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Old Yesterday, 03:46 AM   #171
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Default Crew of the skyship Rocinante

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Sailing master?
I assume you mean a professional navigator, like the position of Master in the Royal Navy or a member of the Spanish Cuerpo de Pilotos, rather than someone in charge of the technical tasks involved in sailing the ship, i.e. master of sails, rigging and the like (which are the province of the bosun)?

Essentially, a warrant officer responsible for mathematical navigation and likely any duties related to cartography and hydrography (the latter perhaps not applicable on a skyship), but not an officer in the military chain of command?

With the captain, as a Spanish hidalgo, not expected to actually know how to do anything as mundane as a complex technical task, being exclusively a caballero, swordsman and courageous leader of fighting men?

In the case of Don Rafael de la Vega, he is actually a gifted 'seaman' and knows how to calculate a ship's position in the sky using astrolabe and compass. The ship's mage, Zancas, can also navigate, in his case using dowsing and divination magic to plot their position and steer toward a destination.

The position of Quartermaster on a pirate ship also implies responsibility for steering and navigation, in addition to being a counterweight for the authority of a captain. Still haven't decided which fictional character to use there. There are many good options, but I want to go with someone who appeals to a Chilean girl, which makes English pirates like Calico Jack Rackham less likely, as the traditional attitude of English pirates toward the 'Spanish' (including all inhabitants of Hispanic South America at the time) was as victims.

That being said, it's not exactly unknown for tweens and teeenagers to admire, idolize and fantasize about fictional or fictionalized characters who in real life would have been likely to rob, rape and kill them.
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Old Yesterday, 05:19 PM   #172
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How about some of Don Karnage's crew. https://talespin.fandom.com/wiki/Air_Pirates
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How about some of Don Karnage's crew. https://talespin.fandom.com/wiki/Air_Pirates
Huh.

I didn't know there was a television show where Baloo worked for an airline. Well, delivery service, of some sort. That's... very odd.

Yes, these pirates might be an interesting addition. Granted, the average crew member so far is rather more competent and decidedly more R-rated than this, but there's no harm in a bit of comedic relief.

I note that Gaspar, the already introduced First Mate of the Rocinante, might be fairly described as having a Fu Manchu mustache. He's also somewhat lackadaisical in demeanor (though admittedly this doesn't seem to diminish the authority of his less-than-formal orders), except in battle, where he fights as a man possessed. Or... a Mad Dog. Perhaps I should have the other pirates refer to him by the nickname 'Perro rabioso'.

There is easily space for a Dumptruck-like character, as well. Though not as the Quartermaster, that has to be someone who can match any man aboard in wits and cunning.
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