Celebration to Honor Daventry's Hero
By Kurt Rayner

Old and new: The ferry in disrepair (left) and the ferry with repairs almost complete (right). Shamir also fixed up the dock and Hassan's office. The whole place looked brand new! Unfortunately, a small piece of land was lost in the process.

After years of being dry docked and falling into a sad state, the Green Isles Ferry is at long last being repaired.  Aside from the use of magic, which is quite limited amongst the commonfolk of the kingdom, the ferry run by Isle of the Crown native Hassan was the only means of communication and transportation among the islands.  The restoration began with Shamir Shamazel, genie to King Alexander, magically removing the rotting wood and replacing it with a magical and gifted wood that will remain impervious to such damage for the rest of the ferry’s days.  The holes and weak spots in the hull are gone, new sails are being sewn, and all mildew, mold, and barnacles are being scrubbed clean from the ferry.

King Alexander ordered the restoration of the ferry shortly after his marriage to Queen Cassima.  It has taken many months for the genie and his workers to make progress.  Though Shamir has said he could have moved the process along quickly through magic, Captain Hassan insisted on overseeing the process from start to finish.  “I helped my father build the last ferry and it served well for years.  The new wood’s nice, don’t get me wrong, but a captain builds his boat and he does it right—by doing it himself,” Captain Hassan explained proudly.


“I’m excited that King Alexander has made such a grand effort to restore the ferry,” Hassan went on to say.  “Alhazared was the reason we’d dry-docked the ferry in the first place when he was busy separating the islands.  But now that traitor’s not in power, and the islands can get back to being friendly neighbors again.”  Indeed, the ferry is greatly needed to facilitate trade between the islands, carrying loads that simply cannot be moved by magic maps, and its use in the kingdom goes back for generations.

“My father taught me to steer the ferry correctly and avoid the reefs and rocks before he died, just like his father taught him, and just like I plan to teach my son once he’s tall enough to reach the wheel.  I was afraid that this old boat would no longer be seaworthy and that it would take years to build a new one, but I’m glad I was wrong about that.  It’s important to get the old girl back out there, for everyone’s business and not just mine.  With the Island Queen back in business, it’s starting to feel like old times again.”

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