|Black rock island|
|Behind the scenes|
Black rock island was an uncharted island in the Caribbean. Covered in diamonds and rubies, the island was a perfect reflection of the heavens, inspiring the story about the Map No Man Can Read.
- "To release the power of the sea one must divide. It's an island. The stars lead to an island."
- ―Carina Smyth
According to legends, the ancient god Poseidon left behind the Map No Man Can Read, the map that no one has ever seen or read. No one knew that the map was actually an island covered in precious stones, the stones that were placed over the island in a way that they made an enormous star map, a perfect reflection of the heavens. The island was located somewhere in the Caribbean Sea, far away from any established shipping route, and it remained unknown to anyone for a very long time. At some point, the legendary Trident of Poseidon was hidden in Poseidon's Tomb, an underwater tomb off the coast of the island.
Over the centuries many people attempted to decipher the Map No Man Can Read but no one ever succeeded. In unknown circumstances, a small piece of one ruby was broken and taken off the island, eventually ending up in possession of the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei. Galileo spent his life searching for the island and the Trident of Poseidon, dying without accomplishing his goal like so many before him but leaving the clues to the island in his diary with the ruby on the cover.
In 1751 the young astronomer Carina Smyth attempted to find the Trident of Poseidon with the help of Galileo's diary. Accompanied by the notorious pirate Jack Sparrow and a young sailor Henry Turner, Carina ended up imprisoned on the Black Pearl, a ship captained by Hector Barbossa, a pirate who wanted to reclaim his rule over the seas which was taken from him by the undead Spanish pirate hunter Armando Salazar and his crew of ghosts. Carina eventually managed to convince Barbossa to let her steer the ship because she was the only one who could lead him to the island.
During the journey the Black Pearl was attacked by Salazar's ghost ship, the dreaded Silent Mary. As the living pirates and the undead Spaniards fought on decks of the pirate ship Carina managed to locate the island, steering the ship right into it. The Pearl hit the shores, ending up grounded deep on the beach, and the ghosts quickly retreated to their own vessel, barely escaping in time to evade getting stuck on dry land which would be fatal to them, but not before taking Henry with them.
Knowing that finding the Trident was their only hope to save Henry, Carina, Sparrow, and Barbossa decided to go ashore. The first light of the dawn appeared on the horizon, showing the island's true appearance, the rays of sunlight causing the diamonds embedded in the rocks to start shimmering. Watching the diamonds glow Carina realized that the island was the Map No Man Can Read. She also noticed the rubies that were placed over the island in the form of a trident, and that one of those stars wasn't glowing.
Carina, Jack, and Barbossa abandoned the ship and walked to the ruby that wasn't glowing. Barbossa then gave Carina the ruby that once adorned the cover of Galileo's diary, the same ruby that was cut from the main piece centuries earlier. Carina put the ruby in its place which caused the star to start glowing with the rest of them, thus reactivating the powers of the Trident of Poseidon. The Trident's awakening caused an earthquake which created a rift in the ocean, causing the waters to open to reveal a way to the bottom of the sea. Carina and Jack fell down, while Barbossa managed to stay on the island. He returned to the Black Pearl and the crew eventually managed to refloat the ship. The island's further fate is unknown.
Behind the scenesEdit
- The island was named in the prequel novel The Brightest Star in the North: The Adventures of Carina Smyth and the Dead Men Tell No Tales comic book adaptation.
- In early concept work of Jeremy Love, the crew of the Pearl was supposed to explore the island like Jack Sparrow, Carina Smyth and Hector Barbossa.
- The Brightest Star in the North: The Adventures of Carina Smyth (First appearance)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
- ↑ As evidenced by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: Movie Graphic Novel, the events of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales are set in 1751.
- ↑ Selected images from my time on Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales. at JL
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