Choppy seas and unsold powers Captain Black Blood had heard the stories of the legendary coins of El Dorado for as long as he could remember. These mysterious coins were expertly forged by an infamous pirate metal master who comes from lands afar using silver so pure that they unlock untold power and abilities. A secret fraternity guards these coins and has sworn to protect the treasure for themselves making them near impossible to find.
They had been sailing through calm waters for days upon hearing a rumor the coins may have been located on an island only known as the land of forgotten tribes. All was going smoothly with the favorable winds at their back. That was until they encountered the deadliest storm of the century. The storm was like nothing the pirates had ever seen. The winds were so strong that they nearly capsized the ship, and the waves were so high that they crashed against the sides of the ship with the force of a thousand hammers. The crew was thrown about the deck like ragdolls, desperately clinging to anything they could find to stay afloat. Captain Black Blood fought to keep the ship on course, but it was a losing battle. “Hold Fast,” he shouted to his loyal pirate crew. They were going to need to brace themselves for what’s to come.
Just when all seemed lost, the storm slowly dissipated, and the crew found themselves in calm waters once again. They had survived the storm, but they were badly battered and in need of a haven to make repairs. The sails were torn, and wooden ruminants scattered across the decks. Their supplies had fallen overboard making their situation dire. That's when suddenly they spotted a mysterious island in the distance. It was shrouded in mist and looked like a place out of a fairytale.
Captain Black Blood and his crew cautiously approached the island, their swords, and knives at the ready. As they landed on the shore, they were greeted by the sound of exotic birds and the sight of lush vegetation. The island was a tropical paradise, unlike anything the pirates had ever seen. They spent the next few days exploring the island, but they soon realized that there was something strange about the place. An eerie feeling stayed with the crew like they were being watched. Something, or someone was moving throughout the vegetation. Could it be, that this was the island of the forgotten tribes? Black Blood had always heard rumors of its existence, but not many pirates lived to tell the tale. The island was thought to be inhabited by headhunters well practiced in the arts of dark magic. But surely this wasn’t the island? It looked like a paradise for the captain and his crew – an oasis in the middle of a desert for his troubled team desperate to repair the ship. Black Blood commanded half the crew to remain aboard the vessel to repair the sails and rafters as the others searched for food, shelter, and other resources they happen to find.
It was on the third day when things went downhill, fast. As the night set in they continued to hear movement in the brush around them. In fact, it was escalating in both cadence and occurrence. Twigs snapping and branches breaking, but surely there was a natural explanation. Suddenly, the sounds started to encircle the crew on the island. They were now surrounded by the headhunter tribe, who were chanting spells and wielding weapons made of bone and black onyx. Black Blood and his crew drew their swords and knives and began to fight valiantly against the carnivorous natives, but they were vastly outnumbered and found themselves overpowered and quickly captured.
The headhunter tribe brought them back to their camp deep in the forest. The pirates were bound and thrown into a clearing where a large fire had been lit. The headhunters began their preparations to sacrificially kill and to eat their prisoners. As the flames rose higher the chanting of the headhunters grew louder, suddenly out of the bushes appeared Captain Black Blood's remaining crew from the ship. They fought quickly and violently with their weapons clashing against the spears and arrows of the headhunters. In the chaos, they were able to free their captured crewmates, including Captain Black Blood himself. The reunited pirate crew made a break for their newly repaired ship waiting on the shore. Arrows flew overhead as they ran, but they were determined to escape and survive. They jumped aboard a small vessel and rowed back to the newly repair ship siting ashore. With arrows still flying and natives screaming curses from the shore the crew set sail, leaving the headhunters and their savage ways or dark magic behind.
The pirate crew breathed a sigh of relief as they sailed away from the dangerous island, grateful to be alive. Captain Black Blood and his crew had a newfound appreciation for the dangers of the sea and the unknown lands of the forgotten tribes. With that, they set sail for their next pirate adventure, ready for their next quest in finding El Dorado’s silver coins, or whatever fate had in store for them.
Black Blood and his pirate breathern set sail on their next path determined to find the mystical pirate coins that unlocked their dark powers. It had months after their last clue to where El Dorado’s silver coins rest. Surely the brotherhood protecting the coins have been changing locations determined to thwart Black Blood and his crew’s search. Finally, after countless empty searches across the vast sea the pirate crew gained their next clue to where the coins might be. During a quick supply run at the foreign pirate port of Ortega, Black Blood received a visit from Madam Calypso – a mystical woman gifted with the powers of foresight and able to predict all events of the future. Calypso and Black Blood’s paths seemed to cross courses often almost like a cosmic force had tied them together. Calypso tells Black Blood of her recent dreams about the mystical silver coins of El Dorado. In her latest visions she has seen the silver coins in a land not far from Ortega known as Muerte Espera - a place filled with deadly creatures beyond your wildest dreams. But Calypso’s vision came with a warning. She proceeded to tell Black Blood that his next quest will cost him his life as the sea will surely swallow him whole. Armed with Calypso’s latest vision of the silver coins, Black Blood sees his ship ‘The Black Tide’ resting in the distance. Realizing there’s not a moment to waste the pirate captain shouts to his crew to get the ship ready. Madam Calypso begged Black Blood to stay in Ortega and to think of the lives of his crew members. But if Black Blood is to get the coins, he knows his crew needs to act fast, as the brotherhood guarding the coins may move at any moment.
