Port Secura Settlement in Pronathea | World Anvil

Port Secura

Even pirates need a place to sell their wares

"Lay hey, draw us a line,
Long way, give us some wine,
For they, drench us with brine,
New day, for us you swine..."
- A well-known verse of a halyard shanty

The Town

Port Secura is a town on the coastline of Bihulling, nestled in a natural bay. Pleasantly warm water drifts to and from the shoreline, with shipbuilders hammering away at their newest creations at the dry dock.   All is not quite as it seems though, as the town is the residency of many a pirate. Port Secura is one of the main trading locations for the pirates and is one of the few with exclusive trading contracts with them. In exchange for ship repairs or the construction of new ships, the Port gets wares approximate to the value of the repairs or ship.
While their ships are being repaired, it's common to see the pirates take up shop in one of the taverns in town, drinking through the night and causing a general ruckus, though they never become destructive or violent in their escapades in the taverns as a sign of respect to the town.   It's not uncommon to see large, exotic pelts scattered throughout the town market, along with many treasures, such as golden place settings and even a diamond chandelier has made its way through the markets here. Despite this odd trading policy, the town is quite well off and is a popular manufacturer of elegant ships for those with enough coin to purchase one.   Many townsfolk wonder why the town has had this trading policy in place with the pirates, and most have heard the rumours accusing mayor Sir Wilbur Aldred, who runs the town as a dictatorship, of being an ex-pirate. Whether these rumours are true or not is yet to be seen.
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Jul 4, 2018 06:49

An interesting town that I'd definitely visit if I lived in your world! You gave a good impression of what the environment is like in the beginning of the article, and it is all-around giving a good overview of the town's inhabitants and economy.   The article isn't too long or too short, it's exactly the right length to get across the important info. I couldn't think of anything that's missing here.

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Jul 4, 2018 07:09 by Andrew

Aww, how kind! :)

Jul 4, 2018 07:05 by Erik

I like the description of the town, really gives a little bit of description of the feel for the town and how it functions. I would like to see more about the governance of the town and what happens when a pirate does forget his/her manners and gets a bit to roudy.

Jul 4, 2018 07:09 by Andrew

They won't be welcome for much longer if they do!

Jul 4, 2018 09:39 by TJ Trewin

Love the shanty! Are you planning on fleshing it out into a full song / document article in the future?

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Jul 4, 2018 09:43 by Andrew

I don't think I have that much rhyme in me, but hey, who knows?

Jul 4, 2018 10:26 by Janet Forbes

I love the use of the sea shanty to open the article! You can always catch my heart with a song! :D Great article here, with some tantalising details.

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    Jul 4, 2018 11:05 by Andrew

    Glad you like it! If you're a fan of songs/poems, you should check out my Veil of Stars article!

    Jul 5, 2018 09:49 by Benjamin Andula

    Like all others article, your starting songs are so emblematic and useful to get an ambiance, which is simply amazing ! Fun fact, I totally imagine this town as a lil'Tortuga, but as important :p

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    Jul 5, 2018 09:52 by Andrew

    I must oblige my fans with song! And Tortuga is a fair comparison, but less dark and musty and more covered in sawdust

    Jul 19, 2018 21:38 by Lost Carcosa

    I love the shanty at the beginning! I wonder how other settlements and their leaders interact with Port Secura.

    Jul 20, 2018 07:19 by Andrew

    Usually they're fine, Port Secura does make some of the finest ships so it's not that they've become a black stain on the political landscape.