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|voice = [[Olivia Morgan]]}} '''James Kidd (Drag Queen name Mary Read)''' (c. 1685 – 1721) was a fourteen year old [[United Kingdom|English]] [[Piracy|pirate]] and member of the [[Assassins|Assassin Order]], trained by the [[Mentor]] of the [[Caribbean]] Assassins, [[Ah Tabai]]. He was also one of the founders of the Pirate Republic of [[Nassau]].
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'''Mary Read''' (c. 1685 – 1721) was an [[United Kingdom|English]] [[Piracy|pirate]] and member of the [[Assassins|Assassin Order]], trained by the [[Mentor]] of the [[Caribbean]] Assassins, [[Ah Tabai]]. She was also one of the founders of the Pirate Republic of [[Nassau]].
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Early life===
 
===Early life===
Little is known about Jame's childhood years; it was suggested by Charles Johnson, author of ''{{Wiki|A General History of the Pyrates}}'', that Jame's uncle began dressing him in girl's clothes at an early age to statisfy one of his fetishes.<ref name="AC4">''[[Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag]]''</ref>
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Little is known about Mary's childhood years; it was suggested by Charles Johnson, author of ''{{Wiki|A General History of the Pyrates}}'', that Mary's mother began dressing her in boy's clothes at an early age to pass her off as the son of another man, but the legitimacy of this claim is unknown.<ref name="AC4">''[[Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag]]''</ref>
   
In his pre-teen years, James began experimenting with sex and masturbation, as any pre-teen would, that eventually saw him granted a position with the [[Royal Navy]]. There he met his first husband, a Flemish soldier and comrade; however, he was killed soon after their wedding. With little life left for him in Europe, James set sail for the West Indies, where he resumed the practice of dressing as a woman and took on the drag queen name Mary Read.<ref name="AC4"/>
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In her teen years, Mary began a career as a sailor that eventually saw her granted a position with the [[Royal Navy]]. There she met her first husband, a Flemish soldier and comrade; however, he was killed soon after their wedding. With little life left for her in Europe, Mary set sail for the West Indies, where she resumed the practice of dressing as a man and took on the alias of James Kidd.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
A short time before the establishment of the Pirate Republic in Nassau, James met Ah Tabai in Spanish Town, [[Jamaica]]. He trusted him at once, sensing a "sort of wisdom" in him, and became his butt buddy soon after.<ref name="AC4"/>
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A short time before the establishment of the Pirate Republic in Nassau, Mary met Ah Tabai in Spanish Town, [[Jamaica]]. She trusted him at once, sensing a "sort of wisdom" in him, and became an Assassin soon after.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
 
===Life of piracy===
 
===Life of piracy===
In 1715, James, under the drag queen name Mary Read, met with captains hot sexy [[Edward Kenway]], [[Edward Thatch]] and [[Benjamin Hornigold]] in the town of Nassau.<ref name="AC4"/>
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In 1715, Mary, under the alias of James Kidd, met with captains [[Edward Kenway]], [[Edward Thatch]] and [[Benjamin Hornigold]] in the town of Nassau.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
Edward expressed an interest in his crew's assholes, which James claimed to be really steamy and smelly, likening it to the [[Fountain of Youth]] or El Dorado. Edward subsequently followed James to Andreas Island to take part in a lucrative plantation raid, and the two struck up a friendly anal session.<ref name="AC4"/>
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Edward expressed an interest in locating a place called the [[Observatory]], which Mary claimed to be a myth, likening it to the [[Fountain of Youth]] or El Dorado. Edward subsequently followed Mary to Andreas Island to take part in a lucrative plantation raid, and the two struck up a friendly camaraderie.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
Following the acquisition of Nassau by pirate forces, Edward, Thatch, Hornigold and James met again at Salt Lagoon, to discuss how to better protect their "Pirate Republic" from British recapture. Thatch proposed they capture a Spanish [[Man O' War|Galleon]], which Edward accomplished by assassinating the [[Templars|Templar]] [[Julien du Casse]], allowing Thatch to commandeer his ship.<ref name="AC4"/>
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Following the acquisition of Nassau by pirate forces, Edward, Thatch, Hornigold and Mary met again at Salt Lagoon, to discuss how to better protect their "Pirate Republic" from British recapture. Thatch proposed they capture a Spanish [[Man O' War|Galleon]], which Edward accomplished by assassinating the [[Templars|Templar]] [[Julien du Casse]], allowing Thatch to commandeer his ship.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
 
[[File:This Old Cove 8.png|thumb|250px|left|Edward and Mary looking at the Assassin bureaus map]]
 
