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The Lost Gold of the Chantry

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Date.pngWinter  951

Location.pngDemons Run

Characters.pngCrew of the Deamon's Run

Players.png@Jax, @Claire, @Zyah_Rayne, @Flapjack, @Kai, @Momo, @Gali10

Requirements.pnggroup

Notes.pngWhile Barty has to prove he is capable to captain the Demons Run and be a member of the Leviathan Brotherhood, Erik is left in charge and what better way to prove his fitness as Captain...then to find a lost Chantry Treasure trove.

Links.pngPassing on the Torch, Leviathans Court

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So, that was it.

He had done as Barty instructed and left him where he had been guided to, he would know when to go back for him, but for now, they were without a Sextant. It was a good job he was a bloody brilliant Navigator.

The mood was ureadable, with Barty being all mysterious and Erik not telling anyone anything, the Crew had been on edge. Erik would have loved to have told them that thier Captain had to prove himself once more, prove himself a capable Captain after the bloody mutany and loss of the Sextant. and he had to prove to the Fucking Brotherhood that he had a right to sit amongst them.

In trade they had taken him to where the Sextant had guided them and left thier Captain, that and the news that Eriik was the interim Skipper and they had the Seer accompanying them, no pressure then. Thankfully Whitford had been a tower of strength and he had been the one to suggest this. What more would settle an uneasy crew then gold, loads of gold.

He had sat up with the Quatermaster all night, swapping tales of thier sea faring adventures and both had told versions of the tale of the Antivan vessel, Lady of the Seas. An old tale but one that had been around for decades, the tale went that a big fat Antivan Merchant vessel carrying a hold full of Chantry gold had vanished, simply vanished, her last known location had been the Siren Isles.

A dangerous place, no captain dared risk his crew or ship against the rocks or the harsh winds that blew up around those islands. Steeped in myth and tales of mythological beasts, the vessel had been left to the ages. Any other Captain might have balked at it but, Erik knew the crew needed something to do, something to sink thier teeth into and if there were winds of a tempestious nature, well those winds had obviously never met thier Windtalker.

He had called the rew together and now stood looking at them. He had told them his plan, what better way for thier Captain to return then to a hold full of gold. He told them about the Sirens Isles, any sea lover worth thier sea legs would know of that set of islands, somewhere in the middle of the Waking Sea, between Antiva and Fereldan. When he mentioned the vessel he saw some eyes light up, even the talk of that ship minds working.

And if it turned out to be a big old goose chase and the least they found was a Merchant ship, well if it belonged to the Princes then that was one up against those fuckers. the hold would be fat, maybe not thier prize but prize enough. Now he was waiting for thier opinion.

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Zaphina was busy counting supplies and notating things she needed when the crew was called before Erik. Now standing before him, she listened to what he had to say and the plan before them. She was in full support of the entire thing, for why join a ship and their crew if she wasn't going to agree to a bit of adventure! It would be hard work and Zap was prepared to help out in any other way she could other than her regular medic duties. Since the crew was much smaller than before, thanks to the mutiny, she knew she might have to step up. 

Regardless, the plan was spoken and she felt herself nodding with anticipation. 

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Keeping to the back of the group, Nesini gave a small nod of approval to the navigators plan. It was good to see him step up to the task Barty had given him, and try to keep the crew occupied. That, and the chantry tented to move more than gold, if they moved things. There might well be an old tome or two for her to claim.

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Finding Erik the Windtalker looked surprised, if not a little hurt when she'd heard what he was planning. Even though she knew Barty had told them to continue on in his absence she thought they'd at least wait around until he was done with his trial!

"Are you truly leaving Barty? Going off on an adventure without him?" The mage looked wounded, perhaps more so because it was Erik who was hurting her. It was times like these she regretted having feelings for the man, even considered cutting herself off from him to preserve her sanity and heart!

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Nyla leaned against the railing of the ship, her arms crossed while she listened to Erik give his spiel. "Why the hell not." She shrugged when it came her turn to give input. "It beats just sitting around here."

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Of all the voices on the old girl he expected to voice slight disapproval, Zenda was not one of them and he realised that she might actually think he was abandoning Barty, which was as far from the truth as you could get. 

