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Jan 23 2018, 10:59 PM
JACOB, marroon Date: 17-th of August 1720, at dawn
Place: Aboard "Hermione", in the open sea, around Jamaica
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Jacob was still trembling, not sure if the knots in his stomach were due to being at sea for the first time in his life, or to the fear which had never subsided since waiting in that cove for Camille's return. (No matter what, for him his angel-like saviour would be named Camille, how he had known her for more than one year and a half). There had been lots of dark moments when he thought he'd die there and she'd never come back for him, but she fortunately did, and on the boat which brought them to the white-sailed ship anchored more at large, he was informed that he'd be taken to Tortuga, where he'd be free and he'd be apprenticed somewhere to learn a trade. "Can I learn also to read and write?"
he asked. "I want it very much, even if you can't receive letters from me,"
he looked at Camille.
She had started teaching him to read, but they hadn't got too far, given the circumstances which had separated them before. He wanted to know. This was something which stated that he was free too, since usually slaves were forbidden to get literate.
When Camille and the tanned ship captain brought him aboard the ship, first the captain ordered him was told to remain on the deck and to undress for getting washed thoroughly. The young man who had helped him with pouring the water spoke a language he didn't understand. "Everything happened here in Jamaica is washed off you,"
the captain had said, "and you are ready to start a new life in Tortuga!"
He was too scared to actually realize much of what had been happening, and how washing the filth of several days of running and hiding would mean more than that he didn't stink near the other people. But somehow, the perspective of a new life sounded appealing.
To Jacob's surprise, he received new clothes (or, well, at least new to him, and dry, and not as worn out as the rags he was wearing, a pair of slops and a shirt with no holes) after the quick bath, and Camille was the one to give him food afterwards. A stew with meat, followed by a mug of grog.
The captain and the two rowers who seemed to be siblings had drunk with him, toasting for his new life. The others were at their duty stations, given that the ship had weighed anchor already. So what was in his stomach was definitely not
This was the adventure of his life, as much of an adventure as his running away to the maroons. But a better adventure. Camille had promised him that he would have to kill nobody. That he needn't fight if he didn't want to. And the ship captain had said about being an apprentice. That meant learning an useful trade.
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Jan 13 2018, 02:59 PM
GREG MESHCHERYAKOV, British Navy sailor Date: 10-th of August 1720
Place: In the open seas, aboard the flute "Meerman"
from Curaçao to Port de Paix
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They were finally aboard a Dutch ship which had the intention to stop in Port de Paix on its route back to Europe. These were good news for the two shipwrecked sailors who had been taken to Punda
after a few days at the farm. Those cacti they had wondered about proved to be called aloe vera
and have medicinal use. The farm had been focusing on them, as they were the most appropriate plants to grow in this rather arid climate.
Fortunately, once in Punda it took only two days to find a ship going to Port de Paix who was willing to take two able seamen ready to work for their privilege
of arriving to the desired destination. Pieter had reassured the captain that if they worked together, he would translate for Grisha all the orders. This was agreed, and for the first two watches they had worked, things were as well as expected.
As their watch had just ended, now they were resting on the deck. It seemed that the "Meerman"
had taken passengers too. The paying kind, not like them, the working kind. Most likely, all were returning home, to Netherlands… Grisha had asked Pieter, in English, without thinking that the people around them would understand the language:"Do you think until we arrive to Basse Terre, Katya and Amanda might have learnt already about the shipwreck?"
Ultimately, a place named Basse Terre was not only in Tortuga...@Mimi
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Nov 17 2017, 09:51 PM
none, if you don't ask the slaves…Age:
49 – born in 1671Gender:
plantation owner, marquisCurrent Location:
Port de Paix, Saint Domingue, HispaniolaCharacter PB:
Gines Garcia Millan
A man of medium height, now with grey hair and with brown eyes, tanned by days spent in the sun.Personality:
He is business oriented, efficient, asking from others the military discipline drilled into him by decades in the Navy. He doesn’t trust that people can be honest with him, and he suspects his overseers of cheating and stealing (which might be relatively true). He had been taught good manners in his youth, but he is not too sociable by his nature, and the years in the wilderness had accentuated it.Family
FATHER: (deceased) Marquis François de Grille de Robiac, Chevalier of the King’s army and Master of Chateaux Saint-Andiol in Provence, France. After showing courage in battle, he takes the name d’Avillard, after the little town where he received his knighthood. Married his Spanish wife for the dowry, and kept other mistresses for the rest of his life when he was not in battle. Even so, he took good care of his two legitimate sons, and taught them how to become good fighters.
MOTHER: (deceased) Dona Maria de Soto, youngest daughter of the Viscount of Altamira. Married her husband at the age of 16. Gave birth to three sons and two daughters in her marriage. Only two sons and a daughter survived their childhood. Her marriage was not happy, as her husband kept himself entertained with numerous mistresses, so Dona Maria showered her love and affection over her children. When her sons grew up she sought comfort in religion, and eventually she retreated to a convent, where she died as a nun.
WIFE: (deceased) Marquise Marie-Therese d’Avillard, illegitimate daughter of Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia, Duke of Savoy and a beautiful young housemaid. The Duke of Savoy never acknowledged the child as his, at least not in public, but he did see to that the child was cared for and married into a good family when she became of age. Was married to Marquis Guillaume d’Avillard at the age of 17. Their marriage was happy at first, and she gave birth to two sons and a daughter. One of the sons drowned in a tragic accident. The other died from chickenpox. Only the daughter, Claudine, survived the childhood. After the tragic loss of the sons, Guillaume’s love for Marie-Therese faded and he left her after a huge fight where he blamed her for the loss of their sons.Heartbroken and alone, abandoned by her husband and mourning the loss of her two sons, Marie-Therese took her own life. When this tragedy happened, Claudine was 5 years old, and she was the one who found her dying mother.
