Skull & Shackles
The marshy wetland surrounding the small port of Bogsbridge may seem at first completely unsuitable for any sort of development, and for the most part it is. Falgood Boles, captain of the brig Bitter Wind, built Bogsbridge when he had a vision from Besmara, who he believed had tasked him with using his wealth to build a town in the seemingly inhospitable bogs. It was later revealed to Boles that the Besmaran “vision” was nothing more than a prank played on the captain by his wily crew members, but the devout pirate was steadfast in his goal to heed the desires of his patron deity. Indeed, he developed the settlement with every last copper piece he possessed, despite its boggy location and the fact that no ship larger than a flat-bottomed galley could use the harbor. He paid carpenters and stonemasons and built a pier, warehouse, and two-story inn, which he named Besmara’s Favor. Boles lived there alone with his wife for 2 years as the marsh gradually silted the harbor. Many considered his fortune completely wasted before he discovered a unique breed of snail in the surrounding marshes that produced a rare purple dye. The discovery made him a fortune and put Bogsbridge on the map, and since then the city has grown and continues to harvest its lucrative crop, transporting it via a sandy road to Lilywhite, where the dye is shipped far and wide. Besmara’s Favor still thrives and is tended by Boles’s cheerful granddaughter Tendry Boles, who is also the settlement’s current mayor.