- "Imagine, the Queen of Pirates, Jing Lang, defeated for a fake map. I have been arrogant."
- ―Jing reflecting on herself, 1717.
1717 (aged 30)
In 2013, her genetic memories were used as an Animi Avatar by the entertainment branch of the Templar company Abstergo Industries, to influence the general public via the Animus game console, under the title of the Orchid.
The daughter of a rebel, Jing Lang grew up fighting. As a young woman, she developed a talent for negotiation and a knack for languages, as well as a taste for discovery. She broke ties with her family to marry the son of a Qing dynasty general her father opposed, and served as their military adviser. Ultimately for performing so well, she was granted a diplomatic post. Over the next decade she traveled the world, developing a reputation for brutality that preceded her in most conflicts. Using piracy as a cover for her political activities, she banded with any who might serve her ultimate desire for negotiated order.
In the West Indies, she fell under the interest of a rumored cache of treasure, and feigned a romantic relationship with one-time Assassin, Vance Travers, to gain access to it. Under the suspicion of Jing being a Templar, Vance's brother, Upton, ordered Edward Kenway to have them both killed. Edward agreed to do so on the condition that he be allowed to keep a Templar key she was supposed to be carrying. Edward tracked them both down to a swamp just outside of Nassau, where he killed Vance first. After searching his corpse, Edward spotted Jing herself, who called him a traitor before fleeing. Edward managed to catch up to Jing and assassinate her. In her last words, Jing lamented falling for the sake of a fake map: she had already stolen both halves of the real one, which were now in the hands of her husband.
- Jing is the pinyin transliteration of multiple Chinese surnames, the exact surname in this case being unknown. Likewise, Lang is a transliteration of various homophonic Mandarin words. However, the title of her Animi Avatar indicates that her name may perhaps be 蘭 (simplified: 兰) meaning "orchid", though it is properly transliterated as Lán.
- According to concept artist Johan Grenier, Jing was inspired by Ching Shih, a notorious Chinese pirate that terrorized the South Chinese Sea with her pirate armada during the early 19th century.