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Lieutenants' Prize

by Llynx Rufus
Description:

In 1781 - French privateers were wreaking havoc on the shipping lanes between Ireland and England. In the King's Navy, fortune and glory could to be found aboard her frigates. Ambitious Lieutenant, Quentin Howell, has just been reassigned to the Stag. Little does he know the adventure that awaits him will be more than he bargained for when he joins forces with Second Lieutenant James Hotspur. The two become fast shipmates in short order sharing the same birth, training the midshipmen for close quarter action and hardening gunnery crews for the heat of battle. When the chase for the privateer Briton ends in a draw, Howell devises a plan to clandestinely board the damaged ship, in a battle for prizes that can only be captured at sea.

(56 pages - coated color cover and coated greyscale interior. 8.5X11 inch size!)

 

Hotspur is a rock. He is cool, calculating, and nothing can disturb his perpetual calm. His authority is unquestionable, and his fighting and maritime skills are unsurpassed. Though his exterior is hard, he is extremely passionate and can have a wicked sense of humor. He is the kind of man one should never cross, but has a sense of loyalty and duty that makes him the best of allies.

James is the second son of a ship's carpenter. He became a midshipman at age 11 as a favor from a captain whose life was saved by his father. He has served on a variety of ships and sailed in British waters across the Atlantic and Mediterranean. His first lover was a carpenter's mate, and he has had a variety of affairs since. Because of his extensive service, many of his friends and lovers have died so he has a tendency keep an emotional distance.

 

Howell is easy-going but cautious. He usually knows when to be assertive and when to fall back, and is good at maneuvering people to act to his tune. A talented and skillful swordsman, both athletic and tactically adept, he has a commanding presence that adds to his ability to direct his crewmates.

Quentin is the third son of lower gentry with a public school education. He convinced his father to send him into the navy when he met a captain who was a friend of the family during the Christmas holidays. His first love affair was with an older midshipman on his first posting, and has had several close relationships since then.