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- "What was the ritual again? Water from the Fountain, and a mermaid's tear..."
"And two silver Chalices. One cup with the tear, one without."
"So one with the tear and water in both. How complicated, is it not?"
"Both get water. One gets the tear. The person who drinks the water with the tear gets all the years of life from the other."
"How many years? Ooh."
"All the years that they have lived, and they could have lived...if Fate had been kinder."
- ―Jack Sparrow and Angelica[src]
The Profane Ritual, sometimes known as the ritual of the Fountain or just the ritual, was an ancient ceremony that was needed in order for those who want to achieve immortality at the Fountain of Youth.
Discovery of the RitualEdit
The Profane Ritual was most likely found by the conquistador who was able to find the Fountain of Youth itself, Juan Ponce de León. After Ponce de León's search for the Fountain in the 1500s, the legends of the ritual became one of the most known on the case of the Fountain of Youth, along with how it was used and what was required. It is unknown how many times this ritual was performed, but it has been proven to been performed by the dead corpses of mermaids in the Jungle Pools.
Quest for the Fountain of YouthEdit
At some point prior to the Quest for the Fountain of Youth, Angelica traded her ring with sorcerer Tia Dalma for the secret of the Profane Ritual so she could find the Fountain of Youth for her father, Blackbeard. Through unknown circumstances, Teague discovered all he needed to know about the ritual and told his son, Jack Sparrow, about it to warn him about his search for the Fountain.
- "I hear stories, rumors. You are of course aware of the ritual."
"Yes I am."
"Oh! What is it? What is required?"
- ―Jack Sparrow and Angelica[src]
Legends tell that everlasting life can be found at the Fountain of Youth, but only those who possess the knowledge of the ancient ritual can achieve their heart's desire.
First, the two silver Chalices of Cartagena must be found, for the ceremony requires not just a seeker of youth but also a victim whose years will be consumed. Both must drink from the Chalices, at which point all the years of the victim's life will be transferred to the seeker.
Whitecap Bay must then be reached, for only here can mermaids still be found. One of these beautiful yet savage creatures must be captured and forced to do the seeker's bidding. Only a mermaid's tear, placed in one of the Chalices, will set the rejuvenating forces to work.
- See also: Chalices of Cartagena
These cups, inscribed "Aqua" ("water") and "de Vida" ("of life") are worth more than the silver from which it was made from. The Chalices have seen many owners, and much blood has been spilled in their name.
A Mermaid's TearEdit
A mermaid's tear may sound like a romantic ingredient of a fairy tale, but in fact, no prize could be harder to win. As proud and ferocious as the sea they live in, mermaids do not weep lightly. It was said that a mermaid's tears of joy were more potent.
The Fountain of YouthEdit
- See also: Fountain of Youth
Traveling through dense jungles, beyond the wreck of the Santiago, and past the Jungle Pools is where to find the mystical spot known as the Fountain of Youth. It's not enough to find the Fountain, however—you need a guide who knows the right words to make the water rise up. To enter the Fountain's chamber; one must speak the words inscribed upon the two Chalices: "Aqua de Vida".
Behind the scenesEdit
- In real-world history concerning the legends of the Fountain of Youth, there were no rituals needed for the Fountain to be used.
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