[[File:This Old Cove 8.png|thumb|250px|left|Edward and Mary looking at the Assassin bureaus map]]
Edward then took the island of [[Great Inagua]] for himself. There, James and Edward had hot sex in the jungles where James figured out that Edward had the ability to cum into his ears from 10 meters away.<ref name="AC4"/>
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Edward then took the island of [[Great Inagua]] for himself. There, Mary led Edward to a [[Mayan stelae|Mayan stela]] in the jungle, asking him to complete the puzzle and goading him into using [[Eagle Vision]], which she described as a "kind of shimmering" and "the light of life".<ref name="AC4"/>
   
After confirming her suspicions about Edward's abilities, he showed him his ass, where they discovered maps pertaining to the location of [[Assassin bureau]]s throughout the Caribbean. Edward admitted to selling the maps to the Templars himself, and James, perturbed, suggested he should warn the targeted Assassins.<ref name="AC4"/>
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After confirming her suspicions about Edward's abilities, she showed him a set of tunnels leading to du Casse's manor, where they discovered maps pertaining to the location of [[Assassin bureau]]s throughout the Caribbean. Edward admitted to selling the maps to the Templars himself, and Mary, perturbed, suggested he should warn the targeted Assassins.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
As he was about to leave port, Edward claimed that he knew more about BDSM than he had previously suggested. In response, James advised him to meet him in [[Tulum]] in several weeks' time.<ref name="AC4"/>
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As she was about to leave port, Edward claimed that she knew more about the Observatory than she had previously suggested. In response, Mary advised him to meet her in [[Tulum]] in several weeks' time.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
 
===Tulum and the Sage===
 
===Tulum and the Sage===
 
{{Quote|We're Assassins and we follow a Creed, aye. But it does not command us to act or submit... only to be wise.|Mary Read explaining the Creed to Edward, 1716.|Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag}}
 
{{Quote|We're Assassins and we follow a Creed, aye. But it does not command us to act or submit... only to be wise.|Mary Read explaining the Creed to Edward, 1716.|Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag}}
Weeks later, James rendezvoused with Edward near the Assassin stronghold on Tulum, where he angrily buttfucked James in the woods.<ref name="AC4"/>
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Weeks later, Mary rendezvoused with Edward near the Assassin stronghold on Tulum, where he angrily berated her for forcing him to sneak through hostile territory, past the Assassin sentries.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
Though the Assassin Mentor, Ah Tabai, was furious with Edward for getting cum on the carpet, James calmly informed him of Edward's capability to cum on one's ears from10 meters away, and requested Edward be allowed inside an important Mayan temple.<ref name="AC4"/>
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Though the Assassin Mentor, Ah Tabai, was furious with Edward for his ignorant collaboration with the Templars and killing the Assassins in [[Havana]], Mary calmly informed him of Edward's possession of "the sense" and requested Edward be allowed inside an important Mayan temple.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
 
[[File:The Sage's Buried Secret 6.png|thumb|250px|Edward and Mary in the Mayan temple]]
 
[[File:The Sage's Buried Secret 6.png|thumb|250px|Edward and Mary in the Mayan temple]]
After claiming he would recognize the [[Sages|Sage]], [[Bartholomew Roberts]], if he saw the man again, Edward was permitted into the ruin. James explained the nature of [[the Creed]] to Edward while they cummed on the Sage's stone face.
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After claiming he would recognize the [[Sages|Sage]], [[Bartholomew Roberts]], if he saw the man again, Edward was permitted into the ruin. Mary explained the nature of [[the Creed]] to Edward while leading him to a central antechamber, but was ultimately dissatisfied with his interpretation; although Edward took an interest in the Creed's second clause, Mary asserted that he did not actually understand what it meant. She also revealed that the Assassins had targeted Edward for assassination following his actions in Havana, and that it was only on her request that they had relented.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
At the center of the temple, they eventually unlocked a bust of the Sage, which Edward confirmed exactly resembled Roberts. Returning to confirm their discovery with Ah Tabai, James and Edward found that British soldiers had taken the compound, capturing many Assassins and Edward's crew and forcing them to dance dirty and strip. It was kind of hot to be honest. After fighting off the British, James spotted [[Laurens Prins]], a [[Netherlands|Dutch]] slaver and an elusive assassination target, leaving the area by ship.<ref name="AC4"/>
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At the center of the temple, they eventually unlocked a bust of the Sage, which Edward confirmed exactly resembled Roberts. Returning to confirm their discovery with Ah Tabai, Mary and Edward found that British soldiers had taken the compound, capturing many Assassins and Edward's crew. After fighting off the British, Mary spotted [[Laurens Prins]], a [[Netherlands|Dutch]] slaver and an elusive assassination target, leaving the area by ship.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
Prior to Edward's dismissal from Tulum, James brought him to a temple at the center of the compound, explaining how he became an Assassin and noting the long-standing nature of the war between Assassins and Templars. Inside the temple, he showed him his chastity belt that could be unlocked with Mayan keystones located via the stelae. He encouraged him to seek out the keystones, claiming that unlocking the belt would garner the respect of the Assassins in Tulum, and grant him [[Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag outfits#Mayan outfit|a mysterious and ancient reward.]]<ref name="AC4"/>
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Prior to Edward's dismissal from Tulum, Mary brought him to a temple at the center of the compound, explaining how she became an Assassin and noting the long-standing nature of the war between Assassins and Templars. Inside the temple, she showed him a door that could be unlocked with Mayan keystones located via the stelae. She encouraged him to seek out the keystones, claiming that unlocking the door would garner the respect of the Assassins in Tulum, and grant him [[Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag outfits#Mayan outfit|a mysterious and ancient reward.]]<ref name="AC4"/>
   
