Skulls & Shackles

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There’s adventure to be had on the high seas when a group of press-ganged strangers seizes a ship and becomes embroiled in the plots and politics of the Shackles—an infamous island chain dominated by pirate warlords. But as these new swashbucklers make names for themselves, rival scalawags, enemy navies, legendary sea monsters, and the infamous Hurricane King himself seek to see them walk the plank. Who will survive when there’s glory to plunder?

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The Wormwood Mutiny

 (1 of 6): The adventurers wake up in the hold of a ship at sea, only to discover they’ve been press-ganged into a crew of scoundrels, thieves, and buccaneers from the pirate isles of the Shackles. When they’re assigned to a captured ship as part of a skeleton crew, the adventurers finally have a chance to stage a mutiny, but a sudden storm strands them on an isolated island inhabited by strange monsters? Can the adventurers survive the dangers of the island to overthrow their cruel captors and take control of their own destinies? Will they become feared pirates with their own ship, or will they meet their ends in a watery grave?

Raiders of the Fever Sea

 (2 of 6): Now masters of their own ship, the adventurers can become pirates in their own right, but they must first rename and refit their stolen ship. But to be considered equals by the pirates of the Shackles, they have to prove themselves worthy of the name. When they discover a treasure map tattooed on a defeated pirate rival, the adventurers go in search of buried treasure. If found, they’ll have enough plunder to return to the Shackles as true Free Captains!

Tempest Rising

 (3 of 6): Returning to the Shackles with a hold full of booty and plunder, the adventurers must present themselves to the Hurricane King of the Shackles. Now recognized as Free Captains, they can enter the Free Captains’ Regatta, a grueling race along the fringes of the mighty hurricane called the Eye of Abendego. The winners receive a fat prize purse, their own private island, and a seat on the Pirate Council of the Shackles. Will the adventurers triumph against fierce competitors, old rivals, and the treacherous winds and currents of the Eye of Abendego itself? Or will their ship be dashed against the rocks, never to sail again?

Island of Empty Eyes

 (4 of 6): Having won the Free Captain’s Regatta, the adventurers must now claim their prize—an uninhabited and dangerous isle called the Island of Empty Eyes. After exploring strange ruins and fighting the island’s monstrous denizens, the adventurers must host a feast for their new peers on the Pirate Council. But a mysterious saboteur threatens to disrupt the party. Can the adventurers tame their island wilderness and protect their influential guests? Or will they lose the respect of the pirate lords and fade into obscurity?

The Price of Infamy

 (5 of 6): The adventurers now have their own island and port, but they’ll need more than one ship to defend it. They must scour the harbors and docks of the Shackles to recruit more ships and more crews to their flag. But when a rival from their past sends a fleet to attack them, they must defend their island home. And when they sail to his island to get their revenge, the adventurers discover a traitor whose betrayal threatens all of the islands of the Shackles.

From Hell’s Heart

 (6 of 6): With an enemy fleet intent on conquering the Shackles looming on the horizon, the adventurers must build their own fleet of pirates and buccaneers to defend against the invaders, culminating in an epic naval battle in the middle of the Eye of Abendego. Will the adventurers defeat the invading navy and save the Shackles? Or will the independence of the Free Captains be eradicated forever?

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