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  1. Day 4 The Tale of The Curse Governor Swann was taken aboard the Pearl. “He’s invoked the right of parley with Captain Barbossa” the pirate holding the prisoner told Weatherby. Barbossa appeared on deck. “Captain Barbossa, I am here to negotiate the cessation of hostilities against Port Royal” the Governor told him formally. Barbossa listened then said, “There are a lot of long words in there; we’re naught but humble pirates. What is it that you want?” “I want you to leave and never come back.” Without missing a beat Barbossa responded, “I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request. Means “no.”” Governor Swann was no fool; he held the medallion out over the waters, “Very well. I’ll drop it then.” Barbossa shrugged, “Me holds are burstin' with swag. That bit of shine matters to us? Why?” “It’s what you’ve been searching for. I heard your men talking about it while they were ransacking my property” He appeared unaffected, “Did ya, now?” “Fine. Well, I suppose if it is worthless then there’s no point in me keeping it.” The Governor let the chain slip through his fist a little, which made the pirates lunge forward with a collective gasp. Barbossa knew the trap was sprung, “Very well, you hand it over and we’ll put your town to our rudder and ne’er return.” The Governor handed it over, “Our bargain?” he asked as Barbossa walked away. “Wait! You have to take me to shore. According to the Code of the Order of the Brethren—“ he began. “First, your return to shore was not part of our negotiations nor our agreement so, I must do nothing. And secondly, you must be a pirate for the pirate’s code to apply and you’re not. And thirdly, the code is more what you'd call "guidelines" than actual rules. Welcome aboard the Black Pearl, Governor.” “Then release me, you have your trinket; I’m of no further value to you.” “You don’t know what this is, do ye?” Barbossa held up the medallion. “It’s a pirate medallion.” “This is Aztec gold… one of 882 identical pieces they delivered in a stone chest to Cortés himself. Blood money paid to stem the slaughter he wreaked upon them with his armies. But the greed of Cortés was insatiable. So the heathen gods placed upon the gold…a terrible curse. Any mortal that removes but a single piece from that stone chest shall be punished for eternity.” Barbossa told him. “I hardly believe in ghost stories, Captain Barbossa.” The Governor scoffed. “Aye. That’s exactly what I thought when we were first told the tale. Buried on an Island of Dead what cannot be found except for those who know where it is. Find it, we did. There be the chest. Inside be the gold. And we took ‘em all. We spent ‘em and traded ‘em and frittered ‘em away on drink and food and pleasurable company. The more we gave ‘em away, the more we came to realize…the drink would not satisfy, food turned to ash in our mouths, and all the pleasurable company in the world could not slake our lust. We are cursed men. Compelled by greed, we were, but now we are consumed by it. There is one way we can end our curse. All the scattered pieces of the Aztec gold must be restored and thanks to ye, we have the final piece.” Unnoticed, the governor held a butter knife that he’d grabbed before being taken from his house, up his sleeve. “Then why do you need me?” he asked. “Call it assurance, if the British navy see fit to be chasin’ us that is” Barbossa enlightened him, “That’s why there’s no sense to be killin’ ye…yet.” He turned to walk away and the governor stabbed him with the knife but the pirate captain showed no sign of pain. He removed it. “I’m curious – after killin’ me what was it you plannin’ on doing next?” he enquired of the Governor. The frightened Governor turned and saw the pirates; all were decaying skeletons. “Look! The moonlight shows us for what we really are. We are not among the living, and so we cannot die, but neither are we dead. For too long I’ve been parched with thirst and unable to quench it. Too long I’ve been starving to death and haven’t died. I feel nothing – not the wind on my face nor the spray of the sea, nor the warmth of a woman’s flesh.” Barbossa stepped into a strip of moonlight, which revealed his skeletal face. “You best start believing in ghost stories Governor. You’re in one!” Barbossa took a bottle of rum and drank. It poured over his ribs, and down onto the deck. He and the crew laughed at the look of horror on the governor’s face. “What are ye looking at? Back to work!” he ordered the crew. The Black Pearl and its crew had been under the command of Captain Jack Sparrow until they’d mutinied a decade before, stealing the bearings for Isla de Muerta