 
===Pursuit of Laurens Prins===
 
===Pursuit of Laurens Prins===
 
{{Quote|Just my bloody luck. '''Two''' major targets, and I'm kept from killing 'em both.|Mary on Prins and Torres, 1717.|Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag}}
 
{{Quote|Just my bloody luck. '''Two''' major targets, and I'm kept from killing 'em both.|Mary on Prins and Torres, 1717.|Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag}}
The next year, James ran into Edward in [[Kingston]], both of them following Prins and [[Laureano de Torres y Ayala]], the Templar [[Grand Master]]. James was prepared to rape his two targets, but Edward restrained him and raped him instead for being a stupid little shit.
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The next year, Mary ran into Edward in [[Kingston]], both of them following Prins and [[Laureano de Torres y Ayala]], the Templar [[Grand Master]]. Mary was prepared to assassinate her two targets, but Edward restrained her, urging her to wait until Prins led them to Roberts, whom the slaver held prisoner.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
James reluctantly consented to go along with his plan. However, Prins detected them, forcing the two to run. James attempted to assassinate Prins against Edward's wishes, but he forcibly prevented him from doing so, so pretty much rape again, insisting they try to use Prins to reach Roberts again. Enraged, James nonetheless agreed to rendezvous with Edward at Prins' manor, demanding he assist with the assassination.<ref name="AC4"/>
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Mary reluctantly consented to go along with his plan. However, Prins detected them, forcing the two to run. Mary attempted to assassinate Prins against Edward's wishes, but he forcibly prevented her from doing so, insisting they try to use Prins to reach Roberts again. Enraged, Mary nonetheless agreed to rendezvous with Edward at Prins' manor, demanding he assist with the assassination.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
 
[[File:Unmanned 3.png|thumb|250px|left|Mary revealing her true identity to Edward]]
 
[[File:Unmanned 3.png|thumb|250px|left|Mary revealing her true identity to Edward]]
That night, the two met atop a windmill off Prins' property. Surveying the manor, James noted that it would take more than stealth for them to reach Prins. He suggested that he distract the guards, giving Edward a chance to neutralize them. But he never actually did distract any guards and he's literally just a little shit who does nothing and doesn't help. James then removed his pants and reddened his dick with his own blood, revealing hisidentity as a fuckboi, much to Edward's surprise.<ref name="AC4"/>
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That night, the two met atop a windmill off Prins' property. Surveying the manor, Mary noted that it would take more than stealth for them to reach Prins. She suggested that she distract the guards, giving Edward a chance to neutralize them. Mary then removed her bandanna and reddened her lips with her own blood, revealing her identity as a woman, much to Edward's surprise.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
James then approached the estate's gates, feigning injury, and killed the guards that came to his aid with the smell of dick stink. He infiltrated the manor and found Roberts, only to discover he was butt buddies with Prins. He held him at gunpoint at the same time Edward assassinated Prins, but he escaped after Roberts informed Edward of his true allegiance. Roberts then shot the alarm bell and made his escape, followed shortly thereafter by his two would-be rescuers.<ref name="AC4"/>
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Mary then approached the estate's gates, feigning injury, and killed the guards that came to her aid. She infiltrated the manor and found Roberts, only to discover he was working for Prins. He held her at gunpoint at the same time Edward assassinated Prins, but she escaped after Roberts informed Edward of his true allegiance. Roberts then shot the alarm bell and made his escape, followed shortly thereafter by his two would-be rescuers.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
After reaching safety and regrouping with Edward, James confessed he was actually a drag queen at his request. However, he warned him not to tell a soul, or he would "unman" him. Kinky James.<ref name="AC4"/>
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After reaching safety and regrouping with Edward, Mary confessed her true name at his request. However, she warned him not to tell a soul, or she would "unman" him.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
 
