A missionary is the story. What I heard, was he got captured in a raid. The rest on the ship got killed, but not him. First Mate wouldn't let it happen, on account his premier standing with the Lord." Philip Swift finds himself in a sticky situation. He must have been on a boat that was attacked by the Queen Anne's Revenge, but being a minister, Angelica, apparently a Catholic, refuses to let anyone kill him, because it might upset God. So they show mercy on him and tie him to the mast and let him hang there, half asleep.
That is, until Jack and the rest of the crew members attempt mutiny. Jack and Salaman climb up to the minister. Salaman: "You're either with us or against us." Philip: "I'm not with you neither am I against you." Salaman: "Can he do that?" Jack: "He's religious. I believe its required." Blackbeard, discovery the mutiny onboard his ship, becomes furious. Philip tries to calm him down and help him do the right thing. Assuring him that even the soul of an evil man like Blackbeard can be saved. Blackbeard agrees not to shoot Philip, because of Angelica, but blasts Greek Cannons at a different crew member. So from then on, they allow Philip to roam freely around the ship rather than tying him up again.
When the Queen Anne's Revenge reaches Whitecap Bay to capture the mermaid needed for the fountain, madness breaks out there too, as they are attacked by mermaids. However, at the end of the fight, when it looks as though all hope is lost, Philip calls out that he's found a caught mermaid. "Well done, sailor." -Blackbeard.
The funny thing is, he falls in love with the person he helps capture. It all starts off when he saves her life by forcing open the coffin she is carried in. This was a waste because the crew later gets tired of the coffin and gets rid of it anyways. By the way, her name is Syrena. How Philip knows the name is a real mystery to us don't you think? The two never talk but Philip seems quite certain its her name. Blackbeard: "Bring the creature." Philly: "She has a name!" Blackbeard: "Pray tell." Philip: "She is Syrena." Ontop of randomly deciding her name, he also makes it spelled strangly. Not Serena, but Syrena. Sparks fly after they have ditched the coffin. With out the water, she takes her humaly form. But she is unable to walk by herself. Philip, being the most amazing person in the world, gives her his shirt to cover her naked body and carries her through the jungle.
Philip seems to think that she has shown kindness and compassion when she made him carry her around. True love. "
Of course, after watching what she thinks is his death, she still doesn't shed a tear. He wasn't really killed though. Just knocked out. So when he regains conscious he quickly hurries to her and tells her how much he loves her. Moved with love, a tear escapes from her eye. The crew is too quick and gather the tear. Philip: "Syrena, on my word I had no part in this!"
The crew takes Philip with them to the fountain, but during the choatic battle that breaks out, he sneaks away, back to where she was left to die. He finds her, both of them close to death. He frees her bonds, hoping to save her. Philip: "I seak but one thing." Syrena: "What is that?" Philip: "Forgiveness. If not for me, you'd never have been captured." Syrena: "Ask." Philip: "Forgive me." And with that, she kisses him and drags him down into the water. Now, where she takes him is also a mystery. Does she eat him like all the mermaids do to men? Is she actually different like he thought? So many questions unanswered.