Heart of Oak

20150411

In the morning

  • Blackeye heads off to the library with Max and Reginald
    • Frederick greets us after a few minutes, carrying a load of papers and such
      • Many of the notes have to do with the cabala, a Jewish system for interpreting the Bible
      • Frederick explains a bunch of crazy stuff about destroying the plane of Netzach in the sephiroth
      • The one who destroys / resets the universe may then be able to control it after the “reset”
      • Isaac apparently had an instrument related to this resetting process, in conjunction with the philosopher’s stone
      • Egypt has a shore (“… beast did evil by the shore…”), so this may tie to our other Egyptian items from Tillman
    • Blackeye thanks Frederick, tips him a pound, and requests that he keep this research to himself
    • The 3 of us meander over to Blackeye’s apartment
      • As Max and Reg are hanging out in the front room, a man steps out of a corner in the kitchen and approaches Blackeye
        • Middle aged man, darker skin, black hair, does not provide his name and threatens death if Blackeye informs his friends
        • States that the love of Blackeye’s life will not be seen again
        • This is due to Blackeye’s lying and dealings with those who would destroy the world
        • “Don’t pull the lever”
      • Blackeye follows him out the back door to stop him, the mysterious man turns and is behind Jorgen with incredible speed
        • Warns Blackeye to just drop the discussion and leave in a peaceful manner
    • Reg hears Jorgen’s voice in the backyard, speaking with someone
      • Reg and Max head out to the back, but only see Blackeye on his knees in the garden, facing the back gate
      • Blackeye describes the man, explains what transpired, the man was unhumanly fast
      • Max checks the street on the other side of the gate, finds no one who might have witnessed the mystery man
      • There is no conclusive proof of any meeting with this man
  • We head back to The Dolphin
    • Prepare everything for departure the next day

We depart for another patrol the next morning

  • We head toward Brest
    • Uneventful day, wind out of NNE
  • It’s now going on twilight, someone cries out “Ship ahoy!”
    • At first, it’s too far to tell what it is, but seems to be heading toward us
    • The seaman notices the letters “BR” on the topsail (most likely indicates a French ship)
    • It’s a French coasting vessel: smaller than ours, could be merchant, not usually well armed
    • We are faster, we gain on them, as we approach they strike their colors with unexpected promptness
  • Max sends a large crew of marines to board and take the Maude
    • Reginald heads over to search the Maude
      • Captain’s log mentions powder, munitions, headed toward Normandy
        • Reg collects the log and numerous orders and maps
      • In crew quarters, nothing of interest
      • In the cargo hold, powder and crates of munitions are stuffed to the ceiling
    • Reg returns to The Dolphin, explains the situation
      • Decision is to tow the ship back
      • Thor determines that ship was headed toward Normandy, harbor of Aigre, to resupply the L’Embuscade
  • Decision is to tow the Maude back to Plymouth, unload, head to Aigre and take the L’Embuscade
    • We arrive by about 5:00 AM and the dock master arranges to unload the Maude
    • By 7:00, soldiers arrive to remove the prisoners
    • The Maude is completely unloaded by about 1:00 in the afternoon
  • We depart on our mission
    • Near the Jersey shore, we transfer the necessary crew to the Maude and begin our assault
    • As we approach the harbor, Sargeant Edward Morgan and some marines depart for the lighthouse mission
    • We retrieve Morgan when we realize that we need to wait until high tide to access the harbor
    • The next evening, we attempt our assault again
      • The L’Embuscade appears to be anchored near the fort
      • A number of luggers are collected in two locations deeper in the harbor, closer to the town
      • We are approached by a pilot vessel, the “pilot” fellow boards the Maude to bring us in
      • As we are towed to the Ambuscade, we notice two longboats patrolling around the L’Embuscade
      • The four of us and a couple sailors board and determine that the ship is fully crewed
      • We return to the Maude after explaining that we’d prefer to load the supplies in the morning
      • Our plan is to use cannon to blast the longboats, grapple to the L’Embuscade and get everyone over there
  • Our attack begins!
    • The blast to the longboat splinters the side and bottom of the longboat
      • A couple guys killed outright, most others incapacitated or stunned
    • We’re up against the L’Embuscade and start boarding
      • We immediately take out the 10 Frenchies that were on deck
      • Among other great feats, Max gets an incredible nut shot on his opponent, and Reginal slices a man’s waist like a side of beef
    • Battle continues as nearly all of our party is now on board
      • Another wicked nut shot brings down Max’s foe, and Reginald takes down his opponent with devastating slashes from his sword
      • French soldiers arrive on deck; both Max and Reginald are shot in the face
      • Max engages an officer, who attempts to shave Max’s testicles with a small sword
        • Max dispatches him for his rudeness
    • We continue to fight boldly until the remaining French surrender
  • Our escape…
    • We have some of the able French move their wounded to the Maude, the rest jump over to swim for shore
    • Three longboats are readied to tow us out, because the wind has died
    • Two dozen plus longboats start toward us from the privateers deeper in the harbor
    • The fort now awakens, calls out to the presumed captain of the L’Embuscade, and begins firing
      • The L’Embuscade takes a fairly minor hit
    • Our new ship begins slowly moving toward the mouth of the harbor
    • The fort continues to fire on us, splinters our center mast
    • We return with an excellent shot into the fort, followed by smoke and fire visible in the fort
    • We continue to take fairly minor damage from the fort, but continue to pound it hard in return
      • One spectular hit explodes like fireworks and we see people falling into the water
    • We eventually make it to the mouth of the harbor
      • Some of the privateers are now moving
      • There are still some longboats following us
      • Surprisingly, the fort continued firing long after we thought we’d be out of range
        • These guns appear to have a range of about 1.5 miles
    • We pick up our marines from the lighthouse
    • We make our way toward the Dolphin at our now reduced “maximum speed”
    • At Jersey we pick up the Dolphin and return to Plymouth
      • We receive accolades and a ceremony is prepared
      • All Captains and Lieutenants receive 250 pounds
      • At the ceremony, each of us receives a superb sword

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