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The Pocatose archipelago is a group of islands situated south and west of Chimney (the chief city of the Salada Peninsula on the northern continent). The islands are within, or at least very close to, a sea or large bay called the Gap.

Some time before the events of "Cranky Bitch", corsairs from the Pocatose expanded their piracy such that they captured 1 out of every 4 ships which tried to sail through the Gap. Croaker the Annalist stated "their predations were all the chat in the waterfront dives" of Chimney. It was their piracy that caused the Houses of Istven and the Seamen's Guild to hire the Black Company.

Three unidentified new Taken rapidly asserted control over the villages of the archipelago, and threatened to kill everyone if they did not stage a pirate attack on Cranky Bitch (the ship carrying the Black Company). The Pocatose duly undertook 3 suicidal raids against the well-defended vessel, as their fear of the Takens' terrible sorcery outmatched even the obvious danger posed by the mercenary band. The motivation for their repeated, foolish attacks was disclosed to the Black Company's leader, the Lieutenant, by some survivors of the third pirate raid. The revelation was received with pity. The Lieutenant released the captives safely as a gesture of good faith, and Croaker considered the situation of the villages on the Pocatose to be a "basket of sorrows".

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