Pirate Refuge

Why is the rum gone? It's all in the Pirate Refuge's basement!


Tucked away in a side alley of a secondary street, one only finds Pirate Refuge when you are lost or specifically looking for it.

Rose was lost, or well, she didn't feel comfortable on the main street of Great Yarmouth. This was the first time out of the Netherlands after her running in, and escape from, the police. And although technically she was a free person, she was on her guard.

Pirate Refuge drew her attention. How could it not with that name?


“Abigail?”
Rose spun around, her mind jumped. There were only two people in the entire world who called her by her second name. Her father used to do it when he was angry at her, but he had died, and the dead did not speak out loud. And Marsh, the former second mate of the Sunset Dawn, who after he found out her second name, did it to tease her.

And there he was in this English back water pub, a smile from ear to ear, still as round as a warm Marshmallow, doing justice to his nickname.
“Candy cane.” Rose replied. Using the first alias she could think of, Marsh would’ve called her Rose if it was safe to do so. “What on earth are you doing here?”

“Having a drink with an old friend, you should join us.”
Rose followed Marsh to the back of the pub, where they passed through a door. Rose didn’t even realise it was there. It was just as brown and mucky as the wall panelling. Down a few steps and through a long corridor, they entered a back room. Which was in a much nicer state than the drinking room in front. Sitting at a table in the far corner was Bobby Smith.
“Ah, there you are. You took a mighty long time to take a piss.”
-“I found a friend.”
“Yeah sure, who do you know here?”
-“No really!”
“Uhm hi” Rose stepped out from behind Marsh’s shadow.
Bobby’s jaw dropped. “Captain! What, how?”
“I didn’t know you two would be here. I just came for a drink.” Rose responded, holding up her glass of apple juice.
“Sit, sit, please.”

“You know what she just called me, Bobby? CANDYCANE!” Marsh laughed while tapping his round belly with both hands. “Me! A Candy cane!”

Design

From the front, it looks like a small old building, and the façade is old. What is behind the façade has been numerous times rebuilt, redesigned and altered. In 1938, the most recent major rebuild was done, although they kept it in a far older style.

The Pirate Refuge is actually multiple buildings connected. The front building, which houses the main entrance, is small, but then it is connected to a building behind it and several buildings beside that. Although none of the visitors know exactly how big the complex is, or are all aware they are in a complex of buildings.

Due to the Pirate Refuge being several buildings, there is a wide variety in shape, size and design of rooms. With steps up and down, floors being wood, bare stone, or plaster, the ceilings both high and low.

With multiple exit and entry points, most not even appearing to be part of the pub, the place attracts a wide variety of visitors.

Tourists rarely come further than the common room, unless the staff takes them elsewhere. But there’s also a gentlemen's club located in the complex. With its own posh polished door, and small interior garden. Most of the visiting gentlemen don’t even know their high status club is owned by a scrubby old pub located in a back alley. And a music hall, where bands perform and people throw parties.



Currently Roderic Red is the publican of the Pirate Refuge, and only he and two of his senior staff members know the full range of the complex. He has come to contract staff in groups, specified to the area they work. Sometimes they wonder through the corridors and accidentally sneak trough hidden doors and get lost and end up in another part of the complex, unaware that it is part of the Pirate Refuge, they will profoundly apologise go outside and return the long way round to the place they came from. Wild stories go around among the staff of secret tunnels and hidden passages that connect the old buildings together. Most of those stories are true. Most staff are happy to stay in their own domain, shaking their head at the old craziness and mostly unable to trace their routes when they try again.

The whole complex spans roughly four floors: basement, ground, first floor, second floor, with attics above that. Because of the old buildings, expansions, remodelling and different owners of floors in the same building. The levels do not line up vertically everywhere. And the toilets might just be above that boutique shop next door. Or was it the office above the book store behind?


“What actually brings you to Yarmouth? It’s not really the touristic season at the moment.” Bobby asked.
-“A job” Rose responded.
“What kind of job?” Marsh then asked.
-“Oh, are we doing the cross interview now? What’s next, good cop, bad cop?”
“A job for Richard.” Rose added after they both remained silent.
Bobby leaned back, relaxed, relieved even.
“So you went legit?” he asked.
-“Would they ask me for a job if it was legit?” Rose countered.

