If you hail from the Shackles, what would your demonym be?


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Pretty much the title, couldn't find this information on the wiki and it would be interesting to know what people from the Shackles refer themselves as.


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Shackleton.

Ernest to their friends though.

Scarab Sages

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Shackler? Sounds kind of rough and informal, fittingly.

I'd say Shackle-born, but that's a velstrac-spawn tiefling.


I would probably go with shackle myself. It would make it confusing if you were talking about, say, "those shackles in the shackles in the Shackles," but English is a funny old language.


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I would guess due to linguistic awkwardness, and how most people from the Shackles are from somewhere else, a lot of folks from the Shackles would identify themselves through their port of call rather than the loose confederation that constitutes a country technically.

Alternatively, the people who have been living there since before there was a Shackles would use something like the Iruxi or Sahaugin word for where they're from.

Liberty's Edge

Shacklian


I suspect it would depend on their particular island (unless they mainland). I think the idea of the Shackles as being one coherent region is more something for us than an identity anyone in game would subscribe to.


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Pirate. Right?


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Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrian.


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PossibleCabbage wrote:

I would guess due to linguistic awkwardness, and how most people from the Shackles are from somewhere else, a lot of folks from the Shackles would identify themselves through their port of call rather than the loose confederation that constitutes a country technically.

Alternatively, the people who have been living there since before there was a Shackles would use something like the Iruxi or Sahaugin word for where they're from.

That's what I'm thinking, or use the name of the specific island they grew up on.


In terms of what colors they sail under the answer is generally going to be "The Free Captains" or "something that is a lie, because it's not hard to get flags and the whole business isn't super honorable."

Liberty's Edge

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Free people.


PossibleCabbage wrote:

I would guess due to linguistic awkwardness, and how most people from the Shackles are from somewhere else, a lot of folks from the Shackles would identify themselves through their port of call rather than the loose confederation that constitutes a country technically.

Alternatively, the people who have been living there since before there was a Shackles would use something like the Iruxi or Sahaugin word for where they're from.

This is what I was going to say.

1) A large number of shackles inhabitants are probably from somewhere else originally
2) Those who did grow up in the shackles probably do not think of it as their home country. They are much more likely (IMO) to identify with the city or small geographic area in which they grew up.

Liberty's Edge

Those who didn't fit in their previous environment and came to the Shackles to be free of it might not want to use their previous identification.


But they may think "my home is in Quent" or "I sail from Port Peril" first and foremost before thinking of "the Shackles" as some sort of political identity.


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I think free people works just as much a connection to specific location be it a region in the shackles or cultural or ethnic origin. The shackles doesn't seem like the place where one consistent answer is needed.

For those who come the shackles, they may declare themselves free people they may not.


Is it stated that residents of the Shackles actually refer to themselves as free people any place?

It seems like a very bold statement that implies others aren't.

Not that it couldn't happen, just look at "The land of the free and the home of the brave". I'm just curious if that's written anywhere in publications.

Liberty's Edge

I merely based it on the Free Captains expression mentioned above. It sprung to my mind while reading it.

I do not know if it is used anywhere in cannon.


I feel like the average person in the shackles doesn't want to associate too strongly with the Free Captains.

Even if you live in the Shackles, the proximity to Cheliax and others nations that patrol the area likely make it difficult not worth while for your average person living in a port city to openly associate themselves with piracy.

Free Captains have an easier time of, likely because they're always on the move and harder to locate.

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