Jolly, Ho !!
"What do you mean he refused it?" Korillo Kreegan fumed at his second cousin's youngest daughter, Geribella. It was her job to see to the completion of all boat sales. She was usually very good at it. "I put all the enchantments he asked for in it!" "I am sorry, Master Korillo," Geribella replied. "But he did that 'It's not to my liking' bit with a lot of dramatic flair people do when they are too broke to pay for what they wanted." "Hmmmph," Korillo grunted with a scowl. "He really can't pay?" "No," Geribella said. "I had to do some extensive digging, but I have discovered that he was recently swindled on his last venture." "See if you can find another buyer for it before sending it home." "I will do that, Master Korillo," Geribella promised.* * * * *"You know, husband, those greedy gnomes will just sell that boat to Pearlshore." Lady Drucilla said to Lord Morton Siltshoals. "If I could just sell that boat myself I could pay off the gnomes AND leave us a tidy profit!" "Then get it back, husband." Lord Siltshoals flashed her a wicked grin. "Oh, very good, wife. I WILL get it back. I know just the fools to hire for a mere promise of getting paid."
Merle and Daryl, after a tragic attempt at highway robbery, decided to take the offer from Lord Siltshoals. All they had to do was steal a boat from some puny little gnomes and bring it to Lord Siltshoals' private dock to get paid. What could be easier?
That very night, as the moon shone bright, they watched the town docks. "Merle," Darryl whispered, "them gnomes've left. It'll be a good bit until a guard comes by." Merle climbed down from the tree they had hidden in to spy on the Pearlshore docks. He stretched and yawned. "Let's git it, Darryl."
"Now ain't that a purdy sight, Merle?" Darryl asked as he stood admiring the jolly boat. "Why, it even has a mast 'n sail we kin use 'stead of rowing all them miles t' Siltshoals." Merle grunted and stepped aboard the jolly boat. He began setting the oars in their oarlocks then tucking them neatly back into the boat. "We don't need all them oars," Darryl said as he finished setting up the mast and sail. "Yeah, well, I wanna have oars in the best rowin' spot an' I dunno which is best."
A Kreegan-made Jolly Boat
A jolly boat is the smallest boat carried on board a sailing ship if used at sea. It serves as a common fishing boat or traveling boat when used on inland waters. This latter use has risen into great popularity. The master shipbuilder Korillo Kreegan has taken to making several with magical enchantments. A Kreegan-made jolly boat is 18 feet long and clinker-built. Another structural feature of these jolly boats is the one foot deep keel-blade extending along the bottom of the boat. This blade gives the jolly boat great stability on the high waves, making is a very sea-worthy little vessel. The main magical feature of the Kreegan-built jolly boat are four sets of oars that row themselves. They must be first set into their oarlocks then commanded by the owner. For a greater price, Kreegan will add an Unbreakable Mast along with a Windy Sail. Both of these can be detached and stowed until needed. When set up, the Windy Sail provides its own wind. The more unfurled the sail, the more wind will fill it. This is why the Unbreakable Mast is needed. At full sail, the wind from the sail is so strong it can break any normal mast that would otherwise fit on a jolly. All the owner of a Kreegan-made jolly boat needs to do is sit in the stern seat and command the boat where they want it to go. One last feature Kreegan provides, at an even greater cost, is a warding enchantment. This warding will never kill, though it might harm, any thieves or unwanted boarders. This mischievous ward is based on wild magic provided by House Tamblikiir of the Bardican Elves.
What Is A Jolly Boat
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