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|Complete:||Isabella of Castile|
Sir Francis Drake (c. 1540 – 28 January 1596) was an English sea captain, privateer, slave trader, naval officer and explorer of the Elizabethan era. Drake carried out the second circumnavigation of the world in a single expedition, from 1577 to 1580, and was the first to complete the voyage as captain while leading the expedition throughout the entire circumnavigation. With his incursion into the Pacific Ocean, he claimed what is now California for the English and inaugurated an era of conflict with the Spanish on the western coast of the Americas, an area that had previously been largely unexplored by western shipping. (Source: Wikipedia)
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|Type:||Sailing ( 1)|
Yes, you! I need your help. Come here so I don't have to shout. Close the door and put some furniture in front of it so we are not disturbed. This is a delicate matter.
|2||A private talk|
You were sailing the Caribbean waters looking a bit lost. So I thought I might give you a job. But first get some food on the table. I don't like to talk with empty belly.
I had a business here and now I need to transport some cargo back to England. I can't fit it all into my ship. But I will need some assurance that it is safe with you.
|4||Clear up space|
Good, that is enough assurance for now. If you have your ships full of rocks or something, just deposit it here. We can continue after you have cleared some space.
You will be transporting a cargo with high demand on the virtues of the crew. And by that I mean gold. Get your men here so we can talk. I'm a good judge of character.
|6||I trust you but...|
They don't look like thieves. But appearance can deceive. So the gold will be locked in iron chests with heavy locks. And the key will be with me at all times.
|7||And keep it quiet|
Get your ships ready. Finish any repairs needed and let's set sail. We will bring the gold on board after dark. We don't want the Spanish to get a whiff of it.
It's all completely legal. The Queen Elizabeth herself gave me her blessing. I don't want to hear any complaints now. Here, shut your mouth with some food.
|9||Fill up the chests|
I see you have some treasures of your own. Put the precious stones in the chest too. They will be safe there. I will return them to you when we arrive, no worries.
|10||On we sail!|
The Lord Admiral is expecting the report of my mission. Let's not leave him waiting. Let's just pick up a special treat for him on our way. He loves good wine.
|11||And here we are|
Back in London. I have to hurry to the Naval Offices to give my report. I am sure you can find a pleasant tavern to spend the evening in. Just have enough coin on you.
|12||Rest and repair|
I've been given some time off. But I expect I'll be sent on a mission soon. If you want to join me I would be glad. For now you can make some upgrades on your ships here.
|13||The old enemies|
Gather your crew, the new mission is here. We are to sail around South America and explore the coast beyond. And as before, hinder the Spanish where possible.
|14||A bad start|
We must have chosen the worst date to sail out. This storm is unbelievable. We have to turn back. My ship is already leaking. Some repairs will be necessary.
|15||She was old anyway|
The voyage across Atlantic went well this time. However, it looks like one ship is rotting. We'll have to transfer the provisions to the remaining ships and burn her.
I must be sailing in the steps of Magellan because I too unearthed a plot to overthrow me. Let's send the fools to the sea bottom with a large rock tied to their legs.
We will wait out the winter here. A fine wine will surely buy us the favour of the locals and make them a bit more relaxed. We don't want them to attack us one morning.
|18||Surely get insured|
The spring is here and we can continue. Still, the waters of Magellan's Strait look dangerous. I hope you paid the insurance for our ships.
|19||Last one floating|
Well, the insurance will come in handy as only my flagship made the passage. But we shouldn't lose hope. While we are still alive we can complete our mission.
What a beautiful catch! This Spanish ship was full of Chilean wine. And the wine is not bad. Order your men to carry it aboard. And watch them so they don't drink it all.
|21||Swift as the wind|
And there I see another promising prey. The Spanish galleon wants to escape us but we won't let them. Get rid of unnecessary cargo so we can pick up speed.
|22||Dine with thy enemy|
The ship is ours and the treasure inside too. Have you ever seen so much gold and jewels together? Let's thank the Spanish captain for this gracious gift over a dinner.
|23||Into the deep|
I am almost sad to let her go, but we don't have enough men to sail the Spanish galleon. So we will sink her. Fill her up with rocks so that she will go down faster.
|24||I do have a heart|
We will let the captives go on the nearest inhabited island. Leave them some gold to purchase their way home. No one can call me heartless after this.
|25||Armed and dangerous|
Let's head north now. I hope we will encounter more treasure ships on our way. Have you salvaged some weapons from the Spanish? We could use them now.
|26||On the sand|
A short stop on land will do us good. We will anchor here. Send a part of your crew to look around and the rest should build a camp. I can't wait to sleep on solid ground.
While you were exploring we encountered the natives living on the coast. We couldn't understand a thing they said but they gave us some food. Let's return the favour.
|28||A hut on the beach|
As a captain I have the right for a better housing than the crew. And the mosquitos are making me insane. I need a temporary shack where I can sleep undisturbed.
