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Vainglorious Bastards was a virtual representation of one of Edward Kenway's genetic memories, relived by a research analyst at Abstergo Entertainment through the Animus.


Charles Vane and Edward went after a slave ship to find information about the Princess.


  • Vane: So Thatch has been topped... Fuck's sake.
  • Edward: He was outnumbered. I couldn't reach him.
  • Vane: Devil damn the man, he was fierce. But his heart was divided.
  • Edward: It's hard to let go of the life you know best.
  • Vane: Aye. My own idiot father liked to brag about how he meant to purchase a ship of his own. 'I'll get a privateering contract, Charlie. Your old dad will be a captain.' Drowned in a whiskey bottle before he ever left shore. Right, Kenway... I been musing on this plan of yours. This... Observatory you're always going on about. How do we know it exists?
  • Edward: We find a slave ship called the Princess. Aboard should be a man called Roberts. He can lead us to it.
  • Vane: All them slavers work for the Royal African Company. Let's find one of their ships and start asking some questions.

The men began to search for a slave ship.

  • Adéwalé: What's our course, Captain?
  • Edward: We're looking for slave ships. Any that work for the Royal African Company.
  • Adéwalé: You don't mean to traffic in human cargo now, do you?
  • Edward: No. Jaysus, Adé. You know me better than that. We're only after information. Looking to find where the Princess docks in her spare time.
  • Adéwalé: The Princess... a slave ship?
  • Edward: Aye. Blackbeard told me there was a good chance we'd find the Sage aboard her.
  • Adéwalé: Captain. Vane just sunk a merchant schooner.
  • Edward: Damn! Can't that animal stay the course we agreed to?

Edward located a slave ship, known as the Royal African Pearl.

Vainglorious Bastards 5

The Jackdaw pursuing the Royal African Pearl

  • Adéwalé: Don't sink that slaver's ship, Kenway! There's hundreds of innocent men aboard.
  • Edward: I know. I know!
  • Adéwalé: She's spooked, Captain! The slaver's ship is running!
  • Edward: Damned fool! I'll get us in close!
  • Adéwalé: Damn that captain Vane! He's unloading everything he has.
  • Edward: He'll sink it if he's not careful. We'll get closer.

The slave ship disabled the Ranger.

  • Adéwalé: Vane's dead in the water!
  • Edward: I'm taking us close.

Edward sailed over to Vane's ship.

  • Adéwalé: Lay aboard boys! Fast as you are! All clear! Pull away!
  • Vane: Chase those bastards down, Kenway! I'll murder the men who scuttled my ship!
  • Edward: Keep calm, mate. Remember what we're after.
  • Adéwalé: Keep wide of the fort, captain. Those cannons have a long reach.

They managed to board the ship.

  • Edward: We're going over! Find the captain!
  • Vane: Come at me, roysters! You scurvy maggot brains!
  • Edward: Guns and steel answer louder than sticks and spittle, Vane!
  • Vane: I've more than enough of all that!
  • Edward: Just find the captain!

They overtook the men on the ship.

Vainglorious Bastards 7

Vane and Edward discussing their next move

  • Edward: This captain claims the Princess sails out of Kingston every few months.
  • Vane: All right. We'll set a course.
  • Captain: You made hash of my sails and rigging, jackanapes! You owe me a share.

Vane swiftly shot the captain.

  • Captain: Ah!
  • Edward: Damnit, Vane!
  • Rackham: Oh Charles! What a surly devil you are!
  • Vane: Don't fuck with me, Jack.
  • Rackham: But it's my mandate to fuck with you, Charles. Lads!

Vane's crew pulled their weapons on Edward, Adéwalé and Charles.

  • Adéwalé: Ah!
  • Rackham: See... the boys and I had a bit of a council while you were wasting time with this lot, and well, they figured that I'll be a fitter captain than you reckless dogs.
  • Vane: I'll cut you another cunt, traitor!
  • Rackham: This one I figure I may sell for a tenner down in Kingston. But with you two grog-blossoms, I can't take any chances.
  • Edward: You'll regret this day, Rackham.
  • Rackham: I regret most of them already. Tie 'em up. Cast 'em off.

