Heart of Oak

20150208

Our trip back home is uneventful

  • We arrive with both of our prizes intact
  • Blackeye heads to his apartment
  • Eoghan and Max manage the ships, get the seriously injured moved to a hospital
  • A young master waits at the dock as we pull in, gives a message to Thor
    • Thor immediately heads off to HQ with Reginald
    • Eventually, we are shown into the commodore’s office
      • Thor provides a full report, excluding references to the philosopher’s stone, the robed man, and any embarrassing events
      • We are given a week to obtain provisions, recruits and whatnot
      • Thor mentions the one unusual ship design and is asked to keep the navy apprised of any developments with the odd ship
    • We begin our return to the ship
      • Notice two figures lounging against a lamppost; they seem familiar
        • One is tall, 6’ 1", slender legs
        • Other is short, squat, very muscular, no neck
      • As we near, they approach us and we recognize the short one as Cletus “Chunk” Bratcher with Mr. Monk
      • These are a couple of Fawlks’ men from the Spanish jail
      • We are told to meet them in an hour at the Bull and Mouth pub
        • This is a pub in the seedier part of Plymouth, named after a battle where the English beat the French
    • We arrive back at the ship
    • Thor sends someone for Blackeye, with orders for him to proceed directly to Bull and Mouth if he can’t first return to the ship

We head off toward the Bull & Mouth

  • We take 3 marines with us
  • When we arrive, we hear a raucus commotion from within the pub
  • We enter
    • The stench of an old pub hits us; the place is packed
    • We believe we see Captain Fawlks at one end of the bar
      • Suddenly, we notice all the men in the pub glaring at us
    • Fawlks beckons us and we approach
      • Asks us to dismiss the marine so that we can discuss the events at Cornwall
  • Fawlks mentions that there is an interested buyer for some items we liberated from the Baron
    • He offers 25, then 50, then 200 pounds for an “instrument”
    • Fawlks claims that he’s only working for a separate interested party
    • Offers us either the 200 pounds or to allow our captured Spanish ship to be sold so that we’ll finally get paid
    • Thor decides to accept the offer for release of the Angel
      • Thor plans on trying to screw Fawlks
  • Thor sends the marines back to the ship while we wait for Blackeye
    • We loiter for a half hour
    • Max scouts the area for tactical advantage if we need to engage Fawlks’ people later
  • After waiting for a while, we head back and take a path toward Blackeye’s apartment
    • En route, we notice a commotion
      • Young master Gibbon, the messenger we sent, has been struck by a cab
    • We head up to Blackeye’s flat
      • Nobody answers the door

Back at the ship

  • We find Blackeye, who was unaware of the runner and the request to meet at the pub
  • On deck, we find a gentleman pacing, who turns to us upon our approach
    • The master shipwright describes the ships
      • The sloop is about 50 years old, doesn’t know why anyone would still have one
      • On the brig, they appear to have been building some sort of crane on the fore end of the ship, crane is missing
      • Both in fine shape, a lot of work done recently
      • There’s nothing extraordinary about them, the navy will likely not purchase them from us
    • Max inquires about the agent who is selling the Angel
      • Master shipwright says he seems to be a good guy, and works for himself
  • Max visits Doc Mather
    • No knife or bullet wounds in Gibbon
    • Can’t say for certain if he was bludgeoned or hit by a horse / cab
    • Reginald writes a letter to the boy’s parents
  • We meet in the captain’s quarters for food and discussion
    • Blackeye mentions that the love of his life is alive, and she’s been requesting some of the items we’ve retrieved
    • Blackeye has basically given a number of artifacts, including the “puzzle box” thing, to the Order
    • The Order of the Golden & Rosy Cross seems to be holding Abigail hostage
    • Blackeye has been ordered to not mention this to anyone, or he’ll never see Abigail again
  • Eoghan heads off to meet with his secret solicitor, who has been paying him for intel on our activities
    • Max follows Eoghan
    • The solicitor, John Bromley, meets with Eoghan
      • John mentions that Lord Mandrake is the individual who is requesting these reports
      • John states that working with Mandrake can further O’Malley’s career
      • Eoghan claims that he did not leave the ship, John knows better and dissolves their agreement
  • We search the brig
    • We find crates with pieces of models, which include parts of pyramids and what appears to be Egyptian terrain
    • Under the captain’s floorboards we find paperwork that will provide safe passage / harbor for the Mediterranean
    • Storage holds include normal provisions and a large amount of digging equipment
  • We search the sloop
    • In the ships quarters, behind a loose board, we find a Raggedy Anne doll with a leather pouch where the mouth would be
    • More ships provisions and digging equipment
  • Max, at John Bromley’s, sees a very fancy carriage pull up
    • Max sneaks up to the carriage and climbs underneath
    • Someone in a fancy outfit climbs into the carriage, and Max holds on for dear life as the carriage moves off
    • The carriage approaches the edge of Plymouth proper and is beginning to enter the suburbs
    • Max falls from the carriage, as the carriage continues on without slowing
      • The carriage footman notices, and yells at the driver to haul ass out of there
  • Max returns to the ship
    • We discuss plans for dealing with Fawlks
    • Since the cube thing was stolen, we decide to meet at a different pub and explain the situation to Fawlks

