Skull and Shackles: The Athenian Experience

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ENTER THE STEW

CRABCLAW STEW WOKE UP IN A STINKIN' BILGE WITH SOME SOGGY SEA-CHUMPS.

SOMEONE TOOK CRABCLAW'S HAT.

WHY DOES THIS ALWAYS HAPPEN TO CRABCLAW STEW?

SOME WEEVIL EATIN' FREEBOOTER STARTED CRACKIN HIS WHIP AND MAKIN' LIEK HE WAS CRABCLAW'S NEW CAP'N. NARRRRR. CRABCLAW'S GONNA EAT THIS PIGGY.

CRABCLAW STEW WOKE UP ON A STINKIN DECK SURROUNDED BY BILGE SWILLIN' PRIVATEERS.

THEY GAVE CRABCLAW STEW A MOP AND TOLD HIM TO SWAB THE POOP. CRABCLAW OBEYSFOR NOW

CRABCLAW WAITS.

CRABCLAW PLANS.

YAAARRR. CRABCLAW'S DAY WILL COME.

CRABCLAW STEW IS THE BEST SWAB EVER TO SAIL THE SEVEN SEAS.

CRABCLAW FOUND SOME SEAWEED.

CRABCLAW CONVINCED ONE OF THE LANDLUBBIN' MONKEYS WORKIN THE GALLEY TO TRADE JOBS. YAAARRR.

CRABCLAW IMPRESSES THE CAP'N WITH HIS PIG SURPRISE. CRABCLAW SPOILED THE RUM.

THEY SAY CRABCLAW'S GOTTA FIGHT OWLBEAR. CRABCLAW'S GONNA HAMMER THIS YELLOW BELLIED BILGEWORM INTO THE DE

CRABCLAW STEW WOKE UP ON THE SAME STINKIN' SHIP STILL SURROUNDED BY SCURVY INFESTED BLAGGARDS.

CRABCLAW WAITS.

CRABCLAW PLANS.

CRABCLAW COLLECTED SOME FINGERS.

THEY SENT CRABCLAW AND SOME HOOMANS INTO THE DRINK TO COLLECT THE CAP'NS DINNER.

CRAB BATTLE

YAAARR. CRABCLAW SKEWERED 4 BEEFCLAWS ON HIS SPEAR. THE HOOMANS SWAM IN CIRCLES AND MOSTLY DROWNED.

CRABCLAW STEW'S HAD WORSE GIGS.

CRABCLAW CONVINCED SALTY-HOOMAN TO TRADE JOBS. CRABCLAW STEW IS LORD OF THE RIGGING. YAAARRR.

A BARREL FELL ON SALTY-HOOMAN DOWN IN CRABCLAW'S BILGE. SALTY-HOOMAN GOT ITSELF FLATTENED. SALTY-HOOMAN SHOULD HAVE BEEN BIG LIEK CRABCLAW STEW.

THEY TOLD CRABCLAW TO TAKE A FAT TUB OF A SHIP. YAAARR. FINALLY SOME PROPER PIRATING. SOME OF THE HOOMANS WENT TOO BUT MOSTLY THEY SWAM IN CIRCLES AND DROWNED.

CRABCLAW PICKED UP THE BOW LEGGED MATE AND DROPPED HIM OV'R THE POOP. YAAAR. NOW HIM AND HIS STUPID POKING STICK AAARR SHARK FOOD.

CAP'N HAAAARRGAN AWARDED CRABCLAW A MEDAL FOR HIS OUTSTANDING PIRATIN'.

YAR.

THIS CAP'N HAAARGAN AIN'T SO BAD.

CRABCLAW WAITS.

CRABCLAW PLANS.

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Talking points from the D-dog

had a rough start.
management doesn’t seem to like me. this is confusing.
they are undervaluing their core competencies
will have to talk to the current head of HR. maybe make some changes.

starting to assemble the crew.
lost our numbers/motivational person to a suspicious barrel incident.
made some necessary cuts to prevent future losses.
currently headhunting a replacement. got a number of new applicants.
one in particular looks promising. has a good face for it?

all for now.
remember to feed your eagle.

peace.

drakkar noir,
future CEO
the shackles

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FRACAS EVENT RECORD - Serial Number: 4NG3V1N3-9003

