The Quest for the Fountain of Youth was a perilous adventure of three parties to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. King Ferdinand of Spain sent the Spaniard, while King George II of Great Britain sent privateer Hector Barbossa to find the Fountain. Crossing paths with Angelica, the infamous Jack Sparrow was forced aboard the pirate vessel Queen Anne's Revenge, captained by the legendary pirate Blackbeard.
Many who participated in the journey faced many dangers along the way, whether it was a mutiny against Blackbeard's zombies or battling with beautiful-but-deadly mermaids at Whitecap Bay. The race to the Fountain of Youth would lead to a jungle trek on a mysterious island the Fountain was located in, where the stalwart missionary named Philip Swift and enigmatic mermaid Syrena were brought together by fate. At the end of the quest, after collecting the items needed for the Profane Ritual, the Fountain of Youth itself would be found, where a battle raged between Blackbeard's crew and Barbossa's crew. The battle resulted in the Spanish succeeding in their mission to destroy the Fountain and the death of Blackbeard in the hands of Barbossa, who became the new captain of the Queen Anne's Revenge.
Before the Quest
Legends of the Fountain
For centuries, the various legends and lore surrounding the Fountain of Youth existed in many cultures, dating back thousands of years. It was widely believed that if anyone were to drink water from the Fountain, their youth would be miraculously restored—thereby granting eternal life. At some point in its longtime existence, the Fountain of Youth was discovered by humans who built a temple around it. Within this sacred chamber, a delicate stream of enchanted water flowed through a natural stone circle at the center of the temple. An archaic symbol would at some point be used as the symbol of the Fountain of Youth, in which it would be carved at the cave entrance of the Fountain as well as being written on the few maps and guides that led to the Fountain.
Ponce de León 1523
- "No, I told you! Ponce de León died two hundred years ago."
"Aye, but he died searching for something, didn't he?"
"...The Fountain of Youth."
- ―Captain, Fisherman and King Ferdinand[src]
The legend was most often associated with 16th-century Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León, who purportedly tried to find it in 1513, during his voyage to the New World. Ponce de León would have searched for the Fountain of Youth in an expedition to Florida and a mysterious island. While it was said that Ponce de León died while searching for the Fountain, though there were rumors and legends persisting that the Spanish explorer had discovered it. Sometime after 1523, the route taken by Ponce de León in the Santiago's journey to the Fountain was depicted on the navigational charts that led to otherworldly realms: the Mao Kun Map.
The Mao Kun Map served as one of the few guides to the Fountain of Youth, with the map having one of the items needed for the Profane Ritual, the Chalices of Cartagena, and showing the only place where to find a mermaid, Whitecap Bay. The only other known guide was the ship's log of the Santiago, which had pages that chronicled every detail of Ponce de León's voyage. Ever since rumors floated of Ponce de León's search, many men had sought the Fountain for the next two centuries.
Beginning the search
- "It would make us feel a whole lot better, regarding our fortunes, if we could see that 'item' you told us about."
"On the charts."
- ―Pintel and Marty to Hector Barbossa[src]
After a pirate showdown with the East India Company, in which the pirates won, Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa had the Black Pearl sail for Tortuga. While Jack went ashore, Barbossa stole the Black Pearl from Jack, under circumstances that could only be described as mutiny, and left a dinghy in its place. Jack discovered this treachery when he spotted the dinghy, the Pearl sailing at the horizon, and his loyal first mate Joshamee Gibbs sleeping at the docks. After a moment with the realization that the Black Pearl was once again gone, Jack and Gibbs exchanged a customary farewell and went on their separate ways.
As the Black Pearl sailed gloriously through the seas, some of the crewmen confronted Barbossa about leaving Jack Sparrow behind. And to make them feel better, they asked if they could see the "item" Barbossa told them about on Sao Feng's charts. Barbossa willingly opened the charts as he presented their next venture: to find the Fountain of Youth. But Barbossa only discovered that a large portion of the charts, which included the map to the Fountain, was cut off. Meanwhile, Jack Sparrow was on his small vessel and took out the map to the Fountain of Youth he stole from Barbossa. While drinking a bottle of rum, Jack used the map and his compass as he set off toward the Fountain.
Years of searching
- "Last I heard, you were hell-bent to find the Fountain of Youth. Any luck?"
"Circumstances arose and forced a compelling insight regarding discretion and valor."
"Meaning, you gave up."
"I did not! I am just as bent as ever. Hellishly so."
- ―Joshamee Gibbs and Jack Sparrow[src]
Even with the help of his map and compass, Jack Sparrow's search for the Fountain of Youth would last for several years. It weren't the lure of charmed waters that first sent Jack on a course for the fabled Fountain but rather Jack set off in pursuit of his beloved ship, the Black Pearl, stolen from him by Hector Barbossa. Knowing that Barbossa was after the Fountain of Youth as well, Jack attempted to find the Fountain on his own. In his search, Jack was able to find the island where the Fountain was located, and had been close as reaching the cave entrance to the Fountain itself. But Jack never made it to the elusive Fountain and was forced to turn back. Despite not finding the Fountain of Youth, Jack Sparrow had the way to the Fountain of Youth committed to his memory and gained some renown as the pirate who knew its location, though some misinterpret that he had been to the Fountain himself.
From Pirate to Privateer
Losing the Pearl
- "What has become of my beloved Pearl?"
"I lost the Pearl as I lost my leg!"
- ―Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa[src]
Sometime after Barbossa's mutiny against Jack, the Black Pearl would run afoul of the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship the infamous pirate Blackbeard, off the coast of Hispaniola. During the attack, Blackbeard would use his sword to bring the Pearl to life, tangling the crew with the ship's rigging. One of the rigging wrapped around Barbossa's right leg. Using his sword, Barbossa cut off his right leg so he could survive the attack. Though not knowing the Black Pearl's unfortunate fate, Barbossa left with the knowledge that his ship was taken from him.
Becoming a Privateer
- "Hector. How nice to see a fellow pirate make good of himself."
"Pirate? Nay. Privateer. On a sanctioned mission, under the authority and protection of the Crown."
- ―Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa[src]
From the very night it happened, Barbossa abandoned his search for the Fountain of Youth; his goal now was to get his revenge on the man who took the Pearl and his leg: Blackbeard. But without a ship and crew, Barbossa needed help to achieve this plan, so he approached the British and offered his services to the Crown. Barbossa recieved a Royal Pardon and became a privateer in the employ of England serving under King George II. Barbossa would soon become a trusted advisor of King George's court, and be given full command of the HMS Providence, the pride of the British Royal Navy. By the time of his new-found captaincy, Barbossa began to carry a crutch while wearing a wooden leg, which contained a hidden rum supply.
At some point during this time, Barbossa would have started an investigation, with an obsessive passion, in which he gained information to help him in his pursuit of Blackbeard. It was through these investigations that Barbossa would learn at least the basics on Blackbeard, including his own obsession to find the Fountain of Youth as well as the importance of his sword.
- "He keeps each ship as a prize. You help me, and I promise you your pick."
- ―Angelica to Jack Sparrow[src]
After his attack on the Black Pearl, Blackbeard had the Pearl shrunk and put into a bottle, where it would sail on a shrunken, churning ocean. He placed it in a cabinet, filled with other captured ships that he also put in bottles, which he kept as his trophies, in the captain's cabin aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge. Blackbeard would continue committing various acts of piracy, treason and murder.
