The Seagull Phratrie
After a rough encounter with the Imperial Navy, the Seagull Phratrie was relentlessly pursued. Finally the crew lost the Imperial Navy's warships in the dark of night, but this was a bitter victory, for they discovered their look-out, Jahqib, had disapeared from his post at the ship's mast. They searched their ship, the Black Cradle, all over for Jahqib, but he was nowhere to be found, and they had to accept that he had fallen to his death from atop the ship's mast. Jahqib was given a burial at sea, with an empty casket.
The Black Cradle had taken so much damage, it became stranded in the Arrapago Reef, holes blasted into its hull, and leaving its crew stranded in the Arrapago Reef, to use the reef as their headquarters, because no one without a Hydrogauge could navigate the seas around Arrapago.
At this time, Imutira, Jahqib's sister began saying she desired to join the Seagull Crew Phratrie, to avenge her brother's death, but it was really the Crew that she blamed for his death. She believed the crew knew he had fallen, but retreated to save themselves, and left Jahqib to his watery grave.
The Seagull Phratrie couldn't bring themselves to make up an excuse for such a tragedy, and allowed Imutira to join the crew. However, after returning from a mission to scout the Empire, she made an attempt on Qultada's life.
The crew had a rule that if any crew member were to attempt taking another crew member's life, their life and their right to sail would be forfeit. However Imutira was new, and Qultada gave her a choice. Either die by the captain's sword, or leave the Black Cradle immediately. Qultada knew that the Imperial Capital was near, and that Imutira could swim the distance with any luck.
Phratrie, more commonly phratry in English, derives from Ancient Greek φρατρία, which could be translated as brotherhood or fraternity. In Ancient Greek history, they formed a very potent element of Greek social life. Combined with the water/sea related word seagull, it could be said that the Seagull Phratrie was an elite brotherhood of seamen.
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