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Silvers Rayleigh, The Dark Lord

Silvers Rayleigh, The Dark Lord

Silvers Rayleigh is an extremely powerful retired famous pirate. He was born on May 13th and is approximately 1.88 meters tall. Better known as the “Dark Lord”,  he was 76 years old before the ellipse and 78 years after the ellipse. Rayleigh was the second of Gol D. Roger’s crew , and as the right hand of the Pirate Lord, he is also known as the “King’s Right Hand 👑 Pirate” . Along with Whitebeard, Shiki, Monkey D. Garp, Sengoku as well as Kong, Rayleigh was a major player at the time when Roger aka the “Pirate King”  was still alive. As he is the legendary and former powerful pirate of his crew, he is the most wanted pirate. The Silvers’ premium is 100 million Berrys.

Following the breakdown of his crew and the execution of Pirate King Gol D. Roger, Rayleigh becomes a coating specialist on the Sabaody Archipelago. He is also one of the protagonists of the Sabaody Arc. In addition, Rayleigh was an ally of the Straw Hat Pirates after the Navy Ford War, and he also mentored Monkey D. Luffy  on the use of the Haki for a year and a half. Luffy had great respect for Rayleigh as a Pirate. He is also the husband of Shakuyaku alias Shakky, the manager of the bar on the Sabaody Archipelago,      who is also a former pirate. According to his wife, Rayleigh is 100 times more powerful than all the supernovas gathered when the latter are on the Sabaody Archipelago before the ellipse.

Silvers appearance 

Silvers appearance

The Dark King 😈 is distinguished by his dark eyes, round glasses and facial hair, which is arranged under his jaw. For many years, he had a scar on his right eye and on his chest . Despite his age, he exudes incredible strength. Indeed, Rayleigh is well muscled with a broad chest and a well sculpted body. Also, he is of medium height, smaller than Boa Hancock .   

In his youth, he had blond hair, but over time his hair turns white with a mid-length cut, and a small white streaked beard.

Usually, he has a simple appearance, wearing an almost plain T-shirt, shorts  🩳 and simple sandals. When out for a walk, he likes to wear his large silver hooded cape, although his hood is often down. He made his first appearance wearing a T-shirt with an ornately decorated collar, and a design that could even be seen underneath his long coat he wore during  Edd’s war  He was also wearing an orange shirt, colored light brown Bermuda shorts and sandals. He also has a silver cloak hanging from his shoulders.

Personality of the Dark Lord 

Personality of the Dark Lord

Silvers seems to have great respect for his former captain . In other words, Rayleigh is obedient, he puts his ideas in order and plans his strategies well before acting. Indeed, he was the second of the Famous Gold Roger , the Pirate King . The Dark Lord is a calm Pirate even in perilous or unfortunate situations. When he learned of Whitebeard’s death, Rayleigh had tears in his eyes. It’s a pirate   🏴☠️ sensitive that does not hide his emotions. However, despite his character, he is a fairly relaxed man even during his training with Luffy. However, Rayleigh likes to have fun, relax and have a light heart,    just like its former captain.

Even though Rayleigh is a pirate, and often has a serious demeanor, he enjoys going with the flow and appearing anywhere unexpectedly. Considering his status and age, he talks desperately about his body not functioning as it used to be, just like Garp . In addition, he suggested to Chapeau de Paille to train with him for 2 years. 

As his wife stated , he enjoys drinking alcohol and hanging out with women. He even proved it when he first introduced himself to Camie , trying to save her from the abuse she suffered with Disco. Rayleigh likes to talk about his past adventures and his great moments with Whitebeard ,  when  he was still part  of this world. Despite his demeanor, he’s open-minded and talkative when it comes to the mysterious Void Century.  In short, he is ready to reveal the whole truth to Nico Robin as he wished, but the latter declined his offer.

His relations with other Pirates

Luffy and his crew 

Luffy and his crew

Upon learning of Luffy’s existence from Shanks, Rayleigh always wanted to meet him in person. However, when Luffy joined him on the Sabaody Archipelago, he was eager to hear Roger’s anecdotes. The conversation escalated and the Dark Lord began to have fun comparing Luffy’s temper to that of his former captain. Rayleigh expects a lot from him, like Shakky his wife. They believe he has what it takes to become the next Pirate King. After the Ford Navy war, the former pirate swam over the Calm Belts (Belts of Calm which constitute two areas of ocean that border the North and South of the Grand Line), to reach         Amazon Lily, the place where Straw Hat 👒 recovers  from his physical and emotional wounds following the loss of his spiritual brother Portgas D. Ace . From there, Rayleigh helped Luffy break into Marine Ford with  Sea Knight Jinbe in an effort to send a secret message to his crew.

