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Based on the "Before the Mast" Role play, this is a group to promote, advertise, and appreciate art for "Before the Mast" (An Age of Sail role play set in the 1700s) We have been opened for over six months and are still going strong! Come join the fun!

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It is the spring of 1719, the War of the Quadruple Alliance is unfolding, and the European alliances and hostilities extend also to the colonies. The Caribbean Sea is boiling in the war. British, French and Dutch have allied their forces against the Spanish, and from Arruba to Bahamas and beyond, there is no quiet spot ashore or at sea.

How will the events unfold? That's entirely up to our players... and to you! Sharpen your blades, load your guns, drain the last sip of rhum and raise to swashbuckling adventure, spending some time with us before the mast, on the ship of your choice!
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Before going to the market place, to hear more of the gossips, the chronicler is letting the readers know the latest news.

The British Navy ship HMS “Rose” had encountered a mysterious ship in the Bahamas. The investigation group sent aboard the Portuguese ship “BoaVentura”, in danger of sinking, caught by the hurricane between reefs, reported to have seen a huge load of diamonds from the Brazilian mines and lots of corpses, the crew having been ruthlessly killed. The only survivor was a mad officer, threatening to set the ship in fire with all the Englishmen aboard.

While the privateer ship “Twilight Shark” used an original plan to attack a Spanish galleon in the middle of the night, repeating in their own way the story of David and Goliath and turning their size-related weakness into an advantage, the allied navies are proud to have sunk the “Carribean Siren”, taking as many prisoners as they could, and their crews are celebrated in Port de Paix and Kingston as the heroes they are.

In Port de Paix two young French Navy lieutenants and two warrant officers had been seen fraternizing upon a glass of wine or cider during a last night of liberty.

The return of the French Navy lieutenant to his fiancée is the sweetest, but even he has a  tragic secret to hide from anybody else than his beloved. But does he know that his fiancée had been the pleasant host of a younger lieutenant in his absence?

The victory of the allied forces had a price – the cornered pirates had sold their hides expensively, and the two ships got damaged, the British one worse than the French one. The British Navy sailors had done their best to make it sail to Port de Paix, where they got help from the French allies. Some of the British sailors received shore leave and a list of supplies. The herborist shop “Fleur du Café” was a well sought place for medicine for the injured sailors, but the beautiful young owner helped any sailor in need, without thinking that one of them might be a pirate survivor.

A word of warning for those who do adventure in the market: everybody knows there are pickpockets too, but a pretty one has been caught by a handsome lieutenant who had… invited her to dinner. In another day, she was not as lucky, as she has stolen from another former street rat.. All these, while the woman who had given her a job was worried about her.

While ashore in Port de Paix, the handsome British Navy sailing master met unexpectedly an English young lady. The same who attracted the attention of the privateer powder monkey, given that there are not too many English –speakers in the French colonies…

Another pirate, washed up in Santo Domingo, had found help, love and new adventures in the arms of a young Mulatto slave, who had killed a man in his defense – or was it in self-defense? Well, nobody knows anything about the missing wealthy merchant with a penchant for liquor and “brown sugar”,  at least until the sea might take his body to the cliffs of another shore… Nobody knows either about the

nightly whereabouts of a wild coloured girl…

In Kingston, a handsome British privateer saved a damsel in distress who had made the mistake to go to less savoury places. The same privateer has found the right laundress to wash his clothes: one who spies for the pirates… We can speculate if she invited him inside because she liked him or because she wanted to learn more about the privateers’ intentions…

And speaking of secrets – nobody suspects that the Duchess of St. Albans is hiding two pirates, and the maid who brings them food recognized one of them, being up for shocking revelations… A slave tortured by the Fort Commander proved to be not exactly whom she pretended to be – will her secret be kept?

Taking another gossip to heart - what would the reputable blacksmith say if he knew that his wife was tempting his nephew and having a date with a  foreign sailor in the cathedral?

The Navy sailors are in permission ashore, from tavern to tavern. Army patrols have been reinforced, ready tu curb any brawl, and everybody knows about the rivalry between the Navy and the Army… What the sailors didn’t expect, and especially Greg, the one at the first permission ashore since pressed into service, was to meet his sister there…

The wounded are left to natural selection in a barn, but the pirate doctor had entered and she is giving a helping hand, so Christian-like.  Maybe the meeting in the cemetery with the Navy sailing master had taught her that not all Navy men are evil…

The pirate prisoners got sentenced to hanging, and broadside ballads are sold at the corners, glorifying their deeds. Meanwhile, the Rear-Admiral has reassigned the crew of HMS “Rose”, freshly paid off, and the officers of the damaged ship have helped the journalists publish obituaries for the deceased.

The bad news about the sinking of the “Carribbean Siren” reached Tortuga. At “Elixir d’Armagnac”, most barmaids and the innkeeper have a pirate to worry about, as nobody knows yet the prisoners’ names, neither how many of them have survived and will return.

The innkeeper is trying to hide her sorrow in work – and there is enough to do for her… A new tavern girl to help get past the ordeals she had to endure and to have an important contribution in gaining her freedom,  new customers looking for a job or for a

cards’ game to supplement their meager incomes… Some of them are flirting with the tavern maids, one has even invited to town one of them…

…And some day of August 1719, the prodigal brethren start to return! First Lucky, Benji and Sol, who unfortunately don’t know anything about the others. But when they are trying to pick up their crew from pieces and start making plans of recovery, Ellis appears too... Let’s see who else has survived!

For further news, don’t miss the next issue of the “Histories and Chronicles of the West Indies”!

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GM2378 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work shown here, really love it! :D

blackjamie Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
hot damn, finally a group for a frustrated swashbuckler like me, like the song says "yes I am a pirate, born two hundred years too late, the cannon don't thunder, and there's nothing to plunder."
SolPicador Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, why don;t you join us then? Our link is [link] - and we'll be 2 years old in August
blackjamie Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
I've never played an online rpg what's the sitrep?
SolPicador Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I am not sure what do you mean by sitrep, I had sent you the link to the forum. It is writing online an interactive pirate story, each person is one character (or more characters later, but one starts with one) who interacts with the others.

The gossips extracts on "Before the Mast" DA group are showing the progress of the story in one month. You csan click any link and read the thread to understand more.

But until you go to read it... how would you understand?
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Daenerys Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Probably should mention I am Daenelia, I run Steamhawke, an rp about steampunk fantasy pirates and we also have a dA group, which I would be proud to affiliate with Before the Mast.
SolPicador Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
We are already affiliated, for a few months! I am Elena, less on DeviantArt than other more talented staff I have...
eviltablecloth Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would be great if you wanted to affiliate. I'm sorry for the late reply <3 We're happy to affiliate with any kind of roleplaying site, not just pirate/sea-related sites! ^^
Daenerys Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Found you! Would it be okay if I send an affiliate request?
lizziebydesign Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hey, just thought I'd share some advice since we are both using DA to do the same thing :) I've been finding sailing/pirate pictures and writings on DA and submitting them to the featured folder of my group. If you contact the artist directly and ask them to submit, they usually do. Also, then you can talk to them about your rp and see if they're interested. It's been working for me so far to get members so maybe you can benefit as well :D

Good Luck!
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