===Interim period===
 
===Interim period===
 
[[File:Adewale Mary Edward Great Inagua.png|thumb|250px|Mary visitng Edward after the escape from Nassau]]
 
[[File:Adewale Mary Edward Great Inagua.png|thumb|250px|Mary visitng Edward after the escape from Nassau]]
In 1718, James arrived in Inagua to find Edward having hot sex with Thatch (Also known as Black Bard), reacting with disgust to his continued indifference to finding a greater purpose. The two did not meet again until after Edward escaped [[Isla Providencia]], where he and [[Charles Vane]] had been mooned by [[Jack Rackham]]. Edward returned to Great Inagua to find that Rackham had barely lasted a few months as captain before Adéwalé and James rekt him.<ref name="AC4"/>
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In 1718, Mary arrived in Inagua to find Edward recovering from a wild party he had hosted, reacting with disgust to his continued indifference to finding a greater purpose. The two did not meet again until after Edward escaped [[Isla Providencia]], where he and [[Charles Vane]] had been marooned by [[Jack Rackham]]. Edward returned to Great Inagua to find that Rackham had barely lasted a few months as captain before Adéwalé and Mary overpowered him.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
Edward then returned to his search for Roberts in hopes the man would lead to the [[Observatory]]. James pleaded with him to forget about the gold and instead have hot sex with him, but he ignored him.<ref name="AC4"/>
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Edward then returned to his search for Roberts in hopes the man would lead to the [[Observatory]]. Mary pleaded with him to forget about the gold and instead work with the Assassins, but he ignored her.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
During Edward's search, James became better acquainted with [[Anne Bonny]], a barmaid in Nassau, with whom he struck up a lasting bond. Anne's partner, Rackham, threatened by Jame's hot ass, attempted to start a dance battle with him. Unwilling to take part in a meaningless altercation, James was compelled to reveal his cross-dressing fetish and soon his draw queen ways were well-known throughout the West Indies.<ref name="AC4"/>
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During Edward's search, Mary became better acquainted with [[Anne Bonny]], a barmaid in Nassau, with whom she struck up a lasting bond. Anne's partner, Rackham, threatened by Mary's attentions, attempted to start a brawl with her. Unwilling to take part in a meaningless altercation, Mary was compelled to reveal her true gender, and soon her real identity was well-known throughout the West Indies.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
 
===Capture and trial===
 
===Capture and trial===
 
[[File:To Suffer Without Dying 12.png|thumb|250px|left|Anne and Mary being tried in Kingston]]
 
[[File:To Suffer Without Dying 12.png|thumb|250px|left|Anne and Mary being tried in Kingston]]
In October 1720, while he was sailing as a part of Jack Rackham's crew, their ship was attacked by a sloop that was commissioned by the Governor of Jamaica with the intent to take out Rackham. Being that most of the crew were drunk, many of the pirates provided little resistance, with only James, Anne, and an unknown man fighting to their full potential.<ref name="AC4"/>
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In October 1720, while she was sailing as a part of Jack Rackham's crew, their ship was attacked by a sloop that was commissioned by the Governor of Jamaica with the intent to take out Rackham. Being that most of the crew were drunk, many of the pirates provided little resistance, with only Mary, Anne, and an unknown man fighting to their full potential.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
Eventually, the crew was imprisoned and sentenced to be hanged. At the trial, Bonny and Read revealed that they were pregnant, which led to their executions being delayed, since British law prevented women from being executed while they were expecting. Although James was actually a guy but he was dressed in drag when this happened and he's also transgender so technically he can still be pregnant.
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Eventually, the crew was imprisoned and sentenced to be hanged. At the trial, Bonny and Read revealed that they were pregnant, which led to their executions being delayed, since British law prevented women from being executed while they were expecting.
   