After a lapse of time, about two years, it’s clear that these two characters have become close by training together. As Luffy travels to Thousand Sunny, he announces to  Rayleigh that he is going to become the Pirate King. Hearing this news, Silvers smiled and had tears in his eyes. 🥺 Soon after, the latter proudly  declared that Luffy was his student with the Marines. After Luffy’s departure, the Pirate King’s right-hand man made a comparison between his late captain and Luffy, claiming that the latter deserved to wear the Straw Hat and thus carry the title of     Captain of his crew. Moreover, it is thanks to Rayleigh that the Straw Hat crew were able to travel to the l’île island of the Pisces-Men to continue their adventure, abruptly interrupted by Bartholomew Kuma  and his mysterious power. In short, the two pirates  have become close and  have a great relationship.         

Bartholomew Kuma

Bartholomew Kuma

Bartholomew Kuma was originally an officer of the Revolutionary Army and a former King of the Sea. He was once the Lord of the Kingdom of Solbay,  before becoming an extremely vicious pirate, which earned him the nickname “Tyrant. “. For reasons unknown, he was the only character who agreed to be transformed into a cyborg (another aspect of human life, which has been adapted with machines and mechanisms) , by Dr. Vengapunk , a researcher in marine biology. . After this transformation, Kuma became the first full Pacifista cyborg ,  bearing the serial number PX-0. He is endowed with powerful power. Thanks to Nikyu Nikyu no Mi, his devil fruit, he fears no one and manages to repel all attacks using his palms. Following  his transformation into a cyborg, this One Piece character becomes a slave to the Heavenly Dragons, known as the Invincible Slave.

As a member of the 7 Grand Captain Corsairs , Kuma sees the World Government as an enemy. However, he did not attack Rayleigh although he is an enemy of the World Government of the Sabaody Archipelago. Indeed, he even confessed to her that he considered him one of his friends. However, Rayleigh and Kuma unite to try to save Admiral Kizaru aka Borsalino the Yellow Monkey, Sentomaru the bodyguard of Doctor Vengapunk, the  Straw Hat  crew and the Pacifistas. From now on, the Corsair is totally under the control of the World Government and the Celestial Dragons  (World Nobles).     

Camie 

Camie

She is a mermaid 🧜‍♀️ of the species of Helostoma temmininckii or Kissing  Gourami  (these are freshwater fish from Southeast Asia), native to the island of Fish-Men  It has fish fins, and its main fin is pink. Like the other mermaids and the Pisces-Men, she is an exceptional swimmer. Camie  is very sweet, and appears to be a remarkably impressive young girl. 

She works temporarily in Octo’s Takoyaki dumpling restaurant,  but is considering becoming a stylist. She was also a waitress at the Mermaid Café after the ellipse. By the way, Rayleigh saved her twice. First, during a slave sale where he used his Haki of the Kings  to counter  a woman of world nobility nicknamed Saint Charlia, who wanted to assault him with a weapon, but Rayleigh also easily removed and miraculously his slave collar, without using any key. Indeed, he is very competent in locksmithing, thanks to his Armament Haki.      

Shakuyaku 

Shakuyaku

Shakuyaku is the wife 👫 of Silvers  Rayleigh, she is also known by the nickname  Shakky Forty years ago, she left the  pirate world  to open a bar located on the Sabaody Archipelago . She is also known to have been chased by the famous Monkey D. Garp.  She is a tall, slim woman with dark hair and a plunging bob cut. She’s a hell of a cigarette smoker. She often wears a black jacket, with a T-shirt with a pattern in the shape of a black spider, and a necklace of yellow pearls. Shakky is very competent, she trusts her husband to the point of not worrying about his departure for a period of 6 months, without even fearing his absence. She is always on the lookout for information, especially on other hackers. That’s how she found out where Luffy is, and told Rayleigh about it  right after the Marine Ford war.  

Rayleigh skills and competencies

His incredible intelligence 

Rayleigh's incredible intelligence

This former pirate is renowned for his cunning and shrewd mentality. It has now been over 20 years since he successfully escaped the grip of the World Government. He’s also able to lead a crew and be a proficient thief at the same time (he steals people’s money without them realizing it). Rayleigh is also a haki expert, a powerful fighter, and Luffy’s private teacher .    

