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Galleon in storm

In the 18th century off the coast of the Virginia Colony, a treasure-laden galleon was beaten back by severe headwinds and blown out of her course by the din and roar of a mighty tempest into the hands of pirates. After the buccaneers commandeered the tall ship they vanished off the face of the earth without a trace into the forgotten history of the republican experiment.

Wing commander Meriwether "Northwest" Locke disembarked from his junky freighter seaplane into the rolling surf. A field bag dubbed the football slung over his shoulder. The consummate archaeologist speculated that the pirates planned to hide their stolen vessel in a littoral cave sealed with detonated casks of gunpowder, later to crawl out another passage and escape into the Commonwealth with their plunder. Tales of this crew were so black-hearted, Locke formed a theory (during a ritualistic assembly of relatives gathered for Thanksgiving which felt like a "you can't choose your family" escape room game where players try to solve clues to cut and run in less than an hour) that if the marauders were penned up together too long they may have killed each other inside the stone vault.

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