Skull & Shackles
The only inland settlement of the Shackles, this distant trading hub is currently under the iron authority of Cousotta Shald. She concerns herself primarily with administering the sale and transport of slaves from the Mwangi Expanse and Sodden Lands as well as whatever other items of value find their way up the Terwa River, using the profits to bolster her alliance with select members of the Pirate Council. As long as she keeps wealth flowing into the council’s coffers, Shald’s trading post is guaranteed protection—the council provides her with a group of cutthroat mercenary Free Captains known as the Steel Cordage. Recent rumors have begun to surface, however, suggesting that Shald hoards far more of the profits from her business than was originally agreed upon—should the Pirate Council obtain definitive proof of this through their proxies in the Steel Cordage, the half-orc’s brutal stewardship of Neruma would undoubtedly crumble. Thankfully for Shald, the Free Captains of the Steel Cordage have been kept busy as of late with the native lizardfolk barbarians, whose assaults on Neruma from the north have become particularly fierce. Neruma’s founders unknowingly built the settlement on sacred lizardfolk breeding grounds, and the dispossessed warriors fight desperately to reclaim their land.