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Gerrit Gerritszoon “Roche Braziliano”

A notoriously cruel buccaneer, a privateer in Bahia, Brazil, before moving to Port Royal. He led a mutiny and adopted the life of a buccaneer.

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  • Alias: Roche Braziliano
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: Human
  • Occupation: Pirate and Buccaneer
  • Religion: Unknown
  • Allies: Pirate François l’Olonnais, Sir Henry Morgan, Joseph Bradley, and his first mate Yellows
  • Enemies: Spanish authorities and those who resisted him
  • Abode/Base of Operations: Port Royal, Jamaica
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Languages: Dutch, possibly Portuguese
  • Alignment: Neutral Evil
  • Affiliation(s): Buccaneer crew, pirates of the era
  • Significant Others: None specifically mentioned

Roche Braziliano, a Dutch Brazilian pirate from Groningen, enters the tumultuous world of piracy, marking the beginning of a notorious career. His very name, “Roche Braziliano,” translates to “Rock the Brazilian,” owing to his extended stay in Brazil during his early life. While little is known about his true origins, it is believed that he was born as Gerrit Gerritszoon and resided in Dutch-controlled Brazil with his family.

Braziliano’s life takes a dark turn as he becomes infamous for his ruthlessness and cruelty while operating from Port Royal, Jamaica. Initially a privateer in Bahia, Brazil, he swiftly transitions to the life of a buccaneer. His first expedition involves the capture of a highly valuable ship, successfully returning it to Jamaica. However, he later faces capture and imprisonment in Spain, only to escape, threatened by his vengeful crew.

Resuming his criminal career, Braziliano acquires a new ship from fellow pirate François l’Olonnais. He embarks on voyages alongside renowned figures such as Sir Henry Morgan and Joseph Bradley, becoming a prominent figure among the pirates of his era. His first mate, Yellows, eventually attains captaincy, furthering their exploits against the Spanish.

Roche Braziliano’s legacy is marred by his atrocities. Infamous for his drunken and debauched behavior, he would threaten violence against those who refused to drink with him. In chilling acts of cruelty, he roasted two Spanish farmers alive on wooden spits for not surrendering their pigs. His mistreatment of Spanish prisoners was equally barbaric, involving limb amputations and live roasting over open flames. The mere mention of his name by Spanish mothers became a hush word of fear for their children.

However, ultimately Braziliano vanishes from history. His fate remains an enduring enigma. Whether lost at sea in a tempest, secretly captured, or perhaps living out the remainder of his days in obscurity, his ultimate destiny remains a subject of debate, shrouded in the mystery of his menacing legacy.

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Medium humanoid (human), neutral evil

Armor Class 16 (leather coat)

Hit Points 110 (13d8 + 52)

Speed 30 ft.

16 (+3)18 (+4)18 (+4)14 (+2)14 (+2)16 (+3)

Skills Athletics +5, Intimidation +6, Perception +4, Sleight of Hand +7

Senses passive Perception 14

Languages Common, Aquan, Infernal

Challenge 9 (5,000 XP)

Background: Pirate (Captain)

Brutal Cunning. Roche Braziliano is a master of deception and strategy. When he makes an Intelligence (History) check to recall information about other pirates or maritime legends, he is considered proficient and adds double his proficiency bonus to the check.

Sneak Attack (1/Turn). Roche deals an extra 14 (4d6) damage when he hits a target with a weapon attack and has advantage on the attack roll, or when the target is within 5 feet of an ally of Roche that isn’t incapacitated and Roche doesn’t have disadvantage on the attack roll.

Evasion. If Roche is subjected to an effect that allows him to make a Dexterity saving throw to take only half damage, he instead takes no damage on a success and half damage on a failure.

Nautical Expertise. Roche has advantage on Intelligence (Navigation) checks when at sea, and he can navigate through treacherous waters without needing to make ability checks.

Multiattack. Roche makes two attacks with his cutlass or his Flintlock pistol.

  • Cutlass. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (1d8 + 5) slashing damage.
  • Flintlock Pistol. Ranged Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, range 30/90 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (1d10 + 4) piercing damage.

