Skull and Shackles
The Free Captains
The Free Captains are the leaders of the Shackles Pirates. 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.