Flintlocke asks if you want to be involved in “the sweet trade.” What does he mean?
Correct! You’re welcomed aboard to indulge in the “sweet trade” of piracy.
You head out “on the account in search of a swagger”…what are you doing?
Correct! Going “on the account” is to set sail as a pirate. A “swagger” is a likely ship to rob!
Dogshank says, “Oy, sprog. You be getting to the galley to put some grub in ya gullet, smartly.” What has she said?
Right. It was dinner time…
You’re listening to the others talk…what do all these words mean?
Avast. Belay. Heave to. Moor. Becalmed.
Right. “Avast” is an exclamation, meaning “stop!” To “belay” something is to stop it or tie something down. “To heave to” is to stop a ship moving and to “moor” it is to drop anchor or tie it to the shore. To be becalmed is to have no wind to sail by!
The Sky Pirates are talking about treasure! But which of these words is the odd word out?
Yes, booty and loot both mean treasure or money, but a coffer is the chest where the treasure is kept.
You overhear a pirate say that something is on the “poop deck”…where is it?
Right! The Poop Deck is the very top deck in the stern, or back of the ship. Misfortune’s Keep doesn’t really have a Poop Deck, just a bit of the top deck where Nadakhan sits. Force of habit I guess!
The Sky Pirates are fighting amongst themselves! One of them calls the other a “hornswoggler”…what does he mean?
Correct. To “hornswoggle” is to deceive, dupe or trick someone. Sounds like there’s trouble on Misfortune’s Keep!
Flintlocke calls out to the crew to “batten down the hatches”…what instruction has he given?
Correct. To “batten down the hatches” meant close all watertight doors and lock them by sliding a stick into the latch. It came to mean, “prepare for a storm” and “get ready for trouble”!