Skull & Shackles
Shenchu Bay’s main settlement, Cho-Tzu, is built around a large triangular harbor. Two-thirds of that harbor consists of docks where Shenchu pirate vessels and merchants’ ships berth, while a veritable second city permanently at anchor accounts for the remaining third—50 or more junks, rafts, and other ramshackle watercraft occupied by over 200 Tian-Sings, descended from sailors from Zo Piaobo, the floating city of Minata. These clannish folk rarely set foot on dry land, and are known to provide a variety of services from fortunetelling to midwifery. It is well known that they can also be hired for less reputable tasks, including extortion, kidnapping, torture, and murder, though nearly all of Cho-Tzu’s citizens stubbornly refuse to acknowledge any such wrongdoings taking place along their shores. While most of Cho-Tzu is populated by Tian-Sings, a sizable populace of expatriate tengus also makes its home in ramshackle neighborhoods on the northernmost side of the city, having escaped from Imperial Lung Wa long ago in pursuit of freedom, however lackluster it may look from the outside.