Thank you for the offer, but I must decline. Giving me your word as a gentleman means nothing, as your meaning of gentleman is NOT the same as mine. NO ONE has ever won against you- how would I know this game is NOT rigged? You get a pistol AND dogs. Surely you must see how ridiculous and uneven this offer is.
As charming as you have made this, I must decline your offer. I am a very well known writer, and no doubt my death shall stir unease. Sure, you can deal with a ship or two, but shall you be able to deal with five? Six? Seven? My disappearance will NOT go without questions, and if I were you, I would drop me off before anything else happens.