“At last Mr Lucas Greybeard, Captain of the Great Harlot’s Wrath and number one air pirate to of ever sailed the heavens. What became of you old friend?”
Lucas recognised the voice immediately but slowly finished his drink and turned to face the Infamous Captain Noel Tenderhook.
“Tenderhook. I shoulda cutta your eyes for coming here.”
“Why Lucas? What that thing with Confederate wage ship?”
“Ambush! You led me in so you coulda get pay day!”
“Please if you had known what you were walking into you never would have done it.”
Lucas pulled out his revolver and pointed it at Tenderhook’s head.
“I tolda you I’d kill you.”
“Calm down Lucas, you always did wave that thing about too much. I have a proposition.”
“Is there any other type?” Tenderhook knew he had Greybeard’s interest.
“Ok we talk. Leave your boy here.” Lucas said pointing at Kele.
Greybeard and Tenderhook spoke for about twenty minutes just out of earshot of Kele. At different times there was laughter, shouting and hushed tones. After the discussion was over, Tenderhook walked over to Kele and explained what had occurred.
“Right my boy, the good Captain has listened to my proposal and it seems he’s decided to use you for the job because neither one of us can trust the other. We got a lot riding on this Kele.”
Tenderhook sat down beside the young Gamara.
“It’s a simple enough task. There is a man who works here called Jenks that is in possession of something very valuable, so valuable there is a bunch from Ruger coming to speak to Mr Jenks. We obviously want what Jenks has but also the money from the Scouts. The catch is Jenks has gone missing, we think he’s hiding somewhere in Baffin Bay waiting for the Scouts to arrive.”
“Now we’re not expecting you to do any actual stealing you’re too new for that. All we need you to do is hang about until the Scouts arrive then tail them to wherever Jenks’ safe house is, when you know came back here and tell us. Simple right?”
Tenderhook smiled with only his mouth and hoped the young Gamara understood the gravity of the situation.
Kay introduced herself causing Nate to look away from Annabelle.
“Afternoon Mr Lake. You joining us on this little adventure?”
Nate gave an easy smile to Kay as she made her way on board the Icarus. Kay was a Librarian he respected more than most not only because she had been born to a pair of Mikran Monks yet become a Librarian, a move practically unheard of, but because of her part in the fabled “Lost Expedition” which saw her team get decimated when an excavation went wrong. Despite this Kay and a scout had successfully recovered an artefact and survived the perilous passage home.
It had been on Nate’s suggestion that Cavalcade met Kay as Nate knew the girl’s inquisitive nature would be put to good use as a Librarian but he also knew Scouts could be a superstitious lot and some attributed some portion of blame for the “Lost Expedition” on the surviving members of the team. He had heard it said that Kay was an Albatross but Lake had no time for such superstition and a Librarian of Kay’s calibre would be a welcome addition to the team.
“Miss Lassiter, I never miss an adventure, regardless of size.” He said with a laugh. “Captain Mover will be giving us a brief explanation of the Icarus before we set off, but you should know your way around an Airship. I’d recommend getting a bunk early.”
Behind Kay Nate could see a meek woman make her way along the Skybridge, clearly a Librarian Nate put on his most welcoming voice.
“Hello Miss, are you part of the Expedition? Miss Lassiter and Scout Hartz would be more than happy to show you around the Icarus.”
He then addressed all the women.
“If you’ll excuse me I’ve got a lot to be getting along with so I must take my leave.”
Nate then returned to his preparations.
(OOC For the sake of brevity I’m going to skip to Mover’s speech and get the bird in the air. Late comers can write themselves in later.)
With the Icarus full of anxious Librarians and Scouts, Nate Lake gave Dash Mover the nod that they were ready to depart. Mover who was sitting in the quarter deck spoke into a brass funnel that would carry his voice through the ship along a network of brass pipes so he could be heard in all parts of the ship.
“Evening everyone. I’m Captain Mover but most people just call me Dash. I’ve never really been one for speeches so I’ll keep this short, besides most of you Scouts will have been on an Airship before while you Librarians have probably read about one. You know in a book or something.”
“The Icarus is special though because it’s the fastest damn boat in the sky and it makes use of some bits of Library tech you won’t see out in the clouds. Nate here seems to think it’ll take three days of straight flying to get to Baffin Bay and five to get back thanks to these high winds. I’ll have you there in two and back in three and a half.”
“The Icarus is designed for the transport of Scouts as such you’ll find a lot of provisions here you won’t on other Airships. For example we have custom made Skyhook plates so you can get aboard in a hurry if you have to or take the Gatling guns mounted on the bow and stern of the ship. Engineered by the Library and I’ve never seen ‘em jam. The Life Balloons can be found in most rooms and I assume you’re all familiar with ‘em if you’re not learn fast. Things I’ll save your life. ”
“Living areas can be divided up as you like, we got enough space for everyone here to be comfortable. In my experience it’s best to put the snorers in one room. The Galley is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner but I reckon eating a live pigeon would taste better than anything that’s come out of there. The Bridge is the only section off limits to you mugs.”
“That’s all I needed to say. We’ll be off shortly.”
After a few pre-flight checks Mover sounded the loud horn on the Icarus signalling that they were to cast off. As soon as they were free of their tether Mover put the power on and sent the Icarus soaring toward the clouds.