But not only did each of these famous whales enjoy great individual celebrity—Nay, you may call it an ocean-wide renown; not only was he famous in life and now is immortal in forecastle stories after death, but he was admitted into all the rights, privileges, and distinctions of a name; had as much a name indeed as Cambyses or Caesar. Was it not so, O Timor Tom! thou famed leviathan, scarred like an iceberg, who so long did’st lurk in the Oriental straits of that name, whose spout was oft seen from the palmy beach of Ombay? Was it not so, O New Zealand Jack! thou terror of all cruisers that crossed their wakes in the vicinity of the Tattoo Land? Was it not so, O Morquan! King of Japan, whose lofty jet they say at times assumed the semblance of a snow-white cross against the sky? Was it not so, O Don Miguel! thou Chilian whale, marked like an old tortoise with mystic hieroglyphics upon the back! In plain prose, here are four whales as well known to the students of Cetacean History as Marius or Sylla to the classic scholar.
But this is not all. New Zealand Tom and Don Miguel, after at various times creating great havoc among the boats of different vessels, were finally gone in quest of, systematically hunted out, chased and killed by valiant whaling captains, who heaved up their anchors with that express object as much in view, as in setting out through the Narragansett Woods, Captain Butler of old had it in his mind to capture that notorious murderous savage Annawon, the headmost warrior of the Indian King Philip.
Legendary Whale. The inclusion of these three infamous creatures, whom Melville claims to have actually lived (indeed, there was a whale called Mocha Dick alive in the mid-19th century), presented a perfect way to further delineate the strengths and weaknesses of the various types and ages of whales players will encounter in this game.
Moby Dick may not be killed, but these three whales offer the exciting and dangerous chance to do battle with, and even conquer a true legend. While Melville lists several other legends in Chapter 45: The Affidavit, and even jumbles their names together in his excitement, the selection of three of these whales allowed for a triptych of grand proportions, arrayed just underneath the infinite strength and ubiquitous presence of Moby Dick himself. A permanent negation is awarded to any player who can manage to end the legendary life of Timor Jack, Old Tom, or Don Miguel, along with his hefty oil bonus.