Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat
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Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat is an action-adventure video game developed by Westwood Studios and published by Electronic Arts for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. It was released in North America on February 17, 2002 and in Europe on March 1, 2002.
The game focuses on the adventures of Katarina de Leon, the daughter of Marcus de Leon, governor of the Pirate Isles, and Mara Rousseau, leader of the Pirates of Skull Cove, as she sails the Five Seas in search of her mother’s grave, and the whereabouts of Captain Hawke, the man who killed her father. In order to find Hawke, Kat must search for the mystical Chartstones, and brave the dangerous and savage islands of the Five Seas infested with Hawke’s men, the Crimson Guard.
Throughout the game Kat will find magical objects and artifacts, confront dangerous creatures and savages, complete quests for island inhabitants in return for help, wage naval battles against the Crimson Guard, collect booty and unearth buried treasure which she can use to upgrade her ship, discover the truth of her mother, Mara, and ultimately avenge her father Marcus’ death by defeating the evil Captain Hawke.
The introduction in the game's manual reads:
Years ago, the Pirates of Skull Cove were a band of misfits set on high adventure and gaining the riches of the Five Seas. Despite their blatant acts of piracy they acted as an unofficial government, protecting the many colonies from murderous scum and would-be dictators. They had their own harsh but fair code of honor; all who ran up the white flag were spared, no one was robbed who couldn’t afford to lose the money. The pirates of Skull Cove grew rich and powerful on the loot from fat merchant vessels that sailed with their mystic Chartstones between the ports of the Five Seas. After a long and profitable career their leader, Mara Rousseau, decided that it was time to settle down. She married the handsome governor Marcus de Leon of the Pirate Isles, and gave up the sea for a life with the man she loved and their new daughter.
Mara, however, had made enemies in her long career as a scourge of the seas. Her past came back to haunt her with a challenge she could not turn away from. Leaving her husband and daughter behind, she went out to sea – and did not return again, at least not alive. Marcus vowed that Mara’s past would never reach the ears of Katarina, his daughter – she would lead a normal, law-abiding life.
Katarina, however, had other plans.
When Captain Hawke and his Crimson Guard began taking over the islands of the Five Seas, Katarina, now grown into a strong and beautiful woman, could not sit idly by and watch innocent people subjected to theft and slaughter. She gathered together a crew of like-minded men and, christening her new ship the Wind Dancer, she raided Crimson Guard ships and used the loot to help those people hurt by Captain Hawke’s rise to power. Unbeknownst to Kat, she had begun to follow in her mother’s footsteps. It was only a matter of time before Captain Hawke’s gaze turned to the young Katarina de Leon…