Privateers are seafarers commissioned by governments to work for them.
Two legs (Live or peg), at least one functioning hand (natural or prosthetic), some level of defense, knowledge of maritime maps and policies, immunity to seasickness
One first works as a steward, but as time goes on and renown is gained, one's diversity of roles increases.
Payment & Reimbursement
Payment is secured in enemy loot and a steady paycheck.
Travel, government protection and backing
To serve their kingdoms' will on the open oceans
While respected in their home country as guardians and soldiers, privateers are treated no differently than pirates and enemies of war in enemy lands.
In the past, the primary purpose of privateers was exploration, hoping to chart and colonize new lands just like the ones on, well, land. Also like on land, where there are valuables, there are thieves. So privateer groups quickly reworked their operations to become pirate hunters and protectors of maritime policy.
Sail fabric, wooden planks, meal rations, cannonballs
The smell of the sea is a staple. When not on the job, privateers will hang around anywhere from taverns to government institutions looking for hire, gathering for intel, or spending their spoils.
Deliveries, raids, escorts, exploration
Dangers & Hazards
As with any maritime occupation, the risk of being lost at sea is very real, not to mention retaliation from pirates or rival privateers. Until relatively recently, scurvy was the leading cause of premature deaths among privateers.
Marine Merc, Pirate
Varies by location
Famous in the Field
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