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- "I didn't choose death. If anythin', death...chose me!"
- ―James Sterling
- "They say, 'Dead men tell no tales'. But my tale is just beginning."
- ―James Sterling
James Sterling was raised in London by a poor father. He had dreams of fame and fortune but he was killed on his first voyage through the Caribbean by the insane Spanish Admiral Maldonado. Through the intervention of certain supernatural forces, he was brought back to the world of the living and given a second chance to fulfill his fate. After his resurrection, he was washed up on some beach where he found the wreckage of the Nemesis, a legendary pirate ship. He decided to save the craft and turn it into his own ship. Pieces of the Nemesis were scattered all around the Caribbean, and Sterling has spent many months in search of them. He found the figurehead on the island of Opawy Wato, and the steering wheel in the palace of Admiral Maldonado.
Sterling the Pirate
- "Get him!"
- ―Spanish soldiers on James Sterling
Shortly after he began his search, he became a notorious pirate captain. He clashed swords with Royal Marines and Spanish Conquistadores many times. He met Penny Finch, who joined him on the Nemesis as first mate. He also met the notorious pirate captain "Black Bart" Roberts. During his adventures, the Nemesis was attacked by the ship of the line of the Spanish Royal Navy and he stole Spanish captain's gold medallion during the battle. Some of his adventures involved the supernatural, and he met voodoo priestess Tia Dalma. Also, he visited British colonies like Port Royal, Spanish colonies like San Juan, and pirate ports like Tortuga, sailing around the whole Caribbean. When the Nemesis was almost complete, Sterling used her to search for the imprisoned spirit of the sea goddess Calypso. His further fate is unknown.
Personality and traits
James Sterling wore the clothing and effects common to pirates of his time. He usually wore a Spanish silver Piece of eight around his neck. That coin was all that was left of his father's earthly wealth.  Like most pirate captains, James Sterling used his own version of the Jolly Roger. His flag was red with the black skull and crossbones.
Equipment and skills
Sterling was a skilled swordsman. He usually fought with one sword but sometimes he used two instead. In some fights, he used an anchor to fight his opponents. He also used a blunderbuss-like pistol.He has great strength because he uses an iron anchor
Behind the scenes
- A nameless pirate with an anchor on his back, a member of the Drifting Dead, can be seen in Davy Jones' Locker in At World's End (video game).
- It is possible that Captain Sterling was to be voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, as in the trailer for Armada of the Damned, Sterling's voice sounded remarkably similar to that of the clones in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which Baker voiced.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned (First appearance)
Notes and references
- James Sterling's Quest Log
- The artwork of Sterling's ship, showing the flag.