Even more so than most pirates, William Newgate’s daring exploits continue to be the subject of stories, songs, and romances.
His numerous daring thefts have inspired generations of storytellers and other pirates. Thanks to such efforts, Newgate remains one of the most enduringly popular pirates in the history of Realmgard, even nearly two hundred years after his death.
Newgate’s most famous heist looms large over his career — even as Newgate himself looms large over the history of Realmgard’s pirates.
Making use of a clever disguise, Newgate was able to infiltrate the Dwarven royal treasure vaults and smuggle out the Dwarven king’s stockpile of orichalcum piece by piece.
It remains a well-known fact in Realmgard that Newgate was able to make off with exactly 775 orichalcum ingots.
News of this daring heist spread quickly throughout Realmgard, leading to many ambitious adventurers set off in pursuit of Newgate and the location of his treasure.
The Dwarven king promised a massive bounty for anyone able to apprehend Newgate or return the stolen treasure, though many of those pursuing the treasure simply sought to claim the priceless prize for themselves.
However, Newgate himself eluded capture for years and the hidden treasure continued to elude discovery even long after Newgate himself was finally apprehended.
Newgate is also inevitably associated with the Elven pirate Timaea — so much so that it is taken for granted that the two were a couple. However, many scholars dispute this and note that very few of the details of Timaea’s life can be established with any clarity.
It is uncontroversial that Newgate had an Elf woman named Timaea among his crew, though scholars remain divided on how much of Timaea’s purported biography is historically reliable.
Little is known for certain about Timaea’s life before joining Newgate’s crew and she disappears from the historical record after his capture and execution, leaving her fate uncertain.
Theories and stories abound and remain a source of scholarly controversy — among the most persistent, though unverifiable, is that Newgate and Timaea were married in secret shortly before his capture and that she was entrusted with the ongoing protection of his hidden treasure.