Skulls & Sword Coast
Captain of Fortune's Favour
Race: Sahuagin (malenti)
Status: Indifferent (0)
Attired in vibrant silks that offset the blues & greens of his elvish features, Hanji has well-earned his reputation as a dandy & man of high culture. But Hanji’s sharp, shark-like teeth betray the brutality for which the malenti pirate is likewise known. Even among pirates, Hanji’s record is smeared with blood, such that he sets many of his fellow Free Captains on edge, even more so than the likes of Draco or Avimar.
Massacre of innocents aside, however, Hanji’s true passion lies not in affairs of piracy, but rather affairs of the arts. No Free Captain—Councilman or otherwise—has a greater appreciation for song than this enigmatic malenti. Indeed, Hanji is in the process of organizing a lavishly funded music competition, which he hopes will entice Toril’s finest performers to the Sword Coast.
Rumor has it he is also considering a special event for household slaves to enter, as part of the festivities. According to Hanji, his program will give the common slave a preliminary education with a focus on the arts, & will be concluded with a massive competition in which the graduated slaves will put on performances for the Pirate Lords. Though details are murky at best, Hanji has promised to reward the winner not only with a small piece of land & a generous financial award, but also their freedom—which he will personally purchase if necessary.
Hanji himself has offered up most of his own slave complement as potential competitors, simply to show his seriousness. Most of the Free Captains are at a loss with regards to the malenti’s motives, but have shown interest in his offer at least as a cheap way to improve the quality of their slaves. Meanwhile, the few pirate powers who have traditionally stood up against slavery have begun watching Hanji with suspicion. On the surface, his motives seem… sympathetic, if misguided. But such qualities are apparently at odds with the malenti’s reputation as a pirate, which leads many to believe he must be planning something far more dramatic…
Hanji was among the many contestants to enter the Free Captain’s Regatta in Ches 1525, and ultimately came in 4th place—though many report he would have placed 5th, had Elle’s ship not been singlehandedly sunk by the disqualified Barnabas Harrigan. With his promising finish & his years of service to the council, this ambitious malenti is considered to be among the Pirate Council’s top contenders to claim a council seat. He was first considered for the position following the deaths of Havalas & Olga, and is rumoured to be among the council’s top pick should its members continue to… mysteriously disappear. Indeed, the only candidate considered above Hanji in this regard is that of Draco Fanelluon. Given the half-elf’s unpopularity, serial avoidance of responsibility, & currently MIA status, however, it stands to reason that Hanji might soon be the next in line unless Draco can be found & convinced to step forward.