March 3, 2021

The Captain's Folly

The Captain's Folly

Set a course for murder aboard The Captain's Folly.


Set a course for murder aboard The Captain's Folly. 

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WEBVTT 1 00:00:03.080 --> 00:00:09.230 The following podcast is not real. Ariel and Chad freely record these stories without 2 00:00:09.269 --> 00:00:14.750 the persuasion of mask or any of its subsidiaries. Ariel and Chad are most 3 00:00:14.910 --> 00:00:20.070 certainly not being held captive in Arner ground bunker having these stories pulled from their 4 00:00:20.149 --> 00:00:26.859 subconscious by our main frame. These are only fantastical stories imagined by two people, 5 00:00:27.260 --> 00:00:33.219 regardless of their thematic composition. Children probably should not listen, but if 6 00:00:33.299 --> 00:00:38.729 you let them, that's what therapies for. And now sit back, relax 7 00:00:39.250 --> 00:00:51.479 and try in vain to enjoy the show. Once upon a time, in 8 00:00:51.600 --> 00:00:57.479 the very dawn of colonial America, when the hopeful poor would embark upon difficult 9 00:00:57.880 --> 00:01:02.320 and, of an in harrowing voyages to the so called new world, there 10 00:01:02.479 --> 00:01:07.510 was a ship that sets sail from Southampton in England bound for the Plymouth colonies. 11 00:01:08.709 --> 00:01:14.989 On board there were twenty women and twenty men, all from humble backgrounds 12 00:01:15.069 --> 00:01:21.299 and deeply pious in nature, and a seasoned crew and captain. The ship 13 00:01:21.579 --> 00:01:26.540 had made the voyage a time or two and was in strong and sturdy shape. 14 00:01:26.659 --> 00:01:30.819 She was known as the captain's folly, a name that had caused pause 15 00:01:30.980 --> 00:01:36.689 among a few of the passengers, but was laughed off as maritime humor. 16 00:01:38.769 --> 00:01:42.930 But as the third week drew to a close, the captain paced the deck 17 00:01:42.090 --> 00:01:49.280 nervously. It wasn't that the ship was drifting into foul weather or that it 18 00:01:49.359 --> 00:01:53.879 had blown off course. It's not that it was taking longer than normal. 19 00:01:53.799 --> 00:01:59.120 This was a grueling journey that could take as many as six weeks. No, 20 00:02:00.359 --> 00:02:06.150 it was something else entirely that concerned him. His mind drifted back to 21 00:02:06.310 --> 00:02:10.150 the day of departure. As he smiled and waved people aboard, he felt 22 00:02:10.789 --> 00:02:17.060 every second counted. He had become wealthy from his ventures overseas and, upon 23 00:02:17.219 --> 00:02:22.939 coming to port from the last excursion, he had it set in his mind 24 00:02:23.180 --> 00:02:28.259 that he was going to marry Lady Lilian. She was the most beautiful woman 25 00:02:28.379 --> 00:02:32.610 in Southampton and he had pined for her for years. But upon returning, 26 00:02:34.330 --> 00:02:38.689 he found himself in the midst of wedding celebration. Bewildered, he wandered until 27 00:02:38.689 --> 00:02:44.560 he found his brother, the groom, sitting beside none other than his true 28 00:02:44.639 --> 00:02:50.400 love, Lady Lilian. In his absence, his brother had betrayed him. 29 00:02:52.120 --> 00:02:55.599 The celebration drew it into the night, but at long last, all the 30 00:02:55.759 --> 00:03:01.270 merrymakers had given their well wishes and departed. The captain's brother had welcomed him 31 00:03:01.270 --> 00:03:07.310 warmly, though there was a mischievous twinkle in his eye as he introduced his 32 00:03:07.430 --> 00:03:13.500 new bride. The captain graciously kissed her hand and wished them well. But 33 00:03:13.580 --> 00:03:17.060 as the evening wore on and Lady Lilian took her a brief the captain was 34 00:03:17.219 --> 00:03:23.659 overwhelmed with rage at his brother and, grabbing a bottle of champagne, bludgeoned 