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Christophe-Julien de Rapièr
Biographical information
Gender

Male

Ethnic group

French

Eye color

Black

Hair color

Black

Born

1690s[1]

Died

1730s

Title(s)

Captain

Statistics
Weapon(s) owned

Sword
Pistol
Musket
Knife

Ship(s) captained or crewed

Le Requin
La Vipère[2]

Battles

Attack on the Lindesfarne
Attack on the Spanish ship
Attack on the Dutch flute

Affiliation

Brethren Court (formerly)
Rogue pirates

Behind the scenes
First appearance

The Price of Freedom

Last appearance

The Price of Freedom

Cause

Killed by Jack Sparrow

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"I win again, Jacques! It is my day, not yours!"
"He who wins the day must buy the drinks. It's traditional.
"
―Christophe-Julien de Rapièr and Jack Sparrow playing hazard[src]

Christophe-Julien de Rapièr was a French pirate captain during the first half of the 18th century, most notably in command of La Vipère. He was a great friend of Jack Sparrow, though they later became enemies when Christophe joined the rogue pirates led by Boris Palachnik.

Biography

Pirate captain

Christophe-Julien de Rapièr was one of the youngest pirate captains of his time, achieving the rank of a captain at the beginning of his thirties. One day, off the coast of Spain, Christophe's ship Le Requin captured a British merchant ship the Lindesfarne. Onboard the ship was Cutler Beckett, a young employee of the East India Trading Company. Beckett laughed in the pirate's face, and commented on how out-of-fashion his clothing was. At this, Christophe allowed his crew to beat Beckett and humiliate him. When Beckett's father Jonathan refused to pay the ransom for his son, Beckett told Christophe to write to Lord Penwallow of the EITC, who paid the ransom for Beckett.[3]

Rogue pirate

Rogue Pirates' flag

Christophe's rogue pirate flag.

"You really mean it? I can join your crew?"
"But of course!
"
Jack Sparrow and Christophe-Julien de Rapièr[src]

At some point in his life, Christophe learned of the treasure of Cortés, but he didn't knew where the treasure was hidden. For unknown reason, Christophe abandoned Le Requin, taking the brigantine La Vipère as his new ship.

Later, Christophe and his crew joined the rogue pirates led by Boris "Borya" Palachnik, the Pirate Lord of the Caspian Sea. The rogue pirates slaughtered the crews of merchant ships they captured, and they even attacked other pirate ships, leaving no survivors.

Later, at Shipwreck Cove, Christophe met young pirate Jack Sparrow and gave him instructions in sword fighting. They became good friends, and Christophe even offered Jack to join his crew. He also met Esmeralda, the granddaughter of Don Rafael, Pirate Lord of the Caribbean Sea, and he unsuccessfully tried to seduce her.

When Hector Barbossa and his crew arrived at Shipwreck City, they were the first witnesses of rogues' attacks on pirate ships. Barbossa's crewman Tommy recognized Borya as the captain of the rogue ship that sank Barbossa's ship, so Christophe drowned him in the dead of night to silence him.

Escape from Shipwreck Cove

"Borya gave up the second rogue that Davy Jones spoke of? The one he said was here in Shipwreck Cove? Who...who was it?"
"Turns out it was that popinjay, styles himself de Rapièr.
"
Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa[src]

Thanks to Jack Sparrow, the Pirate Lords at Shipwreck Cove learned that Borya leads the rogues. He and his men were captured and sentenced by Captain Edward Teague to hang. Not wanting to be tortured, Borya revealed the names of seven other rogue captains under his commands, naming Christophe as one of them.

Though Christophe and his men tried to flee from Shipwreck Island, they were captured and imprisoned in the dungeons beneath Shipwreck City. Christophe's turquoise coat, which he wore on the night when he killed Tommy, was found onboard the La Vipère, which was enough evidence for Teague to sentence him and his whole crew to death.

However, Jack Sparrow believed that Christophe was innocent, and he agreed to break Christophe out of jail in the name of friendship, but as soon as he let Christophe free, Christophe freed Borya and then fled the city, taking Jack captive.[4]

Continuing with rogue piracy

"Jacques, I have been thinking. Now that most of Borya's fleet is gone, perhaps I shall become the new commander of our little venture. Have my own fleet, eh? And in that case, I'll need captains for my vessels. Would you like to be one of them, Jacques?"
―Christophe-Julien de Rapièr to Jack Sparrow[src]

Whilst aboard his ship, La Vipere, Christophe put Jack to work and forced him to take part in his rogue pirate activities. On one particular occasion, while aboard a captured merchant vessel, Jack was given the third bracelet of Zerzura by its dying pharaoh, Taharka. Christophe witnessed this, and finally had his chance to punish Jack.