He glanced at Whit and heaved a sigh. He couldn't tell them the real reason for the captains vacation, that would have to come from the Seer if anyone, and as tough as he was, he was not about to go against someone of that import and that magnitude of power. Besides if Barty didn't return he would have to deal with her and that just cheeped the hell out of him, but not all of them had to know, and she did say that she would do what she could to help him...

"I am following the captains orders Zenda" He evenly said "and when i - we go back to get him it will be with something nice in his cabin, take that however you like but this is the Captains wish, and these are my orders. We need something to occupy ourselves whilst the Old Man is doing what he has to do." 

He came down too the deck and unfolded the large map onto the deck beckoning them down so they could all get a look at it. "Now, Whit said the chantry ship went down about here" He pointed to the skoal of rocks that would hinder a direct approach to the island "I have no intentions of letting the Demons Run suffer that same fate and all along the north coast are wrecks of those who tried.  Zenda I'll need you to persuade the winds to give us safe passage to this inlet here, we'll talk about what you said later" His eyes met hers and his eyebrow quirked a little Trust me. 

"We'll leave a skeleton crew on board, Whit and the Kid can watch over them and make sure they do what they are told and they can ferry any prize back to the ship, Whit can then lock it in the captains cabin until we are done. We'll take one of the smaller boats and make our way to here, Whit, didn't you say that was the wreck of another merchant ship?"

If that was the case they could be picking up all sorts of bounty before they even reached the target "I know we are all strong swimmers so when we reach the wreck, if she is indeed there and its not some old sea shanty, we'll have to dive" He glanced at the Seer "any old books and stuff, thats the Lady Nesini purview, everything else is ours, agreed?" he sat back a litte on his haunches "any one wanna add anything?"

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The last few months were tough on Frei. She used to be a more cheerful person, but after the mutiny and everything that happened since then... She still had a positive attitude, but emotionally something was off. 

That didn't mean, however, that the carpenter wasn't planning on having fun on this treasure hunt. Especially when this was Erik's first big job as their leader, and she was very excited to get to support her friend. Plus, if they do find that chantry gold it will definitely be good for her booze stash. 

Speaking of which, the carpenter drank from her rum flask and offered it to Erik, "Nothing to add, but I think it's time for a good luck drink, no?" 

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The big carpenter stood arms folded listening. The navigator was stepping up. Big shoes to fill, but if he did this right then everyone would be happy. 

Raistlin had heard the stories, but thats all they were. Werent they? He leant over and nabbed his apprentices drink, took a swallow and handed it back. 

"Aye"  the huge ferelden rumbeled "count me in  if only to watch your pretty boy back....and Nylas arse"

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She did trust him and she knew Barty had told him to not wait around, that the Seer would let them know when he was done, so she accepted it and made her way to the Crows Nest. From there she could speak to the winds and command them to do her will. Bending them in the way Erik needed she used most of her power to get him through the little inlet. There was time for her to rest and recuperate, though when they left the ship with its skeleton crew Zenda would not be at her strongest.

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"My ass is fine." Nyla smirked at Raistlin and she meant that in every sense. "But you can watch it as much as you like." She winked at the towering Ferelden. The wind started up and Nyla looked up at the Crows Nest not surprised to see Zenda already at work. "I guess that settles it. Lets get to hunting for some treasure." The boatswain sauntered to her station and the crewmen assigned to her immediately went to work as well. 

Nyla was up for a good adventure, especially if it meant a decent payout and a some fun. She had to hand to Erik, this venture was a good way to keep them distracted with their captain gone.

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Erik stood at the Wheel, although this time it was Whitford who steadily guided her, using the kindness of the winds that Zenda held control over. His face remained unreadable, although seeing the masts that remained above the waterline scattered like so much flotsam made him almost give up. 

It was almost as if he could envision what had happened to the fabled vessel, and those that came maybe before and after it. Probably came in at full speed, or half mast, no windtalker or waterweaver to calm the frothing seas around them, the rocks hidden. He saw a couple of Templar Longships mixed in with the varying small merchant vessels. 

He glanced up at the Crows Nest, she would need to rest, he would take Raist, Nyla and Frel with him to look over the first three vessels that were more or less near to the shore line, let Zenda recover, he would need her at her best and if that meant she got some rest then so be it. It would take most of the day to scout those ships out anyway. 

