Pirate quest

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The Pirate quest sees you traveling from the pirate stronghold of Tortuga to Shipwreck Island to retrieve the Treasury of Proteus from Blackbeard's Ghost. For more information on the quest branch in general, see the quest article.

Home level Tortuga
Locate level Shipwreck Island Shoreline
Goal level Shipwreck Island Caldera
Leader Mayor Cummerbund
Guardians pirate brothers
Nemesis Blackbeard's Ghost
Quest Artifact The Treasury of Proteus

Levels

Random monsters on this Quest are generated with the following frequencies:

  • 96/175 (55%) skeletal pirate
  • 24/175 (14%) random r
  • 24/175 (14%) soldier
  • 6/175 (3%) random E
  • 1/7 (14%) normal random monster

Tortuga


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The two-way magic portal back to the Dungeons of Doom is located at a random point amongst the houses of the pirate settlement on the left hand side of the map. Mayor Cummerbund is hiding in the caves at the center of the island. There are six of your pirate brethren in the pirate town and two more in the central caves. The downstair is located in the center of the Yendorian army fort at on the right-hand side of the map. The ocean is free of sea monsters, but there are twelve skeletal pirates and three ghosts attacking the pirate town and nine soldiers and one sergeant occupying the fortress.

There is a potion shop, two weapon shops, and a tool shop on the south side of the island, along with a brothel containing one succubus and one incubus.

The entire level is no-teleport and has undiggable walls and floor.

Upper filler level

This is a water filled open level, with three skeletal pirates and one ghost, three soldiers, 4 parrots, and 2 monkeys.

Shipwreck Island Shoreline


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The upstair is located on the far left edge of the map, while the downstair is located somewhere in the caves on the right hand side.

There are six sharks in the water surrounding the island, as well as 15 random items and nine scimitars. The shoreline is held by eight skeletal pirates and one ghost. There are five random items scattered around the beach as well. Three ghosts, one damned pirate, and eleven skeletal pirates occupy the caverns around the downstairs.

The wrecked ship in the center of the map contains the hidden passage connecting the caverns with the shore of the island, and is occupied by nine soldiers, a lieutenant, and a captain named "Captain Ketch."

Lower filler level

This is a dark cavern level, with seven traps, seven random items, three ghosts, one damned pirate and eleven skeletal pirates, and one lost sergeant.

Shipwreck Island Caldera


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Blackbeard's Ghost is located at the center of the map, on a pile of loot containing the Treasury of Proteus, many piles of gold and gems, five scimitars, six random weapons, six random tools, and five chests. In addition to the passages shown on the map above, there is a network of random passages winding through the rock. The caldera is guarded by 15 human zombies, two random zombies, eight wraiths, one random wraithlike monster, 3 damned pirates, and nine skeletal pirates.

Messages

Transporter level

On descending to the level where the transporter is located:

Ye receive a faint telepathic message from Mayor Cummerbund:
Yer help be urgently needed at Tortuga!  Look for a ...ic transporter.
Ye couldn't quite make out that last message.

Entry

First time:

Ye breathe deeply of the sweet bouquet that is Tortuga. 
...It'll linger.
Rather than the chaotic din ye recall, a eerie silence greets yer 
lugs. In the distance, ye hear soldiers on patrol. Seems yer pirate
brethren be in need of yer assistance!

Next time:

Once again, you breathe the bouquet that is Tortuga.

If already rejected twice due to bad alignment:

Ye are back on Tortuga
Ye fear that soon the brethren of the coast will have to abandon 
Tortuga.

Quest guardians

If #chatting before the quest is complete:

"The soldiers o' Yendor attacked Tortuga and destroyed Mayor Cummerbund's home!"
"These Yendorans 'ave disturbed the dead that lay in Davy Jones's
Locker!"
"Ol' Mayor Cummerbund once sailed with the Dread Pirate Roberts, or so they say."
"Blackbeard's Ghost has risen and scattered the soldiers sent to Shipwreck Island.
Now the dead attack Tortuga as well!"
"Captain Ketch led the attack and sank many o' our ships. Now Ketch be
trapped on Shipwreck Island." 

If #chatting after the quest is complete:

"Have ye found much booty in the Dungeons o' Doom?"
"Did ye send Ketch to feed the fishes?"
"Arrrr!"
"Ol' Mayor Cummerbund once sailed with the Dread Pirate Roberts, or so they say."
"Be there comely lasses in the Dungeons o' Doom?"

Quest leader

When you first meet your quest leader:

"So, <playername>. Ye have returned to yer brethren. We 'ave need of a canny 
<daughter/son> of the coast to show these Yendorans to the plank.
"Let me be see'n if you BE that <daughter/son>."

When you return, having been rejected due to lack of experience:

"Ye try me patience, <playername>.
I hope that this time ye be ready."

This message is not currently used:

"I hope for yer sake ye are prepared at last."

When you are expelled from the quest for having failed the alignment test seven times:

"Me mercy is at an end, <playername>. Leave Tortuga and never return."

When being rejected due to lack of experience:

"Ye be still too weak.  Return a proven Second Mate. Perhaps then
ye will be ready.
"Go now, and follow <deity> to glory and riches."

When being rejected due to having worse than pious alignment:

"Ye must follow <deity> through <alignment> waters to reach Shipwreck Island.
"As ye be now ye would never make it. Do not return to Tortuga
until ye be wise in the ways o' <deity>."

