The Countess is the
daughter to Dutch Duke from the province of Alderondo. Her
father was a leading critic of the Spanish Empire and desired to break
Spanish crown has crown tired of the small duchy's troublemaking.
She has been sent to the New World as an envoy to seek out aid from
other rebellious territories hoping to break free from Spain.
ship is pursued by an admiral in the Spanish Empire's navy, Anakello Del
Vasquez. Vasquez is a ruthless enforcer of the crown who is a
seasoned veteran of hundreds of naval engagements who is down a battle
scarred and broken form of a man. Vasquez hears of the Contess's
plot and intercepts her in the New World and quickly arrested for
Cithreto Pello &
(remember double ll's sound like y's in Spanish)
Cithreto Pello is a crew member aboard the ship of the
Countess. Before her arrest he is tasked with completing her the
Countess's mission. When Vasquez boards her ship he and his trusted
squawking blue macaw parrot Rotodieto, escape in the fog aboard a dinghy and rowed
for shore. They have been entrusted with the important mission of
seeking out an old friend of the royal family.
Lucio Anador de Cielo
The sailor and parrot wash ashore and are found by a
young farmer, Lucio, working in his uncles sugar cane field.
The boy longs to leave the Caribbean island that has been his home and
want to go to Europe and experience life of a swashbuckling adventurer. The
sailor relays his mission and Lucio, who may just now where to take them.
Lucio takes the sailor and his bird to an old Jesuit
mission to talk to Father Obregon Quinada. Cithreto release his
message from the countess. Years earlier Obregon had be a
conquistador of great fame and served the crown bravely as he carved
out the earliest settlements in the uncivilized world. He had
worked alongside Vasquez and with time he grew weary of the carnage
and bloodshed, renounced his land and title, and joined the Jesuit
mission and sought to atone for his earlier deeds. When he
receives the message of her arrest he is obliged to fulfill an old
family debt to her father and help, even though the rebellion is in
part against the church.
Hernan de Sota
Getting out of the Caribbean with the information would
not be easy. Spanish ships had blockaded the ports. They
needed a man adept at getting past such entanglements. They sought
out a smuggler in a port bar named Hernan de Sota. Hernan was no
fan of the Empire but he was not a crusader either. But, for the
right price who help either side. He agreed to smuggle them of the
island past the Spanish blockade on his ship, the Halcon.
Hernan helmed his ship with the help of his first mate, a
towering Hungarian named Cavel Baca. Baca had been a slave in an early
plantation in Canary Islands that Hernan had rescued. He speaks
only in his native Hungarian, which only Hernan knows.
To help with the search for Cithreto and Obregon,
Vasquez had enlisted the help of numerous Swiss mercenaries to canvas
the seas and smaller ports. The most notable of these
mercenaries was Barto Facht, a man renowned for his efficiency in the
completion of his tasks.