Skull & Shackles
Against all odds, a number of castaways managed to build this refuge atop a rocky hill at the fork of the Broken Hope and its main tributary. The base—wryly named Fort Holiday by its original denizens—consists of a number of huts surrounded by a wooden palisade made of the few substantial trees, and the marooned survivors continue to fortify their small sanctuary with rocky barriers gathered stone by stone. This hardy collection of true survivors grants safe haven to any castaway who can make it to the gates of their settlement, a task that proves both one’s skill as well as one’s sheer will to survive. Among the many colorful current residents of Fort Holiday are Benarny the Impressive, ex-sailmaker on Rosto’s Glory, who boasted to the wrong man of bedding the wrong woman; Idylla Redboot, a priest who made the mistake of evangelizing in the port town on Kepre Dua; Bug-Eyed Posk, who hijacked a slave ship captured by Bag Island’s Jolis Raffles himself and then sold the recently liberated cargo right back into slavery, (though Posk claims to have done so at Raffles’s behest, stating that the halfling leader betrayed him once the job was done); Palco Justice, recently failed first mate of the Red Courage of Firegrass Isle; and Velesa Mortana, a Chelish spy found out in Hell Harbor.