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Being a teenager is a time of questioning the values you learned when growing up, and measuring them against the experiences you're starting to have as an adult. Add Milliways to the mix? Specially with three very diverse rolemodels such as Archie Kennedy, Merriman Lyon, and Jack Sparrow? Ooooh boy. Specially when I know that the answers to this meme would have been different, if he took it a year ago, and probably will be different again in another year from now.

What's the worst thing someone could do?
Condemning themselves or others to Evil.
What's the worst thing someone could do to you?
Attack and hurt those I care about.
What's the worst thing that could happen to you?
... It would be tempted fate to say that they have already happened, wouldn't it? I have died, and the Dark tried to kill me again, then also tempt me. I would say that those have been the worse, already.
What's the worst thing someone could say about a person?
That they have no honor.
What's the best thing someone could say about a person?
That they trust and care about them.

Are men and women basically different?
Of course they are, yes.
Which is better, to be a woman or to be a man?
Probably to be a man, as there are still quite a few things that women are generally not allowed to do- or rather, that society says they are not allowed to do.
What can men do that women can't do?
Given it is more of a question of what society allows them- and then there are those who ignore such superficial restraints- probably not a lot that they cannot do.
What can women do that men can't do?
Have children.
Is it possible to change genders?
... None that I know of. Given the idea of magic, though... *he rubs the bridge of his nose*

How old is old enough to have sex?
*red* Ah. Um. It probably depends on... various things and situations. 16?
Is it wrong to have sex if you're unmarried?
Ah... no.
Is it wrong to have sex with someone other than your spouse if you're married?
It would be, yes- though I understand that some do. It just does not seem right to do so, however.
Is it wrong to have sex with a person of the same gender?
*raised eyebrow* Yes.
Is it wrong to have sex with a person of a different race (or a different intelligent non-human species)?
Ah. Um. Given what I've learned of other races here, it probably isn't wrong. Other species- ah. *bright red* It may not even work.
Is it wrong to have more than one sexual partner at the same time?
If you are married, yes. If not... *wry smirk* Only if they find out about each other, I would imagine.
Is it wrong to have sex with someone you don't love?
*he bites his lip* Maybe not? Though I would hope there would be at least some measure of respect and kindness, if there wasn't any love.

What are the responsibilities of a mother toward a child?
To raise and care for them, particularly when they are young. Then for a daughter, to teach her what she needs to know as a lady.
What are the responsibilities of a father toward a child?
To teach and guide them, specially the rights and wrongs of life. Then, to a son, his place in the world.
What are the responsibilities of a child toward a parent?
To respect and listen to them.
Which should be more important to you, your parent or your child?
It is a parent's duty to take care of their children, so they would be more important to take care of them, and protect them.
Which should be more important to you, your parent or your spouse?
Your spouse.
Which should be more important to you, your child or your spouse?
Your spouse, though I do believe that a man and wife would then be working together to take care of their children.
Is it wrong to have a child if you're unmarried?
Is abortion wrong?
... Yes. Even more so than having a child out of wedlock.
Is contraception wrong?
I don't know? I would think such a thing is more of the woman's prerogative.

Is there one true religion?
I would have said yes, a while ago. Now, I am not so sure- only that what is more important is what a religion is, is what it does, and how the people that belong to it act, individually.
Does a deity or deities exist?
How important is it to believe in a deity or deities?
... I wouldn't know. Maybe it depends on how active He is in your life?
How important is it to actively practice your religion?
Again, I wouldn't know. I- I'm not particularly active myself. *sheepish*
Does magic exist?
Is practicing magic wrong?
Magic is a tool, nothing more. It isn't good or evil in itself, but in what it is used for.

Is killing always wrong?
Is war always wrong?
How old is old enough to fight in a war?
I was 13 when I started. There were boys on board ship who were younger, though.
Is rape always wrong?
Is torture always wrong?
For the most part, yes. I could imagine there could be situations where it would be needed, but they would have to be very Dire.
Is theft always wrong?
No. There are circumstances when it is, and then when it is not.
Is slavery wrong?
*after a moment of thought* Yes.
Is lying wrong?
It is. There are, however, circumstances when it is needed to prevent greater wrongs and to protect others.
Is swearing wrong?
Yes. *wryly* Though there are other things that are much more worse, so... it isn't something to overly worry about.

