Montgomery Archibald Thornhill’s Diary


Entry 1 (14th June 1805):

This day, my 10th natal anniversary, Father hath bestowed upon me a splendid pocket watch. He claims it symbolises responsibility and the inexorable passage of time. I must ever remember that time tarries for no man, and I ought to seize every opportunity that presents itself.

Entry 2 (3rd April 1809):

I have been granted admission to the esteemed St. George's Academy, where I shall study economics and military strategy. Father claims this marks the first step in securing my future and preserving our family's prosperity. I find myself both exhilarated and apprehensive about this new stage in my life.

Entry 3 (27th December 1810):

Today, I encountered a young Hawakani lad who shared tales of his homeland and its mysterious, untamed character. The stories he wove were enthralling, speaking of hidden caverns laden with glittering treasures, ancient rites performed beneath the moon's gaze, and potent beings who command the elements themselves. My curiosity is roused, and I find myself yearning to explore this enigmatic island and discover its secrets firsthand. 

Entry 4 (11th October 1816):

Father has revealed to me that, upon the completion of my studies, he has arranged for my induction into the East India Trading Company. I am honoured by this prospect, but I cannot help feeling the burden of the expectations placed upon me.

Entry 5 (1st July 1823):

On this auspicious day, I have arrived on the isle of Hawakani after braving the perilous sea. My heart brims with determination to revamp the affairs of the East India Trading Company here. Alas, the previous executive officer's shambolic management has left much to be desired. However, I am resolved to introduce myself to the local leaders, gain their trust, and establish a more productive relationship. I can already envision the prosperity and power that awaits us once we have secured our foothold in this untamed land.

Entry 6 (15th September 1823):

The negotiations with the settlers of James Town have proven to be a more formidable obstacle than I had initially foreseen. The local nobility is fiercely opposed to our presence, fearing that the East India Trading Company's growing influence will disrupt the delicate balance of power on the island. Furthermore, rumours of dark rituals and witchcraft in the Taboo Swamp have only served to heighten their suspicions and mistrust.

Nevertheless, I remain undaunted. I believe that uncovering the secrets of the Taboo Swamp could be advantageous in swaying the local opinion in our favour. It will require great caution and skill, but the potential rewards are too great to ignore. With perseverance and a bit of luck, I am confident that we can find a way to establish a more fruitful relationship with the people of Hawakani Island.

Entry 7 (2nd May 1824):

A recent skirmish betwixt our forces and the French Huntsmen has left me questioning my abilities as a leader. Several of our men were lost, and I cannot help but feel responsible for their deaths. I must find a way to strengthen our position on the island and protect our interests from future threats.

Entry 8 (10th August 1824):

Alas, my diligent efforts have not sufficed to grasp the enigmatic nature of this island's hidden resources. My previous endeavours to extract knowledge from the Hawakani people have been met with stubborn reticence and covert evasions. I must devise a novel method to unravel the secrets they hold so dear.

Entry 9 (19th February 1825):

I've been on this island for nearly two years, and my progress has been slower than I'd hoped. However, I've recently heard whispers of a noble within James Town who is facing monetary issues. This could be the opportunity I've been seeking. By making myself open to being approached, I can offer the prospect of a mutually beneficial alliance – furthering the interests of the East India Trading Company while helping this noble regain their financial stability. I must ensure that my intentions are known discreetly and be prepared for the delicate negotiations that may follow.

Entry 10 (27th March 1825):

This day brought grave news of my superior, Sir Mayham. He has suffered a great loss in the recent passing of his beloved wife, which just after his daughter's tragic demise has only deepened his melancholy. Despite his grief, it seems that his religious convictions drive him towards seeking another spouse quickly to alleviate his carnal desires. I cannot help but feel discomfited by this course of action, which appears insensitive to the memory of his late wife and daughter.

However, amidst this sorrowful time, I cannot help but contemplate how this situation could benefit the company. By connecting with influential families who have daughters of marrying age, I may be able to strengthen our position on Hawakani Island and foster alliances that benefit the East India Trading Company. Balancing the delicate nature of personal and professional matters, I am determined to seize this opportunity for our mutual benefit.

Entry 11 (30th March 1825):

Our plans for a new expedition to the inner land of Hawakani Island are underway. The wild and uncharted territories hold great potential for discoveries and resources that could bring immense wealth and prestige to the East India Trading Company. To ensure the success of this venture, we are seeking an experienced and adventurous expedition leader who can guide our crew through the challenges that lie ahead.

In addition to assembling a capable team, we are also seeking investors interested in purchasing shares of the expedition. Their financial contributions will be crucial in funding the necessary supplies and equipment, as well as providing a sense of shared ownership and responsibility for the success of our mission.

As I embark on the search for the right leader and investors, I am filled with anticipation for the discoveries and opportunities that await us in the uncharted regions of Hawakani Island.

