The Flight of the Busty Belle

Ep1. Welcome to Port Royal
The adventure begins!

9pirates of the caribbean by yanick dusseault

Port Royal: Monday, July 4th, 1689

Background:

For the last 6 months the town of Port Royal has been experiencing an increase in the number of arrests and hangings of pirates, normally this wouldn’t be a cause for alarm but the amount of British soldiers have been increasing considerably. There has also been rumors that normal sailors have been detained and held without reason and that some have even been tortured and mysteriously killed by a group known as the Spanish Inquisition, hard to believe since the Spanish and the British are mortal enemies. Some even say that the Spanish have bought Governor Lynch outright and now control Port Royal.

Port Royal, 12:00pm

Old church
Quentin Ward, wanted thief, finds himself in the Old Church in Port Royal, he’s been on the run
for weeks and has found himself in the company of Pastor Francis, a portly, older gentlemen who really enjoys his wine.

Quentin explains to the Pastor his dilemma, namely that he has to leave Port Royal very soon. Pastor Francis tells him of a tavern near the docks called the Crow’s Nest and it’s reputation for some, less than pious, practices (including, it seems, smuggling in some really good wine for the Pastor) and that if he needed to find a way off the island then he might want to talk with a fellow by the name of Leo. Quentin thanks the Pastor and makes his way towards the tavern, dodging guards along the way by cutting down alleyways and side streets.

Produce market
Over in the produce market Emilie Lavoie, recently arrived in Port Royal, has been following information she received and is trying to find the Crow’s nest tavern. She stops by one of the fruit stands and eyes the beautiful apples, picking up one and smiling at the vendor before asking him if he happens to know where she might find a tavern by the name of the Crow’s Nest. This topic causes a shift in the vendor and quietly he informs her, not that he’s trying to pry, that it’s not the sort of place a beautiful woman like her would normally frequent. Emilie kindly tells him that he is, in fact, prying and that it’s best to leave it be. The vendor gets the hint and directs her to the tavern. Emilie pays for her apple and walks down the street toward the side of town where the tavern is supposed to be, smiling sweetly at the guards walking by.

The Crow’s Nest

Meanwhile in the Crow’s Nest, Leo is working the bar. Taking notice that the amount of customers has dipped dramatically since sailors have started being arrested he orders the barmaid Christina to get back to work and bring the Irishman over in the corner another drink since he’s one of their only paying customers. The door opens and Quentin Ward walks in, taking in the room as he approaches the bar. Quentin strikes up a conversation with him, asking if he knows a man ny the name of Leo. Deciding not to reveal himself Leo asks the stranger his business and Quentin, quietly, reveals that he needs to get off the island. Putting up the sign for silence Leo leads Quentin into the kitchen to talk.

As they exit into the kitchen Emilie enters the room, surveying it quickly and noticing the lone Irishman in the corner. A small group of boys at the table nearest the door, just coming of age and celebrating that fact, cat call her and try to get her to come over, she winks at them and passes them by, her eyes on the Irishman. As she nears he kicks out the chair opposite him and invites her to sit down.

In the kitchen Leo shoos the cooking staff outside on break and then reveals his true identity to Quentin who elaborates on his problem. Leo tells Quentin that he may have a solution for him, outside, in the bar, an Irishman who is looking to hire people for his crew. Quentin is intrigued by this and decides to talk to him, Leo warns cautions though and says that he will arrange an introduction first.

Meanwhile Emilie is talking to the Irishman, he introduces himself as Mister Irish (which arouses her suspicions slighty) and tells her that he is hiring a crew. She files that away and asks him if he has heard of a man named Antonio de Silva but unfortunately he replies that he has not. Mister Irish continues on his original topic and she decides to ask him why, he explains that the crew of his ship had been shipped off to prison the evening before and that he needed help to break them out. Taking a moment he turns, waves the barmaid over and orders a mug of grog for himself and some wine for the lady. As the barmaid brings them their drinks Leo emerges from the kitchen, approaching Mister Irish he tells him that he may have a hire for him, at that moment though three gentlemen enter the bar and Emilie quickly notices that they are wearing red undercloaks, traditional colors of the Spanish.

Christina spies the gentlemen and hurries over to Leo, pointing them out and explaining that she has seen their kind before in the bars where other patrons were hauled away.