"Raist, Frel, Nyla, with me" he jumped onto the deck and headed for one of the small boats "We'll make the first runs, give Zenda time to rest and recuperate, if she wants to that is?" He realised he was presuming, not something he should do where she was concerned, turning to the Seer and Zaphina he asked if they wished to come on the short runs. 

At the back of his mind the thought that Barty may not return surfaced like a poisoned thought and he had to quash it. 

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"If it is just rest for your Wind Talker you need, Captain, then I can offer my services in her stead." Nesini offered, but truth be told she wouldn't mind digging around in some of these wrecks herself. Particularly those Templar ships.

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Raist climbed in the boat next to Frei and then offering his hand let the Seer get in next. He set his war hammer to one side and took up a position by the oars. Whenever he was on boat duty they always had him rowing. He did not mind one little bit. Raist glanced at Frei and lent over. 

"I put a letter in your cabin" he whispered "from my sister" He straighted himself up. When the Raven had landed that morning he had intended to give her it then, but Erik had called them all together so he had no time really. 

He rolled his muscles. "So we getting this show on the road then? Thar be gold awaiting new owners. Namely US!" 

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Frei smiled brightly at Raist's news.

The carpenter never used to read and write. The Mariñelarena weren't book people, and she loathed the idea of breaking this tradition. The written word belonged to her mother's world - the world of nobles and templars and other people who made up rules to oppress others. 

However, she did technically know how to make sense of letters (even if she needed to read the words out loud before she could understand), and in recent months that knowledge was a real blessing. She and Nicky barely got to see each other, and Frei missed the redhead. Getting to know Raist's sister was easily the best, maybe only, good thing that happened to her in a long time. So for the first time in her life, she learned to look forward to reading. 

Still, the letters she sent back mostly contained beautiful drawings she drew for Nicky. Often of the two of them being intimate. She couldn't betray her people's traditions completely...

{excuse my not very short, not very on topic, post} 

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Zenda was about to move towards Erik to join him when Whit grabbed her arm and said, "Best to follow his words, lass." He advised, and Zenda turned to look at him, her brow furrowed.

"Why?" She asked incredulously. Then she flicked her gaze back to the departing small boats and then to Whit.

"Because he said so and though he assumed its best to let the crew see that even his assumptions are treated as orders." Whitford explained. He'd let go of her arm so she'd be able to follow them if she wanted, it was entirely her choice.

The mage sighed in frustration, annoyingly she agreed, though she did not like the reasoning behind it. The assumption was that Erik needed to bed in as captain and that was because they were assuming that Barty might not be coming back...

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Erik climbed in and with the big Carpenter began to row towards the shore. He would set up a signal to let Whit know when too collect the goodies. When they got there they had a choice of three or four wrecks to search. Erik decided the best course was to take two at a time. He sent Raist and Nyla to the nearest one and then with Frei and the Seer he went to the one next to them. Besides any chests on them then the big man could easily lift them.

Fuck he'd seen Raistlin put Barty over his shoulders at times when the Captain cut loose with his crew, and Barty was not light. Besides he had noticed things and the Carpenter seemed to up his game when he was working with Nyla. 

The Ship he went too was not as badly submerged as the other three. He had to have some admiration for the skipper of this ship, he'd managed to steer her to the shore with minimum damage. "Frei, you're a strong swimmer, head down to the lower deck, see what you can find. My lady Seer, if we search the captains cabin we might find something of interest to you."

Erik was understandably nervous around the Seer, after all she was the one who would decide the fate of his captain, she set the trials anyway or so his understanding of it was. The thought that he might have to go through that himself crept up on him and he pushed it down. No, Barty was the skipper, the Run was his ship and he was looking after her for him. 

"Whatever we find ladies, take it up to shore, if we find a chest leave it for the big man he'll collect it for us when he comes back."

 

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Zap stayed back on the ship, ready for any injuries that occurred and to check on Zenda when she needed. Ever since the Seer had come upon with them, she had felt slightly inadequate so she was not sure treasure hunting would be a good thing for her at the moment. With her mood slightly dampened, though she was entirely sure why, she made herself busy on the ship, ready when needed. 

