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TGOK 8 [Swashbuckler] - Mister B. Yorke

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Re: TGOK 8 [Swashbuckler] - Mister B. Yorke

Post by Rozwi_Game10 on Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:27 pm

October 1707

MISTER BARTHOLOMEW YORKE, feeling rather needled on being called
a sassenach, laid on the Yorkshire accent, thick, in his reply to Charles Stirling
of Kippendavie.

“Now then, Mister Stirling. I thank thee for y' kind offer, but I'm of a mind
t'venture east and no t'west. So the Americas is well out of't picture. India, that
looks like place where profit can be had for't taking - and I plan to do just that.
Now, if that might fit bill for yer'sel an't partners, then an arrangement could
just be had if't numbers prove right enough. What say y' t'that?”

Charles narrowed his eyes, shook his head and tutted. “I offer ye one way, and ye
take it another, are ye slippery like an eel, eh Mister Yorke? I’ll take ma’ time
and think on it.”

Bartholomew nodded, and told the Scotsman that he would allow him time to
come to his decision.

Mister Yorke then went and paid Maestro Hindes for his services at the
upcoming ball (10 guineas). He was most pleased, and thanked you for
employing him, “I trust the music will be to your satisfaction, and make it my
noble aim to ensure it is!” he said.

Then began his own preparations for the event, visiting first a cobbler for fitted
shoes (5 guineas) and then a tailor to have made new clothing (6 guineas).
Lastly a new hat was sought (a guinea). All these items being of a plain and
practical design, in dark colours, but of obvious good quality and marking him
as a commoner of no small means. Bartholomew's only concession to vanity was
made in the purchase of a silver topped black walking cane (3 guineas), which
could be suspended via a looped strap from a waistcoat button to allow him use
of his hands.


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The ball is next turn, on the 5th of November, so I'd best think up something interesting to contribute.
Maybe I'll have to have it posted on the door in big letters, "No persons calling English men sassenachs
are to be permitted - on pain of a Yorkshire-shoe-clad-foot encountering seized backside of the offender!"
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Re: TGOK 8 [Swashbuckler] - Mister B. Yorke

Post by Jason on Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:00 pm

I see...EVEN MORE anti-Scottish in-game...just you wait...any minute now a thousand highlanders will turn up on your doorstep and go Braveheart on you

Razz Very Happy
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Re: TGOK 8 [Swashbuckler] - Mister B. Yorke

Post by Rozwi_Game10 on Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:46 pm

In my defence. He started it! lol!

And it could have been worse ... I could have employed my weakness of Temper when giving my reply to Mr Stirling of Kippendavie.

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Re: TGOK 8 [Swashbuckler] - Mister B. Yorke

Post by Rozwi_Game10 on Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:35 pm

My Game Account's information:

November 1707 - Hull:

EMPLOYING HIS FAVOURED letter writer, Mister Bartholomew
Yorke had drawn up a paper listing those named as being 'donating
backers' to the Royal Society, leaving space available at the bottom of
the document for late entries. The document was then handed over to
the parish church of Holy Trinity, for safekeeping and as record of
those generous residents of Hull who can rightly beproud of their
action to aid the Scientific Mission to Greenland.

On the way back he met again Charles Stirling of Kippendavie, who
hailed Mister Yorke, “No, laddie. Mah ain folk are but interested in the
Americas trade, an’ if ye will nae tak advantage ofour offer, so be it, we
must find someone else. An’ may ye find fair winds tae the east.
Howsoever, shud ye change yer min’ in the next month or so, ye can
write tae me at Kippendavie.”

“Lung mae yer lumb reek, Mister Yorke,” he concluded, tipping his hat.

The ball being, still, some days away, Bartholomew made arrangements
for a selection of food stuff be available at the event. Small morsels to
offer repast and fortify between dances, nothing heavy nor too large.
The bill for the same cost 150 guineas, ensuring there was plenty of
such exquisite delights for all who are to attend.

During attendance at the ball, Bartholomew made acquaintance of all
present, thanking them for their efforts aiding the Royal Society and
benefit to Scientific understanding of the Modern Age. Before the
gathered host became enthralled to the merriment, Bartholomew led
them in toasting the English Monarchy and to the success of the Royal
Society - adding, part in-jest, that he wished upon the gentlemen
belonging the government of Denmark, who had initially attempted to
thwart the mission, a hearty case of flatulence andall the pain to the
body that such did bring! Such humour caused mild offence to some
present, but the younger set laughed most heartily.

Before the evening did come to a close, an appearance was made of a
sewn-up set of clothes plumped out with fodder and other such filling,
and topped with a reversed wooden bowl attached in place and bearing
the crude visage of a male face. “'Tis that fiend, Guy Fawkes. The
gunpowder-plotter has come back to receive his just punishment!” cried
out Bartholomew, who then took hold of the puppet and led it around the
room to receive it's insults and comic attacks, all done to the
accompaniment of fevered music prearranged with Maestro Hindes.

Having Ern come forth to rid them of the 'traitor Fawkes', the mood
and music became more relaxed, allowing a last chance for
Bartholomew to mingle amongst the esteemed gentlemen present and
to beg the indulgence of a last dance with the ladywhom he
considered most prettily dressed.

