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Well, I'm about to start posting from my pirate story "Shoulder the Sky." (A somewhat pretentious title, I know, but it comes from a quote that seemed fitting. Currently it's a working title, because I'm not entirely convinced it fits.)

I'm drawing my inspiration for this from the adventurousness of Ducktales and Indiana Jones and the light-hearted piracy of the Monkey Island games. (What? No One Piece? As much as I love OP, it doesn't have the feel I'm going for, so no, I'm not looking to that for inspiration.) As you may be able to tell from these inspirations, this isn't going to be a grim and gritty, real life, hardcore sort of story. I'd probably classify it as "young adult" meaning it'll have violence, but won't be gratuitous, and that's about the limit. So if you're looking for something with that sort of thing, look elsewhere, I've always felt that it just gets in the way of a good story and bogs it down. I don't pretend this will be anywhere near as good as those things, they're just the inspiration.

Also, this isn't historical fiction by any stretch. I did a lot of reseach into 18th century piracy, but I did that to make the world seem whole, I'm not really striving for accuracy, the world they're in isn't ours and doesn't have the same land masses. You know how in Indiana Jones, the movies start off with things which may be improbable, but aren't impossible (like the boulder and other traps) and then by the end there's a magic box melting the faces off nazis? That's how this will likely progress too, it'll start off pretty straightforward and reasonable, but by the end it'll be full-blown fantasy, so again, if that's not your thing, you may not be interested.

Well, now that you know the basic set-up, let's get into some specifics, shall we? Let's look at our cast of characters:

Astor:… The Captain
Lamont, Kemp and Maris:… The Quartermaster, Second Mate, and Helmsman
Wyatt, Brand and Lyall:… The Master Gunner and Riggers
Seward, Maynard and Drystan:… The Cook, Boatswain and Boatswain's Mate
Garth, Digby and Gerwulf:… The Gunners and the Cooper
Hoyt, Balrdic and Kyler:… The Cabin Boy and the Musicians
Rayner, Haytham and Chance:… The Doctor, the Striker and the Ship's Cat
Raum:… The Main Character (but not the hero)
Eternity:… The Ship

Updates with links to the chapters will be posted in my Deviantart Journal, or you can go directly to the source at my Journal Fen Journal(…) where all the chapters will be posted. (I'm leaving the anonymous commenting on, so you won't need an account.) And in specific, Here's where the chapter list will live:… .

I currently have the first two chapters written, but I don't want to post them yet, as I'm still have a couple of things I want to look over on chapter 2 (and chapter 1 has no pirates, so what's the point?). There's certain points I'm not sure I like, and I'm still trying to decide if it should end where I have it ending. It's not where my outline has it ending, but it was starting to run a bit long, so I cut it short. I'll probably post them sometime next week.
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Dragon-Master-Naya Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the cat! XD Every ship needs a cat!

Are you panning to start this soon, or are you going to wait till your finished with one of your current story lines? (Three comics sounds a bit hard, I only did one, and THAT was taxing xD)
dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, actualy, this is going to be a prose story, because doing another comic WOULD be too hard ^^; Plus I can write it during my lunch time at work, so bonus of not losing any free time :D (Since I usually just sit at my desk to eat anyway)

The first two chapters are actually written, I just want to change some things before posting them. ^^;
Dragon-Master-Naya Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, thats great, Writings are fun and relaxing and so on :D I thought it was a comic cuz you did character pics, x3;;

I cant wait to read it, pirates are fun!
Light-Tracer Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
Yay! I'm looking forward to it! :D
dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too! It feels like a bit different from my normal brand of writing, and I'm eager to put everything I've come up with to use!
Jetyra-Luck Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I'm looking forward to this :) considering I have my own little pirate/sailing substory. If you remember any of the sites you got info from, could you link me to them? I've always had a hard time researching accurate pirate stuff online.

But back on topic, I'll definately give your story a chance, since I know you aren't prone to anime flashy-fights for no reason, or stereotypical plots about collecting the 6-12 magical orbs of the elements to save the world ;P.
dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd be glad to share the links! This one - [link] - is an excellent basic resource, it has a lot of all-around information on pirates, and made it easier to narrow down my information hunting. (Example, by reading their simple description of the ships, I knew I wanted to look into brigantines in more detail.) This - [link] - another good resource with some different information. Clothes [link] and medicine [link] - and this [link] is and EXCELLENT site for breaking down the layout and use of the sails and rigging in simple terms (My only complaint is that the author's E-mail isn't on the site, I wanted to clarify some things with him and go into more detail, ah well ^^;)

*laugh* It shouldn't have either of those, no. :D However, this story will have the trope of pirates searching for buried treasure on an uncharted island, but that's mostly because the only other thing you can really do with pirates is have them pillage and plunder, and that doesn't really make for a good story. ^^; Still, I did try to mix it up a bit. (It isn't the treasure the captain's after, that's just how he's stringing along the crew. :evillaugh:)
Jetyra-Luck Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the links! XD I've bookmarked them and they'll be the next thing I look at when I have time to study them. :)

You're sort of right, there's only so much you can do with pirates without making weird things up, like flying ships, or Naruto, only with pirates, or something like Teenages Mutant Pirate Turtles :XD:.
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