Journal of Undio diCorrenze VII
Jenen 17th, 1110
We have just landed a few small expedition gigs after having spotted land. This is terra incognita to myself and de crew, a jungle island. Our duty, as a navy merchant vessel, is to explore and claim what lands and resources are found for King Gressner. This is de type of expedition I have been waiting for. A newly promoted Halfling has twice as much to prove as a human, with twice as much burden. I am up to de challenge. It stands half as tall as dis wonder of de world! We will be setting up camp and sending our oarmen back to de ship to prepare Abundance’s hold for whatever riches lie on this savage land. We have already captured several wild boar and are anticipating quite a bounty. They have been instructed by Captain Brumeken to return in a week. After a stern look and a cough of protest from de first mate, he sent de gig back to de ship and invited us officers to speak for a few moments. De second mate, Kitt Pitchfinger, backed up de first mate, Hiulis, in objecting to de Captain’s strategy. They seemed to disagree with him, insisting de gig should return every three days at noon, instead of in a week.De Captain remained silent as he took in de officers’ opinion, and shot a knowing glance at me in between their clamor. There was a strange fear in his eye…a certain look of doom that I didn’t quite like. In de end, he politely considered their perspective, but stuck to his decision. I can see where de first and second mate are coming from, but I respect de Captain for standing his ground.
It is imperative for our men to maintain excellent physical fitness. As new Third Mate, it is my role to lead de sailors in morning calisthenics. On our morning run, as we rounded de tip of de sandbar, de jungle forest opened up to reveal a giant, red stone statue rising above de trees.