Only a pirate who swore the Oath is entitled to receive a special title. All other pirates get the title "Mate".
(A pirate, who swears the Oath of the Pirate Brethren, is expected to dedicate this character to the United Pirates guild until the very end. This pirate should be his main character. This is a meaningful step, because not always times are good. Every guild can suffer from periods of inactivity. There always can be times of disagreement or controversy. It is easy to be around when times are good. A pirate swearing the Oath is especially expected to be constructive, patient and persistent during difficult times. He is not expected to be online all the time. But he should turn up regularly, and if he can't be in Britannia for a longer time, he should announce this on our message board.)
The ceremony will be held on a ship at the midnight hour [in-game time]. Other pirates are welcome to attend the ceremony and thus honor the pirate who is willing to swear this momentous oath. The ceremony will be lead by one of the Captains. All participants have to make sure they wear no night sight items or are not under the effect of the Night Sight spell. To emphasize the purity of this event, the pirate swearing the oath must not wear any armor, but only regular clothing and a headdress. After the Oath has been recited, the pirate has to walk the burning plank and sacrifice himself to the eternal sea. When walking the plank, he has to chug a deadly poison, symbolizing that he is willing to suffer for his crew.
"I hereby swear...