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Flashfork: If you are so dissatisfied, then why don’t you eat somewhere else?
Will: I wished we could! but we are at least 10 nautical miles from land!
Flashfork: Then swim!!
Roger: I have a better idea! We’ll let you walk the plank, then you can swim to get some new supplies!!
Pirate: Aye! Aye!
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Flashfork: Now you are being unfair Captain Roger! there is no reason to be mad at me!
Roger: There isn’t?
Roger: Yesterday we had boiled herring with pepper hardtack, the day before that we had herring with hardtack and pepper sauce, and the day before!
Pirate: Ask him, what we will have for dinner today, Captain!
Roger: Spit it out!!
Flashfork: Herring stew with hardtack sprinkles and pepper…
Roger: Get the plank!
Flashfork: Please listen! It’s not my fault, that the only ships that we have spotted, have been a fishing boat and a spice ship.
Roger: Are you suggesting that it is my fault?!!
Roger: That is mutiny! Are you deliberately trying to get hanged?!
Lookout: Sail to starboard!
Flashfork: Phew! off the hook!
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Will: Can you see anything, Roger?
Roger: Yes, You bet ya! Beautiful! very beautiful!
Roger: Ready the ship, Will! We’ll take them with ease!
Will: Them?!... Lend me that spyglass!
Will: I hope I’m hallucinating.
Roger: Hurry up, you bilge rats! Load the cannons and sharpen the knives, now we have to start working!!!
Will: Have you gone completely mad?!
Popsy: Ready the ship! Rork!
Roger: Calm down Will! A certain freedom of speech can be tolerated on a pirate ship, but you have to show your captain a certain amount of respect!
Will: That is an entire Convoy! It would be suicide to attack!!!
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Roger: Listen, Will! you are not going to get blown away by that little convoy, are you!?
Will: You can bet your life that I will! Especially when it is escorted by Governor Broadside’s flagship!
Roger: I’m shocked, Will! You are the son of the most feared pirate of the tropical sea, and still you are bothered by so little. You father would never have been bothered by that kind of thing!
Will: Which also is the reason, why he is no longer among us.
Roger: I will never forget his last words on the scaffold!
Will: Neither will I. He said: ~N~
Roger: Oh, right! Before that he asked his old friends to make sure, that his son would follow in his wake as a pirate!
Roger: And haven’t I raised you like my own son? There are not many people your age, who already have a 200 ducat bounty on their head!
Will: No! and thank you very, very much!!
Roger: The why won’t you make your old foster father happy by attacking that convoy?
Will: Because I don’t want to get shot!!!
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Rummy: Yes, sorry! but while you have been yelling at each other, the convoy that turned away and is heading for Penzance!
Roger: Now look what you have done! Now we have to attack Penzance!
Rummy: We can’t do that! There is a Fortress!!!
Roger: I don’t care! I want to capture that ship! I’m sick of herring!
Will: Wait! I have an idea!
Roger: Well, tell us, Will.
Will: Merchant ships can never get enough people for the crew… If some of our men could sneak into Penzance and get hired…
Will: … then under the cover of the night they could capture the ship and sail it away from the convoy, and then we will have all the time in the world to ransack it!
Roger: You are a genius, Will!
Will: Ouch! Thank you!
Roger: And to show you how much I appreciate your advice, I will personally come along with you to Penzance!
Will: Me? I thought someone else should!
Roger: Don’t thank me! Let’s put a boat in the water!
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Roger: The convoy is probably sailing further towards Fort Sabre when they have loaded new supplies. You’ll wait in the Shark Bay until we return with a ship.
Roger: Off we go, Will! new adventures await us!
Will: Well… I’m afraid, that it’ll consist of getting hanged!
Popsy: Rork! All men to the guns!
Roger: Relax! It’ll be the easiest hijacking we have done in a long time.
Will: Maybe, but I wish that you had left Popsy on the Dark Shark!
Roger: Why that??
Will: It can blow our cover!
Popsy: No mercy! Let them walk the plank!
Roger: Hmm… I think I understand what you mean.
Roger: So… now it’s a matter of finding the right ship…
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Will: Hmm… How about ”The Flying Dolphin”?
Roger: It is sitting too deep in the water… there are reefs in the Shark Bay!
Roger: How about “The Precocious Flounder”?
Will: Too slow. She… Watch out!
