Everyone’s heard that pirate’s call each other “matey”. What you probably haven’t heard is that the word matey comes from “matelote”.
In the Caribbean this word was used between buccaneers to signify a life partner. Matelotes could inherit from each other, shared space, fought together, could speak for each other when one was incapacitated or absent, and more often than not the relationship was romantic and sexual.
That’s right folks. Pirates had a term for their gay life partners.
In light of this, I present to you a new alternative for significant other and partner. Bring back matelote.
(You can learn more about the practice of matelotage in: The Origins and Role of Same-Sex Relations in Human Societies by James Niell)
concept: space pirates who sound exactly like regular pirates, except replace all references to “the sea” with “the void”
“aye, the void is a harsh mistress,” the captain said, gazing out the window of her ship into the vast starry expanse. “she’ll take more than she gives, in the end. but those who are called to life in the void don’t know any other way.”
The most successful pirate in history
was a Chinese prostitute. Cheng I Sao
commanded 80,000 sailors and a fleet
bigger than most country’s navies, which
is why the government had to give up
and offer her a truce. She retired with
her loot, opened a gambling house, and
later died, peacefully, a 69-year-old
After weeks of long hours working on this AU series I am finally done! And just in time to order prints for the artist alley. I’ll be debuting these at San Japan so be sure to stop by and get the Voltron pirate crew together!
((Also big shout-out to @shotapopkupkake for reminding me how damn important pirate AUs are and for consoling me during the creation of these pieces. Even when I was a mess of feels in an art coma under my bed))
When Julius Caesar was kidnapped by
pirates, he laughed in their faces, raised
the ransom, and sent his men to collect
enough silver to pay it. While he waited,
he won them over (despite treating them
as minions) and gained so much trust
that they didn’t believe it when he said
he’d come back to kill them all. He later
captured them, got his silver back, cut
their throats, and had them crucified. Source