Taking the traditional route, Tales of Vesperia's ghost ship reeks of classic RPG sensibility. Shrouded in fog and not shy about introducing itself as The Ghost Ship, Atherum isn't here to push any narrative boundaries. But… does it contain pirates?
At first glance, this looks like an open and shut case – the alleged pirate's corpse is slouched over a treasure chest, which seems could only be the dying pose of a greedy rapscallion. But then we read his diary, and he seems too noble to be a pirate. He died whilst en route to deliver a crystal which he believed could save his hometown and his beloved from destruction. But then we find this:
Definitely a pirate.
Simply called Ghost Ship, this nautical artifact weaves a truly chilling tale. It appears that something happened to the pirates that used to use this ship for all manner of maritime chicanery. Something so terrible that it forced them to flee without taking their treasure chests…
But what could possible strike such fear in the stout heart of a pirate?
As we wander the decks of this forgotten relic, the pieces start falling into place. Vampires love wealth and loot almost as much as pirates, so it's likely that they crossed paths while tracking down some treasure and the vampires decimated the crew. Now the pirates' spirits haunt their own remains, tormented by the unusual fate that befell them. Are we making this all up? It's up to you to judge…
Above: Also, the final boss, Capn Geist, is an undead pirate. Slam dunk!
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
Both Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass have great examples of both pirates and ghost ships, but we're choosing Phantom Hourglass here because it shows our very favorite pirate on board a classic phantom boat.
Tetra is a pirate, and she's on a ghost ship. It counts!
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