This fleet is for Repkosai's "In Search of El Dorado" Fleet Challenge. Enjoy!
May 7th, 1537
La Calle de San Francisco
A hooded figure hurried through the streets of Cadiz as the daily traffic was winding
down. He ran as fast as he could until he reached La Posada del Leon, the Inn of the
Lion, the special meeting place of the Cadiz Merchantmen Society. Panting, he went
in and entered a back room where there was a group of men seated at a large round
table. "Welcome, Senor Santiago," said the leader of the group, Senor Armando Garcia.
"We are pleased you could make your appearance."
"Sorry, " said Santiago, "my carriage broke down 5 blocks from here."
Senor Garcia continued: "We have a serious matter to discuss: maps and drawings of where
the fabled city of El Dorado has been brought back from the Americas and many companies
are outfitting ships for a voyage to find the city of gold. As a prestigious organization with
years of experience, we need to decide whether we should endeavor to spend our gold and
time into sending a fleet to South America to find the city or not. Senor Santiago, you must
cast the first vote."
Fernando Santiago, the hooded figure who entered late, was one of the founding members of
this society and he held a great amount of weight in this group. "I vote to go and make ourselves
rich beyond imagination!"
A fierce argument arose about the pros and cons of the venture. Armando Garcia had to
step in and mediate between the two parties that had formed, one for it and one against it.
"Fellow members, even though there have been many expeditions to this area before to discover
if this fable is true or not that did not succeed, the lure of finding more gold than our hearts desire
is very intriguing. I would risk a small amount to gain a large amount. That is how business works,
gentlemen. Now we must reach a verdict before the night is over because we don't have much time."
One by one the members that were against the venture were won over by the persuasions of the
approval group until there was a majority in favor of going. "It has been decided by the Cadiz
Merchantmen Society to outfit a fleet to search out El Dorado," said Senor Garcia. The members
enthiusiasticly applauded the decision.
As the men quieted down, Senor Garcia started to speak: "Now that we have decided to risk
our gold and reputation to try and discover something that might not exist, we must decide
on the preparations for the journey. I have taken the liberty of hiring one of the best
explorers of Spain who can find the gold quickly and bring it home in large quantities. Men,
meet Domenic Freda!" Freda entered the room amid a round of applause from the society,
because they knew how well he did his job. Freda started to give a prepared speech: "Friends,
thank you for putting trust in me to lead your venture to find El Dorado. As you know, this
trip has been made many times by other companies and they have been unsuccessful. You
probably do not want to throw in a enormous amount of money to support a mission that
may fail, so I can help your group to make smart decisions on the ships to purchase for the
journey. I visited the docks today and noticed two ships that will fit your requirements well:
La Santa Isabel and La Joya del Sol. Both have very large cargo holds and are very durable.
Best of all, they are reasonably priced for your budget. I wish us all good luck in this expedition!"
The members of the Society now filed out one by one, thanking Freda as they left.
A week later, almost all the preparations were completed. Both of the ships were purchased and
made ship-shape, two crews were put together, along with a fellow explorer Freda had worked
with in the past and Contessa Anita Amore, who volunteered her services in exchange for a sizable
fortune in gold even larger than the one her husband's children had denied her. The members of
the Society waited at the docks as the final checks were being made. Then, the sails were hoisted, the
anchors were drawn up, and the ships set out, under blessings of Godspeed and good luck from the
Society. El Dorado or bust!
I decided to go with the Spanish faction as they were the forerunners of exploration and conquest in the New
World. Instead of going with a large ship and a couple of small support ships, I went with two large ships with
large cargo holds, average cannons, and durability. Their job that can sail out, get a (very) large amount of gold,
and can fight their way back if necessary.
1. La Santa Isabel
This ship has a great cargo capacity, good speed, a great ability for goldrunning, and pretty good cannons for a
merchant ship. Domenic Freda adds a extra cargo space and the Explorer ability, and Contessa Anita Amore uses
that extra cargo space to add 5 points to the build total, leaving La Santa Isabel with 6 open cargo spaces. This is
the main ship because of its versatility in combat and goldrunning.
2. La Joya del Sol
This ship has cavernous cargo holds, an average base move, and ok cannons. This acts as the backup ship to La
Santa Isabel in a fight where she can be a force with her boarding bonus.
Comments are appreciated. Thanks for reading!