Before the Dale Reckoning, Waterdeep was a mercantile human city. After the war, the free city was given to the son of a powerful northern Lord, and the Lordship passed down his bloodline. In 982DR the city was captured by a band of pirates, who installed the Pirate Council. In the 500 years it has operated, the Pirate Council has had 97 Pirate Lords. The 96th Pirate Lord was Elvir Endos. Elvir’s Pirate Council was one of the shortest, and the last before the Shuddering. Thus, Elvir’s council was ousted by the Cambion occupiers, and Sisin was selected by his peers as Demon Lord of Waterdeep. In 1502 Sisin was killed by the notorious Captain Blade. Blade successfully manipulated the ensuing power vacuum and reinstated the Pirate’s Council, to the joy of many of the city's previously subjugated citizens. The new Pirate Council had one difference - the Retainers would henceforth always be given a seat upon it, alongside the nine most powerful Pirate captains. Captain Blade, for her considerable fame was selected to serve as Pirate Lord, making her the 97th individual to hold this position. She served with the crew of Winter's Grasp. At the time, Waterdeep was the first (and only) city to be freed from Abyssal control.
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