Pirates of the Shackles
Free Captains – The Free Captains are the mot prominent captains of the Shackles. Most of them command only a single ship, or perhaps a small group of ships. The more powerful control the various ports of the Shackles and have a number of other Free Captains serving under them. The most powerful of all make up the Pirate Council, the ruling body of the Shackles. Each year the lesser captains can attempt to increase their status by entering the Free Captain’s Regatta – the winner gains, among other things, a seat on the Pirate Council.
Pirate Council – The Pirate Council consists of the most powerful of the pirate lords of the Shackles. Each controls one of the major ports of the region. The Council is led by the Hurricane King, who rules the Shackles with the support of the members. The current Hurricane King is Kerdak Bonefist. It is rumoured that his successor will be Tessa Fairwind, but some speculate that the succession might be sooner rather than later. The winner of the annual Free Captain’s Regatta is awarded a seat on the Council, but for the last five years this has been the Master of Gales, so the composition of the council has not changed.