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Are you sitting comfortably? Then let me tell you a tale.


A long time ago, in a land far away,
An ocean called Azure had reached its last day.
The denizens, names that we whisper with awe,
Had Azure behind them, and Midnight before

The great Ringer Nemo was saddened to think
The history of this great ocean might sink
An epic he wanted; would someone supply
A chanty for us to remember it by?

And so he commissioned Akebia, who
Had Fronsac and Ursela lend a hand too
Between them they drafted a chanty, a tale
Of all their fond mem'ries since Azure set sail

This chanty so epic, a gem of its time,
A diamond, a masterpiece crafted in rhyme.
Enjoy now this chanty, and then I'll explain
The reason I've posted this epic again!



 
Hoorah for the Settlers of Azure
by Akebia, Fronsac, and Ursela

One Halloween night that feels so long ago,
A few pioneers gave a cry of "Land ho!"
They found Alpha Island and wandered ashore,
Exploring where no one had set foot before.

Just fifteen small scenes with fixed places to stand,
Its buildings facades and its docks left unmanned,
Poor Alpha was nothing but boarded up shoppes
With thirteen or fourteen live pirates on, tops.

Still everyone loved it. They drank and they fought.
They gossiped and traded the clothes they had bought.
They welcomed new pirates and sailed out to sea
And asked "What could 'carpentry' possibly be?"


Its new scrolling landscape, now cramped, felt so vast,
But Alpha grew quickly as word travelled fast.
Not dozens but thousands make visits each day
To pillage and swordfight and chatter and play.


CHORUS:
Hoorah for the settlers of Azure,
Brave charters of waters unknown,
Who lived through great change
And may find it quite strange
To look back and see how much we've grown.


"I have a nice tricorne", Gay Kari once said.
Once hidden, the hat was displayed on her head
For easier shopping. Still, Squishy was vexed.
She saw it was ugly... but what would come next?

So piece after piece, Squishy purchased her wares.
The moment she left, Esk and Celes bought theirs.
Still others fought skellies to claim their rare loot:
An outfit that matched and looked fancy to boot.

On one fateful day, fashions made their debut:
The laurels! The capelets! So stunning and new!
Thusnelda broke Homullus and broke their bank
To find the first corset, but, man, she looked swank.


But now there are weavers and tailors galore.
You walk up and order what you're looking for
Without buying sixty bandanas to start.
We grumbled, but now we've had a change of heart.


CHORUS

One day Rifkind cried, "I can't pillage enough.
I need some more booty. I'm hooked on the stuff!"
She quickly discovered: to nab that big score,
First hire a dozen, then hire eight more!

She'd pull into port and inspect every street.
She'd shanghai skilled NPPs into her fleet.
She'd hire the whole island and sail off again,
A one-boat armada with twenty strong men.

Poor NPPs sobbed, "All our skills are subpar.
We'll never get jobbed now-- not even by ARR.
There must be a way to return to the sea.
Won't anyone hire us? Why, we'd work for free."


They banded together, a union was formed.
Their levels of skill were reset and renormed.
A hard headcount limit was added to ships
And everyone freaked out, but we've come to grips.


CHORUS

Once everyone's charts were confused and surreal
With paths slopped about looking like a pig's meal.
In those days the hard part of looting a brig
Was finding one first. Lo, the sea was too big!

We'd sail and we'd marvel at vast emptiness
In seas in which sailed fifty pirates or less.
For pillage, our target could be anywhere
Between any leaguepoints-- unless we were there.

The NPP traders felt safe and secure
While players grew surly and gloomy and poor.
Malaise seemed impending, despair would soon loom
For players who wanted to dish out some doom.


New sea lanes were forged, forming less of a hash,
But all our old maps disappeared in a flash.
Cartographers grumbled "My maps are destroyed!"
But now they can pillage, so they're less annoyed.


CHORUS

While Ursela's fencing brought many awards,
It's hard to see how when no pirate owned swords.
But one fateful day, by the armload they came,
And nobody's fighting was ever the same.

"Well, you're in the Top Ten, try out this big stick.
Wow, that sword is lousy. Your rank sure sank quick.
One day all the blacksmiths will open their doors.
Until then, I'm sorry, but this stick is yours."

The smiths set up shop and the arms race began.
Garf bought sixty-four foils as fast as one can.
He studied their patterns, decoding the lot
...For Azure. But Midnight? Perhaps. Perhaps not.


Somewhere there's a blacksmith enshrined in a tomb
Surrounded by "fat foils" beside "quilty doom".
His swords, always paired up but random, are gone.
Back then we were panicked, but now we've moved on.


CHORUS

Both Ely and Spleen were as cold as the rime.
Those two Ancient Mariners liked to spend time
By hunting down Shadow for ho-urs on end,
Not giving his carpenters time to go mend.