Yeah, looking back at this, you can rather tell which of his role models had influence over certain areas more than others. *amused*
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To Her Most Serene Majesty Queen Amethyst of Ambergeldar~

And my dearest friend Amy~

It is with the hopes that even if I miss you in the bar, that this note will find you before I am able to myself, to at least convey in part my most sincere apologies to you in regards to my actions concerning Mr Logan Echolls this past week. Previous matters in which he was involved in caused me to loose my temper, which is no excuse for my un-gentlemanly actions, never mind also breaking the rules of this establishment.

I regret any discomfort the events may have caused you, and I hope you accept my most humble apologies on the matter.

Your humble servant~
H. M. Wellard
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So! Lets get down to the bottom of this.

(This post will be edited to include reference links.)

Room investigation

Room 75

Nov. 3rd, 2006 11:55 pm
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Wellard's room is not as spartan as it used to be, though still kept with the painstaking neatness of someone used to being on ship and not having a lot of room. Tacked up on the wall are aircraft carrier blueprints, and a handdrawn diagram of space ship engine design as applying to a Firefly (half in chinese).

Books that had been stacked on the small desk have now found a home on the book case, along with a few other items, such as a rook's skull, and a mirror made of red glass. Two items have a place of honor on a center self, a silver medal on a red ribbon, and a small silver castle with gold details.

There are also two chests in the room, a larger one by his desk, then a smaller one at the food of his bed that is much more obviously standard navy issue.
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With a head still prone to pounding, and dizziness that comes and goes, the best place for Wellard on board the Pearl is NOT up in the rigging.

Thankfully, sail mending is not too much a strain on the eyes, can be done while sitting, and safely down on deck. And it is something he can do while trying

("I'll remember.")

to puzzled out the blank spot in his memory, while trying to not worry too much.
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The Random Question Meme!

An array of completely random questions about my friends!

How many people has [livejournal.com profile] tea_and_honor seduced?
*brain 'splody* I don't think I wish to know the answer to that.
What was [livejournal.com profile] kitchen_maid wearing, the last time you noticed?
Something princess-y. Or for a queen, rather. ... A dress, certainly.
Who on your friends list would get along best with [livejournal.com profile] bringmethatnpc?
More than likely Captain Sparrow, I'd wager. *amused*
How did you meet [livejournal.com profile] mmquitecontrary?
In the bar at Milliways.
What would you say at [livejournal.com profile] skjaldmeyjar's funeral?
... If I wasn't off taking care of Mr Kennedy...
Can [livejournal.com profile] walk_ins do a headstand?
Yes. Or at least 19 of them.
What do [livejournal.com profile] prone_to_panic and [livejournal.com profile] shall_go_free have in common?
The answer to this my mun knows, and she believes it wouldn't be good for me to know. *eyes her*
Can [livejournal.com profile] pirate_jack raise the dead to perform common household tasks?
... Probably.
What would your life be like if you had never met [livejournal.com profile] creator_raven?
Maybe a bit more sane. *amused* But dull.
What is [livejournal.com profile] white_flowers's favorite song?
More than likely something evil. Or Welsh.

This is by [livejournal.com profile] heptadecagram. You can find your own completely random questions here.

Do you feel enlightened now?

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It is one of the few mornings left in the season that the weather is actually co-operating and being nice for a change. Meaning, a good number of people were up early, and out on the Black Pearl to get a full day's work in- at least while the weather holds.

For the moment, though, the morning sun is breaking through the patches of fog and low clouds hanging around the lake. There are the sounds of voices, and a few snatches of songs being sung while working-

However, not everyone is here that has said they would be.
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The sky is cool, grey, and occasionally misting, but that just means when you are working hard you can keep warm enough.

