QLeft.png Blackbeard - frightening and violent pirate of the Caribbean. Unbeknownst to most, he was also a wise and cunning leader.
From "Storm of the Caribbean."
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Storm of the Caribbean

Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Teach)
"Did you hear? Everyone at the port thinks I was born from the Devil."


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Teach)
"Hahaha! My mother was as human as they come. She raised me like a proper pirate, much like the Virgin Mary raised her baby to be the savior!"


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Teach)
"Whatever the case may be, humans can be scarier than the Devil himself, am I right?"


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Teach)
"After all, what sends chills down a commissioner's spine aren't ghost ships, but rather this ship - 'Queen Anne's Revenge'!"


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Huff, huff...


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Nice job, Clau-chan. That was a powerful performance.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
I'm going to perform as 'the Devil's offspring' - Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard. He was a nefarious pirate whose notoriety spans to the present day, after all.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
All for our own next play, "Storm of the Caribbean" - The 17-18th centuries saw different pirates - Anne Bonny, Bartholomew Roberts...


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
But perhaps the most famous of them all was Blackbeard.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Exactly. Few people might know him by his birth name, but everyone has heard of Blackbeard. He really is notorious.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
He was the true depiction of a Caribbean pirate.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Our play will revolve around his tumultous lifestyle as a true pirate, and as its lead I will definitely make it a success!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
And I will help you do it as Stede Bonnet, another pirate aboard Queen Anne's Revenge.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
You're fired up as well, Mahiru. You did mention that you saw "Storm of the Caribbean" when you were younger.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
I did! The portrayal of Blackbeard left a big impression on me!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
I remember being frightened of him.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
He suggests shooting a fellow pirate while he's drinking with members of the crew... Ahem!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Teach)
"It'll be a reminder of how scary I can be! Hahaha!"


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Yeah, that scene! It's based on reality too!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Shooting his own crew - he really was chaos personified.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
The audience was transfixed by him.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Everyone was on the edge of their seats not knowing what he would do next.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
I'm sure the real Blackbeard inspired the same feeling during his lifetime too.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
I think so too... That said, I can't help but feel my portrayal of him still lacks that chaotic side. I need to work on it more.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
(As Pirate)
"You sure are being careful! Are you telling me that you of all people are scared of this sea?"


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Teach)
"...! Try and say that again! I, Edward Teach, am not afraid of anything!"


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Teach)
"Huh? You're looking pale! Not so tough without your pals around, huh?"


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Teach)
"Hey, you! Something funny? You won't be laughing much with a bullet in your- Whoops, I shot him... Hahaha!"


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
(As Pirate)
"Gh... You're crazy! I won't forget this... I'm the...great...pirate..."


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Teach)
"Cat got your tongue? Speak up!"


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
(As Spud Beard
"I'm the great pirate Sput Beard! Don't mess with me!"


{{CharTalk|claudine|(As Teach)
"Spud Beard?! Don't make me laugh - I've never heard of a pirate of such name!"}

Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
(As Spud Beard
"Let me teach you then!"


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
(As Spud Beard
"As tough as the soil they grow in, as unstoppable as their deliciousness - I'm Sput Beard! Remember my name!"


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Teach)
"Hahaha! Aren't you an interesting one! I'll remember your name!"


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
...And that wraps things up for today. Heh heh, what's up with Spud Beard?


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Heh heh. It's me we're talking after all. Anyway, did you get any inspiration?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Hmm... He's violent and rough; he acts before he thinks... Those are his best qualities as a character...


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
He's indeed the Blackbeard we discussed earlier, but...


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
But he's not the Blackbeard I want to portray, right?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
...I feel like I've grasped the bigger picture, but it still lacks something...


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
I want to take him a step further... Maybe try a different approach.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
A different approach- Ah!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
The West Indies were part of England, so maybe Hikari-chan could help us considering she used to live there.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Bonne idee! That's a great idea. Let's ask her tomorrow!

Crossing Rough Seas

Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
I remember watching "Storm of the Caribbean" at the theater.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
You too? That's great! Well, actually-


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...I see. So you came to me to find a different approach to Blackbeard...


