Skull & Shackles
Smallest of the mainland’s three ports, this shady little community was founded by the feared pirate captain Colvaas of the sloop-of-war Island Wench the same year the first Pirate Council was elected. A ruthless pirate who used the port as a base for his small fleet, Colvaas was eventually hunted down by his betters and hung in a cage from a hastily constructed gibbet right on the settlement’s harbor. The dead captain’s bones hang there to this day, giving the settlement its name. Still a home for malcontents, its current lord is the son of Colvaas’s first mate. Hemdak Wavebaiter still captains his own sloop, Strange Mercy, and the half-dozen other ship captains who call the port home answer to the gruff bandit. The town actually hides a short distance up a broad river that spills out into the sea, and the dreary place is often used by buccaneers hoping to lie low, as its taciturn inhabitants are known for asking few questions of visitors.