Black Blood and his crew quickly gather and boards their ship, setting sail for their next destination. He knows that the land Calypso spoke about, as it’s well known as a place full of deadly animals and creatures’ hell bent on killing all who arrive on its shores. Death surely awaits them at Muerte Espera, and they’ll need to be mentally and physically prepared to fight for their survival.
Back on the open sea Black Blood and his crew make haste for Muerte Espera. While sailing to the land of death their ship suddenly loses the wind at its sails. Though it’s rare on the open waters, losing wind isn’t a new challenge for the crew. The first mates begin to go below deck to ready the large oars to paddling the ship to their next destination. While everyone is working to get the boat moving again Black Blood begins to think that the water to calm, a little too calm for his liking. Just as the thought crosses his mind, he looks overboard only to find a dark shadow in the deep water rapidly rising from below. Just at that moment large tentacles emerge from the ocean blue and begin to swallow the ship – a kraken!
The ship violently shakes as it’s fullend engulfed by the arms of the sea beast. The gigantic grasped of the kraken’ arms swallow the ship and crew as they desperately cut and stab at the tenacles wrapped around the vessel. Their swards and daggers are of no use against the large beast as it begins crushing the sides of the ship and slowly tearing the bow and stern apart. The hull begins to crack and crush under the kraken’s strength giving way to the water surrounding the vessel. It seems now that all hope might be lost just as Calypso’s vision predicted. Finally, the ship breaks in two and begun to sink. The Kraken returns to the depths of the sea dragging half the crew and Black Blood himself to the extreme depths that belong to Davey Jones himself. You can’t escape death nor fate in this case, as the leftover crew at the water’s surface grabs and hold of debris from the wooden ship to desperately stay afloat. Unexpectedly a loud splash is heard among the men as they look over to see Black Blood emerging from the depths. He swims to a floating board to rest his body. He has escaped death and eternal rest with Davey Jones in the ocean deep!
Captain Black Blood, the fearless pirate, looked around in disbelief as the giant kraken disappeared into the deep sea. They had survived, but at what cost? The ship that he and his crew had worked so hard to maintain was now gone, destroyed by the mythical creature that had been said to haunt the seas for centuries. The captain’s thoughts quickly shifted to his lost crew and the treasure that was their goal. He knew he and his crew had to find a way to survive, but the question was, how?
Days passed by as the surviving crew drifted aimlessly in the middle of the ocean. Food and water were scarce, and the sun beat down mercilessly upon them. The pirates began to lose hope, but Captain Black Blood refused to give up. He remembered the old tales of Muerte Espera, a land that was said to be abundant with riches beyond their wildest dreams, but more importantly – Calypso’s visions of the El Dorado’s mysterious silver coins.
One night, as the pirates float hopelessly beneath the stars, the captain spotted a light in the distance. He roused the crew, and they paddled towards the light with all their might. As they drew closer, they saw the light from a fire on the shores of Muerte Espera. The crew was overjoyed as the captain led them towards the shore.
The land of Muerte Espera was unlike anything they had ever seen. It was a place where the sun always shone, where the heat was, at times, unbearable and vegetation was sparce. It was most certainly a place of danger. The pirates were greeted by the inhabitants of the continent, who warned them of the dangers that lay ahead. The mystical treasure was guarded by a powerful brotherhood, who would stop at nothing to keep it out of the hands of those who sought it. The local inhabitants stayed far away from the brotherhood as they knew the group would surely lead to their demise.
Exhausted but undeterred, Captain Black Blood and his crew set out to find the treasure. They encountered many obstacles along the way, including treacherous beasts, but they never gave up. Finally, after weeks of searching, they found the entrance to the cave where the treasure was kept. This was the hideout of the brotherhood and the resting place of the coins of El Dorado.
The Brotherhood were waiting for the relentless pirates, armed and ready to end the crews’ lives forever. A battle ensued, and the pirates fought with all their might, but it seemed as if the brotherhood was too powerful. The battle continued to ensue, and the two groups fought fiercely. The brotherhood of mystical pirates had power and strength beyond the crew's imagination, and it seemed as if the crew was no match for them. Their journey, and all the crew’s losses, have led to this very moment. As his men began to die in the quarrel, Black Blood realized that his own loyal crew and their bond were the source of their very own might. That they were willing to die for each other and a common goal. Not only were there powers in El Dorado’s silver coins, but in the bravery and loyalty of Black Blood’s very own crew.
Just when all seemed lost, Captain Black Blood rallied his men for a final push, and they fought back with all their might. Just when it seemed as if the outcome would be determined by the roll of the dice, Captain Black Blood spotted a weak point in the brotherhood's defenses. A small chest filled with what appeared to be the silver coins of El Dorado! He quickly seized the opportunity, and with a loud battle cry, gained hold of the small chest and he led his crew to victory! The crew emerged from the cave victorious, with a newfound treasure beyond their wildest dreams. They had found El Dorado’s mystical silver coins, but they had also found something more valuable - an eternal brotherhood of their own. The men share a bond that had helped them defeat the brotherhood of mystical pirates.
Years later, Captain Black Blood and his crew would be remembered as the pirate crew who had triumphed over the brotherhood of mystical pirates and found the coins of power. They would go on to become the most renowned and respected pirates in history using El Dorado’s coins of power to amass immeasurable amounts of treasure and notoriety. Captain Black Blood and his loyal crew would go on to have more adventures, fighting enemies from each continent and even hunting down the kraken that sank his prized ship - The Black Tide. The legend of the special silver coins of El Dorado lives on inspiring future generations to seek out the treasure and its untold powers.
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