Challis Island Synopsis
This was once a geographically strategic island port for the Royal Navy. Stationed there was a garrison of King George’s soldiers and with them
came a variety of civilian craftsmen and women, artisans and labourers to help build and develop the island into a busy colonial trading post
for England’s gain. However, the island was also just as desirable for both France and Spain, and given that England was not at peace with either of
them, meant that they would constantly mount cannon salvos and attacks against the garrison, in an attempt to capture it from the English.
After many years of bloody battles and successfully defending the island against the forces of the French and the Spanish and despite the bravery
of the soldiers, the English garrison became seriously depleted. Having suffered huge losses themselves, the French and Spanish attackers finally
diverted their attention away from trying to conquer the small island and eventually gave up because of the more serious problems of rivalry which
had developed between them. Fortunately, for the brave and now very weary English soldiers, their withdrawal was not before time. They feared the
worst in the event of another bloody assault on them by the French and Spanish and would not be able to repel another attack! Without the will of
King George to send reinforcement soldiers, equipment, arms and ammunitions to the island, the seemingly eternally besieged garrison (or what
was left of it) , was running very low on food and supplies of all kinds and as a result they very soon became weak and undernourished. The lack of
medical supplies meant that they were unable to treat the wounded and disease and illness had started to spread which began to take its toll.
Feeling completely marooned and realising that with the soldiers’ officers now dead and himself, the last surviving Royal Navy of ficer – a mere
Midshipman – decided to take drastic and immediate action to sa ve what was left of his brave men and last surviving civ ilians to prevent them
from being wiped out by the indignity of starvation or illness or both. With the cross of St George waving hardy in his heart, he issued the order to
abandon the island, return to the last remaining ship and set sail for the mainland, thus leaving it completely uninhabited.
After a few years had past and with England, France and Spain no longer considering that the hard and costl y fight over island to be of any further
strategic value, a new and more deadly kind of force (or more like a scourge) from all parts of the globe had come to occupy it… PIRATES!