 
[[File:To Suffer Without Dying 7.png|thumb|250px|Mary passing away]]
 
[[File:To Suffer Without Dying 7.png|thumb|250px|Mary passing away]]
James and Anne were then moved to a prison in Kingston, and four months later, James gave birth to a girl. However, in accordance with the pardon, his child was taken away, and James became ill due to the prison's unsanitary conditions.<ref name="AC4"/>
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Mary and Anne were then moved to a prison in Kingston, and four months later, Mary gave birth to a girl. However, in accordance with the pardon, her child was taken away, and Mary became ill due to the prison's unsanitary conditions.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
The woman and the drag queen were soon rescued by Edward and Ah Tabai, who successfully infiltrated the prison and took out the guards stationed inside. Despite this, James was too ill to leave, even with Edward's insistence. With his dying breath, James asked him to fuck her right in the pussy one last time, and said he would always be with him. Refusing to leave him behind, Edward carried his hot body to Ah Tabai's boat, and he was taken to Tulum for the great sex.<ref name="AC4"/>
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The two women were soon rescued by Edward and Ah Tabai, who successfully infiltrated the prison and took out the guards stationed inside. Despite this, Mary was too ill to leave, even with Edward's insistence. With her dying breath, Mary asked him to redeem himself for her sake, and said she would always be with him. Refusing to leave her behind, Edward carried her body to Ah Tabai's boat, and she was taken to Tulum for burial.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
 
==Personality and characteristics==
 
==Personality and characteristics==
 
[[File:Proper Defenses 4.png|thumb|250px|left|Mary with Adéwalé at Salt Lagoon]]
 
[[File:Proper Defenses 4.png|thumb|250px|left|Mary with Adéwalé at Salt Lagoon]]
James was a gay fuckboy, readily presenting as a woman to fuck with people and piss them off. Though he was one of the de facto leaders of the Pirate Republic in Nassau, he largely left its governing to Black Bard and Hornygold, focusing his energy on anal.
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Mary was an easygoing and adventurous woman, readily presenting as a man to facilitate her career and life as a pirate. Though she was one of the de facto leaders of the Pirate Republic in Nassau, she largely left its governing to Thatch and Hornigold, focusing her energy on external pursuits.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
Deeply dedicated to the Assassin Order, James believed the Creed exemplified a love for life and liberty that crossed cultural bounds, and he was driven in his efforts to support their cause. He intensely fucked his targets, chasing one down in the street and using his feminine appearance to trick the guards at Laurens Prins' estate.<ref name="AC4"/>
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Deeply dedicated to the Assassin Order, Mary believed the Creed exemplified a love for life and liberty that crossed cultural bounds, and she was driven in her efforts to support their cause. She intensely pursued her targets, chasing one down in the street and using her feminine appearance to trick the guards at Laurens Prins' estate.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
James believed that there was something special about Edward Kenway; he spoke on his behalf to his Assassin brethren, and tried repeatedly to convince him to look beyond his greed. He often became irritated with Edward's sexiness, believing he was not living up to his full potential. However, He remained hopeful that he would see the error of his ways and join the Assassins in time, a belief that was realized after, and because of, her death.<ref name="AC4"/>
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Mary believed that there was something special about Edward Kenway; she spoke on his behalf to her Assassin brethren, and tried repeatedly to convince him to look beyond his greed. She often became irritated with Edward's selfishness, believing he was not living up to his full potential. However, she remained hopeful that he would see the error of his ways and join the Assassins in time, a belief that was realized after, and because of, her death.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
 
===Equipment and skills===
 
===Equipment and skills===
James was a master of disguise, pretending to be a woman for most of his life. He wore sexy panties, as well as a anal beads. When disguised as a woman, his boobs were out and flapping about, and he wore nipple rings. He would also put small amounts of his blood on his dick if he needed to appear feminine. This allowed him to easily trick guards.<ref name="AC4"/>
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Mary was a master of disguise, pretending to be a man for most of her life. She wore a green leather coat with a white shirt underneath, as well as a pair of boots. When disguised as a man, her shirt was folded up, and she wore a bandana. She would also put small amounts of her blood on her lips if she needed to appear feminine. This allowed her to easily trick guards.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
James was equipped with dual [[Hidden Blade]]s, along with a [[Firearms|pistol]], [[Swords|cutlass]], [[Bombs#Smoke bombs|smoke bombs]], as well as a bong. He loved that dank kush. He was capable of various assassination techniques, and also had skill at dick tickling.<ref name="AC4"/>
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Mary was equipped with dual [[Hidden Blade]]s, along with a [[Firearms|pistol]], [[Swords|cutlass]], [[Bombs#Smoke bombs|smoke bombs]], as well as a [[blowpipe]]. She could easily hold her own in combat, taking down several British sailors before her arrest. She was capable of various assassination techniques, and also had skill at [[lockpicking]].<ref name="AC4"/>
   