Thanks to the time spent with  Roger, Silvers was able to know the truth about the  History of the World. However, he said he lacked archaeological knowledge  regarding  scholars of Ohara’s caliber . C ette assertion is debatable since Roger pirate had Kozaku Oden, the latter which can read and write the language of ponéglyphes . Among the other strengths of Rayleigh, let us also note his incredible capacity of detection and deduction. Indeed, he  is an incredibly intelligent character. For example, he was able to anticipate the execution of the young mermaid during the  auction of slaves.  on the Sabaody Archipelago and thus save it.

Foolproof speed and endurance 

Foolproof speed and endurance

Rayleigh has immense physical strength despite his advanced age, however, he does not have devil fruit. He is extremely fast and has extraordinary reflexes, which can be seen when he removed Camie’s collar . He is also able to move at full speed without losing his breath. We saw this when he intercepted Kizaru’s attack I l also managed to track the speed of Admiral Kizaru while moves at the speed of light thanks to its devil fruit.  

Despite his advanced age, Rayleigh still has tremendous stamina, as he is able to swim to Amazon Lily from outside the Calm Belt, while killing a number  of Sea Kings in his path, despite a great distance. However, he can also throw bullets with extreme force and precision, successfully destroying cannonballs.  

Dark Lord’s Haki

Dark Lord's Haki

Rayleigh is able to use Haki at a high level. He has mastered the three different types of Haki and taught them to Luffy during the ellipse.

Haki of the Kings

Haki of the Kings

This type of Haki is rare, it is noted that whoever possesses it is promoted to great things. Rayleigh masters Haoshoku no Haki  like a few Pirate, he is particularly able to focus this powerful power on the targets he has chosen . The user can have great authority and influence his opponent based on their will. Indeed, this Haki is devastating if his host has the inescapable spirit, and this is particularly the case of Rayleigh. With his experience, he uses the power of Royal Fluid to perfection .  

Rayleigh neutralized an entire room of hostile individuals using this power, with the exception of the Kid Pirates and Heart Pirates ,  like  Straw Hat Pirates, Camie, Pappug, Octo and the ‘ Crew of the Heart  or Trafalgar Law and Eustass Kid. Also, ordinary hackers cannot compete against this technique, only tough and determined fighters have the obligation to fight.. He taught this Haki to Luffy, which gave him an impressive level. According to Rayleigh, this type of Haki cannot be developed even by training since this ability is innate. But it can be improved with the help of intense training of the mind. But also by strengthening his will, it is possible to improve the  Haki of Kings .

Indeed, this attack has a total grip on his enemy by rendering him unconscious, one of the crew of Trafalgar Law almost fell into the trap. Moreover,  Law and Eustass Kid  feel a sensation of shivering for a little while after having undergone this Haki. However, those with a strong mind can resist and ignore the effects of this Haki. In short, Rayleigh has reached an astounding level today.

Armament Haki

Armament Haki

The Dark Lord uses the ” Busoshoku no Haki ” to counterattack an enemy who has eaten a Devil Fruit, just like Kizaru, an Admiral of the Navy ⚓. Faced with Kizaru, he manages to create an invisible armor which makes it possible in particular to counter his attacks, and then to touch his physical body. Moreover, Rayleigh reaches a more advanced level of Haki, in other words, he manages to channel the Haki throughout his body, covering himself with a black layer . Indeed, it allows to repel an attack without even coming into contact with the enemy.

In addition, he adopts another version of this technique by focusing his body towards the target, which allows him to destroy the target from within. She is more devastating in this form, Rayleigh has also used this technique to free Camie from her explosive collar  💣 . In addition, this Haki can also strengthen the power of weapons like swords ⚔️ or arrows 🏹. Any attack reinforced by this type of Haki hits immensely harder.

In short, Rayleigh perfected the Combative Fluid to his liking and in turn taught it to Straw Hat. This Haki is mainly performed on the user’s body or with the aid of a weapon. But it is also possible to throw it at objects that are not in contact with its host.

Haki of the Observation

Haki of the Observation

Rayleigh can predict the direct movements of his enemies with the Kenbunshoku no Haki . Indeed, he can detect the presence of a threat, and can see other individuals even if they are hidden or still far from him. On the island of Rusukaina , Rayleigh stopped a big trunk blow from an rabid elephant and felt the presence of 500 creatures 🐲 . With the acquisition of Sensitive Fluid, he can thus disclose their ability and the power of each monster. During his training with Luffy, he realized that these monsters were stronger than him.

Usually, the host of the Haki can predict an opponent’s movements even before they execute it. This facilitates the collection of the attack without any effort. More exactly, this allows precisely to have a prediction on the movements of his opponent, which he is preparing. Indeed, the Perceptual Fluid can already foresee the future attack or the reaction of the adversary.