Will: It’s Governor Broadside and Lt. De Martinet! If they see us…
Broadside: … and make sure, that the Sea Lion II stays close to the flagship!
De Martinet: Yes sir, Mr. Governor.
Will: Listen, you aren’t thinking about… ?!
Will: We are picking another ship! We don’t want to get too close to Broadside! I refuse to take a job on the Sea Lion II! No way! Never!
Roger: Is this where you can get a job on the Sea Lion II?
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Will: Of all the insane, completely idiotic ideas!!
Roger: Calm down, Will! If Broadside wants the ship to stay close to the flagship, it must mean, that it must be carrying something very valuable.
Will: We’ll never get away with hijacking a ship right next to the flagship! And by the way you could help me with this!
Roger: Me? A captain does not do the work of a sailor, Will!
Will: You took a job as an ordinary sailor! If we don’t get this done, the Bo’sun will get suspicious.
Roger: My dignity must be more important than the opinion of a Bo’sun! You will have to work for the both of us, Will!
Will: Listen! What is that?
Roger: That over there? It’s the Island of Mist. It is always surrounded by a thick fog, and there are many dangerous cliffs, so no one has ever visited it…
Will: They haven’t? There is somebody out there! Man over board!
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Captain: Hm… I think it’s just an Indian boy. We don’t have to worry about that!¦
Captain: …Just keep sailing… Huh?
Captain: Listen, young man. You have not been given permission to…
1st Mate: Should we keep on sailing, Captain?
Captain: No. Unfortunately we can’t spare any men. Stop the ship!
1st Mate: It is a waste of time. We might just as well keep on going!
Captain: What do you mean?
Roger: No, listen…
1st Mate: They will be eaten by a shark any moment now!
Captain: What a pity! Let me just have the spyglass. I have never seen anyone get eaten by a shark before…
Roger: Give me that pipe!
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Roger: A little down… half an inch to the left…
Captain: What are you doing? Cannonballs are expensive!
Roger: Oh, shut up!!!
Captain: Nice shot, sailor. Have you served in the navy?
Roger: I have actually! Occasionally had the opportunity to be on the king’s ships.
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Captain: Well, help the two below deck, and let us get back to work. It’ll be dark soon.
Roger: Yes sir, captain.
Will: I wonder, where did he come from?
Roger: Who knows! But by the way I’m very disappointed by you!
Roger: What were you thinking when you jumped overboard like that? If you had been eaten, our entire plan would have fallen apart!
Will: Oh, right! Sorry! Really!!!
Roger: You have to learn to think of others than yourself! Well, back to work!
Roger: Most of the men have hit the hammocks now. We’ll take out the 1st mate and the helmsman first and then we’ll lock up…
Will: One moment…
Kothu: Go home… Island of Mist… My boat capsized…
Will: It will turn out alright, buddy!
Roger: Come on! you are a pirate, not a nurse!
Roger: Be quiet!
Will: What, do you think I invited an orchestra to come along?
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1st Mate: What a lovely quiet evening…
Helmsman: Yes, certainly…
Roger: Good! Close and lock the hatches!
Will: On the way!
Will: Done! And now let’s sneak off to the Shark Bay!
Roger: Don’t worry! I’m a master at this! No one will notice anything!!!
De Martinet: Sorry to disturb you, Governor Broadside… But the Sea Lion II has left the convoy.
Broadside: What?! How dare they? Follow them!!!
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Will: She seems a little heavy, captain…
Roger: Doesn’t matter… we’ll be in the Shark Bay soon!
Rummy: Captain Roger is coming now!!
Roger: … and now we’ll quickly get her lightened…
Pirate: What is in the cargo hold, Captain Roger? Gold? Jewels?
Rummy: Legs of lamb? Hams? Sausages? Rum?
Roger: Not even I know that. But it must be very valuable, because Broadside personally demanded that the ship should stay close to the flagship.
Roger: Well, boys… what is our booty?
Flashfork: Herring and pepper!
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Narration: Captain Roger has the captain brought before him…
Roger: What is this supposed to mean?! Where is the gold?
Captain: Gold? We don’t have any gold! We are carrying supplies!
Roger: Don’t lie to me! Why did the governor then demand, that you should stay close to him?
Captain: Because the ship is Leaking! If there would be any trouble, we would not be able to make it on our own.
Will: I told you so…
Roger: I know that! I know that!
Pirate: Dear fellow pirates! Our captain has let us down! I suggest, we throw him over board and pick a new one!
