Well, it was just another ordinary day. I was restocking,
checking at Coltzan's Shrine, trying a Snow Faerie quest occasionally, and then
I thought I'd check out the Smuggler's Cove. Somehow, due to some Neopets blunder,
the Neopets Staff had completely "forgotten" about the Smuggler's Cove, and they
are never trying to stop the smugglers. Of course, everyone else knows about this
black market dealing. So anyway, I decided to pay a visit. I had 25 Dubloons on
me at the time. And, of course, the Smuggler's Cove was "Sold Out." Five minutes
later, I came back, and that fat Bruce and tall Lenny stopped me and my Jetsam,
"Are you trying to get us in trouble?!" they
said robotically, as if they say it all the time.
"It's not like your going to get caught... I
mean, the Neopets Staff has no care at all about you doing this!"
"... are you trying to get us in trouble or
So we left. "What is up with those Smugglers?"
asked Fly (what I call Fly_0072).
"I dunno," I answered. That is my most common
answer to anything. "Maybe they just feel they have to be extra careful..."
"Or maybe..." and so it began. As soon as Fly
says, 'Or maybe' we always head into a giant conversation about the subject.
About an hour after we start, the real far-fetched ideas start rolling in. However,
I actually was able to shut Fly up for a little bit by saying "Maybe they aren't
worried about the Neopets Staff..." that got him thinking.
"I want to find out what else the Smugglers are afraid of!" complained Fly.
"What do I have to do to make you come with
me, or at least let me go?"
"How about this... make me a great dinner, I
don't feel like take-out tonight."
"Your joking right? You don't know the first
thing about cooking!" I laughed.
Two hours later, I wasn't laughing. Fly had
actually made something edible... nice, juicy fish. I guessed he went swimming...
he is a Jetsam after all... and saw the fish. So I had to keep my end of the
bargain. "Alright, we can go interview the Smugglers or whatever..."
So we went to the Smugglers Cove... and it was
empty! Nothing for sale, no sign of smugglers... and worst of all, their ship
was still at dock... they hadn't left to go out to sea...
"...well this is weird..." I exclaimed. "Really
So, being dragged by my moronic Jetsam, we boarded
the ship. It was quite. And night was almost upon us. And that's when we saw
it. It was a note, pinned to the side of the lifeboat.
It's him! It's him! If any friends see this
letter, head to the Ruins of Maraqua! It's hi
... "That's all it says." I said to Fly, who
looked deep in thought.
"Well, you know what we have to do, right?"
asked Fly. "Yep! Go home and finish that fish!"
NO! We have to help the smugglers!"
"WHOA! We have to go and help a bunch of criminals?!
No way... we could get way to deep in the Poop Deck here Fly."
"But what if..."
"Look at this!" he exclaimed. And he held up
a battle plunger. "They must have been using it to defend themselves..."
"Lets keep it!" I exclaimed.
"No, it's not the right thing to do... and he
was about to throw it over the side of the ship until I cried, "I'll come with
you to help the smugglers for it!" Fly agreed enthusiastically. So, now I was
stuck with my witless and "fearless" Jetsam on a wild and incredibly dangerous
adventure. Just dandy.
"So, just how are we going to get to the Ruins
of Maraqua, Fly?"
"Take this ship, of course."
"Of course!" I said sarcastically, "Why didn't
I notice it before! But how are we to get to the actual ruins? I mean, I can't
breath underwater as you can... how can I get there?"
"With this conveniently placed Scuba Gear, duh!"
I still find it funny to think that the tools we would need to get to the ruins
were right there to aid us.
And we were off... sailing into the great unknown
or whatever. It seemed like it took no time to get to the spot above the ruins
in the ocean. I later learned that I had fallen asleep... a good reason for
"no time." So I put on the Scuba Gear while Fly jumped overboard. And we swam,
and swam. It was dark out above water, and even darker below. Luckily, we had
some waterproof flashlights. We carried them because one time Fly was swimming
in the dark and crashed into a rock, because he couldn't see... he got both
achy head AND watery eyes from that... and I had to pay for both the magic goop
and onion balm, since the Water Faerie wasn't kind enough to heal fly.
