The Legend of Captain Black-Heart
Buffy belongs to Joss Whedon and 20th Century Fox. Conan and the World of the Hyborian Age was developed by Robert E. Howard (and butchered by Lin Carter and L. Sprague de Camp), they now belong to Conan Properties International. Elements of this story are based on the Adventure "Das Schiff der Verlorenen Seelen" written by Claus Lenthe for the German roleplaying game "Das Schwarze Auge". Everything new is MINE!The Ship of Lost SoulsThe Legend of Captain Black-Heart
Centuries ago a malicious pirate was roaming the seas between Barachan Isles and the Black Coast. His name was Iango of Zingara, but for his cruelty and pitilessness everyone called him Captain Black-Heart. He did not care who his victims were. Every one could become victim of his black ship with black sails. He raided coastal villages and towns razed them, carried of the survivors and sold them into slavery. He attacked trading vessels, killed their crews and took their cargo as his own. Even other pirates were not safe from him. Most of them were simply killed. Kushite pirates fared better. Those were only sold into slavery. But his fellow Zingarans fared worse. He tortured them to death and nailed their corpses to the masts of their ships, using only one nail, which he drove through their foreheads. He was so cruel that all nations which had to suffer from his attacks did not only put a huge bounty on his head but joined together and sent out a huge fleet to hunt him down and bring him to justice. But they never got hold of him or his black ship. He always escaped them. And his crew was so fiercely loyal that they never betrayed him and collected the bounty. They were nearly cruel as their captain.
But one day, after five years of terrorizing the seas and escaping his hunters, his luck ran out. That day they had captured a vessel transporting a huge treasure. They did not know that this treasure belonged to a forbidden evil cult, which had left Shem in a hurry. After they had killed both crew and cultists the pirates split the treasure among them as it was their custom. A huge jewel, which was the centerpiece of the treasure and the unholy and cursed relic of the murdered cult, was claimed by their captain. But then the trouble began. Greed got hold of their souls. Everyone wanted this jewel for himself. But their captain did not give up his claim and hid the jewel deep in the bowels of his ship. So they started a mutiny. Those still loyal to him were butchered by their former comrades and Captain Black-Heart was taken alive. The mutineers did not kill him outright. He was alive as they nailed to the main mast of his own ship. Like he did with countless others, they used only one nail which they drove through his forehead into the main mast. There he died cursing his unfaithful crew.
But with his death the fighting did not stop. No, they fought for the unholy jewel until they killed each other. And their deaths fueled the evil inside the jewel. So the ship became a ghost ship. Centuries later the ship of lost souls was still roaming the seas searching for new victims, or so the sailors said. And they warned everyone that if they saw a black ship with black sail on the horizon, they should turn around and flee and pray to their gods that the pirates, who returned to unlife by the cursed jewel, would not get them. But no one believed them. They say that it was just an old tale yarned by old sailors to frighten landlubbers.