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Flameheart had been a highly anticipated character, known well before the release of Sea of Thieves. He appeared in the E3 2016 Cinematic Trailer, and his statue has been a main feature at numerous conventions and events attended by Rare Ltd. Despite this, his in-game presence had only been referenced until his brief debut in the Fall 2019 release of The Seabound Soul.
Lore[edit | edit source]
There are two individuals — a father and son — who have taken the pirate moniker of "Captain Flameheart". For the sake of clarity, they will be referred to as Sr. (Senior) and Jr. (Junior).
It is still unknown which of these two appears in game.
Captain Flameheart Senior[edit | edit source]
Not much is known about Flameheart Sr. himself. He was the human captain of the Burning Blade, whose ruthlessness was notorious in the Sea of Thieves. The Burning Blade was recorded to have even clashed with the Pirate Lord in life, destroying the Magpie’s Wing and thus ending the voyage toward the Shroudbreaker.
Flameheart Sr. died outside the Sea of Thieves, according to his son's account in 'Tales from the Sea of Thieves'.
Captain Flameheart Junior[edit | edit source]
Early Life[edit | edit source]
Flameheart Jr. was adopted as an orphan by Flameheart Sr. soon after he was born. Using the money he had plundered, Senior nurtured his son with a charmed life and fine education. Junior would grow up as a scholar whose writings are compiled in Tales from the Sea of Thieves, but yearned for life on the sea, inspired by his father's exploits as a pirate, and believed he had a greater calling.
After his father's death, Junior was determined to find his own way to the The Sea of Thieves. At first he had no success in finding a crew, as anyone he talked to would either scoff or walk away. But one night in a tavern, he awoke from a drunken slumber to find an Ancient Coin had mysteriously appeared on the table in front of him. Seizing the opportunity, he made a trade with the pirate Isidro: the Ancient Coin for a ship & crew. After obtaining his ship, the Silver Blade, he initially wanted to rename it Liberdade, but was discouraged by possible misfortune upon doing so. Finally with a ship and crew of his own, he set sail for the lands beyond the Devil's Shroud.
Becoming a Skeleton Lord[edit | edit source]
Upon arriving into the Sea of Thieves, Flameheart Jr. followed Isidro's advice to seek out a strange, tattooed old woman who gives him a treasure map. Unbeknownst to him, the map led the way to the cursed Kraken's Chest; a haunted vessel contained by the Mermaids that attracts Krakens. Despite the unnatural nature of this chest, Flameheart Jr. was convinced this was his path to fame and glory, equaling that of his late father. Soon after the chest was stowed aboard, the Silver Blade was ambushed by competing pirates. In a desperate evasion, Flameheart Jr. foolishly retreated his ship into the Devil's Shroud. The Silver Blade was ripped apart by the deadly fog, and the chest lost to the depths.
Stranded on an unknown island, the crew was beckoned into a cave by a riddle leading to a Golden Chalice of unlimited water. After drinking from the Chalice, the crew ventured deeper into the cave in search of more treasure, slowly losing their minds, flesh, and human needs, until they were transformed into Skeletons. Only Flameheart Jr. retained his memories, thereby becoming a Skeleton Lord.
At the end of the cave sat a Skeleton Lord who called himself The Cap'N. He claimed to be a former crewmate of Flameheart Jr's father on the Burning Blade, before Flameheart Sr. cast him marooned on an island. It was the Cap'N who created the riddle, luring Flameheart Jr. and his crew to drinking from the cursed chalice, and decided to take him under his wing.
Tall Tales[edit | edit source]
The Seabound Soul[edit | edit source]
Ashen Skeleton Lords allied to Flameheart took his body aboard the Ashen Dragon, where they came under attack from two pirate ships under the command of the treasure-seeking Martha Jane and Randal 'The Vandal' Stone. Both ships were easily decimated by the infernal cannons of the fiery ship, and both Captain Stone and Martha Jane soul's were cursed by the Ashen Dragon's crew.
Some time later, Sir Arthur Pendragon is unwittingly led to free Captain Flameheart from his curse using the Sword of Souls, thinking he was a victim of the Ashen Dragon like Martha Jane and Randal Stone. His burning skull lights up the sky as he promises to bring his vengeance upon the Sea of Thieves.
Heart of Fire[edit | edit source]
After Captain Flameheart was released from his curse, he retreated to his lair, the Heart of Fire, beneath The Devil's Thirst. There, with the help of the Masked Stranger (aka Captain Warsmith), he continued his plan to unleash the Ashen Lords upon the Sea of Thieves, using a Chest of Rage (containing the former crewmembers of the Blackwyche) and Stitcher Jim. Somehow he also managed to recover the spectral form of his ship, the Burning Blade.
Despite the attempts of brave pirates and Captain Pendragon, who venture inside the Heart of Fire to stop Flameheart and rescue the crew of the Blackwyche, they are too late to stop the Skeleton Lord. Stitcher Jim is tricked by his master, burned by the flames of the cursed chest, soon to become an Ashen Lord himself.
The pirates and Pendragon manage to escape and free the crew of the Blackwyche using the Sword of Souls, but Captain Flameheart is unconcerned, confident of his plan of resurrecting his Ashen Lords and bringing the Sea of Thieves to it's knees once more.
See Also[edit | edit source]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Flameheart's first in-game appearance during The Seabound Soul.
The Burning Blade inside Flameheart's Lair at The Devil's Thirst.