”Do you miss it?” Marsh asked.
Rose thought about that for a moment, did she? Did she really?
“Yes, all of it.”
“Yeah me too.” Marsh replied.
They both looked at Bobby, who slowly nodded in agreement. Then dug in his vest pocket, and produced a small plastic box with an SD card, and placed it on the middle of the table.
“What’s that chief?”
“All plans, drawings and data from the Dawn. A yard can rebuild her from this information.”
He swiped the box away again, and it went back into his pocket.
“I cannot let it go.”

Naming

The pub is named Pirate Refuge, because Blance White, the first publican, thought it was a cool name. He wasn’t inclined towards the illicit side of sailing in the slightest. To be honest, he never stepped on a boat in his life. He just liked to watch the ships as they passed in to the harbour or along the coast.


Rose was standing on the beach looking out over the North Sea. This small sailing trip she had done, to secretly ferry some people over for the Navy, had brought back the itch. She couldn’t stay at Doorwerth Castle much longer.
“Morning Captain.” It was Bobby who appeared next to her.
“I won’t ask how you found me chief, where’s Marsh?”
“Still snoring like a pig.”
Aleksey found me. Did you know that? He travelled half the world on a hunch and found me.”
“That would make a crew of four. A good start.”
“Red sunrise.” Rose noted, while looking at the sun coming up.
“Red skies in the morning.” Bobby started.
“Sailors take warning.” They finished in unison.
“Would make a good name for a ship.” Bobby said after a minute or two.
“Hmm?”
“Red Sunrise.”
The sun was already quite a bit above the horizon, and they were both still standing at the beach.
“Find me a yard, chief.” It was Rose who broke the silence at last.
“Aye Cap, I will.”

Type
Pub / Tavern / Restaurant
Parent Location
Publican
Roderick Red

Sign

The sign of the Pirate Refuge is diagonally split. On the top left there are red-coated soldiers searching a street. And on the bottom right there is a drinking pirate against a cellar style background.


Red Sunrise World Map
Artist: AP.

Fish and Chips

Fish and chips are a very standard dish for British pubs. One almost cannot see the one without the other. And with a name like Pirate Refuge, you would expect some seafood on the menu. But the publican is highly allergic to seafood, so it has been banned from the complex. Instead, Bacon, beans and egg is the go too food in the Pirate Refuge.

One exception is caviar, which is served in the Gentlemen's Club of the complex, which Roderick subsequently asks a lot of money for.


Rum

What, why is the rum gone?! Don't you worry, it's not gone, there is a special chart for it. As of course rum is a pirate's favourite drink, and to serve as many people. The Pirate Refuge has made it their business to have as many types as possible!


Staff

Yanna is the oldest staff member of the Pirate Refuge, and is secretly terrified of the alleyways, step troughs and passages. She always sends out the new people to go find stuff in the back. It is rumoured that Yanna has once been lost in the complex for a week before finding her way back into the Pirate Refuge common hall.


Game night

Thursday evening is game night. In several rooms different games are played, from poker to quizzes and darts to a fencing competition, but also table top games as risk and chess, and there is a hardcore group who plays roleplaying games. Depending on the amount of people, the games might take beyond sunrise the next day. Gambling is allowed, but you better pay your debts, or be banned from the Pirate Refuge.


Great Yarmouth

Locally refered to as Yarmouth, is a harbour town along the river Yare on the English east coast. Once a prime location for the British Royal Navy, now there are just some fishermen, a few offshore vessels and a bunch of yachts left. With the opening of the train station in the late 19th century, it became a tourist attraction, with several beach resorts popping up accompanied by the industry surrounding those, including a promenade, theatres, museums and parks. Great Yarmouth is still a town which is favoured by both national and international visitors.


Bobby

Wait, what was Bobby doing there? Well, having a meeting with Marshmallow obviously. But why there? Bobby is originally from Norwich, just some twenty miles away from the place. Maybe he just knows about the Pirate Refuge. Anyway, what he and Marshmallow were up to you can read all about here.



