Edward Teach or Edward Thatch, better known as Blackbeard, was a Graylands pirate who operated around the West Razor seas and the eastern coast of the Arkhad. Little is known about his early life, but he may have been a sailor on privateer ships during Queen Anne's War before settling on the Huck island of Oakvale, a base for Captain Benjamin Hornigold, whose crew Teach joined around 1516 GR. Hornigold placed him in command of a sloop that he had captured, and the two engaged in many acts of piracy. Their numbers were boosted by the addition to their fleet of two more ships, one of which was commanded by Stede Bonnet; but Hornigold retired from piracy towards the end of 1517 GR, taking two vessels with him. Teach captured an Oakvalian merchant vessel, renamed her Queen Anne's Revenge, and equipped her with 40 guns. He became a renowned pirate, his nickname derived from his thick black beard and fearsome appearance; he was reported to have tied lit fuses (slow matches) under his hat to frighten his enemies. He formed an alliance of pirates and blockaded the port of Carver(greylands) , ransoming the port's inhabitants.Later when his ship was set ablaze by group of adventurers,specifically by Cedric Cliffmore,He parted company with Bonnet and settled in Oakvale, where he accepted a royal pardon. But he was soon back at sea. Teach is a shrewd and calculating leader who spurned the use of force, relying instead on his fearsome image to elicit the response that he desired from those whom he robbed. Contrary to the modern-day picture of the traditional tyrannical pirate, he commanded his vessels with the consent of their crews and there is no known account of his ever having harmed or murdered those whom he held captive. He was romanticized after his death and became the inspiration for an archetypal pirate in works of fiction across many genres. Many crews were led by this man to the glory and wealth,but even more ships were doomed to be raided by the crew of Queen Anna's Revenge,and the fleet under Black Beards flag.