Haki Charged Sword

Haki Charged Sword

Despite his age, Rayleigh still masters the handling of the sword as well , indeed, he is skilful and fast. He demonstrated in front of Kizaru the immensity of his power, using both a sword and his Haki. Despite the power of the Logia, he succeeded, for example, in stopping Admiral Kizaru’s luminous saber and thus used the power of the Combative Fluid to get rid of him.

Like Zoro , he is able to create a slant with his sword to cut through the ground, and prevent the Navy from pursuing the Straw Hat crew 👒 to go to sea. Luffy, on his side, is already ready to sail to the sea. island of the Fish-Men.

Silvers Rayleigh story

Past

Rayleigh's past

After his house 🏠 burned down,  Rayleigh stole a boat  because he needed a place to live. It was then that he met  Gol D. Roger , who was also convinced by the ship. The latter said it was simply a  fatal encounter  and asked Rayleigh to join him, but the former hacker declined his invitation. Despite his initial refusal, Silvers engaged in piracy and acquires  the post of second-hand Roger Pirates. With Roger stricken with an incurable disease, 26 years before the story begins, the crew embark on a final journey and adventure together on the Grand Line .  

During the New World War, panic grips Baggy due to the potential conflict between two formidable pirate crews, namely Roger’s Pirates and the Golden Lion Pirates. The presence of Rayleigh made it possible to restrain Baggy by offering him to relax. Once Roger rejected Shikki’s offer to become his right-hand man, Rayleigh and Roger’s other pirates prepared for battle. The two groups clashed, and thanks to a change in the weather, Roger’s pirates were able to sink half of Shiki’s ships.

Twenty-six years earlier, Roger’s clan wreaked havoc on an island. After slaying  marines, they discovered that the Whitebeard pirates had docked on the other side of the island. Kozaku Oden then confronted Roger’s pirates. Indeed, Silvers and Scopper Gaban prepared to face him, but Roger charged and blew Oden out in one fell swoop. And for three days, Roger’s pirates faced off against the Whitebeard pirates. At the end of the war, the two teams begin to sign  a pact of truce  and give each other gifts. Later, Oden and his family, along with Inuarashi and Nekomamushi joined Roger’s pirates. At times, Roger’s pirates pay a little visit to Skypiea. 

After the departure of Skypiea, the sailors proceeded to Water 7, Tequila Wolf, the Sabaody Archipelago and the Island of Fish-Man (the Fish-Man). A little later, they abandoned Kozuki Toki, Momonosuke, Hiyori, Inuarashi and Nekomamushi in Wan Land . After Zou’s visit, Roger’s Pirates have finally reached Laugh Tale  A year before his death, Roger secretly dispersed his crew. The latter took the start first, the members of the crew parted from him all in tears, with such great sadness. Oden then returned to Wan Land and also said his farewell. 

Rayleigh took a barder craftsman training on the Sabaody Archipelago in a no-go zone, a place where Marines are not allowed. That was 22 years ago. Thus, he can enjoy a peaceful retreat in the company of his wife Shakuyaku, in order to let the pirates cross the Red Line via the Isle of Pisces-Men to reach the “New World” , the second part of the Route of all Perils. However, he also reveals to Luffy and his crew the details of the past, as well as the reasons why Roger surrendered to the Navy to become the Pirate King. You should know that he was saved from death by Octo 20 years ago, the two have remained friends since.  

Sabaody Arc  

Sabaody Arc

The Straw Hat crew and Rayleigh join the Shakky’s Rip-off Bar  (the bar of Shakky, Silvers’ wife), where they meet Hatchan, Camie and Pappag  This is where Shakky’s husband confesses to Luffy his true identity and how he got to know Hatchan, as well as some secrets from Roger’s life. They will be able to learn that Roger gave up his capture because he was suffering from an incurable disease. In addition, he confirms to Nico Robin that they discovered the True History during their voyage, on the other hand they did not consider that it is their duty as pirates to reveal this secret to the world. Indeed, Rayleigh is surprised that Luffy takes again word for word Roger’s vision concerning the discovery of the New World 🌏.   

Soon after, Rayleigh prepares the Thousand Sunny for the trip to Fishman Island or the Fishmen. Vice-Admiral Kizaru for his part attacks the Straw Hat crew. Fortunately, Silvers Rayleigh arrives to intercept and save his friends. The Yellow Monkey refuses to give up his mission, but Luffy’s crew were able to quickly escape. Kizaru tried to follow them again, but Rayleigh stopped him with a sword. During his clash with Kizaru, Rayleigh realizes that  Bartholomew Kuma has joined the Pacifistas  to attack the Straw Hat crew.    Kuma therefore goes to see the Dark King to confess to him that he is an officer of the revolutionary army, and his role is to help Straw Hat to escape. 