And there is certainly plenty of work to be done. The deck of the Black Pearl has been cleared off, with debris and pieces that are large enough to reuse stacked carefully. All over is the gleam of cut and exposed wood, the splintered edges cut and smoothed in preparation for patching sections. One mast has been cleared of charred and torn sails and rigging, the canvas and rope set in one area to work on before it can be sent back up.

One of the current priorities, however, is fixing the stern section of the ship, the back wall of the captain's cabin, that took some of the worse damage from the kraken-

Scottish autumn nights can start to get chilly, afterall.

Party thread style, slowtimes more than welcome.
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Wellard's rapidly growing collection of books had grown too large to continue being neatly stacked on his desk. There certainly was enough space in his room for a book case, and those are quite easier to build than a boat. With some time carefully spent in the last few evenings, he now has one. While it may not be particularly fancy, it is sturdy and carefully made, and each section sanded until it was mirror-smooth.

It is short work to assemble the sections together in his room, and then start organizing his books, papers, a few knickknacks on the shelves. All the while, his thoughts keep returning to a conversation between him and the Commodore a few days ago.

("and... the oceans are a place of grave peril and danger for God knows how long afterwards, and even anywhere near the ocean as well. -Which changes history as well.")

("Can you imagine the... sort of time mix ups it may cause?")

("I do not recall anything changing, from before." ... "They connect. And the second affects the first.")

The light from the lamp on his desk catches on the odd mirror of ruby glass that he was setting in the corner of the bookcase.

("Emerald Shipping and Trading company, rather. ... The ship's the Challenge. ... It's one of my grandfather's ships.")

If the East India Company attempted to gain control of Davy Jones and the Wild, changing the history that he knew-

Emerald Shipping and Trading. His grandfather's and father's company, even if it had been dissolved upon his father's death, had been ultimately reliant on the oceans- And, as free-traders, being able to work around the East India Company. If that did all change-

There are quite a few things that would quite directly affect. Himself being one of them, above all.

And that starts up a whole new set of quite worrisome thoughts.
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Elda is curious, outside often enough, and the Pearl is quite hard to miss.

Jack dealt with one sea monster recently, and did have a tendency to shoot at zombie undead monkeys when startled.

To forstall one outcome that could happen when taking in all of these factors, as soon as Wellard spotted Elda next in the bar, he grabbed her to head outside to the lake.

(There is also the much more important factor that two of his very good friends should meet, anyways.)

Thus, one former british midshipman and griffin, standing on the lakeside.
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[After this rather.]

Black outs are not too affecting, if one is rather used to candles and oil lamps, even still. Or when one was in bed already, having been busy working on getting some of the frame work for the hull done the day before-

So, a few things were missed, last evening.

But today, Wellard is heading back out to the small ship yard, to resume work-


That was hardly on the lake yesterday. He certainly knows that ship well enough, as he spent quite some time on board not too long ago. So, it is just a few moments later that Wellard is on the shore line closest to the Pearl, hands cupped around his mouth.

"Captain Sparrow!"
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A Raven feather. Kept by Jack and 'used' here

A rook's skull.

A hidiously designed tiara, tarnished.

A pair of gold saltcellars in the shape of leaping dolphins. Given to Princess Amy as a wedding gift.

A signet ring, and a matching dagger with a signet on the base of its hilt. The symbol on the ring is a compass rose.

A gold torque inlaid with lapis lazuli.

Matchbook-sized book of psalms, with a cover of gold and inlaid with gems.

Another signet ring with a stone of amber, that is actually a poison ring.

A tiny alabaster figurine of a cat.

A tapestry depicting the martyrdom of some saint or other, done with gold thread. - Saint Sebastian, shot with arrows.

Five different goblets supposing to be the Holy Grail, each with a different maker's mark on the bottom.

A reliquary shaped like an arm, with a little glazed window and a fingerbone inside. Saint Stephan of Hungary- patron of bricklayers, stone cutters, stone masons.

A Roman-glass goblet set with onyx.

Statue of a winged man, carved in jade.

