, better known as Blackbeard, was a notorious Englishpirate who operated in the West Indies throughout the 18th century. With a name uttered in terror by all who sail the sea, or any unfortunate enough to encounter him on dry land, Blackbeard was known to be the blackest soul and the darkest heart of any pirate who ever lived, striking fear into the bravest of sailors. Blackbeard's many exploits became the stuff of various myths and legends of pirate lore, including the legend of being killed and beheaded by Royal Marines during the battle of Ocracoke Inlet in 1718.
His best known vessel was his flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, a fearsome frigate festooned with the bones of his victims and spits Greek fire from its bow to incinerate enemy ships or the occasional crew member fallen out of favor. Blackbeard was known to be incredibly cruel to his own crew, more so than the people he held captive, occasionally murdered men just so they could remember who he was. He resurrected some of the men he killed into obedient zombie officers. Blackbeard also had supernatural powers, having dabbled in the Black Arts and wielded a sword embedded with one of the three sapphires of Triton, which he used to control ships. In his later life, Blackbeard lived under the shadow of a prophesieddeath in the hands of a one-legged man, predicted by his zombie quartermaster. His only hope was to find the restorative waters of the fabled Fountain of Youth.
"I say, to hell with the Cutler Becketts of this world, and to hell with their so-called ‘legal’ ways of doing business. Once a pirate, always a pirate. I know that now, and I swear from now on, it's the pirate life for me!"