Saynué's scourge

The pirates overlord, a legend that fills sailors' hearts with dread.

Qualifications

No further qualification than being a pirate is required to acquire the title, although a pirate has to gain the respect of the community to have a shot at the title.

Requirements

To have a shot at challenging the title, one must be a pirate and have completed some significant deed, i.e. capturing an important ship from a national marine, kidnapping the daughter of a noble, recovering some important artifact, hoarding a incredible treasure. Once their name starts to be an inspiration for every pirate, they can choose to challenge the pirate who holds the title.

Appointment

Once the challenge is casted, the title holder decides the terms on which he wants to be challenged, more commonly a duel with pistols or blades, occasionally something less lethal has a boxing match, but sometimes could be a less bloody challenge such as a card or dice game. The challenge can be to death or other rules can be placed to avoid unnecessary bloodshed. Once the new Scourge is raised, can still decide to send his predecessor to walk the plank.

Duties

There are actually no specific duties associated with the rank, but to avoid prompt challenges a Scourge should keep morals high with raids and plunder. Some scourges of the past have been sensible administrators, some other have squandered their treasure in whores and gambling, without necessarily losing the respect of their subjects.

Benefits

The benefit obtained from the title are deeply influenced by the respect the subjects have for their leader, weak scourges can still claim a higher portion of the captures, but will hardly able to impose more. Some influencial can impose fees and, even, obtain the right of life and death.

Accoutrements & Equipment

The only significant piece of equipment that gets passed over, where possible, from a scourge to the successor is a Jolly roger flag with a skull surmounting to cross rapiers, on a black field with red trigonal tassels.

Grounds for Removal/Dismissal

The title is removed once the present Scourge gets defeated in a duel. Occasionally the present scourge may get captured by the a national marine, in this cases the title is lost and a struggle for succession will arise. If the present Scourge gets killed in battle, usually his successor will be elected by popular acclaim, if the holder is prisoner something that may win the title for a daring pirate is a dangerous rescue mission of the previous Scourge before he faces justice, usually rapidly after capture.

Type
Professional
Form of Address

Captain or occasionally Admiral

Equates to

The rank is slightly superior to admiral, but inferior to a king.

Source of Authority

Fear and respect

Length of Term

Lifetime, unless challenged

Related Locations

Cover image: by Matthew Z

Comments

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21 Jul, 2021 18:35

Oh dang, this sounds...interesting. I don't think i would be a good candidate for a scourge but it sounds very cool. Great article :)

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Luca Poddighe
21 Jul, 2021 19:19

I love pirates, I would give them a space in whatever setting I write! I have grown up reading Treasure Island, Salgari's book (an Italian writer that wrote a cycle of novel about pirates from Malaysia) and Captain Harlock. I am pirate's addicted.

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21 Jul, 2021 18:44

Oh wow! This is really cool. Pirates are bloodthirsty, and this is a very good showcase of that! The fact that even if they don't duel, the next Scourge can still have the previous Scourge walk the plank is so brutal. :O Great work!

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Luca Poddighe
21 Jul, 2021 19:21

I wish to extend and flesh out the area a bit more... Only time during Summer camp is limited and if I don't keep focused I don't managed to earn my badge. I am a badge hoarder... Better if it's diamond :-D

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21 Jul, 2021 19:59

That's fair! Diamond is nice and shiny, from what I've seen. :D

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