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For I have dipped my hands in muddied waters, and, withdrawing them, find 'tis better to be a commander than a common man!
~ Bartholomew Roberts to his crew, before his first voyage as a pirate, 1719.

Bartholomew Roberts (1682 – 1722), born John Roberts, was a Welsh pirate, a Sage, who raided ships in the Caribbean and on the West African coast between 1719 and 1722, and one the two main antagonists along with Laureano de Torres y Ayala of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.

He was voiced by Oliver Milburn.

Biography

The Templar Order located Roberts and took him to Havana. The Assassins Mentor, Ah Tabai sent his finest student, Duncan Walpole who secretly planned to defect to the templars, to free Roberts and bring him to the Assassin city of Tulum. Unbeknownst to both sides Walpole was murdered by the pirate Edward Kenway who then decided to take his place in so he could get the money the templars had promised Walpole. In Havanna Roberts was brought before the Templar Grand Master Laureano de Torres y Ayala. Torres escorted Roberts to the prison of Havanna alongside Kenway his bodyguard El Tiburón and his Templar accomplices Julien du Casse and Woodes Rogers. However the templars were attacked by the assassins and one of them freed Roberts only to be killed by him his own hidden blade, Roberts then attempted to escape but Kenway caught up to him and brought him back to Torres. Roberts was then brought back to Torres manor but he still managed to escape after killing all the soldiers that were guarding him. Later the slaver and templar ally Laurens Prins claimed that he had captured Roberts and tried to sell him to however after a failed meeting with Torres Kenway who had now allied himself with the assassin broke into broke into Prins' estate together with the assassin Mary Read. While Kenway assassinated Prins in his garden, Read searched the place for Roberts but was captured by him and held by gunpoint. As Roberts declared that he actually worked for Prins Kenway informed him of Prins' attempt to sell him he replied that he really couldn't trust anyone shot an alarm bell and used this distraction to escape. Kenway later found Roberts hiding in the African jungle in 1719, and struck a deal with the Sage to free his imprisoned crew in exchange for Roberts leading him to the First Civilization site known as the Observatory. Kenway killed the Templars in Príncipe, freed the crew, and recaptured the Princess. Roberts gave a speech to his crew declaring his intentions to sail as a pirate, and the two captains returned to the West Indies. A few months later after he had made a name for himself and become a sucessful pirate, Roberts needed Kenway again and convinced him to help him steal crystal vials from a portoguese camp that contained the blood of many templars and pirates. After obtaining the vials the pirates escaped in the portoguese flagship that Roberts claimed and made into his own flagship afterwards. Roberts then realised they were being followed by the pirate hunter and former friend of Edward Benjamin Hornigold and told Kenway to kill him. After a seabattle, Hornigolds ship crashed onto an Island where Kenway assassinated him.

Trivia

  • Roberts could be seen wearing a portrait necklace, depicting a visage of a woman, identical to the one worn by John, one of Aita's later incarnations.
  • Roberts acquired his outfit from Howell Davis, the Princess former captain, after the latter's death at Príncipe.

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