When most people think of pirates, they think of the Shackles. Not only do the fiercest and most bloodthirsty pirates call the Shackles home, but the region’s prosperity relies on piracy. Those Shackles citizens who aren’t pirates themselves support the pirate trade with inns, shops, warehouses, and a variety of other services.
The pirates of the Shackles have tradition and experience on their side. The concentrated piracy of the area has allowed captains to maintain impressive ships and hardy crews, and would-be freebooters compete to crew the most well-known ships. The cooperation of the Free Captains allows information and plunder to move from port to port, creating a network of pirates who can ally in times of need. The pirates of the Shackles bear no love or trust for each other, but support each other when called on by a Free Captain or the Hurricane King.