He tried to outsmart them by holding his ship
Just outside the port but not taking its trip.
The AMs sailed past him and searched on in vain
To find a good target on any sea lane.

He then stole their tactic and used it en masse
Against NPPs, dealing loss after loss.
Once exiting battle, he'd enter again
With nary a breath of relief for his men.


Then Ely and Shadow and Spleen got their due:
"Avast! They're exhausted, you meanyhead crew!"
Today there's no griefing or stalking at sea.
It rankled at first, now it's fine for all three.


CHORUS

If you've ever spoken with Verna the Vain,
"My wardrobe's gigantic!" you'd hear her explain,
"I've hundreds of jackets, tiaras, and shirts
I carry around. Oh my back, how it hurts!"

She had several pages of clothing and shoes,
It took her a week just to scroll through and choose!
We all gave a cheer when they added "Delete":
"Goodbye stripey knickers, you're now obsolete!"

We bought them from NPPs, shoppes, or a friend,
Til one day the Ringers said "All things must end!"
Our now massive wardrobes had started to age.
We wimpered and whined and we showed them our rage.


The loudest cry came from those all dressed in black,
"This cost me a fortune! Oh, please, change it back!"
But then thinking twice, they all started to say,
"Now who really cares? It's the brigands who'll pay!"


CHORUS

When pirates first saw that their ships had a hold,
And when they first pillaged some goods to be sold,
It lifted their spirits, as they had been glum:
They'd learned that they'd have to buy ammo and rum.

But holds sounded fine. Pirates bought their new sloops
With minimal jobbing and jumping through hoops.
A miniscule price, merely three thousand poe!
Affordable frigates for any old schmoe!

"Commodity trading?" thought Silverbeard's alt,
"There's something in that that appeals to this salt."
And Hanzii concurred, "I'll start trading hard-core.
And look, now there's hemp and there's herbs and there's ore..."


Soon hemp (via cloth), with some iron and wood,
Was needed for ships (as we all knew it should).
When vessels and fashion quadrupled in price,
First everyone moaned, but they now think it's nice.


CHORUS

Poor Vixen, she pillaged, and, my, how she fought,
But one lonely arch was too small for her lot.
To Turtle and Cnossos, Papaya and Byrne.
She sighed as she charted another U-turn.

But once, when she pillaged, she found a new route
To Sapphire's new islands mixed in with her loot.
She sailed off to Beta and found masuyite,
But bringing it back had to wait for the night.

With new sites to forage, new lanes to maraud,
The time came for colonization abroad.
Sly Hethor pre-shipped wood in case he had won.
He did, and construction on Guava begun.


To run all their islands, crews banded in flags.
One day, shipwrecked pirates appeared in their rags
Not knowing of Diamond at all! Here's the thing:
They made their new homes out on Gaea and Spring.


CHORUS

"howd u get ur monky?" "I can't start a crew."
"Can I get a haicrut?" "whats ur monky do?"
"So, Cleaver, did you get our flag's latest bid?"
"im bannd becuz... smthng that my brother did!!!"

"Does booching on cannons take balls from the hold?"
"YOU CHEAT!!!!!" "i forget, but i know i've been told."
"I want a bandana. How do I buy wood?"
"Hei, Whitebeard msut maek ME teh captian FOR GOOD!"

The forums weren't working. Each thread ran off track
With "Booched!" and "HONK HONK!" and "Please, go read the FAQ."
Though Nemo grew weary, he still tried his best,
But Cleaver fled off to the desert for rest.


And then OceanMasters came down from the clouds.
Soon after, new Greeters dispersed through the crowds.
They'll answer each question when you have no clue,
But don't ask "A pink name? Hey, why's her name blue?"


CHORUS

There's plenty right now, but there's more that awaits,
Like having a list to keep track of your mates.
New ships will be painted the colors you wish
And named something other than "<Adjective> <Fish>".

Adventure on islands and Krakens at sea.
More crafting in shoppes for a gradated fee.
A furniture shoppe for your house and its stuff,
Or shoppes for consignment if you have enough.

Pennsuedo is anxious, he knows what's in store.
He's itching to sign his flag up for a war
With multiship battles and letters of marque
And two of each alt in his blockading Ark.


The Ringers press on, adding more every day,
And each new release chips a bit more away
From Cleaver's now-famous agenda, "The List".
It holds all these features and some that we've missed.


CHORUS

The Rudders' big party that ran overnight,
Akebia's crossword, and Spinn's secret fight.
An effort to loot Cleaver's boat full of poe.
Could we take the Black Ship? I would have said "No".

A wedding each weekend. A place to go brawl.
The Mouthfuls' new filter. A masquerade ball.
A sheep and a pig. Ratings fixed up but then
Somebody changed something to booch them again.

It's not called a "map" any more; it's a "chart".
Cute profiles in forums with Riskyboots' art.
A fee move money from sand pit to bank.
To /blackspot. To /jcrew. To /glory. To /plank.


