Sunday, January 11, 2009

Tour of the Tyrhennian

After several weeks preparation, corresponding with his associates and partners in Livorno and Monte Cristo, Salomon Baci departed Bizercca for Livorno aboard the newly launched xebec Al-Murabit, mounting 22 guns and the first fruits of the Dey's aggressive shipbuilding campaign to make good last year's losses in the treacherous attack by the Imperium.

Baci knew well that the ultimate success of that programme, as well as the Dey's overall campaign of revenge, now hinged on the success of his business in Monte Cristo, and that he would need to conduct his most delicate bargaining in order to succeed.