Hey axlerows and MysticMoon, thanks so much for the interesting and pertinent points that the two of you have raised. I have a better idea now as to which direction my sub might be headed in. To answer some of your questions, the deity in question is something of an ancient god toppled by the reigning divinities. The island is actually the prison containing him. His powers have consequently been diminished by his bondage but he nevertheless still has enough pwer to control the waters in the zone of Codarshool. He detests the hypocrisy of the other gods whom he regards as deliberately employing the concept of sin in order to keep their worshipers cowed and meek. Consequently, he encourages his worshipers to disregard guilt or sin based moral concepts. If it is within their power to enjoy something, they should do so, regardless of the consequences for others. Thus acts like rape or robbery are lauded among the pirates and are actually seen as acts of worship that are pleasing to the god. The god disdains ritual sacrifices as such since he seems them as bribes made by cowardly mortal to tyrannical gods to tempt the latter in sparing them. His followers are criminals who have refused to honor the hypocrisy of traditional moral codes and have in consequence been single out for his favor. He wants his followers to be anti-heroes in the example of Nietzsche 's Super-Man rather than cowering slaves.