December 24, 2014

Nativity Of Jesus (Christmas Songs)

Hi there,

It looks like I didn't get to post as many Christmas songs as I wanted to this year. I decided to make one last post (other than tomorrow) of a few of my favorite Christmas songs. :D I am sad I couldn't post 25 days of Christmas songs this year, but that doesn't mean in the future I'll post it again. I think I need a fresh start and I will get that after my break starting in the year 2015 *tries to make that sound futuristic*. :P Anyways... CHRISTMAS! I can't believe it's already Christmas Eve. I mean... I remember talking about Christmas being so far away in July and it's already December 24th, 2014! AH! I'm so excited for Christmas this year and I am thankful for many things. :) *** Warning, if you don't believe in the Birth of Jesus, please stop reading. If you want to read, please do and I hope you have a great day and/or Christmas tomorrow! :) *** I never forget the true meaning of Christmas which is Jesus being born on Christmas (or whenever he was born) but a lot of people celebrate His Birth on the 25th of December. I know there are some who don't believe in this story but I do, and I feel like celebrating by posting a few songs that show parts of the story about his Birth. :D




 

Thank you for listening to the songs today. I really enjoy the first video I posted on this blog because it shows how many people can come together just for Jesus. :) Thank you for listening. I'll have a post tomorrow with more of my favorite Christmas songs. I hope you all have a great Christmas Eve and please don't eat too many cookies like I am tonight. :D Merry Christmas!!!! :D

December 22, 2014

Play2Crush Beta Signup!

Hi there,

I have a different kind of post for you all today! Todd Coleman (creator of Wizard101 & Pirate101) created a new game! There's a countdown on the Play2Crush site and I'm guessing it's a countdown for the release of the game to the public or Beta. You can sign up for his game by clicking on the image below! :D I can't wait to see what Todd & Gordon Walton (Executive Producer) have planned for us. :D Okay.. GO SIGN UP! :D

December 19, 2014

Design A Pirate101 Christmas Ship Winners!

Ahoy Pirates!

I can't believe how many wonderful entries I've had for this contest! This contest might have been my favorite contest I've had and I'm glad it could be my last one until I have another in the future when I'm back and blogging again. All of you are so talented and I wish I could give everyone a prize, but I only have a few codes to giveaway! Here are the winners for my Pirate101 Design a Christmas Ship contest:

1st Prize Winner: Virtuous Anne Radcliffe
Hoodoo Bundle + 5,000 Crowns!



























2nd Prize Winner: Clumsy Calamity
Empire Bundle + 2,500 Crowns!



























3rd Prize Winner: Bad Terri Jones
Beastmaster Companion (Yohr)




4th Prize Winner: Crazy Ryan Upham
Prince Yulefest Companion






















5th Prize Winner: Brave Andrew Evans
Prince Yulefest Companion




















Thank you all for your wonderful entries! This contest shows what reminds everyone of Christmas and/or what they thought a Christmas ship would look like. I think this was an amazing contest to have. :D I am happy I could have an amazing contest like this one last time, I can't wait to have more contests like this in the future (when I'm back). I hope you all enjoy your Christmas/ Holiday! :D I wish all of you could have won this contest. Thank you so much for entering. If you didn't win, upload your picture on my official Around the Spiral Facebook or Twitter and tag me and I'll share it. :) Thank you for all of your time on your art, even if you didn't win this round. I really wish I had more prizes to giveaway, I'd give you all a prize. :) Well... I guess that's it for my last Pirate101 Contest from Kingsisle. Thank you KI for all of your support and for you for entering my contests (crazy or amazing). :D 

December 17, 2014

Where Are You Christmas?

Hey!

I promise I'm not done blogging just yet, I still have to catch up on a bunch of Christmas songs I missed during the weekend.. I keep missing Christmas songs every week because I am almost always watching a Christmas movie. :D This weekend I watched Elf, The Santa Clause and Home Alone! Anyways, I'm going to make this post short so I can post a few of my favorite Christmas songs. :D Here's one by Faith Hill, Where Are You Christmas?



