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A kind friend has posted an alternative analysis on the matter. Though it is already settled and I expect no more to be said on it, reading it can bring no harm, here is the link: comments.deviantart.com/1/3881…

Her boyfriend's side of the story, since we must know both sides. Again this is here only for information purposes, the matter is long since settled and I hope no more will come of it. However knowledge is understanding so have a read ^^: comments.deviantart.com/1/3881…

Now that I have your attention:

:iconpyrofiend324: has called for me to stay my blade. He has stated his reasons for doing so and I shall heed them.

First, I must clarify. My right to speak is mine alone. Everyone has this right and may choose to exercise it. We are all human and we have feelings on certain matters, feelings which we are allowed. Not everyone may agree with us, but we cannot be denied them.

Hence, I still stand by decision to call out Colbalt-Rain for her behaviour toward commenters. I still believe it goes against the proper conduct that an artist should hold themselves to.

However, I am also disappointed because word has reached my ears that she is being threatened across Facebook. Now I do not know who these people are. I have literally no knowledge, all I have done is to post a journal and prepare a deviation tonight...one that was planned to be funny. I gathered no one to assist me, and specifically told people to stand down as I was going to make a show of this, in a way that would have been funny and humourous...I am known for that after all.

And so, I must say I am disappointed. If there are any amongst my friends that have acted without my knowledge, then I am saddened. I have always put my faith in those whom I consider my friends and even at this point, that faith remains unshaken. I choose to believe that those issuing threats are NOT my friends, but merely those denizens of the internet  taking this chance to cause a little more havoc than intended.

I have always lived by a single philosophy. Those who swing the blade must prepare to have it swung back at them. Although I still feel I am calling a curtain close a little early, I shall close the curtains as requested and then prepare for the blade to be turned on me.

It is then time for us to move toward my own execution. My own judgement for what I have done.

Dear Crewmembers, men and women of the Black Fedora Pirates,

I am, as of this moment, judging myself unfit for duty.

The truth is that Lady Riddle and Angel have been running the group for me. They are the officers of the crew and I was but a figurehead. I blame my own lack of time for this, but the facts of the situation are not altered.

I have broken one of the most key rules of the Black Fedora Pirates, "We are not to pick fights with anyone". Indeed it was a rule of my own creation and i will be judged by it.

I continue to stand by my decision to act based on my own morals. I felt that something needed to be done about an individual behaving in an unsavoury manner. I acted on this decision and I will not change or rescind that. I could have ignored, I could have pretended I didn't see it, but I ask myself what kind of person would I be if I were to simply ignore things like that.

Perhaps it might not seem serious, as it was just a poem at this time that caused the incident to occur, but I look at the larger picture and the long-term consequences of someone continuing to behave out of line. If we do not act when we see it, then we cannot in hindsight wonder why someone did not act at the time.

That said, I am deviating. I have broken the code and now I will stand trial. It will be up to my crew-members to decide what should be done about me. If i am decided unfit as a Captain, I will turn over Captaincy to whoever else is deemed fit. I personally nominate Lady Riddle, she has guided the ship and is the key pillar of the group. My OC of Chenbeard will remain with me, but can still be used in group stories. I believe a good story of exile might be one worth experimenting with.

In any case, my fate is in your hands. You may call for me to stand down, passing over the Captaincy of the Black Fedoras to someone else. You may ask any other deed of me that is within my power. The voices of Riddle and Angel shall be the main deciding factors and now I simply await the decision.

I have to note, I am keeping my hat though. Tis a Captain's hat and I still have my Co-captain so I shall be keeping the hat. That is all .3.

-Captain Chenbeard :iconwordofchen:


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RunsWithBooks Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
I'm so confused about what happened, I guess because I am a bit late to the party. I'm probably a bad dA user, but I really just check out the deviations and move on. This drama thing kinda bums me out because regardless of what kind of people you or she is... I like the writing. 
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Argentum-Lupae-Luna Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
In my opinion, your actions were well-meant, though your methods could have been better. She was hurting people out of misguided anger, and you simply meant it as a humorous rebuttal to open her eyes to what she was really doing. That others decided to threaten her was not your fault, and you seem to have handled all of this very maturely. 