DAUGHTER – Claudine d'Avillard
, born in 1702, former lady-in-waiting at the French court, now living with him.
SISTER: (deceased) Baronesse Catherine Dauvet, youngest daughter of Marquis Francois de Grille de Robiac and Dona Maria de Soto, and younger sister of Estienne and Guillaume. Married at age 18 to the Grand Falconer of France, François Louis Dauvet, baron de Boursault. Stays at Versailles with her husband, and serves at the Royal Court.It is she who takes care of young Claudine after the death of her mother, and she finds her the position as Lady-in-Waiting for Françoise Marie de Bourbon, the Regent's wife and the first lady of France, until the little King Louis XV would get married. Catherine’s grace and beauty was greatly admired by members of the royal court, a fact that annoys the wives of her many admirers. When Claudine is 18 years old, Baronesse Catherine Dauvet is brutally murdered in the rooms she and her husband shares in Versailles. Claudine, who was having tea with her aunt when the tragedy happened, witnessed the murder and was able to identify the killer - a man with red beard and a scar across his left eye.
BROTHER: Marquis Estienne d’Avillard, firstborn son of Marquis Francois de Grille de Robiac and Dona Maria de Soto. The second Marquis d’Avillard at Chateau Saint-Andiol in Provence, France, and a Chevalier of the Court of Louis XV. A well studied man who takes good care of the family estate and makes sure the family business is blooming. Not as strikingly handsome as his younger brother, but far more reliable. Married to his work and his duties to the King, so he is not always home. His marriage to his wife Countess Henriette Riqueti was arranged by their parents, but the marriage turned out to be happy. Loves his family and makes sure both boys and girls learns how to read and write - including his unhappy little niece Claudine. After the tragic death of Marie-Therese of Savoy, it is he who decides to send his little niece away to his sister at the Royal Court, to get the child away from the painful memories.
PLACEE (as some consider them "left-hand wives): Alphonsine, a 25 years old Mulatto, for whom he had bought a house in Port de Paix and where he lives when he comes to town with business. They have 2 sons together, 1 year and 4 years old.History:
Marquis Guillaume d’Avillard is the second son of Marquis Francois de Grille de Robiac and Dona Maria de Soto. Since his older brother inherited the family castle in Saint-Andiol, Guillaume joined the French Royal Navy and fought for glory and honor in the Nine Years War
and in the War of Spanish Succession
. His courage in battle earned him the title of Marquis and a plantation near Port-de-Paix, Hispaniola, where he moved in 1714, following the Peace of Utrecht, after having fought the English Navy along the coasts of Nouvelle France and of Louisiana.
His plantation is rather big, producing cocoa, coffee, sugarcane and wine, having connections to ensure the delivery of colonial goods to customers in France and of the good wine around Saint Domingue. He doesn't trust his overseers and prefers to get involved in supervising the logs and the business profits.
He had married his wife for her beauty, but he got tired of her soon and left her behind at the family manor when he returned to his work in the French Royal Navy. Now, in Port de Paix he has a Mulatto placee and he has also a favourite slave in the plantation manor.
He left his daughter in the care of his family, sending for her only when she became of marrying age, as he thought he could ensure her a better future in the colonies, where there are enough men of good family, but not enough brave young ladies ready to follow them far away from the social life at the Court.Anything else:
brought by Morrighan
for Claudine d'Avillard
Nov 15 2017, 07:06 PM
: Judith Rose Matthieu, Baroness of Surimeau, nee DevereauxAliases:
Port- de-PaixCharacter PB:
On the taller side, with dark hair and eyes. Though she's in mourning currently, she loves wearing colorful clothes and feathered hair fascinators. Personality:
Can be a force to be reckoned with. Is very spoiled and used to getting what she wants, but is kind to her friends. History: Mother:
Anne -Charlotte Devereaux nee LaGuerreFather:
Edouard Jean DevereauxBrother:
Benoit Edouard DevereauxSpouse:
Charles Etienne Matthieu, deceasedChildren:
Rachel Rose and Etienne Charles Matthieu , 2 year old twins
Judith and Aine have been friends since Aine went to visit relatives in France as a teenager. Unbeknownst to them, before either married, Judith's husband had been a spy in England before the peace treaty, about five years ago. Shortly before Aine and Frederick's wedding, Judith and her husband visited, and after spending a few days getting to know the man, Aine's husband Frederick recognized him and killed him in his sleep. Ultimately, Judith succeeded to find out that Aine knew nothing concerning her husband's murder and after Aine Stern separated from her husband, she took her under her protection.Anything else:
Created by Joelle for Aine Stern's plot
Nov 8 2017, 10:36 AM
GREG MESHCHERYAKOV, British Navy sailor Date: 3-rd of August 1720
Place: Curaçao, Lesser Antilles
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They had finally reached land. The water around the island was as clear as glass and blue like the sky so the infinite depths of the sea were just a blink away. Fish small as rice grains flickered to and fro from the sandy beaches of the island to the cold gloomy depths of the sea.
Grisha said silently a prayer, to thank God for His mercy. They were alive. This mattered the most. Everything else would get solved, sooner or later.
After four days at the mercy of the waves, of course this island was a paradise. A place rich in fruits which could finally sate their hunger and thirst. Probably also a place full of dangers for those armed only with their usual sailor’s knives, but they would think about this later. For now it was eating some tropical fruits, then falling asleep under said trees, hoping for a bit of shade. Sleeping on the beach wouldn’t have been a better solution, as the sand was rough like glass paper and lying down on it stung one’s sensitive back. After they’d wake up, they would see what to do next. Most likely, explore the inside and find a source of water to drink. The fruits were good but only for the start, when they were too exhausted.
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