So anyway, we swam in the dark and chilled water,
with our feeble flashlights showing us the way. Then, we came across the Ruins
of Maraqua. It was an erie sight... a bunch of destroyed buildings and homes...
and of course the home of Maraqua's former leader... this place especially intrigued
me. I signalled to Fly, and we went into the ruins of this building. We were
both extremely surprised to see what we did! After we pushed through the door,
we rose... up to air! We hadn't risen to the surface... we had risen to an air
pocket in the ruins of the building. Inside this air pocket, we found loads
of priceless treasures, and some of the smugglers loot! We examined all this
stuff, and then I saw something in the corner of my eye... a door! And it was
part of the air pocket... at least I assumed it was because water wasn't leaking
through the cracks of the door. So I went inside. There I saw two struggling
Neopets bound and gagged in rough edged cords. They looked at me and a look
of panic went into their eyes. But, as a sign that a meant them no harm, I rid
them of the cords around the Lenny's mouth. The reaction surprised me. That
stupid Lenny attempted to bite my finger off! As soon as that Lenny could talk,
though, he began yelling.
"So what are you?! Whatever you do, we wont
"What are you talking about? We came to help
you!" Fly cried.
"Help destroy us?"
"No, rescue you, dumdum."
"Only a smuggler would come and help us!"
"We saw your note on your ship..."
"YOU WENT ONTO OUR SHIP?!" yelled the Lenny,
"ONLY SMUGGLERS ARE ALLOWED ON THE SHIP!"
"Well, we're here to rescue you... unless you'd
rather have us leave you here..."
And the deed was done. I untied the Bruce and
Lenny, and they stood with several cord marks on their arms.
"So what happened?" I asked.
"Err. wha?" the Bruce replied, stuffing food
that we had found into their mouths.
"How did you get here?"
The Bruce and Lenny glanced at each other, and
the Bruce replied grimly "HE came."
"Oh, right, you guys aren't smugglers... well,
He is none other than the Black Pawkeet... the old sea captain which the game
Buried Treasure is based on."
"That's real? Coooool" gawked Fly.
"Yes, it's real, do you think the just made
"Well, He came, and tried to take all of our
"That you took in the first place?"
"FLY!" I exclaimed.
"As I was saying," continued the Lenny, "he
came and took almost everything... except for maybe a Battle Plunger and a Sponge
Shield which he overlooked.
"Oh... so why did he come and attack you?" I
said, not wanting to say I took the Battle Plunger.
"Because he wanted our loot..." I felt that
the Lenny wasn't telling everything.
"Well, what do we do now?" asked Fly.
"Well, we've come this far." I said, "Lets find
the Black Pawkeet!" So we went. For once, it was ME that felt like going on
an adventure. The Bruce and Lenny decided to go back to the Smuggler's Cove,
and left us the lifeboat to use above the Ruins of Maraqua. We decided we would
look around the ruins before departing. It was in the room we originally came
that we found the map.
"What's this?" I said.
"Looks like a map," replied Fly.
"Of course its a map, but where it's leading
is what I'd like to know."
"It looks like Krawk Island."
"It says to go..."
"I can read a map Fly. It says to go to Fungus
So we went back to Krawk Island. We had to make
a stop at Mystery Island though; rowing all they way to Krawk Island was very
hard. Anyway we finally made it to Krawk Island. We came up behind the Smuggler's
Cove, and found the two smugglers telling hundreds of NeoCivilians that Smuggler's
Cove would be temporarily closed. When they saw us, they came over.
"I don't think you should go through this crowd,
come and take our other Exit," said the Bruce.
And they led us around the plateau that Smuggler's
Cove and Fungus Cave was on. When we got around, we went back on top of the
plateau, and entered the left cave... Fungus Cave.
"Not much to see here," said Fly.
But we continued on anyway. However, we had
no idea which path to take... Fungus Cave was littered with many tunnels. Then...
"Hey, look at this!" I cried.
There was a note behind a little bit of fungus.
