The Partner

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John Strum the Partner is a seventy-something year old portsmaster who introduces the player to the Player-owned port. He ran the port for more than 20 years and was once the richest man for miles around. However, the port fell into disrepair after Quin declared herself a goddess, making the seas around Wushanko virtually impassable, preventing many ships from visiting the port. He also became romantically involved with an eastern captain known as Lily at some point, who was later killed by Quin. Now, he is a silent partner whose main role is keeping Duncan out of mischief.

As John watched Ling, Zu Zu and Hubbub, he soon realised that the three were linked together and arranged a meeting with them, Duncan and the player. As they make the final preparations, John asked the player to join the fight, as Quin took someone close to him, and the player reluctantly agreed. In the ensuing battle, John is killed in action, though Zu Zu noted that he wanted to die so he could be at peace with Lily, and the assassination attempt is a success.

Free-to-play players can find The Partner inside the player-owned port, but they can not interact with him.

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Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 6 June 2016 (Update):
    • Players will no longer disconnect when talking to The Partner in a player-owned port on a non-member world.
  • patch 4 March 2013 (Update):
    • Corrected a voice acted line of dialogue for the Partner during a Player Owned Ports cutscene.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • John Strum may be a reference to John Frum. The John Frum movement is one of a group of similar Pacific island religious movements generically called cargo cults. In Vanuatu, after World War II, followers of John Frum built elaborate symbolic landing strips in hopes of bringing back the airplanes which brought in cargo during the war.
  • Even after his death he sometimes appears in cutscenes in the port office.
  • Surula's dialogue is updated after his death, where she reveals more about his relationship with Lily, although she refuses to say much about it.
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John Strum speaks
Concept art of John, Duncan and Felix.