December 16, 2014

The Future of this Blog

Hi there,

Yesterday I announced that starting in January I would no longer make blog posts (at least for awhile). This doesn't mean I'm quitting the games, I will still be on the games and in the community. :) I just don't think I should make blog posts until I'm ready to make them again. I'm really thinking I should get through at least a few semesters of school before I start blogging again. I really don't think this is an end of Around the Spiral with Edward Lifegem. I'm going to level my characters on both games and unfortunately, this means I won't make blog posts about Edward Cringle until he's max level (or whatever max is at the time). I want to come back and blog again, but I feel like now isn't the time to blog about every adventure I have in the game and have time to catch up on things that I've missed in the past and have a bigger and better blog in the future for you all to read. I promise, this month isn't a goodbye, I believe I will be back. I don't think I'll be back soon. I'm still going to attend parties, take screenshots of the game and of course announce the contest winners of the Pirate101 Contest. :) My Pirate101 Design a Christmas Ship contest is still happening, so enter that before December 19th. :) I am no longer a Pirate101 Fansite owner, but I still have bundle codes, crowns and companions to giveaway. :) Okay... no more sad posts this month, I think it's time to get back to posting about my swashbuckler, Christmas songs and any fun updates that will be released this month! :) OH, one more thing.. I really want to thank Kingsisle for all of the fun I've had in the past five years, I love blogging about the games and even though soon I won't be, I still love the games and will be playing them. :) Thank you Tom for accepting my fansite application in November 2012, this shows that if you keep trying for something, anything can happen! :D Which is why I'm going to level my characters and plan something very special for this blog for the future. Thank you for reading. :)

December 15, 2014

Taking A Long Break

Hi there,

I have decided that this will be the very last year of Around the Spiral with Edward Lifegem. I love making blog posts about the game, but I think it's about time for me to stop making blog posts. I'm not going to stop this month, but I do plan on stopping when Around the Spiral turns five years old. I can't believe this blog is about to turn five years old! I'm happy that this blog lasted this long, but I don't think I should continue another year. I have had so many memorable posts (like the Ravenwood Ball, Pirate101's Grand Opening, New World announcements), and I've enjoyed making these blog posts. I love making posts like this, but I don't feel like this blog is the way I want it to be, at least for now. After my contest ends, I will announce the winners of it. I hope I can come back later down the road and feel like I did when I created this blog. For now, I'm going to finish this month off with a bang, and then start my break in January! I will still be on the games leveling! I plan on leveling my characters as much as possible. Hopefully by the time I come back, Edward Cringle will be level 65 (or whatever max is then) and all of my wizards will be level 100! Thank you so much for all of your support, I hope to return soon. Remember, I will take my break starting in January but I'm not announcing when I'm coming back. This blog will still be up. I will no longer be a Pirate101 Fansite owner (at least for now). I will be back, but after a long needed break. I'm not promising weeks for sure, months, it could be longer than a year. I will finish off this year with a bang, but I will be back. I might come back on May 10th to make a short post about my 5 year Blog Birthday! I'll be here everyday this month. I really hope I do come back and level, but if I don't think I should, I promise I will at least have one month in the future where I make blog posts everyday and end it off on a good note. :) I also MIGHT make blog posts if I feel like it during my free time. I will not announce it on my official social networks though. Thank you for reading! ~ Edward Lifegem


December 12, 2014

My Grown Up Christmas List!

Hey!

 Today's song is My Grown Up Christmas List by Kelly Clarkson! By the way, don't forget to check out all of my favorite Christmas songs this month! :) I will have at least 25 favorite Christmas songs leading up to Christmas! Less than 2 weeks to go!!! (Remember to spread love and kindness to everyone, no matter what).



Last Christmas (Ariana Grande)

Hi there,

I didn't get to post a song yesterday because I was decorating my house for Christmas. :D I think it looks good (probably the brightest house on the block so far). Anyways, here's another favorite song of mine. Last Christmas by Ariana Grande!





December 10, 2014

I'll Be Home

Howdy!

There's only 2 weeks until Christmas Eve! :D I can't believe time is going by so fast. I am going to celebrate everyday before Christmas since it's my favorite time of year. Are you excited for Christmas this year? I know I am, and I'm thankful! Thanksgiving isn't the only time to be thankful, I think Christmas is also a good time to be thankful. I am thankful for my family, friends and of course Jesus (not in order). Before I ramble, here's a song from Meghan Trainor, I'll Be Home!



P101/W101 12 Days Of The Spiral, Day One! (2014)

Ahoy Pirates & Wizards,

Kingsisle is having the 12 Days of the Spiral event again this year! I'm sure most of you remember the past few years and this event has been an amazing event each and every year. This year Kingsisle is starting the event with a Bah Humbug Mount. This mount is available but it's very special because Kingsisle is giving a portion of proceeds to two organizations: Austin's Children Services and Children's Medical Center Foundation! Kingsisle is an amazing game team, and I will always remember how amazing they are. I'm going to buy one of these mounts! Lets try to raise more money than we did in the past this year, buy yourself one! :D This mount is available on both games! Click on one of the images below to find out more about the mount and charity. :D Merry Christmas!

Edward Cringle VS Miranda Dungeon! (Part 1)

Ahoy Pirates!

