June 27, 1660 – Phiilp’s Landing, St. Martin
After some shenanigans reuniting, the troupe holes up in an old boucanier shack a couple of miles from town. There they wait until Bloody Bill’s appointed time (June 22).
The morning of the appointed day, they descend back to town and place themselves in position to take advantage of the soon-to-be-occurring chaos. They are somewhat confused by the arrival of a Dutch ship of the line, the Pride of Rotterdam. They wonder a while if this is part of Bill’s plan until the Bess suddenly swings on her anchor and makes sail, running the cut exiting the bay at reckless speed. The frigate fires a passing broadside at the Dutch warship, putting to rest any idea this might be part of “the plan”.
The crew retreats, waiting to see what happens. Soon they observe Bill’s crew being rounded up. Some surrender, some die violently. By evening it is over.
Sneaking back into town, they crew discover Bill’s captured crew will be tried fairly and face the gallows when they are found guilty. Reasoning it will take some time to welcome the warship and prepare for the trials, the crew decides they have some time and retire to their hideout.
There they plan. Or connive. Or plot. Whatever you might call it.
The plan, in broad strokes is to free the prisoners, steal a fishing boat and flee around the island to the French village of Marigot.
That week the repeatedly sneak into town for supplies and information.
• It is discovered that a fete will be held to welcome the arrival of the Pride.
• Chidu recovers from his wounds and tells Emmanuel and Marie (of the Rusty Hook) to spread the word of the upcoming plan amongst those slaves who would be free. Those who desire it will be welcome on the boats to freedom.
• Isaak lingers with his wounds for most of the week, but then makes a sudden recovery.
• Some preparations are made: poisons and incendiaries.
The night of the Fete, Francesca and Eleanor make their way to town, where their presence is eagerly noted by the local bachelorhood. They receive invitations to that evening’s festivities at the governor’s mansion. Joachim, posing as their servant, is similarly invited. While Francesca condescends to Major Schreuder (“We must dance again after you have taken some lessons.”), Eleanor and Joachim slip upstairs. There, they avoid servants to enter Katinka’s room, where Joachim finds an artifact of dark magic: a Fathom Stone. Without explaining he begins a ritual, which seems to draw some energy into a piece of wood, which he then causes to self-combust. Downstairs, at that exact moment, Katinka begins to undergo a terrible transformation, with flesh sloughing off until she collapse into a mass of putrefying flesh. Chaos ensues.
Meanwhile, Chidu, Josette and Isaak make for town to prepare for their attempt on the blockhouse. Desiring to check on Emmanuel and Marie, they stop by the Rusty Hook and are chagrined to find Emmanuel the target (literally) of a group of soldiers who had heard him talking about a flight to freedom. Chidu takes a shot, startling the soldiers and draws them into a merry chase. Isaak takes advantage of their reduced numbers and frees Emmanuel. After they finally rendezvous, they make for the blockhouse to attempt to free the prisoners. They utilize a contact they made during their secret sojourns in town, a slave assigned to the blockhouse. Arriving late, “Mama” opens the door for them…
Fame: None, but much very soon.
Quote of the Night
GM: ”Pirates are always hung”
Cam: ”They’re sometimes hanged too.”