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Pirate King Handal

Handal Romarsson was born to a moderate merchant family on the Island of Synkal in service to the Lord of the island. From the time since Handal began being trained in the family business he was considered a protege in trade and handling finances. As he became older his role in the business became more and more pronounced before his parents retired allowing him to take over the family business. He continued growing the company and building his own merchant fleet of highly loyal seamen thrusting his family from the middle class to the aristocratic elite. The Lord of Synkal, noticing this rapid rise of Handals power, commandeered his fleet and arresting his parents on baseless charges.

Handal instead of bowing to the Lord took matters into his own hands. by sneaking aboard his flagship The Lover's Quarrel he freed his crewmen and led a surprise attack which allowed him to free his Flagship and several other ships. After retreating from the Island Handal was forced into piracy in order to gain his wealth back and gather more ships for his revenge. After 3 years of very successful raids Handal had gathered nearly 40 ships of various sizes to him and led a raid on Synkal, killing the lord himself. Afterwards when he began looking for his parents he learned that they were executed when the attack started. In his rage he ordered the entire court executed and the treasury plundered. He than freed the rest of his merchant fleet that was still standing and went on raiding as the only thing worthwhile in his life on the Trading Country of Stigar in retribution for being the overlord of Synkal.

After a few months of raiding and blockading the Island of Synkal the Doge of Stigar finally opened up to negotiations and too protect their trade allowed Handal ownership of the Island in return to never attacking the country again. Handal agreed to this and soon set up his primary base on the Island which he renamed Handallo after himself. At this point Handal had amassed hundreds of ships under his banner and after defeating the Nealis Navy at the Battle of Handallo his reputation only earned him more supporters. Eventually he, and others, began calling him the "Pirate King" for his wealth and power. He divided the Island among his 4 most loyal captains, making them swear loyalty to him as Pirate King and began organizing deals and special raids to maximize profits and safety.


1. Halera, ruled by Handal Romarsson, capital-Mermac
2. Deriksden, ruled by Derik Erkins, capital-Baarin
3. Coula, ruled by Armanda Willons, capital-Farrow
4. Tyrius, ruled by Admiral Grn, capital-Pellar
5. Hevar, ruled by Jens Sturm, capital-Brite

population-300,000

The Citizens Home Militia:
to circumvent the lack, and high expense, of a standing army one of Handal's first orders was the creation of a citizens militia. All men ages 15-54 are required to join the army when invaded to defend their homeland. They are armed with whatever weapons and armor they can purchase or whatever the pirates can steal after raids.
Current strength= 84,000 men

The Pirate Kings Armada:
The main power of Handallo formed after his expulsion from the than Island of Synkal the Pirate Kings Armada remains the strongest private navy in the world. With dozens of ships from the largest ships-of-the-line to small gunboats. All of them useful in raids and defense of Handallo.
Strength=300 ships

The Golden Armada-59 ships:
Commanded By: Pirate King Handal Romarsson
Flagship-Razee Type Frigate Lover's Quarrel
-2 1st rate ship-of-the-line
-6 2nd rate ship-of-the-line
-12 3rd rate ship-of-the-line
-18 9-pounder frigates
-9 12-pounder frigates
-4 18-pounder frigates
-1 razee type frigate
-4 bomb vessels
-11 brigs

The Black Fleet-55 ships
Commanded By: Admiral Derik Erkins
Flagship-1st rate ship-of-the-line Ironside
-3 1st rate ship-of-the-line
-7 2nd rate ship-of-the-line
-9 3rd rate ship-of-the-line
-10 9-pounder frigates
-9 12-pounder frigates
-3 18 pounder frigates
-1 spar-deck frigate
-2 bomb vessels
-12 brigs

The Pink Fleet-55 ships
Commanded By: Admiral Armanda Willons
Flagship-Razee-type frigate Sundered Heart
-5 2nd rate ship-of-the-line
-10 3rd rate ship-of-the-line
-8 9-pounder frigates
-12 12-pounder frigates
-6 18-pounder frigates
-1 spar-deck frigate
-2 bomb vessels
-10 brigs

The Red Fleet-55 ships
Commanded By: Admiral Grn
Flagship-2nd rate ship-of-the-line Francine
-7 2nd rate ship-of-the-line
-7 3rd rate ship-of-the-line
-12 9-pounder frigates
-10 12-pounder frigates
-3 18-pounder frigates
-15 brigs
-2 bomb vessels

The Bronze Fleet-53 ships
Commanded By: Admiral Jens Sturm
Flagship-24-pounder frigate Fools Gold
-6 2nd rate ship-of-the-line
-7 3rd rate ship-of-the-line
-10 9-pounder frigates
-8 12-pounder frigates
-4 18-pounder frigates
-2 spar-deck frigates
-1 razee-type frigate
-2 bomb vessels
-12 brigs

Citizens Coast Guard-23
Commanded By: Commodore Albert Gifford
Flagship-Sloop-sloop Heavens Gate
22 sloops

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