From the Introduction:
The PCs have just arrived at the port of Pelorbay on the Hezarin Isle of Gedden, their vessel, the Resplendent having been critically damaged in a battle with Brotherhood-summoned sea monsters. The Scarlet Scourge, a Brotherhood galley, has pursued them here. Pelorbay, and its neighbouring port Ospret, are free ports, they recognise neither Jian Destron nor Sister Kuryanie's rule of Onnwal. However - being pragmatic they are quite happy to trade with either side. If the PCs start a fight here though, the locals shall call down their wrath upon the PCs - and they shall never leave this isle alive!