The Empress was a notorious opulent Chinese junk that operated during the Age of Piracy. Sailing across the Seven Seas, the Empress was well-known as the flagship of Sao Feng, the Pirate Lord of Singapore and the South China Sea.
During Lord Cutler Beckett’s ruthless War Against Piracy, the Empress took part in capturing the Black Pearl. After Sao Feng was betrayed by Beckett, he returned that betrayal by helping the Pearl escape. Because of this, Beckett ordered the Flying Dutchman to track down the Empress, which resulted in the death of Sao Feng. Before he died, Feng gave Elizabeth Swann his piece of eight, along with the title of Pirate Lord and captain. Though the ship was towed by the Dutchman, the Empress escaped and sailed for Shipwreck Cove to meet with the Fourth Brethren Court, where Elizabeth would become the Pirate King. Soon afterwards, the Empress joined the other ships in the Brethren’s fleet, where they would stand together in their fight against Beckett’s Armada. Led by Tai Huang, the Empress crew witnessed the following battle, which ended in the pirates’ victory.