Seven glass bottles, ornately carved and chased with gold, and sealed with wax. Inside each is a shrivelled black thing that might be the heart of something not human.

An intaglio ring with the profile of Cicero.

Seventeen assorted ivory chessmen, both red and white, very elaborately carved. The rest are missing.

A small ivory cube, intricately carved. Inside it is a tiny crystal sphere, perfectly round and seamless.

A large egg the size of an ostarich egg, but of a deep metallic blue with gold swirls upon it.

A brass figure of a fairy, with delicate enamel details and fully articulated joins, and a wind-up key.

A mirror made of red glass.

3 Bronze statues, hand-sized, of Ganesh, of an Indian style Buddha and a Chinese style Buddha.

Velvet pouch holding a shell box, holding a great handful of pearls cushioned with a yellowed silk hankerchief. (Initials Z.F.G.) One blue pearl given to Mary Lennox, the rest given to Jack.
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Alright. So once upon a time, no one knows exactly when, that's how these stories usually go because no one wrote them down- There was a lord who's wife died. He had a daughter, so after a while he sought to find another wife and get married again, and he did. She was a widower as well, with two daughters of her own, and moved into the lord's home. Unfortunately, he died soon after they were married, and left all his affairs to her. The lady was also supposed to look after his daughter, but she put her own above her stepdaughter, and made her out to be nothing more than a scullery maid in the kitchen.

... She did hire new servants, of course. None of them knew that the daughter was really the daughter of the old lord. She had to sleep by the kitchen fireplace to keep warm, and the only name anyone ever knew for her was Cinderella.

Now, the lady was busy with the upcoming season, as both her own daughters were of age to come out. Cinderella was old enough as well, but the lady woudn't bother letting her scullery maid go out, not when she had her own daughters to worry about. However, the lord's daughter was still known by some, and when the prince held a ball, she still received an invitation. The lady had tossed it away, but since Cinderella had to take things to the dustbin, she found the invitation.

But what to do then? Her step mother had sold all of her clothes to the rag pickers, and given all of her own mother's jewelry to her step-sisters. She had nothing except her one change of clothes that were tattered and torn.

However, Cinderella was not totally forgotten. Her father and mother had friends who were Cinderella's godparents, an older couple that the lady had banned from her house long ago. But they had not forgotten her, and the day of the ball, they sent a footman in- since he had not been banned from the house- to go and get her. Cinderella was old enough, they could get her to the ball, and then see about getting her away from her stepmother's control. There was a fine gown for her, and her godmother gave her her own jewelry to wear. Then, they sent her to the ball in a coach with a driver and six footmen. The problem was that she could not stay for long, otherwise her stepmother may find her out.
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Family Info!

(This part is still vague.)
Henry Edward Morrison started the Emerald Shipping and Trading Company from scratch, with the funding of some questionable investors. He was not a member of the peerage, but the rising middle class. Morrison later helped with the starting and funding of Lloyds of London. Somehow, later he met Josephine Bright, who was highborn. Against the wishes of her family, she married him.

(But this part isn't.)
Morrison married Josephine Alice Bright. They had one daughter, Elizabeth Victoria Morrison, who married Matthew Jonah Wellard- who started as a clerk in the Emerald Shipping and Trading Company and had risen up to be second in command of the Co by the time he proposed to Morrison's daughter. Morrison's only grandchild was born Nov 13 1786- Henry Matthew Wellard.

Wellard's parents died of cholera in Feb 1794, when he was 8- he then lived with his great uncle Robert Bright in Kent. Bright, a retired captain of the Navy, spoke to a friend who was a current captain to accept Wellard on board the Worthington as a midshipman in 1799 when Wellard was 13.

In 1801 he was transferred aboard the Renown under Captain James Sawyer, and then died in the West Indies in Jan 1802 at the age of 16.

Other dates for reference. Mother was 18 when she had H.Wellard, prolly married at 17. Elizabeth therefor born 1768. Matthew Wellard born 1759, married at age 26, was 27 when H.Wellard was born.

