Old Tom

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.

I do not know where I can find a better place than just here, to make mention of one or two other things, which to me seem important, as in printed form establishing in all respects the reasonableness of the whole story of the White Whale, more especially the catastrophe. For this is one of those disheartening instances where truth requires full as much bolstering as error. So ignorant are most landsmen of some of the plainest and most palpable wonders of the world, that without some hints touching the plain facts, historical and otherwise, of the fishery, they might scout at Moby Dick as a monstrous fable, or still worse and more detestable, a hideous and intolerable allegory.

—The Affidavit

 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.

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