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The Newspaper's account:

HULL
A paper listing those named as being 'donating backers' to
the Royal Society has been handed over to the parish
church of Holy Trinity in Hull, for safekeeping by
Mister Bartholomew Yorke, as a record of those generous
residents of Hull who can rightly be proud of their
action to aid the Scientific Mission to Greenland.

A much-vaunted ball was held in the city on 5th
November, to the delight of the local gentry. They at one
point toasted the English monarchy, and the success
of the Royal Society. Mister Yorke added, part in-jest it
seems, that he wished upon the gentlemen belonging to
the government of Denmark, who had initially attempted
to thwart the mission, a hearty case of flatulence and
all the pain to the body that such did bring!

Before the evening did come to a close, an appearance
was made of a sewn-up set of clothes plumped out with
fodder and other such filling, and topped with a
reversed wooden bowl attached in place and
bearing the crude visage of a male face.  'Tis that fiend,
Guy Fawkes. The gunpowder-plotter has come
back to receive his just punishment! cried out
Bartholomew, who then took hold of the puppet and led
it around the room to receive insults and comic
attacks, all done to the accompaniment of fevered
music prearranged with Maestro Hindes.
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Re: TGOK 8 [Swashbuckler] - Mister B. Yorke

Post by Rozwi_Game10 on Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:02 pm

Mister Bartholomew Yorke

December 1707

Type: Merchant (common class).

Nationality: English.

Religion: Anglican.

Aptitudes:
Persuasion.
Civilised.
Gallantry.

Weakness:
Temper

Social standing: In good standing.

BARTHOLOMEW WENT ON a spending spree around Hull,
securing a lockable travelling trunk (priced at four guineas), and a
smaller lockable strongbox which can fit into the said trunk (price six
guineas). A linked neck chain upon which to keep the keys for both
was procured, at a further two guineas.

It was noted with great approval that Mister Bartholomew Yorke has
gifted 30 guineas to Holy Trinity Church, in aid of poor relief to be
disbursed over the winter months. Mister Yorke is known to frequent
the said church, and was believed to be only too delighted to spread
goodwill amongst his fellow men as they celebrated Christmas.

At church the services of Alfred Taylor, man of law in partnership with
Messrs. Thatcher, Cooper & Abbott, was recommended to you. Their
office is on Laburnum Avenue, at number 49. The following Sunday to
when his name had been mentioned he turned up at church in person
and introduced himself. In the conversation which followed he was
pleased to confirm he would be only too able and willing to assist in
drawing up papers to detail trade investments, whenever they are to be
made, to ensure legal protection and contractual veracity. Especially for
such a renowned fellow as Mister Bartholomew Yorke!
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Re: TGOK 8 [Swashbuckler] - Mister B. Yorke

Post by Rozwi_Game10 on Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:50 am

January 1708 - London:

ON THE FIRST Friday of the month, after a week of travel along cold
and icy roads through snowed-under towns and villages, Bartholomew’s
hired coach reached the city of London. The journey had been largely
uneventful, most people and indeed animals preferring to remain
indoors as the temperature is as cold as the bottom the sea but rather
more frozen. The cold bites into your bones, and sets your teeth on
edge.

This cold condition did nothing to help Bartholomew’s mood as he
stepped down to dismount outside the Old Thameside Inn. The tavern
looked a familiar sight as he surveyed it from the street outside, but as
some snow dislodged and landed on his hat it knocked it clean off. The
innkeeper’s wife, Abigail Smith, on seeing this ran out and fussed about
it. Bartholomew’s temper flared, he belted out against his better
judgement, “No fuss, woman, stop fussing!” and as she insisted on still
trying to dust snow off his shoulders, he gave her what was meant to be
a gentle nudge. Not knowing the force of the push, he was astounded to
see her set flying, landing hard in the snow!

“Well I never!” she complained.

Horace her husband came outdoors clutching a pewter tankard and
wagged it at you threateningly, “Lay no hands of my wife! I’ll have the
watch on you I shall!”

He looked more closely, and then as recognition dawned he added,
“Mister Bartholomew, I’m surprised at you. Never gave us trouble
before. Now make good your apologies, or you won’t be staying here, no
not for all the tea in China I says!”

He then observed Ern and his two mates, who squared up beside
Bartholomew facing him.

“What you say?” asked Ern.

“Uhm…” Horace gulped.

+++

Bartholomew has gone to St. James Palace and is asking at the gate to
be allowed in to see none other than the Duke of Halifax, ‘as he asked
in the letter addressed to me of December 1707’.
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Post by Rozwi_Game10 on Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:54 am

Will just state that sensitive information from my turns isn't posted on this forum, and there probably will come a point in the future when I cannot copy my turn's details as Bartholomew will be embroiled in actions that would impact Game 8, and to do so would allow various players advantage over others.
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Re: TGOK 8 [Swashbuckler] - Mister B. Yorke

Post by revvaughan on Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:34 am

You can't be left in the cold for long... We shall see what happens this coming month.
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Re: TGOK 8 [Swashbuckler] - Mister B. Yorke

Post by Rozwi_Game10 on Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:58 pm

Latest turn has arrived and here is the turn report from my Swashbuckler character.

