The Wormwood

The fore-deck stood about ten feet above them, with a bowsprit shaped like a rearing dragon on the front of the ship. The foremast rose about thirty feet in the air from that deck. Behind them, the poop deck was about fifteen feet above them, the mizzenmast thirty feet hgh above that. The ship’s bridge extended forward from it, where the gigantic ship’s wheel was visible – it was three feet across and had ten spokes decorated with silver inlays carved to resemble kraken heads. An iron cage was hanging from the side of the mizzenmast, containing a dead body. A parrot was perched on top of it, who looked like it might have mange, and it was squawking angrily as they came onto the deck. The main deck ran the length between these two upper decks, and the main mast rose sixty feet from the center of it. Rigging attached it to the other masts, where they could see other pirates climbing even now. The crow’s nest perched at the top of the main mast, and a giant macabre brass and copper clock hung below it, which depicting worms writhing through whale corpses. They all recognized that the several strands of thick rope secured to the foot of the main mast were the whipping post. Two ten foot square hatches were currently open, their large grills pulled aside, but able to be battened down at any time, and had ladders that led to the lower decks. They could count about twenty-some crew members surrounding them. A large wooden box bound in iron sat just beneath the bridge, which some of them recognized as a sweatbox. A small jolly boat sat on the deck next to the port rail.

The Wormwood

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