When a treaty was signed by the
dominant empires to cease the use of freebooters
in maritime affairs, an open season was declared
on pirates, with bounties for their ears being
offered at all major trading ports. This drove
the pirates underground, so to speak, using
the structures of gargantuan, extinct crustaceans
as their new ships of fortune; pulling merchant
vessels below the waves to tear their hulls
asunder and reap the rewards.
Jolly Roger emblazoned on the upper carapace
instills fear in any crew witnessing the shellfish
approach their ship from the shallows.
Ballast mines tied to adjustable rigging that
can suddenly be let up into a ship's hull floating
Massive iron reinforced claws pull the wreckages
of blasted ships into the water's depths and
spilt open their cargo holds.
Portholes abound in the shellfish's carapace
viewing the surroundings from every possible
Large storage bay doors open for the claws
to stuff captured cargo into the shellfish's
ample storage holds.
Crow's nest eyes for crew members on outlook.