Legendary Actions

Roche can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action can be used at a time, and only at the end of another creature’s turn. Roche regains spent legendary actions at the start of his turn.

  • Cutlass Attack. Roche makes a cutlass attack.
  • Flintlock Pistol (Costs 2 Actions). Roche fires his flintlock pistol.
  • Evasive Maneuvers (Costs 2 Actions). Roche can take the Dash or Disengage action as a bonus action this turn.


Roche Braziliano carries a well-worn cutlass, a flintlock pistol, and a concealed dagger. He wears a tattered, crimson leather coat, boots, and a tricorn hat. Roche also possesses a treasure map and a locket with a hidden compartment containing a lock of hair from a long-lost love.


Roche Braziliano is the infamous captain of the “Scarlet Serpent,” a pirate ship known for its audacity and merciless tactics. Standing at an imposing 6 feet tall with a rugged appearance, Roche’s jet-black hair falls to his broad shoulders. His weathered face boasts a scruffy beard and piercing, dark eyes that hint at countless treacherous adventures. Draped in a faded crimson coat, his attire bears the stains of countless battles and plunder.

Roche currently stands on the deck of the “Scarlet Serpent,” gazing out at the endless sea. The salty breeze ruffles his dark hair, sending shivers down his spine. His ruthless crew scurries about, preparing for their next daring expedition, while the ship’s wooden planks echo with the tales of countless adventures. The horizon stretches infinitely, bathed in the hues of the setting sun.

Roche’s mood is a mix of eager anticipation and a hint of ruthlessness. He yearns for the thrill of conquest, the taste of victory, and the riches that await. As he watches the horizon, a wicked smile creeps onto his face, knowing that the vast unknown holds both peril and promise.

Roleplaying Roche Braziliano

Roche Braziliano is a pirate captain with a relentless thirst for wealth and adventure. He is cunning, ruthless, and driven by a desire to dominate the high seas. Roche can be charming when it serves his purposes, but he can turn deadly in an instant. He cares little for moral constraints, viewing honor as a luxury he cannot afford.

Roche is fiercely loyal to his crew, as they are the key to his success. He leads through fear and respect, often using brutal methods to maintain discipline. His pirate ship, the “Scarlet Serpent,” is his pride and joy, and he’ll stop at nothing to protect it.

What Roche fears most is the prospect of capture and confinement. He knows that many governments and organizations seek to put an end to his piracy, and he dreads the thought of being imprisoned or losing his hard-earned freedom.

Roche’s ultimate goal is to accumulate vast wealth and establish an infamous legacy as one of the most feared pirates in history. He seeks out treasures, hunts for legendary artifacts, and will stop at nothing to achieve his ambitions. Roche Braziliano is a living legend, and the world is his treasure chest.

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Roche Braziliano is a fearsome figure, standing tall and imposing with a rugged appearance. He sports a wild mane of jet-black hair that flows down to his broad shoulders, giving him an air of untamed ferocity. His weathered face is adorned with a scruffy beard and piercing, dark eyes that seem to hold the secrets of countless treacherous journeys.

Draped in a tattered, crimson coat and wearing worn leather boots, Roche looks every bit the ruthless pirate captain he is known to be. His attire, a chaotic mix of colors, tells a tale of a life spent amidst the sea’s unpredictability. His coat, once a deep red, is now faded and stained, bearing witness to battles and plunder. Underneath, he dons a patchwork of garments, a testament to his seafaring lifestyle.

Currently, Roche Braziliano stands on the deck of his formidable ship, gazing out at the vast, open sea. The salty breeze ruffles his dark hair and sends a shiver down his spine. His crew scurries about, preparing for their next daring expedition. The ship’s wooden planks creak underfoot, echoing the tales of countless adventures. The sea stretches endlessly in all directions, its surface reflecting the golden hues of the setting sun.

Roche’s mood is one of eager anticipation, mixed with a hint of ruthlessness. He yearns for the thrill of the next conquest, the taste of victory, and the riches that await. As he watches the horizon, a wicked smile crosses his face, knowing that the vast unknown holds both peril and promise.

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