After Vanguard has been wrecked at the hands of Captain Grimble, Whitson decides to take Steadfast upriver to meet Grimble's ship, Desolation. Baily Nocks, one of the sailors on board, helps Frill Able by setting up blast powder barrels - part of King Whitson's Mariner's plan to defeat his nemesis.
As Desolation draws nearer, Baily takes part in Whitson's plan by pretending to fall from the mast, thus falsely drawing the attention of his fellow sailors and leaving their stations falsely unattended. Before long, however, the sailors of Steadfast and Desolation are soon engaged in a fierce battle, Baily Nocks included. At first, Captain Grimble has the upper hand on Whitson, but eventually the older buck is surrounded and forced into defeat by Whitson's supporters, Baily among them.
Personality and traits
Though little is known of Baily Nocks' personality, it can be reasoned that he was a staunch and loyal sailor, and an able sword fighter.
- The name "Baily" is of Irish origin.
- Additionally, the surname "Nocks" is of English origin; it means "at the oaks."