Friday was a sailor of West African descent, serving on the deck of the Emperor, a privateer ship on which Edward Kenway took his first post as a sailor. He became the mentor of Kenway, advising him to ignore Blaney's aggression and preventing him from stepping forward when the captain, Alexander Dolzell, asked if anyone was against becoming a pirate in 1712. Friday's counsel proved to be wise, when the five sailors who wanted to leave the crew were thrown overboard by the first mate, Trafford.