Path to The North
City of Sails
Population: 16,000 (humans only!)
Government: Five High Captains: Taerl, Baram, Kurth, Suljack, and Rethnor, presumed to be retired pirates.
Luskan is a seafaring merchant city, home to fierce, proud and warlike Northmen. This important northern port city is located at the mouth of the river Mirar, a swift and icy, cold and rocky, unnavigable river.
Although it seeks merchant trade, visitors are few and often made to feel unwelcome. This probably has much to do with the fact that Luskan is a known harbor for northern pirates, if not an outright sponsor of their activities. Inns that serve travelers are rare; The Cutlass, a notorious dive on the docks (a pirate haven no doubt) and the Seven Sails Inn are the only known lodgings in the city.
Luskan wages almost constant war against naval powers that its Captains feel they can defeat. In the past, they been defeated by Mintarn and Orlumbor supported by Waterdeep and Amn) and slaughtered on the seas by the ships of Lantan, who they no longer even speak of. Luskan warriors often raid inland, particularly when sea vigilance makes raiding the coast difficult.
Economy: Trade and piracy. In peacetime, the citys warships act as unsanctioned pirates (the High Captains direct them, but pretend they are independents acting in defiance of Luskan law), trying to make all shippers use only Luskan ships or only Luskan as a port by preying on all other ships, and on all shipping that visits Waterdeep (Waterdeeps navy is on constant patrol for this).