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Quatermaster
Quartermaster
Biographical information
Gender

Male

Eye color

Blue

Hair color

None

Born

1700s-1710s[1]

Died

Unknown prior to being zombiefied, final death in 1750[2]

Title(s)

Quartermaster

Also known as

Eleri ipin[3]

Statistics
Weapon(s) owned

Sword
Dagger
Flintlock pistol

Ship(s) captained or crewed

Queen Anne's Revenge

Battles

Mutiny on the Queen Anne's Revenge
Battle at Whitecap Bay
Battle for the Fountain of Youth

Affiliation

Blackbeard
Zombie Officers
Crew of the Queen Anne's Revenge

Behind the scenes
First appearance

On Stranger Tides

Last appearance

On Stranger Tides

Cause

All zombie officers died with Blackbeard.[2]

Portrayer

Ian Mercer

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"The Quartermaster sees things before they happen. He has foreseen my death, and so the fates have spoken. The threads of destiny woven."
Blackbeard[src]

Quartermaster was a zombie pirate who operated during the mid-18th century. Gifted with second sight, this undead quartermaster could see things before they happen, his most notable prediction was having foreseen Blackbeard's death. During the quest for the Fountain of Youth, Quartermaster served aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, as one of Blackbeard's zombie officers.

Biography

Early Life

Blackbeard's crew

"There is a prophecy—the man with no eyes. He's known as eleri ipin, which means 'witness of fate'. What he says comes true. He sees things happen before they happen. He's never wrong."
"I can do that too. If you don’t count women, weather, and other things that are hard to predict.
"
Angelica and Jack Sparrow[src]

It is unknown how this man became part of Blackbeard's crew, or how he obtained the title Quartermaster. But it is known that the Quartermaster was zombiefied prior to the quest for the Fountain of Youth. When he was zombiefied by Blackbeard, the Quartermaster was gifted with a second sight, thereby gaining the ability to see things before they happen. He was never known to be wrong in his predictions. The Quartermaster was the one who predicted Blackbeard's death in the hands of a one-legged man.[4] Quartermaster would serve as one of Blackbeard's zombie officers aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, sailing on several voyages. One of which was a raid on an island where a missionary named Philip Swift was captured.

Quest for the Fountain of Youth

Aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge

"Take him, men, tie him down tight!"
Jack Sparrow concerning the Quartermaster[src]

Like the other zombies, Quartermaster still served as Blackbeard's officers by the time Angelica was able to shanghai Jack Sparrow, who was rumored to have been to the Fountain of Youth, aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge. The Quartermaster assisted Angelica in Jack's capture by drugging him with a dart in the River Thames. Five days afterwards, as the Queen Anne's Revenge sailed through the ocean, the recently-recruited human crewmen would work with the zombies. Five days afterwards, as the Queen Anne's Revenge sailed through the ocean, the recently-recruited human crewmen would work with the zombies, who used ruthless discipline to force the deckhands into following orders while working aboard the ship. The Quartermaster would have stayed with Angelica as he took the helm, piloting the Revenge.[5]

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Quartermaster during Jack Sparrow's mutiny.

That night, the Quartermaster would fight, alongside Angelica and the other zombies, against Jack Sparrow's mutiny on the Queen Anne's Revenge. During the fight between humans and zombies, Quartermaster would fight some of the human crew; one of them having tried to stab him, while Jack Sparrow, after saving Philip Swift from the Revenge's mast, defeated him in combat. Jack kicked the Quartermaster down and ordered his men to tie the zombie down. The Quartermaster, Angelica and the other zombies were soon restrained by Jack's comrades. However, Jack's mutiny failed after Blackbeard himself appeared and used his sword to tangle the mutineers with the rigging of the Queen Anne's Revenge. After unleashing Greek fire upon the Cook, the Quartermaster took Jack to Blackbeard's cabin, where Blackbeard forced Jack to help him find the Fountain of Youth.[5] It was during this meeting that the Cook stood with the Quartermaster, as a newly zombiefied officer.[6]

Journey to the Fountain

"Time and tide waits for none! Quartermaster."
Blackbeard[src]
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The Quartermaster with Jack Sparrow and Angelica.

After the Queen Anne's Revenge arrived to Whitecap Bay, the Quartermaster rang the ship's bell, alerting the crew of their arrival. He would have also participated in Blackbeard's mermaid hunt. Shortly after the battle, Blackbeard's crew managed to capture a live mermaid with the help of Philip Swift. The Quartermaster had a net on her as Blackbeard himself looked upon their prize. The zombies would carry their prized mermaid, who Philip Swift would name "Syrena", in a glass coffin, half-filled with water, as Blackbeard's crew trekked on an island. While Blackbeard was forcing Jack Sparrow to make the jump over a chasm, Quartermaster was among those who watched as Jack had to pick pistols for Blackbeard to use against Angelica. During this attempt on Angelica's life, Jack asked Quartermaster if he would survive the jump. Throwing the Jack voodoo doll over the chasm, the Quartermaster assured Jack that he would survive. After Jack ultimately made the jump, the Quartermaster had the crew continue on in their quest.[5]

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The Quartermaster as Philip carries Syrena.

