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03-27-2013, 01:47 AM
We still don't know who will be our nemesis and final assasination target in the game, but I'm gonna bet for Woodes Rogers. Considering his position, how much he hated pirates and how he was responsible for ending the golden age of piracy, it's more than likely. If you don't know anything about him, check this out (seriously, is worth reading) ;)

Woodes Rogers, the man who developed the crown’s response to the great piracy outbreak, was born in Poole, Dorset, England in 1679, the son of an aspiring merchant. His father built a successful long-distance shipping concern, trading for fish in Newfoundland and, later, slaves in West Africa, and made a number of influential friends in the process, including Sir William Whetstone, a royal navy admiral who commanded the West India fleet during the War of Spanish Succession. Young Woodes married Whetstone’s daughter, Sarah, in 1704, elevating the Rogers to the highest circles of West Country society. When his father died at sea in 1705, Woodes took control of the family’s affairs.

Bristol merchants suffered tremendous losses during the War of Spanish Succession, and Rogerswas no exception. In 1708 his 130-ton slave ship, Whetstone Galley, was captured by French privateers en route to Africa. Partly in response to this loss, Rogers lobbied his fellow merchants to fund an ambitious privateering mission to raid Spanish shipping in the Pacific Ocean. His father’s friend, the circumnavigator and onetime buccaneer William Dampier, suggested it might be possible to capture one of Spain’s fortress-like Manila treasure galleons.

Intrigued by this possibility, the merchants of Bristol underwrote the construction of two private warships, the Duke and the Dutchess, and placed them under Rogers command. His 1708-11 expedition circumnavigated the globe, captured a small Manila ship, rescued the castaway Alexander Selkirk (the inspiration for Robinson Crusoe), traded slaves, and made Rogers a household name across the British Isles. It also brought hardship: Rogers brother died in combat; Rogers himself took a musketball in the face during the capture of the treasure ship and, on returning to England, was bankrupted by a protracted law suit brought against him by the East India Company. His infant son died shortly thereafter and, in the aftermath, his marriage became undone. Rogers through himself into his work, becoming interested in the activities and possible suppression of the pirates of Madagascar, made famous by the exploits of Henry Avery. He groveled before his enemies at the East India Company, and received their permission to carry slaves from Madagascar to the EIC base on the island of Sumatra (now part of Indonesia). As detailed in The Republic of Pirates (http://www.republicofpirates.net/AboutBook.html), Rogers’ encounters with fugitive pirates led him to develop the outlines of a strategy to defeat them – a combination of carrot (a royal pardon to those who would surrender) and stick (a robust military action against those who would not.) He would wind up executing this plan not in Madagascar, but in the Bahamas.

He used his contacts to lobby for and, eventually, receive a royal commission to act as Governor of the Bahamas, so long as he would liberate them from pirate control. King George put key elements of Rogers Madagascar strategy into practice, offering a pardon to divide the pirates, and supplying Rogers with a naval escort to conquer those who remained. Rogers’ fleet – which included a private mercenary force and a shipload of colonists – arrived at Nassau in July 1718 and, after a confrontation with CharlesVane (http://www.republicofpirates.net/Vane.html), took control of the island. While he won the assistance of several leading pirates, including Benjamin Hornigold (Blackbeard’s mentor), Rogers’ hold on power was tenuous. The Republic ofPirates (http://www.republicofpirates.net/AboutBook.html) describes the harrowing challenges he faced: disease, defection, the destruction of commerce by Vane (http://www.republicofpirates.net/Vane.html)’s gang, and the constant threat of invasion from Spain from December 1718.

Rogers’ strategy was ultimately successful, ending the pirate republic and dispersing the remaining pirate gangs across the world, where most of them were picked off, one by one. Nonetheless, he was relieved of his governorship (http://republicofpirates.net/blog/2008/01/was_pirate_hunter_woodes_roger.html) in 1722 and wound up in debtor’s prison for personal loans he took out to protect the colony from invasion. His reputation was restored following the publication of A General History of the Pyrates (1724), ultimately resulting in compensation from the crown and, in 1728, his restoration to the governorship of the Bahamas. He died in Nassau on July 15, 1732.

What do you guys think?

03-27-2013, 02:08 AM
Since he died so late (by 1732 Edward was back in England raising Haytham) I doubt it. It would be unsatisfying to have a nemesis who you don't actually get to assassinate. In fact, there's a slim chance he may end up being an ally; if Edward gets more and more involved in the Assassin cause (which is the exact opposite of what I think is going to happen, but hear me out) and most of his pirate friends including Blackbeard and Calico Jack are dead, he may become disillusioned with the pirate lifestyle and endorse Rogers' cleaning-up of the Caribbean.

My money's on Ned Low for the main nemesis.

03-27-2013, 02:23 AM
The only way I could see this happening is if we had a short scene with Edward in England living his life pretty chill post-game and then he gets info on Rogers again.

But I'm starting to think, what if they make him an Assassin? That would be also a good way to keep Nassau as a safe area. And it could become similar to Masyaf in the sense that it'd be a safe area and Edward would be accepted, but there'd be repercussions for your transgressions in the area. It would be interesting.

03-27-2013, 02:24 AM
So you are saying he will become a pirate hunter? That would be... unexpected, but interesting nonetheless. And why Ned Low?

03-27-2013, 03:22 AM
And why Ned Low?

Because he died around the time the game ends (under mysterious circumstances no less), and he was a famously brutish, evil bastard. Even if he's not the "main" bad guy, I definitely think Edward is going to kill him.

03-27-2013, 03:59 PM
Now that I think about it, that idea is pretty cool. You start as a privateer, then you become a pirate and you end up as a pirate hunter. The nemesis could also be Blackbeard. He starts as you friend, and then you have to kill him while working for Britain.

03-27-2013, 06:41 PM
Now that I think about it, that idea is pretty cool. You start as a privateer, then you become a pirate and you end up as a pirate hunter. The nemesis could also be Blackbeard. He starts as you friend, and then you have to kill him while working for Britain.

I remember an interview by loomer where lead writter said Edward will be doubting about what's better (assassins and templars) so it won't be that straight.

Plus, the final assassination must be a templar, and i doubt blackbeard is a templar, i mean, pirate style ain't anything to do with controlling mankind xD

03-27-2013, 07:17 PM
It would be some major privateer ...I tell you it will.