Skull & Shackles
Pirate lord Maxevale Janis has led this rowdy settlement since the death of his predecessor 6 years ago. Captain of the galleon Motaku Maiden, Maxevale’s is a voice that can be counted on to back up Lady Tessa when the Pirate Council meets in Port Peril. In fact, it has earned him the derisive nickname “the Puppy,” a moniker no man dares to say to his face. As a port of Motaku Isle, Rapier Bay is a distant second to Quent, but it serves the needs of pirates who would rather draw less attention to themselves while sailing near the island. It is famous for one of its smithies, the Steel-Clad Giant, owned by the maker of some of the finest blades this side of the Arch of Aroden, Halgo Tewey. He and his five children have long since finished with shoeing horses and banging out dents in armor; they now manufacture swords to order and are never idle. Word is that the wait list for a masterwork blade is now 8 months. Lady Tessa herself tried to lure the talented artisan to Quent, but Tewey has vowed never to leave Rapier Bay, as his beloved wife Marlu is buried in the local cemetery.