Alosa, how did you come to captain your own ship?
For most of my life I served on my father’s ship—first as a cabin girl doing the most menial of tasks. Eventually I moved up the ranks, becoming an able-bodied sailor and then second mate on my father’s ship. When there wasn’t much higher for me to go, I became bored. I’d learned all there was to know about ships and sailing, so I rallied several of my closest friends together and we stole a ship from the land king’s armada. We altered it, of course, to suit our own needs, and then we started recruiting. I’m proud to have an almost all-female crew.
Tell us about some of your crew members.
I captain about thirty souls. Niridia is my first mate and best friend. I can count on her to get anything done when I have to be away from the ship.
Mandsy serves as the ship’s doctor. She’s also a talented seamstress. She wields a needle just as well as she does a sword. She has the most caring and sweet disposition.
Sorinda is the best assassin I’ve ever seen. Killing is an art for her.
Athella is my lock pick.
Radita has an intimate knowledge of ship building, and she patches up the Ava-lee after she takes a hit.
The youngest is little Roslyn. She’s six and serves as the ship’s lookout. She climbs the rigging better than any monkey could, and we have a hidey-hole for her under the crow’s nest when we run into danger.
How do you run such a tight ship?
A captain has to earn the respect of her crew. If your crew trusts you, they will follow you without question. It is important to be well-liked, but even more important to deliver punishments to those who break the rules. I believe the punishment should fit the crime. I once had a new recruit, a man who couldn’t keep his hands off the girls. So I cut them off.
You cut off his hands?
Yes, at the wrists.
*Clears throat* Which Hogwarts house would you be sorted into?
It seems I would undoubtedly be placed in Slytherin. And I’d like to meet this Draco Malfoy. Seems like he could use a good whipping.
Is there anything that frustrates you about being born in your time?
Which of your stolen belongings is your favorite?
A darling lavender silk gown, hemmed in silver, with hand-stitched flowers spiraling along the skirt. It’s hard work finding rich girls my size to steal things from.
Who do you admire most in the world and why?
My father. His training was brutal, but he made me into an unbeatable pirate. While growing up, Father had me fight boys older and stronger than I am every day until I could best them all. Father once shot me with a pistol so I could learn to fight while injured. I would go days without hardly any food or water to learn endurance. It’s made me fearless.
What advice do you have for those wanting to go into piracy?
Ask yourself these questions: 1) Do you like spending most of your time on the sea? 2) Are you willing to risk your life for riches? If the answer to either of those is no, then pirating is not for you.
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