Pathfinder: Skull & Shackles 2018
4111 Chelish explorers discover the disturbing ruins of Ghol-Gan on the coast of the region now known as the Shackles. The explorers deem the coastline cursed and haunted.
4139 Raiders target trade ships ferrying goods between Cheliax and Sargava. Pirates form small communities in hidden harbors where they hide from Chelish warships.
4640 Sargava secedes from Cheliax, and Baron Grallus pays the Free Captains of the Shackles for protection against the inevitable Thrune backlash; when the Chelish fleet arrives 3 years later, it is quickly sunk (major Chelish naval defeat in 4643).
4660 A second Chelish fleet is defeated by the Free Captains of the Shackles.
4674 The Free Captains of the Shackles unite under the banner of the Hurricane King to harass the fleets and merchants of the north.
Captain Kerdak Bonefist ascended to the leader of the Free Captains and is the current Hurricane King. Bonefist is effectively the head of state of the Shackles, a position he has held for the past 38 years. He earned the position in 4674 AR by virtue of possessing the strongest fleet and holding Port Peril. The previous Hurricane King was named Skavender Pitch.
4677 The first Captains’ Regatta is held in the Shackles. Six of the 17 ships that enter are scuttled, capsized, or lost at sea.
4681 The Glorious Age of the Free Captains begins, a time of unparalleled prosperity for Shackles pirates that continues to the present day.
4712 Current year.