It's been about 3 months since I last made a post about my swashbuckler! I can't believe I haven't leveled a character on Pirate101 for that long. I am happy to announce that I finally had time to log onto the game today and complete a quest! Today I got to quest through a huge dungeon in Pirate101, the Miranda! My swashbuckler had to be ready for this dungeon so I made sure my companions were at the right level, had the weapons and gear I needed, and had time to quest through the dungeon. I'm officially on my Christmas break, I had plenty of time to quest through this dungeon. :D





















It's been months since I leveled on the game, so I'm not going to mention exactly what I did on my last blog post. I will tell you why I quested in the Miranda today though. I had to quest through the Miranda today to find certain cards to take away Captain Blood's immortality. I later found out that the cards were located in the Miranda dungeon and I had to enter the dungeon (with Blood's hand) so I could play the cards so Death could win and take away his immortality so I could take Blood's treasure. The dungeon wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, so I had a lot of fun today! (I think KI fixed this dungeon for the right level)..


























































Once I arrived in the dungeon I had to fight a few enemies which wasn't difficult to talk about and that's why I didn't include any picture of them. :P After I defeated the enemies I had to talk to a card dealer in a Saloon and he told me I needed to find the cards before I could play. My first quest required me to talk to Father Ryan in a General Store. I had to look for pages of a Bible that were scattered all over Miranda. After I found all of the pages, I talked to Father Ryan and he gave me the first card. :D This quest wasn't that bad, was it? :D The second easy quest wasn't that bad.. all I had to do on my second quest was talk to Mr. Hockley. He said he would give me the second card if I found his crewmen and give them a proper burial. 



























































The quest above wasn't a hard quest to complete and didn't require any fights. I think this is where I'm going to end my first post since I don't want the posts being longer than they should be. I'll make another blog post soon! This next post might not show any easy quests. :D I hope you're ready for some fights! I'm happy to be playing Pirate101 and blogging about it again! Until next time (or my next post (Part 2), I'll see you around the spiral. :D Wow... I haven't said that in how long? :D


December 9, 2014

Shake Up Christmas!

Howdy!

Today was my last day of class which means I can enjoy a one month vacation with tons of Wizard101 & Pirate101! :D I can't believe it's already been 5 months since I started attending college. Anyways, I'm talking about my break because that means I'll have not only Christmas songs but tons of W101 & P101 blog posts this month! :D I'm so happy to be back even if it's just for a month. Well... I'll be back a lot longer during the Summer since I'll have a long Christmas break, but until then, I'm going to enjoy Christmas (since it's my favorite time of year). I don't have any new normal posts, but I do have a favorite Christmas song of mine! Shake Up Christmas by Train!



December 8, 2014

One More Sleep!

Hey again!

This is my third blog post and probably the most blog posts I've made in one day since early August! I am currently listening to Christmas songs and I thought it would be nice to catch up now since I have a few of my favorite Christmas songs on my Spotify playlist. One  new favorite that was actually released last year is One More Sleep by Leona Lewis! Like I said, there are amazing Christmas songs released in 2010- and a few normal songs. :P 



Do They Know It's Christmas?

Hello!

I promised I would make three different blog posts with songs I've missed when studying for my final. :D This is my 2nd favorite Christmas song of the day! :) I know, I picked out a ton of songs since early November, its a shame I can't post all of them this month, but at least you all know 25 of my favorite Christmas songs this year! Here's Do They Know It's Christmas by Band Aid, 1984, my favorite since older music is way better than any song today (2010s), well there are a few good songs (most of them being Christmas), but other than that... bleh! Oh... okay, go ahead and listen to the song below. :)



Falala!

Hiya!

I've missed a few days of Christmas songs because I've been studying for my Math final.. I can't wait until Wednesday because I'll get to play the game a lot more and do things I really want to do that I haven't had a chance to do in the past four months! :P Here's the first out of three songs that I've missed since Friday: Falala by Olivia Jade Archbold. :)





December 6, 2014

Design A Christmas Ship Contest!

Ahoy Pirates!

Can you believe it's already the Holiday season?! I'm excited for Christmas this year. :D I'm decorating and tonight I'm going to visit a live Nativity Scene in my town! Okay.. enough about me, I'm going to announce a new contest for all of you talented Pirate101 artists. Do you remember that contest I had a few years back when I had you design a pirate ship (view that contest HERE)? Well, I have decided to have another contest like this one, but I'm going to add a Christmas theme to this one!

Design a Christmas Ship Contest!

