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Pirata Codex

During the meeting of the
Second Brethren Court[1]


Edward Teague


Code of the Pirate Brethren
Keeper of the Code
Brethren Court

First appearance

At World's End

Latest appearance


"That book is the Pirate's Code. Some of it goes way back."
Jack Sparrow to Esmeralda[src]

The Pirata Codex, commonly referred to as the Pirate's Code, Pirate Code or simply the Code, was a large book containing the entire Code of the Pirate Brethren set forth in the classic Age of Piracy by the Pirate Lords Morgan and Bartholomew. It was comprised of one thousand textured parchment pages.


"The Code."
"As set forth by Morgan and Bartholomew.
Pintel and Ragetti upon looking at the Pirata Codex.[src]

The book had embossed covers and weighed around eighty pounds.[2] It remained padlocked while not in use, with the key guarded by the Prison Dog. Captain Edward Teague served as the Keeper of the Code at Shipwreck Cove, and cited from the Codex during the fourth meeting of the Brethren Court. The Code was commonly passed on by word of mouth, so the Codex itself was rarely consulted.[3]

Captain Teague reads from the Code.

Notable articles[]

"Code is the law."
Edward Teague[src]

Articles of the Pirata Codex included:

  • The Right of Parley
  • Artycle II, Section I, Paragraph VIII (sharing of the spoils)
  • Artycle II, Section II, Paragraph I (whoever first spotted a treasure-laden ship could choose the best pistol for themselves)

The Codex also contained numerous rules and guidelines, including on how to maroon a man, useful rum-based recipies, and amendments for governing piracy in the South China Seas.[3] The Codex even provided guidelines on how marooning should be done.[4] There was also a passage which mentioned mythic weapons, like the Trident of Poseidon, and strictly forbid pirates possessing such weapons, because they were too powerful and too dangerous.[5] Trading among pirates was also regulated in the Codex, which said that any pirate could buy something and resell it at profit.[6] The Codex was also filled with most unusual instructions, like recipes for beer, how to attack a ship, or where to find the best brothel in Singapore.[7]

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