The gentlemen begin speaking to the three young men near the door and after thirty seconds or so they grab one and one of them escorts the young man out. The other gentlemen remain and continue talking with the remaining young men. Leo, having none of this, gets up and stomps over telling them to get out of his bar and leave his customers alone, they block his way and tell him that this is none of his concern and it might be best for him if he stayed out of things. Leo is handed his bow by Christina and calmly threatens them, notching an arrow and pulling it back in one swift motion. They begin backing out of the bar slowly as Leo lets loose the arrow, burying it deep in the door frame, they run but not before swearing that they’ll be back.

The rest of the customers quickly get up and leave as Leo tells Mister Irish and Emilie to please make their way into the kitchen and join his other guest Quentin. As they do Christina returns from upstairs and informs Leo that the boss would like to speak with him, now. Leo excuses himself and says he will return shortly.

Upstairs Leo comes into the room of the elderly Mr. Crow, a bedridden man who ushers for Leo to come close. Mr. Crow tells Leo that Christina informed him of what happened and that the Spanish will surely seek retribution on him. Leo agrees and Mr. Crow tells him it’s best that he gets away from Port Royal for awhile, he can settle this but not if Leo is there with the Spanish calling for his blood. Leo relunctantly agrees and Mr. Crow hands him a sack of 40 pieces of eight, the profit from the whole month, to help him on his journey. He tells Leo that he was always like a son to him and it’s best if he just get out of there right now, Leo turns and leaves, neither of them were ever much for sentimentality.

Downstairs, Quentin has explained his situation to Mister Irish and has agreed to join up with his crew to get off the island. Leo soon rejoins them and the four of them escape through the kitchen into the streets of Port Royal.

Port Royal, 1:45pm

On the streets of Port Royal Quentin suggests that they hide out back in the Old Church run by Pastor Francis, the group agrees and splits up to attract less attention. Each group makes their way to the church, dodging guards and groups of spanish infiltrators. The rendezvous behind the church and Quentin knocks on the door quietly. After a minute Pastor Francis opens the door and, upon seeing Quentin, ushers them all inside.

The Old Church

They all gather together in main hall of the church, Pastor Francis bringing them each a cup of wine. He asks them all what he can do for them and comments that they all seems to be hurried, as if they were fleeing something. Quentin explains that they require sanctuary for the evening and asks if he knows anything about Bridewell prison. Taken slightly aback Pastor Francis, sensing that something is afoot, says that although he is a man of god and has sworn to uphold the laws of the land he has come to disagree with many of the policies that have been sweeping the island as of late. The amount of people that he ministers each night has risen dramatically and watching them hang at dawn, well he is just tired of it. The Pastor promises to help if he can but he will not break his vows.

The group quickly gets down to business, Mister Irish explains that his captain let the crew go ashore two days ago to carouse and spend their share of the booty, and after an evening of doing just that they were arrested and taken to Bridewell prison. One crew member got away and returned to the ship, telling the captain of what had happened and she sent him to get them back. They continued their planning, discussing the prison, it’s location and soon a rudimentary plan was formed.

Pastor Francis tells the group how when a man is to be hung, he goes the night before to administer last rites for the condemned, it may be primarily a catholic rite but he believes everyone deserves them. The group soon concocts a plan to join him on his ministrations, in the guise of fellow clergy, and bring absolution to the prisoners as well as some wine laced with Laudenum to the guards. The Pastor has a supply of Laudanum on hand for those nights that he just cannot sleep peacefully, which have been more and more lately.

After the planning Mister Irish disappears out the door and flags down a boy nearby, he pays the boy and gives him a note with instructions that it be brought to his ship berthed in the North docks. Quentin sees this and confronts Mister Irish, asking him about the note, he explains and Quentin asks if he could get his ship closer to the prison, Mister Irish thinks this over and then agrees that it could be done. They proceed back into the church where Emilie asks what they were up to and they all begin talking about the ship and start adapting the plan. They discuss using the cliffs to escape, planting ropes down them to assist the sailors in getting to the water and into the longboats waiting there. They agree on the plan, share it with Leo and get to work.

Port Royal Market 3:15pm
Merchant exchange

Leo and Emilie go back to the markets near the docks, sneaking their way there and soon find a rope dealer who, after some haggling, sells them the lengths of rope they need, packing it into two barrels that they roll back towards the church. Once there Mister Irish takes over for Emilie, pretending, alongside Leo, to be a simple dock worker on a delivery, placing the barrels next to the wall near the prison. A guard comes out to ask them what they are doing there but Leo quickly assures him that they are just on a routine delivery. They both quickly return to the church and await for evening to fall.

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