The captain was a tough guy; there was no denying that. At night after we had too much to drink we'd all sit around and play a game where we'd make up ever more outrageous stories of how tough he was. We were supposed to go until someone was obviously lying, but somehow it never happened. He was just that tough.
"The captain is so tough, I heard he plays Russian Roulette every night."
"I heard he plays with only one empty."
"I saw him. He uses a pistol."
It was my turn.
"I heard he doesn't bow to social pressure and risk his life over a pointless game with no payoff."
"No really, I can't believe he'd be so dumb as to..."
"To the captain!"