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My friends,

I come before you as a Captain, but one who has learned from the ways of the past. I address you now to speak both of myself and of the belief that I hold for the future. We are humans, creatures of free thought and free speech. We gather in groups, connecting with those who are like-minded. We form these bonds because it is impossible for us to live alone, but even then, we think and act as freely for that is the gift of our being.

Yet even such gifts can be abused at times. Often we do not realise that the weight that our tongue may be enough to sink another in grief. Each word that we speak must be chosen carefully, for the power of the speaker compounds the weight of his speech. Some, carrying their first spark of greatness, might take this too far and abuse their strength. I was one of those individual, if you had known me in my early days. I spoke carelessly, without concern for any other and I viewed this as my given right. Indeed, I was shown to be very wrong.

I then learned to choose my words carefully, maintaining a calm and polite demeanour at all times. I became mechanical in a sense, logical, but still bearing several parts that mark me as human. This was a wonderful step forward for me, but it was pride that was my undoing. Having believed that I had conquered control, I slipped back into old ways without even being aware. It mixed itself and disguised its form underneath the skin of ‘justice’ and ‘hope’, but such are the faults of being human. It was a failure on my part, and it is one that I will not allow myself to repeat.

In this matter, I am clear and I do pledge to the crew of the Black Fedoras that such a thing would occur again. Yet, I must also clarify several key thoughts on the matter.
I have asked myself, in moments of quiet and isolation, if indeed I would have taken the same course of action. As I have said in private to many, my answer remains a solid yes. I would still have chosen to teach a lesson that could be taught to another. I would still react to something that I see as being ill-fitting with the societal norms of mutual respect and mutual kindness. However, I would make certain that should I choose to teach a lesson in future, I would do so in the manner befitting a man of example.

I would choose my words carefully; I would shy away from those that could be misconstrued as overt aggression and I would give my debilitators no excuse to find neither fuel nor fire in the ideals that I preach. A vast majority of what I do, I always view as a benefit to the larger mass. To act for the greater good, this is what I believe in as a leader. I stand by my judgement that my actions will lead to better outcomes, yet it is the means by which this is reached that continues to stand in question.

Some may not feel comfortable with a heavy handed approach. To them, I apologise. Yet, if the rod is spared then the child will be spoiled and indeed that helps no one. Would you have me remain a passive bystander, possessing the power of change yet doing nothing to change an unsightly scenario? That is not a man that I believe you would ask to lead you. That is a man that is only worried about his own image and when the time comes he will be equally unlikely to save any others, concerned only with saving himself.

I would rather be looked down upon by some, those who believe in a sugar-coated fantasy, than to know that my lack of action will lead to no improvement in the world. I was raised by its harshness, taught lessons by its tough nature and through all of this I have been forged.

I will say again, that given the same circumstances, I would always take the same course of action. I would not deviate from this path, but I would tread it carefully. I would watch the weight of the words that I speak and choose carefully those that represent what I am trying to teach. I would not give in the demon of anger and I would stay my tongue as I would stay any blade that I point at my enemies. This I vow, because my words themselves have continued to reach a point where they are no less sharp. Yet I must remind you that I would definitely act. Even if I would be damned by such an action, I know I would have to act. My beliefs compel me, but I hope to commit no foul in the inception of that act.

This I swear to you, as Chenbeard the Pirate. I am the terror of the seven seas, the bane of the unscrupulous. I am the untrained poet, the writer who carries no plaque; but before all, I am but a man. It is for that reason that I am thankful, each and every day. I am thankful for those who would judge me as I have judged others, for in no other circumstances may we know the measure of the man.

Now then, unless any of you would like t’ know th’ prospect better, I say I’ve had enough o’ all this tongue waggin’ and talkin’ as a gentlemen. We’re be th’ Black Fedoras and it’s time t’ make us some coin. Hyar har!

- Chen Yuan Wen, 29th July 2013
Me own pledge of loyalty t' me crew of the Black Fedoras, decided as me punishment t' remain Captain. I have chosen t' write it in me own style and I hope it makes clear what I have gained from this experience.

In future, I plan t' handle similar situations with more calm and in a manner that won't be misconstrued as overly aggressive. Sometimes I forget that not everyone views such things in the manner of a dramatic joke and some do take things rather literally. Toward this end, I shall adjust things in future x'3

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Silver-Razor Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Eh, Cap! Don't worry so much! I may disagree with you at times but we of the Fedora are your crew! Quit second guessing yourself and if you find yourself in doubt ask for our thoughts and we'll guide you just like you lead us! Everyone has a right to there beliefs and we will respect yours and hope you will do the same. Saying this I must apoligise. I have felt alot of anger over one of your previous decisions, and had not properly let it go as I should have and I know that a grudge over the past is not best left to fester. So I apoligise sincerly and hope that you may forgive me. Now stick by your beliefs and lead us! Give us a smile!" Sparky smiled merrily.

-Sparky the queen of thieves of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
AyeAye12 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student Writer
What was the problem anyway, I haven't seen anythign about it recently in your journals or work o___o
fantasylover103 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad youre staying.
angelgirlartist Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad that you are staying Captain
Enemv33 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Today I breath a much desired breath of relief. Glad to know yer still the captain of yer bounty! I think none would have it any other way.
thisismyringtone Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
so that's why you write sophisticatedly.
Forsaken-Blue Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
This is just about as perfect a pledge as you could make, but don't you change too much :) So glad to hear you are still Captain!
VictorHugo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

Captain, when the machines in the Matrix gave mankind a virtual paradise, the humans whitered and died. It was only when they programmed a troubled era, filled with challenges, is that the humans became confortable and useful again, in the struggle they define themselves.


When Stallone woke up in the future, to chase evil Wesley Snipes, mankind was tamed and not ready for the challenges from the past.


Even Daniel Larusso had to learn to kick both white and japanese butt to get both white and japanese chicks! 


So, are we men, or are we scared little mouses?

iKestrel Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist
Aye aye Cap'n!!! Now don'cha go changing who you'd be being, 'k?
FloweringChaos Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013

I don't think we expect you to change your beliefs and actions; after all, as you've noted in your piece, one who stands watch and does nothing is not worthy to be a leader.  However, the way one reacts is what is important, and I'm glad to see that -- although I personally was looking forward to the outcome of the initial situation -- you understand this, and will be putting in effort towards reacting in a way that could not be misconstrued as aggressive, or in a sense other than what you intend it to be.  I think it is important to stay by your morals, and not depart from them; after all, one who does not stand up for what they believe in is nothing more than a mindless slave, and is just one worker ant in a giant anthill.

"I be glad to see that yer remaining our Captain, an' that yer future actions will have deep thought as to how ye carry them out.  Now aye, let's be makin' some coin!"
- Aisuru, the Assassin of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
Catbot158 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Writer

There's only one way I can respond to this:


We love ya, Cap'n!

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