Although some crews will break from the norm from time to time, it is a long-held tradition in the Shackles that a Ship’s Conclave be held when a new captain is to be chosen. Of course, if a mutiny takes place and a group seizes a ship, it can attempt to enforce its will on the group, and then the tradition is cast overboard. And it is hinted at that if someone did something as odd as to buy a ship and set himself up as captain and then…recruit a crew, well, then, it would stand that such a merchant would be captain – not a man…a merchant.
Real pirates, however, seek the consent of the crew when replacing a captain who’s been killed, left behind, or cast overboard by the majority of that crew. The process is simple: each who is interested will present his case to the crew. It is considered very bad form for a contender to say or do anything while the other hopefuls speak, although the rest of the crew typically will ask pointed questions and heckle each would-be captain as they speak. This is the only time when opinions are to be made public. Sure, it’s impossible over the long term for the crew to hide opinions; however, this is the time when they’re supposed to be public.
And so the speeches take place; the crew grills each contender; and then parchment is distributed, on which a simple symbol is inscribed, representing one of the contenders for captain (each man chooses a simple symbol to represent him, like a circle or a + or something simple and obvious). The crew then separates on deck (not below! everyone on the weather decks!) and each member votes in secret. The slips are collected in a bucket, and a single member, chosen by public acclimation on the spot, counts the totals out loud. The top two contenders given one more opportunity to make their cases to the crew, and then a second round of voting takes place. The winner is the captain; he who comes in second place is typically first mate.
Sandara, being widely respected among the crew, steps up to see that the tradition is followed, and the crew readily follows her lead. Obviously, Grims jumps up and makes his case. Who else will make a go at it? Will Mal step up and make his case?