The Scallywags of The Shackles
Once the jewel in the crown of the Empire of Cheliax, today Sargava (pronounced sahr-GAH-vah)1 has broken away from the motherland and is dependent on the protection of the Free Captains of the Shackles. The ongoing cost of that protection is crippling the former colony, along with serious problems with the indigenous inhabitants.
The region was part of the Mwangi Expanse until 4138 AR, when the region was settled by Chelaxian colonists who imposed their rule on the native population.3
In 4606 AR, Aroden the patron deity of Cheliax died. Cheliax descended into three decades of civil war, as the various noble houses fought for supremacy.4
A Cheliax fleet sent by House Thrune for revenge on Sargava was sunk in Desperation Bay by the Shackles Pirates in 4643 AR. A second fleet sent in 4660 AR fared little better and Sargava has so far managed to cling on to its fragile independence.7
Today the former colony continues to pay the pirates for protection, despite the high cost, and is looking to new protectors.
The population consists mainly of Mwangi tribesmen, ruled over by the Chelaxian colonials. The colony’s empty treasury is making it difficult to control the tribesmen, and there have been several native revolts.9
The country’s financial difficulties and the threat of retribution from Cheliax are blights on life in Sargava. The response of the authorities is to organise regular events designed to raise both morale and revenue. The most important of these is the Sargava Chalice, a gruelling extended footrace.