As the release date of Storm Raven approaches, I’m launching a series of short posts on various parts of the world in which the book takes place. This first entry is about the island city of Freyport.
Freyport is in a unique political situation. It is located roughly equidistant from the Stalsta Federation and the Cambisian Empire. Because of that position, both nations lay claim to the city and the island that it occupies. Both the Empire and the Federation demand that Freyport pay its fair share of taxes. However, the council that runs the city manages to keep each of them satisfied with just half of the requested amount. Neither nation wants to risk war with the other by showing up in force to collect the full tax amount or to enforce any other laws.
Because of this hands-off approach by the two large nations, Freyport has become a haven for pirates and other outlaws. As long as the governing council gets their cut, they don’t much care where the money comes from. While the Storm Raven is Nereyda’s true home, Freyport is the closest she has to a stationary home. It’s the place she and her crew go to offload whatever they take in raids, restock for the next trip, and rest after an adventure. It’s also a place where rivalries with other pirates ships sometimes create conflict.
For an example of how that conflict plays out, you can check out a short story from earlier this year, where Nereyda prevents another pirate crew from kidnapping a girl. You can read it here!
Also, if you’d like to learn more about Storm Raven or pre-order it, you can do that here.
Thanks for stopping by! Next week, we’ll take a look at the Shattered Sea.