Pirate's Choice

Donal Blackstock aproaches The Silk Glove with a note he has received, apparently from Dann Chiral.


I hope that you will forgive the impertinence if you find this letter over-familiar, but if you read on you will see that it is important that I come quickly to the point. Up until yesterday morning I had the privilege of hosting your daughter, one Livia Blackstock, as a passenger on board my ship, The Scalpel out of Fortuna. She was taking passage aboard our humble vessel after her previous captain got into some difficulties off the north coast of The Anvil.

I should say sir that there are few aboard my ship that might call themselves gentlemen and that we are not a vessel that is equipped with many private cabins. I hope that you will forgive me sir, but I placed your daughters virtue in the hands of our ship's magician, one Abe of Fortuna, late of the mercenary group that name themselves The Silk Glove. I assure you sir that her virtue was safe in his company as he was notoriously uninterested in the fairer sex.

I am afraid to say sir that the cowardly magician turned coat and the absence of his care led directly to the death of your daughter. As the captain of the ship, I take some responsibilitiy for this death and I assure you sir that the cur was executed for his failings.

Do not mourn overmuch sir, for I have taken the liberty through divine arts, of having your daughter brought back to life, and she is with me now as I write this note. Unfortunately, the great cost of the ritual, added to the significant cost of her berth over the last six weeks have meant that she is considerable debt. I have made her a loan to cover these debts from the ship's accounts at as reasonable a rate of interest as you will find aboard any vessel of this kind.

I hope that you understand sir that on board a vessel such as mine it is vital that the crew understand that the rule of law applies to every person aboard, from captain to cabin boy. Your daughter is required by the laws of the ship to repay her debts from her wage from the moment that they are owed. I have taken the liberty of granting her a position in my crew where she may over time repay the debt, I have set a generous wage and calculated that if she takes on as much work in this line as the crew can provide then within five years she will have secured her freedom from indenture.

Unfortunately sir, life on board a ship of this sort can go very hard on the looks of a young woman, and as the only work I can hope to find her relies very much on her keeping her looks, she may not be able to complete her repayment within the five years. That being the case I will seek to recoup any outstanding monies owed in the copper mines of Saint Calder.

If sir, you wish to make a settlement in the affairs of your daughter, the debt at the time of writing stands at 18,200 pieces of gold. If tomorrow evening, as the sun sets, I see a lone figure standing by a smoking fire at Colt Point, then I will assume that it is you and bring your daughter to you in return for the payment of her debt.

Kindest regards,

Captain Dann Chiral

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