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After separating from the others Nyla set toward one of the wrecks Erik mentioned. What he didn't mention was it was pretty broken up and more than half of the damn ship was submerged. "You gotta be fucking kidding me." She commented. What were the odds anything of value was still on the damn ship? Shrugging she smirked over at Raist. "Looks like its time to go for a swim." Not waiting for an answer she started toward the first of the two wrecks they were supposed to look into.  "You don't plan on me going by myself, do you?" She hollered over her shoulder as she began wading closer to the wreckage. 

Nyla noticed a gaping hole on the side of the ship and decided to enter through that way. She was a fantastic swimmer and it didn't take long before she climbing on what used to look like a merchant vessel. "Lets head for the captain's cabin first." Everyone knew the captain usually stored the best wares. Better odds were they would find something there. If not then they had plenty else to search on the ship.

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Raist shrugged and diving in after Nyla, he came through the same hole in the side that she did and came up next to her. His trousers sticking to him, of course this was going to be a recurring theme here, but he could see why Erik sent them together, they did work well together after all. He followed her to where the captain would have resided, the broken Skeleton not even causing him to bat and eyelid, he had seen worse. 

He crossed to an upturned and almost rotted desk, the maps that had sat here were scattered and probably not even legible now. It was the chest that caught his eye and resting his hands on Nyla's shoulder he turned her in the direction of the bounty. Small probably not a big haul but it was a start. 

"Rum on me when we finish this then?" he grinned and cocked his head "Should we take a look inside or leave it to Whitford?" 

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Like her crewmates on the other ship, Frei dove into the water and searched for an opening in the ship's hull. It didn't take long for her to find it and swim inside. 

She didn't find much in the first part of the ship she explored, the crew's quarters - a few bottles of booze, some coin and a handful of trinkets. But beyond a door that would only open after some hacking with her kama, there were three life-size golden statues of Andraste.

She happily swam back to the boat, bottles tied to her belt and coins and jewellery in her purses, excited to report about her liquifiable find. 

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Erik had been exploring in the crew quarters, nothing much of note, but a sealed container with what he suspected were old trade maps, were perhaps the most precious thing he found and he knew how valuable these were. 

When he surfaced and made his way back to shore he Saw Frei come up with the Andraste figurines held high. He picked her up and Swung her round, relieved that she had found something to make this into a worthwhile venture. 

He kissed her cheek and in thier native language said "Tu hermosa mujer inteligente" Now all he had to do was wait for Nyla and Raist, hoping they had found something, even if it was jewels, it would be something, and he would be happier. Going to the boat they came across in he started to load it with what little he had found, Frei's magnificent find and told the crewman to wait. 

He was grinning now. 

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Nesini was staring off into the middle distance, as she did so often, not really registering the world around her. When she snapped out it the others had already went off for their respective tasks, leaving her to search the Captain's Cabin, as Erik had suggested. A handful of coins and one very fancy necklace  came up for the crew. No valuable tomes for her, just old letters, charts and some old maps. She did find - and nearly threw away - two interesting bits. The ships planned course, and the Captain's diary, on the very first pages of which was a mention of his private retirement stash - naturally buried in a chest somewhere. Maybe they could go look for that if they found nothing here.

Not that she needed to have worried about that, as evidenced by the general excitement going on when she returned outside.

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(sorry had this on my list to do today)

Raist figured they might be better NOT opening it. That would be Erik or Whits prerogative. Lifting the chest onto his broad shoulders the big man hauled himself through the gap and out, hopefully Nyla would not be far behind him. He waded up to the shore and set the chest into the boat. He glanced at Erik wanting to see what the Navigator wanted. 

"OK Rai, open it up" Erik told him and watched as the Carpenter opened the Chest to reveal gold, a lot of gold, some jewels and maps, rooting at the bottom he found and old tome, dusty but with what looked like the Chantry seal etched into the front. At a nod from the Interim Skipper Raist turned and handed the book to the Seer bowing his head "I hope this is something you were looking for Lady Seer" He reverently spoke. 

You did not disrespect the Seer. Every Pirate worth thier salt knew that one. So he was more than careful about what he said "Nyla's on her way back" He jerked his thumb over his shoulder. 

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Having been retrieved by Nyla the mage walked up to their captain and asked what he needed. Clearly he needed her specifically otherwise he'd not have changed his mind about keeping her back at the ship.

"What do you need, captain?" She asked with a grin.

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