While the zombies carried the glass coffin, the coffin itself would break, causing Syrena to transform into a human form. Blackbeard gave Syrena the choice to either walk or die, signaling the Quartermaster to pull out his sword, until Philip offered to carry Syrena through the journey. The crew soon arrived to the Jungle Pools where mermaids were previously harvested of their mermaid tears, which Blackbeard tried to force Syrena to cry. Because Syrena would not yield, Blackbeard was forced to trick Syrena to cry, by having the Quartermaster kill Philip and had his body tossed away. Though in reality, the Quartermaster only sedated him with one of his darts. After Philip's "resurrection" and attempt to save Syrena, causing her to shed a tear, the crew successfully retrieved Syrena's tear.[5]

Battle for the Fountain

"The Fountain!"
―Quartermaster as the Fountain of Youth was being destroyed[src]

The next day, the Quartermaster would accompany Blackbeard in meeting with Jack Sparrow, who retrieved the Chalices, and finding the cave entrance to the Fountain of Youth. Holding a torch, Quartermaster led Jack, Angelica, Blackbeard, and the rest of the crew as they climbed down a steep incline to the cavern. Going much deeper inside, the Quartermaster waved his torch across a wall—a dead end. Though this seemed to be the end of their quest, Jack requested for the Chalices, which the Quartermaster reluctantly handed over to him. After a failed attempt to gain entrance to the Fountain, in which Angelica and Blackbeard discovered that Jack had never been to the Fountain, Blackbeard ordered the Quartermaster to kill Jack. Quartermaster fired his pistol at Jack, who was able to ricochet the bullet with the Chalices.[5]

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Quartermaster and Gunner at the Fountain of Youth.

After reading "Aqua de Vida" from the Chalices, the Quartermaster and the rest of Blackbeard's crew was able to gain entrance to the Fountain of Youth. Shortly after arriving to the Fountain, Blackbeard's crew would engage in battle with Hector Barbossa's British crew. In the end, Blackbeard was fatally wounded by Barbossa and the Fountain of Youth would be destroyed by the Spanish. While Blackbeard's human crew joined Barbossa, the Quartermaster and Gunner tried to fend off some of the Spanish soldiers until a column was tipped over, crushing the two zombies and the Fountain itself.[5] After Blackbeard's death, the Quartermaster and all the other zombie officers died along with him.[2]

Personality and traits

"Oi. If I jump...will I survive?"
"...The doll.
[Angelica gives him the doll, he starts chanting, and the Quartermaster throws it and Jack screams as it falls]
...Yes. Now you will survive.
"
Jack Sparrow and the Quartermaster[src]

Quartermaster was one of Blackbeard's most notable and fiercest zombie officers. He can be noted with his hulking height, bald head, and numerous tattoos that were on his skin. When dealing in the dark arts you can unleash powers beyond your control. Gifted with second sight, this undead quartermaster had foreseen Blackbeard's death at the hands of a one-legged man.[4]

Equipment and skills

"Quartermaster. Get me six more pistols, remove the shot from all but two, but do not tell me which two."
Blackbeard to Quartermaster[src]

As a zombie, the Quartermaster had few possessions. On his person, he wore a sword and pistol, along with having a dagger with a skull-decorated handle. In battle the Quartermaster relied on brute strength to overwhelm his opponents, lacking any particular finesse but making up for it with raw power. The Quartermaster's most notable skill was his talent for seeing the future, using the supernatural ability to forsee Blackbeard's death at the hands of Hector Barbossa.[5]

Behind the Scenes

  • Quartermaster was portrayed by Ian Mercer in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
  • During the Entertainment Tonight Exclusive on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, there was a brief mention of a "mysterious guide" to lead the search for the Fountain of Youth. It is possible that the Quartermaster was the mysterious guide, though because Blackbeard needed Jack Sparrow to find the Fountain, it is likely the "mysterious guide" was the latter.
  • Strangely, Quartermaster's tattoos bore similarity to Polynesian tattoos. 
  • It is possible that this man is Thomas Miller, Blackbeard's quartermaster who was killed during the battle of Ocracoke Inlet in 1718.
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Sources

Notes and references

  1. Estimation based on Ian Mercer's age during the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and the fact that On Stranger Tides takes place in 1750.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 In the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides screenplay, the zombies decomposed as Blackbeard died at the Fountain of Youth. But as that scene was altered, it is unknown of the fate of the zombies, though it is assumed that the zombies died as there were no zombies under Barbossa's command.
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (junior novelization)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide, p36-37: "Zombie Crew"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  6. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (junior novelization), p81.
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