Simoneto Fosca is the harbormaster of the Chelish city of Corentyn. He spot-checks ships entering or leaving port for contraband and assorted impropriety. The harbor laws are detailed in a thick book in his office on Harbormaster Island, but Fosca has memorized most of them, and he can easily find at least one infraction on a ship.
The harbormaster and his deputies also enforce city regulations. Most infractions are punishable by fines. Undeclared goods are impounded, and those worth more than a gold piece are punishable by 20 lashes on deck for the offending captain and anyone found in possession of the undeclared goods. Fugitive slaves result in a branding for the slave, seizure of the ship, and potential mutilation or execution of the captain and conspirators.1