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2,800 guineas for his capture or death
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Sumbhajee Angria was the Pirate Lord of the Indian Ocean and Terror of the Arabian Sea. Residing in a palace in India, presumably Bombay, Sumbhajee used the honorific "Sri" and was known as a Hindu Priest. Sri Sumbhajee was one of many who assembled at Shipwreck Cove for the meeting of the Fourth Brethren Court.
Not much is known about Sumbhajee's early life, except that he was the son of Kanhoji Angria, the notorious Indian privateer who fought against the East India Trading Company for most of his life. At some point in his life, Sumbhajee became a Hindu priest, but left to gain his fortune as a pirate.
Sri Sumbhajee eventually became the Pirate Lord of the Indian Ocean, and disrupted trade between Europe and India by plundering rich merchant ships, particularly those belonging to the East India Trading Company. He owned many vessels, his favorite being the Otter, due to its ability to slip in and out of ports quickly, without being noticed by Company ships. He was widely feared due to the belief that he had supernatural powers.
The Company placed a bounty on his head, dead or alive, for crimes including piracy in the Indian Ocean, levying his own taxes, blockading the port of Bombay, and creating his own currency. The bounty was unusually low for his direct actions against the Company, and was only worth 2,800 guineas.
The Shadow Gold
On one occasion, the infamous adventurer Jack Sparrow stole Sumbhajee's ruby. Some time later, Sumbhajee came into possession of one of the vials of Shadow Gold, a mystical elixir which was said to have strange powers. When Jack came with his crew for the vial, Sumbhajee demanded the ruby. Though Jack gave him the ruby, Sumbhajee wasn't ready to give up the Shadow Gold so easily.
War Against Piracy
Losing his piece of eight
- "Capitane Sparrow, my piece of eight has gone missing!"
- ―Sri Sumbhajee to Jack Sparrow
In the 1740s, Sumbhajee answered the summons sent out by Hector Barbossa, and traveled to Shipwreck Cove, to attend the fourth meeting of the Brethren Court. The night before the meeting, however, Sumbhajee went to the Cutlass Tavern and became drunk. While in his drunken stupor, a pirate thug named "Stupid" Barnaby stole Sri Sumbhajee's piece of eight, and made off toward his base in the slums. Jack Sparrow would later arrive to Shipwreck Cove, and was sent by Captain Edward Teague to help him out. He then related to Sparrow that he had been robbed and sent him to the Cutlass Tavern to investigate. Sparrow identified and found the thief and then later returned to Sumbhajee victorious, having bested Barnaby in a duel, with the piece in hand. With his piece returned, Sumbhajee went to the Pirate Hall to attend the meeting.
The Brethren Conclave
- "Sri Sumbhajee proclaims this all to be folly! Hang the Code! Who gives a—"
- ―Askay speaking for Sumbhajee
During the meeting, Sri Sumbhajee remained silent, only using his aides to speak his mind, whispering in their ears or signaling to them. Sumbhajee supported Elizabeth Swann's idea of going to war with the East India Trading Company, but did not think electing a Pirate King to declare war, as the code dictated, was necessary, possibly because he knew that the Pirate Lords always voted for themselves. He signaled to Askay, who relayed his message against the code. Askay was then shot for his insolence by Captain Teague, Keeper of the Code. Sumbhajee then complied, and participated in the vote, using his other aide, Pusasn, to inform the Brethren that he was voting for himself. Elizabeth Swann won however, and she then declared war on the East India Trading Company. Sumbhajee broke his silence at this point saying (in an extremely high voice), "And so, we shall go to war!"
The Brethren then exited the hall anxiously, but were confronted by soldiers of the East India Trading Company, led by Black Coats who had infiltrated Shipwreck City on behalf of Lord Cutler Beckett, the Governor of the East India Trading Company. Sumbhajee and Ammand the Corsair were trapped in the Tavern Square, and were able to defeat their enemies with the assistance of Jack Sparrow. Sumbhajee then made it to the Otter, and departed with the rest of the fleet.
- "And so, we shall go to war!"
- ―Sri Sumbhajee to the Brethren Court
Unfortunately the Brethren's small fleet were confronted by Beckett's entire armada lay before them. Realizing it was too late to retreat, King Swann, Jack Sparrow, and Hector Barbossa attempted to parley with the Company. No agreement was reached however, and the battle was iminent. King Swann ordered the fleet to raise the colours, and Sri Sumbhajee ordered his flag to be raised and gazed over the sea with dark forboding. Soon after this the skies darkened and a storm formed around the fleet and a massive maelstrom formed in between the two fleets, perhaps as Sumbhajee had percieved. Sri Sumbhajee and his crew watched as Hector Barbossa's ship, the Black Pearl, entered maelstrom to fight the Flying Dutchman. After the battle, Sumbhajee and his crew celebrated the Brethren's victory, as the armada broke apart following the deaths of Davy Jones and Lord Beckett.
Personality and traits
Sumbhajee acted very regally, dressing finely and having others speak for him, both due to his own superiority complex, and his high-pitched voice. He was also very wise and intelligent, earning both the respect and trust of fellow Pirate Lord, Capitaine Chevalle.
Sumbhajee wore long green, red, and golden brown robes. He had both a green and red turban that he wore at all times, clasped with a gold and pearl brooch. Sumbhajee also had a long grey beard that tingled when bad things were about to happen or when untrustworthy people were near. Sumbhajee had a very high falsetto voice, one reason why he rarely talked himself, using his assistants to talk for him during official meetings.
Equipment and skills
- "They do say he knows everything. They say he has supernatural powers."
- ―Billy Turner on Sri Sumbhajee
Sumbhajee possessed both a pistol and a sword. He also had a unique piece of eight, as did all the Pirate Lords. His piece was a snuff box fashioned from a calf-horn on a string, which he kept on his person at all times. It was destroyed with the other pieces of eight during the freeing of Calypso.
Behind the scenes
- Sumbhajee was portrayed by Iranian actor Marshall Manesh in At World's End.
- For his appearance in At World's End, Sumbhajee was the first historical pirate that appears in the POTC film series.
- In real-world history, Sumbhajee died in 1743, but in Pirates of the Caribbean, he is still alive in the late 1740s.
- Legends of the Brethren Court: The Caribbean (Mentioned only)
- Legends of the Brethren Court: The Turning Tide
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (video game) (First appearance)
- LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Non-canonical appearance)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Brethren Court
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Complete Visual Guide
- The Pirates' Guidelines
Notes and references
- ↑ Estimation based on Marshall Manesh's age during the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, and the fact that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides takes place in 1750, a few years after the events of At World's End.
- ↑ The Pirates' Guidelines
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 DisneyPirates.com: Pirate Lords Map: Sri Sumbhajee
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 DisneyPirates.com: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: "Shipwreck Cove"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (video game) "Shipwreck Cove"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
- ↑ Angus Konstam, The History of Pirates, p135
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