35 00:03:23.860 --> 00:03:28.610 his brother to death. With a scream, lady Lilian returned to the room, 36 00:03:28.650 --> 00:03:32.490 rushing to her husband's body and weeping. The captain tried to convince her 37 00:03:32.810 --> 00:03:37.530 of his love for her, but she told him she would rather die than 38 00:03:37.650 --> 00:03:42.439 be with him. Unfortunately, the captain was a bit of a literal fellow 39 00:03:43.000 --> 00:03:46.759 and proceeded to take the cake knife and stab her in the chest. Proceeding 40 00:03:46.840 --> 00:03:52.319 to SOB over her lifeless body, he fled to his ship to escape any 41 00:03:52.800 --> 00:03:58.469 criminal prosecution, leaving the bodies undisturbed. At most. He had a few 42 00:03:58.509 --> 00:04:02.389 days. As he was about to set foot and old HAG approached him. 43 00:04:03.509 --> 00:04:09.830 Sir, she cried. Sir, a few shillings for an old lady. 44 00:04:11.099 --> 00:04:15.580 The captain looked back in disgusted. The woman flashed a toothy Grin, and 45 00:04:15.860 --> 00:04:19.980 by that I mean she had exactly too I haven't any shillings, old woman. 46 00:04:21.060 --> 00:04:25.370 He turned to ascend the ramp, but the woman caught him by the 47 00:04:25.449 --> 00:04:31.209 arm. How about it, penny then, he grumbled annoyed. I haven't 48 00:04:31.250 --> 00:04:35.089 any pennies, old woman, he told her, as he again turned the 49 00:04:35.129 --> 00:04:43.040 ramp. Bitcoin, then you can charge those. I have my square right 50 00:04:43.360 --> 00:04:47.399 here. The captain stared at the woman incredulously. How on earth, if 51 00:04:47.439 --> 00:04:51.870 he had no pennies, could he possibly afford bitcoin? The woman must be 52 00:04:51.990 --> 00:04:58.230 mad, old woman, you must be insane. I have no Bitcoin, 53 00:04:58.350 --> 00:05:01.069 nor credit, nor even an ATM card. Now please leave me be. 54 00:05:02.990 --> 00:05:09.300 The old woman cocked her head unmoving. You're a fine rich man, though, 55 00:05:10.100 --> 00:05:15.180 I can tell by your attire. Are you sure you can't spare just 56 00:05:15.379 --> 00:05:20.569 a little for up or old woman? I'm done, Madam. Go Crawl 57 00:05:20.649 --> 00:05:26.410 back into your Cave Hag. But this time, as he turned to mount 58 00:05:26.649 --> 00:05:31.370 onto his ship, he heard a quiet hiss behind him. Mad Red, 59 00:05:34.089 --> 00:05:40.519 when he turned, the old woman had vanished. As the Sun rose the 60 00:05:40.600 --> 00:05:45.319 next day, passengers, looking all their worldly belongings, trudged up to the 61 00:05:45.480 --> 00:05:48.759 ship and down into the murky quarters below that would be their home in the 62 00:05:48.839 --> 00:05:55.470 coming weeks. The ship swayed as they tried to piece together their things into 63 00:05:55.550 --> 00:06:00.550 some semblance of a home. On the deck, passengers waved to any onlookers 64 00:06:00.589 --> 00:06:04.019 there to see them off. It was a sunny day and all were in 65 00:06:04.100 --> 00:06:11.300 good spirits. But now, as dark descended, the captain paced. How 66 00:06:11.379 --> 00:06:15.899 could the old woman have known? What did it all mean? The feeling 67 00:06:15.980 --> 00:06:21.089 of foreboding had crept upon him and was unwilling to release its grip. As 68 00:06:21.209 --> 00:06:26.529 the ship finally neared its destination and the Boston harbor was in the distance, 69 00:06:27.009 --> 00:06:30.370 he breathed a sigh of relief. He had no way of knowing his comfort 70 00:06:31.009 --> 00:06:36.879 was far too soon. As the newly risen Sun glittered golden atop the waves, 71 00:06:38.480 --> 00:06:45.920 the captain suddenly smelt something foul, putred the smell of death. It 72 00:06:46.160 --> 00:06:49.829 must be the meat, he absent mindedly mumbled to himself and set out to 73 00:06:49.949 --> 00:06:54.389 find the source of the stench. It would have to be thrown overboard. 