You were standing by your principles, even if they broke the rules, and that is proof of your character. That you admitted your wrongs is further proof that even if it was not the best method of handling the matter, you truly had good intentions. The escalation caused by her actions and the overly-hasty followers were not something you can be blamed for, since people have free will to act as they want. Unfortunately, they chose to act in a malicious and immature fashion.

Neither of you is entirely blameless, but we are human, and we make mistakes, especially when our actions are brought about by passionate emotions of any kind. She doesn't seem to have truly learned anything from this matter, which disappoints me, but perhaps she will eventually learn from her mistakes. Only with time and experience can we learn to look back and reflect, and to judge our actions truthfully and without reserve.

Even if you are removed from Captaincy, I respect your decision and will continue to be your friend, supporting you quietly from the wings.
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tearnImale Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Enough of that.
You will not go, Captain',
Nor will you lose your hat-
You are our leader, the one who we trust,
The one who will never leave us
The who will be with us to dust-
I will see to it that you will not have to go,
As will all your crew,
To your leave, we say 'No'.
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iKestrel Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist
Nuuuu!!!! Cappy don't go! :cries:
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Feanor-the-Dragon Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not entirely certain what is going on here, but I still have a few things to say.
Firstly: " If we do not act when we see it, then we cannot in hindsight wonder why someone did not act at the time."
Wise words.  Very wise words indeed.
Secondly... Admitting that I am mostly ignorant of what is going on here, as I didn't follow the links (deeming it none of my business at this point to get involved in the issue itself), From what you've ssaid here, I deem you to be an honorable man, Chen.  I have learned in my seventeen years (admittedly a short time) of life that when I judge a mans character, I should do so, not solely on the mistakes or lack of mistakes he's made, but by how he owns up and admits to his mistakes.  You have shown great character by owning up to your mistake, and I believe that the way you have done it is in the greatest sincerity of heart and spirit.
If it were up to me, I'd place it under 'lessons learned' as an act that no one is proud of, and say to keep Chenbeard as the Captain.
Like I said, I don't know what's going on, but that's my heart based on what I've read here.
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MintyMintamin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A captain is not a captain without his hat,
and it deems unfit for a new captain to take Original Black Fedora Pirate Captain's cap from his own head.
Nay, it should be another hat. Better fitted for the new role of Captain. (who knows, your head might be bigger.)

But in any case, as much as I want to see how the crew will react to a new captain, I believe you are as good as a captain as you can be. You may have broken a rule you yourself set in stone, but we humans are made of water, and bendable material. We shouldn't bind ourselves to inanimate objects (even though I am bound to my computer and tablet as most of my social life). 

We are the gentle waves that caress the bow of the ship, steering it towards what we call home. We are the rough winds, colliding into her great masts, propelling it ever closer to uncharted lands.

But, as that wise man has said, even though you shouldn't be punished for acting what you deemed right, you are a honourable sentient being for accepting what actions be made of your cause. You may be human, or not, but I do know you have a treasure most people don't cherish. . . the gift of thought.

You have done so many good things to your crew, watchers, trolls, innocents, and all. I hope and pray (even though I only prayed twice before under no god), that when your crew do judge you for your actions, they shall take upon an action that is the lesser of many evils.

It has always been my pleasure to accompany you, even as one may say a third party, in your journey. I hope one day, I will be able to raise the banner of Chenbeard, The Captain of The Black Fedora Pirates.
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RecoloringLife Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You did a vewy bwad ting....vewy vewy bad...vewy, vewy bad!

*throws glitter in your hair*
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Writer
Lol and so I am to be made pretty? xD

-Captain Chenbeard :iconwordofchen:
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RecoloringLife Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You were already pwetty to begin with cappy.... :X
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Writer
Such a pity no doubt x'3

-Captain Chenbeard :iconwordofchen:
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