Duke Falrevere

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Duke Falrevere
Image of Duke Falrevere
Gender Male
Race Human
Class Warrior, Aristocrat, Buccaneer
Affiliation(s) Bloodsail Buccaneers
Former affiliation(s) Kul Tiras, Lordaeron
Occupation Ruler of the Bloodsail Buccaneers
Status Alive
Relative(s) Unnamed ex-wife,
Jessi (daughter),
Magrann (son)
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Duke Falrevere is the pirate lord of the Bloodsail Buccaneers. He holds court in Bloodsail Hold on Plunder Isle.[1] Jessi and Magrann Falrevere are his children and are also members of the Bloodsail. Falrevere's wife was left behind in Kul Tiras and none know her fate. Falrevere spends almost all his time aboard the Devil Shark, hunting Blackwater Raiders, and stops off in Bloodsail Hold only occasionally. He is distant, with few friends. Lester Zank and Jessi are the only people the duke allows into his confidence.[2]

Falrevere is tall and lanky, with black hair, long mustache, and a short beard. He wears a tri-corner black hat pulled low over his eyes. He is neither affable nor likable but keeps his people together. He prefers to give his commodores, fleet masters, and captains free reign, but when they "err", he responds with veiled threats and detailed explanations of what went wrong and what could have been done to make it right. Despite his threats, he is protective of the Bloodsail Buccaneers and each of its members, and only rarely does he execute pirates under his command — though he has no problems with individual captains engaging in such brutal justice.[2]

Biography

Duke Falrevere was originally a Lordaeronian noble.[1] Some years before the Third War, Falrevere had a grand estate in Kul Tiras. He was one of Admiral Daelin Proudmoore's greatest rivals on the island, and he boasted a dozen merchant ships and twice as many warships. Falrevere enjoyed sailing and was good at it; he often joined his men on the seas, patrolling for pirates and following his goods down the coast, breathing the sea air and seeing interesting sights. Falrevere was not particularly friendly or likable, but he kept his people fed and safe, and so they liked him.

Falrevere was a staunch believer in human supremacy, and he thought the other races — elves, dwarves and gnomes in addition to orcs and goblins and the others — would be the downfall of Kul Tiras and Lordaeron and even perhaps of the world. He advocated harsh measures against the other races, which made him unpopular but attracted people of his mindset.[3]

Third War

When the Third War began, Falrevere was at sea with one of his battleships. A gryphon rider found him and the small fleet with which he sailed. The dwarf told him of the war and begged him to come to the assistance of Drisburg, on the northern coast of Kul Tiras. Falerevere sneered at the dwarf but agreed, and put his sail to the wind. Upon sighting Drisburg, the duke saw the Scourge had landed a small army on the coast and laid siege to the town. The defenders fired catapults and a few cannons at their besiegers, but there was little they could do. Falrevere calculated and came to the conclusion that if he landed and fought the Scourge, Drisburg would have about a 50% chance of surviving the onslaught, but most of its people, and Falrevere's crew, would die. Many of Drisburg's citizens were gnome and dwarf immigrants from Khaz Modan and so, Falrevere's choice was clearer. He turned his ships around and bid goodbye to the doomed settlement. Many of his crewmembers railed against this action. Falrevere threw the loudest overboard.

Knowing he could never set foot in Kul Tiras again, Falrevere sailed to the mainland for news of the war. He learned that the invasion was in full swing. Lordaeron's north had become a blighted and twisted land, overrun with undead monstrosities. Falrevere thought this was due to humanity becoming friends with the elves and dwarves. Thus, Falrevere decided he would not be part of that land's folly anymore. He gathered his crew and announced that any sailor who wished to do so could disembark there and fight for Lordaeron. As for himself, he was going to reestablish his estate elsewhere; a tropical island in the South Seas, perhaps, where the Scourge could not reach them and he could choose his friends. Many of his soldiers left his ships and died on Lordaeron soil, but more joined him. A month later, Falrevere found Plunder Isle and began construction of his new fortress. Once a stalwart Lordaeron noble, Duke Falrevere became a professional pirate lord founding the Bloodsail Buccaneers pirate band.[3]

Piracy life

Five years on Plunder Isle did little to improve Falrevere's disposition, and he and every pirate under his banner seemed to bear a personal grudge against everyone they come across — especially non-humans. This grudge is particularly strong when it comes to the Blackwater Raiders. Falrevere despises them because the despicable trade princes provide the Raiders with gold, equipment and other support. Falrevere believes that humans rightfully deserve control of the seas. Tavern tales also say that the Blackwater Raiders are responsible for the death of Falrevere's son, Magrann, though the same tales mention that Falrevere was never fond of him.[3]

Duke Falrevere runs the Bloodsail Buccaneers and is usually sailing the seas on his flagship, the Devil Shark. Four commodores assist him, each of whom is in charge of about a dozen pirate ships while fleet masters command smaller groups of ships, captains command individual ships, and their first mates take over when they fall. Most of the Bloodsail elites are former members of Falrevere's estate — knights, reeves and the like who joined him in his exile, and about half the Buccaneers memberrs are remnants of Falrevere's original crew that betrayed Lordaeron and Kul Tiras for a life of piracy; the remaining members come from waterfront saloons and docks. As Falrevere has a reputation for treating his people reasonably well, new members are in ready supply — at least, they are enough to replace the buccaneers who fall on their missions.

When a commodore falls, Falrevere personally selects a replacement. He picks those he trusts; loyalty is more valuable than skill, for Falrevere knows what an odious bunch he commands and realizes the potential for mutiny and betrayal. However, his experience as a noble proves valuable in his new role, and while he has become a thoroughly unpleasant individual, he keeps his men and women well fed with food, plunder and blood, and so most are glad to have him at their head.

Wallace Boltscrew and Annetta Crank have crafted several submarines that could prove extremely dangerous and Falrevere is holding these vessels secretly beneath Bloodsail Hold for now, for fear of tipping his hand to the Blackwater Raiders before he is ready.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b Lands of Mystery, pg. 80
  2. ^ a b Lands of Mystery, pg. 181
  3. ^ a b c Lands of Mystery, pg. 179
  4. ^ Lands of Mystery, pg. 180 - 181