The Jolly Roger
So…… you wanna be a pirate, eh?_
Well sit down lad and let me tell you wat it’s like to be a pirate. It’s full of adventure it is lad, there be piles of gold higher than a man, evil Spaniards, dastardly French, conniving Dutch and the stiff English to fight, big fat merchant ships to loot and soft plantatishin settlements ta plunda. Wit ya blade flashin’, smell of gunpowder and loud boom of cannon when youse board a ship lookin fer plunder, swingin thru tha riggin’ as ya plant ya feet on the slick deck lookin’ fer the next man to split it twain. Tha wind in ya face wit a rollin deck under ya feet and the fresh smell of the salt sea air.
When ya get to port there is sum ard drinkin, roast’d meat and fresh food ta eat. Fightin, gamblin and contests to bet ya loot on. Buxom wenches appy to take ya into thar bosom for a coin or two or just as easy to get ya drunk an’ slit ya throat to take all ya gold. Ya spend ya coin like youse ain’t gonna live tomorra, and ya may not eva hav tha feel of a warm wench agin.
Why’s that ya ask? Well, let me tell ya why. Ya gotta survive the scurvy, disease, storms wit waves bigger than ya ’ouse, sea sickness, bad food an lack of water with tha sun beatin down on ya. If thats not bad enuff then ya got tha Indians, snakes, and uvver critters in them dark, hot humid jungles. Ohhhh.. the jungles, dark, hot wit tha sweat runnin down ya like the great river Thames itself, and nasty little buggers trying to drink ya blood from any bare skin thays can see. If youse able to get past AAAAALL that, then youse be lucky if pirate ’unters, and kings soldiers dunt git ya ann string ya up by ya scrawny neck, or leeves ya ina gibbet to rot like old pork in tha hot sun.
Ya lad, the pirates life be a grand one, take me word for it. I woulda not bein doin nuttin else.Now go get me another keg of rum before I spit ya like a rat on the end of me cutlass!, there’s a good lad.
“Ye and each of you are abjudged and sentenced to be carried back to the place from whence you came, from thence to the place of execution without the gates of this gates of this castle, and there within the flood marks to be hanged by the neck till you are dead, dead, dead. And the Lord have mercy on your souls.” Captain Herdman, President of the Vice-Admiralty Court, 1722.
The Jolly Roger campaign is using The Pirates of the Spanish Main stand-alone rule book which uses the Savage Worlds rule set from Pinnacle Entertainment Group.
The campaign features a group of misfits thrust into the high adventure of the Caribbean. The characters have come from sunny Old England on a pirate fleet that set sail to plunder the wealthy port of Cartagena of Spain in the New World.
But something has gone terribly wrong, their band of cutthroats, 3 ships and 450 men under the command of the reluctant Admiral Captain Hawksworth “The Red Terror” Fawlkes, who’s mission was to distract the Spanish by mounting a surprise attack on the Port of Ciudad Varga, was ambushed trekking through the jungle on their way to the town.
What happened? How could anyone have known, since the plans were only revealed three days out of Port Royale. Was it treachery, or a tactical blunder on the part of Fleet Admiral Lord Cecil Mandrake, or are they pawns in a bigger game than they understand?
The characters now captured, with very few survivors of the original band are languishing in a Spanish prison awaiting their fate. Will it be a hanging or death in a gibbet, or do the Spanish have a far worst fate for our gallant heroes?
Yarrrrrrrr me heartys, climb aboard and set sail for Adventure on the High Seas.
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