Skulls & Shackles
Over two centuries ago the legendary Free-Captain Magna Stormeyes discovered the natural harbor on Windward Isle. She immediately recognized that it would make the perfect haven from which to launch a pirate fleet. With just one ship at the time her and her crew built a small encampment on Windward’s harbor, she began to ply the trade of piracy. With the plunder from her initial hauls, she set about building a keep, a fortification which she would call Tidewater Rock.
From the vantage point atop the Rock, she found she could pick out particularly ripe targets while receiving ample of warning of hostile ships approaching. Over time, Stormeyes’ successes enabled her to build a sizeable fleet, as well as more strongholds on several different islands. She became the scourge of the southern sea lanes and eventually claimed the Hurricane Crown as her own. Shortly after becoming the Hurricane King and relocating to Port Peril, she was assassinated by rival Free Captains.
After her murder Stormeyes’ burgeoning fleet fell apart among its squabbling captains. Gerta Frome, first mate of Stormeyes’ flagship, the Cocksure, seized control of the Rock. Within only a few years, Frome became a powerful Free-Captain herself, and the legend of Tidewater Rock as both a powerful good luck talisman and an impregnable bastion was born.