History[edit | edit source]
Mallard as a Merchant[edit | edit source]
Mallard was born to a wealthy merchant family that had established itself well in the Eastern Sea. Mallard's family, already famous for shipping goods across the sea to neighbouring islands and kingdoms, taught him the art of trade and sailing.
As Mallard aged, though, his family gained powerful enemies that sought to end his monopoly. These enemies infiltrated his family's organisation, sinking their ships one by one and buying out or secretly killing any business partners they had. Mallard's family was amongst those victims, and without them the company crumbled and fell.
Now broke, alone, and filled with a lust for revenge, Mallard took to the seas, leading his one remaining ship as a privateer captain.
Early Days as a Pirate[edit | edit source]
Gentleman Mallard, now a struggling privateer, began to lust for the destruction of the traitors who had killed his family and destroyed his life. Mallard became an expert fencer, learning to wield a rapier with unrivalled skill and accuracy.
Mallard's crew and power grew as he hunted down and eliminated his traitors. Despite his thirst for revenge, Mallard earned a reputation for his generosity and kindness, fighting only those that had betrayed him and those cruel pirates who wandered the sea. Mallard was known for being fair to his men and generous with his loot, paying his crew well and donating to various charities.
Mallard would gain legendary status when he donated a massive sum of money to Mos Le'Harmless, which had begun to suffer a widespread disease that threatened to wipe out human life in the Eastern Sea entirely. This money was used to buy enough medicine to cure the island's entire populace.
The Battle of Mos Le'Harmless[edit | edit source]
In the recent Fifth Age, the pirate Rabid Jack betrayed his brethren on Mos Le'Harmless and attacked the port, attempting to gain complete control over the flow of ships within the Eastern Sea. Launching an attack from his largest ship, The Scourge, Jack nearly gained the port, but was eventually repelled by Mallard and the rest of the island's pirate inhabitants.
Jack, renaming his ship "This Albatross" as he fled, vowed he would gain his revenge. Sailing to the Cursed Archipelago in the far southern reaches of the sea, Jack began to rally a massive fleet of ships, with which he attacked any vessel he could find. This angered the Customs and Exise Office, who began a massive anti-pirating campaign that threatened the very survival of most pirates.
Realising they could not survive the constant attacks of the Customs Office and Jack's fleet, the inhabitants of Mos Le'Harmless rallied behind the well-established Gentleman Mallard, who led them to the Cursed Archipelago to eliminate Jack once and for all.
The Battle of the Archipelago[edit | edit source]
Despite his important role in the battle, Mallard is not known to have been present in the attack on This Albatross. The pirates that did manage to board Jack's ship, however, eventually managed to surround Jack, killing his bosun and most of his crew. Cap'n Izzy No-Beard, the first to reach Jack, stated that although Mallard would accept Jack's surrender, the rest of the captains would not, and that he would be executed along with his men. Rather than surrender, though, Jack hurled himself overboard, seemingly committing suicide.
After the battle ended, the pirates of Mos Le'Harmless performed a mass-execution of Jack's entire fleet. Finished, Mallard led them away from the archipelago, where few have since set foot. He would then resume his wandering piracy, although his legend only grew in the telling.
Death[edit | edit source]
After the Battle of the Archipelago, Mallard continued to hunt his drastically thinned enemies. His death would be quick and unexpected.
Mallard's ship, whilst in a deep stretch of water off the coast of Mos Le'Harmless, was beset by a massive sea monster resembling a kraken or giant squid, called the Leviathan. Despite his best efforts, Mallard was unable to protect his ship.
Even as the ships sunk, Gentleman Mallard remained behind, defending his surviving crew as they escaped on the ship's lifeboats. Mallard himself never boarded one, though, fighting the beast even as his crew began to distance themselves.
Mallard was last seen by his crew as he was dragged into the sea by the creature's tentacles, stabbing at them madly with his rapier. A week later, a massive tentacle was found washed up on the shore of Mos Le'Harmless, a rapier found embedded in it up to its hilt. It was taken ceremoniously by a pirate named Smith, who has since cared for it and told of his tale.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Gentleman Mallard is likely a reference to a Pirates of the Caribbean character, Gentleman Jocard.
References[edit | edit source]
- ^ Smith, RuneScape. "His family had been rich, shipping all sorts of goods up and down the coast."
- ^ Smith, RuneScape. "Then their rivals got together and had their ships sunk, one after the other, and his business partners were all either bought off or had...accidents."
- ^ Smith, RuneScape. "With no money and only one ship left, he took to the life of a pirate, but no brigand was he."
- ^ Smith, RuneScape. "He took only from those men that had brought about his downfall, was fair with his men, and generous with his loot."
- ^ Smith, RuneScape. "Why, this island would have been wiped out by the shakes if he hadn't turned over his stash to buy medicine."
- ^ Young Ralph, "Rocking Out", RuneScape. "Back in the day, Rabid Jack were the captain of The Scourge. He were a black-hearted one and no mistake. He got greedy fer power and booty, and saught te take over Mos le'Harmless with his cronies. He brought his fleet te the port and laid it te siege, only te be repulsed."
- ^ Young Ralph, "Rocking Out", RuneScape. "In his rage he renamed his ship This Albatross, sayin' that it would be a curse upon us all. Then, he and his corsairs sailed the seas, reavin' and plunderin' and burnin' anythin' they couldn't carry. The Customs Office, who we had a bit of an accord with, turned against us and hunted us down like dogs, tarrin' us all with that swine's brush."
- ^ Young Ralph, "Rocking Out", RuneScape. "Young Ralph: So, we did the only thing we could do.
Player: You did what?
Young Ralph: We hunted down that mad dog and put him down, Player."
- ^ Cap'n Izzy No-Beard, "Rocking Out", RuneScape. "He's dead, ye butcher. Give it up! Mallard will take yer surrender, but I won't."
- ^ Young Ralph, "Rocking Out", RuneScape. "...we had te put the rest of his crew te the sword, and scuttle the ships."
- ^ Smith, RuneScape. "One day his ship was attacked by a huge sea creature that swept the decks of men with its tentacles."
- ^ Smith, RuneScape. "The crew took to the lifeboats, and the last they saw of him the gentleman was stabbin' at the thing as it hauled the ship under the water."
- ^ Smith, RuneScape. "A week later about ten foot of tentacle washed up on the beach, with his rapier embedded in it to the hilt. I took it, cleaned it up, and I've been lookin' after it ever since."