Her origins are shrouded in mystery, but Aranessa Saltspite is nonetheless one of the most respected and feared pirate captains of Sartosa, a self-styled Pirate Queen. To some, she is the daughter of the sea god Manann himself, with brine for blood, and that and he whispers to her to take control of all the world’s oceans. To others, she is a mutant who cut off her own fishtail after being cast out of her Norscan tribe as a child. What cannot be denied, whatever her origins may be, is that her skill at the helm or with cutlass is such that none can dispute her lethality in battle.[1a]
Now, many a sea-bloated corpse washes up against the Swordfysh’s hull, and so her Vampire first mates breathe unlife into them, creating a vast rabble of loyal crew, ready to serve at Captain Saltspite’s command. As part of the living realm rather than the undead, she commands a human pirate crew known as the Sartosa Free Company, otherwise reluctantly sharing control of the denizens of the Vampire Coast.