- "A missionary is the story. What I heard, was he got captured in a raid. The rest on the ship got killed, but not him. First Mate wouldn't let it happen, on account his premier standing with the Lord."
During one of Blackbeard's raids on a remote island in the Caribbean, a young missionary named Philip Swift was captured, while everyone else on his ship got killed. Although Blackbeard tried to kill Philip, he was allowed to live because Angelica, Blackbeard's daughter and first mate, feared for Blackbeard's soul if he committed such an act, as well as believing that the missionary may be a key to her father's redemption. But because of his cruelty, Blackbeard had Philip lashed onto the mast of the Queen Anne's Revenge as his captive. Despite this painful ordeal, the missionary still managed to cling onto his most precious effect—his holy Bible.
- "The prophecy is this: Blackbeard will meet his death, within a fortnight, at the hands of a one-legged man. That's why he needs the Fountain, Jack."
- ―Angelica to Jack Sparrow[src]
At some point, Blackbeard would soon learn of a prophecy, foreseen by his zombie quartermaster, that revealed Blackbeard's death in the hands of a one-legged man. Though he himself believed it was foolish to battle fate, he was tempted to cheat it. So in order for Blackbeard to escape his inevitable death, he decided to steal fresh years at the Fountain of Youth. Years prior to this, Angelica would have already learned of the Profane Ritual needed for the Fountain to work from the voodoo mystic Tia Dalma. She had to trade a ring, given to her by Jack Sparrow, as payment to learn the rules of the Fountain. Using her knowledge of the ritual of the Fountain, Angelica wanted to help Blackbeard in finding the Fountain.
Whisperings and rumors
- "Then I hear a rumor. Jack Sparrow was in London, with a ship, and looking for a crew."
"But that's what I heard. Fact is, you're signing up men tonight, pub called Captain's Daughter."
- ―Joshamee Gibbs and Jack Sparrow[src]
Before their search for the Fountain of Youth could continue further, Blackbeard and Angelica needed to find Jack Sparrow, someone whom they have heard had been to the Fountain. And so Angelica set out to find Jack and bring him aboard the Revenge. Accompanied by the zombie quartermaster, Angelica went to London to put an elaborate charade that ensured the capture of Jack Sparrow into effect. With the help of Scrum, Angelica, disguised as Jack himself, began to recruit crewmen at a local pub called the Captain's Daughter.
Meanwhile, Joshamee Gibbs, who was listening for news of the Black Pearl, would hear a rumor that Jack Sparrow was in London recruiting a crew. Finding that claim a bit odd, Gibbs sailed to London to find Jack. However, after making inquiries as to Jack's whereabouts, Gibbs found himself arrested and tried in a cruel case of mistaken identity as he was believed to be Jack Sparrow. It was around this time that fortune sent Jack Sparrow himself east across the Atlantic, where he heard tell of Gibbs' dire encounter with the authorities. So Jack charted an immediate course to London to effect the rescue of his devoted First Mate from a dawn appointment with the gallows.
The Spanish's Discovery
One night, off the coast of Spain, a Spanish Fisherman and a Captain discover the body of an ancient sailor, in a fishing net. The old castaway's lifeless body was brought aboard their fishing boat. Both men make the sign of the cross as they looked down on the poor lost soul. The old man's clothes were tattered and torn; twisting strands of seaweed were wrapped around his arms and legs; and water poured from his long white beard. Remarkably, a logbook remained securely wedged between his chest and arm. When the Captain reached down to get it, the ancient sailor's eyes open as he grabbed the Captain's arm. As the Captain reached for the logbook, the Sailor's eyes open as he grabbed the Captain's arm.
A gold-trimmed carriage raced over cobblestones up from a harbor as the Sailor was brought to the royal palace in the city of Cádiz. Doors open as the Captain and the Fisherman enter, using a worn canvas sail to carry the Sailor, still clutching the logbook to his chest. The Sailor's body was brought to the main hallway, where he was shown before the young and privileged King Ferdinand. The Captain and Fishermen told of the Sailor's stories of having sailed on Ponce de León's ship as the Sailor, in his dying breath, gave Ferdinand the logbook. Once Ferdinand found a page in the logbook with an archaic symbol, he knew that the Sailor's stories, as well as the legends of the Fountain of Youth, were true. As the Sailor lied motionless on the floor, Ferdinand sends his most trusted agent, an enigmatic figure known as The Spaniard, to find the Fountain.
Joshamee Gibbs' trial
- "I arrived in Londontown just this morning to rescue one Joshamee Gibbs from one appointment with the gallows. Seeing as you're still alive, I'd say it's all been very successful thus far."
- ―Jack Sparrow to Joshamee Gibbs[src]
The next day, people gather all over the streets of London, England as the town crier holds up a sign advertising a pirate execution. A little girl and her father made their way through a crowd as they entered into the Old Bailey courthouse. Meanwhile, the jailor brought in a hooded and manacled prisoner into the courtroom, which was filled with people who booed and hissed. The prisoner was announced by the bailiff as Jack Sparrow, though was revealed to be Joshamee Gibbs with a case of mistaken identity.
After the bailiff announced a mysterious Justice Smith presiding the court, Gibbs discovered that the Judge was actually Jack Sparrow himself in disguise. Although he recognized him, Gibbs couldn't give away his identity and get them both into more trouble. Having the foreman found Gibbs guilty, Jack sentenced Gibbs to a life in prison rather than a hanging, much to the anger of the courtroom and to the shock of Gibbs. After the trial, arrangements were made to transport Gibbs to the Tower of London.
As Jack made his way through the main corridor, he took off his Judge disguise. Regarding to the real Judge, tied and gagged in a closet, he made his way to Gibbs' prison carriage. Jack signaled the prison carriage driver, whom he had bribed to transport them to the coast, and joined Gibbs in the prison carriage.
Throughout the ride, Jack and Gibbs were able to catch up after their last adventure together. Gibbs informed Jack about the rumor that Jack himself was recruiting a crew in the Captain's Daughter pub. Although Jack renounced the rumor completely false, he was intrigued with the desire to find the imposter, as he needed a ship and crew as well. Seeing the Mao Kun Map in Jack's coat, Gibbs then asked Jack of his search for the Fountain of Youth. Jack said that it was temporarily postponed, but was bent into finding it, vowing that he would taste the waters of the Fountain.
The carriage abruptly stopped amidst their discussion, which made Jack believe they reached their stopping point. However, once getting out of the carriage, Jack and Gibbs discovered that they were completely surrounded by the Royal Guards outside of St. James's Palace. The Guards were able to pay off the driver to bring them to the palace. Gibbs asked Jack if this was part of the plan, in which Jack, after being hit by the captain of the Guard, replied with a simple "No".
Meeting with King George
- "You could guide an expedition?"
"With your permission, Your Heinie...you will be providing, then, a ship? And a crew?"
