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  • No, no, that seat's not taken.

  • Pull up a chair, and sink a few, friend...

  • Though that might be a poor turn o' phrase, given my history.

  • Heh.

  • Aye, I've seen a few shipwrecks.

  • Been in one me self, as it goes, back when I was young like you.

  • Her name was the Ophidian, that ship

  • pulled down beneath the Jagged Straits.

  • I was the only survivor too, mind.

  • Maybe you buys me a drink, and I'll tell ye about it.

  • This?

  • No, this coin's not for spending, friend.

  • That's my lucky Kraken, for to pay the Tithe.

  • The Tithe.

  • Ye know the Tithe.

  • Everyone knows about the Tithe.

  • Pay the Tithe, or face the ocean's wrath.”

  • Oh, by the Bearded Lady...

  • Then you never heard o' Nautilus, either?

  • The Titan of the Depths?

  • Barkeep!

  • Pour us a round, barkeep, there's a good lad.

  • This is a tale that needs an ale, as they say... and my friend here's buyin'.

  • Ahh, that's the good stuff, that is.

  • 'Twas almost thirty years back, now, returning from a hunt.

  • I was a harpooner, finest shot in the Slaughter Fleets.

  • We'd caught ourselves an axe-fin leviathanaye, one o' them big, mean boggers

  • and we was haulin' the beast back to port.

  • It were just before dawn.

  • Bilgewater's city lights flickered in the distance

  • beckonin' us in.

  • There were razorfish and berserker sharks following close by

  • 'cos the axe-fin was oozing into the water, see.

  • And our captain...

  • Well

  • none of us much cared for him.

  • Untrustworthy sort.

  • He swears blind he paid the Tithe 'afore we left.

  • “A single gold Kraken,” he said, “for 'tis all I have to give.”

  • But none of us seen him throw it over the side, now did we.

  • So

  • naturally we was suspicious

  • 'cos we knew he was a tight-fisted old wharf rat.

  • But on we sailed anyway.

  • And that was when the Titan hit us.

  • Without warning, this bloody great anchor comes at us from below.

  • Smashed clean through the keel, up through the main deck.

  • Caught us tight, and started pullin' us down...

  • Oh, it was chaos, friend.

  • Sailors thrown overboard.

  • The waters churnin', scavengers feedin'.

  • I grabs the captain, screamin' at him

  • You're a liar!"

  • "This is the Lady's punishment for those as don't pay!”

  • The ship was going down fast.

  • But then the planking gave way, didn' it, and the anchor slid back into the depths.

  • If it had ended then

  • more of us might've got away.

  • But it weren't over.

  • Nautilus weren't done wi' us yet.

  • The ship tipped to starboard, right-sudden.

  • It was the weight of the Titan himself, hauling up onto the deck.

  • Perhaps once it'd been a man, but

  • it weren't no man I saw that night, risin' from the waves.

  • I has our captain by the throat.

  • This is your doing!”

  • I roared, as I chokes the bastard, his eyes wide.

  • He can see Nautilus is comin' for us...

  • So I shoves the captain away, down the slanted deck, and this thing catches him in one hand

  • if you can believe it!

  • It was so big, the fingers closed completely around 'is body

  • and the captain weren't a small man by any stretch.

  • There's your Tithe!”

  • I yells, and jumped overboard.

  • I dunno how long I was in the water.

  • Must've only been seconds, but it felt like an age.

  • But the sea scavengers didn't get me, Mother Serpent be praised.

  • Pulled myself up onto one of them stone pinnacles, out there in the Straits

  • an' I watched the Ophidian sink.

  • Nautilus still held the captain, squirmin' and wrigglin' like a stuck worm

  • but there were no escapin' that grasp.

  • The Titan was just standing there, motionless as a statue.

  • I watched them go

  • down

  • down into the darkness.

  • Why spare me?

  • Don't rightly know.

  • Perhaps I was the only one to make an offering.

  • Or maybe Nautilus wanted someone left alive, to tell the tale.

  • But on the darkest Bilgewater nights, when the murder-fogs roll in

  • ye might hear 'im wading out from the shallows

  • slow and steady like

  • draggin' that accursed anchor in his wake...

  • Want my advice, friend?

  • Keep a coin in your pocket, and always pay the Tithe.

  • And

  • don't trust no captain who says he's done it, 'less you seen it for yourself.

  • After all

  • ye might not be so lucky as me.

No, no, that seat's not taken.

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比爾格沃特的傳奇。鸚鵡螺與蚜蟲|有聲電視劇(第2部,共6部)。 (Legends of Bilgewater: Nautilus & The Ophidian | Audio Drama (Part 2 of 6))

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