The Ring of the Valhalla
The Royal Cross of King Charles II....
This ring was given to Black when he was
given commission of the HMS Royal Oak,
his very first Command. As he and the King were old friends,
the ring was a gift of Gratitude and Thanks.
You see, several years before, Black had saved the King's life.
The HMS Parliament was transporting
his Majesty from New Castle down the English Channel.
Just before making port in Canterbury,
the "Parliament" was attacked by a Dutch Man of War.
Many English Sailors and Marines lost their lives that day
and King Charles would've been just another casualty
had it not been for the quick action of Lt Black who,
just before the English Ship's hull was splintered by Dutch cannon fire,
grabbed the King by his collar and dove over the side with him.
He was able to swim them both to the English side of the
channel with minimal injury.
The Ring itself was designed by King Charles.
Fifteen small rubies set in the cross.
The Cross lying over a blood gemstone.
The Rubies signifying Passion and Love of Life.
The Blood stone meaning Strength of Body, Loyalty, and Strong Will.
All qualities that one must possess in order to wear the ring.
It may be strange to hear pirates using words like Loyalty and Respect,
however the most successful pirates actually had Loyal Crews,
and they Respected their Captain because of this Success.
Many Pirates also fought for Honorable causes.
For example, some fought against
Western Governmental Oppression imposed on the
Island natives themselves.
These "honorable" Pirates would attack Government sponsored
Merchant ships and 'take back' the gold, treasure,
and valuables these ships were trying to bring to the west.
Captain Black, being a rather Superstitious man,
considers the Ring to be a valuable Good Luck Charm.
And as such, insists that his crew (after a full year of service) also wear the Cross...
especially during times of Battle. You will see that the Valhalla's crew
can also be a 'superstitious' lot as they also wear the ring often.
So when you see the Captain and 'is crew there and about,
Tip yer Hat, Hoist yer drink,
and wish them well...
as they shall you!