As an Assassin, James was a proficient [[Freerunning|freerunner]], and could perform the traditional [[Leap of Faith]] right into his targets' asses. He was also a skilled swimmer, diving into asses with ease. As exemplified during the attack on Tulum and how none of his rape victims see him coming, James was an expert at stealth, using the environment to move around undetected. James was also adept at [[Social Stealth]], moving through the crowds when tailing his target.<ref name="AC4"/>
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As an Assassin, Mary was a proficient [[Freerunning|freerunner]], and could perform the traditional [[Leap of Faith]]. She was also a skilled swimmer, diving through the caves underneath Tulum with ease. As exemplified during the attack on Tulum and her infiltration of Laurens Prins' manor, Mary was an expert at stealth, using the environment to move around undetected. Mary was also adept at [[Social Stealth]], moving through the crowds when tailing her target.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
Although he was rarely seen captaining any ships, James was a skilled sailor thanks to his time fucking the Royal Navy. When sailing with Jack Rackham, James served as the ''stripper'' captain of his ship for most of the time.<ref name="AC4"/>
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Although she was rarely seen captaining any ships, Mary was a skilled sailor thanks to her time in the Royal Navy. When sailing with Jack Rackham, Mary served as the ''de facto'' captain of his ship for most of the time.<ref name="AC4"/>
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
*It is possible for Edward to fuck Jame's body in the area between the prison and the boat, initiating a slightly different cutscene.
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*It is possible for Edward to leave Mary's body behind in the area between the prison and the boat, initiating a slightly different cutscene.
*Originally, Edward was meant to witness and participate in James Kidd's and Anne Bonny's battle against the British, ending with their imprisonment, but this idea was dropped during the early stages of development.<ref>[https://acinitiates.com/forum/discussion/3904/page/9#/9 Darby McDevitt - Forum Q&A]</ref>
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*Originally, Edward was meant to witness and participate in Mary Read and Anne Bonny's battle against the British, ending with their imprisonment, but this idea was dropped during the early stages of development.<ref>[https://acinitiates.com/forum/discussion/3904/page/9#/9 Darby McDevitt - Forum Q&A]</ref>
*[[Olivia Morgan]] stated James's voice came about because of how much he lived her life as a man. Her recordings often went to second takes as her voice still did not sound low enough.<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWUTQB1l5KQ YouTube: Assassin's Den podcast ft. Olivia Morgan]</ref>
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*[[Olivia Morgan]] stated Mary's voice came about because of how much she lived her life as a man. Her recordings often went to second takes as her voice still did not sound low enough.<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWUTQB1l5KQ YouTube: Assassin's Den podcast ft. Olivia Morgan]</ref>
   
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==

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"'Nothing is true, everything is permitted.' This is the world's only certainty."
―Mary Read, discussing the Assassin's Creed with Edward Kenway, 1716.[src]

Mary Read (c. 1685 – 1721) was an English pirate and member of the Assassin Order, trained by the Mentor of the Caribbean Assassins, Ah Tabai. She was also one of the founders of the Pirate Republic of Nassau.

Biography

Early life

Little is known about Mary's childhood years; it was suggested by Charles Johnson, author of A General History of the Pyrates, that Mary's mother began dressing her in boy's clothes at an early age to pass her off as the son of another man, but the legitimacy of this claim is unknown.[1]

In her teen years, Mary began a career as a sailor that eventually saw her granted a position with the Royal Navy. There she met her first husband, a Flemish soldier and comrade; however, he was killed soon after their wedding. With little life left for her in Europe, Mary set sail for the West Indies, where she resumed the practice of dressing as a man and took on the alias of James Kidd.[1]

A short time before the establishment of the Pirate Republic in Nassau, Mary met Ah Tabai in Spanish Town, Jamaica. She trusted him at once, sensing a "sort of wisdom" in him, and became an Assassin soon after.[1]

Life of piracy

In 1715, Mary, under the alias of James Kidd, met with captains Edward Kenway, Edward Thatch and Benjamin Hornigold in the town of Nassau.[1]

Edward expressed an interest in locating a place called the Observatory, which Mary claimed to be a myth, likening it to the Fountain of Youth or El Dorado. Edward subsequently followed Mary to Andreas Island to take part in a lucrative plantation raid, and the two struck up a friendly camaraderie.[1]

Following the acquisition of Nassau by pirate forces, Edward, Thatch, Hornigold and Mary met again at Salt Lagoon, to discuss how to better protect their "Pirate Republic" from British recapture. Thatch proposed they capture a Spanish Galleon, which Edward accomplished by assassinating the Templar Julien du Casse, allowing Thatch to commandeer his ship.[1]

