Backstory Update: Robert Warden
Thank you backers for getting us past the halfway mark! We want to share with you the story of Robert Warden, one of the two notorious captains of The Archipelago:
Robert Warden washed ashore in the Archipelago, his crew scattered around the other islands. Having lost his ship, his crew and his treasure, he began to assimilate in the Kalinago culture and found a new life of peace amongst the Arkanaguno tribe. Warden married a local woman and began to raise a child.
Fifteen years had passed, and Warden was happier than he’d ever thought possible with his new life. He thus resolved to find the fountain of youth to share its benefits with his family and immortalize them and himself. However, to the Kalinago, eternal life is a sin that disobeys the ideology that all things must eventually complete their cycle. Because of this, he lied to his wife and child of his reason for leaving and made way towards the sacred fountain on his own. After finally finding his goal, he drank from it immediately, guzzling the liquid substance, and then filled two gourds for his family. He intended to slip it into their stew unbeknownst to them and keep it a secret forever, so that they may be eternally happy.
Upon returning to his home, Wayehn, the local Shaman approached him, suspicious of his extended absence and half-cocked explanation for it. While a clever man, Robert was quickly outsmarted by the tribe’s elder and his intentions exposed. Since he had already consumed the mana himself, he could not be executed to prevent him from fulfilling his plan. To ensure Robert could not break the circle of life for his wife and son, it was decided that they had be to sacrificed in the heart of the volcano. They were immediately ripped from their home and brought to the summit. He was forced to watch, for the Shaman wanted to him to truly feel what his disrespect for Arkanaguno had led to.
After being excommunicated from his peaceful home, the former pirate found himself trapped in an eternal life of guilt, regret and madness. Instead of accepting the love-filled life the Kalinago had provided for him, he let greed dictate his path. He roamed The Archipelago in search for new meaning, attempting to practice the lesson he had learned from the Shaman. Driven by eternal isolation, guilt, and madness, he reverted to piracy, as it was the only lifestyle he knew besides the one he had before his tragedy.