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The War of Jolly Roger was the attempt of the leader of the undead skeleton army, Jolly Roger, to take revenge on Captain Jack Sparrow, as well as conquer the Caribbean. Though they were not alone, as Lord Cutler Beckett's forces, mainly the Black Guard, took part in the fight against many pirates.
Raising an army
- "Jolly Roger won't stop his fight for the Caribbean until he's done... FOR GOOD!"
- ―Citizens to pirates, regarding Jolly Roger's invasions.
After he was made undead by Ammo Dorsi, Jolly Roger began to use his dark powers to raise sunken pirate and privateer ships (lost by the Spanish and the French during the War of Garcia and Pierre) from the sea floor to create a huge fleet, which he was intending to use to spread his power over all Caribbean. He became a scourge of the Caribbean, attacking countless ships and ports. The British Royal Navy wasn't able to capture him, and Weatherby Swann, the British governor of Port Royal, was forced to put a reward of 1,000 doubloons on his head, and heads of all his undead officers and crewmembers. But that didn't help much. An alliance was developed between him and the East India Trading Company, from which both sides would provide mutual support. He provided them magical immunity, and they, handed land access to him.
- "This will be the pirates' funeral fire!"
- ―Jolly Roger during the battle
Jolly Roger's armies kept growing, and he vowed to take complete control of the Caribbean. He used all his powers, made new alliances, and attempted to find Ancient and Dark weapons. Pirates, citizens, Naval soldiers all could not escape his wrath. The East India Trading Company, as part of their predecided alliance, allowed the undead forces to enter the ports, to ward off roving buccaneers.
When Roger felt that his his army was strong enough, he prepared to launch an invasion on Port Royal, the seat of the British power in the central Caribbean. Some powerful voodoo relics buried around Port Royal prevented him to do that earlier, but that changed when a number of unsuspecting pirates, swayed by a desire for easy gold, delivered the relics into the hands of Roger's more-or-less human servants - the Casa de Muertos. With the relics gone, Jolly Roger invaded Port Royal. His main target during the attack was the Governor's mansion, because he believed that if he destroyed it, all resistance would crumble. In truth however, Jolly Roger was looking for a powerful item that was hidden under the mansion. But thanks to united forces of the buccaneers and the citizens of Port Royal, Roger's attack was repelled.
- "Let's take Tortuga ye dogs!... And do not let Jack Sparrow get away, savvy? Go, go, GO!!!"
- ―Jolly Roger to his undead army
For his next attack, Jolly Roger chose Tortuga, the infamous pirate island north of Hispaniola. This time, his main target was Jack Sparrow. He made an alliance with Lord Cutler Beckett, the head of the East India Trading Company. They both had a common goal; to rid the world of Jack Sparrow. He assumed that once Jack Sparrow was defeated, the pirates would abandon the Caribbean islands for safer waters. But Jolly's plans were again disrupted when his army didn't manage to capture Tortuga.
Padres Del Fuego
Following two shameful defeats, Jolly Roger decided to change his strategy. With the help of Beckett's men, Jolly Roger invaded Padres Del Fuego, an island where the Spanish Conquistador Humberto Diaz "El Patron" left a mythical treasure trove of weapons. But when Roger discovered that the weapons weren't on the island, he gave up the attack. Though the direct attack was abandoned, he developed a second strategy: he sent his crew, the Casa de Muertos, to once again manipulate the pirates into delivering information on the weapons. At the same time, they ordered the pirates to secretly double-cross the Navy. Prior to these small incidents of betrayal, the Casa pubicly came with the EITC leader, Captain Ellison Shaw, in an open show of their alliance. But the cracks in their alliance were soon to widen.
- "The Undead invasions will end only when Jolly's defeated...permanently!"
- ―Unnamed townsfolk
When Cutler Beckett learned that the weapons of El Patron are hidden on a mysterious island called Raven's Cove, he double-crossed Roger and sent the Black Guard to find the weapons. Both Roger's and Beckett forces landed on Raven's Cove, and fought a bloody battle over the weapons. At the end of the fight, both sides retrieved some of the weapons, and Raven's Cove was in ruins.
After the battle of the Cove, Jolly Roger began committing more aggressions, such as starting a "rum blockade" to bring Captain Jack Sparrow out of his hiding. Sparrow quickly dispatched pirate crews to retrieve the Cursed Blades of El Patron, to vanquish Jolly for good.
The Queen Anne's Revenge
- "Invasions, Fleets, and now the Queen Anne's Revenge. 'Tis a time of great conflict in the Caribbean."
- ―Unnamed townsfolk
Out of nowhere, the Queen Anne's Revenge, a ship of the infamous pirate Blackbeard, suddenly appeared in the Caribbean, immediately began attacking passing pirate ships. Soon, the pirates discovered that the Queen Anne's Revenge is crewed by jumbees, the supernatural creatures similar to Jolly Roger's walking skeletons. This led to some pirates assuming that Jolly Roger has somehow gained control over Blackbeard's ship. The pirate theory was proved when they found a page from Jolly Roger's War Journal on Isla Tormenta. It was written in the journal that Blackbeard's first mate in charge of the ship, LaSchafe, was just a voodoo pawn in Roger's hands. For many months, the Queen Anne's Revenge sailed around wild islands like Isla Cangrejos, Isla Perdida, and Isla Tormenta, attacking ships of the Brethren Court. But, through unknown circumstances, Blackbeard managed to retake the Revenge.
Battle for Padres del Fuego
Some time after taking control of the Queen Anne's Revenge, Jolly Roger turned to other ways of exacting revenge on piracy. Returning to his pursuit of the weapons left behind by the Conquistadors, this search led him to Padres del Fuego, where a famed weapon was said to have been forgotten. Roger made it his goal to acquire this weapon, and to this purpose he launched the major third consecutive invasion of the volcanic island.
Though resistance is fierce and well-spirited, the skeletons inch their path every day towards victory.
Notes and references
- The events of Pirates of the Caribbean Online are unofficially set between the events of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. The timeline established in On Stranger Tides (which takes place in 1750) and Dead Men Tell No Tales (which takes place in 1751) sets the events of The Curse of the Black Pearl around 1728.
- Looking Back Over The Stern
- The Battle for Padres del Fuego in Peril