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LordáDrakan
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Avast, m'hearties! Welcome aboard the HGS (His Gnomajesty's Ship) Looney Lore!

On this 'ere thread, I will discuss the relations between two important locations; the pirate islands and the Eastern Lands. Be they completely separate? I think not. I think that we, or our ships, may have been exactly where You-Know-Who has gone... Curious, lad? Read on!

NOTE: I haven't played Player-Owned Ports myself, so there will be no spoilers from the storyline. However, Quin and her plans as well as the location and nature of some islands will be mentioned, so those could be considered spoilers.


Thanks to Lore Goddess for helping me gather information and stuff!




Righty then, let's put forward my theory first...

The Cursed Archipelago is part of the Wushanko Isles, which, in turn, are an archipelago belonging to the Eastern Lands. Rabid Jack and his crew were resurrected as undead due to the power of the archipelago, or its inhabitants. Quin allied with him and has since begun fighting the pirates of Mos Le'Harmless.


Why, ask you? Let's analyse this!
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25-Aug-2013 08:29:28 - Last edited on 27-Feb-2016 11:15:58 by LordáDrakan

LordáDrakan
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The Isle of Bloodsplatter

According to Bill Teach, Bloodsplatter Isle lies directly south of Mos Le'Harmless. I cross-referenced where it could potentially be on the world map with the map of the Wushanko Isles - turns out the latter, too, "be cardinal south" from the pirate port! Bloodsplatter could, as such, very well be in the vicinity or even part of the Wushanko Isles.

Next, it is suspected that Bloodsplatter is, in fact, part of the Cursed Archipelago. The pirates are quite terrified to travel to these islands, with their dark magic, especially after the Battle of the Archipelago. During our last adventure with him, Bill seemed quite reluctant to travel to Bloodsplatter. Additionally, since we know Jack to operate from the Cursed Archipelago, it would make sense for Mi-Gor and Mechanical Murphy to have their barrelchest factory and zomboat armada on one of its islands. Oh, and its name quite fits something that would be in a "Cursed" Archipelago. :P Finally, Ralph says the archipelago contains many sea monsters, further supporting that it may be the Wushanko.

So, if Bloodsplatter is part of the Cursed Archipelago (and it seems to be), and if the isle lies somewhere in or around the Wushanko Isles (which is very likely, given Bill's description and the Wushanko's location on the map), we can logically conclude that the Cursed Archipelago is part of the Wushanko Isles. In fact, they may even be the same thing, for the pirates could've easily dismissed the entire Wushanko archipelago as a cursed and forsaken place.
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25-Aug-2013 08:29:39 - Last edited on 25-Aug-2013 09:16:51 by LordáDrakan

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The Return of Rabid Jack

So, at the end of the Battle of the Archipelago, after the demise of most of his fleet, including The Hangman and The Inebriated, Rabid Jack took his lunch box treasure chest and jumped off This Albatross, not to be seen in person again. Obviously, the victors thought him dead. However, he and his crew soon returned - as zombies. Given the location of the battle, this must've happened in the Cursed Archipelago and thus, if what I just said is true, the Wushanko Isles.

Many of the Wushanko Isles are, er, "funny" in terms of magic and stuff. Some are simply mysterious, like The Hole in the World. For all we know, someone found Jack's dead body, threw him into the hole (as is, apparently, protocol) and he returned as zombie. So, there are lots of islands like that, along with many magicky types who would have the power to do resurrection stuff. Quin, for one, who has an Elder Artefact! (see next section)

But wait! What about the Underwater City? Well, we only recently found out it has something to do with Jack. Frankly, we know too little about it to say something. Perhaps he was resurrected in the Wushanko Isles (which would be the Cursed Archipelago) and now uses the Underwater City as his HQ?
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25-Aug-2013 08:29:49 - Last edited on 25-Aug-2013 08:33:57 by LordáDrakan

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Involvement with Quin

In summary, Quin is a seasinger (whatever that may be :P) from the Wushanko Isles, who gained possession of the Elder Artefact that is the horn (I like to call it the Horn of Prime because I have a theory putting it as the item Brassica attained godhood with - anyway...). She used this horn in 149 of the Fifth Age to gain control of the sea monsters around the Wushanko. And THIS is where it gets interesting.

D'ya recall the story of Gentleman Mallard? He died defending his ship from a terrible kraken-esque sea monster called the Leviathan. Apparently, both were slain, for a few days later, ten feet of tentacles with Mallard's rapier sticking out of them washed ashore on Mos Le'Harmless. Given that the Battle of the Archipelago (which took place before Mallard's demise) must have taken place very recently (since its participants have not aged visibly since, aside from, for some reason, Young Ralph (though, Hector and Mallard had the time to die so I'd place the battle in the early 160s/late 150s)), it's very possible that Quin had formed an alliance with Jack and sent the Leviathan to kill the members of the Pirate Council - in this case Gentleman Mallard.

But wait! What if the Leviathan was just some random squid who needed attention due to daddy issues and just happened to be in the vicinity, and had nothing to do with Quin? Well, the latter is possible, but he was almost definitely native to the area. Remember when our assassin's zombie head attempted to get us killed by having us sail a dangerous route to Bloodsplatter (instead of going directly south)? He'd have us sail past the Lair of the Many-Tentacled Beast of Unpleasant Encounters. This beast is probably not the Leviathan that killed Mallard, because it most likely died along with Mallard (given the tentacles that washed ashore) and Bill's fear suggested this beast is still alive.
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25-Aug-2013 08:29:59 - Last edited on 25-Aug-2013 08:33:38 by LordáDrakan

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BUT WAIT!! Octopodes can regenerate their tentacles after injury! Perhaps the Leviathan that killed Mallard was large enough to be able to miss ten feet of tentacles and grow them back? It could also have died, but, even then, there is nothing that says it was unique. Who knows, this Leviathan was one of many, or there are similar beasts that are bane to pirates. And Quin could be controlling them all...


Why would Quin help Jack though? I know not. Perhaps they made a deal - Jack conquers the pirate lands with her help and Quin gets to extend her territory northwards? Eh...
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25-Aug-2013 08:30:11 - Last edited on 25-Aug-2013 08:33:46 by LordáDrakan

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Yon Conclusion

So then, it seems quite likely that we'll see the Wushanko Isles involved in the pirates series soon - we know there are at least two more quests to come and one of them is going to feature Ape Atoll, so the other one(s) might be this! The Cursed Archipelago could be (part of) the Wushanko Isles and they could very well be where Jack was resurrected, if ever he died at all. And if what I theorised is correct and he has formed an alliance with Quin, then a barrelchest smashing your house to pieces may very well be the least of your worries...
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25-Aug-2013 08:30:20

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