Skull and Shackles
The Shackles Pirates are based in the Shackles, south of the Eye of Abendego. They were once a collection of independent pirate lords, but joined together as a single fleet in 4674 AR.
They have no true headquarters, operating instead out of the numerous coves and settlements of the Shackles.
In theory, anyone is welcome to join the organisation – including the crew of captured ships. They value their freedom above all else, and as a result are very loosely organised. Individual crew serve a Free Captain, the captains band together in the service of a pirate lord, and the lords serve on the Pirate Council under the leadership of Kerdak Bonefist, the Hurricane King.
The Shackles Pirates attack shipping in the region of the Eye of Abendego, relying on local knowledge and superior seamanship to outsail enemy warships – typically those of Cheliax and Rahadoum. They raid as far north as the Arch of Aroden. They used to raid the shipping of Sargava, but no longer do so; instead they receive a hefty tribute from the former colony in return for protecting it from Cheliax.
In recent times, Nidal has been allowing vessels of the Shackles Pirates to dock in Nisroch; by so doing they have managed to simultaneously annoy both Cheliax and Andoran, which is no mean feat. The Nidalese are buying slaves from the pirates, which they then transport through the Shadow Caverns and sell to denizens of the Darklands.