At the House of the Laughing Windows

  • Max heads to Fawlks’ location, pays someone to inform Fawlks of the change in location
  • Chunk & Monk eventually arrive, followed shortly thereafter by Fawlks, himself
  • Thor explains that the instrument has been stolen
    • Blackeye claims it was stolen from the ship
  • Blackeye is sent away
    • Fawlks tells us that Abigail has been dead for years, her funeral attended by numerous people
    • Fawlks’ employer is aware that Blackeye has been stealing these items and selling them to the highest bidder
    • Fawlks refuses to identify his employer and threatens Thor
    • Thor agrees to meet in the morning with Fawlks
  • We confront Blackeye, who claims to know nothing about this

Back at the ship

  • We speak with John Drake, who doesn’t know the immediate whereabouts of Blackeye’s apartment guard, but provides an address
  • Blackeye starts going through the notebook from Isaac the crazy, purple-robed nutjob
    • Seems to be different languages, some astronomical notes, other symbols Blackeye doesn’t recognize
  • The rest of us go to bed
  • The next morning Reginald takes Blackeye to see the doctor
    • Mather states that Blackeye is in fine health
    • After Blackeye leaves, Mather offers that Blackeye may have a disease of the mind: paranoia
  • Blackeye, Reg and Max head to Blackeye’s apartment
    • Leave a note stating that Blackeye has something, but he would like an update regarding Abigail
    • Decides to ask a question of Abigail that only she could answer
    • Reg notices a freshly dug spot in Blackeye’s garden
      • Reg digs out a leather bag containing 10 faceless gold coins
    • Reg finds a bush behind which to observe the apartment
    • Later on
      • Max hears someone approaching him on the stone wall where Max is hiding
      • Mr. Monk calls out to Max, Max tells Monk to shove off
    • Nobody seems to be showing up at the apartment
  • Blackeye heads to the university
    • Finds his old buddy student researcher, Frederick, offers 5 pounds to research the scribblings on the slate
    • Frederick explains the slate
      • It’s Hebrew written in English characters
      • The value of each letter is added up, those number produced the phrase at the bottom
      • Netzach generally translates to “eternity” and can mean endurance
    • Blackeye inquires about translating Isaac’s journal

We head off to speak with Fawlks

  • Thor states that John Bromley is the man who has the items
  • Fawlks disagrees, asks again to interrogate Blackeye for an hour
    • Offers to get the profits from the Spanish ship to us by tomorrow
  • Fawlks clarifies that it was not Bromley who left town yesterday via the carriage that Max was under
  • We depart and head back to the apartment
    • Max and Reg walk up to the door
      • The note appears to be missing
      • We pound on the door, then enter and search the apartment but find nothing
      • An old woman begins knocking on the door, and Max and Reg exit via the back door
      • The old woman mentions that she picked up the note for Mr. Hawkins
    • Blackeye arrives and gets stuck in a long, rambling conversation with the elderly landlady
  • Afterward, at the local pub, we discuss the landlady
    • She is suspiciously inquisitive and knows a lot about the current condition of the apartment
  • We head off to speak with John Hungerford, the “guard” of Blackeye’s apartment
    • The lady knows no one of that name at the address
  • We verify with John Drake that the name and address are correct
    • John confirms and says that the lady doesn’t sound like John’s woman

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