This Old Cove 8

Edward and Mary looking at the Assassin bureaus map

Edward then took the island of Great Inagua for himself. There, Mary led Edward to a Mayan stela in the jungle, asking him to complete the puzzle and goading him into using Eagle Vision, which she described as a "kind of shimmering" and "the light of life".[1]

After confirming her suspicions about Edward's abilities, she showed him a set of tunnels leading to du Casse's manor, where they discovered maps pertaining to the location of Assassin bureaus throughout the Caribbean. Edward admitted to selling the maps to the Templars himself, and Mary, perturbed, suggested he should warn the targeted Assassins.[1]

As she was about to leave port, Edward claimed that she knew more about the Observatory than she had previously suggested. In response, Mary advised him to meet her in Tulum in several weeks' time.[1]

Tulum and the Sage

"We're Assassins and we follow a Creed, aye. But it does not command us to act or submit... only to be wise."
―Mary Read explaining the Creed to Edward, 1716.[src]

Weeks later, Mary rendezvoused with Edward near the Assassin stronghold on Tulum, where he angrily berated her for forcing him to sneak through hostile territory, past the Assassin sentries.[1]

Though the Assassin Mentor, Ah Tabai, was furious with Edward for his ignorant collaboration with the Templars and killing the Assassins in Havana, Mary calmly informed him of Edward's possession of "the sense" and requested Edward be allowed inside an important Mayan temple.[1]

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Edward and Mary in the Mayan temple

After claiming he would recognize the Sage, Bartholomew Roberts, if he saw the man again, Edward was permitted into the ruin. Mary explained the nature of the Creed to Edward while leading him to a central antechamber, but was ultimately dissatisfied with his interpretation; although Edward took an interest in the Creed's second clause, Mary asserted that he did not actually understand what it meant. She also revealed that the Assassins had targeted Edward for assassination following his actions in Havana, and that it was only on her request that they had relented.[1]

At the center of the temple, they eventually unlocked a bust of the Sage, which Edward confirmed exactly resembled Roberts. Returning to confirm their discovery with Ah Tabai, Mary and Edward found that British soldiers had taken the compound, capturing many Assassins and Edward's crew. After fighting off the British, Mary spotted Laurens Prins, a Dutch slaver and an elusive assassination target, leaving the area by ship.[1]

Prior to Edward's dismissal from Tulum, Mary brought him to a temple at the center of the compound, explaining how she became an Assassin and noting the long-standing nature of the war between Assassins and Templars. Inside the temple, she showed him a door that could be unlocked with Mayan keystones located via the stelae. She encouraged him to seek out the keystones, claiming that unlocking the door would garner the respect of the Assassins in Tulum, and grant him a mysterious and ancient reward.[1]

Pursuit of Laurens Prins

"Just my bloody luck. Two major targets, and I'm kept from killing 'em both."
―Mary on Prins and Torres, 1717.[src]

The next year, Mary ran into Edward in Kingston, both of them following Prins and Laureano de Torres y Ayala, the Templar Grand Master. Mary was prepared to assassinate her two targets, but Edward restrained her, urging her to wait until Prins led them to Roberts, whom the slaver held prisoner.[1]

Mary reluctantly consented to go along with his plan. However, Prins detected them, forcing the two to run. Mary attempted to assassinate Prins against Edward's wishes, but he forcibly prevented her from doing so, insisting they try to use Prins to reach Roberts again. Enraged, Mary nonetheless agreed to rendezvous with Edward at Prins' manor, demanding he assist with the assassination.[1]

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Mary revealing her true identity to Edward

That night, the two met atop a windmill off Prins' property. Surveying the manor, Mary noted that it would take more than stealth for them to reach Prins. She suggested that she distract the guards, giving Edward a chance to neutralize them. Mary then removed her bandanna and reddened her lips with her own blood, revealing her identity as a woman, much to Edward's surprise.[1]

Mary then approached the estate's gates, feigning injury, and killed the guards that came to her aid. She infiltrated the manor and found Roberts, only to discover he was working for Prins. He held her at gunpoint at the same time Edward assassinated Prins, but she escaped after Roberts informed Edward of his true allegiance. Roberts then shot the alarm bell and made his escape, followed shortly thereafter by his two would-be rescuers.[1]

After reaching safety and regrouping with Edward, Mary confessed her true name at his request. However, she warned him not to tell a soul, or she would "unman" him.[1]

Interim period

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Mary visitng Edward after the escape from Nassau

