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"Black Oragon" Figurehead Fragment
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Origin

Oruç Reis and the Black Oragon

Type

Fragment of a ship's Figurehead

Effects

Steers ships towards bounty and rallies crew members

Downsides

Overrides manual control

Activation

Presence on a moving ship

Collected by

Warehouse 9

Section

Gama-658K

Aisle

520491-7646

Shelf

201874-9226-310

Date of Collection

1520

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OriginEdit

The flagship of corsair Oruç Reis, known as the Black Oragon, was the ship he captained during his long and prolific career pirating the Mediterranean. Made the governor of Algiers and allied with many nobles, he had a more of less free reign to plunder the ship off the Christians that controlled much of Italy.

He was liked by many and helped many Muslim refugees escape persecution when the Catholic religion began expanding to Spain. These acts earned him the name Baba Oruç (Baba meaning Father). Contemporary sources name him Redbeard, or Barbarossa. He shared this title with his elder brother Hayreddin Barbarossa.

This artifact was never seen in the series, but its tag (written in Ottoman Turkish) can be seen as a part of Warehouse 9's inventory in the episode "Endless Terror".

EffectsEdit

Blown from the figurehead of his ship, this fragment of carved wood acts as a homing beacon that steers ships toward locations containing bounty. 'Bounty' seems to refer to anything of value owned by someone not aligned with the captain. It doesn't need to be installed on a ship to function, merely being present while at sea seems sufficient.

It has a side effect of emboldening and increasing the morale of the crew, encouraging them to co-operate with captains orders and take to battle with enthusiasm. Counter-productively, it also disables any manual input from the captain, leaving him at the whim of the artifact's treasure-seeking guidance.

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