Seventy four days until we reach Key West.
Another trying day. Another violent outbreak amongst me crew. Thar seems to be a line drawn between the merchant sailors and me hastily enlisted rough and tumble crew. Naively, it seems, I didn't figure on any discriminations. And much of me "pirate" crew I hired on in port, me sees now- I paid scant attention as I aquired these rascals. They be such young lads- barely shavin'- smooth skinned with their youth surging through them. It be one altercation after another. Yet neither merchant sailors nor shady crew know of our destination or our ultimate act of true piracy. And when it comes time to take over the Castaneda, this will be how I will present it: the lure of riches.
Man has turned to piracy for almost as long as he has sailed the sea. Regardless of the vessel, the reasons for this have remained the same. Pirate crews are often manned by desperate or disillusioned people. And though execution be the punishment for piracy, and life be short, piracy be an attractive alternative to many of the other options or fates facing men of the sea. We sailors have served on merchant vessels, warships, or privateers before turning to piracy. And turn, we shall. Most of me men be in their 20's with an average age expectancy for a seaman, and pirate alike, to be 27 years. But lo! Me hired hands barely look 16!
A motivating force for this lifestyle be freedom. In the restrictive social heirarchy of the age we live in, seamen are at the bottom. The chance to turn a profit from piracy is enticing. Instead of profits going to the merchant or other ship owners, profits among pirates are equally split. The seaman's life be grueling, often involving discomfort, danger, and horrific living conditions. Drinking water be foul, food be frequently rotten, and disease runs rampant. The life of a sailor does not promise much, but a pirate might be enticed by the chance of huge rewards. A true pirate is someone who robs others at sea and acts beyond the law. Me destiny involves much more than simple piracy.
I can only hope that like the crew of the Black Swan, me mates and I be on a fateful voyage of intertwined souls.
In me cabin tonight, I study the Russian Nautical chart of LaGrange..."I be right to expose the Secret (now missing) Letter to Falcon LaGrange. It seems we be on a synchronistic voyage. LaGrange is excited about the Secret of the Key because it explains other recent events of an unusual nature prior to embarcation. Most notable being the arrival to the Falcon's hotel of a mysterious package from the shores of the Baltic Sea. The sender be unknown, and the carefully sealed envelope contained a nautical chart in a cryptic language and foreign alphabet that only LaGrange could potentially decode. It appears the language may be Russian, but so far only the words Key West have been translated (Ки-Уэст). Our journey to Key West together clearly is no coincidence. We are united in our search for the key. -Captain Morgan La Fey
This mysterious chart will require further examination.
Your Servant, the UnNamed Captain
(parts of this Captain's Log entry are pirated from "The History of Pirates," by Angus Konstam, a book approved by the Pirate Soul Museum of Key West.)