Skull & Shackles
The pirate town of Pex at the south end of the Straits of Balthus is rough, ramshackle, and raucous. Hardluck Massey is its lord, known for his endless grumbling and impulsive pronouncements against those who have annoyed him—these unfortunates are placed in stocks at the center of town “to await their right deserved deaths,” only to be released 2 or 3 hours later after the capricious Hardluck’s change of heart. The settlement itself boasts an inviting three-story inn called Damned If It Didn’t Rain, run by Hegmar of Frembrudd, widow of a celebrated pirate from the far north. The inn’s common room is a rowdy gathering place for buccaneers of Ulfen descent, as well as Varisian traders who own warehouses on the waterfront.