Entry 12 (5th April 1825):

An unexpected incident has transpired; Sir Mayham's prized golden pistol has vanished, and he is in a state of great distress, convinced that a thief infiltrated his residence and purloined the weapon. Personally, I suspect that he carelessly misplaced it, and someone simply took advantage of the situation. Regardless, he insists that this was a targeted act, carried out within the walls of his own "palace."

The theft has caused quite a stir, and it falls to me to address any concerns or inquiries from our associates. Moreover, it is in the best interest of the East India Trading Company to recover the pistol promptly. Sir Mayham's agitation could potentially disrupt our operations on Hawakani Island.

It is worth noting that Sir Mayham has offered a generous reward for the retrieval of his prized pistol. This could provide a strong incentive for anyone with information or knowledge of its whereabouts to come forward and assist in resolving this matter swiftly. I shall ensure that our team conducts a thorough investigation while treading carefully to avoid creating any further disturbances.

Entry 13 (10th April 1825):

We were graced with the arrival of a young lady who has ventured to Hawakani Island in pursuit of artistic inspiration for her piano playing. Her boldness and the financial support of her family have made this adventure possible. She firmly believes that the island's natural forces and untamed beauty will rejuvenate her music and artistry.

The East India Trading Company has decided to honour her arrival by hosting a tea hour where she will perform a piano recital for our esteemed guests and associates. This event will not only showcase her talents but also provide a valuable opportunity to forge connections and strengthen relationships with influential members of our community. I look forward to the enchanting melodies that will fill the air and the fruitful conversations that will undoubtedly ensue.

Entry 14 (12th April 1825):

As the East India Trading Company's annual party approaches, we are busy with preparations for the grand event. This year, we have decided to split it into two distinct parts. The first part will be a prestigious dinner held at the Friedheim Tavern, exclusively for our most esteemed guests. Invitations have been dispatched, and only those possessing proper documentation and an authentication seal will be granted entry. Our trusted henchmen, led by the capable Mr. Smith, will be responsible for ensuring the exclusivity of this dinner.

Following the dinner, the second part of the party will begin, intended to be more relaxed and open to all. A simple written invitation will be sufficient for entry, and the company will generously provide a selection of fine port wine and other beverages for our guests to enjoy. This part of the event aims to promote camaraderie and foster opportunities for conversation and networking among a wider range of attendees.

Entry 15 (1st May 1825):

Disturbing reports of strange occurrences and sightings have reached me from across the island. Our workers claim to have seen bizarre creatures in the forests, and ghostly apparitions in the Taboo Swamp. Though I am naturally sceptical of such superstitious tales, the fear and unease they have stirred among our workforce cannot be ignored. As such, it is vital that we take measures to address their concerns and maintain their loyalty and productivity.

To this end, I have already allocated a portion of our monthly budget to deal with this issue. However, I am unsure of whom to turn to for expert help. The protection of our workers' productivity is of the utmost importance, and we must take decisive action to prevent any disruptions to our operations on the island.

I must begin researching and consulting with local experts to devise a plan of action. We cannot afford to delay any longer in addressing these unexplained phenomena.

Entry 16 (2nd May 1825):

The tension between the Red Coats and the Huntsmen on Hawakani Island has reached a critical juncture, and I find myself in a difficult position. Though my personal leanings have always been against the English aristocracy, I must put aside my biases and weigh the situation objectively.

An alliance with the Huntsmen could prove advantageous for our pursuit of profit and power, given their knowledge of the island and its inhabitants. Yet, I must also consider the potential risks and consequences of overt support for their cause. Such a move could jeopardize both my position and that of the East India Trading Company on the island.

As such, I must proceed with caution and find a way to navigate this conflict strategically. Perhaps covert alliances or a stance of strategic neutrality may be the best course of action. In any case, I cannot afford to be swayed by personal beliefs or emotions when the stakes are this high.

Entry 17 (4th May 1825):

Recently, Mr. Smith, one of our own, composed a song titled "The Men of the Company," which perfectly embodies the esprit de corps of our common labourers here. The melody has been well-received by his peers, but I fear it may not carry the necessary gravitas for the leadership of the East India Trading Company. Alas, I confess that I have never been blessed by the Muses, and my meager attempts at composing songs are unlikely to win any accolades. Hence, I now lay down my quill to compose a chorus for another song, one that would better capture the gravity of our situation and uplift the spirits of those in power.

Fortuitously, our esteemed doctor, despite being unable to recall his name following the fateful night of the 3rd, has agreed to lend his melodious voice, whilst our piano prodigy shall contribute her masterful performance.

On Hawakani Island – Opportunities abound

Every challenge – an opportunity to turn things right around

We’ll seize the day – with open hearts and mind

And build a better future – for all of our kind

East India

East India - All the way

East India - And here we wills stay