Failure Reporting Analysis and Corrective Action System
FRACAS EVENT RECORD

Serial Number: 4NG3V1N3-9003
Date: 092/01/69+4793
Time: 09:00:13

Objective: Collect 8 barrels of water
Location: ‘Bonecrack Isle’ (pejorative, Shackles vernacular – no correlation with actual nomenclature)
Scanning Geographical Database = Insufficient Info: 113/0578R4/333
Conducting Manual Hydrologic Survey Protocol
Resource Located: #po09347-90
Resource Contained: Y

Mainframe Downtime Category: Unscheduled
Life Cycle Phase: FAILSAFE OPERATION – Switching to Standby Mode
Relevant: Y
PM: N
Part Number: 650-000029

FSE Name:
Grindylow spp
Birgus latro
Dermatobia hominis
Ankheg spp
Ghoul – Multiple classes
Choker – Viniferous subtype
Anopheles gambiae
Gymnothorax javanicus

FSE Number: Variable
Problem: Power Generator Repair
Action: REPLACE SWITCH, CURE OPTIC LENS 2, ALIGN RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS RECORD, DEFRAG
Reliability Code: ATF-STK-PRI-RT-XAX-001

STATISTICS
Current Status: I
Number of Fails: 3
Number of Assists: 3
Number of Others: 4
Total Events: 8 (9th Event In Process at Scheduled FRACAS Evaluation)
Total Downtime Hours: 8.72
Scheduled Downtime Hours: 8.0
Unscheduled Downtime Hours: 0.72
Outage Duration: 00:43:30:17

System: DMD
Subsystem: XS
Assembly: HRN
Subassembly: M3S
Sub-subassembly:
Reliability Code: DMD-XS-HRN-M3S-002

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The story so far...
At least as I'm concerned

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STORMS BLOW, DRY LAND SUCKS
NEED TO GO BACK TO THE SHIP

CRABCLAW STEW DOESN’T UNDERSTAND HOO-MANS.

FIRST CAPTAIN PUG SAILS THE SHIP INTO A STORM AND FILLS IT WITH WATER…. THEN THEY TOLD CRABCLAW TO GO ON LAND TO LOOK FOR MOAR WATER?

YAR WHATEVAR, ANOTHAAR DAY ANOTHER DOLLAAR. TIME TO GET PAID!


ONE OF MY HOOMENS DECIDED TO CLIMB A TREE TO GET A COCONUT.

DID YAAR KNOW HOOMANS CAN’T CLIMB?

CRAB BATTLE

CRABS 1, HUUMIN 0


SOME POOR HUAMAN LEFT THEIR HEAD STUCK TO A POLE. CRABCLAW’S GONNA INVESTIGATE.

OH GOD THE BEES WHHYYYY AAARRRRRRRGGGHHHHWHYYYY GETAWAYY AARRGGGRRRR DIRT SWIM!!!1

OOOH CORN


ARRR. CRABCLAW SMELLS BOOTY ON THIS ISLAND BUT CRABCLAW’S HOOMENS KEEP ON DYIN. WHAT’S A PIRATE TO DO?

THEY WANT TO CAMP OUT, CRABCLAW STEW’S GONNA TAKE A DIRTNAP.

YAAAR. NOTHIN DISTURB’S CRABCLAW’S STEW BEAUTY REST. THE HOMENS ARE TALKIN’ AT CRABCLAW SOMETIMES. CRABCLAW PRETENDS TO LISTEN!

CRABCLAW IS CLEVER.


THERE’S A SHACKFULLA TREASURE AND CRABCLAW’S GONNA GET IT.

NAAAR MY HUMENS ARE GETTING THEMSELVES KILLED BY VINES. CRABCLAW’S GONNA STACK EM UP AND TAKE EM BACK TO THE BOAT. THIS IS WHY CRABCLAW STEW MAKES THE BIG BUCKS. YAAR.

CRABCLAW FOUND A SPYGLASS. CRABCLAW’S POWER GROWS!


THAT GRINDYLOW GOTTA NICE HAT. CRABCLAW’S GONNA GRINDYHAVE IT.

NAAAR CRABCLAW DID NOT GET THAT GRINDYHAT.

HUUMAN-GUY FOUND AN EEL. GOOD FOR HUMA-GUY. CRABCLAW FOUND A SHRUBBERY.

CRABCLAW HATES DIRT-ISLAND.


NAAAAR ONE OF THE SCRUVY HUMANGS BIT CRABCLAW. AFTER ALL CRABCLAW DONE FOR THEM?