  • Design A Ship: I want you to design a Christmas themed ship! Please make sure there's color on the ship you design, there's no need to add accuracy and everything to your ship this time. I'm going to focus on the look of the ship. Make sure this ship is YOURS and you have your pirate name on the paper you're going to draw your ship on. If you copy a ship from Google images, I will disqualify you from this and maybe the next contest I have on this blog. 
  • Send Your Ship To Me: After you design your ship, you can send it to me by emailing it to me: edwardfrostgem@gmail.com with a subject, Christmas Ship Contest! I will announce the winners of this contest on December 19th, 2014! Keep reading for more information about what you can win.. :D

1st Prize
Hoodoo Bundle + 5,000 Crowns

2nd Prize
P101 Empire Bundle + 2,500 Crowns

3rd Prize
Random Beastmaster Companion

4th Prize
Prince Yulefest Companion

5th Prize
Prince Yulefest Companion

Remember, you have until December 19th at 12:00 P.M. CST to send in your entry! After 12:00 P.M. on that day, I'll announce the winners on a new blog post. Unfortunately, graphics aren't allowed for this contest. Remember to keep these rules in mind: Sign your pirate's name at the bottom of your ship, don't use Google images, make sure your ship is Christmas themed and has color to it. :D I hope all of you have a great Holiday Season. Good luck on your entry! :) If you have any questions, just ask them below in the comment section!

Random Pic that has nothing to do with a Pirate ship but has to do with Christmas ;D





December 5, 2014

All I Want For Christmas Is You!

Hi there!

Today I'm going to type a quick post because I have a new contest to plan. I should publish the new Pirate101 Christmas related contest today, if not tomorrow! :D If you entered my Halloween contest (I know, that was long ago), I will announce winners later, but I will email those who enter my contest by random.org. Thank you all for being so patient with my the past few months. Okay.. time to get back in the Christmas mood, here's one of my favorite Christmas songs by Mariah Carey, ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU




December 4, 2014

Last Christmas

Hiya!

There's only three more weeks until Christmas! I can't believe Christmas is already three weeks from today (and for those excited about 2015, that's only 4 weeks away). :D I'm not ready for Christmas Day because I enjoy the weeks right before Christmas. I have a new tradition where I see a live Nativity scene every year, listen to Christmas music on the radio and so many other awesome things. This is my favorite time of the year! :D Here's another favorite Christmas song of mine, Last Christmas by Wham!



By the way... I'm announcing something special tomorrow for all of you pirates! :D Get excited! 


December 3, 2014

What Have I Been Up To? Weekly Post #2

Hi there,

I apologize for not making any more posts for months. I have been so busy with school and at the moment it's my #1 priority. I didn't know college was going to be so crazy this semester. I got behind on things and I didn't have time to do anything I wanted to for months. I have been so busy with stuff that even if I had time, I was too tired from working all day on the thing I worked on. As of late, I have been working on my Web Design final and presented it today! I got an A on it. :D I still can't believe I started working on it Saturday and finished it yesterday. (see a pic of my slide show from my presentation below). This weekend I'm going to study for my Math final and I'll be done for an entire month! I can't imagine how fun it's going to be to make Edward Cringle posts, level my wizards and so many other things this month again! That's what I've been up to lately, I promise next semester won't be as busy. I'm taking more online classes and most of my classes are on Mondays & Wednesdays which means I have more time to play on the games. :D I'm going to go for now because I still have work to do, but I wanted to make an update post so you all know what's happening. :D




Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree!

Hi there,

It's December 3rd! I don't like when this month goes by because December 26th is very depressing because my favorite time of year ends and I have to wait another year.. Wait, that's 23 days away.. we have plenty of time to celebrate! :D Today I'm going to post Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee since NYC is lighting the Rockefeller Christmas Tree tonight.. Watch on NBC @ 7:00 CST (I think)! ;)


Oh... and I noticed a few people unfollowing this blog, and I'm thinking it's because of the Christmas music. I'm not going to stop posting, this is my fourth year posting, and I will continue to do so. :) It's okay if you want to unfollow, but you're going to miss out on my Christmas contest! * My Pirate101 contest will be announced SOON! :D 




December 2, 2014

Christmas Wrapping!

Hey!

It's the 2nd day of December & 25 Days of Christmas! Are you excited for Christmas? I know I am! Here's another favorite Christmas song of mine, Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses!



December 1, 2014

One Child (Day 1 of 25 Days of Christmas)

Hi there!

It's officially the Christmas season, which means no one can tell me I'm celebrating too early! :D I really do love the Christmas season for many reasons. I'm happy that I can post my favorite Christmas songs on here again because last year I wasn't really in the mood for Christmas... This year I have a ton of favorite songs because I am in the Christmas mood again! :D Are you excited for Christmas? I can see quite a few of you are because the most popular post on my blog is a song I posted last year, Winter Wonderland. Since it's a new Christmas season, I have so many songs including this one by Mariah Carey, One Child. :)



November 21, 2014

I Can't Wait Until Christmas!

