Sartosa is the largest island off the south coast of Luccini created by the mostly dormant volcano, Mount Ertinia. The land is extremely fertile but rocky with inland farms growing grapes, olives and wheat. These farmers are protected by various Pirate Lords but sea-life in the surrounding waters is also abundant and supplies much of the diet of the inhabitants. [6a]
As they approach the island, sailors traditionally pour run into the sea when they sight the volcano with the cry of Ertinia, Ho! [6a]
Legend says that a young sailor called on the gods when his ship was wrecked but only Ranald responded, raising the island from the waves in a blast of fire and lava. This offended Manann and so Ranald told the sailor to pay homage to both gods with treasure and to do so he took up the life of a pirate. [6a]
The vampire Queen Neferata spent several centuries in the city (-1146 to -850 IC) before it was attacked by Khalida and she was forced to flee. During her time there she had a successful arrangement with a Dark Elf corsair, Megara to supply her with Tilean slaves in exchange for not raiding the city.[3a][3b][3c]
Later Sartosa was inhabited by the Norse, who engaged in frequent raids against the fleets of Luccini. These raids were ultimately stopped when the merchant prince hired the pirates to fight against the predations of the Dark Elf and Arabyan corsairs who were active in the area.
This arrangement was soon ended when the forces of Jaffar of Araby began a protracted war against the nearby lands of Estalia. The Arabyan Corsairs capitalizing on the confusion in the region, where able to overthrow the Norsemen and take the island of Sartosa for themselves.
Later, with the war between Estalia and Araby ended, the combined forces of the merchant prince of Luccini, the Norsemen and pirate fleets defeated the Arabyan Corsairs still on Sartosa and took it for themselves.
Today the island is ruled democratically, with a Pirate Prince periodically elected from among the captains of Sartosa. Though occupying the seat of highest authority, the Pirate Prince will only exercise his powers in the most extreme situations, preferring to allow the free-spirited culture of Sartosa to go unmolested unless a situation becomes too bloody.
The current elected ruler of Sartosa is the notorious Pirate Princess. Her reputation for being ten times more cruel than any of her predecessors is no exaggeration, and she has been the longest lasting ruler to date.
- Docks: They are many and varied but have several main sections.[6a]
- Blackfish Docks Once destroyed by a tidal wave, now its a confusing mass of docks and buildings. Fitzmann's Firearms can be found here and is the largest dealer in gunpowder and firearms in the city. [6a]
- Deadman's Docks: the worst of the worst, ruled over by Donato Buccina. [6a]
- Regina Bacini: The finest docks, in reasonable repair where the largest ships owned by the Pirate lords dock. Various taverns including Smithy's and the restaurant The Ox Head. [6a]
- Hole-In-By-The-Hill: Tavern in a cave above Peg Street owned by Grecco. [2a][6a]
- Peg Street [2a] Main road that forms a district lined with ramshackle houses, shops, weaponsmiths, taverns, fishmongers and tanners as well as food vendors.[6a]
- Temple to Stromfels: Once a place of worship to Myrmidia it is now a great temple to the God of the dangers of the sea and is covered in looted treasure. [1a]
- Lord Ferdinand Rackham: Pirate lord with three ships, the Black Mary, Tritonus and the Vigilant, although he longer sails himself. [6a]
- Jack O'the Sea: The most notorious pirate of the island whose 20ft tall statue stands in the middle of the bay. [6a]
- Long Drong's Slayer Pirates started their career on the pirate island, Pirazzo's Lost Legion went back to the Old World via Sartosa and Bronzino's Galloper Guns as well as Braganza's Besiegers acted in one of Luccinis countless and frequent operations to suppress piracy on the island.
Pirate Code of Sartosa
- Obey orders from the Captain and officers. [6a]
- Crewmen may defend themselves and their honour. [6a]
- A crewman may challenge another to a duel but their opponent chooses the weapons to be used. [6a]
- Shares of Booty: Captain (3), Boatswain, Gunner and Master Carpenter (2), all other crew (1). [6a]
- Those who desert are to be marooned with a bottle of water and a weapon. [6a]
- Lazy crew or those who do not clean their weapons lose their share. [6a]
- 40 lashes is the punishment for hitting a crewman. [6a]
- All can vote on important decisions. [6a]
- All may have a share of fresh food and captured drink. [6a]
- Theft is punished by having the ears and nose slit open before being set ashore. [6a]
- Bringing a woman aboard in disguise is punishable by death. [6a]
- No-one may leave a crew until all have made at least 500 Gold Crowns. [6a]
- No crew may fraternize with Wizards. [6a]
There is little legitimate trade although the island does export fine-quality pearls from the abundant pearl beds. The economy of the island is based on piracy although it does also produce goods needed for their ships to remain effective. [6a]
Many nobles and merchants of greater Tilea send proxies or even travel themselves to the port to hire vessels to guard their own ships, prey on competitors or simply haul cargo. [6a]
|The city-states of Tilea|
|Tobaro - Miragliano - Trantio - Pavona - Remas - Verezzo - Luccini - Sartosa|
- 1: Marienburg: Sold Down the River
- 1a: Local Gods pg. 142-143
- 2: Fell Cargo
- 2a: Chapter One
- 3: Neferata by Josh Reynolds
- 4: Warhammer Armies: Dark Elves (4th Edition)
- 4a: History of the Dark Elves, pg. 10
- 5: Warhammer Armies: Dark Elves (7th edition)
- 5a: The Dark Elves, pg. 33
- 6: WFRP Companion
- 6a: Sartosa, City of Pirates, pg. 72-78