Skull & Shackles
Ambrose "Fishguts" Kroop
Ambrose ‘Fishguts’ Kroop is the ship’s cook. He seems to get along all right with Silver, though the fact that he is often found drunk makes the food service a bit dicey and causes food preparation to fall solely on Silver’s shoulders some days.Most people think Ambrose “Fishguts” Kroop gets his nickname from the stains on his apron or the contents of his infamous stew, but few know the truth. An affable fellow, Kroop loves his food, and has more recently developed a taste for rum. Kroop’s favorite bird, a large black cockerel named
Black-Hearted Bezebel, often perches on the cook’s shoulder and even talks to him, or so Kroop occasionally drunkenly claims.
Kroop’s days begin with blearily handing out ship’s biscuits to the crew on deck before retiring to the galley to prepare the evening meal (almost always fish stew) in a big pot. Then he cozies up with a bottle of rum (sometimes mixed with raw eggs) and waits for the rest of the day to pass.
Nevertheless, Kroop is a skilled chef, though few of the crew beyond the captain and his officers ever get the chance to sample Kroop’s more palatable fare. His only joy, aside from drinking and swapping yarns with Grok, are his chickens. Kroop loves his poultry and collects any rare breeds he comes across.