from him, and then marooning him with a pistol containing only one shot. The island of the dead hid a cursed Aztec treasure that the crew of the Black Pearl discovered, but believing the curse to be a myth, they took the Aztec treasure for themselves. Shocked by this action, Will's father, "Bootstrap Bill" Turner, the only pirate who protested against the mutiny, sent one of the cursed gold pieces away to his son in order to ensure a fitting punishment for the crew's betrayal. In retaliation, Barbossa ordered Bootstrap to be tied to a cannonball and thrown overboard. Aboard the Interceptor Will watched as Jack closed the compass, then asked Mr Gibbs, “How is it that Jack came by that compass and why does he keep looking at it if it’s broken?” “Not a lot’s known about Jack Sparrow before he showed up in Tortuga with a mind to go after the treasure of the Isla de Muerta. That was before I met him, back when he was Captain of the Black Pearl.” “What? He failed to mention that.” a shocked Will answered. Gibbs shrugged, “Well, he plays things closer to the vest now. And a hard-learned lesson it was. See three days out on the venture the first mate comes to him and says everything’s an equal share. That should mean the location of the treasure, too, so Jack gives up the bearings. That night there was a mutiny. They marooned Jack on an island and left him to die but not before he’d gone mad with the heat.” “Ah. So that's the reason for all the…” Will threw his hands up gesticulating like Jack. “Reason's got nothing to do with it. Now Will , when a man is marooned he is a given a pistol with a single shot – one shot. Well it won't do much good hunting or to be rescued. But after three weeks of a starvin’ belly and thirst, that pistol will start to look real friendly. But Jack – he escaped the island, and he still has that one shot. Oh, but he won't use it, though, save for one man. His mutinous first mate.” Gibbs explained. “Barbossa.” Will spoke. Gibbs nodded, “Aye.” “How did Jack get off the island?” “Well, I’ll tell ye. He waded out into the shallows and there he waited three days and three nights till all manner of sea creature ‘came and acclimated to his presence. And on the fourth morning, he roped himself a couple of sea turtles, lashed ‘em together and made a raft.” Gibbs said animatedly. Will looked suspicious, “He roped a couple of sea turtles?” “Aye, sea turtles.” “What did he use for rope?” Jack appeared and answered, “Human hair…from my back. Let go of the anchor!” “Young Mr. Turner and I are to go ashore.” he informed his first mate. “Captain! What if the worst should happen?” Gibbs asked worriedly. “Keep to the code.” Gibbs nodded solemnly, “Aye, the code.” ...... In a cave full of treasure on Isla de Muerta, Barbossa spoke to his crew, “Gentlemen, the time has come! Our salvation is nigh! Our torment is near at end. For ten years we’ve been tested and tried, and each man jack of you here has proved his mettle a hundred times over and a hundred times again!” The men cheered loudly as Jack and Will crept around unseen. “Punished, we were. The lot of us - disproportionate to our crimes! Here it is - he threw off the chest’s lid - …the cursed treasure of Cortés himself." "Every last piece that went astray, we have returned…save for this” he held up the medallion, 881 we found but despaired of ever finding the last. You know the first thing I’m goin’ to do after the curse is lifted? Eat a whole bushel of apples.” Will hit Jack over the head with an oar that he'd found on the ground, “Sorry, Jack. I’m not going to be your leverage.” he said to the prone pirate. Barbossa dropped the medallion into the chest. The room was quiet as the pirates waited in anticipation to see if it worked. “How do we tell?” one called out. Barbossa shot him. Another exclaimed, “You’re not dead. It didn’t work. The curse is still upon us!” Barbossa grabbed the Governor, “Where’s his child? The child that sailed from England eight years ago, the child in whose veins flows the blood of William Turner. Where?!” He pistol whipped the wide eyed and confused Governor who fell down. The crew were angry and arguing, casting blame this way and that. In the confusion, Will quickly slipped over to the injured Governor and pulled him up, then they made good their escape. On Barbossa’s shoulder, Jack the monkey chittered wildly, he backflipped over and over then jumped off onto the chest in a somersault and pointed at the escaping duo. Noticing the acrobatics, Barbossa realised his prisoner was getting away and caught a glimpse of gold, “The medallion! He’s taken it! Get after him! You feckless pack of ingrates!” he bellowed. .... Will and the Governor