Hell Thunder

If you ask a longtime Hong Kong sea merchant or fisherman
about the “drums,” they tend to go quiet or pale. In the waters
around Hong Kong, that reference is unmistakably attached to
the Hell Thunder Crew, perhaps the most feared pirates of the
South China Sea. The Hell Thunder Crew is relentless, heartless,
and rapacious; they rarely leave survivors and the prisoners
they take often wish they were among the dead. Maybe it sounds
like a story meant to scare children, but it’s entirely real. Just ask
the crew of the Gracious Sea Dragon; they’d answer if they hadn’t
all been decapitated, their bodies thrown overboard to feed the
sharks and their heads tied to the ship’s railing. Not even other
pirates are safe from them—just two months back a lone survivor
from a Joho-Lowah vessel related the story of how the clan’s men
and boys had been tortured and killed and the women and girls
had been taken prisoner to meet fates too horrible to relate.

The Hell Thunder Crew are predominantly metahuman,
nearly all orks and trolls. Sea legends claim that they were originally
escapees from Yomi, but given how secure that island was
under Japanese control, that is improbable. It’s more likely they
were metahuman escapees from the Philippines, with whatever
humanity they once might have possessed annihilated by what
they experienced at the hands of the Japanese Imperial Marines.
Now they are a pirate crew and a fanatical cult, said to worship
dark sea gods that demand a tithe of blood and flesh. Little is
known about their leadership other than it is rumored that the
Hell Thunder Crew is a matriarchy, with a core of women who do
not take part in the piracy but guide the twisted spiritual matters
of the crew and make the ultimate decisions.

Hell Thunder

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