"Test! Test! Test!
" They each cried in their strange dialects, hands slamming on the table. Each of these Captains was a character in their own eccentric right, yet here they found themselves united as a community like any citizen of a greater nation. He guessed everyone needed a group to identify with, even if they like as not backstabbed one another when outside of this very room. Sketti and the other slayer were whispering to each other, now side by side as every Captain turned to regard Markus. Jaego needed but raise his hand, and a hush fell over the room like a cascading wave.
All watched in silence. A gap toothed woman sat beside a man of ebony skin with earrings of bones, and they both sat next to a strange Arabyan with a bloated throat like some odd toad. The defeaning quiet lasted too long, by Markus estimation. The seal only broken when Jaego reached into his resplendent jacket and drew forth a well kept map, colored by the fine, flowing ink of a Tilean artist. Sprawling it across the ivory table, Jaego beckoned Markus to step forward with a gesture.
Slowly, the Captain stepped forward. It was a map
of the entirety of the world, though whether it was accurate or not was something he couldn't begin to guess. He blinked, watching Jaego slide his bejeweled fingers across thousands upon thousands of leagues before pointing at a landmass. It was derelict in shape, below the fabled lands of Cathay. It took a moment for Markus to understand.
"You want me to go to Ind?" He asked slowly, and he suddenly realized he was the only one to make a sound.
"Yes. You are to go to Ind, to retrieve something for us." Jaego Roth replied. Markus could guess he had a wild streak to him, else he wouldn't be leader here. But at the moment, he had the manner of a learned scholar. The man knew of the land in his travels, perhaps? "There is an artifact there, called the Orb of Winds. An item that can change the course of any sea battle fought on ships, and could speed your way across the open ocean twice as fast as one might normally. You and your crew are to go to Ind, to the Temple of Kardesh where it resides, upon the south eastern coast of the land."
He had to fight to not turn and look at Emmaline, who was the only real member of his crew here, save maybe Sketti. "If I get this for you...I will be in the court?"
Jaego Roth stared at him, before he laughed. A low chuckle at first, but soon it was a full belly laugh that sent everyone else around him into an uproar. Had he been anywhere else, Markus would have shot someone again. He was not one to be taken lightly, but here he waited patiently before their mirth subsided.
"My boy, if you give us this. You can become a high captain. The 11th of the brethren." @Penny