CAN’T BREATH. NEED TO GO BACK TO THE SHIP.


YAAAR, ISLAND PLUNDERED. TIME TO HEAD BACK TO THE SHIP (AND THE SEA) WHERE CRABCLAW STEW FEELS SAFEST OF ALL.


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Ye Loot from S & S, Pt. 2 & 3 (5.21.2017 + 6.24.2017)
So Stew Can't Steal All of It

Drakkar & Stew’s Grand Adventure:
Cash:
45 gp
Magic:
Ring of Swimming – Angevine
Wand: Cure Moderate Wounds (Charges ?) -Stew
Mundane (net value = 1315 gp):
Silver Shoe Buckles x3, 5 gp each
Ghoul Wedding Ring, 50 gp
Silver Hatpin, 5 gp
8 Courtier’s Outfits, 30 gp each
Silver Tankard, 30 gp
5 lbs. Pepper, 10 gp
Silver Locket, 45 gp
Chellish Perfume, 3 bottles, 15 gp each
Manticore Spine Chopsticks, 15 gp
Spyglass, 750 gp
Gold Buckle, 25 gp
Pearl Scabbard, 75 gp
3 Obsidian nuggets, 10 gp each
Silver-chased Flask, ?

Battle for The Promise:
Cash:
311 sp
336 gp
2 Plunder Points’ worth of Silks, Money, and Loot
Magic:
Bracers of Armor Plus 1 to sell
Hospitality’s Hammock drakkar
Potion: Blur ?
Potion: Cure Light Wounds ?
Potion: Cure Moderate Wounds ?
Screaming Bolts x3 – ?
Scroll: Scorching Ray -/
Tidewater Cutlass (Plus 1 scimitar, CL3, 3 plus best mental stat) drakkar
Wand: Magic Missile, 18 charges -?
Mundane (net value = ~155 gp)
MW Handaxe
MW Cat o’ Nine Tails
Black Adder Venom, 1 dose
Oil of taggit, 8 doses
Composite shortbow, +3 Str
Punching Dagger
6 Gold teeth, 5 gp each
Snuffbox, diamond studded, 100 gp containing a fine gray powder
Wedding ring, 25 gp

Grindylow Lair:
Cash:
120 gp
Magic:
+1 Crossbow bolt x4
Besmara’s Tricorn -Lani
Feather Token, Anchor -?
Lesser Bracers of Archery Biff
Wand: Mirror Image, 23 charges Angevine
Whale Skull “Spellbook” = Alter Self, Black Tentacles, Blur, Touch of Idiocy, Vampiric Touch, Color Spray, Enlarge Person, Slow, Daylight, Hypnotism Angevine
Mundane (net value = 2020 gp):
Silver Spearhead
8 4lb Silver Ingots, 20 gp each
Shark Scrimshaw w/12 Gold Rings, 250 gp
Hooked tooth with 6 pearls, 75 gp x 6
Shark Jaw Scrimshaw Fetishes, 250 gp
Walrus Scrimshaw Map of the Shackles, 400 gp
Orca Jaw Harp, 500 gp
5 Silver Buttons, 2 gp each

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Somewhere in the Shackles

For days (and nights), the Sick Bay hatch is locked to all but Sandara – who creeps in and out with uneaten meals and supplies for the various minor medical emergencies of life at sea.

Through portholes, the clucking and clicking of Polyglot can be heard. Wails, yelps, and delighted cooing punctuate the hushed, rhythmic Mwangi plosives. Less frequently, mechanical noises whirr and thrum.

A cloistered week, then a malnourished Shivikah and Angevine, wig askew, emerge struggling with a heavy, black bundle between them.

“During scheduled downtime, this unit reviews relevant databases.

A scan of Identification and Flag Protocols has determined that this vessel needs a new and unaffiliated private signal before it enters the waters of destination Rickety Squib.

Swab unit Shivikah indicated ability to manufacture textile products from component parts synthesized by this unit.

Flag actualization team utilized specifications from ‘traditional’ private signals of this region and coupled them with a visual representation of the vessel’s current title.

Crewperson Shivikah has most capably interpreted the translation and is now at liberty to return to Swab duties.

Pending approval from appropriate leadership, you may install this signal on the main mast.

Probability of raising suspicion of local populace is reduced by 37% when the scenario considers the variable: unique and legitimate-appearing identifier.

