crew began to notice some strange things, brush moving suddenly, a figure lurking around. They tried to catch whatever or whoever it was that was following them but all their efforts met with failure.

Eventually Quentin figured out where they were and lead them back into the island interior. There they came across an old abandoned fort that suffered from age and neglect. Quentin had been noticing more signs that they were being followed and decided to avoid the main entrance by climbing up the wall, which being overgrown with vines was a simple matter. Emilie joined him. Leo and Mister Irish saw a figure dart around the inside of the fort and, without hesitation chased after him. Unfortunately this was a bad idea as the archway into the fort was booby trapped. Mister Irish barely got out of the way as projectile darts shot out from the walls.

Up along the wall Quentin and Emilie saw their mysterious stalker ducking inside one of the building, a greyish tail following through the door. They moved along the wall, noticing as they did that there were still some old rusted cannons and cannonballs that might be salvageable. As Quentin went to inspect one of them the entire platform collapsed, bringing the cannon and cannonball down with it. Fortunately Quentin rolled out of the way as they did, suffering only superficial injuries. Emilie wasn’t caught in the collapse and managed to skirt her way along the rotted beams to the other side.

Down below Leo and Mister Irish rushed towards the house, joined quickly by Quentin. Emilie meanwhile ran along the upper wall. Inside the house, Mister Irish cornered the mysterious thing and was surprised to find that it was a man wearing a shark, or more precisely the skin of a shark on his back. They began to talk to him but he panicked and jumped through the window.

They slowly walked outside, talking calmly to him until they gained his trust. He revealed his name to be Sharktooth and that he had been on the island for a long time, they tried to get a clear picture of how long but his ramblings were indecipherable. They continued talking with him and he further revealed that he had come to the island on a ship and if they wanted he could show them, the group agreed and followed him out of the fort.

About 15 minutes from the fort they came to a hillside and Sharktooth uncovered a small cave leading into the island, they followed him inside and it soon opened up into a large cavern with an opening out to the sea. Smashed up against the rocks of the cavern sat an old ship, the hull broken and the deck cracked in half. Sharktooth seemed very nervous in the cavern and kept mumbling about getting out into the open. When the crew went aboard to check the ships integrity they discovered there were still kegs of gunpowder below deck that could be salvaged. In the Captain’s cabin the found the log and a locked chest. Quentin picked open the lock and inside they found hundreds of pieces of eight.

Rejoicing the crew returned to the beach to find that the other crews had been successful as well and a feast with a roasting boar was underway. They reported their find to Mr. Carrow and it wasn’t long before the ship’s cargo was recovered.

Their larders and coffers full the ship continued on to Tortuga to seek repairs and further resupply, Sharktooth with them.

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