Hello Wizards,

I had a chance to log onto the game today, so that means I get to make a blog post about something... That something is really about Christmas! I can't wait until Christmas, I've been preparing in real life by decorating *when I have time* and I'm happy to say this year I'm actually in the Holiday spirit! Last year I wasn't looking forward to the holidays as much as I am now. I know Thanksgiving is next Thursday and I can't to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! Another thing I'm looking forward to just a few days after Thanksgiving is the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting... wait a minute...... Food? Turkey? Mashed Potatoes? Pumpkin Pie? Don't worry, I'm also looking forward to that... Now I'm going to pretend a few seconds that I'm not hungry..



















I can't wait until Thanksgiving, the official start of the Holidays. :D I am also looking forward to Christmas, the best thing about Christmas on the games is that you can decorate with a ton of items from the Crowns Shop (I usually buy the items the year before so I have something to decorate with for next Christmas). I love decorating on the game when it comes to Christmas. I didn't do much decorating in the photos above because I spent about five minutes on it. This will be waiting for me once I'm back online everyday. Only a few more weeks until I'm on a ONE MONTH BREAK!!! WOOOT! I guess that's another reason to look forward to the Holiday season.. Well, I'm going to end this random post. I hope to see all of you around the spiral. :D





November 18, 2014

Harvest Hannah Is Back!

Hello Wizards,

Harvest Hannah has come back with all of her Thanksgiving (Harvest) items! You can find Hannah by the fountain in the shopping district. :D Can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving? Next Thursday... Ah! It feels like this year went by so fast, soon it'll be Christmas! I won't talk about Christmas in this post, instead I'm going to tell you what I'm thankful for this year.. This year I'm thankful for having God, my family and my friends in my life. That's three of the most important things to me and I am happy I have another year with you. So tell me, what are you thankful for?




November 16, 2014

Weekly Blog #1

Hi there!

I can't believe it's already been about a month since I made my last blog post! I usually make about 15-20 blog posts per month, but lately I've been so far behind on Wizard101 & Pirate101 that I don't have anything to blog about. I know there's so much going on in the spiral, but there's also a lot going on for me in real life. I love the games so much that I'm not giving up on them even though I haven't had a chance to play them in about a month or so. I do miss the games, but I wanted to let you all know that I'm not giving up on the games or the blog. Since I don't have anything to blog about for the game at the moment (doesn't mean I won't this weekend), I'm going to give you a real life update post. :D

  • I've been behind on a few things in college but I'm catching up on them and so far most of my grades are A's. I have a feeling I'm going to have a B on my final math grade for the semester, but I'm not worried about that. I'm just trying my best in college. I won't lie... It's been very stressful so far, but I'm sure that's normal because there's a lot of homework in college. If you're about to enter or will be entering college in a few years, you should know that there will be homework no matter what, but you'll get used to it. :D I have been stressed about it, but I know in a few short years, I will have my dream career and all of the hard work in college (or even high school) will pay off. I've had to give up a few things for now, but I will get them back, it's not like I'll never get them back. I don't regret entering college this year. I've put it off for awhile, but I'm happy I decided to attend this year. I put it off because I didn't think  I was ready for a huge responsibility like that. I'm glad I am finally ready and so far everything is going good. Hey... It's only my first semester, things could go wrong, but I'll learn from any mistake or bad grade. That doesn't mean it's the end of the world if I get a bad grade or have to repeat a course. Before I ramble anymore, I'm going to end this weekly post (I will try to make one every Sunday). Thank you so much for reading and supporting my blog! It really does mean a lot. By the way... contest winners will be announced by the end of this week, sorry for being 2 weeks late? :O! Wow. Yes, an announcement for sure by this weekend. Thanks for being patient! See you around the spiral. :D


October 18, 2014

Pirate101 Halloween Pumpkin Drawing Contest!

Ahoy Pirates!

Would you look at that title?! I thought I was making a second blog post when typing it into the Title box! I have been checking around to make sure no one (other than Pirate101) is having a contest that has something to do with pumpkins.. This contest will be about drawing a Pirate101 Themed Pumpkin. This contest will be VERY easy for artists and doesn't need much of a discussion.

  1. Draw A Pirate101 Related Pumpkin: I want you to draw a pumpkin that relates to Pirate101. There really isn't much more I can say other than that. What does a Pirate pumpkin look like? (Please make sure you sign your pirate's name on the pumpkin so I know it's yours :D). 
  2. Submit Your Pirate Pumpkin: Once you're done, please submit your pirate pumpkin to my email address (edwardfrostgem@gmail.com). Label it Pumpkin Drawing Contest.
  3. Contest Start/Ends: This contest starts TODAY and ends on Thursday October 30th, 2014. Winners will be emailed shortly after the contest winners are announced. 
  4. How many winners are there? There will be five winners! Five winners will receive a Halloween Prize Pack that includes the new Rainbow Friendship Mask which comes in white, but can be dyed; this code also includes 2,000 crowns! (see image below to look at the rainbow friendship mask accessory ;D). I will choose my top three favorite drawings & my two favorite graphics. Yes, Graphics are officially allowed! You can only submit one entry, so choose wisely. Don't forget to sign your pirate's name on your work. :D 





#TalkLikeAPirateDay Contest Winners!

