|Headquarters||Protectorate of the Black Marquis in the River Kingdoms|
|Goals||Extortion of river traffic|
Source: Guide to the River Kingdoms, pg(s). 42
It operates in the region of the River Kingdoms currently known as the Protectorate of the Black Marquis, and is overseen by the Black Marquis, Urdal Bazzak. The Protectorate controls a 30 mile stretch of the river, and river traffic is expected to stop in the capital of Deadbridge to pay a toll. Those that evade the toll are attacked by river pirates.
Anyone willing to work may become part of the Pact, and share in the risks and rewards of the protection racket. However, candidates must undergo a six month probation period working as a deckhand on one of the pirate vessels.
The Protectorate abides by the River Freedoms, so vessels flying the flags of the other River Kingdoms are exempt from the toll. Agreements have been made with Numeria, Brevoy and Mendev, and their vessels pay a lower toll in the interests of "neighbourly goodwill". The Numerians enjoy a particularly good deal, as their military support was the main reason Urdal Bazzak was able to become Marquis.