Pirate Code

The Pirate code is a collection of written an unwritten rules that vary by ship and region, the following is an example of the average pirate code.

  • Every member of the crew gets an equal share of treasure.
    Anyone caught taking more than his fair share of loot,
    or refusing to report its discovery in a timely manner,
    shall be marooned. The captain receives extra shares of
    any treasure, as do shipwrights, carpenters, and officers.
  • Every member of the crew must tend to his own weapons
    and keep them ready for battle.
  • Anyone who shows cowardice in the face of the enemy or
    deserts in battle shall be keelhauled or be marooned.
  • No crew member shall hide his abilities from the crew.
    A sailor who can perform magic shall use his abilities on
    behalf of the ship.
  • No crew member shall take a position on a new ship or talk
    of leaving until each crew member has acquired at least
    1,000 gp worth of treasure through his labors.
  • No fighting is allowed between crewmates. Quarrels
    shall be set aside until shore leave, at which point
    grievances may be settled with violence on shore.
  • All crew members must obey the captain and his officers.
  • Any pirate found stealing from crewmates shall take 10
    lashes and may be put ashore at port.
  • The person who spots a sail shall have first pick of its loot.
  • Any crew member who loses a limb in service to the ship
    shall be paid 800 gp for its loss.
  • Every sailor has an equal right to vote in decisions put to
    the crew by the captain.

Pirate Code

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