Pirate: Aye! Aye!
Pirate: Get the plank!
Roger: Mutiny! Now we’re in trouble, Will!
Will: We’ve got even more, than you think…
Will: …Because here comes Governor Broadside and his ships!
Rummy: How much of a head start can we get?
Roger: Not enough! They’ll catch us, unless we can hide somewhere…
Kothu: Maybe I can help!
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Will: Do you know a hiding place where we could sail to?
Kothu: Yes… but we have to get out of this bay!
Roger: Very well… we have to take that chance. Don’t say any more before we are back on the Dark Shark! The captain here should better not tell Broadside where we are going! Off we go, people!
Roger: We’ll discuss your little mutiny attempt later, young man!!
Pirate: You don’t have to take it so personally, captain!
Roger: Well, where is the hiding place, little buddy?
Kothu: That way! there is a bay at the Island of Mist!
Rummy: Set all sails, you bilge rats!!
Roger: The island of mist? It is impossible to sail in there! No one has ever been in there!
Kothu: But I live there!
Rummy: This is madness! We’ll run aground and sink!
Roger: Better sink than get hanged! We’ll try!
Roger: You want us to sail into that pea soup?
Kothu: We have to get to the other side of the island!
Kothu: There! Sail in along the right side of that cliff!
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Roger: I hope you know what we are doing, lad!
Kothu: 37…38…39…40… turn five hand widths to the right!
Roger: Five what? No matter… we’ll try… two degrees to starboard, Will! I hope!
Kothu: 76…77…78… Now a moons width to the left… 79…80…
Roger: Of all insane ways to sail… try four degrees to port, Will!
Kothu: 160… Now we are at my home!
Roger: I’ll be darned…!
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Mother: Kothu! We were so worried!
Chief: Where have you been for all that time?
Kothu: My boat capsized, while I was fishing, and then someone picked me up, and then someone else hijacked the ship, and then someone else came and then…
Roger: It’s a long story, Mr. Chief…
Roger: But right now I’m mostly eager to know what Aztecs are doing so far away from the main continent..?
Chief: That is also a long story…
Chief: … but you would probably like some refreshments. Follow me, we’ll talk while we eat…
Will: This is a wonderful hiding place…
Roger: Yes, I would really like to see Broadside’s face right now!!!
Broadside: What do you mean that they are “gone”?!!!
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De Martinet: We lost sight of them when they sailed around the island. They must have seized the opportunity to slip away.
Captain: Maybe the ship has sunk…?
Broadside: It is said, that those who should hang will not drown… and I will see Captain Roger get hanged!!
Broadside: Did Roger and his runt of a Bo’sun say nothing about their plans? Did they talk to any of your crew?
Captain: No! They kept to themselves. Yes, they talked with the Indian boy, but they took him along with them, so…
Broadside: Indian boy? What Indian boy?
Captain: Just a little lad, who was capsized with his canoe, who we picked up…
De Martinet: Impossible! No Indian tribe lives here, unless…
De Martinet: … Unless… no, that is too unlikely… but…
Broadside: … On the other hand… is there any other explanation?
De Martinet: … And if there is one Indian…
Broadside: …There must be a whole tribe! And you can get a lot of money for Indians on the slave market…
Broadside: You and the rest of the convoy keep on going! Roger must have found a way in, but sooner or later he will have to come out again.
Broadside: …And when he comes out, we’ll be waiting for him!
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Roger: I have to admit, I’m astonished. The Aztec empire collapsed many years ago, didn’t it?
Chief: …When the foreign troops arrived at our empire in Mexico we underestimated them, and before we realized it, they had conquered us.
Chief: …To make a bad situation worse, the people that we had oppressed entered the conflict, and a little group of our ancestors fled to the coast…
Chief: …They built a number of boats and sailed out to sea hoping to find a safe place to settle…
Chief: They reached this island and built this city, and since then we have been living here…
Will: But how did your ancestors find their way through the fog?
Kothu: Oh, There was no fog surrounding the island back then!
Chief: Thank you, our guests can always be told that story another time… Since they will stay here for the rest of their lives, there will be plenty of time!
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Roger: What are you blathering about? We’ll sail, when we see it fit!
Chief: Without a local guide you’ll never get through the fog!
Chief: You do understand, that we cannot allow strangers to know of our existence.
Roger: Don’t be silly! We can easily force people to move out of our way! We aren’t exactly defenseless!