That is all.”

Angevine and Shivikah try to unfurl and hold their burden aloft. After Sandara hurries to support the center of the mass, this image can be seen:

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CRABCLAW'S PROMISE

ALIRGHT YE SCURVY TUBE WORMS LISTEN UP CUZ CRABCLAW’S ABOUT TO LAY DOWN THE CODE O’ THE SEA

SUBSECTION A.

ARTICLES I. – LI.

1. THE SEA DON’T CARE

2. IF YE CAUGHT SHERKIN YE GET THE PLANK

3. IF YE DESERT THE SHIP IN BATTLE YE GET THE PLANK

4. NO GUNS IN THE HOLD, LEST YE GET THE PLANK

5. YE SHALL OBEY YER CAPTAIN IN ALL RESPECT OR YE GET THE PLANK

6. ALSO CRABCLAW STEW

7. IF YA SQUEEL YE GET THE PLANK

8. NO PREY, NO PAY

9. IF YE BE CAUGHT DRUNKARDLY DURING TIME OF ENGAGEMENT YE SHALL SUFFER THE PLANK

10. GAMBLIN’, CARDIN’, DICE’N AND DRINKIN’ MUST BE CONCLUDED BY 8PM

11. THE FIRST TO SPOT A SAIL GETS FIRST PICK O’ THE BOOTY

12. GOOD QUARTERS TO BE GIVEN WHEN CRAVED

13. IF YE GOT QUARREL WITH YE FELLOW, YE MUST DUEL

14. DON’T DRINK SEA WATER

15. IF YE DUEL ON THE SHIP, YE GET THE PLANK

16. KEEP YER CUTLASS CLEAN

17. IF YE WISH TO TAKE OUT YON DINGY OR JOLLY-BOAT YE MUST SIGN YE NAME TO THE LIST AND AWAIT THE APPOINTED HOUR, OR YE GET THE PLANK

18. IF YE CANNOT SIGN YER NAME YE GET THE PLANK

19. YE MUST LEARN TO SHARE

20. IF YE CANNOT COOK, YE WILL BE COOKED

21. IF PARLAY IS ASKED PARLAY MUST BE GIVEN

22. IF YE KILLED A MAN YE BEST HAVE REASON

23. IF YE SURVIVE THE PLANK YE GET THE PLANK AGAIN

24. IF YE SERVIVE THE PLANK A SECOND TIME YE GET MAROONED WITH NO MORE THAN ONE (1) BOTTLE OF RUM OR ONE (1) SHOVEL

25. THE COLOR RED IS FORBIDDEN ON BOWLS

26. IT’S A CRAB EAT CRAB WORLD

27. ONCE YE HAVE THEIR BOOTY, YE NEVER GIVE IT BACK

28. A DEAL IS A DEAL

29. IF YE BREAK A DEAL, YE MUST FACE THE WHEEL

30. THE STRONGEST EMOTION IS THIRST

31. A PIRATE WITH NO SHIP IS NO PIRATE AT ALL

32. IF YE HAVE NO WHEEL, YE GET THE PLANK

33. ALL LIVESTOCK MUST BE DECLARED TO THE QUARTERMASTER

34. PEOPLE CAN BE CHUMS, AND CHUM CAN BE PEOPLE

35. IF IT’S YE BIRTHDAY YE GOTTA SING OR YE GET THE PLANK

36. IF YE BROKE IT, YE BOUGHT IT

37. IF YE FIXED IT, YE ALSO BOUGHT IT

38. IF YE BOUGHT THE PLANK, YE GET THE PLANK

39. PIRATES HATE WATER

40. TO BET A PIECE OF EIGHT, YE MUST POSSESS A PIECE OF EIGHT

41. PIRATES LOVE FREEBOOTIN’

42. IF YE DROWNED, YE DESERVED IT

43. ANY WHO REFUSE TO SERVE GET THE PLANK

44. NO ONE TALKS TO THE CAPTAIN ALONE

45. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, FOR REAL

46. NEVER SLEEP WITH TEH CAPTAIN’S SISTER

47. PIRATES HATE LAND

48. NEVER SWIM AFTER EATING

49. THE BIGGEST EATS FIRST

50. A BATH A DAY KEEPS THE CARPENTER AWAY

51. IF YE BREAK THE CODE, YE GET THE PLANK

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