I will be honest and admit that myself and the player controlling England did collaborate when it came to the backstory of how his Duke knew my Commoner. Talking through Personal Messages so we could pass ideas between us, so we could send Richard something to make TGOK#8 Canon.

This turn also features the first instance that I've had to redact a passage from my game turn - due to the nature of the private conversation between players in the game. Obviously, at some point, I'll have to stop copying up these turn reports due to my character's actions being too influential on the full TGOK #8 game.

Anyway, on to the turn.



February 1708 - London

WITH AN EMBARRASSED look Bartholomew addressed Abigail
Smith, “Ah, apologies, good-wife Smith. I pray you forgive me the
accident upon your goodself, and overlook my poor temper. ‘Tis but a
symptom of this infernal weather that endures, and sees me travel to
your city on the beckoned call of His Grace, the Duke of Halifax.”

Her eyes went big. “A duke you say?” She appeared impressed, and less
scandalised.

“And not just any duke, the First Lord of the Treasury!” added Horace,
appearing keen to restore relations as Ern and his mates scowled at
him.

Addressing the said Horace Smith, the inn-keep, Bartholomew added,
"Now then, good sir. Will it be possible to take lodging? I am for St.
James' at the soonest opportunity to answer these summons, but I
would prefer to warm myself first and partake the chance of food for
myself and my men.”

He looked at your men, and frowned. Nervously he said, “Can hardly
say no, Mister Bartholomew, but let’s have no more of this and all act
like civilised men.”

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Mister York was allowed in to see the Duke of Halifax after a long wait.
He was shown through a side door, a servant’s entrance no less, rather
than through the main entrance, having been taken there by a sentry of
the Her Majesty’s Scottish Guard Regiment.

He was taken down corridors and through the door to the private
waiting area which was opened and as the visitor he was proceeded in
by the long suffering and ever-present secretary of the Duke of Halifax.
Charles was not familiar with the man ushered in until the secretary
spoke the name Yorke and he was reminded of a familiar face and
voice that had served alongside him in his younger years. He recalled
Sergeant Major Yorke had been the rock that a young officer could
depend on and in all likelihood, had been the reason that Charles has
survived and thrived. "Mr. Yorke, please do take a seat, I am most sorry
to learn of your father’s death and the fact that I was not in attendance
to pay my respect," Charles gestured to a chair near the fire. "I should
like to cut to the chase and offer you a commission in a new regiment
that I am raising. Should you be so kind to accept I should make it
official forthwith. I know that you are a man of business, but this might
well give you something tangible and a leg to stand on if all else fails.
That and my investment into your business is a small thing when
compared to your father's service and friendship to me those years ago.
What say you Major Yorke... is this something you desire?”

The Duke then asked Mister Yorke if he desires to continue his
interests in business or does a life of service to Her Majesty’s
Government strike him with interest?

[Paragraph Removed - Sensitive Information Between Players]

Finally the Duke offered to purchase the uniforms and lodging of
Major Yorke as well as to make sure that the young man has what he
needs. “After all it is his father that gave direction and wisdom to me.”

+++

While Bartholomew was at St. James Palace, Ern and company were
dispatched to the River Thames and it's environs. They were set with
the task of looking for an Indian foreigner who speaks English and
would be capable of teaching Bartholomew the common language of
the Madras Presidency, or the like. Ern found no shortage of such men,
and soon had recruited an eager fellow called Pachai Laghari for such
a task. Pachai is very thin, with a lively look about him like one who is
excitable and eager to please (or at least to be busy!). He speaks English
passably well, and claims to be multi-lingual when it comes to his
homeland.

The fellow has joined Ern and his mates at the Old Thameside Inn,
where they await Bartholomew’s return.

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Re: TGOK 8 [Swashbuckler] - Mister B. Yorke

Post by Stuart Bailey on Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:47 pm

Ooooooooohhhhh......dodgy place that Indea for free non company merchants "interlopers" like Bart and free spirited types like Big Ern.

Historically 1 in 3 were killed by yellow fever and the like but I think in Glori and esp scabble losses seem to have been higher.

Anyone know what happened to Charles Darcy?
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Post by Rozwi_Game10 on Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:32 am

Yeah, I did consider the high mortality rate for Europeans, but I was originally thinking of playing Gujerat in TGOK (didn't, as I thought doing two positions might make me sick of the game and I'm enjoying playing Rozwi too much) but switched to Swashbuckler instead and still want to check out India.

I think any Indian adventure is to be a way off, yet. And I'd best test the skills of Pachai Laghari (might need to 'christen' him Patchy Harry) on a definite 'Indian' speaker, 'cos learning a gobbledegook bit of made-up nonsense may be funny but not much use.

Got to do something, though. So far, I've not gone to Greenland, turned down North Armerica (both GM offered adventures) and am now offered work from England. I can't really stay at Hull all the time - though I am quite enjoying it.


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