Ahoy Pirates!

I'm sorry I waited this long to announce the winners of this contest. I know I usually announce winners on the day of the contest or a day after at latest but I've been very busy with college and I put that first before announcing the winners. These codes are still good and if you won a code, you will be emailed with the code! I really thank you all for waiting this long for the contest. I'm going to have another contest, and should be a lot easier for me to judge (will be announced shortly after this blog post).There's a lot of stories, and I will not publish them all since there's so many, but I thank you all for entering this contest. I will publish the Grand Prize & 2nd Prize Winners stories since there are a ton of stories! I have something at the bottom of the page I really want you to read.  Here's the winners of the Talk Like a Pirate Day Contest:

Grand Prize Winner (1):
10,000 Crowns, Pirate Hairstyle, Huge Pile of Gold Housing Item

*Dead Eye Mark*

After Dead-Eye Mark got Catbeards piece of the map his adventures for finishing the map were.... postpone, that was until he gets a call from Captain Avery where the other pieces of the map might be. In the mean time he spent his days raiding Cutthroat ships until...


Bonnie Anne:
Cap’n! We received a message from Captain Avery! It may be bout the other pieces of the map!
Mark storms out of his room in the ship and grabs the message from Bonnie Anne’s  hand.
Message from Captain Avery:
" Young pirate, I know you  be probably very excited thinkin' this message be about t' maps pieces, me apoligises for t'  false alrarm, but I got excitin' news. I found someone, an incredibly rich ‘n defenceless person. He owns a Bazaar, and thar be millions buyin' from it every day.His name be Elik Silverfist, and he lives in Olde Town in Wizard City. It’s a pretty peaceful world, but pirate, be ware from            t' wizards! " (The last part of the letter has been scrapped)
Dead-Eye Mark:
Couldn’t been anythin important, I bet I can deal with someone that lives in a world with a name that goofy. Well crew ye be knowin what we need to do, set sail to Wizard City!
3 Days Later
Deady-Eye Mark:
We finally got here maties, now lets land this ship…Where are the docks?
Ratbeard:
Bin heard ‘tis place doesn’t have docks cap’n…
Dead-Eye Mark:
What!? No docks!? What kind ‘o place is this!? Darn land lubbers! I suppose we can land in that river over thar. Cursed place, I have to get me ship wet!
The crew landed their ship in an area known as Triton Avenue. Mark’s crew is ready for anything, but all they see is children with pointy caps and sticks running around fighting ghouls.  The crew approached the Bazaar in Olde Town when suddenly three guards jumped infront of them
Guard:
Identify yourselves strangers!
Dead-Eye Mark:
I don’t need to identify meself to ye! Mormo take care of this!
Mormo strikes the guards with lighting knocking them unconscius. Everyone around stops and glares at the pirates as they rush in the Bazaar
Dead-Eye Mark:
This be a raid! Give us all the gold ye got shopkeeper!
All the new heroic Wizards around start casting spells, summoning Imps, Dark Fairies, Fire Cats…              Nothing was of use as Old Scratch put them and the wizards asleep. As they left a building, suddenly a wizard riding a skeletal dragon came infront of them. As they clashed into battle time stopped…
Bonnie Anne:
Cap’n! Wake up!
Dead-Eye Mark:
Ugh…Wait what!? …Bonnie ive had the craziest dream ever, I was fightin a Wizard version of meself…
Somewhere far away
Mark Deatheyes:
“Yawns” Wow…it was all just a dream…? It seemed so realistic tho... But me, a Pirate? Hah that’s never going to happen.

