The Cox Pirate Group originally started as the Keith Pirates led by two moronic captains. Then a man named Cox, a former soldier joined the group, and he eventually took over as captain. He expanded the group and reorganized it under the name Cox Pirates.
Cox was a nobody who turned these dumb pirates into a group of significantly dangerous ones. Even the powerful Trina Marine Knights of Calpheon can’t do a thing about them. Kuit Islands soon turned into the Cox Pirate’s domain. [src]
Florentino talked to Rubin the Herald and according to him, the Cox Pirates in the northern sea are getting stronger and threatening Calpheon. He is about to meet with Paso Anca, the naval commander at the Epheria Sentry Post and hear more about this.
Epheria Sentry Post
Just north of Calpheon City in Port Epheria and at the left side of Port Epheria, atop the cliff, is Epheria Sentry Post.
“Is the naval commander inside?” Florentino said to the guards, “I’m Florentino Ibarra, I was sent by Crisostomo Ibarra…”
“Yes sir,” the guards said, “the Commander is expecting you.”
Florentino went inside. It’s not much of a room, just a large table at the center with a large map and some documents, there are also some crates at the side. It’s more of a storage room rather than a briefing room.
“Naval Commander!” Florentino extends his right hand to Paso Anca, “It’s good to see you doing well.”
“Same to you, Florentino,” Paso Anca shakes hands with Florentino. “I’m glad you’re here on short notice.”
“Now then, on to business, cousin Crisostomo gave me instructions to aid the Trina Marine Knights on this… pirate problem… care to share some information with me?”
“Alright,” Paso Anca turns to the large map, “the Cox Pirates are expanding in the Kuit Islands, but they’re not even a threat since the Trina Marine Knights are invincible.”
“I’ve done some little investigations of my own, but I heard some people saying that the Trina Marine Knights are being pushed back. Not that I am doubting the capabilities of the Trina Marine Knights.”
“Ha! That’s all nonsense! That’s because they have no idea what we are like.”
“We can never be too sure,” Florentino smile, “I would like a request to conduct an inspection of the Trina Marine Knights, as instructed by my cousin.”
“Be my guest, go check out the training camp yourself. You’ll be surprised.”
The Training Grounds
By the entrance of the Training Ground, there are three guards at the front, two of them are twins while the other one is a giant.
“I’m guarding the entrance!” Said the twin guards.
“We’re guarding the entrance,” said the Giant, “please don’t disturb us if it’s not important.”
“I’m sent by the naval commander for inspection,” Florentino said, “I’m Florentino Ib-“
“Oh why didn’t you say so?” the Giant said, “Please, make yourself at home.”
“Okay…” Florentino scratches his head. “Weird flex but okay.”
A Short Fuse
By the busy shipyard, the Trina Marine Knights are preparing small boats with bombs.
“Let’s get to work!” One of the soldiers shouted, “We’re doomed if we don’t get it done by the end of the day!”
Florentino is impressed by how hard-working they are.
“Oy! Can’t you see we’re repairing this ship?” One of the soldiers shouted at Florentino, “If you didn’t come to help, get the hell out!”
“Right, sorry,” Florentino then makes his way to the stairs. He hit one of the boats that is being armed with bombs.
The entire shipyard went to a halt as people gasps and braces for an explosion.
“Sorry!” Florentino raises his hands, “It’s my fault.”
“What the hell!” The soldier in the boat that Florentino hits said, “Be careful with that bomb! It could explode on you if it shakes too much.”
“Right, I’m terribly sorry-“
“Just get out of here!”
Special Bombs for the Cox Pirate Group
Florentino makes his way to the docks after that incident by the shipyard.
“This bomb is perfect,” the dwarf soldier said, “it will explode perfectly at the perfect moment.”
“Good job, sir.” Another soldier said.
“Excuse me,” Florentino said as he walks towards the two.
