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.
SpreadNo matter how they feel about the story or its hero, you would be hard-pressed to find any person in Losiné who has never heard of Roshan. To have not heard of Roshan would be like never hearing of Ylais, or Kysro, so much has their story persisted in the popular consciousness.
The story of Roshan is well known in Losiné, particularly in their native Kao Islands. However, outside of Losiné, their story is not particularly well known or popular, often substituted for more culturally relevant rebels.
Variations & MutationFor a time, Divinice tried desperately to control the narrative surrounding Roshan, and in the attempt to exaggerate was ironically more accurate to their real life escapades.
Originally, the sole myth surrounding Roshan was that of their final stand, which had first originated from a captain's report of the event. As the story spread and found a home amongst rebellious individuals, Eloise III sought to quash the narrative by dredging up past transgressions of theirs, thus turning Roshan into a common criminal to be reviled. However, whoever was tasked with finding these events chose poorly or exaggerated the wrong details, and this new information simply fuelled the narrative of Roshan as a revolutionary attacking the Empress in whatever way they could.
With the benefit of time, and the embedding of Roshan into the popular consciousness, alterations were made. As the Kao Islands became far friendlier with Divinice, particularly due to the work of Empress Tsisia I (reign 1131-1139) and Empress Dara I (reign 1175-1205), Roshan began to be framed as less a revolutionary, and more as a misled soul, who could have done great things had they not been led to a life of piracy.
In many of the southern Losiné regions, such as Tsuliya and Stolisia, Roshan remained a revolutionary who exemplified the values they would need to gain independence, and during their wars for independence, Roshan's name was regularly invoked.
Many small acts of rebellion, particularly in Tsuliya, were attributed to Roshan regardless of historical accuracy, and it is also in Tsuliya where the idea of Roshan's escape from their final stand comes up. This alteration used to be common in Stolisia as well, but has since been removed after the Bombing of Kysra and the death of Kaisa, their first president.
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