Over the Hills and Far Away

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21. iv.

 

Author’s Note

 

Okay, so this story had to have one of these. (Come on, I’m most famous for my Author’s Notes – that’s not even a slight exaggeration).

 

So after having completed this story, I’ve a huge confession to make:

I am not a fan of pirates

Actually, I have a very negative view of the sailing profession in general. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure why. I guess, whilst growing up, I was exposed to these really horrible, clichéd sailor characters. Like Popeye. I hate Popeye. It is an opinion that will never, ever, not in the next million years if sailor-brainwashing, ever change. And then there were characters like Captain Hook from Peter Pan – that made me think that pirates were all about frilled coats, hooks for hand, eye-patches and peg-legs. And parrots. Never forgetting those annoying parrots.

 

Anyway.

 

And, quite honestly, if there was anyone who I’d dedicate this book to – first, it would be Ed Thatch, because he had got to be the most interesting, insane marauding character I have ever read about.

Blackbeard, I salute you.

And second, it would be the writer of the story for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. It’s no secret that this whole story was largely inspired by this one game. When I first found out that game was about pirates – I was groaning. I honestly thought it was going to be the end of the line for my very tight relationship with the game.

 

But they completely turned the tables for me.

 

I have never cried over a game before. But when Edward Thatch died. And when Mary Read died (HUGE spoilers these, I am so sorry) – I cried. I was so connected to these characters, that I cried. I cried when Hornigold died too. I’ve always said that one key to my heart is being able to fight for what you believe. And that is exactly what pirates operating in the eighteenth century did. My opinion has almost completely changed. I mean, I still have a few dislikes with regards to sailors – like the drinking (even though it was a necessity, because of Vitamin C shortages which caused scurvy. Don’t look it up, it isn’t pretty), and all the whoring (sailors got lonely) and all the general debauchery (which was very hard to write about for someone as critical as myself) – yet, my opinion is thus:

 

I am currently obsessed with pirates.

 

I have more than four stories that feature pirates.

It’s, like, a miracle (lol). So yeah, I mean… I don’t even know where my train of thought went. It just disappeared. Oh, right – I started this story, and honestly, I didn’t think it would turn out as it did. It’s an original story, and quite frankly, I know that I’m not good with finishing those. I’m awful at original. But this story, everything just clicked. And also, pirates are really fun to work with in stories. The possibilities are endless.

 

With that, I think I’m going to end off. I hope you guys enjoyed reading the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

 

~ Rogue.

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