Captain, First Mate, and other officers – I have been observing the current mood of the crew, the mood of Redstone and how affairs on the ship are going on at the moment. Here are my findings.
On Morale&Crew in general
Junior sailors’ morale is very bad. They are confused and frightened mortals who have had their first serious brush with the horrors of the Sea. I recommend taking some sort of action regarding this. While the veterans are holding steady, the majority of our workforce is made out of fresh recruits, and they do not know how to cope with the horrors of the Sea yet.
Lieutenant Black is in a stable, but critical condition. Besides the attackers she slew, no trace of the assassins remains. It would seem they are competent assassins, and I doubt they share the goals of the assassins hunting the officers of this ship. Which reminds me, I was attacked by a man who had painted their left hand red, but they failed to break my carapace. I gave him to the Sirens. I doubt he had any useful information, but if he did, I’m sure he plead for his life and tried to use whatever little he knew.
The Siren Eshina Rinde has lodged 37 different demands to find the perpetrators responsible for the attack on Lieutenant Black. This is somewhat unusual, as usually she mostly terrorizes junior members of the crew, cheats at poker and hatches plots to cause the demise of First Mate. She hides it, but it would appear that she has some fondness for the Lieutenant, if I do not misjudge the situation – which is possible, I do not fully understand Siren mentality. It could be that her scheme merely needs Lieutenant Black for some reason, but I doubt that. It would seem she has paused whatever scheme she has been plotting for now at least.
I believe Draexhal is nearing the completion of some sort of scheme however. She has been cackling to herself more often lately. I do not fully understand why she is back here – she is clearly untrustworthy, worked with enemies of Bastion and the Stolen Empire, and yet you asked her to return.
The governor seems to approve of us now at least, albeit Pinkerton’s relative and his cronies still treat us with suspicion. If our help here did not change their opinion of us, I doubt anything will. Regardless, the governor has ordered those loyal to her to aid us in repairing our ship, which I believe you will be glad to hear. It would seem the governor wants to reward us somehow, but I do not know how yet.
I do not trust this ‘lawman’ of theirs. I suspect the feeling is mutual. He reminds me of someone I once knew.
This might be a good chance to see if we could buy a shipment of redstone, I believe that material is worth quite much, and it could be used in various ways. I must admit I slightly want to create some apparel decorated or laced with Redstone.
Normally I would recommend that we would recruit new sailors to replace our lost ones, but I feel the locals would be a bad match for our crew. Besides, there is the hostility from Peter Pinkerton to consider, and many of the locals are either in his employ or related to him. I plead the rest of the officers to avoid taking more crewmembers who have potentially hostile agendas, we do not wish to see a second round of assassins.
On Ship Repairs
They are proceeding fast, and we should be able to set sail in a few days. The holes in the hull are being fixed, and the bridge repair is proceeding fast. I believe we have the captain to thank for that.
Nobody is repairing Yabal’Choath’s cell yet, it would appear the walls were constructed of a specific sort of metal meant to nullify magical assaults from the inside, and the people guarding Yabal’Chloath insist on this same material to be used on any repairs. As we do not have that material, I have told our sailors to ignore Yabal’Chloath’s cell for now, except of course for the mandatory training sessions. I would like to note that it is curious how silent Yabal’Chloath has been, no attempts to escape even with a literal giant hole in her cell. I know for a fact that I do not understand this being’s motives, so I’m just making a note of this without speculating anything regarding her motives. She seems inherently contradictory and infuriatingly enigmatic.
I believe the Red Hand assassins hunting the Gunnery Officer and the Captain are still at large. You two should be careful.
The Major has expressed his official condolences regarding the assault on Lieutenant Black, and has offered his help to catch the perpetrators. I believe he is some sort of spymaster? Perhaps he can be of help.
The two ‘ancient evils’ have been remarkably quiet. The dogthing hasn’t said much, and seems to stick to their cabin lately. I suspect the reason lies in the two Masked Ones we have as passengers – there is something about the female one that makes my legs tremble. Just a feeling, but on these Seas sometimes instincts ought to be listened to.
The ghosts in our main cannon are angry about something. While you were away, the cannon only fired by itself, thankfully mostly in the right direction, but our sailors had a hard time controlling it anyway.
I hope this message is understandable by human minds, I am testing something.