‘Right. Welcome, then, aboard the Arrowhawk, RS. For those of you new to the Royal Service, or whose term has been purchased rather than sworn – welcome, again.

‘I am Captain Tunstall. Our mission is to ensure a safe shipping lane from Stormhaven to the Old Lands, which means, of course, we’ll be working in and around The Screen.

‘Enough! Thornberry, next grumbler gets bucket duty.

‘We will interdict pirates. That is our mission. Are we clear? That means this Royal Service ship will be run as a combat vessel. We will run orderly, we will run tight, we will run smart.

‘Now get back to work – dismissed. Manahan, Edhel, with me please.’

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