Peg rousted the crew from their quarters. This was not a difficult task since Koa had already awakened them with loud belches and other bodily noises from eating too many beans and rum drinking the previous night. Most of the crew had bailed out from below the deck to get some 'fresh air'. Once assembled on the main deck, Captain Trinity address them: "You are an elite band of sailors. I have hand-picked each of you. I have always paid you well and spared no expense providing all of your needs. You have served the Tempest well." "My allegiance has always been to myself, the Tempest and you. We have accomplish much toward our goal of ridding Novia of the Obsidians. But today I must ask you to do something I have never asked of the crew of the Tempest." At this point, I wondered if Captain Trinity was quitting and giving up the mission she had so ferociously pursued. Had she become soft after seeing CatherineRose and all she could have had if she had stayed on her father's estate as a duchess? Had she become afraid of dying or the thought of the Obsidians taking their fury out on her or her family? What is this all about? Captain Trinity continued: "EVERY mission the Tempest has begun and EVERY battle we have fought, WE HAVE BEEN AS ONE! I have fought side-by-side with each of you, I have never asked you to fight or do anything that I was not beside you the entire way." "Today I must ask you to prepare to do something that I have no joy in asking." "Today I ask you to REMAIN in Dragomir with the Tempest to protect this town while I go to a battle in New Heaven. No one can be sure of the outcome of this battle. I could be killed. But I must do this without you beside me." "I know I will survive and return to the Tempest, but if I can not continue as Captain of the Tempest, be assured you will be provided for. As in the past and present, my father pledged his full support to the Tempest and crew. If I can not return, you MUST protect Dragomir at ALL costs. The Obsidians MUST NOT prevail here." "I know each one of you would rather go with me but you MUST stay in Dragomir." "Peg, while I am away, you will take command of the Tempest." "The crew will follow your orders as if they are from me." "I must prepare to leave, I will bring victory back to the Tempest" "Never surrender, victory is yours as long as you keep fighting" Trinity stands at attention, draws her weapon and salutes the crew below and says: "I know you will make the Tempest proud. May the Sea Goddess be with you"