There's too much to mention that came and that went,
Too hard to keep track of the long hours we spent,
But here's one for Midnight and all it affords:
Let's all raise our glasses and rattle our swords!


CHORUS with gusto!



The Event!

April is National Poetry Month (NPM) in the US, and we're going to join the celebration by putting together an updated version of this great Epic Chanty. This will be a collaborative project, and I hope that many pirates will contribute to the final version.

Themes
In order to keep the project manageable, I'd like the result of this event to be a single cohesive chanty. This means that for this event, the themes of the verses should keep to the history and development of the game as a whole, rather than the histories of individual oceans, islands or crews. Suitable themes might include the early days on Midnight, the addition of new puzzles, introduction of new oceans, new features. As well as the entry thread, there is also a thread where you can make suggestions for content themes. Poets with more aspiration than inspiration may be able to pick up an idea and create a verse for your theme ideas! Again, stick to generic game themes rather than ocean-specific - although it might be fun in the future to run different versions of this event to cover themes like individual oceans, crews, flags or pirates!

Poetry requirements
Structure
Our New Epic Chanty will follow the same structure as the previous one, with blocks of four 4-line verses interpersed by a chorus. If you look at the content of the original Epic Chanty, each set of verses describes a new theme or game change, with reactions and a summary of the change. We will stick to this basic approach, although not to the strict thematic structure used.

Rhyme Scheme
Within each 4-line verse, the rhyme scheme should be AABB (that is, the first two lines rhyme, the second two lines rhyme).

Meter
This is written in anapestic tetramater (but with the first weak beat missed on each line) and your contributions should follow the same meter. If "duh" is a weak beat, and "DAH" is a stressed beat, each verse should follow this meter:

duh DAH duh duh DAH duh duh DAH duh duh DAH
duh DAH duh duh DAH duh duh DAH duh duh DAH
duh DAH duh duh DAH duh duh DAH duh duh DAH
duh DAH duh duh DAH duh duh DAH duh duh DAH

Prizes
I hope that people will have fun participating and collaborating on this project for its own sake. However, as well as the fun and the glory, for players who contribute to the final version, we'll award inscribed trinkets to commemorate the occasion! We'll also be offering some real-life Y!PP prizes for some contributors - a Y!PP mousepad, tote bag or playing cards!

Suggesting themes
* If you simply wish to post ideas for content or themes, please use the thread linked here. Feel free to include links to resources like forum threads or YPPedia pages along with your suggestions.

Notes for entries
* If you wish to contribute to the chanty itself, here are some additional rules to guide you
-- The entry thread is linked here
-- Include your pirate name and ocean in your post (or in your signature)
-- On the short side, you may enter as little as a couplet (two lines)
-- On the long side, you may enter as many verses as you wish, but PLEASE concentrate on quality rather than quantity - you're more likely to get one well-written verse included than you are to get any part of 12 mediocre verses included!
-- You do not need to choose an unused theme - even if someone else has covered your theme(s), you may still enter using them
-- It would be helpful if you could give keywords for your theme before you post your verse(s) - e.g. "rumbling, zombies", "Opal opening".
-- If you enter multiple verses, they do not need to form a full block - they can equally be unconnected verses. In this case, separate the changes of subject with the relevant theme description!
-- If you enter multiple contributions, please edit them all into the same post rather than posting more than once
-- For the chorus, we are intending to keep close to the original chorus (slightly edited). However, if you're struck with a thought of great genius, you may also enter a chorus suggestion if you wish!

The final chanty will be constucted from all the entries - it is plausible that whole blocks will be included from one entrant, but equally possible that only portions of an entry will be used. We may also need to edit your contribution for content, meter or rhyme, once we come to merge all the component parts!

Deadline
We are allowing the whole of National Poetry Month for this project - the deadline is 11:59pm game time on April 30th 2009.


If you have any further questions about this event, please post them here in this thread, and I'll answer.
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Oh man, this is going to be fun.
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Oh I love it when you rhyme <3

/e swoons
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So, are we starting with Midnight and ending with Malachite? Or is it open-ended? Can we Ice testers enter anything from that, like the recent releases/test, or are we sticking with the production -oceans?

Wow, I suddenly feel young, having only started in the last 2-3 years. lol I don't know any history, except a bit of Mala. ^_^
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So, are we starting with Midnight and ending with Malachite?

Introduction of oceans, if mentioned, would make sense to be in chronological order, if that's what you are asking!
 