Second Prize Winners (5):
Pirate Hairstyle, 5,000 Crowns

*Fiery Lenore Fenner*

T'was a dusty evening in the Cool Ranch skyways. Whilst watching the sun set, I was approached by a beatiful pony maiden by the name of Horace Ponia.
“I was told I could find you here, young pirate.” She said in a thick western accent.
“Aye, ye've found me. Whatcha need, me fair maiden?” I replied, standing up to face her.
“I heard you were the one to come to if I ran into any trouble. Thing is, my son has been captured by the renegade soldiers down in Arroyo Grande. If you bring him back for me, I promise a hefty reward. Please, young she-pirate, save my little boy!” She says, saddly.
“Oi, I'll find ye'r boy if you tell me what 'e looks like.” My reply was low, and I kept my eyes hidden.
Her posture straitened as she spoke, “A young boy about your age, long brown hair and strong faced. H always wears a yellow bandana around his neck.”
I stood up strait, and let out a low whistle. My companions emerged from their hiding spots among the rocks. At first Ms. Ponia was surprised, but calmed quickly. “I'll go find ye'r boy, Ms. Ponia. You don't worry, and just sit tight.”
It was night at arroyo grande, deep shadows bouncing off of the cavern walls. I entered the hideout of the renegades followed by my companions. There, I saw the horse boy tied to a pole, surrounded by renegades.j
Who be this, lads?” Said the renegade captain, “A little lost lamb in a world of goats?” His horns stuck from his head, his tone deep.
I stood strait up, “I've come for the boy. You can let him go, or I can set him free over your unconscious bodies.” I said as I tilted my hat up. They gasped, recognizing me.
Take the boy, loud-spoken pirate! Please don't hurt us!” Chanted the renegades. They untied the poor boy and handed him over.
On the way back, little Ponia told me how he was captured. As we boarded, I saw Ms. Ponia standing on the docks, and her face brightened once the boy appeared.
They ran to each other, hugged tightly for a long time, then disbanded. Ms. Ponia walked up to me, handing me a purse, which I refused, knowing that the only payment I needed was the knowing that they were once again together.


*James Morgan*

"Well crew, we be here! Grizzleheim." Morgan said to his crew. "But Captain, what be we doin' here?" Sarah Steele asked. "We be here t' rescue Yhor's family from those bloody Cutthroat Sharks." Morgan said. "Yhor be one o' us now, and we pirates look out for our own." Morganbegan shouting orders to his crew as they approached the docks of Northguard. As the crew tied of The Majestic Spectre Morgan pulled Yhor aside. "Okay, bucko. T' Cutthroats have your family somewhere in Grizzleheim. We just need t' find out where. Is thar anybody you know who may be able t' help?" he asked. "Grrrawww." Yhor said. "T' kin'? Okay. You do t' talkin'. Last time I spoke t' royalty we nearly ended up hangin' from t' yardarms." Morgan said. "Looks like t' crew has t' ship secured. Let's get goin'."
As Morgan and his crew headed down the gangplank, Yhor took the lead. They followed him to the meeting hall to speak with the king. After what seemed an eternity of growling between the king and Yhor, his first mate turned to him. "Grrww. Grrrrrrrraaaaawww.""Vigrid Roughland be it? Then that's where we be headed. Come on crew. Let's go rescue Yhor's family." Morgan said. "Grraww." Yhor growled. "Don't worry me bucko. We will get your family aft safe and sound. And we'll make them Cutthroats pay for their crimes." Morgan assured his First Mate. The King handed Yhor a map with the location of the Cutthroats camp circled. They set off towards The Vigrid Roughland at a quick pace. The crew was ready for a fight. Those Cutthroat Sharks had crossed them too many times. The crew of The Majestic Spectre were fed up with those bloody sharks. Time to end this. Permanently.
They quickly found the Cutthroat's camp. Morgan crept up to the top of the small rise above the Cutthroat camp. Yhor and Sarah were with him. They watched the sharks for a few minutes to get a sense of their routine. Sarah turned to him and said "I have a plan. You be goin' t' like this, Captain." Morgan smiled as Sarah explained the plan. It was simple. Direct. He like that in a plan. They made their way back to the crew. "Alstarboard! Listen up!" Morgan said. "T' plan be simple. Rush them."
The next day they celebrated their victory with yum.

*Smart Steven Ovingham*


Quest Name: “To the Brig with Ye”

Quest Giver: Captain Steed at Captain Steed’s Villa



“Pirate, there are pirates from the piratin’ school in Skull Island that are being captured by the Armada. You have to go save these students. They have been taken to the prison in the Armada Base. So, will ya help them?” Captain Steed said.



Outside of the Armada Base

“Captain, we have to try and sneak in so we won’t get caught.” Bonnie Anne said.

“Don’t be tellin’ me that we have to go through the sewers again. Why is it always thee sewers?” Ratbeard said.



In the Sewers

“Captain my captain, I has a bad feeling about this, I can feel bad mojo.” Old Scratch said.

(Fight ghost prisoners)

“These were some of the students from the school!” Bonnie Anne said.

In the Cell Block

“Over here pirate! You gotta help us. Go get the key from the prison guards and get us out of here!” A prisoner said.

(Witchdoctor’s prisoner is a Privateer Snake)

(Buccaneer’s prisoner is a Witchdoctor Crocodile)

(Musketeer’s prisoner is a Buccaneer Troggy)

(Swashbuckler’s prisoner is a Musketeer Hammerhead Shark)

(Privateer’s prisoner is a Swashbuckler Deer)



“Intruders detected, kill them all” said the Battle Angel prison guard.



“Kill the main guard and let us out of here, we can help you kill the rest!” the prisoners said.

