An Ill Wind Blows…
It seems the rage of Captain Flameheart is far from spent as he makes another play for dominance on the Sea of Thieves. Through the treachery of Stitcher Jim and the efforts of all those pirates duped into helping him, Flameheart has amassed the Tomes, Jewels and other ritual ingredients needed to raise up his most loyal followers as fiery Ashen Lords. The Order of Souls now urge sensible pirates to defy these new aggressors – but sensible may be asking a lot when pirates realise what can be done with their flame-spewing skulls…
ASHEN LORDS ARISE
The Order of Souls has divined the names of four Ashen Lords… so far. These deadly Skeleton Captains were nuisance enough before, but having pledged themselves to Flameheart and had the Ashen Curse bestowed upon them, they are now capable of terrible devastation.
The Order of Souls will pay well for the intact skulls of Captain Grimm, Red Ruth, Old Horatio and Warden Chi – a fearsome, fiery foursome. You’ll find these menacing figures stalking the islands of the Sea of Thieves, meaning that no Voyage or exploration will truly be safe!
FIGHTING THE FLAMES
Overthrowing the Ashen Lords is no easy task, as they wield terrible powers of flame imbued by their raging master. They are said to exhale fire and hurl burning rocks, raining fury and destruction onto those who would dare challenge them!
To make matters worse, an Ashen Lord will often burst into flames when using its gifts, so think twice about getting up close and personal in combat. Pirates are also warned that these miscreants can summon forth clouds of ash so dense that little can be seen inside – watch out for that flaming breath coming out of the dark! Speaking of which…
The Ashen Lords spit gouts of fire from their ash-encrusted jaws, which doesn’t necessarily stop when the skull is removed. In other words, an Ashen Winds Skull isn’t just a trophy for the Order of Souls, it can be used as a deadly weapon! Point the cursed cranium at your enemies and let it spew a torrent of flames for maximum chaos.
The Ashen Jewels inside these skulls contain the power of the curse and will dim as you use their infernal power. Be mindful of fully draining these gems, as they’re worth less to the Order of Souls with their power depleted. A little restraint will earn you the most gold and reputation!
Ashen Lords are an emergent threat, meaning that you could encounter one during any visit to an island on the Sea of Thieves. If you’re seeking out an Ashen Lord by choice, watch the skies for the new Ashen Winds Cloud like a tornado that marks the site where one of these tyrants has surfaced.
On your regular Voyages, just be on your toes for danger, much as you’d watch the waves for Kraken or Megalodon attacks while sailing. Should you encounter another crew carrying an Ashen Winds Skull, you can always try stealing it to cash in – but this loot is hotly contested and might prove too tricky to take!
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