“Sir!” the two soldiers exclaims as they salute at Florentino after seeing his crest, the crest of Kalis Parliament Liaisons, “we’re honored by your presence.”
“At ease, gentlemen, may I ask what are you doing and what are these bombs?”
“Sir, we made some bombs and now we’re testing them.” The dwarf soldier said, “They have a special wick that doesn’t get wet in water.”
“Fantastic work,” Florentino applauds the two.
“Sir, may I ask?” The other soldier said, “What was that commotion earlier?”
“Oh, that?” Florentino scratches his head, “I accidentally hit one of the boats carrying the bomb as I’m making my way here. I was told that if it shakes too much it would explode.”
“That’s nonsense, sir!” The dwarf soldier said, “They are specially designed bombs. If just a few shaking here and there is all it took to explode then these bombs right here in the water already would’ve exploded because of the waves.”
“So they played me… well, I’m off now, keep up the great work.”
“Sir!” The two soldiers salute at Florentino.
Florentino now makes his way to the spear-throwing training area. There, the soldiers are enthusiastic about their training.
He then approaches the soldiers conducting a small meeting by the round table.
“Our plans are flawless!” One of the soldiers exclaims, “There’s no way the pirates can affect us.”
“Greetings,” Florentino said as he approaches them, “I’m Florentino Ibarra of-“
“Sir!” They all exclaimed as they salute at Florentino, “Welcome to Port Epheria Training Ground.”
“At ease, gentlemen…” Florentino then looks to his left as sees a woman among the soldiers and smiles, “and ladies…”
“We’re glad you’re here, sir,” the soldier said, “captain Jules, at your service. We’re just talking about our plans with the Cox Pirates.”
“That’s great to hear, I’m quite optimistic of the Trina Marine Knights.”
“We’re honored by your words, sir,” the female soldier said, “captain Grace, at your service.”
“Enchanté, captain Grace,” Florentino holds captain Grace’s hand and kisses it, “It is an honor to meet you, madam, I wish it was on better times, I would’ve treated you dinner.”
Florentino’s antics made captain Grace blush and out of words.
“Um, sir,” Captain Jules said as he forces a cough, “Cox Pirates?”
“Oh, right,” Florentino said as he returns to his senses, “what do we know about the Cox Pirates?”
“The Cox Pirates are growing.” Captain Jules continues, “I have a feeling that they’ll do something big soon. We’re researching and preparing in advance. Preparation is the foundation of any punitive expedition.”
Their discussion continued on until noon.
Back to Epheria Sentry Post
Back at Epheria Sentry Post, Florentino saw Paso Anca looking through some documents.
“Ah, Florentino,” Paso Anca said as he saw Florentino entering the room, “How was it? Wasn’t it jaw-dropping? We Trina Marine Knights are invincible, I tell you what.”
“The Trina Marine Knights are… beyond my expectations, I expect nothing more of the Naval Commander…”
“I’m honored by your words, now, back to business. Have you been to Lema Island?”
“I think I went there before when I was with the team securing the waters of Iliya Island,” Florentino recalls the events with the navy, “tell me more.”
“Some of our soldiers went there.” Paso Anca continues as he crosses his arms, “The Cox Pirates are based in the Kuit Islands, and Lema Island is a good place for our base.”
“Interesting, tell me more about the Cox Pirates.”
“You… Did you want to know more about pirates?” Paso Anca then points at the map, “Then go to Lema Island. I’m sure you’ll get some information from our soldiers there.”
Embarking to the Cox Pirate
After the meeting with Paso Anca, Florentino makes his way to Velia, where the Ibarra Family’s Epheria Sailboat, the Leviathan, is currently docked.
Well, Florentino thought, this is going to take a long while.
“Sir Ibarra!” One of the sailors of the Leviathan said, “We’re ready to set sail!”
“Understood! Thank you!” Florentino then turns to the other sailors, “Men, let’s set sail to Lema Island!”
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