New Dawn of Pirates
The Hungering Deep
Merrick appears on Sharkbait Cove to tell the tale of how he summoned The Hungering One. Subsequently, he recruits other pirates to go to the specific co-ordinates of T-27 whilst playing his enchanted shanty to defeat The Hungering One in his steed.
He placed journals around the Sea of Thieves that told his tale and gave pirates who sought these out replicas of his drum as well as a unique tattoo. During the summoning of the Hungering One this tattoo would glow.
Bilge Rats and Skeleton Thrones
Duke makes his presence known in the Sea of Thieves, taking up residence in the Taverns across the Seas. He acts as the representative for the ragtag group calling themselves the Bilge Rats, and introduces a new currency type – Doubloons.
Duke and the Bilge Rats set up the Bilge Rat Adventures, challenges for pirates to show their daring. The first Bilge Rat Adventure involved finding and sitting in Skeleton Thrones that they had built and hidden across the Sea of Thieves.
The Sunken Curse
Rumours of artefacts beneath the waves are being whispered as Cursed Mermaid statues beckon pirates with mysterious murmurs. They began to appear in deep water and on shorelines across the islands of the Sea of Thieves.
Seeing them as an opportunity, Duke sets up the second Bilge Rat Adventure, asking pirates to test their mettle by destroying these statues and breaking their curse. Even though they might look beautiful and valuable, Duke warns that when approached these statues cause harm.
Re-discovering Cursed Cannonballs
Salty managed to locate a cannon once belonging to the Burning Blade. He made a deal with Wanda the Weaponsmith of Golden Sands Outpost, and the two dredge it up from the seafloor.
Wanda shortly afterwards became obsessed with reverse-engineering enchanted cannonballs from the magical properties of the cannon, wanting to create a new kind of weapon.
Eventually Wanda's experiments bore fruit as she developed a way to create Cursed Cannonballs. This experimenting however caused several side effects, Salty was used as a test subject and subsequently turned into a Skeletal Parrot, whilst Wanda herself began to lose her flesh.
Captain Warsmith Declared War on the Outposts
Wanda, blinded by rage at the Outposts' decision to deny allowing her to sell Cursed Cannonballs and coupled with her slow transformation into a skeleton, discarded her name and declared war on the Outposts.
Referring to herself as Captain Warsmith, she led a skeleton assault on all the Outposts, raising skeleton ships from the seabed to form her fleet.
After a three-week-long battle she was defeated, her last appearance being her going down with her ship in the Shores of Plenty region.
Duke Puts Cursed Cannonballs to Use
Through the ill deeds of Captain Warsmith and her subsequent downfall, the Cursed Cannonballs she sought to control have now been unleashed upon the Sea of Thieves. In recognition of this major event, Duke issued the next Bilge Rat Adventure by rewarding pirates who seek out and used these cannonballs against skeletons and other player ships. Duke also challenged pirates to use another mysterious accursed power, The Flag of the Reaper’s Mark, which was harnessed from Wanda’s Lab. A flag that when equipped would mark your ship on all ship maps.
The Devil's Roar is Uncovered
Shards from the enchanted figurehead of 'The Shroudbreaker' ship spread far enough to part the Shroud and allow pirates entry to a volcanic region coined as The Devil's Roar.
Stitcher Jim resided on Liar's Backbone and watched the region from afar, requesting pirates to bring him the fabled Box of Wondrous Secrets.
Grace Morrow managed to set up an Outpost in the Devil's Roar and warned of Jim's treachery.
The First Festival of the Damned
The Well of Fates comes to rest in the hold of the Ferry of the Damned. This Well of Fates allows pirates to dip their lanterns in and obtain a Flame of Fate which represents how they died.
The Bilge Rats decided to take this as an opportunity to honour the Ferryman and constructed Beacons around the Sea of Thieves which pirates could light with the flames from the Well of Fates.
A Fog Appears on the Horizon
The Sea of Thieves records its first instance of fog as more species of Megalodon begin to appear. There are four more different colourations of the creatures, with reports of a rare white version being encountered by some.
Cursed Mermaids Statues made a return during this period, this time precious Mermaid Gems can be obtained by destroying these monuments.