reached the Interceptor safely. Gibbs greeted them, “Welcome aboard, Governor Swann” Then to Will, “Hey, boy, where be Jack?” Will, in a hurry, answered, “He fell behind.” Gibbs remembered and repeated, “Keep to the code.” he commanded the crew. “Weigh anchor! Hoist the sails! Make quickly, divvies.” Anamaria called out. .... In their search, the crew of the Black Pearl discovered Jack wandering around somewhat dazed. Jack insisted on being taken to Barbossa, he invoked the right of Parley. Upon seeing him a shocked Barbossa grinned, “Gents, you all remember Captain Jack Sparrow? Kill him.” he smirked as the pirates all pointed their weapons at Jack. Jack held up his hands, “Wait, just wait a moment. The coin didn’t work, did it” he stated knowingly. “Hold your fire! You know where the child of Bootstrap be?” “I know where the child of Bootstrap be” Jack affirmed. .... Back aboard the Interceptor, Governor Swann returned the medallion to Will who looked at it as he spoke, “I thought I’d lost it the day they rescued me. It was a gift from my father. He sent it to me.” "I believe it's you they're after" the Governor told Will. Jack the monkey watched them from a hidden spot, he planned to steal the coin back. Suddenly, a hand grabbed the crafty little primate from behind. “Gotcha” Gibbs said with satisfaction. Jack the monkey was sinking, lower and lower he went. All around him became a darker and darker blue, almost black. He was trapped in a cage, which sank beyond the ocean floor and into the gaping chasm of an underwater volcano that loomed ominously just off the island’s coast. Flashforward Something blue and gold fell from the night sky like a colourful comet. Cotton’s parrot had been shot and killed by Beckett’s man, Mercer, from aboard HMS Dauntless as it flew towards Isla de Muerta to take a warning message to Jack and company… =============================================== There are 2 clues in this story. You have 36 hrs until Day ends and Twilight begins unless a DL is completed beforehand. 6 votes are required to complete a DL. Living players: Still sailing the seven seas 2. Drogo 4. Deadpool 5. aquarian1 7. statsgirl 8. Snookums 9. terrymct 11. TexasGal 14. helenamonster 15. deaja 16. SVNBob Dead players: Gone down to Davy Jones’ locker 17. Lisin - Crimp - Lookout - Hero You are Crimp, a pirate operating in and around Tortuga. Twilight Ability Each Twilight you may choose a player to watch over and will learn if anyone visits them for any reason. 12. peachmangosteen - Pintel - Protector - Villain You are Pintel, a pirate, most notably aboard the Black Pearl, led by Hector Barbossa and Jack Sparrow. You are rarely seen without your partner in crime and nephew, Ragetti. After your brother was lost at sea, Ragetti came to live with you. One day, while drunk, you were both press-ganged into service by the British Royal Navy, but did not take well to this life. After a year of beatings, bad food and boredom, you both jumped ship and set yourselves up as pirates in the Caribbean. Soon after joining Jack Sparrow's crew aboard the Black Pearl, you and many others joined Barbossa in a mutiny against Jack. Twilight Ability Each Twilight you may choose one person from your team (yourself included) to protect from being Night killed. You may not choose the same player consecutively. Please note once Twilight has been announced you have 12 hrs to submit your actions. 1. MarkHB - MarkHB - Ragetti – Investigator - Villain You are Ragetti, a pirate, most notably aboard the Black Pearl, led by Hector Barbossa and Jack Sparrow. You are rarely seen without your partner in crime and uncle, Pintel. After your father was lost at sea, you went to live with your uncle. One day, while drunk, you were both press-ganged into service by the British Royal Navy, but did not take well to this life. After a year of beatings, bad food and boredom, you both jumped ship and set yourselves up as pirates in the Caribbean. Soon after joining Jack Sparrow's crew aboard the Black Pearl, you and many others joined Barbossa in a mutiny against Jack. Night Ability As an investigator you may PM the game mods each Night to learn the identity of your chosen player. You will receive one of the following responses: Character identity or No Result. 