74 00:06:55.949 --> 00:07:00.470 He noticed as he exited the captain's chambers that no crew was in sight. 75 00:07:00.620 --> 00:07:04.540 It was early silent on the deck, save for a faint flapping of the 76 00:07:04.579 --> 00:07:10.100 sails above. He brushed off his feeling of dread. as he approached the 77 00:07:10.180 --> 00:07:15.129 entrance to the passengers quarters, the odor became more pungent. Someone must have 78 00:07:15.209 --> 00:07:20.170 died in the night. But no sooner did he step down onto the floor 79 00:07:21.009 --> 00:07:28.250 a figure in a dark cloak approached him slowly, a single finger raised pointing 80 00:07:28.290 --> 00:07:35.240 at him, and a familiar voice spoke murder. His face went white. 81 00:07:36.040 --> 00:07:41.920 He was already white. But you get it. The old hag from the 82 00:07:42.000 --> 00:07:47.389 harbor. But how it was then she took on her true form, transforming 83 00:07:47.430 --> 00:07:54.149 in front of his eyes to his beloved lady Lilian. But how could you? 84 00:07:55.269 --> 00:08:00.420 You're dead. I'm outset lay out new cock womble, and now you 85 00:08:00.500 --> 00:08:05.660 will be too. With that, she clicked her ruby slippers together three times, 86 00:08:05.339 --> 00:08:11.379 repeating there's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's 87 00:08:11.459 --> 00:08:16.610 no place like home. And as if in a split second, he was 88 00:08:16.730 --> 00:08:22.889 on the gallows in Southampton, a noose being stretched over his neck. He 89 00:08:24.089 --> 00:08:30.199 was hanged until dead for his streachery. The people aboard the captain's folly seemed 90 00:08:30.199 --> 00:08:33.399 to have no recollection of their former captain and arrived at the Plymouth colonies. 91 00:08:33.879 --> 00:08:39.480 No worse for wear, they shuffled off the boat and into their new lives, 92 00:08:39.120 --> 00:08:46.029 gre grateful to once again be on solid land. That late at night, 93 00:08:46.990 --> 00:08:50.389 on the anniversary of the date they docked, if you look out over 94 00:08:50.470 --> 00:09:05.340 the sea, you can sometimes spot the glowing dolphin. To the casual listener 95 00:09:05.419 --> 00:09:09.860 of down to folk, welcome. We are grateful that you have joined us 96 00:09:09.940 --> 00:09:16.250 on this endeavor. This is highly educational, fact based storytelling at its finest. 97 00:09:16.370 --> 00:09:20.250 Speaking of story telling, let's all join chat at the camp fire to 98 00:09:20.289 --> 00:09:26.080 see if he knows more about this chilling tale of love and loss and twenty 99 00:09:26.159 --> 00:09:41.909 one century currency in colonial Massachusetts. As you know, that is not where 100 00:09:41.110 --> 00:09:48.070 this story will end. Lady Lillian carried on for many years in the America's 101 00:09:48.470 --> 00:09:52.580 trapped in the vessel, we will say, of an old tag, she 102 00:09:52.700 --> 00:10:01.740 wandered the countryside around colonial Massachusetts for many, many years and ultimately settled took 103 00:10:01.820 --> 00:10:07.450 refuge in an Indian reservation, and they're one of the Shaman taught her the 104 00:10:07.610 --> 00:10:15.649 ways of magic and she would practice this magic. Some say that her exploits 105 00:10:15.690 --> 00:10:22.159 are what triggered the Salem witch trials around this time. But being an immortal 106 00:10:22.639 --> 00:10:26.000 was something that she just could not deal with. The fact that she would 107 00:10:26.000 --> 00:10:33.159 be trapped in this body of an old hag for eternity just didn't sit well 108 00:10:33.240 --> 00:10:39.750 with her, and one day she experimented with a spell, a ritual if 109 00:10:39.789 --> 00:10:46.950 you will, that would temporarily bring her back to a younger, more youthful 110 00:10:46.149 --> 00:10:50.740 