"Bloomsbury was colonized by respectable merchants and the professional classes, handsome houses but tainted by trade in the eyes of the elite." Right from An Elegant Madness. *snerk* Which fits Wellard's grandfather, and then his parents.

I need to figure out a few things about his grandfather and grandmother. How to have a high-born young lady even meet a tradesman, one self-made, even if he was probably more well-off than a good portion of the nobility? Then, how to kill them off. Hmmmm. *is open to ideas- even something like EIC 'arranging' an accident for Morrison and wife.*
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East Indies. Indian and Pacific oceans, clear about on the other side of the world. Exotic locals only really pictured in most people's imagination if they grew up in the northern climes of England. There were certainly books and stories that mentioned such locations, with descriptions that ranged from the academic to the fantastic.

All such memories and dreams based on such stories are rather quickly going to be replaced by the real thing, now.

The water under the Black Pearl is brilliant blue and clear, leading to the bustling docks of Singapore. Dutch and Portuguese trading ships were moored next to the more exotic ones from China and other Asian kingdoms. The babble of strange languages filled the ears even from this distance, made all the more clearer as the Black Pearl slowly cruised into a free dock. The wind carried out to them the smells of the trading port itself, unfamiliar spices and scents thick on the sea breeze.

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~Show me what its like
To be the last one standing
And teach me wrong from right
And I'll show you what I can be
And say it to me, say it for me
And I'll leave this life behind me
Say it that its worth saving me.~

Maybe not so much the rest of the song, but the chorus still fits for Wellard.
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So, to keep from replaying scenes of Final Destination in my head while flying, I did my best to bring on some happy char bleed. Aeroplanes! So, there are notes.

With a flying ship one wouldn't be up this high. However, Wellard will have to determine how to measure altitude, and learn weather signs better. A ship at sea in a storm is bad enough, but in the sky? There are 3 dimensions in which to get tossed, and oen of them ends in a rather hard place.

If this works for Elda's magic, perhaps?
The spell can have measures of buoyancy, so the amount of lift can be moved in and out of use in set increments. A lot here depends if this can be done mundanely or would have to be constantly done with magic. Elda may end up as ship's engineer, if the latter- specially at first.

Do research on early aviation. Back when they still just used a compass and navigated by landmarks, how did they know the altitude? Air pressure gage? Something suitably old-fashioned, though I do think Wellard is going to have to learn another hundred years worth of science, all around.

Anchors and Mooring:
For the harpoon anchor, do research as to whale-hunting techniques at the time. M&C mentions whaling, but not the methods used. Harpoons and cannons can't be too far from each other. This works for getting the anchor much more stable in the ground than a regular sailing ship's anchor on the ocean floor.
Mooring- too keep the ship at a stable distance with the wind pushing it down in any direction, 3 mooring anchors should be used.
Anchor design- The anchors are actually based more on harpoon design, to be shot into the ground. Upon impact, low-level charges detonate, opening up the harpoon into a prong, to lodge more securely into the ground. Upper braces lock into position to keep the side spikes pushed out. These braces are knocked out when the anchor is to be pulled out.
This would either be done by a ground crew, or by ship's crew to then be pulled up. A good question is if it would be safe enough for them to ride the anchor line back up, or if they should have their own lines. (Safety harnesses on always, of course.)

The rudders for turning port and starboard work on the same principle as a regular ship. The difference is in the size, and that the two-part rudder is taller than the height of the hull, reaching below and above it.
The rudders to control the pitch are located to the sides of the hull. The principle for operating these remains the same as the rear rudder.
Things that need to be researched or figured- what is the range of motion available to standard rudders, so what is the possible angle for turning- at least for port and starboard? Then, the possible range for the pitch rudders? Though for these it is also a question of what angle of ascent and descent is safe.

With later designs for ships, the hull is most likely going to change, with the sides curving up and inwards more, for added safety and to provide a better shaped vessel for moving through air rather than water. Steering and navigation may also move more to the front of the ship for better visibility and response time.
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Ask Wellard something-

Or tell me something I don't know about him. Yet.
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