Welcome to Beat to Quarters, a Play-by-Post Text Roleplay set in 1741. It's the Age of Sail, and also the Age of Piracy here in the West Indies. Will you fight for King and Country and uphold the law here at the edge of colonial civilization? Or will you pillage and plunder to your black heart's content? The wind's a-blowin' and the sea awaits, so prepare for adventure...

The Tale So Far

September, 1741:

Madre de Dios, a Spanish galleon loaded with gold, is on her way back to Europe with her convoy. But an ambush lies in wait for her in the Inaguas the Sea Hound is planning a bold assault on the larger ship, her pirate crew willing to risk it all for gold and glory. But Sea Hound is both predator and prey, as the HMS Steadfast closes in for another encounter with her quarry. The deadly showdown between the three forces is fast approaching...

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After "Beat to Quarters" closed, "Before the Mast" is the site leading the stories in the West Indies... but in 1720. Active since August 2010.

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Captain of the Steadfast
Rodrigo Sol Valera
Captain of the Sea Hound

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 The Run-Around, tag: Sykes, later Georgina
Gilford Nelson
Posted: Jun 20 2011, 07:13 PM

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Gill was not looking forward to this meeting. He was a successful man, right? Shouldn't he have people to take care of things like this? Gill wasn't a hardass, he wasn't an intimidating person, he was a business man in all respects and he did not like getting hurt!

Gilford Nealson made his way to the Pure Poison in a mousy fashion as his mind ran with the dread of this meeting. He had done work for Joseph Sykes before and it was never an exceptionally pleasant affair. Usually, the bill went that he would give the info, Sykes would pay him a pretty penny and he would be on his way. Not this time, though... Sykes owed him. A lot. More than Gill was willing to let slide.

Still, the man was scary to do business with. Traveling along the muddy streets Gill stopped short in front of the popular bar and brothel. This was were he preferred to meet many of his 'patrons' since he could always count on the mistress there to keep the peace if trouble with transactions were ever had.

However, one never knew what dealing with Sykes was going to be like... Guess it depended on what his mood was like that day.

Either way, he had to get this over with!

Entering the tavern, Gill spotted his man at the bar talking to one of the girls. Coming over, he hesitated slightly before interrupting Sykes from his conversation.

"E-excuse me, Mr. Sykes? Nice to, um, see you well," he said, putting his hands behind his back so that the man-hunter wouldn't notice how nervous he was. "I believe we have some business to attend to?"
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