Skull & Shackles
When Hesmene tires of her playthings, she often releases them on the island to fend for themselves. This has produced a bizarre ecology, with strange, otherworldly creatures prowling the land, including numerous fey and magical creatures. Two small bands of shipwrecked sailors also live on the island, eking out a bare bones existence. The Merry Pranksters are a nasty group of two dozen pirates led by Barkham of Botosani (CN male human fighter 6/rogue 2), an irreligious iconoclast who revels in invoking the passionate ire of the island’s beleaguered protagonists. These are the Penitents, a group of 18 religious pilgrims led by the long-suffering Jayhalle Messierre (LG female human paladin 7), who has worked mightily to keep this bunch of petulant scolds together for the past 2 years. Her thankless task has not been made any easier by the endless theological arguments the pedantic devotees of Abadar and Erastil engage in, which sometimes even come to blows. Of course, intermittently Hesmene herself descends on the band to temporarily buck up their unity with a lethal threat from her and her agents. On a few occasions, the Merry Pranksters and the Penitents have been forced to work together in order to drive off whatever torment Hesmene has concocted. As it stands, neither party is ascendant, and the isle’s tricky surf and reefs have prevented any of the castaways from escaping in their makeshift rafts and canoes. Given that most captains of the Shackles have the sense to avoid the place, they may be marooned here for good.