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Up until its capture by Shay Cormac in 1752, the Morrigan served as a smugglers' vessel in the North Atlantic. Following the rescue of Chevalier de la Vérendrye, a French-Canadian Assassin operating in the area, by Shay Cormac and Liam O'Brien from the aforementioned smugglers, the Morrigan was seized by Cormac for use in the Assassin fleet.
During Shay’s mission to the Lisbon Temple, the Morrigan remained behind, and eventually passed into the hands of another Assassin following Shay’s supposed death. Months later, she was stationed at Fort Arsenal in New York City, when Shay Cormac and his new allies, the Templars Christopher Gist and George Monro aided him in its re-capture. From this point onward, the Morrigan served Shay’s in his Templar duties, aiding the Templar-supported British Royal Navy in their conflict with the French.
Such duties included capturing French settlements in the River Valley and North Atlantic Ocean, eliminating the Colonial Assassins' presence in the region, and liberating several groups of native Iroquois. In addition to this, the Morrigan traveled the globe to aid Britain's, and by extension the Templars' efforts in the Seven Year' War. These efforts saw her destroying a number of well-known warships.
In 1758 the Morrigan pursued the warship of the pirate-turned-Assassin Adéwalé, the Experto Crede, newly arrived from the Caribbean, and forced it to beach in Vieille Carrière. Two years later, during Shay’s pursuit of Achilles Davenport to the Arctic Temple, she encountered Chevalier’s Gerfaut once more, and this time managed to sink the Man O' War in open combat.
With the ship's armaments and equipment funded by the wealth of the Templar Order, the Morrigan was one of the most advanced warships of her time; she was equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry such as puckle guns, carronades, and burning oil. She also possessed the standard armaments including 34 broadside cannons, mortars, and an ice-breaker ram. Despite her smaller amount of cannons on board compared to the 46 guns on the similarly-sized brig Jackdaw, the Morrigan made up for this with the ability to fire twice in quick succession before reloading, allowing her to possess more speed and firepower. Due to the Morrigan's sleek design, she was much faster and more maneuverable than several other ships while still maintaining above average firepower for a ship of her size.
- Shay Cormac - Captain (1752 – unknown)
- Liam O'Brien - First Mate (1752 – 1755)
- Christopher Gist - First Mate (1756 – unknown)
During the Seven Years' War, the Morrigan sunk several ships under the command of the Assassins, pirates and the French Navy. Among them were several legendary ships.
- Argonaut - Sunk during a skirmish.
- Cauldron - Sunk during a skirmish.
- Couronne - Sunk during the Battle of Labrador.
- Equitas - Beached while pursuing Samuel Smith.
- Experto Crede - Beached while pursuing Adéwalé.
- Formidable - Sunk during the Battle of Quiberon Bay.
- Gerfaut - Sunk while pursuing Chevalier de la Vérendrye.
- Pilgrim - Sunk during a skirmish.
- Sceptre - Sunk during a skirmish.
- Storm Fortress - Sunk during a skirmish.
Behind the scenes
Through crafting, Shay could upgrade the Morrigan in a number of ways to enhance its weapons strength, hull durability, speed, cargo hold, and crew capacity, and whaling equipment.
A wide variety of figureheads, sail designs and wheels are available for the Morrigan.