- ―John Carteret, Jack Sparrow and King George[src]
While Gibbs was taken to prison, Jack was forcibly dragged into St. James's Palace by two guards. Jack was dragged through the main hall for an audience with King George Augustus. In the royal banquet room, Jack was chained to a regal seat to await the arrival of the King and his ministers. While waiting, he tried to grab a cream puff from the table. Right when the doors open, a surprised Jack kicked the cream puff that he desired up into the air where it got stuck on the room's chandelier. A column of guards enter along with a retinue of servants. Lord John Carteret and Prime Minister Henry Pelham come in as King George himself entered the room.
After much confusion on if Jack was the real Jack Sparrow, King George and his ministers asked Jack to guide an expedition to find the Fountain of Youth. The King wanted to find the Fountain found before the Spanish did, as he didn't want them to gain eternal life. Pelham and King George requested Jack for his map, which they were fully aware that Jack was in possession of, but after reaching in his coat, Jack realized it was gone. Nevertheless, Jack revealed that he knew the way to the Fountain if they were to provide a ship and crew. Jack was then introduced to the captain of the expedition; Hector Barbossa.
Jack and Barbossa had a brief reunion, where Barbossa revealed that he was now a privateer under the authority of the Crown. Upon being asked by Jack of the fate of the Black Pearl, Barbossa told Jack that the Pearl was lost, and sunk, in a battle which also cost him his leg. Angered by this revelation of his beloved Pearl, Jack sprung forward, crawling over the table towards Barbossa, until two of the King's guards restrained him. Before King George and Barbossa resumed their business, Jack made one of his legendary escapes.
With the help of a planned escape route, Jack was able make his escape. Jack took two guards out with their rifles, which he also used on the chandelier to make it swing. He jumped onto the banquet table and kicked food at another guard before running across it. Jack then jumped of the table and tossed one of the chairs through a window before grappling up onto the top of the sill, where he would jump onto the chandelier and swing across the room. Barbossa and the King's men stared at the seemingly impossible escape. Jack made it to the balcony, and grabbed the creme puff that was stuck on the chandelier and ate it as he left.
King George reacted to the pirate's escape, but Barbossa assured him that he'd have it taken care of. Making his way through the palace, Jack was able to recover his effects from a guard. Jack was able to escape the palace through the window, but crash landed onto a carriage. He was accosted by a noblewoman, whom he robbed an earring from, before going through a city-wide carriage chase.
As the King's guards were in hot pursuit, Jack would jump from carriage to carriage as they rode through London's streets. Jack would soon take control of a coal carriage. The King's guards, on horseback, began to pursue Jack's coal carriage, in which the captain of the guard would fire his pistol at Jack which caused the coal to be set afire. The chase ended with Jack having able to escape the guards, except for one, who aimed his rifle right at him until Jack was saved by his father, Captain Teague.
- "We are at a disadvantage."
"Speak for yourself. Unlike some who pretend to be, but cannot in fact hold a candle to, I am Captain Jack Sparrow."
- ―Angelica and Jack Sparrow[src]
Inside the Captain's Daughter tavern, Teague informed Jack of the Profane Ritual, as well as one of the items needed for it, two silver Chalices. Although Teague advised Jack against setting sail until he knew every detail, he pointed his son to the group of men who were recruiting for a "modest venture". Before leaving, Teague warned Jack that the Fountain would "test" him.
The pub regular Scrum performed on his mandola until Jack appeared to question of him. After Scrum made a fool of Jack in the tavern, Jack was able to find the silhouette of his impostor lurking in the back room. Entering the storeroom of the Captain's Daughter, Jack confronted the impostor shortly before engaging in a stalemate duel. After a while of fighting, the impostor performed a move that Jack recognized and was able to deduce the identity of the imposter as his old flame, Angelica.
The two former lovers had a brief reunion, which consisted of Jack confronting Angelica on her impersonating him and Angelica revealing to be in possession of a ship. As soon as Angelica asked Jack of him having been to the Fountain of Youth, Scrum came in telling Angelica of the King's guards in the tavern. Scrum locked the door as Angelica began arguing with Jack. The guards soon burst in and a fight ensued, which ended with Jack and Angelica being able to escape through a trap door, which led to the River Thames. As the two came ashore, Jack inquired about the ritual Teague told him about, which Angelica knew about, as well as what was required. Angelica told Jack that a mermaid was needed as her associate, the zombie quartermaster, drugged Jack with a voodoo dart, knocking him out cold.
- "Take me with you. Any point of the compass—"
"Take you where, Gibbs? The Fountain? Aye? Is that where Jack be headed?"
- ―Joshamee Gibbs and Hector Barbossa[src]
Meanwhile, at the Tower of London, Gibbs' hanging was to take place in the execution courtyard with Barbossa and his officers, Theodore Groves and Gillette, presiding over it. Barbossa threatened to hang Gibbs if he did not reveal the whereabouts of Jack Sparrow. With no other choice, Gibbs revealed to be in possession of Jack's stolen map. Barbossa immediately demanded for the charts, but Gibbs took a lantern and burned the map. Though Barbossa called him a fool, Gibbs revealed he had enough time to study the map, and now had every route and destination memorized. With that knowledge, the only thing Barbossa could do was welcome Gibbs back to the Royal Navy and recruit him into his crew as the navigator.
On the High Seas
The Queen Anne's Revenge
- "You...are a ruthless, soulless, crossgrained cur."
"I told you I had a ship."
"No, Blackbeard has a ship. Upon which I am now imprisoned."
- ―Jack Sparrow and Angelica[src]
About five days later, Jack was awaken on a hammock and was forced to work by Scrum. It was from him that Jack learned that he was aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the infamous pirate Blackbeard. As the Revenge sailed through the Atlantic Ocean, Jack was forced to work with the other crewmen aboard the infamous vessel. While swabbing the deck, Scrum told Jack of Gunner and the officers who were zombiefied by Blackbeard's doing. Scrum later told Jack of Philip Swift's imprisonment after one of Blackbeard's raid. It was from this story that Jack discovered that their first mate was Angelica.
The Revenge continued to sail through the ocean as Angelica entered into the belowdecks, where Jack confronted her about his predicament. Angelica tried to convince Jack to go along with it, as they were heading for the Fountain of Youth. Though Jack believed Blackbeard would be a problem, Angelica assured him that Blackbeard would listen to her, his own daughter. Jack was confused by that claim, but Angelica was able to convince Jack that she was conning Blackbeard. Angelica also revealed to Jack that Blackbeard needed to find the Fountain because of a prophecy, foreseen by the Quartermaster, that revealed his death at the hands of a one-legged man.
The Spanish Encounter
- "The Fountain is the prize. It appears we be not even worth the time it take to sink us. Now, we've fallen behind! All hands! Make more sail!"
"All hands! More sail!"
"Ride hard between wind and tide!"
- ―Hector Barbossa and Theodore Groves[src]
Meanwhile, the HMS Providence sails across the Atlantic Ocean in its sanctioned mission for the Crown. The Providence was commanded by Barbossa and his officers, Lieutenant Commander Theodore Groves and Lieutenant Gillette. At some point in the voyage, Barbossa sent Groves to bring Gibbs to the helm so that he could provide a heading. After Gibbs and Barbossa argued over having a gulper though being privateers, Gibbs proceeded at looking at the ship's charts. Gibbs stated that they were going the right way as three Spanish galleons were at the horizon sailing towards them.