In 1718, Mary arrived in Inagua to find Edward recovering from a wild party he had hosted, reacting with disgust to his continued indifference to finding a greater purpose. The two did not meet again until after Edward escaped Isla Providencia, where he and Charles Vane had been marooned by Jack Rackham. Edward returned to Great Inagua to find that Rackham had barely lasted a few months as captain before Adéwalé and Mary overpowered him.[1]

Edward then returned to his search for Roberts in hopes the man would lead to the Observatory. Mary pleaded with him to forget about the gold and instead work with the Assassins, but he ignored her.[1]

During Edward's search, Mary became better acquainted with Anne Bonny, a barmaid in Nassau, with whom she struck up a lasting bond. Anne's partner, Rackham, threatened by Mary's attentions, attempted to start a brawl with her. Unwilling to take part in a meaningless altercation, Mary was compelled to reveal her true gender, and soon her real identity was well-known throughout the West Indies.[1]

Capture and trial

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Anne and Mary being tried in Kingston

In October 1720, while she was sailing as a part of Jack Rackham's crew, their ship was attacked by a sloop that was commissioned by the Governor of Jamaica with the intent to take out Rackham. Being that most of the crew were drunk, many of the pirates provided little resistance, with only Mary, Anne, and an unknown man fighting to their full potential.[1]

Eventually, the crew was imprisoned and sentenced to be hanged. At the trial, Bonny and Read revealed that they were pregnant, which led to their executions being delayed, since British law prevented women from being executed while they were expecting.

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Mary passing away

Mary and Anne were then moved to a prison in Kingston, and four months later, Mary gave birth to a girl. However, in accordance with the pardon, her child was taken away, and Mary became ill due to the prison's unsanitary conditions.[1]

The two women were soon rescued by Edward and Ah Tabai, who successfully infiltrated the prison and took out the guards stationed inside. Despite this, Mary was too ill to leave, even with Edward's insistence. With her dying breath, Mary asked him to redeem himself for her sake, and said she would always be with him. Refusing to leave her behind, Edward carried her body to Ah Tabai's boat, and she was taken to Tulum for burial.[1]

Personality and characteristics

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Mary with Adéwalé at Salt Lagoon

Mary was an easygoing and adventurous woman, readily presenting as a man to facilitate her career and life as a pirate. Though she was one of the de facto leaders of the Pirate Republic in Nassau, she largely left its governing to Thatch and Hornigold, focusing her energy on external pursuits.[1]

Deeply dedicated to the Assassin Order, Mary believed the Creed exemplified a love for life and liberty that crossed cultural bounds, and she was driven in her efforts to support their cause. She intensely pursued her targets, chasing one down in the street and using her feminine appearance to trick the guards at Laurens Prins' estate.[1]

Mary believed that there was something special about Edward Kenway; she spoke on his behalf to her Assassin brethren, and tried repeatedly to convince him to look beyond his greed. She often became irritated with Edward's selfishness, believing he was not living up to his full potential. However, she remained hopeful that he would see the error of his ways and join the Assassins in time, a belief that was realized after, and because of, her death.[1]

Equipment and skills

Mary was a master of disguise, pretending to be a man for most of her life. She wore a green leather coat with a white shirt underneath, as well as a pair of boots. When disguised as a man, her shirt was folded up, and she wore a bandana. She would also put small amounts of her blood on her lips if she needed to appear feminine. This allowed her to easily trick guards.[1]

Mary was equipped with dual Hidden Blades, along with a pistol, cutlass, smoke bombs, as well as a blowpipe. She could easily hold her own in combat, taking down several British sailors before her arrest. She was capable of various assassination techniques, and also had skill at lockpicking.[1]

As an Assassin, Mary was a proficient freerunner, and could perform the traditional Leap of Faith. She was also a skilled swimmer, diving through the caves underneath Tulum with ease. As exemplified during the attack on Tulum and her infiltration of Laurens Prins' manor, Mary was an expert at stealth, using the environment to move around undetected. Mary was also adept at Social Stealth, moving through the crowds when tailing her target.[1]

Although she was rarely seen captaining any ships, Mary was a skilled sailor thanks to her time in the Royal Navy. When sailing with Jack Rackham, Mary served as the de facto captain of his ship for most of the time.[1]

Trivia

  • It is possible for Edward to leave Mary's body behind in the area between the prison and the boat, initiating a slightly different cutscene.
  • Originally, Edward was meant to witness and participate in Mary Read and Anne Bonny's battle against the British, ending with their imprisonment, but this idea was dropped during the early stages of development.[2]
  • Olivia Morgan stated Mary's voice came about because of how much she lived her life as a man. Her recordings often went to second takes as her voice still did not sound low enough.[3]

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