Piracy in the Haan ArchipelagoWith all of the international trade of the archipelago relying on merchant ships, it is no surprise that piracy is a profitable, flourishing activity.
The pirate activity can be divided into two types:
The Southern PiratesSavage Isles are known as the Southern Pirates. They are presumed to actually be premeditated crews of privateers launched by the governments of their islands to hunt on any ship from the Trade Islands.
Instead of hunting for just cargo, southern pirates act somewhat like tetsus of the sea, patrolling a set territory and attacking anything that approaches. They will destroy or capture ships, cargo and people, prioritizing keeping the target crews alive to be sold as slaves. Very few manage to escape back.
They sometimes hunt in groups formed by one or two small fast ships and a heavier one, so that the first can reach the target and force it to engage while the slower one catches up to deal the killing blows.
They stick to the south and east of the archipelago and navigate the more open waters.
The Haanite PiratesThose that come from the Trade Isles are generally fugitives that form crews of mixed backgrounds.
They attack merchant ships to steal their cargo and occasionally take people from the pillaged ships to join their ranks such as in the case of Hylmer, the kidnapper of Prince Kuja, but they are not known to engage in the slave trade. Their ships use disguises such as fake flags, empty barrels and tarps covers for their cannons to look like merchant ships in order to approach their targets and hide from navy ships. These are the group from which the Irate guild would later be formed.
The War on Pirates2990 E.Alz, pirate activity increased exponentially in the coasts of the archipelago, as the Haanite pirates saw the west coast of Karte as an especially profitable area to raid.
The king of the Kingdom of Karte, Rastapuj, spent several years preparing his response, building Kartian Hunter Ships specially designed to trick pirates, keeping track of each of merchant ship's comings and goings, etc, in a manoeuvre that was known as the War on Pirates. He launched his plan on the 23rd of Resting of 3003 E.Alz and saw good results for the following three years.
The assault of Dia
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One by one she contacted other Haanite crews and carefully organized a retaliation. The 18th of Burning, 3006 E.Alz marked the day when a big group of organized pirates sailed to the capital city of Karte, the City of Dia. Aided by the night they managed to ambush the city and capture the only son of the king, the 14 year old Prince Kuja. The prince was taken and kept in a captured Kartian ship called Sand Bird,
Formation of the Irate guildBeheaded and kept as the flagship of the new criminal organization, captained by Heliom. The Skull of the Beheaded Prince, lost for some days in the turmoil of the escape and gnawed at by vermin, was hanged from the main mast for everyone in the ship to see and became their symbol of power. The Irates took a small uninhabited island south of Thaur as their headquarters and started sailing under a single flag, creating a sort of shared culture and developing a micro-society and economy in their hideout island.
Involvement in the Night of the Unlit CandlesAfter several years of civil war, the subversive groups of Kartians had gone relatively quiet all of the sudden around the year 6 E.Ru. It was clear that something was brewing in the Kartian underground, but it wasn't until the 20th of Harvesting, 9 E.Ru that the full extent of the plan was discovered. The Kartian revolutionaries had used all those years to engage all of the civilians and the military, made use of all of the available contact weavers, and create a temporary alliance with the Irates, all leading to an event know as the Night of the Unlit Candles, where everyone sympathetic to the revolution kept their candles and torches unlit to help identify monarchists. Knowing that the king, his Regal Stags and close allies would try to flee the country, the revolutionaries tipped off the Irates and helped them infiltrate several points of the Tantalej river in order for them to raid the escaping aristocrats.
The most notable of these raids was the sinking of The Great Vertixico, a renowned hunter ship named after a famous captain that drowned after a pirate attack during the war.
Port of Fury
Skull of the Beheaded Prince
Irates symbol of power, a brutal demonstration of the Irates' will to fight back
Irate assault of Karte
The vengeance of the east coast pirates that ended the Kartian war on pirates