Realizing that the ships belonged to the Spaniard, Barbossa ordered his crew to battle stations. Though the Providence crew had the cannons prepared for battle, the Spanish galleons simply passed by without fire. Barbossa deduced that for the Spanish, the Fountain of Youth was the prize and that they weren't worth the time to sink. Knowing that the Providence had fallen behind in the race to the Fountain, Barbossa ordered the crew to make more sail.
- "Death...for certain."
"The garden of darkened souls."
"Untimely our ends will be."
"Unless...we take the ship."
"We take the ship, then. Now!"
"...Go on, then."
- ―Derrick, Garheng, Ezekiel, Jack Sparrow and Scrum[src]
Although he was trapped aboard a ship led by zombies and sailing to a place of certain death, Jack Sparrow continued to work with his fellow crewmen aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge. As he was lashing the topsail, Jack began to spread the word for a meeting by giving the message to Salaman. Word passed on from Salaman to other crewmen, particularly Ezekiel, the Cook, and Garheng, who gave word to Jack himself. With the message having come full circle, Jack was ready to begin his plan of action.
The Queen Anne's Revenge sailed at dusk, just as night was coming down upon the sea, as Jack met with the other crewmen at the gun deck to discuss the topic of mutiny. In the meeting, Jack revealed to the crewmen that they were deceived by not being informed of their destination: the Fountain of Youth. The men were shocked by this revelation and knew that death was certain, unless they took the ship. After Scrum and Jack gave the order to take the ship, the crewmen began their attack aboard the Revenge.
Taking the ship
- "I thought I should give you fair warning, we're taking the ship."
- ―Jack Sparrow and Angelica[src]
Shortly before the fighting started, Jack Sparrow went to Angelica's cabin to grab a sword and a pair of boots and warned his first mate that he was taking the ship. Angered by this, Angelica grabbed a sword and stabbed it through the door after Jack closed the door and locked it. The mutiny went on intensely as crewmen fought against crewman, humans against zombies. Jack himself fought with Gunner before joining Salaman in rescuing Philip the missionary, still bound to the mast. Angelica escaped from her cabin to join the zombies, taking on the pirates, defending herself expertly. Near the end of the fight, Jack outduelled the Quartermaster before some pirates lashed the zombie to a mast. Soon Angelica and the zombie officers were overwhelmed and defeated by Jack's mutineers..
- "Why do you do this?!"
"Mutiny. Our laws be clear."
"Our laws allow the captain to show leniency."
"I have given this man a chance to determine his fate. A gift not afforded to all."
- ―Angelica and Blackbeard[src]
Seeing that his band of mutineers had won, Jack thrusts his sword in the air and said "The ship is ours!" But the doors behind Jack suddenly open. The pirates stare with horror as Blackbeard himself walked out of his cabin, surrounded by smoke from fuses twined into his beard and drinking a bottle of whisky. Blackbeard looked across the deck of his ship, noticing his zombie officers were lashed to the masts and that his crew had done the lashing. After finding out, from Angelica, that this was mutiny, Blackbeard used his sword to bring the rigging of his ship to life and single-handedly quelled the mutiny. The majority of the pirate crewmen ended up entangled in a massive spiderweb of rope and rigging, bound, trapped like flies. Shortly after briefly confronting Jack about the mutiny, Blackbeard took out his pistol and proceeded to kill Jack, despite Angelica reminding that they needed him to find the Fountain. However, Blackbeard was interrupted by Philip, who he also attempted to kill until Angelica, fearing for her father's soul, stopped him once again. Touched by his daughter's faith, Blackbeard put away his pistol.
However, there had been an attempted mutiny and an example had to be made. And so Blackbeard decided that the Cook would pay the price for the mutiny, as he stood watch that night. The Cook was sent on a longboat and began rowing through the open ocean, with Blackbeard watching at the railing with his crew behind him. Despite the pleas of Angelica and Philip, Blackbeard had Greek fire unleashed at the Cook. As the longboat burned, Blackbeard told Philip he felt closest to his Maker when he saw pain and suffering, and believed misery lifts the veil from reality, showing life as it truly was. Philip denied this claim, saying he saw it revealed when kindness and compassion are shown to those in need, in times of hardship and tragedy. Though Philip said there was still hope, Blackbeard ignored the missionary and ordered "Again!" as Greek fire was unleashed once again at the already-burning boat.
Talk with Blackbeard
- "You will lead us to the Fountain. Yes?"
"Put another way. If I do not make it to the Fountain in time...neither will you."
- ―Angelica and Blackbeard to Jack Sparrow[src]
After the example he made with the Cook, Blackbeard knew he would not face another mutiny from his crew. But he still had to deal with Jack Sparrow, the man he rightly identified as the leader of the revolt. So Blackbeard had Jack dragged into his cabin. The Quartermaster stabbed a knife into Jack's shirt, pinning him against the bulkhead. Blackbeard told Jack that he must reach the Fountain of Youth before the Quartermaster's prophecy of his death comes true. After Jack took the knife to free himself, Blackbeard said it would do no better than his attempted mutiny. However, Jack revealed his mutiny served him well, as it put him in a position to where he could warn Blackbeard of Angelica, claiming that she wasn't his daughter. Though Blackbeard didn't believe his claim, Jack tried to convince him otherwise. Angelica entered the cabin as Blackbeard started to manipulate Jack by using the knife to carve through a voodoo doll he made, modeled after Jack. With the doll, Blackbeard was able to force Jack into helping him in his quest for the Fountain.
- "I did not note any fear in the eyes of the Spanish as they passed us by. Are we not King's men?"
"Aye! Hands aloft, and bear away! Stave on ahead to Whitecap Bay!"
- ―Hector Barbossa and his crew[src]
Later the next day, the HMS Providence was slashing through the waves on a course for the Spanish Main. On the poop deck, Barbossa sat back and relaxed while enjoying a silver plate full of sliced apples until Groves came to report rumors, amongst the crew, as to their destination. Barbossa ordered Groves to leave out the subject and make way, but Groves stayed. Seeing that the crew, including Gibbs, were so eager for this knowledge, Barbossa revealed that their immediate course was for Whitecap Bay, which was inhabited by mermaids. Murmurs of fear immediately spread through the assembled members of the crew, even leading one of its members to jump overboard and start swimming to a distant island on the horizon. However, Barbossa managed to inspire confidence into the men, with saying how the Spanish had shown no fear as they passed by, by asking them if they were King's men. And so Barbossa ordered the Providence to set full sail for Whitecap Bay as the crew members scurried to their positions, ready to take on whatever dangers they might face. Joshamee Gibbs, though, watched the deserter swimming toward the faraway island and mused, "And may God have mercy on our souls."
Dance of Deception
- "The truth, then, is it? Blackbeard has served his purpose. You and I can go to the Fountain together, where we shall bathe one another in equal shares of fame and other assorted debaucheries."
"And I tell you the ritual of the Fountain."
"Yes. The Profane Ritual."
- ―Jack Sparrow and Angelica[src]
As the Queen Anne's Revenge sailed under the moonlit sky, Scrum played a tune on his mandola as Angelica arrived on deck. Taking a bottle and two glasses, Jack offered Angelica a drink. Angelica was flattered, but also suspicious of Jack's actions. After recalling their previous encounters in La Martinique and Saint Dominique, Jack and Angelica entered in a dance aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge.