This land is pleasant, the natives trusting, the perfect place to found a settlement. I have already chosen a few men to stay here. Leave them provisions for the start.
|30||This land is ours!|
With this settlement I claim this land as the colony of England with the name Nova Albion. Engrave this into a stone on the beach to make it clear to all newcomers.
|31||Long journey ahead|
It's time to continue our voyage. Crossing the Pacific is always risky so we must prepare for it accordingly. The natives should be willing to sell us the provisions.
|32||Will of iron|
We might spend the next few months on the ship until we encounter land. We'll need not only iron will but also discipline. There can't be another mutiny while we sail.
|33||I like it here too|
I know the men feel good here and don't want to spend months cramped in a ship again. But it's time to leave. Go find them. I want them lined up on the deck in an hour.
|34||The right persuasion|
You know what always works on sailors? Alcohol. Just give them some and they will cease their grumbling. I believe I still have some of the Chilean wine in my cabin.
|35||On the sea again|
How long are we sailing now? I have lost count. I even got sea sick after the last storm. Me, a seasoned sailor! What a shame. Maybe some food will settle my stomach.
Bring all the paddles and boards you can find! We hit a reef and now we are stuck. We need to free the ship from the rocks. Further away is a beach where we can anchor.
We are off the rocks now. But the ship is seriously damaged. Take away all the cargo we don't need lest it drags us into the deep. Without it we should make it.
|38||My hard earned gold|
A few chests with gold have fallen through the breach in the hull. It hurts me to leave them here. Go back to the reef and look if you can find any of them still intact.
|39||Get her on the beach|
You have found some of the lost gold, I see. Well done! Now come and help us find a good anchoring spot for the ship. The ship will not stay on the surface much longer.
The damage is extensive but with the right materials and tools we can repair her. Take some men with you and go find the locals. Hopefully, they will be willing to help.
|41||We come in peace|
Here they are, looking savage as expected. Leave the negotiations to me. I'm quite good at foreign languages. You take care of the food for a feast after we strike a deal.
|42||Deal is sealed|
I had no doubts we would come to an understanding. The locals will provide all the tools we need. Just go cut down some trees for the planks and we can begin the repairs.
|43||Our part of the deal|
I promised the natives that we would transport the material for their new temple in return for their help. I know you have some experience with such a heavy cargo.
|44||Give them a bit|
The ship is seaworthy again. Give the people some gold, they have been very helpful. Not just lending us tools but also working with us on the repairs. They deserve it.
|45||Last taste of fruit|
Pack up your things, lads! We are leaving. Eat a fill of something nourishing while you can because soon you will be on the plain ship rations again.
|46||The way is clear|
Weight the anchor and set the course to Cape of Good Hope! That is our passage back home. This is a well known route and we should make it without any troubles now.
|47||Ship is a bit empty|
I must have been too excited to get on board again for I haven't noticed we are missing some of our crew. Go back to the islands and find them. They are needed.
|48||All is going well|
This is how I imagined our voyage. Blue sky, calm sea and strong wind carrying us forward. Today we will enjoy a dinner on the deck, my friend.
|49||Iâ€˜m so excited!|
Stow the cargo into the casks, sweep the deck, fasten the sails. We want to look good when we sail into the port. A little bird told me the Queen herself will welcome us.
Before we enter the docks, go into the city and get me some new clothes. I can't meet the Queen looking like a beggar. Green brocade fits me best.
You can call me Sir Francis from now on. What an honor to be a knight of Her Highness! Now let us oversee the unloading of the treasure chests. I don't want to lose a coin!
|52||Reward for everyone|
All the men that endured this harsh voyage with us will get their share of the treasure. Make them line up so I can give each their gold and my thanks. They deserved both.
I have received a letter from the royal court that I am to be the new Mayor of Plymouth. The official gathering followed by a dinner will be tomorrow. You are invited.
|54||Water is life|
I am famous now but that doesn't mean I will shirk this job. I know just the thing Plymouth needs. A water tank that will serve as the water supply for the whole town.
|55||I like countryside|
I am a seaman and so I will probably return to sea soon. But every man needs a place to call home. So I have purchased a house in the country. Now just to furnish it.
|56||Not a party person|
My wife wants to make a party in our new home. I don't care much for such social activities, but she can be persuasive. Just make sure we have some wine too.
|57||Elegance is needed|
You can come to the party too, of course. Just buy something suitable to wear. I have invited some important people now that I have been promoted so try to blend in.
|58||Resting time ends|
Listen, we have more trouble with the Spanish. I know this is not your war, so I will not drag you into it. Just help me prepare and I won't forget what I owe you.
Your crew is as capable as are yourself. If any of your men want to join the Royal Navy we will welcome them with open arms. I hope you won't begrudge them for leaving.
This is it, my friend. Soon I will have to leave to battle the Spanish who dare attack us. But I can spare a moment to have one last dinner with you.