To my followers,
We have moved our hideout to the small island
south west from the Golden Dubloon and Krawps building. We will be in the abandoned
ship on the island.
"That's all there is," I said.
"Well, lets go then!"
Going back to the smugglers we used the lifeboat
and sailed to the small island. It didn't take long to get to. As we drifted
ashore, we began to hear voices coming from the ship washed up on the island.
We crept closer.
"So, my comrades, we shall find my ancient treasure!"
yelled a voice inside the ship, "I now know it is somewhere on this island of
Krawk Island! We do not have to worry about my previous crews' heirs, that foolish
Lenny and Bruce... not a surprise that they are smugglers; they were always
criminals. Now that we have robbed them of all their possible and gainable weapons,
even if they escape, they cant stop us!"
It was that moment that the door swung open,
and there stood the Black Pawkeet and 5 scruffy looking Neopets... 2 Krawks,
and 3 Pawkeets. They looked down on us in surprise.
"Take them inside!" ordered the Black Pawkeet.
But we weren't going in so easily. Pulling out
my new Battle Plunger, I blasted 2 Pawkeets and a Krawk with a giant water attack!
They were pinned against the opposite wall, and were greatly shocked and surprised
at the power of a plunger! Next, the remaining Krawk and Pawkeet tried to tackle
me. I managed to send the Pawkeet flying 75 feet into the air as I fell backwards,
but the Krawk pinned my arms down and I couldn't aim my plunger. Just then,
Fly actually did something useful. Using his metal robot teeth (Fly is a robot
jetsam after all) he bit the Krawk's long (and sensitive) tail with all his
strength. Yelping, the Krawk let go and began to run to the ocean, and then
dipped his throbbing tail in the water. Next, grabbing the thrown aside Battle
Plunger, he blasted the Black Pawkeet with it. And wouldn't you know it. He
did probably the best hit you could do with the plunger.
However, the Black Pawkeet wasn't going to give
up so easily. He was much stronger than to be taken out by one hit from a Battle
Plunger, no matter how strong. Using his own weapons, he nailed Fly across the
head, and sent him flying through the washed up boat the Black Pawkeet had used
as his hideout. I still can see the Jetsam shaped hole in the side of the ship
in my mind now. However, Fly wasn't done yet. Suddenly, a blast came through
the hole, and when I looked up, the Black Pawkeet was frozen on the spot! Fly
had used his ability, Diamond Dust, and frozen the Black Pawkeet.
So, after freezing him, I picked him up, and
we headed to the Smuggler's Cove, and tied up the Black Pawkeet. When we arrived
at the Smuggler's Cove, we went to the Lenny and Bruce. They had just managed
to get all of the crowd away, and then turned around. The first thing they saw
was the Black Pawkeet, still frozen. The instantly jumped, and then fell over,
and looked frozen themselves. Then they saw us.
"What are you doing with him?!" cried the Lenny.
"D-dont hurt us please!" exclaimed the Bruce.
"Are all you smugglers dim-witted? Fly and I
defeated the Black Pawkeet... he's frozen."
So, after the smugglers' heart rates went back
to normal, we began to thaw and tighten the cords on the Black Pawkeet. When
he was thawed, he looked surprised to see us AND the smugglers. "I demand to
be let out of these cords!" yelled the Pawkeet.
"No," said the Lenny.
"Yes!" "Why should we? First, you are going
to tell us what you did with our equipment."
It took a long time to get the answer out of
him. His answer was mostly no. When we finally got the answer out of him, he
"Okay, it's all in the lake on Krawk Island...
I think your Earwax Chias are ruined though."
"Well, there goes 50 Dubloons"
"They only cost 50 Dubloons?" said the Black
"50 Dubloons each," replied the Bruce.
We left the smugglers and pirate and went to
go get the loot at the lake.
"Wow, this lake is shal..." I said, and then
suddenly got to the center of the lake. Instantly, I fell into a very deep hole.