While Jack and Angelica danced on deck, Jack tried to gain knowledge of the Profane Ritual from Angelica, going as far as giving her a gift: a ring. Although she was skeptical into trusting Jack, Angelica revealed the ritual to Jack: water from the Fountain of Youth, a mermaid's tear, and the Silver Chalices of Cartagena. Angelica also revealed that the items would be used to take all the years of life from another, a victim, hence they couldn't go alone. Though Jack's willingness to find the Fountain was lessened, Angelica attempted to bribe him.
Angelica brought Jack into Blackbeard's cabin, where she revealed the cabinet full of Blackbeard's trophies—captured ships that were shrunk and put in individual bottles. Much to his confusion, Jack discovered that the Black Pearl was among them, though was annoyed when seeing a miniature Jack the monkey inside the bottle with the Pearl. Closing the cabinet, Angelica revealed to Jack that she needed those years of the victim for Blackbeard, revealing that she was truly his daughter. Jack tried to warn Angelica otherwise, saying that Blackbeard cannot be saved and that he would kill her, given the chance. But before they could go further into the discussion, where they each attempt to steal the Jack voodoo doll, the Queen Anne's Revenge arrived to their destination: Whitecap Bay.
- "The old moon in the arms of the new one. First of the summer. Perfect for hunting a mermaid's tear."
- ―Angelica to Jack Sparrow[src]
One of the items required for the Profane Ritual was a mermaid's tear, so Blackbeard needed to find and capture a mermaid. The landing party of the Revenge's crew quickly rowed to shore, where they deployed fishing nets in the shallow water. Blackbeard led some of his crewmen as they made their way to the top of the old lighthouse, where Salaman was able to get it in working condition. In the lighthouse, Angelica told Jack of the old moon in the new moon's arms, saying it was perfect for the mermaid hunt. Blackbeard then had several longboats, filled with his crewmen, sent out into the bay as bait.
- "Retreat, all! To land! For your lives! Retreat, I say!"
"Cowards! Back in the water! There be no refuge on land, on my word!"
- ―Jack Sparrow and Blackbeard[src]
Among the crew in the longboats was Scrum, who was forced to sing, by Gunner, in order to attract the mermaids. Scrum along with Philip, Ezekiel, the Cabin Boy, and Derrick ended up singing My Jolly Sailor Bold. After a while, when only Scrum was singing, a mermaid named Tamara appeared at the edge of the longboat. She seduced Scrum with her beauty while singing Scrum's song. As she sang, more mermaids started to appear to the crewmen. Tamara then attempted to lure Scrum into the water, but failed after revealing her true form.
This avalanches into a full-blown mermaid attack, in which the crew suffered casualties, including Derrick and Purser. Blackbeard was able to use his sword to control the Queen Anne's Revenge and unleashed Greek fire on the mermaids, forcing them to head for shore. Blackbeard's men then set up the nets for the mermaid's trap. However, the trap turned into a manslaughter as crewmen after crewmen were taken by mermaids. After saving Angelica from one of the mermaids, Jack made his way to the bay's lighthouse, where he would use whale oil to make the lighthouse explode. Jack jumped out as the lighthouse blew up. The explosion made the mermaids swim away.
- "Come, give a hand! Well done, sailor."
"Did everyone see that? Because I will not be doing it again."
"Back to the ship. We head for a protected cove. Now."
- ―Blackbeard and Jack Sparrow upon Syrena's capture[src]
Meanwhile, after making it to shore, Philip was able to catch a young mermaid, who he encountered earlier, near the rocks, but ended up letting her go. The Quartermaster throws a net on her as Blackbeard himself sees their prize and congratulates Philip on his catch. As Jack meets up with the crew, Blackbeard ordered them to make for a protected cove.
Attack on the Providence
- "Sir. The men—"
"They be dead already."
"They don't sound dead."
"Oh, is that so? Well I hear nothing but...seagulls. Nesting."
- ―Theodore Groves and Hector Barbossa[src]
The next day, the Providence arrived to the bay. A landing party of crew, including Barbossa, Gibbs, Groves, and Gillette came ashore to the aftermath of the prior night's mermaid attack. Gibbs urged Barbossa to give up the quest, but Barbossa refused. As Groves warned Barbossa that they must hasten, the crew immediately heard shrieks and screams as mermaids attacked the rest aboard the Providence. It was then that Barbossa ordered to continue on. Groves initially refused to abandon the crewmen, but Barbossa believed that there was nothing more they could do. Despite Groves pointing out, "They don't sound dead," he changed his mind after Barbossa pulled a pistol on him, saying that he hear only seagulls nesting. Barbossa then used his pistol to force Gibbs to give another heading. As the Providence sunk beneath the waters, Barbossa's crew followed Gibbs on their next heading.
Through the Jungle
- "It's to you now, Sparrow." [takes a blindfold off of Jack]
"Was that really necessary?"
"Best you not know the exact whereabouts of my ship. I be a cautious man."
"So be I. What I want first...is Ponce de León's ship."
- ―Blackbeard and Jack Sparrow[src]
The Queen Anne's Revenge sits anchored in a cove as Blackbeard and his crew made their way over the rocky shore of a mysterious island. Blackbeard was followed by Angelica and Jack, who was blindfolded so he wouldn't find the whereabouts of the Revenge. The rest of Blackbeard's landing party consisted of his crewmen including Scrum, Philip, Salaman, Ezekiel, Garheng, and the Cabin Boy. The zombies, consisting of Quartermaster, Gunner, Yeoman and Master-at-Arms, carried among them the captured mermaid, in a glass coffin, half-filled with water. Blackbeard took off Jack's blindfold so he could lead the crew through the island. Another item needed for the Profane Ritual were the Silver Chalices of Cartagena. And so with the help of his compass, Jack led the crew in their search for Ponce de León's ship: the Santiago.
Past hanging vines through the thick jungle, the crew wades through a murky river. Scrum assisted in carrying the glass coffin, though asked why they had to bring the mermaid along. Angelica informed him that mermaid tears don't keep, so they need her along for fresh tears. It was here that Jack and Angelica discussed the ritual, in which Angelica made it clear that both Chalices get the Fountain's water and that the person who drinks the Chalice with the tear gets all the years of life from the other. While holding a snake, Angelica stated that the years of life taken include all the years that person lived and could have lived.
The crew would soon stop near a river to rest for the journey ahead. During this time, Jack asked Philip if things don't go well for him, he'd like it noted that he'll believe whatever he must so he can be welcomed into Heaven. Philip suggested to Jack that he could convert, which Jack asked as an "as-needed basis". Before he could answer, Philip notices the mermaid gasping for air in the coffin and tried to alert the Quartermaster. Although the Quartermaster renounced Philip's claim of the mermaid needing air, Philip took the Quartermaster's sword and opened the tank with it, allowing the mermaid to take in the air. The Quartermaster took his blade as Philip shoved his bible into its place. Blackbeard then ordered the crew to continue on as Philip and the mermaid, feeling hopeful, stare at each other.
- "You know that feeling you get sometimes when you're standing in a high place? Sudden urge to jump? I don't have it."