|The Morrigan's figurehead||The first figurehead to grace the bow of Shay Cormac's signature ship, the Morrigan.||Crafting|
|Wolf figurehead||A figurehead representing a wolf, one of the forms taken by Morrigan, a goddess from Irish mythology.|
|Black Shadow figurehead||A figurehead representing a succubus, a shadowy demon from folklore.||Crafting|
|Mermaid figurehead||A figurehead representing a mermaid.||Crafting|
|Harpy skull figurehead||A figurehead representing a harpy, standard symbol of elite warships.||Crafting|
|Experto Crede figurehead||A figurehead of the Experto Creed, a ship that once belonged to the famed Assassin and former pirate Adewale.||Crafting|
|The Falcon figurehead||A figurehead representing a falcon. Rumored to have belonged to Le Gerfaut, one of the most dangerous ship to ever sail the North Atlantic.||Crafting|
|The Kraken figurehead||A figurehead that once belonged to the Storm Fortress, one of the most feared warships in the North Atlantic.||Completing all legendary battles.|
|The Jackdaw figurehead||A figurehead that once graced the bow of the legendary Edward Kenway's ship, the Jackdaw.|
|Blackbeard's figurehead||A figurehead that once belonged to the Queen Anne's Revenge, flagship of the dread pirate Blackbeard.||Crafting|
|Navigator's figurehead||A figurehead representing a navigator.|
|Aveline figurehead||Through a bit of Animus trickery, we fashioned a figurehead in tribute to Aveline, our first Abstergo Entretainment hero.||Completing the Louisiana fleet mission|
|Explorer's figurehead||A figurehead representing the conquering explorers of the new world.|
|Commander's figurehead||A figurehead representing a commander in battle.|
|British Lion figurehead||A figurehead representing a lion, traditional symbol of the British Empire.||Completing the Mediterranean fleet mission|
|The Aquila's figurehead||A figurehead which would one day belong to Connor's ship, the Aquila.||Crafting|
|The Morrigan's wheel||A wheel that once belonged to Shay Cormac's signature ship, the Morrigan.|
|Wolf wheel||A wheel embossed with a wolf's head. The wolf is one of the forms taken by Morrigan, a goddess from Irish mythology.|
|Black Shadow wheel||A wheel with a thick, dark wood stain.||Crafting|
|Ivory wheel||A wheel made of carved ivory.||Crafting|
|Blackwood wheel||A wheel made of sturdy blackwood.||Crafting|
|James Cook's wheel||A wheel once used by the legendary explorer, James Cook.||Crafting|
|Officer's wheel||A wheel made of bronze and wrapped with leather.|
|Golden African wheel||A wheel made entirely of gold.||Completing the Luanda fleet mission.|
|Templar wheel||A wheel engraved with the iconic Templar cross.|
|Navigator's wheel||A golden wheel with a sextant engraved upon it, the symbol of a master navigator.|
|Elite wheel||A wheel made of dark brown wood with metal diamonds.||Crafting|
|British Lion wheel||A wheel representing the British Empire.||Completing the Brest fleet mission|
|Jackdaw's wheel||A wheel that once turned the rudder of the legendary Edward Kenway's ship, the Jackdaw.|
|Kraken wheel||A wheel with the tentacles of the mythical kraken carved into it.||Completing all legendary battles|
|The Aquila's wheel||A wheel that will one day belong to Connor's ship, the Aquila.||Crafting|
|Blackbeard's wheel||A wheel that once belonged to Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's revenge.||Crafting|
- The Morrigan's default sails and figurehead featured intricate wolves in their design.
- The ship was named after the Irish goddess Morrigan, as referenced in the descriptions of the Wolf wheel and Wolf figurehead.
- The quotes and dialogues of the Morrigan's crew change when Shay reclaims the ship from the Assassins, showing that the crew members that Gist recruited replaced those serving the Assassins. Also, the uniforms and appearances of the crew members change.
- Like the Jackdaw, the Morrigan's equipment at Elite level, including puckle guns and mortars, are plated gold, but the cannons' appearance does not change. The burning oil barrels become reddish-brown. The Elite hull upgrade gives the Morrigan a crimson colored hull with silver plating on the hull and deck.
- Like with the Jackdaw and the Aquila, the Morrigan presents cannons on her top deck, despite this being historically inaccurate due to the hazards they present while sailing the ship. The inconsistence is overlooked as a way to display upgrade progression.
- In the memory "A Long Walk and a Short Drop", the flag Shay cuts down from the Morrigan's mast bears the Assassin insignia, even though the flag he flew during his Assassin years did not have such an insignia. It's possible the Assassins switched the flag in the period that Shay was believed dead. Also, despite being a privateer ship working for the French Navy, it flew the Royal Navy flag in its fore mast.
- If the Morrigan was fully upgraded with her default wolf sails and figurehead, her appearance became very similar to pirate hunter brigs that the pirate Edward Kenway faced during the Golden Age of Piracy.
- Historically, carronades were not available aboard naval ships until at least the 1770s.
- Despite promotional materials referring to the Morrigan's weapons as "advanced Templar weapons", all of her armaments were acquired during her time as an Assassin vessel, with carronades already equipped when she was a Royal Navy vessel, before that.
- In real life, with 34 cannons, the Morrigan would be classified as a fifth-rate frigate by the standard classification of the Royal Navy.