Captain Bartholomew "Black Bart" Roberts
||Captain of the Tide Raven, Venerable Buccaneer |
||Nearing old. |
"The cannons roared like cracks of thunder, flashing with fire, billowing heavy plumes of smoke, as waves of destruction swept the deck of the ship. Laughter rumbled in the distance,- a coarse and wicked cackle that sent chills down the spine of even the most staunch of seamen.
The guns silenced with a last funnel of smoke that crept across the decks. Then, with the low thud of his heavy boots clipping across the creaking wooden floorboards, the imposing pirate Black Bart Roberts emerged through a hazy veil of smoke. Dashingly clad, with his black, cocked hat and bridge coat. His callus face split with a malevolent grin, bordered by pitch-black beard, his pale, piercing eyes flashed excitedly as he swung his cutlass from its sheathe, rending the air with a sharp whistle of steel!"
Ha, ha, har... ye be warned!
Archived Records of the Alliance High Admiralty Court, and reports of late Cpt. Grey of Boralus -- concerning acts of piracy and other heinous offences comitted against the Crown by the crew of the Tide Raven:
Captain Bartholomew Roberts -- Second War; privateer and legally comissioned commerce raider by letter of reprisal, under the authorization of Lord Proudmoore, Grand Admiral of the Alliance.
Post-war; the letters of privateering are officially repealed and a vast number of sailors are unemployed, leading Captain Roberts to procure a crew and commandeer a ship-the-line under new colours; thus beginning his life of piracy.
Under a black flag: the ship's company of pirates, namely the crew of the Tide Raven, plies their trade between the shipping lanes of the allied kingdoms of Kul Tiras, Lordaeron and self-isolated Gilneas.
As the northern kingdoms fall into rapid decline, Roberts takes to the South Seas. Here, Blackwater Cove with its debauched port-city provides an imperative safe haven for pirates and the likes.
Beyond the borders of the map; after the discovery of Kalimdor by the human expeditions, the Tide Raven charts its course across the Great Sea to the unexplored land to the west, its crew eager to collect its spoils.
Newly erected colonies and waterfront settlements vie for control of new land, making the pirate's life among these eastern shores a brutal, but profitable one.
As the Tide Raven roams the sea-lane along Merchant Coast, a brigade of marines of Tiragarde is dispatched to bring notorious pirate "Black Bart" Roberts and his crew to justice, by decree of Commodore C. Proeliator
Gibbets and gunfire; distressed of pirates and plunderers ransacking their trade-fleets, the goblins of nearby port of Ratchet endorse the marines to derive the pirates of their popular anchorages. The Captain of the Tide Raven is captured and senteced to death without trial, by the jurisdiction of Kul Tiras maritime court. Roberts manages to narrowly escape, following the timely arrival of his ship and crew.
Retalitation against Tiragarde; with the aid of other dismayed freebooters of Kalimdor, the Tide Raven leads the battle against Proeliator's forces, leaving the naval fortress of Tiragarde in ruins.
With Tiragarde Keep in flames, the tenacious navy officer, Cpt. Vonner Grey is assigned to chase the pirate vessel abroad. Recieving news in Stormwind Harbour by the City Watch that his target, Black Bart Roberts, had press-ganged sailors into his company upon his unbecoming arrival.
Gilneas' retribution; with the unfication of Gilneas into the Alliance, the Gilnean Royal Navy joins the hunt, led by Commodore E. Hawkins, a righteous man whose daughter had presumably been kidnapped by selfsame pirates, giving way to a long-lived feud.
Resentful of the authorities, but boastful of their notoriety, the pirates were prone to engage combat with vigilantes whenever they made berth.
Mutiny; demoralized of Captain Roberts' brazen cruelty and unfair distribution of loot, the crew began plotting to overthrow the captain's rule, and desert him upon an unknown island. Led by Jhoanna Gibbsen, now elected captain of the Tide Raven, she inspired the men with new, self-established ideals of freedom, and the pursuit of her predecessor's treasure hoard.
Bloody Anna; As Jhoanna gained the authorities' notice, the Tide Raven was soon chased across the high seas by navies and bounty hunters alike.
By some unbecoming stroke of luck, Commodore Hawkins discovered a once renowned pirate, marooned upon a desolate island.
Under unknown circumstances, Roberts fled the brig and escaped his captors, hellbent on reclaiming his prized ship, the Tide Raven.
Treacherous waters; In the meanwhile, the crew of the Tide Raven had grown ill-disposed of their new captain, who had failed to recover Black Barts' trove, causing a virulent lack of moral and discipline among the ship's company.
With rumours of Roberts' return confirmed, the crew was split, each favouring their respective captain in a brutal battle to vie control of the ship. Evidently, Black Bart Roberts resumed his post and won over the majority of his crew. Presumably Jhoanna persihed in the battle, as she has not resurfaced since.
As to this day; Ephronn Hawkins, Vonner Grey and other staunch naval officers have been slain by the pirate brigade of the Tide Raven in their pursuit of justice, and even more gullible young men have been swayed by promise of fortune and needlessly abandoned all sense of moral to the life of piracy.
We pray that the pirate threat will soon be quelled and that Black Bart Roberts and his crew will answer for their crimes in due course.
||The raging seas, his prized flagship, debauchery & his hoard of ill-gotten wealth. |
||The Hawkins family, doldrums, the authorities, mutineers, lubberly seamen & navy dogs. |
||To evade death long enough to become a privileged man of significant wealth among pirates. |
||"My heart is black as gold, glittering like coal!" |