- ―Jack Sparrow[src]
As Jack slashes his way through the jungle, he would lead the crew to a broken bridge at the edge of a chasm with a vast drop down to a rocky river. After Jack and Angelica briefly argued on where to go next, Blackbeard insisted that someone jump into the water below and retrieve the Chalices; and so he volunteered Jack. Though a mistrustful Angelica insisted that she do it, Blackbeard took Jack's compass and, with the assistance of the Quartermaster, attempted to make Jack jump. As Jack looked over the cliff, having the feeling of refusal to jump, Blackbeard pulled out his pistol at Jack. After Jack encouraged Blackbeard to shoot him, to save the jump, Blackbeard then threatened to kill Angelica.
Jack voiced his surprise by that statement, as he was threatening his own daughter. This prompted Blackbeard to order the Quartermaster to bring him six more pistols with only two holding one shot each, but not being told which two. Blackbeard then told Jack to pick one of the pistols. After Jack picked the first one, Blackbeard aimed it at Angelica and pulled the trigger; though it was empty. At this point, Jack believed none of the pistols were loaded as he grabbed one and accidentally fired it. Seeing that Blackbeard was serious about killing Angelica, Jack asked the Quartermaster whether he would survive the jump. After throwing the Jack voodoo doll over the cliff, the Quartermaster assured Jack that he would indeed survive.
Impatient on the circumstances, Angelica then prepared to jump, but not before Jack himself made the jump, plummeting down as he landed into the river. Angelica, Blackbeard and the rest of the crew looked down to see Jack surviving the miraculous jump. As the crew moved on, Angelica complimented Blackbeard on his plan, though asked if he knew which pistols were loaded. Giving her Jack's compass, Blackbeard assured his daughter that he did knew.
Finding the Santiago
Continuing their journey through dark jungles, Barbossa and Gibbs complained about it being nice to have a map or a ship. Barbossa immediately ordered everyone in the crew to stop as he carefully grabbed a little, but deadly dart frog from Gibbs' shoulder. He then puts it in a jar, held by Groves, adding it with more frogs that he recently started collecting. As a bewildered Gibbs stared at Barbossa's unique collection, Barbossa ordered his crew to push on. Glaring at his collection of frogs, Barbossa said to himself that fortune continued to favor him.
Simultaneously, in a different area of the island, Jack Sparrow raced through the jungle. He made his way to a clearing where he would run across a beach towards an enormous archway. Through the archway, Jack was able to see Ponce de León's legendary ship, the Santiago, wrecked and perched on the very top of a seaside cliff. After having a moment to himself, Jack walked towards the mountainside where he would start climbing towards the shipwreck.
- "You see the Fountain?"
"No, but we are close. Bring the creature, cover its head!"
"She had a name!"
- ―Angelica, Blackbeard and Philip Swift[src]
Meanwhile, the zombie officers carried the mermaid's glass coffin as Blackbeard's pirate crew walked through the jungle. After Yeoman tripped, the tank fell to the ground and breaks. Water streamed out of the coffin, along with the mermaid. As she slid out of the coffin, the mermaid transformed into her human form as her tail turned into a pair of human legs. Blackbeard, Angelica, and the rest of the pirates stared as Philip stripped off his shirt and draped it over the mermaid to cover her. Seeing that they couldn't waste more time, Blackbeard ordered the mermaid to walk. But as she couldn't stand up, Philip volunteered to carry her.
The journey continued as the crew came upon a fig tree where they rested as Blackbeard scouted ahead into the jungle. Philip puts the mermaid down onto one of the tree's giant roots. He confessed of the mermaid's beauty, saying that she was one of God's creations rather that one of her sisters; though he believed her to be also deadly. The mermaid denied Philip's statement, revealing that she saved him because of him being different from the rest of the humans she faced. As both see that they were both different from their peers, Blackbeard returned. Claiming they were close in their journey, he ordered his men to bring the mermaid, referring to her as "the creature". Philip, believing she deserved to be named better, demanded she'd be called "Syrena".
An Uneasy Alliance
- "The Spanish."
"They're ahead of us, mate. I shall have a look at that map, if it's what I fear..."
- ―Hector Barbossa and Jack Sparrow[src]
At the top of the cliffside, Jack Sparrow was able to enter into the Santiago, precariously perched it is on the ridge. Upon entering the treasure-filled wreck, Jack spotted many treasures aboard. He also noticed the skeletal corpse of Ponce de León, a skeleton with magnifying glass staring at a map in his hand, on the Santiago's bed. Jack then had a reunion with Barbossa, who claimed he wanted the Chalices as well. The two briefly dueled, but because the ship was unstable, they couldn't move very far without the Santiagoleaning dangerously.
After bringing the ship back into balance, a chest slid out from under the bed, which Barbossa believed may contain the Chalices. But before they could grab the chest, the ship went unbalanced again. Jack and Barbossa worked together to put the ship back into stability to where they could have a look at the chest. However, they were too late as they found rocks inside the chest. Knowing that the Spanish had already taken the Chalices, Jack and Barbossa jumped on the ship's bed to have a look at Ponce de León's map.
Looking at Ponce's map of San Miguel, Barbossa deduced the location where the Spanish would most likely make camp. And so Jack and Barbossa made their way to ridge, where they looked down on the ruins of a Spanish fort in the jungle. While Jack and Barbossa were spying on the Spanish camp, the rest of Barbossa's crew joined up with the two. Jack and Gibbs were briefly reunited, in which Jack flicked Gibbs on the nose upon realizing Gibbs stole his map, before Barbossa had the crew continued on towards the Spanish camp to retrieve the Chalices.
The Tear and the Chalices
- "Look. Look! Staked out to die, to dry in the sun. Only half in the water, not enough to live, but just enough to make the dying slow. Think on it, your people, murdered, harvested for their tears. Syrena. Won't you cry?"
"All die. Even you. Soon, I hear."
"Listen. Listen. Can you not hear your sisters scream? Do you not hear them? We need but one tear."
- ―Blackbeard and Syrena[src]
Blackbeard and his crew arrive to the Jungle Pools where lied the remains of mermaids that had previously been harvested of their tears. After Syrena was put into one of the pools, Blackbeard told her of how her fellow mermaids were left to die a slow, painful death. However, Syrena would not yield. So Blackbeard, upon learning that Syrena and Philip fancy each other, decided to use Philip. He had the Quartermaster kill Philip so that Syrena would cry tears of sorrow. However, even after what she had witnessed, Syrena still didn't cry; and so Blackbeard ordered her to be tied up like the rest of the mermaids and had Philip's body dragged into a nearby ravine.
Sometime later, Philip would wake up with a dart on his chest. He ran over towards Syrena and untied the rope binding her. Amazed by Philip's survival, as well as his reason for coming for her, Syrena smiled with tears welling up in her eyes. Blackbeard and his crew immediately appear. Gunner restrained Philip while the other crewmen grabbed Syrena. Using a vial, Scrum was able to retrieve Syrena's tears of joy. Scrum handed the vial to Angelica and Blackbeard. Though Philip told Blackbeard to let her go as she wasn't needed anymore, Blackbeard ordered Syrena to be left to die with the other mermaids at the pools.
