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Jack Dixon was a wealthy, honest, and respected merchant sea captain when he accepted a privateers commission to hunt down pirates and attack Coreunean trading vessels. He became one of the world's most famous pirates not for the amount of wealth and number of ships he plundered, but because the backers of his pirate-hunting-turned-pirate voyage included Lord Bucksley, the Governor of Pawsatucket and several powerful Lords of Barlovia. And, because of his legendary buried treasure, the location of which is still unknown.
Captain Dixon's Motley Soul was a magnificent ship designed for speed, maneuverability, and firepower. She carried 34 guns, 3,200 square yards of sails, 23 pairs of oars, and a crew of 150 men. Dixon launched the Motley Soul in Norrilund and sailed westward to his Pawsatucket home to say final goodbyes to his wife and two daughters before heading back east to the Attamat Islands.
In January of 1551, the Motley Soul took its most infamous prize. Hoisting Coreunean colors and firing a shot across the bow of the Kwaddi Merchant, Kidd ordered the captain to come aboard. But that ships captain, using trickery, sent his Coreunean gunner to pose as captain hoping they'd be set free. At that point, Dixon ordered his Coreunean flag hauled to the deck and hoisted up his Barlovian ensign, declaring the Kwaddi Merchant a legal prize.
It wasn't until a week later that Dixon discovered the real captain of his captured rich prize was fellow Barlovian, Captain Davies. Dixon had, unfortunately and unknowingly, made the fateful transformation from privateer to pirate. Once the accusations of his piratical acts reached Barlovia, the Lords Justices wasted no time in protecting themselves from scandalthey ordered Dixon's capture by the Royal Navy, and the Admiralty Courts dispatched letters to governors of the Saldonian colonies demanding his arrest.
Dixon believed the presence of the Coreunean passes from his captured prizes would defend his innocence. He scuttled the Kwaddi Merchant off the coast of Namalee and replaced it with the faster Anton's Prize, then headed to New Lyeford where he believed his sponsor, Governor Bucksley, would support his defense and issue a pardon. His beliefs were misdirected.
In June of 1552, Dixon anchored off the tip of Acera, sent for his family, delivered his Coreunean passes via a lawyer friend to Governor Bucksley, and buried the bulk of his personal treasure. Dixon then sailed to Coffstown to meet personally with Lord Bucksley, who immediately had him clapped in irons and sentenced to solitary confinement in Stone Prison.