Killian is obviously well known but can you give a bit more context into how well known he is in terms of his reputation in BtH? Emma obviously knew he was a pirate when they first met but I don't think she recognized his name? Is he known through all the kingdoms or do certain ones know him better than others? Is he really the most feared pirate out there or does Blackbeard get that rep (as potentially hinted at in your recent extra)?
The timeline on this show is so damn wonky, but this is how I view the characters and where they fit into it for BtH.
Blackbeard was shown as a pirate in the Enchanted Forest pre-curse, when Snow was still a bandit. BtH takes place approx twenty years later, so Blackbeard (if he’s still alive) would be much older, and that’s why I decided to have the rival pirate in here be green eyed monsters be his son instead of him, and have the son be sort of coasting on his father’s reputation.
Since I decided to have Killian as “Captain Jones” and not “Captain Hook” and changed his timeline so that he wasn’t around to meet Milah, Rumple etc, he’s not hundreds of years old. He’s twenty-seven in the fic. Liam died when he was twenty, so he’s been a pirate for seven years. Long enough to have established himself, so he’s fairly well known among fellow pirates and people who associate with them (like the woman who worked in the tavern when they made port). Other sailors too, like the captain of Snow and Charming’s ship and the much-despised Lieutenant Courtice. But he hasn’t hit legendary status, or is famous enough for Emma to have heard of him specifically in her life at court.
He’s still a hell of a captain though. Always ; )