When finally assigned the quest:

"I always knew ye had greatness in ye, <daughter/son>. As a pirate brother, perhaps ye may
succeed where I once failed.
"In my youth, I sailed with the immortal Dread Pirate, Roberts. In our
adventures, we came to oppose Blackbeard, then mightiest of the servants 
of the Devil, in his quest for the Treasury of Proteus.
"Our final duel took place at the center of Shipwreck Island. Roberts, 
himself a mighty follower of <deity>, bested Blackbeard 
at swordplay, sending him tumbling into the caldera. But Blackbeard 
was able to place a mighty curse on the Treasury of Proteus, and I was 
unable to stop it plunging into the caldera to join him.
"Now these Yendorans have come to claim what I lost, and in my age
I be unable to stop them. So it falls to ye, my <daughter/son>. Drive these
soldiers from Tortuga, then sail to Shipwreck Island, destroy Blackbeard's Ghost 
once and fer all, and claim the Treasury of Proteus, in yer own name!"

Encouragement

If you subsequently chat to your quest leader, you are encouraged:

"Do not be shaken by the fearsome form of Blackbeard's Ghost."
"To enter Shipwreck Island you must find a hidden fissure in the rocks."
"Oh, an' Captain Ketch owes me for a new house!"
"Captain Ketch sailed to Shipwreck Island, but the ship was lost on the
rocks an' Ketch doesn't know the way into the caves."
"If ye do not destroy Blackbeard's Ghost, he will follow you back here!"
"Sharks swim in the waters around Shipwreck Island."
"It be pitch black in Shipwreck Island!"
"There be much treasure lost in the waves around Shipwreck Island."
"Only the <alignment> can reach Shipwreck Island."
"Trust <deity> in yer hour of need."

Locate and goal levels

When first entering the locate level:

Ye have reached the treacherous waters around Shipwreck Island at last
The ghostly minions of Blackbeard's Ghost are everywhere around you.

When returning:

Ye know that this time you must find and destroy Blackbeard's Ghost.

When first entering the goal level:

Ye sense the presence of the Treasury of Proteus at the heart of Shipwreck Island.

When returning:

Ye know that soon ye shall claim the Treasury of Proteus for yer own.

Quest nemesis

When first encountering the quest nemesis:

"So, <playername>, Mayor Cummerbund thinks that ye can claim the Treasury of Proteus,
when even he could not?!
"He must be senile to send a <rankname> to destroy me, when even in his prime
he failed at the same task! No, it is your soul that shall go to <deity>."

Upon further meetings:

"I have been toying with ye, <playername>. This time I will kill ye."

And on the 4th and subsequent meetings:

"Flee now, <playername>. A Pirate cannot destroy Blackbeard's Ghost.
"If ye do not flee, I will inflict so much suffering on ye that
Mayor Cummerbund will feel guilty for ever having sent his <daughter/son> to me!"

When you have the Treasury of Proteus, but Blackbeard's Ghost has not been destroyed:

"Return the Treasury of Proteus to me, or I shall visit torments on ye even
Judas knows naught of.

Discouragement

Blackbeard's Ghost will occasionally utter maledictions:

"I defeated death, even Mayor Cummerbund couldn't destroy me at his best.
What hope have ye, <playername>."
"I am the mightiest follower of the Devil the world 
has ever known! Your weak devotion to <deity>
will not save ye."
"Beg for mercy now, and I will only kill ye."
"Abandon your <alignment> ways! Slink off and never face me again!"
"Vengeance will be mine, <playername>. I will make Mayor Cummerbund pay,
for what he did to me!"
"The Brethren of the Coast are finished. Now I rule the seas!"
"With the Treasury of Proteus I control all the treasures of the sea!"
"I will never die!"
"Are ye truly the greatest pirate Tortuga has left?
It will share your fate!"
"Die in vain, <playername>! I will send Mayor Cummerbund to join ye!"

Victory

When picking up your quest artifact:

As ye pick up the Treasury of Proteus, ye feel a great
weight has been lifted from your shoulders.  Your only thoughts are
to quickly return to Tortuga and find Mayor Cummerbund.

When destroying the nemesis:

A great crack opens below Blackbeard's Ghost, and a huge, flaming hand 
reaches out to seize his wispy form. He curses ye:
 NO! I won't die here, <playername>! It is ye who's [sic] soul will feed 
 the Devil! I am king of all the oceans, I cannot be killed!
 I will haunt ye until <deity> betrays ye!

When returning to your quest leader:

As Mayor Cummerbund senses the Treasury of Proteus, the lines on his face harden
into what may be his version of a smile.
 Ye have claimed the Treasury of Proteus.  Ye hold in
 yer hands all the treasures of the sea.  Ye may well be
 the next Dread Pirate, greater even than Roberts. My 
 <daughter/son>, ye should seek a treasure greater than any pirate
 has ever sought before: the Amulet of Yendor.
 The great Wizard, who lives in Yendor, knows that ye 
 can claim this prize. It was he who sent the soldiers here.
 Return to the Dungeons of Doom, and claim yer destiny!

When subsequently throwing the Treasury of Proteus to Mayor Cummerbund:

"The Treasury of Proteus is yers.  Yer destiny awaits through the portal that 
brought ye here."

Post-Quest

When talking to Mayor Cummerbund after the quest:

"Tell me of yer adventures in yer quest for the Amulet of Yendor."

When talking to Mayor Cummerbund after getting the Amulet:

"Ye have claimed the Amulet of Yendor! Truly ye were destined to be
the greatest <daughter/son> of the Breathren of the Coast!
"Now ye must travel to the astral sea, and offer the Amulet on the
High Altar of <deity>!"

Usage in variants

The Pirate quest also appears in Slash'EM Extended, which has incorporated the Pirate patch. In this variant, all the watery quest levels have some giant eels and kraken in addition to the other pre-placed monsters.

References

Chris's Pirate Patch