Rummy: …they don’t seem particularly defenseless either!
Roger: This is madness! The Dark Shark is filled with bloodthirsty pirates, and they have cannons!
Chief: … that they won’t use so long you are in our clutches.
Will: You can’t possibly capture the Dark Shark with your weapons!!
Chief: Why should we! Sooner or later you men will run out of food and water and will have to surrender.
Will: What a nice way to show your gratitude, we saved your son!
Chief: I am grateful… that is why we didn’t sacrifice you to our gods immediately! But that can still be done, if you get too bothersome!
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Roger: They have even taken our weapons! I feel naked!
Rummy: Our friend here will show where we are going to live, so I’ll go with him and look.
Will: Listen, I want to take a look at your temple pyramid. Is that alright?
Kothu: Yes… I’ll show you the way.
Will: What is that round thing at the top?
Kothu: That is the Spheregod, the protector of the town!
Kothu: We used to sacrifice people to him, but we don’t do that anymore… not very often anyway!
Roger: How calming!
Roger: I have seen many weird things, but this one takes the cake!
Kothu: It is the Spheregod that makes the fog!
Kothu: The Spheregod stands on top of a volcanic spring! When the priest burns the leaves of rare trees in the god’s mouth, the smokes mixes with the steam from the spring!
Kothu: ...and the fog is made, which is led down to sea. The priest decides how thick the fog should be by turning the jewel on the god’s nose.
Will: Incredible! Aren’t you impressed Captain Roger?
Roger: Yes, most certainly! That is the biggest jewel I have ever seen!
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Roger: D-do you have more of those?
Kothu: No, unfortunately!
Roger: Oh well, I guess that was too much to hope for…
Kothu: …that was the biggest one from the two baskets full of jewels that my ancestors brought with them…
Roger: Two baskets full of jewels?!
Will: Uh! Captain Roger!
Kothu: Yes, do you want to see them?
Kothu: They are right over here…
Roger: That much!?!
Kothu: Yes, it is pretty, isn’t it?
Will: I think we should go now Captain!
Roger: That is a fortune Will! I must have it!
Will: Even if you could get your hands on it, we are trapped here!
Roger: Kothu used numbers on the way in here… when he reached a certain number, he knew where there was a reef. To get out you just have to count backwards.
Will: Sure! But can you remember what the numbers were? I didn’t write them down!
Popsy: 40… two degrees to starboard… 78… four degrees port!
Roger: What did you say?!
Popsy: 40… two degrees to starboard… 78… five degrees port. Rork!
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Roger: Did you hear that? Popsy remembers it! We can get away!
Will: Yes! And Kothu finished with 160… Then we can just count backwards.
Roger: Great! We’ll sneak out to the Dark Shark, get the crew, take the treasure and run away!
Will: Great plan!!
Roger: Well, if I have to say so myself, then…
Will: And what are you going to do about the 300 armed Aztec warriors who live in the town?
Will: Don’t you think that they might try to stop us from running off with their gold?
Roger: Maybe! people only think of themselves!
Will: Yes! Let us wait until it gets dark, find our weapons and sail away with the Dark Shark...
Roger: But! Will, all that gold!
Will: Stop and try to get a little sleep.
Will: Come, it’s all clear…
Will: Darn! They have put a guard in front of the room with our weapons!
Roger: It’s sad how people don’t trust each other these days! Well, I have an idea…
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Guard: Hey! You are not allowed to be here!
Roger: We just had to… Hey, did you know your shoe buckle was untied?
Guard: Shoe buckle? I’m not even wearing any…
Will: There! Now we just need to get Rummy and Jimbo.
Roger: They were given a room right down here…
Roger: Wake up, Rummy! We have found a way to escape!
Will: But… Where is Jimbo?!
Roger: Where the N!!@ÃªÃª is Jimbo?
Rummy: He and Kothu went up the other mountain to look at the stars
Roger: The stars???
Rummy: Yes, these darned Aztecs are interested in those kinds of things, and they have a place up there for that…
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Will: We can’t leave our cabin boy here, captain…
Roger: Did you believe that I could even dream of doing that!?
Roger: …But when I get my hands on that kid, he won’t be able to sit down for a week or so!
Roger: You are the fastest runner of us Will! Run up and find him, then… eh… Rummy and I will wait at the pier…
Will: Ay, ay, captain.
Roger: Come, Rummy!
