The Pretender God Chapt. 4 Part 6Life aboard the Wyvern was far from pleasant, if you were not an officer that is. The daily rations consisted of hardtack and rum, with a spot of salted pork and half a salty lime to prevent scurvy. And it fell to Sungam to help the other marines (all of whom, including himself, had to wear strange black uniforms) to keep discipline on board. However, it was all Sungam could do to keep his own discipline.The consequences for not falling in line were severe. Floggings were regular, and Sungam had to perform several himself. The proud Paladin also couldn’t stand how, after the “bridge incident”, everyone on the ship assumed he was daft. They all took the time to explain things very slowly and carefully, fearful that he wouldn’t understand, or just trying to mock him. He had also gained the nickname “Bridgy.”However, for the Pretender and his loyal captain, Saebert, life at sea was at least somewhat comfortable. Not having to live in the berth
The Pretender God Chapt. 4 Part 5It had been but a fortnight since that fateful eve, when all of Halkan’s Landing lay in fear of flames’ encroachment. And now in the wake of such dire straits, a ship prepared to depart, having survived a fiery fate. So all along the docks and down by the wreckage, men lined up in droves, in order to seek passage.And to review these persons, to see if they were fit for service aboard the Wyvern, was one former Lord High Admiral of the Kingdom of Súrr, Councilor to the Privy Council, and 4th Earl of Halforden, Saebert. While the work of sorting out riff-raff for service aboard a vessel was hardly the work of a former flag-ranker like himself, Saebert has to count himself lucky; He had managed to avoid the Prince’s ire, in no small part thanks to the fact that he was the only loyal man the Prince had who could command a vessel such as the Wyvern.As for the merchant who had bought his flagship, well, let’s just say he had gone for a swim, one which
The Pretender God Chapt. 4 Prologue Pt. 2The Free City of Halkan’s Landing was a thriving trade port on the edge of the continent. An autonomous city-state ruled by a council of Aldermen from the various guilds, and pledging its allegiance in external affairs to the greater dominion of the Holy Empress Naoko. The benign neglect it received from its beloved sovereign and deity had led to an age of prosperity and growth, and it boasted a population of just over fifty thousand inhabitants, making it by far the largest settlement in the region.At any one point and on any one day, a person might find the streets bustling with trade and talk nineteen to the dozen. Various people from different locales across the world gathered at its port and in its taverns to talk both of business and pass time in pleasure. And a multitude of goods from any imaginable place that the great whale-roads may take could be found being loaded and unloaded at the harbor or being displayed for purchase in its market stalls: Salts from the Seafolk,
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