It is said that there were once nefarious thieves that resided in the Storm Islands. For countless years, they had been living off of their fishing and farming without any contact with the outside world. One day, a merchant ship from our lands became lost and found themselves stranded on these islands. They used their cargo of gold and silk to trade for supplies and local specialties they had never before seen. To the people of the Storm Islands, the ancient, oriental continent was mysterious and new, and they began to learn of the world through the sailors words. It was this chance meeting that planted the seed of the sea into the hearts of the islanders, and slowly began to change their destiny, forever.
Since the Storm Islands are lacking in natural resources that the newcomers favored, some “pioneers” started to trace the merchant ship’s route back to their own lands, eventually reaching new lands to setup trade routes and build new lives. However, this newfound lust for gold and power began to take hold of them, driving them to begin taking what they wanted, rather than trading for it. With this change in direction, nearly all of the islanders became pirates, sailing the wide ocean and always searching for the next big haul. They burned, killed and looted wherever they found wealth to be had, becoming ever more brutal in their methods, hoping to gain infamy through their actions. Some say it was because of their envy of the strange, new people’s wealth… Some say they had noticed that the people of the unknown continent were always at war, and they learned by example… Some even say that they were cursed by the ocean gods, driving them into madness and the insatiable lust for treasure... Only one thing is known for sure, and that is should you be unfortunate enough to spot their colors on the horizon, you may be fortunate enough to not have to worry about your problems for much longer.
Over time, they began to improve their methods and equipment by kidnapping villagers of fallen towns. A warrior monk from an oriental island taught them how to forge their own style of weapons, and found they were quite skilled in their craft. They created improvements to their ships, but also put their own style into their work, forging the peculiar, but deadly, Rapier. They combined knowledge from faraway lands and brought about the use of many types of firearms and explosives. The destructive power of these new weapons became a symbol of terror for the traders and coastal towns, as they sailed seemingly unchallenged across the known world. The pirates built their ships faster and more powerful, bringing giant battleships with an amazing capacity for death and destruction.
They are cruel and deceitful, choosing a gleaming white skull on a black background as their standard. They have become the fearless rulers of the seas, with their bloodstained rapiers glowing in the sun as they sail into battle. They have truly become the dreaded pirates we know, today!
Now, these pirates from the west have broken the last line of defense, and have brought their frightful ships and cannons to our land. They seek only one thing: to conquer this ancient and rich continent, and then one day, the world!