The Scallywags of The Shackles
Harrigan wears an air of power and authority like a cloak. Captain Harrigan is a tall, muscular man, with skin the color of fertile earth. His head is shaved, and he keeps his long black beard twisted and waxed into a single lock bound with gold rings. Years of practice have made Harrigan an accomplished commander. He’s edgy enough to push his crew, though he isn’t a cruel leader. In his eyes, abusiveness shows weakness.
Originally hailing from the p ort city of Senghor, Barnabas Harrigan was born Dwali Kepu, the fifth child to a poor family of Bonuwat fi sherfolk. As a young child, he accompanied his mother to her job as a fish-gutter. There, he listened to the stevedores tell romantic tales of pirates and plunder, and he became seduced by thoughts of living a life of freedom, riche s , and infamy. When he turned 13 , as his mother lay dying ofblood poisoning from an infected cut she suffered on the j ob, Dwali left home and took a j ob on a merchant ves s el headed to Bloodcove, where he hoped to seek a new destiny as a pirate. Upon arriving, his fantasies were quickly shattered when he discovered the pirates he’d romanticized were little more than lice-infested drunks who’d cut a boy’s throat over a few gold pieces . With little money and fewer prospect s , Dwali lurked around t h e dock s , pickpocketing sailors and stealing stray crates from merchant ship s . Eventually, he ran afoul of the authoritie s , and for his crime s he was pre s s e d into the s ervice of Bloodcove. He s erved most of his 2 -year stint in the militia, during which he received martial training and made numerous contact s with local pirates. Only 2 months before completing his s entence ,he abandoned the Bloodcove militia and j oined the crew oft he pirate ship Sea Wasp. As a pirate, Dwali changed his name to Barnabas Harrigan, and over the next 5 years , slowly rose to t h e rank of first mate, though h e l o s t one o f h i s eye s in t h e proce s s .
The Sea Wasp mostly targeted merchant vessels off the coast of Senghor, but eventually worked its way up the coast to Port Peril. There, Harrigan jumped ship in search of his own vessel to command. Unfortunately, he learned that there were few opportunities to immediately start as
a ship captain, and so he pledged himself to the service of Captain Alaster Flint of the Wormwood. Harrigan soon found himself headed south again, but after enduring a few months of slim pickings at sea, Captain Flint looked to shore for easier bounty-slaves. The Wormwood’s first raid was quick and brutal, and in one strike against a Zenj village, the ship’s hold was full of living plunder. Among these slaves was the young Adelita Doloruso, a wild girl who eventually slit Flint’s throat and handed Harrigan his ship in exchange for her freedom. Now finally in command, Captain Harrigan spent the next few years developing a fearsome reputation. But Harrigan’s fortunes would not last, for just as his star seemed to be on the rise, he fell into the clutches of the Chelish navy.