Rummy: But this is not the way to the pier!
Roger: I know that! We just have a little errand first…
Will: Sorry… Is this the way to the observatory?
Guard: Wha…? Eh… Yes, but what…
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Kothu: … And by following the stars path we can calculate the length of the year…
Jimbo: Clever! Can you see where the planets are right now?
Will: Jimbo! Come with me, quickly! We are leaving now!
Kothu: Leaving? You can’t just leave! You don’t know the way out!
Will: Yes, Kothu… We have discovered how we get out. Come Jimbo. The captain and Rummy are waiting at the pier!
Will: …At least I hope so…
Rummy: We can’t carry any more now. Let’s get out of here, captain!
Roger: Just one tiny thing more…
Rummy: I have a bad feeling about this, captain…
Roger: Just a little nudge more…
Roger: There we go!
Rummy: It’s making a strange sound!!!
Roger: Doesn’t matter, let’s take off!!!
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Roger: Looks like we got something out of the trip after all. When we’re out on the open sea we’ll celebrate.
Rummy: Yes, celebration is a good thing…
Chief: …And at dawn you can participate in a very special celebration… Where we sacrifice the thieves to Spheregod!!!
Rummy: If you have a plan I would bloody well like to hear it, captain.
Roger: We are done for! And Will is probably going to walk right into the trap too! Unless…
Roger: Find Will, Spinoza! Give him this! Got it? Will!!
Roger: Find Will! Go!!!
Roger: Find Will! Find…
Page 30, panel 3:
Jimbo: What is that he’s got in his hand?
Kothu: That is the jewel from the Spheregod’s nose…¦ the one that regulates the fog!
Will: Those idiots!!!
Kothu: You can’t do anything, Will… If they have stolen from the Spheregod, they will be sacrificed!!
Will: There must be a way out…
Roger: Listen, let’s not go to extremes now… I have apologized!
Will: Oh no…
Kothu: Hey, you can’t shoot my father!!!
Will: I know that! But I have to do something!
Page 31, panel 1:
Roger: The Fog is gone! Broadside has gotten in!!!
De Martinet: The Dark Shark is far inferior to us! And when we have sunk her…
Broadside: …We’ll take the city, and after that I can earn a fortune by selling the inhabitants as slaves!
Warrior: The fog is gone! How!?
Chief: We don’t have time to think about that now! We must defend the city!
Roger: Will? Good to see you… I was almost starting to get worried…
Will: There is no reason to stop being that…
Roger: Why? The Indians are occupied with other things now!
Will: Broadside has brought all of De Martinet’s regiment with him on the Iron Ram! And they are not any gentler than the Aztecs!
Page 32, panel 1:
Jimbo: Can’t we? What are you doing, Kothu?
Kothu: Asking the Spheregod to protect us!
Roger: This is not the right time for superstitions, lad!
Kothu: All our legends say, that the Spheregod will protect us!
Will: There is a chance… Come, hurry!!!
Roger: This is you most crazy idea so far, Will!
Will: Shh. We have to wait for the Iron Ram to be in the perfect position.
Roger: This is one unusually heavy god!
Will: Hurry up!!!
Roger: There it goes!!
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De Martinet: Eh… Sorry Mr. Governor… but there appears to be a giant ball flying towards us.
Broadside: What is kind of nonsense… I… Help??!!!
Roger: … and I promise by my pirate honor never to tell on you…
Chief: I’m glad to hear that! We have put the Spheregod back in its place, but just to be on the safe side…
Chief: … I have had my son teach your parrot something other than the route in here…
Popsy: Polly wants a cracker! Rork!
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Roger: I wonder, who gave him that idea, eh, Will?
Chief: And if you now would be so kind to bring those soldiers out to the open sea, so we can lay out our fog shroud again…
Roger: Have you seen those cliffs? Once they’ll be covered by fog we’ll never be able to find our way back!
Roger: From here on you will have to make it on your own! Someone will pick you up soon!..
De Martinet: That can take days… and we have neither water nor food.
Roger: Hmm… you know what? I will let you buy a little food. We have some leftover herrings and some pepper hardtack, which you can get for the content of that chest!
Broadside: What? That is a fortune. This is pure… pure…
Roger: …Piracy? Yes, what else.
De Martinet: Would you like your herring to be served boiled, Mr. Governor?
Broadside: That is not necessary! I’m boiling with anger on my own!!