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COMPETITION - A Nautical Tale
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Secret_Squirrel
Secret_Squirrel
Safety Officer

Jul-10-2011 19:07

To coincide with 'Talk Like a Pirate Day', on September 19, tell a nautical story *aboard (or about) the SS Sleuthetania* using one of the following formats:

1. An 'Mystery Intro' set aboard the Sleuthetania
http://noir.playsleuth.com/map/cityhall/write/intro.spy?new=true

2. A Sea Shanty - a nautical song eg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blow_the_Man_Down
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Australia_(song)

Wikipedia has a wealth of examples.

3. An Entry in the Captain's Journal for an 'incident' on the Sleuthetania. This entry could be written by the Captain, but could also be written by someone else if the Capt. was absent, or the entry demanded a certain viewpoint.

Entry:

A. Deadline: entries in by September 12, 2011. Judged and announced on September 19.

B. Enter via posting in this thread.

- for the Intro please just tell us in this post when you submitted and under what name.

- for the Shanty and Journal Entry try and limit yourself to one entry in this post, but I'm reasonable, so if there's a bit of overflow that's fine.

C. Multiple entries are acceptable.

Prizes:

A. If from 1. The winning entry will appear as an Intro (with the annotation 'Winning Entry etc etc')

If from 2. The Winning Entry will be posted somewhere on the Ship.

If from 3. The Entry will appear as an entry in the Captain's Journal.

B. The winning entry will receive a 3 month sub, a piece of piratey gear and the title 'Salty' (or words to that effect)

- please note the Title is not transferable, and will only be allotted to the sub under which the competition was entered.

c. I reserve, depending on the number of entries, the right to allot a 2nd & 3rd prize.

D. All entries deemed suitable will appear in a collectible Book hidden on the Sleuthetania. [*more...>]

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Riza Hawkeye
Riza Hawkeye
First Nomad

Sep-16-2011 17:32

Captain’s Journal
December 17, 1928

I feel it is my duty as First Mate to record these events such as they happened, taking into account the temporary incapacitation of the Captain and the extraordinary circumstances which have transpired.

Two days prior, I noticed the Captain was distracted at the wheel, instead staring out to sea. The tides had taken us off course, to a rather more northerly route. Over the next day I observed more of a withdrawal, as he spent hours up in the bird’s nest alone, still staring in the same direction. When I asked him if anything was the matter, he merely shook his head and muttered words that sounded like “lost” and “getting closer.” What the Captain had lost was unclear, since he blatantly refused to tell me and merely stood in stony silence afterwards. I couldn’t think what it could be. He then locked himself in his quarters, opening his door only to take the meals I set in front for him.

I caught a glimpse of his face this morning as the sun was rising. He was looking out his window to sea yet again, in the same northerly direction, with what appeared to be tears in his eyes. Throughout the day I heard stifled whispers from the crew as I made my rounds, and I feared the worst. Nothing could be worse on the ship than loss of respect for the Captain, and I had to admit I was beginning to have my own doubts.

This evening as the sun began to set, the Captain stepped out from his quarters and asked me to gather everyone at the bow. He made an imposing figure with his face clean-shaven, his hair combed back, and dressed in his best clothes. After we gathered around him, he began to speak in a solemn voice. That was how we found out why he had been behaving oddly the past few days. Heads began to lower and hats were clasped in hands as we felt our shame and sympathy overwhelm us. This was the spot where the Captain had laid his wife Madeline out to sea fifteen years ago, after her death from a severe case of influenza.

Riza Hawkeye
Riza Hawkeye
First Nomad

Sep-16-2011 17:33

After the Captain had gone back inside, the crew proceeded to create a makeshift wreath from whatever material we could spare. They invited him back out as it was put out to sea in his wife’s honor. The look on his face was indescribable. Never before had I witnessed such an unselfish act in my many years of sailing. It warms my heart to know that there is still a touch of humanity aboard this ship.

Summer Daze
Summer Daze
Freedom Fighter

Sep-17-2011 19:40

Format 1: Intro submitted @ approx 19.30 server time on September 17 under Summer Daze.

Secret_Squirrel
Secret_Squirrel
Safety Officer

Sep-18-2011 03:58

Thank y'all for your entries I'll be back with you all on the 19th. Still no home computer, but I'll do as much as I can at err work. :)

Secret_Squirrel
Secret_Squirrel
Safety Officer

Sep-19-2011 01:25

Yarr me hearties I be annou... nah sorry I can't do this all in Pirate Speak!

Thanks to those who competed and supported this competition. It wasn't an easy task set, but the writing challenges never are. I have to say there isn't one entry I didn't like. They all had their pro's and not many con's. I wasn't dotting i's and crossing t's as is my usual want, so I wasn't worried if something wasn't spelt correctly or wasn't quite grammatically correct, I simply sat back and judged purely on what tickled my fancy.

So without further ado I would like to announce the winner: Cordelia Falco for her Captain's journal entry (the one with the white parrot and the opium-fiend aunt).

Also I'd like to give out a 2nd place to: Synescence for his Sea Shanty entry. I haven't thought too much about what 2nd prize might be yet, but I'll sort that out in the coming day or three.

So yes, I'll be working on implementing the things mentioned in the Prizes section in the not-too-distant future and will keep y'all informed as I get those things done myself, or poke the bear to get the harder stuff done.

But yeah... yarrr even.

Congrats to Cordelia!!


Synesence
Synesence
Vigilante

Sep-19-2011 01:27

Congratulations,Cordelia!You deserve it!

Cordelia Falco
Cordelia Falco
Battered Shoe

Sep-19-2011 04:43

Shiver me timbers!

OK, now that's out of the way, thanks SS! Great idea for a contest. And thanks & congrats Synesence, and indeed a hearty congrats (with grog) to all the entrants. I'm looking forward to tracking down these intros...

http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html. Arrrr.

Summer Daze
Summer Daze
Freedom Fighter

Sep-19-2011 08:04

I loved your entry Cordelia, congratulations! And a wonderfully salty sea shanty too, well done Synesence :)

Night Queen
Night Queen
Battered Shoe

Sep-20-2011 10:47

A hearty congrats to both Cordelia and Synesence!!! Your creativity is amazing. Your both what Noir is about.

Rounds of grog on me! And if ye don't drink, ye will be keel-hauled! If ye still don't drink, then I will drain you of your blood!

And don't think your body will be missed. Every time the Sleuthetania sails, a minimum of 36 dead bodies show up. Every time!

Synesence
Synesence
Vigilante

Sep-20-2011 11:43

Much thanks, Night Queen!
*Swallows his grog in one gulp*

Yes, believe Night Queen in the fact that she is a countess of her word.
And yes, the dead bodies are always the cause of 3 things:
1.Night Queen + Disobedient Passenger
2.Irritated Tipsy Captain + Nosy Passenger
3.Reckless Excited Energetic Enthusiast + Unnoticed Banana Peel
All the above lead to 'Man Overboard!'.

So DRINK!


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