Activating my scuba gear and turning on the flashlight, I saw that this hole
was VERY deep... I couldn't see the bottom. Fly suddenly then landed on top
of my head, wondering where I had just disappeared to. After a bunch of furious
hand signals, he finally understood that we were going down into the hole...
obviously the loot was down here. As we descended, we began to see some twinkling
at the bottom... and we guessed that it was probably a Metal Wand or two reflecting
light... wait, reflecting light? How could light be down there?! Yet there was
no doubt about it, there was some type of light down there. Finally, we reached
the bottom... or more, we fell through into a giant bubble!
"What's this? Another air pocket?!" I exclaimed.
We looked around. It looked like we were in
a cave. There must have been some type of bubble that held the water from flooding
the cave. Then we saw where the light was coming from. A hole in the side of
the cave. After it came through the hole, it reflected off of several mirrors,
and lit the cave. It was amusing for us to cover up the small hole, and make
everything dark for a while.
Looking around, we saw all the loot of the smugglers.
Then we noticed we were leaving footprints. In fact, there were no other foot
prints around here... except for a few prints that looked VERY old. Looking
up, we noticed the footprints lead to a huge lumpy thing covered over by a giant
rag. We then uncovered the rag. Our eyes were forced shut then by the brightness
under the rag. After our eyes became adjusted to the light, we gasped! It was
the Black Pawkeet's treasure! And it was under Krawk Island, not under that
little island the Black Pawkeet thought it was on! Then we realized that the
footprints were not Lenny footprints, or Bruce, Pawkeet, or Krawk prints. In
fact, they were so old that if you touched them, they would cave in. We realized
that these footprints were of the treacherous crew of the Black Pawkeet!
Excitement flooded our body. Adrenilene filled
our minds. We burst out excitedly.
"Fly! The Black Pawkeet's treasure!"
"We found it! We're rich!"
But we had a task to do... so we collected the
smuggler's loot and took it back up through the water tunnel and back to the
"Why are you so excited?" asked the Bruce.
Leading them over to a place away from the Black
Pawkeet, we told them everything that happened.
"Incredible!" cried the Lenny.
"Amazing!" gawked the Bruce.
"I'll bring it back to show you as soon as we
collect it!" I declared.
So Fly and I went back, and used the rag to
collect all the coins. When we got back, they came over instantly. Still in
a place the Black Pawkeet couldn't see, we showed them the treasure. Instantly
they burst out laughing so hard they fell over. Fly and I exchanged glances.
Then I asked what was so funny.
"You d-didn't find t-the t-t-treasure!" laughed
"You j-just found ch-ch-chocolate!" choked the
Bruce through laughter.
"What do you mean?!" I yelled so they would
hear me... they were laughing loud.
"Well," began the Lenny, "about 50 years ago,
a chocolate company was placed on Krawk Island! But since so many Krawk Island
children stole the chocolate, they made an underground cave, and hid all the
chocolate they sold there until it was ordered and purchased! They were forced
to close down, however, when a huge rainstorm flooded the building that was
placed in the crater, where the lake is now... it never dried up! They assumed
that the chocolate down there was now wet and no good! I guess that air bubble
was just all the air that got trapped down there!"
"But we didn't see a building over the hole
going down there!" declared Fly.
"That's because the wooden building broke apart
during the flood and all rose to the surface of the lake!"
And with that, one of the Smugglers opened one
of the coins. The chocolate, he said, was stale as well. So, embarrassed, I
handed the smugglers their Battle Plunger over, and we began to leave. Just
as we were about to leave Krawk Island and return home, however, a Krawk smuggler
suddenly came running up to us at full speed. He stopped, and spewed us with
sand "The boss smugglers asked me to give this to you," he panted, and ran of,
leaving a cloud of sand behind him. I looked at what he had dropped in front
of us. And behold! Those two smugglers had given us that Battle Plunger back!
A note attached to it said:
Thank you for rescuing us and getting our
loot back. In return, we decided to give you this Battle Plunger. We are sending
the Black Pawkeet to the Krawk Island Mental Institute.
The main reason that we are giving you this
is because that Jetsam of yours left bite marks all over this plunger.
"Well, we get to keep the Battle Plunger at