There’s another 7 parts after that, leading up to the boss fight.
Personally, I think the Forest of Masts is probably a graveyard of Samerian ships who were heading to Redwake for trading goods, explaining why they’re so close to the Bronze Sea. They were probably ambushed and sunk by a pirate gang, most likely led by one of the Six Corsairs. And this pirate gang wants to do the same to us.
Somehow, we end up in the Pirate Hideout. It’s possible we were kidnapped and taken there by the Quartermasters or the captain himself, and now have to fight our way out to get back to our primary objective of reaching Sameria.
Or, maybe we went to the Pirate Hideout willingly in order to kill the captain and his gang. Even though it’s a distraction from the urgent business that is telling Sameria about the war, it’s still reasonable because destroying a pirate gang that was sinking Samerian supply ships would be a huge favor to the queen, improving our chances of forming an alliance.
Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe there’s been some debate on whether or not the boss we fight is just a quartermaster, or if he’s one of the Six Corsairs themselves. I’m not sure where I stand on that. Wouldn’t it be strange if we knocked the number of Corsairs from six to five before even reaching their country? Maybe it is a Corsair, but he escapes (he could jump into a ship’s mortar and launch himself onto a sky island cartoony-style).
There’s definitely a good argument for the boss not being a Corsair, but at the same time, wouldn’t that be pretty underwhelming if it was just an underling? Idk. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
I mean, if my theory is right then they wouldn’t be chilling, they’re harassing a whole kingdom and disrupting trade routes, probably getting a ton of resources from it to bring back to Corsair Country too.
I was hoping, since there was a big emphasis on the war that was going to happen as a result of the death of Calvus, that the forest of Masts would be the result of war already having broken out and gotten this bad within the 9 days we were resting at wind-row. It’d be a neat way to show how volatile the situation in the war seas really is and how by pulling just one thread, Calvus, it’d all unravel.
Unfortunately since the parts after the forests of masts are all about pirates you’re probably right. I’ll cross my fingers that they might be privateers for one of the kingdoms, which would explain how they’re causing so much trouble way up north, but I doubt it. Though maybe we will get to see how and why pirates have become so much more common in the recent times, and possibly see how Calvus’ death might’ve affected their activity.