version of herself. After many, many tries, over many, many years, 111 00:10:52.340 --> 00:10:58.299 she was able to keep this youthful appearance and still with no family to 112 00:10:58.419 --> 00:11:03.690 speak of, she would just wander the countryside looking for a place to be 113 00:11:03.809 --> 00:11:09.769 accepted. It was around this time that she became friends with a gang of 114 00:11:11.529 --> 00:11:16.450 miners, not kids, like actual people that work in minds. By all 115 00:11:16.529 --> 00:11:22.360 definitions they would be considered slaves, knowing nothing more than digging in a mine 116 00:11:22.960 --> 00:11:26.799 all day long, but they like to do it. They would dig and 117 00:11:28.080 --> 00:11:33.070 dig and dig in a mine the whole day and they would dig and dig 118 00:11:33.309 --> 00:11:37.950 and dig because it's what they like to do. The aid of them all 119 00:11:37.350 --> 00:11:41.830 settled into a small cottage in the woods and still haunted by our past and 120 00:11:41.950 --> 00:11:46.179 this old hag, she could still hear her voice in the back of her 121 00:11:46.220 --> 00:11:50.899 mind. Ultimately, she decided to leave the east coast all together. In 122 00:11:52.059 --> 00:11:56.779 her journeys across the country she met a man's name was Walter. Lady Lilian 123 00:11:56.899 --> 00:12:01.009 and Walter would spend many, many years together and in many cases she would 124 00:12:01.009 --> 00:12:07.009 act as a muse for Walter. He was an artist, the storyteller, 125 00:12:07.330 --> 00:12:11.610 and they would sit at night she would tell stories much like this one, 126 00:12:11.970 --> 00:12:16.320 of her past and her adventure and her time she spent in the woods with 127 00:12:16.519 --> 00:12:22.519 seven miners that I don't think Walter every fully understood that they worked in a 128 00:12:22.679 --> 00:12:26.919 mine, they were not miners like kids. He would retell the story to 129 00:12:26.960 --> 00:12:33.710 the public and it would always be just slightly off from what really happened. 130 00:12:33.629 --> 00:12:39.870 He would always talk of this beautiful maiden that discovered seven young people living in 131 00:12:39.909 --> 00:12:46.500 the woods, that he and Lilian would come and and live with them and 132 00:12:46.700 --> 00:12:52.059 help them, and that old hag would come and cause chaos in the story, 133 00:12:52.580 --> 00:12:56.460 but ultimately love would conquer all, the old hag would finally be put 134 00:12:56.500 --> 00:13:03.889 to rest and Lilian and Walt would celebrate. They would celebrate by building a 135 00:13:03.450 --> 00:13:09.889 park. Lillian always dreamed of being royalty and she would say some day, 136 00:13:11.450 --> 00:13:16.440 some day, my prince will come and sweep me off my feet. and 137 00:13:16.759 --> 00:13:20.159 carry me to this castle in the clouds. And ultimately that's what happened. 138 00:13:20.519 --> 00:13:24.639 Walter was her prince. He swept her up and he took her across the 139 00:13:24.799 --> 00:13:31.389 country and built this castle for her. This this tribute to them, to 140 00:13:31.629 --> 00:13:37.230 her, to their love, and he would place the elements of her stories 141 00:13:37.350 --> 00:13:41.740 that she would tell him, stories of her time living with these miners. 142 00:13:43.139 --> 00:13:46.740 He even built a wishing well similar to one that she would walk into town 143 00:13:46.779 --> 00:13:52.940 late at night wishing for the one that she loves to find her some day, 144 00:13:54.419 --> 00:14:07.370 and he did and they in fact did live happily ever after. Thank 145 00:14:07.450 --> 00:14:13.240 you for listening to down to folk. This week's queen of predated technology references 146 00:14:13.360 --> 00:14:18.320 is Ariel cooksie of the malice podcast. 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