Onto the Fisherman’s Guild
The Fisherman’s Guild is, as would be expected, one that is very common in the island nations of the Sovereign States. The team has been around for a few years but had been languishing in the lower divisions until the Guild’s fortunes changed when the nobility developed a taste for sea food. This resulted in Guild Houses appearing where they hadn’t been before and the team improving a lot very quickly.
Season 1 – Fisherman’s Guild
The Season 1 story begins with a Butcher’s team (Ox, Brisket, Boar, Boiler, Shank, (presumably) Princess) facing off against the Fisherman’s Guild (Corsair, Siren, Kraken, Shark, Greyscales, (presumably) Salt). The game culminates with Ox cutting Corsair’s foot off.
Following a meeting between the Lord Chamberlain of the Fisherman’s Guild, Vincent de Laurentis and the mysterious Longshanks of the Union, it is agreed that Corsair will be removed as captain of the Fisherman’s team and replaced. Shark is then appointed as the permanent team captain of the Guild.
The story continues with a match between the Alchemist’s (Midas, Flask, Katalyst, Mercury, Calculus, Mist (of the Union) and Fisherman’s (Shark, Salt, Angel, Siren, Kraken, Greyscales) Guilds.
There is an obvious tension between Siren and Mist (described as the wrath of a thousand year enmity – literal or figurative is anyone’s guess). There is at least an insinuation that either Mist has some ‘mind control’ abilities or Siren is prone to bouts of psychosis. Siren is seen to imagine the world changing into a shimmering blurry image whilst she’s fixated with Mist, resulting in her screaming ‘Get out of my head!’ before she sees an image of herself as a child.
Next up is a match between the Butcher’s and Fisherman’s Guilds again. The game sees Ox, Boiler, Meathook, Brisket and Boar facing off against Shark, Kraken, Greyscales, Jac and Snakeskin (of the Union disguised as a rookie Fisherman). The game is going well for the Butcher’s until Snakeskin fulfils her contract and guts Brisket, leaving her for dead, in revenge for the attack on Corsair.
The story continues with another meeting between the Lord Chamberlain and Longshanks, which results in the Fisherman’s Guild imprisoning Longshanks, who is subsequently tortured..
Once again there is another match, this time the championship final between the Fisherman’s and Mason’s Guild, which the Mason’s go onto win.
Ox and a group of Butcher’s manage to infiltrate the Fisherman’s Guild House and kill Laurentis in revenge for the attack on Brisket.
Following the attack on Corsair, Shark is appointed as the Captain for the remainder of Season 1. He is from Eisnor, on the northern fringes of the Empire, and is seen as a blunt, aloof individual, and so differs from the familial nature of the rest of the team. Shark feels the weight of the captaincy upon him and is more concerned with the success of the Guild than his own personal glory.
The Fisherman’s Guild doesn’t have a strong history of bringing animals to the pitch, but the season 1 mascot is Salt, the sea otter.
The team’s vice-captain is Greyscales, a veteran of the game who provides the inspirational leadership that is lacking from Shark.
Siren is an enigma and how she came to be on the team is also a mystery. One story says that she and Kraken walked into a guild house in Boujonte and demanded to be on the team, whilst another is that Greyscales and Corsair found her in an abandonded shipwreck. Her origins are still unknown.
As with Siren, the origins of Kraken are unknown but he is seen as a gentle giant. There is an, as yet unexplored, link between Kraken, Siren and Mist (of the Union). In a game against the Mason’s, Kraken and Siren both reacted to Mist’s presence (Siren in shock and Kraken in rage).
Jac is believed to be from Butcher’s stock and is seen as hardy, reliable and loyal. He was press-ganged into the Old Skaldic Navy during the Century Wars. Rumours abound that he is actually Ox’s missing brother Jacques.
Angel is the rookie of the team in season 1 and is generally liked by all. At least to Greyscales, she will become the biggest star the game has ever seen.
Season 2 – Fisherman’s Guild
Corsair returns to captain the team in Season 2 and before being attacked by Ox was seen a sthe real driving force behinds the team recent on-field success. Rumour has it that Corsair travelled east to Indar and Numa during his recovery. The Corsair that returned was drunk, overweight and a shadow of his former self.
The mascot in season 2 is Tentacles ,the octopus, who attached itself to Corsair ship on the trip back from the East and was subsequently taken along to a game.
Sakana is from a large family in Numa, a poverty-stricken province of Indar. The Numasai usually take one of two paths in life; a nomadic existance on the land or a life on the sea crwing fishing trawlers and merchant barges. Sakana took a third path, that of the pirate. He became a privateer under the charter of the Indarii sultans. During Corsair’s exile he became captain of the crew Sakana was on and they became friends. When Corsair returned west, Sakana came with him.
The Fisherman’s Veteran player in Season 2 is Siren. Her story (and that of Kraken) remains a mystery but something has caused a change in her. Before she was seen as creeping, insidious and passive but now as a silent, furious banshee, charging in headlong into the fight. Where before she would often be seen to smile her face is now almost always in a snarl. Greyscales view is that it was something to do with the moon, the tides turning in the southern seas, and the old Lords of the Deep. Take from that what you will.