Cover image: by Johannes Plenio

Comments

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12 Mar, 2022 23:38

Oooh now I want a 3D map of the place. XD Sounds like a great place to get lost in.   Full-width text is a bit much, maybe column the text on the left and the prose on the right?


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12 Mar, 2022 23:45

Unfortunately I'm not on the staff of the Pirate Refuge. So I cannot help you with a map ;) yeah the full width doesn't work well. Working on adding stuff to the side bar. And hunting some pictures.

14 Mar, 2022 19:33

Hmm, it seems I may have to launch a raid on this here tavern. Must steal back all the rum!!!

15 Mar, 2022 01:57

You are welcome to just come and enjoy the place!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
15 Mar, 2022 08:11

Oh nice, "new" ship! And so nothing about this tavern is linked to pirates and the team were all just attracted y the name and met by chance? XD This sounds like an intriguing place. Is it a small town pub with mostly regular customers, or is it in a bigger city with lots of tourists? I'd say second if there is a gentleman club...

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16 Mar, 2022 04:10

Hello Amélie Yeah new ship :D I need to work out the article of the “old ship” @Sunset Dawn more first tho, before I make the new one. I want to make some changes. Well the crew wants some changes :D But I need to delve deep into ship building to figure out if my *their* ideas are better. I’ve explained both how bobby and marsh ended up there (or well not really but that’s another article that’s coming SoOn) And I wrote a bit about the town.

16 Mar, 2022 07:04

I looooove the prove you've put in here, such a great read. ^^ I really like how you've catered the article around the prose for this one. And of course... new ship? ^^   Keep up the good work! :D

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16 Mar, 2022 08:03

Thank you Shadow! I created the article around the prose :D I wanted to tell this part of the story. And invented a location around it.

NEW SHIP :D

16 Mar, 2022 08:21

I love the quotes that you used and the map that you have! Its a overall great article!

16 Mar, 2022 08:45

Thank you Shadow Malachi!
The map is brand new!

16 Mar, 2022 17:11

Seems like you have found the solution to every pirates fear and made sure that the rum is never gone xD

16 Mar, 2022 18:03
16 Mar, 2022 18:38

Hm, interesting story. And yes, I have to agree with Crabaro, a 3D map of it would be really cool ;). I think it's a funny idea to make a whole complex out of the pub, where one part doesn't even know it belongs to the other, but only a select few. The poor gentlemen, when they do eventually find out. Is the pub sign supposed to be black or is that a display error on my end? In any case, an interesting article that makes me curious to see the continuation of the story.

16 Mar, 2022 23:54

Thank you Secere, yes the sign is just a silhouette picture to set the mood/explain what kind of sign I'm describing. The gentleman will live ;)

22 Mar, 2022 22:05

Hmm, that place reminds me of a restaurant in Croatia I dined in. Built into Roman ruins, the restaurant offered multiple locations like dining above the reliefs of the atrium or on an elevated platform able to see the other ruins in the distance.   Only this is a step up, a small village repurposed into a massive complex, a complex I would love to visit :3

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22 Mar, 2022 22:15

Split Croatia? I've been there, sounds awefully simular of what you just described. Well the complex is not a whole village, just a street block or so.

22 Mar, 2022 22:35

Never was on Split. I think it was in porec, pula or Dubrovnik

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25 Mar, 2022 02:14

Nice! I like that the expected food was not there due to allergies. Also the building sounds fun, especially with most not knowing where it starts and ends and how much is actually part of the Pirate's Refuge.   Check out my Tavern challenge entry: The Destill - Dwarven Spice Tavern

25 Mar, 2022 17:49

Thank you Tara!

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Lachlan Grierson
28 Mar, 2022 01:23

Interesting Story. Sounds like a safe enough place for a pirate.

1 Apr, 2022 05:36

Thank you FlaconX

1 Apr, 2022 01:09

Another great challenge article Jacob. If this wasn't near the end of my reading list i may have more to say, but its almost bedtime for me, so let me just say I enjoyed the read and great job.

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1 Apr, 2022 05:37

Thanks Panda, good night!

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E. Christopher Clark
2 Apr, 2022 13:32

This was great. I love how the fact that it's cobbled together from several buildings ties into so much of the place's character.

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2 Apr, 2022 19:17

Thank you Chris.