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Well, I can tell you that the version of him that you saw in the theater, and the one that I saw are complete opposites.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Are you saying he's not rough?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Not quite so. He was rough only when he fights Captain Maynard and dies.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
He was portrayed more as someone with quick wits, who'd always ask his crew for advice before making decisions.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Wow, that's quite different then.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
I guess it's because it was British theater.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
...? What do you mean?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Well, there are tons of documents on Blackbeard, and other resources that include a museum with what remains of his ship, as well as a castle where he used to reside.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
From some of these sources, it appears that he was seen not as a violent pirate, but rather as someone wise and cunning.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
I see. That image must have influenced his portrayal in the play as well then.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
I think that's the case.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(A chaotic villain, as well as a wise pirate... Blackbeard's portrayal is complicated...)


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Heh heh! I think it'll be worth matching these different approaches together in the directing, writing and acting of the play.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
I'll come up with my own Blackbeard.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Clau-chan, did you come up with something?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
I sure did! Thank you, you two. I'll take both of your advice.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
I'll put them into practice and finish up my Blackbeard in time for the play!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Edward Teach)
"C'mon, drink with me! Today we have all these beer crates!"


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
(As Stede Bonnet)
"I know that we managed to take control of a Spanish ship, but aren't you being a bit reckless?"


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Edward Teach)
"Huh? If it isn't the great gentleman pirate Bonnet! Plundering ships wouldn't be the same without you!"


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
(As Stede Bonnet)
"Haha" I'm nowhere near you, Blackbeard!"


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Edward Teach)"Hahaha!" To think that even you'd call me with that name!"


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
(As Stede Bonnet)"I sure would. There's no one as terrifying as you- Huh? Why do you have your pistol out?"


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Edward Teach)"This? It's just to celebrate!"


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
(As Stede Bonnet)"You- Did you shoot your own crew?!"


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Edward Teach)"Unless I do this, they're going to forget!"


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Edward Teach)"It'll be a reminder of how scary I can be! Hahaha!"


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Edward Teach)"Well then, let's target this route next. We'll plunter and plunter until everyone knows my name in England!"


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
(As Stede Bonnet)"You're crazy, Blackbeard. You'd go as far as plundering ships from your homeland."


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Edward Teach)"I would too. I would attack my parent's ship if I could... The whole world will know of Blackbeard!"


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Edward Teach)"We shall butter up Governor Charles - all for the sake of plundering and freedom."


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Edward Teach)"He isn't so easily swayed by gold."


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Edward Teach)"Send him something worthy of his attention - either rare spices or tobacco!"


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
(As Edward Teach)"I'll show him that I have no need of anything other than my freedom."


After the stage

Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Clau-chan, your Blackbeard was amazing! You performed like a true pirate - rough and cruel...!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
But you didn't stop at that. You also showed that Blackbeard was wise and calculated his every step with calmness.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
You perfectly balanced the Devil's madness with human cunning for your Blackbeard.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Heh heh. I'm happy to hear you say that.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
You were confident and bold, but also managed to let the audience take a glimpse of Blackbeard's intelligence.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
I agree - especially when you cajoled Governor Charles with gifts.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Yes! You really showed that Blackbeard knew exactly what was considered precious during this time! You were both rough and refined at the same time.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
No one could have managed to do what you did, Clau-chan.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
It was a hard performance, but I'm glad you think I did well. I feel honored.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
It was also thanks to your help too.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
...Well then, are your cups ready?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
...Hah hahaha! This is a night to celebrate!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Let's raise our cups! My fellow pirates from near and far!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Let's savor the best wine there is - the sweet aftertaste of a great performance!


Hikari & Mahiru:
Yeah!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Blackbeard's stage may have come to an end, but our stage hasn't! Let's celebrate tonight and do our best at tomorrow's practice!


Hikari & Mahiru:
Cheers!

Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Blackbeard really was the star of the age of pirates. His name is known today, and will always be known throughout the ages.

Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Blackbeard was portrayed as violent and rough in Japan, and as cunning and wise in England...


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
By mixing these two approaches, I was able to come up with a three-dimensional character that felt convincing.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
I feel that when approaching a character, taking into account different cultures will greatly help building my next parts. Blackbeard's adventures turned out to be a treasure for me.

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