He told the crew Jack Sparrow had been keeping stolen treasure, and sentenced him into a longboat without food or water, to float until he was rescued, or died. In the boat, Jack called back to Christophe, informing him he had kissed Esmeralda. When Christophe raised his musket to shoot Jack, Robby Greene jumped overboard and made Christophe miss his shot. Together, Robby and Jack rowed for days, and eventually made it to land, and joined the East India Trading Company.

Two years later, Christophe killed Don Rafael, shooting him in the back. Esmeralda, who became the new Pirate Lord of the Caribbean Sea, swore that she'll have her revenge on Christophe.[3]

Search for Zerzura

"Christophe, I know you've been searching for Zerzura, to no purpose. And now you know that it takes not one, but three talismans to open the door to the labyrinth."
Jack Sparrow to Christophe-Julien de Rapièr[src]

Five years later, Jack found himself needing the third Zerzuran bracelet, and used Tia Dalma's compass to track Christophe down. Under strict orders from Jack, Christophe followed him to Zerzura and into the Zerzuran labyrinth after the treasure it held. When there, Christophe attempted to steal the Heart of Zerzura, a green crystal that gave the Shining City it's power.

Upon discovering Jack had swapped the real heart for a cursed rock, Christophe had a fit of rage and shot his first mate. After this incident, his crew held a mutiny, and put Christophe in a dinghy with no food or water, much similar as Christophe had done to Jack many years earlier.[5]

Death

"Christophe, listen carefully. You climb back down that ladder, and I might consider tossing down a canteen and some biscuit. But only if you immediately do as I say. If you refuse..."
"What, Jacques?"
"I'll kill you.
"
Jack Sparrow and Christophe-Julien de Rapièr[src]

Christophe found the Wicked Wench off the shore of Zerzura and came aboard, asking Jack to allow him to come aboard the Wicked Wench and drop him off at the nearest port. Jack refused, and this led to a duel between Christophe and Jack, which ultimately ended with Christophe's death. Christophe's body was thrown overboard, and Jack took his sword to give it to Esmeralda as a trophy.[5]

Personality and traits

"You impugn my honor?"
"I'd say shooting Don Rafael in the back pretty much established everything I need to know about your ‘honor.’ Or the lack of it.
"
―Christophe-Julien de Rapièr and Jack Sparrow[src]

Like all pirates, Christophe liked to drink rum, but he was an excellent swordsman even when he was half drunk. He was generous to attractive serving wenches in the taverns of Shipwreck City, and he gave a gold doubloon to Marie Seymour on one occasion. He was charming to lovely ladies like Esmeralda, but he was sometimes very brutal with women, as witnessed when he attempted to rape Marie.

Like all rogue pirates, Christophe and his crew were one of the most ruthless pirates on the high seas. They slaughtered entire crews, even those that surrendered without fight. In a fit of rage, Christophe even shot his own first mate.

Christophe was a brave man who participated in many battles. The only man he ever feared was Boris "Borya" Palachnik.[6]

Equipment and skills

"We fenced many times, mon ami. Remember who always won?"
"You did. But it will be different this time.
"
―Christophe-Julien de Rapièr and Jack Sparrow[src]

Christophe was an excellent swordsman, gaining his skills during the long years of fighting at sea. His favored weapon was the Spanish Toledo sword engraved with silver and gold. He was also a good shooter both with pistol and musket. He also carried a knife hidden in the sleeve of his coat.

Appearances

Source

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Notes and references

  1. Estimation based on the fact that Christophe is around 12 years older than Jack Sparrow.
  2. The Price of Freedom Chapter 1: "Fair Winds and Black Ships"
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Price of Freedom, Chapter 11: "Pirates and Rogues"
  4. The Price of Freedom Chapter 10: "Revelations"
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Price of Freedom, Chapter 17: "A Matter of Honor"
  6. The Price of Freedom, Chapter 13: "Red Flag...Ho!"

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