(Boss Battle, kill the main guard to get a key, then go to the gate and open the gate to get the prisoners and kill the rest of the guards)

After the Battle in the Cell Block

“Thank you for saving us mighty pirate. Do you think I might be able to learn from a true pirate instead of this landlubber school?” The prisoner said (depending on your school you gain the prisoner, listed earlier, as your crew mate, randomized name)



“Captain, now that we saved the prisoners, let’s get out of here!” Bonnie Anne said.



“For once, I agree with the fur ball fox over there captain.” Ratbeard said.



“Stop your arguing and let’s go!” El Toro said.



“You’re a great one to talk you bull.” Ratbeard said.



“Intruders, intruders, kill them all” An armada dragon said.

(Battle with Armada Dragons)



Back at Captain Steed’s Villa

“Well done pirate, you truly are a member of the resistance.”



(Badge Earned: Brig Bomber)

(Crown Shop Items Unlocked: Companions you didn’t get already in that dungeon)


*Matthew James*

Yarr, I recall the time me an' me hearty crew was questin' for the
(Skyway Race Challenge) an' we had to use all our cunning ta' keep up
wi' the best of 'em. This quest set us to using our navigation
instruments, maps 'n charts 'n whatnot as we toured all the skyways
searching for special numbered flags at waypoint markers. "Aye, this
be a devil o' tasks," I thought to meself, as we sped about racing the
clock and the scoreboard times on the tavern chalkboard.

Havin' Ratbeard as First Mate was provin' ter be real useful, on
account of him having had years of experience of the quickest routes
to take, but the weather was rough. "Shiver me timbers! Batten down
the hatches lads!" he yelled as our Skull Island Galleon sped past
Flotsam. "There be a storm brewing ahead yonder, but we can't be
slowin' up fer fear of fallin' behind them other scurvy crews!"

By thunder, he were right fer sure. The mighty wind blew and the
rain... fair it pelted down around us, but The Corsair's Pearl had
proven time and again to be a trusty ship for our motley crew,
vagabonds and water moles alike. "Be ye using yon Mojo Potions smartly
lubbers," I fair warned me shipmates. "We've a voyage ahead takin' us
from Monquista to Mooshu and Marleybone and every place between." I
knew there was a rich prize of gold and experience, on-the-job
brawlin' time and tomes fer me companions at journey's end; it was a
fair boost of me nautical experience too - just reward for our miles
of traversin' the skyways.

"Good teamwork me hearties," I said as we made it through the worst of
the squall. "Avast, land ahoy!" I recall as we made our final approach
to Skull Island and our mateys in the Kraken Skulls Tavern, where we
hoped for a hearty welcome and a fast time for the chalkboard. "Yohoho
and a bottle o' yum lads; we've completed our quest at last," I told
me crew.

Even old Ratbeard seemed to be managin' a wry smile for the first time
that day, fer he knew we'd sailed fair and true. He'd earned his yum
and we'd snagged our booty at the end of our (Skyway Race Challenge)
quest. It's about time it became a Minigame, methinks. Any pirate
would chance their arm for a little gold!

*Humble Brandon Quincy*


Quest Recieved: Light Torches


"What kind 'o the hour travel be 'tis?"


"Oh yes, the great Moodha. I have heard great things about her wisdom." El Toro exclaimed.


The pebbled path up to the house led to the bedlam of companions.

"Keep it down!" Bonnie Anne yelled.


"Watch whar ye goin'!" El Toro screamed. As they reached the top, a beautiful island could be seen at the nadir of the path. They could all
just imagine themselves laying back, relaxing, having a good time on the ocean. But they were on a mission. A crooked sign that looked to 
have been written on read, 'Stay OFF!'.


"Who puts a sign up like that?" Old Scratch chuckled, as they took the torch hanging off the side. Brandon took a look at his map. His 
crew was going east, the perfect direction to get a good windlane ride.


"Let's hurry up before we get stranded on 'tis place!" All the companions rushed into a line, and glided across the stone to get back to
shore. The pirate followed behind.


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The skyways looked bluer than normal, almost...a bit suspicious. It would have seemed like it would be a bit lighter on a sunny day like 
this, but the shadows took their toll on the tides.


"We be almost thar!" Brandon looked through his telescope to see what they would call their home for the next few days. Suddenly, a blue-
painted froggy jumped out at them. He must had been taking a swim, because there was refreshing water running down his sides.


"Oh no ye didn't!" Ratbeard sliced his sword through the air as the creature fell into the water. "Can I get a raise fer that??"


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"'n that's 6!" The flaming fire hooked onto to the last torch, creating a portal deep in the water. Was this another dimension? Everyone 
leaped into the endless count of swirly lines, and felt dizzy as they woke up. All they noticed were black dragons flying overhead, barely 
missing the lava by inches.


"Welcome to Dragonspyre." A voice said from the heavens.


Quest Complete: Light Torches
Quest Received: Into the Depths

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