- "Come, come, Hector. If you wanted the Chalices, you'd seen they were missing and gone. You were lying in wait for Blackbeard."
- ―Jack Sparrow to Hector Barbossa[src]
As Barbossa's crew journeyed through the bamboo grove to the Spanish camp, Jack and Gibbs discussed Jack's problem of rescuing Angelica, saying that she was a damsel, rather than a simple girl, that he had feelings for long ago and left. Once the group was close to the Spanish camp, Barbossa ordered Groves to stay behind and wait for the signal. Groves then watched as Barbossa and Jack then went through the jungle and waded across the river as they headed to the enemy camp together.
In the ruins of the long-abandoned fort, now nearly covered by jungle, Jack and Barbossa managed to infiltrate the Spanish camp, where the Spaniard and his men were staying at to examine the Chalices. As they made their way to the tents, Barbossa revealed that his sword was poisoned from the innards of poisonous "toads", which could kill someone in minutes. After stealthily stealing the Chalices from a Spanish officer, Jack and Barbossa attempted to walk out of the camp. However, after fighting off several Spanish soldiers, they were captured by a dozen soldiers who aimed their rifles at them. Now prisoners of the Spanish, Barbossa and Jack were stripped of their possessions and tied around palm trees.
As Jack and Barbossa sat, they exchanged drinks from Barbossa's hidden rum supply from his peg leg. Giving a toast to revenge, Jack accused Barbossa of not having wanted the Chalices aboard the Santiago, but waiting for Blackbeard. While relaying on Blackbeard's attack on the Black Pearl to Jack, Barbossa admitted his true agenda since the very night it happened. Barbossa had not cared for either King George or the Fountain of Youth, but for a chance at taking on Blackbeard with his poisoned sword. Jack assured Barbossa that he'd get the chance before Jack was able to free his bondaged hands, being able to escape. Swinging from palm trees, Jack was able to distract the Spanish soldiers while Groves, taking Jack's escape as the signal, freed Barbossa. After knocking out the Spanish soldiers, Jack raced his way to meet with Barbossa's crew, with the Chalices in hand.
Negotiating with Blackbeard
- "Now, before I just go handing them over, I do have one or two conditions."
- ―Jack Sparrow and Blackbeard[src]
The next day, while holding Jack's compass, Angelica led Blackbeard's crew as she made her way through the jungle. Angelica suddenly found Jack pointing his sword at her neck. Jack presented the Chalices, which were tied onto a wild boar held on a leash by Gibbs. However, Jack wasn't willing to hand them over without a few conditions: no harm was to be brought to Angelica, the return of his compass, and the freedom of Gibbs. Blackbeard impatiently considered it done as Gibbs freed the boar while grabbing the Chalices. Gibbs gave Blackbeard the Chalices and Jack gave Gibbs his compass, saying "this will lead you to freedom," as he left with Blackbeard and his crew. Now at the end of their quest, Blackbeard's crew headed towards the Fountain of Youth.
The Fountain of Youth
Having the route to the Fountain of Youth memorized, Jack Sparrow searched through the jungles to find the cave entrance to the Fountain. After searching through many huge palm fronds, Jack spotted a water droplet travelling up on one of the fronds, defying gravity. He watched it as it crawled upward, then started toying with it between his fingers. Squinting through the droplet, Jack spotted a rock wall with the archaic symbol of the Fountain carved on it. The droplet broke free of Jack's finger and floated upward just as Jack discovered the Fountain's cave entrance. Torches lit and in hand, the 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.
Arriving at the Fountain
- "Jack. I'm starting to think you don't know where you're going."
"It is not the destination so much as the journey, they say."
- ―Angelica and Jack Sparrow[src]
Upon seeing the seemingly end of their quest, Angelica began to suspect that Jack didn't know where he was going. Jack then staged an unsuccessful attempt to gain entrance into the Fountain of Youth by hitting the two Chalices against one another. Angelica then asked Jack if he had truly been to the Fountain, in which Jack implied that he didn't. Angered by the revelation, Blackbeard ordered the Quartermaster to kill Jack. The Quartermaster and Blackbeard both attempt to kill Jack by firing their pistols at him. But Jack survived and was able to read the words inscribed on the Chalices: "Aqua de Vida". Water then gradually rose up along the walls, collecting into a pool above their heads. Jack then climbed onto Scrum's shoulders, and used his sword to poke the pool until he was sucked into a misty environment. Jack then found himself in the Fountain of Youth.
Jack continued forward as Angelica, Blackbeard and the rest of the crew arrived. Right in front of them was the Fountain itself, a natural stone archway-like basin with water dripping through, at the center of the temple. Blackbeard's crew walked through the sacred chamber, where exotic creepers and clinging moss covered ancient skeletons that littered the stone steps. Jack walked up to the central stone reaching to touch the water, but Blackbeard stopped him, stating that he'll be the first to drink from it. However, Angelica turned to see unwanted visitors emerge, appearing out of the fog, and Blackbeard knew exactly who it was.
Battle for the Fountain
- "Whoah, whoah, hang on a minute! I just...I just need to understand something. Right, so. You will fight against them, they will fight against you all on account of him wanting to kill him? Where is the sense? Exactly. I say, let them fight each other! While we lay back, watch, have a drink, place some wagers! Eh?!"
- ―Jack Sparrow[src]
Barbossa stepped forward with his crew to confront Blackbeard. Angelica then realized that Jack had brought him there. Declaring Blackbeard as his prisoner by stating the crimes he had committed, including the loss of his leg, Barbossa pulled out his sword. Blackbeard pulled his own sword out and, feeling that fate had caught up to him with his prophesied death coming true, Blackbeard ordered his crewmen to attack. Jack bursts in between the parties, briefly stopping the fight. He suggested to the crews to only let the two captains fight each other, while everyone else lay back, watch, drink and place wagers. However, the fighting of two crews commenced as the two captains engaged in a duel to the death.
Both crews clashed against each other in battle as Barbossa and Blackbeard put up a fierce fight. In their deadlock battle, Gillette got in the way and was stabbed by Blackbeard's sword. Barbossa pushed Gillette's dead body aside and continued his fight with Blackbeard. The Quartermaster killed one of Barbossa's men, who dropped his sword. Philip tried to use the sword to break free of his bonds until the Cabin Boy freed him. As Philip got up, he was suddenly run through the stomach by one of Barbossa's crewmen. Clutching his fatal wound, Philip avoided the battle as he ran to the Jungle Pools to free Syrena from the same fate other mermaids endured before her.
As the fight went on, Angelica ordered Scrum to toss her the Chalices and to take the mermaid's tear to the Fountain. Scrum made his way up until Jack appeared, where they briefly dueled for the tear. Jack took the tear from Scrum and ran, only to find himself threatened by both Angelica and Scrum. After a few tosses, Jack ended up with the tear and Scrum ended up with the Chalices. Jack kicked the Chalices out of Scrum's hands over to the other side of the Fountain. Jack and Angelica then race towards them as Barbossa and Blackbeard dueled. After having tripped the privateer to the ground, an infuriated Blackbeard was about to finish Barbossa off. However, Blackbeard wasn't able to get that chance, as Barbossa pointed out to him, as more unwanted visitors arrived.