Can we Ice testers enter anything from that, like the recent releases/test, or are we sticking with the production -oceans?
The introduction and use of Ice Ocean is a part of the game's history, so it's also a valid theme.
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Are we allowed occasional feminine endings...I realize that it's generally used in iambic pentameter...but I was curious if you allowed an attentional weak syllable for line endings :)

(ie. The lives of us pirates, bring riches and glory)


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Are we allowed occasional feminine endings...
The original one was pretty strict and uses none, so I think you should aim not to.
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Hey guys, this isnt exactly an ocean poem, but Its my own one I made up, hope you enjoy it.
Samuraicoza -
Viridian -

There comes a time, where you must let go
of all the feelings you have, all the friends you know.
They had finished their quest, and it was time to leave,
time to cry, and time to greave.

He walked away, leaving with a weary tear,
they watched their friend go, feeling their hearts shear.
He stepped onto the docks, then onto the ship,
a tear crawled down, dripped down to his lip.

He thought about his past,
it felt like time had went so fast,
so he looked to the sky,
and breathed a heavy sigh.

He turned around slowly, looking up to his friends,
trying to heal their wounds, and forever mend.
He faked a smile, knowing he?d be gone for awhile,
so he waved goodbye, and sailed from the isle.
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Awesome ;D
Never knew there was a poetry month..
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ok i dig the poetry thing. not my style of poetry tho.
When do we get to do a history in normal writing of a particular ocean?
Jus wondering :P
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I enjoyed writing my poem,
thanks for the event.
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ok i dig the poetry thing. not my style of poetry tho.
When do we get to do a history in normal writing of a particular ocean?
Jus wondering :P
There's always YPPedia, if the information is sufficiently accurate and neutral.
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that was a beautiful poem Apollo
You speak well beyond the years you have been playing
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You Apollo are a great peom maker
your poem speaks to me in a diffrent way none can speak
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Last day for entries! I think everyone should write one more verse and post it (I did)!

There's lots of long sections about big things like CI and Atlantis, but I think more single verses about cool or amusing things (pets, event blockades, housing, whatever) would be good for rounding out the Chanty. Otherwise it's gonna be all about the Adventures, like we don't do anything else.

So get rhyming!
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That was FUN :) The metre kept giving me trouble until I pretended I was writing "The Night Before Christmas".

(PS make the next ocean easier to rhyme stuff with please)
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Even Night before Christmas didn't help me... I had to paste the "duh DAH duh duh DAH duh duh DAH duh duh DAH" lines right above where I was working for constant reference.

And I owe a big thanks to Leif and Mistymate who hung out on a google spreadsheet with me while we all attempted our chanty verses. Someone else to point out where the meter failed or I had an extra syllable was invaluable.
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I think my co-workers are real curious why I kept tapping that meter on my desk the past few days.

Ooh, ooh! I want to thank Fey for taking me past the "yeah, I should give that a try..." to actually starting to write down ideas.
The collaboration was awesome and great fun!
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*grins*

Hope you had fun - the entry thread is closed now. The results will be announced along with the completed chanty, so please be patient whle we work through the entries!
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I wish everyone good luck,
I hope i win. ;p
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I think my co-workers are real curious why I kept tapping that meter on my desk the past few days.

Ooh, ooh! I want to thank Fey for taking me past the "yeah, I should give that a try..." to actually starting to write down ideas.
The collaboration was awesome and great fun!


Agreed. I started late, but enjoyed playing along with Fey and Misty. Good times, good times.

Also, I'm angry at Dr. Seuss for not writing Green Eggs and Ham in anapestic tetrameter, despite the fact that many of his books are in that meter. NICE TIME FOR IAMBIC, DOC! Otherwise there would have totally been a Green Cats and Rats spoof.
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Yeah. Bad boy, Dr Suess!
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I had a lot of fun, but poetry has never been my forte. I just posted 11 syllables per line, and hoped it read well.
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Yeah good luck to all and I too had the "da dah da dah" stuff above my musings while I worked.
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Judging update: I'd hoped to be finalizing results and winners by now, but I'm afraid we're not there yet. Please don't expect results from this until the first week in June now. Sorry for the delay!
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I can't wait to see the final version of this chanty. It's certainly going to be .. uhmm .. epic. >=D
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I can't wait to see the final version of this chanty. It's certainly going to be .. uhmm .. epic. >=D

This gives me a good idea.... Anyone point me to a 'Post Piratey Poetry' thread?
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I can't wait to see the final version of this chanty. It's certainly going to be .. uhmm .. epic. >=D

This gives me a good idea.... Anyone point me to a 'Post Piratey Poetry' thread?

Somewhere in Mariner's Muse, perhaps?
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I can't wait to see the final version of this chanty. It's certainly going to be .. uhmm .. epic. >=D

This gives me a good idea.... Anyone point me to a 'Post Piratey Poetry' thread?

Somewhere in Mariner's Muse, perhaps?


I'll look......
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I am so excited to see the results on this... any updates?

Thanks,

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I'm afraid it got put on hold - sorry about that! It's been re-poked this week and we'll try to get results to you as soon as possible.
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