10. JTMacc99 – Elizabeth Swann – Detective - Hero You are Elizabeth Swann, the daughter of Governor Weatherby Swann. Born in London, England, you’ve led a fairly sheltered life of privilege throughout your childhood. With an adventurous spirit and the need to break social boundaries, you have long been fascinated with the freewheeling world of buccaneers to a point of learning a song about pirates as a child. After the death of your mother, your father raised his you on his own. Much to your father's dismay, pirates always fascinated you as a girl, particularly on the HMS Dauntless' voyage from England to the British colony at Port Royal on the vibrant and prosperous island of Jamaica. When the Dauntless crew rescued young Will Turner, a mysterious shipwreck survivor from a pirate attack, you recognized the "pirate medallion" he wore and stole it while he was still unconscious. Night Ability As an investigator you may PM the game mods each Night to learn the role of your chosen player. You will receive one of the following responses: Character identity or No Result. 13. raven – Commodore James Norrington – Mason - Hero You are Commodore James Norrington, an officer of the British Royal Navy and the East India Trading Company. Bewigged and resplendent in your uniform and owe your allegiance to King George II. You take pride in service to others before yourself, and having a strong dedication to the law, you are the scourge of piracy in the Caribbean. Mason Ability You form a mason pair with Snookums. This means you are permitted to chat outside the game thread between yourselves in a PM. 18. festivus - Duncan - Universal Backup Investigator - Hero You are Duncan, a pirate operating in and around Tortuga. Passive Ability You start the game as a vanilla Townie with no actions. However, whenever the first power role dies (i.e. Doctor, Detective, Vigilante, etc.), the Universal back-up inherits that power role and can use it themselves from then on. You will be PM’d with details when\if this happens. Night Ability As an investigator you may PM the game mods each Night to learn the role of your chosen player. You will receive one of the following responses: Character identity or No Result. 3. Machiabelly – Jack the Monkey – Weak Disguiser - Villain You are Jack the Monkey, or simply Jack, the capuchin pet monkey owned by the black-hearted Captain Hector Barbossa. Mockingly named after Captain Jack Sparrow, you’re considered the meanest, most rotten-tempered simian in all the Caribbean. Twilight Ability Each Twilight you may choose a Character Identity (This can be from the game or someone else from the POTC Universe) you’d like to be detected as; the success of your disguise will depend on a coin flip. You will not be aware of the outcome of the coin flip. 6. The Crazed Spruce TCS – Cotton’s Parrot – Prankster - Hero You are a stunning blue and gold macaw owned by Cotton, a pirate who lives in Shipwreck Cove. Cotton lost his tongue to another pirate. Unable to speak, he subsequently trained you to use a large number of phrases to essentially talk for him. How the mute Cotton achieved such a feat is unknown. Night Ability Each Night you may choose 1 player from among those who have not contributed within the game thread at all during the previous Day or Twilight to usurp their vote for the following Day. If everybody posts, you may choose from anyone. Your second vote will be added automatically to any DL you join as an anonymous vote placed by the mods.
  2. This is now fixed. If further issues around this problem are encountered please let us know.
  3. @Aethera @ILoveReading This should now be fixed. Please let me know if you have further issues. Thanks.
  4. Ok, thanks all for the info. Will add to the list to get someone to take another look at this.
  5. I appreciate this is irksome for many members. Sadly, it is something that is beyond Primetimer's control.
  6. The devs have confirmed that topic name detail is gone by design. So, unfortunately, this is a case of WYSIWYG.
  7. Can someone confirm whether they're still experiencing this issue post update? Thanks!
  8. I've put a ticket in with the devs for this. Thanks!
  9. Would you provide some more context to reproduce please? Which specific notifications were missing? Do you mean you were notified by the Bell icon or by the pop up but they're not in your full notification list? Thanks.
  10. @SoMuchTV, @GHScorpiosRule, @theschnauzers Are you still experiencing the above issues?
  11. The place to discuss the rumoured HBO prequel series based on GRRM's Fire & Blood.
  12. Mea Culpa. I made a continuity screw up in the Night story. Commodore Norrington be dead already. Derp. Please forgive my derp-y-ness and let us consider that the part played by the dearly departed Commodore was, in fact, his twin brother making a cameo appearance, heh.
  13. The 24 hr deadline for submitting Night actions has ended. Night continues until the Day story is posted. You can expect the story on or before Monday. Continue drinking, bottoms up!
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