James Norrington | 32 | Pirate | Member of the Flying Dutchman | Open | Jack Davenport
James Norrington was a son of Admiral Lawrence Norrington. When he was about five or six years old, he followed his father on a mission to capture Edward Teague, a Pirate Lord and Keeper of the Code. In the midst of a chaotic battle occurring when Teague’s crew came to free Teague and his son Jack Sparrow from Lawrence Norrington’s ship, James was knocked into the sea and rescued by Teague. Lawrence, as grateful as he was, was humiliated that his son was rescued by a pirate.
James Norrington was a kind and noble man, though he often appeared to be stoic and slightly snobbish. To his friends and colleagues, however, he showed great respect and grace, especially to Elizabeth Swann, with whom he had fallen in love. He was completely devoted to the Royal Navy, and would often forsake his own personal needs for the greater good. He harbored an intense dislike of pirates and their kind, and saw himself as something of a purveyor of justice to pirates in the Caribbean.
Norrington would achieve many ranks while serving in the Royal Navy, until he was promoted to commodore in the mid-1740s. After the attack on Port Royal, Norrington and his crew led a search party for Elizabeth Swann, the daughter of Governor Weatherby Swann, who was kidnapped by the crew of the Black Pearl. A few days later, Norrington began a search for the notorious pirate Jack Sparrow, in which he would almost catch him off of Tripoli, until a hurricane came across. This pursuit cost Norrington his life in the Navy, in which he would resign. A disgraced Norrington would later join Jack Sparrow’s crew aboard the Black Pearl and participated in the search for the fabled Dead Man’s Chest, which ended with Norrington stealing the heart of Davy Jones and Letters of Marque that belonged to Jack Sparrow. He would present them to Lord Cutler Beckett of the East India Trading Company. For this act, he was awarded the rank of admiral and assumed command over Davy Jones and his crew aboard the Flying Dutchman on behalf of Beckett during the War Against Piracy.
It was on this ship where Norrington met his end, falling to the blade of one Bootstrap Bill Turner, father to William Turner. He did not go easily, though. The man still has a great love for Elizabeth Swann, and that love made his death unsettling and corrupted. This allowed Calypso to bring him back from Davy Jones’ locker to hopefully find peace in the new world.