The sun shone clearly through the remains of a summer storm on the deck of The Dreaming Guardian as Norbert Fisker passed to and fro wondering what he would discover in the wreckage of the Curieux at the bottom of the ocean.
In search of an adventure, Norbert had talked to a good friend of his in the Enalican government on the island of Mercado. His friend had told him that long ages ago, when Mythron had been a stronger Power, the Enalican islands had been home to pirates who sailed the high seas in search of treasure. One such pirate owned a ship called the Curieux with which he stole much treasure form the Empire. This man had been the richest of the pirates on the islands, though they all lived in constant fear of the Mythronian Kingdom.
However, one day, the Curieux had sailed forth and never returned. No wreckage or treasure from the ship had ever been recovered and none on board had ever been seen again. It was believed that the ship had sunk in combat with a Mythronian galley and that it lay a ways off the shore of Mercado. The site was said to be cursed, and since that day, no Enalican ship sailed through that place.
Time passed, new events weakened the power of the Mythronian Empire and other outlaws and outcasts started to gather. Then the invasion of the dwarves forced the Enalicans to consolidate power and form a more organized government in opposition and for a time, the wreckage was forgotten amidst more important concerns. Eventually, all five factions would unite to bring down the dwarf invasion, but new fears faced the Enalican government. General Loda, their leader, finally united with the Mythronian King whom they had hated so much and began working together with him to their best interests.
It was at this time that the leaders of Mercado turned to the Curieux in hopes of discovering gold to fuel the impeding war. However, they could fine none who was willing to brave the curse in order to discover the treasure.
After conversing with his friend, Norbert Fisker offered to explore the Curieux for the Enalican government (though he also had his own alternate reasons) and the leaders of Mercado vowed they would pay him handsomely if he found treasure at the wreckage.
Thus, Fisker was aboard The Dreaming Guardian sailing towards a small coral island that had grown since the disappearance of the Curieux but had remained nameless and without habitants. As the sun shone on the clear waters, Norbert could make out the shapes few fathoms bellow the ship. Then the land started to rise and many colorful corals could be seen. At this point, the captain halted the ship and told Norbert, “If you wish to explore the Curieux, that is at your discretion, however, I shall not risk my ship in search of something that, like as not, ain’t there. Here you may take her boat, though I doubt if you do that I’ll ever see it again.”
“Very well,” he said as he untied the boat.
He watched as The Dreaming Guardian sailed off full sail towards Mercado, then he looked down as he started rowing towards the coral island. The ground bellow grew nearer and nearer the boat and ever more colorful with the waving corals. Then he noticed a mast lying just below the water (almost too high up for his little boat to go over it). He took a large breath and dove in.
To his delight, he found the water quite clear and could see the wreckage laying quite forlorn among the colorful corals. He also noticed the gleam of gold in the Curieux and his heart was glad as he took in the sight. Then a slight movement caught his notice. It was a large, dark creature that sat on a mound of gold near the ship. So this was the curse of Curieux! He swam to the surface and drew his knife. Then he took a deep breath and dove …
The judges requested more lighted pictures for judging. Bellow are a few well lit images I took of the MOC.