Crossroads of Destiny
From out of the fog, the Spaniard appeared, backed by soldiers carrying tall banners of the Spanish Monarchy. The fighting ceased as more Spanish soldiers surrounded the British and the pirates. At that moment, Groves ran toward the Fountain and unfurled the Union Jack, attempting to proclaim the Fountain in the name of King George. But Groves was shot by the Spaniard, who then requested to his men to make a note of his bravery. After forcibly taking the Chalices from Angelica, the Spaniard, after stating only God could grant eternal life, dropped the Chalices and stomped on them. The Spaniard tossed the Chalices into a deep pool before ordering his men to destroy the temple around the Fountain.
As the Spanish destroyed the temple, pulling down the columns with grappling hooks, the Spaniard confronted Blackbeard calling him a fool for seeking in the Fountain for what only faith could provide. Blackbeard debunked that claim as he felt a cut on his wrist. As Blackbeard turned, Barbossa stabbed him through with his poisoned sword. Angelica immediately ran to her father's aide, but cut her hand in the process. Seeing that Angelica was poisoned by Barbossa's sword, Jack ran to find the Chalices in the pools where the Spaniard had tossed them.
Barbossa picked up Blackbeard's sword and claimed it along with his ship and crew as payment for his lost leg. As Angelica desperately tried to help Blackbeard, the remainder of Blackbeard's human crew left with Barbossa. The Spanish struggled with a large column as Gunner and the Quartermaster fend off the Spanish soldiers. Jack looked up as the large column was pulled over and crushed the two zombies, as well as the Fountain. The Spaniard surveyed the Fountain's debris and made the sign of the cross before ordering his men to leave.
The Ritual Begins
Only Jack was left, still searching for the Chalices until Syrena emerged from the water holding the battered Chalices. Jack took them and Syrena warned him to not waste her tear shortly before disappearing into the water. As Angelica and Blackbeard were near death from the effects of the poison, Jack ran to the destroyed Fountain where he was able to get a few drops of water before it dried up. He then added the mermaid's tear to one of the Chalices. Jack then ran to offer Angelica and Blackbeard the Chalices. Although Jack convinced Blackbeard to save his daughter by drinking the Chalice that takes life, Blackbeard ended up drinking out of the Chalice with the tear and told Angelica to save him. Even after her own father's betrayal, Angelica willingly drank from the other Chalice.
However, Jack revealed that he may have switched the Chalices. With the tide turned, Angelica's wound immediately healed as the flowing waters of the Fountain rushed towards Blackbeard, dissolving his skin and leaving nothing but bones. Angelica stared in horror as Blackbeard's skeletal arm reached out to her before the skeleton collapsed in front of a devastated Angelica.
- "Philip, I can save you. You need only ask."
"...I seek but one thing."
"What is that?"
- ―Syrena and Philip Swift[src]
In the Jungle Pools, a mortally wounded Philip Swift dragged himself to one of the pools to get some water to put on his wound. As he splashes the water on his fatal wound, Syrena appeared in front of him. In their reunion, they made amends in their journey together. Philip stated that though his body was hurt, his mind was a peace because of Syrena. Syrena then told Philip that she could save him from dying. Philip then asked Syrena for forgiveness for all the trouble he brought to her. Syrena kissed Philip and took him underwater with her; their destinies uncertain.
- "One pistol. One shot."
"To kill myself before I starve?!"
"There's no trusting you, love. Besides, this is a well-traveled trade route. You can signal a passing ship. Or, you can just bite the proverbial bullet, as it were."
- ―Jack Sparrow and Angelica[src]
Jack had Angelica tied up aboard a longboat as he took her to Sola Fide Beach, a tiny desert island. Even though her own life was saved, Angelica told Jack that she hated him because he had her taking years from her own father. Upon arriving, Jack threw Angelica a pistol with one shot. Angelica desperately tried to convince Jack not to leave her there by first trying to get him to admit that he still loved her, then telling him about a treasure with jewels and that she was pregnant with his child. But he refused to listen to any of them; believing she was making them up. Then Angelica told Jack that she loved him, in which Jack stated that he did as well. But before they could kiss each other, Jack ran off. Angelica angrily called out to Jack and then used her one shot to try and shoot him, but missed. She was simply left to curse at him as he rowed away, marooning her on the island.
Meanwhile, Barbossa made his way to find the Queen Anne's Revenge with his new pirate crew. Barbossa was able to find the Revenge anchored off of the island, proclaiming that the ship was now his. Having changed into his pirate regalia, Barbossa took the helm of the Revenge as they sailed through the Caribbean Sea. He would later be given his old hat by the Cabin Boy, who had found it belowdecks. After putting on his hat, Barbossa pulled out his new sword and pointed it towards the bow, making the Queen Anne's Revenge to go full sail. Taking and ripping apart his Letters of Marque, Barbossa took full command as captain as the Queen Anne's Revenge sailed for Tortuga.
For the Pearl
- "So the Pearl. Any idea how to get her out?"
"We shall need a crossbow, an hourglass, three goats, one of us must learn to play the trumpet, whilst the other one goes like this." [waves his fingers]
"I know a man with a goat."
"Good, I can go like this."
- ―Joshamee Gibbs and Jack Sparrow[src]
Concurrently, as his longboat was beached on a sandy shore of the island, Jack walked up to Gibbs, who was perched on gnarly driftwood roots. As planned between the two, Gibbs used Jack's compass to locate the Queen Anne's Revenge and sneak aboard to obtain the bottled Black Pearl. Though Jack asked Gibbs how he accomplished it with Blackbeard's men aboard, Gibbs stated that he used the maneuver they perfected in New Guinea. Gibbs also revealed that he took all the other ships that Blackbeard shrunk and bottled, saying it was a shame to leave a fleet behind. While they had no idea how to get the Pearl back to its normal size, both pirates were determined to continue a pirate's life.
Behind the scenes
- The name of this quest was taken from various Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides material.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide
Notes and references
- ↑ It was shown that the events of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides were set in 1750. Therefore, the quest for the Fountain of Youth is set in 1750.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide
- ↑ The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
- ↑ The people who had used either the logbook and the map were able to find the Fountain.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Disney Second Screen: Pirates Of The Caribbean On Stranger Tides
- ↑ As evidenced by Jack Sparrow's knowledge throughout On Stranger Tides, he had to have gotten far in his search for the Fountain prior to the film.
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide, p8-9: "Captain Jack Sparrow"
- ↑ 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 9.12 9.13 9.14 9.15 9.16 9.17 9.18 9.19 9.20 9.21 9.22 9.23 9.24 9.25 9.26 9.27 9.28 9.29 9.30 9.31 9.32 9.33 9.34 9.35 9.36 9.37 9.38 9.39 9.40 9.41 9.42 9.43 9.44 9.45 9.46 9.47 9.48 9.49 9.50 9.51 9.52 9.53 9.54 9.55 9.56 9.57 9.58 9.59 9.60 9.61 9.62 9.63 9.64 9.65 9.66 9.67 9.68 9.69 9.70 9.71 9.72 9.73 9.74 9.75 9.76 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide, p51.
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (junior novelization), p.87
- ↑ It was revealed in the On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide and the "Tango Extended" deleted scene