Ford Marine Arc 

Ford marine bow

In the One Piece series, L’Arc Marine Ford occupies the twenty-second place and is the fifth story of the Whitebeard War season, which takes place just after the Arc of Impel Down (it’s a prison submarine where Luffy’s brother Ace had been detained). 

On the Sabaody Archipelago, Rayleigh was on a boat to witness the end of the Ford Marine war at the same time Whitebeard,  the most powerful man in the world, died. He drinks to his health 🍻, his eyes bathed in tears. 

Ford Post-Marine Arc 

Ford Post-Marine Arc

After the Marine Ford war, Rayleigh boarded a ship to travel to Amazon Lily. However, the storm sank his ship before it even reached the  Calm Belts  or the Calm Belt, forcing Silvers to continue swimming the rest of the way to this island. As he approached the shore, he was assaulted by kings of the sea, an action that astonished and almost frightened the Heart pirates who witnessed the scene from the shore. 

Once on the island, he sees Luffy and Jinbe heading towards him. When Luffy asked for news of his crew, Silvers told him he was worried they hadn’t all returned yet. In addition, he advised the Straw Hat crew to train for 2 years and thus become more powerful to face the enemies of the New World. Luffy therefore accepts his proposal and went to Rusukaina, an island in the Calm Belt, located northwest of Amazon Lily, for an exceptional training. During training, a ferocious elephant was heading towards them, and Rayleigh immediately used it for a demonstration. The Dark Lord lets Luffy know that there are three types of Haki, including Kenbunshoku ,    . He also explained the basic concepts of these Haki, and how to use it to fight the elephant. To avoid the attack of this ferocious beast, Silvers uses the Kenbunshoku Haki and Busoshoku Haki in order to repel it. Once Luffy acquired the various Haki, Rayleigh defeated the elephant using the Haoshoku Haki. In addition, this training lasted a year and six months, the time that Luffy mastered the different types of Haki.

Ellipse 

Ellipse

To visit Shakky, Rayleigh traveled to Sabaody six months before the end of the ellipse before Luffy. He commented on the power the Straw Hat Pirates had acquired. He also did the recovery on the Sunny. Rayleigh then met some of the Straw Hat crew on the Thousand Sunny namely Robin, Franky, Namias well as Chopper and told them that Captain Monkey D. Luffy has already arrived on the island. Silvers showed Nami the method of coating a boat and how to pilot a coated ship.

Following Luffy’s declaration that he would be the Pirate King, Rayleigh was smiling with tears in his eyes. As the Marines begin their pursuit, with his sword Rayleigh draws a line on the ground warning the Marines not to cross it, it is at this point that he declares that Luffy is his apprentice. Thanks to this, the Straw Hat Pirates were able to buy time to escape to the Island of the Fishmen.

Current events 

Current events

Rayleigh features in a flashback to his training with Luffy, where he talks about the latter’s new abilities. And this during the Dressrosa Arc , Luffy suggests to Rayleigh that he needs something much bigger than his Gear Fourth , which is Luffy’s fighting technique to make a difference in the New World. . Rayleigh answers him with a burst of laughter 😀. 

Later, he is seen on the Sabaody Archipelago on the Quays of the World (500 million men’s Arc), playing with mobsters and reading a newspaper where he discovers Luffy’s famous bounty. He apparently won a lot of gold 🎖️.

Become a disciple of the Dark Lord in your turn 

Become a disciple of the Dark Lord in your turn

As seen in the article, Silvers Rayleigh is a character who possesses incredible strength despite his advanced age even though he does not have   Devil Fruit . Moreover, he is an extremely fast powerful fighter and also known for his cunning and astute mentality. As a renowned pirate, he also has expertise in boat repair. ⚓ In the One Piece series, he is Sensei and Luffy’s private teacher, the latter always obeying his orders. He also saved Camie from the grip of Disco, which shows he’s a real hero.

Become in your turn one of the disciples of this powerful fighter alongside  Luffy, Garp’s grandson. For that you have to be obedient and respectful like Luffy. Having a private tutor like Rayleigh is lucky because you can learn new things, like mastering Haki or repairing ships. Becoming a versatile pirate 🏴‍☠️ like Rayleigh will help you progress in life. 

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