Skull & Shackles
Maidenspool once had pretensions of taking Drenchport’s place as Tempest Cay’s premier destination. Free Captain Bradesmar Wache of Mediogalti was the power behind this attempt, pouring enormous resources into the venture, building structures of stone and fine lumber and luring settlers with promises of low levies under his lordship. At the peak of the city’s growth, Bradesmar openly boasted that the Master of the Gales’s capital would soon be just so much driftwood. Quickly after this bold proclamation, Maidenspool suffered a succession of ferocious raids by inexplicably aggressive locathahs. More than half the town was destroyed by fire and hundreds were killed, including Bradesmar’s darling wife, Ella “Sunburst” Wache. Certain that the druid of Drenchport was behind this calamity, Bradesmar took his case to the Pirate Council in Port Peril for arbitration. They listened impassively to his raging for 2 days before sending him off empty-handed. Now Bradesmar sits in his half-built mansion at the center of the greatly diminished settlement, a brooding old man dreaming angry dreams. Occasionally, he invites Maidenspool visitors up to his home for dinner, asking them to take part in his latest grandiose plot for vengeance. He claims to have treasure buried at sites scattered around the Shackles to finance his schemes, and insists he will gladly reveal the location of his hoards to any who agree to help him. Whether there is any truth to his ranting is much debated, and most question the vengeful pirate’s mental stability.