Since it’s Memorial Day in the US, we’re going to look back at a man who made the pirate haven of Anchorpoint what it is today. It wasn’t always as pleasant to visit as it is now…
Long ago, the lower parts of the mountain were full of caves and other hiding places that were popular with brigands and raiders, while the upper reaches were rumored to be home to terrifying beasts. It was originally known as Anchorpoint because, from the right angle, the mountain had the appearance of an anchor, though many locals called it Tombstone mountain because that’s all you’d get from going near it.
With the support of local Barons, a former explorer called Jarrus Belovar led an armed expedition to clear the mountain of every criminal and monster there. Casualties were high while hunting down the outlaws, but not unexpectedly so. It was after the lower parts of the mountain were clear that Belovar’s expedition ran into real difficulties. He had sworn to the Barons that he could establish a fortress high in the mountain – but he wasn’t aware of the many Mortt hives up there.
Initial forays upwards were entirely consumed, and even after Belovar realized the nature of the threat progress was slow and the price high. Many of his men deserted, and he had to hire expensive mercenaries to keep going. Friends told him to give it up, but Belovar was too proud to admit defeat. It took almost two years and utterly bankrupted Belovar, but he completed his fort, and lived there as a guard captain for the rest of his life.
The fort remained manned until the invention of gunpowder made such a static defensive position less valuable, and it was converted into a luxury residence – you can read the rest of the Anchorpoint history in the Iron Grip: Marauders library.