Edward and Vane were left on the disabled Ranger.

  • Vane: I'll gut you, Jack Rackham! I'll open you up, I'll tear out your organs, and string a bloody lute with 'em!
  • Edward: Stop your god damned howling, Vane! It's no bloody use!
  • Vane: Well, well, the fearsome Edward Kenway speaks! Pray tell us, captain, how to quit this predicament! And tell us what genius you have for sailing a boat with no sails and no rudder!
  • Edward: Shut your gob!


Edward gained information on the Princess, but due to Rackham's mutiny, he and Vane were stranded on the destroyed Ranger.



Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag memories
Main memories
Sequence 1: Prologue
Edward Kenway
Sequence 2: The Spanish Main
Lively Havana - ...And My Sugar? - Mister Walpole, I Presume? - A Man They Call the Sage - Claiming What's Due - The Treasure Fleet
Sequence 3: The Republic of Pirates
This Tyro Captain - Now Hiring - Prizes and Plunder - Raise the Black Flag - Sugarcane and Its Yields - Proper Defenses - A Single Madman
Sequence 4: Retribution
This Old Cove - Nothing Is True... - The Sage's Buried Secret - Overrun and Outnumbered
Sequence 5: Mistaken Motives
The Forts - Traveling Salesman - Unmanned
Sequence 6: Shifting Sands
Diving for Medicines - Devil's Advocate - The Siege of Charles-Towne
Sequence 7: The British Invasion
We Demand a Parlay - The Gunpowder Plot - Commodore Eighty-Sixed - The Fireship
Sequence 8: No Regrets
Do Not Go Gently... - Vainglorious Bastards - Marooned
Sequence 9: Muddied Waters
Imagine My Surprise - Trust Is Earned
Sequence 10: Dead Reckoning
Black Bart's Gambit - Murder and Mayhem - The Observatory
Sequence 11: To the Lees
To Suffer Without Dying - Delirium - ...Everything Is Permitted
Sequence 12: The Eagle and the Jackdaw
A Governor No Longer - Royal Misfortune - Tainted Blood - Ever a Splinter
Sequence 13: Epilogue
The End - How Grand, Master Kenway!
Templar hunts
Opía Apito
The Taíno Assassin - Templar Ships - Right-Hand Man - The Trail of Lucia Márquez
Rhona Dinsmore
Bureau Under Attack - A Thief in the Market - Arms Race - Flint's End
The Maroon Assassin - Recruiting Maroons - Under Attack - The Commander's Ruse
Vance Travers
Oh Brother... - The Other Brother - Upton's Sorrow - Queen of Pirates, King of Fools
Assassination contracts
The Plantation Master - The Guard Post - The Slave Traders - The Judge - The Weapons Smugglers - The British Captain - Beach Bonfire - A Shipment of Powder - The Spanish Commander - Unlicensed Dealer - No More Taxes - A Botched Escape - The Pirate Captain - The Outlaws - Tomb Raiders - A Last Drink for the Road - Castaway - The Unworthy Brother - The Poachers - The Deserter - The Twin Dilemma - The Dreaded Pirate - The Expedition - The Slave Master - A Slaver's Business - The Informant - The Treasure Hunter - Shady Business - The Smuggler's Squat - The Outlaw's Cave
Naval contracts
An Eye for an Eye - The Law of the Ocean - A Spanish Plague - Driftwood - Silk on the Waves - Contraband - Private Escort - Blind Justice - The Realities of War - Hunter Gatherer - Papers, Please - Weathering the Storm - Smuggler's Den - A Personal Matter - The Final Contract
Aveline missions
The Rebel Camp - The Fort - The Tower
Freedom Cry missions
The Calm Before the Storm - A Common Enemy - Laying the First Brick - A Ship of His Own - Lifting the Veil - A Scientific Inquiry - Plant the Seeds - Down with the Ship - De Fayet's Last Stand