Roshan the Pirate
And Roshan stood atop the fragile remains of their boat and stared defiantly at their would-be captors. The whizzing of cannon fire drew to a halt as the foolish Empress realised her error.
With a bitter laugh, Roshan stepped off their own plank, plunging into the salty western seas. One of the Empress' sailors dove into the water, but would return with a shake of the head. They were gone, the sailor said. Them, and all their stolen goods.
Roshan Chey was a Kaoese oraci pirate who existed during the reign of Empress Eloise III, 4th Empress of Divinice. They live on through a variety of pirate legends, many of which describe them as the most fearsome and persistent of Eloise's opponents during the conquest of the Kao Islands, and who famously drowned rather than be captured.
The hold of her ship was full of gold and jewels. Roshan eyed it quickly, surveyed the value, and then squatted in a corner to scrutinise a pillar. "There are minor issues all around." They reported to their escort. "It'll be a simple fix - I have all the materials on hand. No problem would have arisen from it, but our Radiance deserves only the finest sailing."
Their escort nodded. "Of course. I will leave you to your work - just say the word when the ship is ready to be lowered."
And with that, Roshan had free reign. And so, with a gleam in their eye, they began to slowly gather Eloise's jewels in their shipwright's bag. Traditional carvings, items stolen from their homeland, the finest spoils of conquest, all were now Roshan's. And with a deft hand, they produced their saw.
Multiple stories about Roshan exist, mainly revolving around their various escapades and thrilling thefts of Eloise's riches. Prominent amongst them is the tale of how Roshan pretended to be a shipwright, snuck aboard Eloise's ship for repairs, and sabotaged the boat before fleeing with Eloise's riches.
By far the most famous tale of Roshan is their final stand. Having been on the run for multiple years for theft, Roshan and their ship, The Bright Night, were discovered at a Kaoese port. Roshan quickly fled port, with the Empress herself in hot pursuit. Out in the open sea, Roshan was surrounded by many Divinitian ships, and an attempt at an evasive manoeuvre resulted in the ship being badly damaged and taking in water. As their crew began to bail, Roshan stood on the deck of the ship and calmly extended the ships plank. Before a Divinitian ship could draw close enough to leap aboard, Roshan laughed and jumped off the plank, sinking into the depths. Efforts by Eloise to recover them or their body were unsuccessful.
Roshan Chey had already long been a prolific thief on land. What records remain tell of a persistent criminal, an eternal troublemaker, hungry for the power and spotlight that wrong-doing would bring them. The opposite of that romanticised image of righteous crime which has become their legacy.
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