Pir-ates = A wacky, though brutal religious sect of the Zoroastrian Order that originated in the Farsi province of ancient Persia during the Sassanid rule. They believed themselves to be the spiritual guides of man, though they were notoriously cruel and routinly confiscated the goods of the masses to appease their Gods. They wielded immense power on the peoples of the Persian plateau around 1000 B.C. Mysteriously they disappeared almost as suddenly as they had risen to power and it was believed that they were completely wiped out during the bloody uprisings which occurred at the time.
However a small band of dedicated believers made their way to Europe, and managed to successfully establish themselves in a small community on the outskirts of Rome. Here they dwelt in anonymity for over 2000 years, keeping hold on their strict doctrine, passing down from generation to generation. Though in the early 1300's the Pir-ates sect began to change and slowly infiltrated the Roman Catholic Church, for they saw in it many beneficial and admirable traits, such as amassing great wealth from the poor in return for the cheap promise of the saving of their soul.
By the early 1400's the Pir-ates grip on the papacy had tightened immensly and they were bleeding ever increasingly larger amounts of wealth from the poor and rich alike under the guise of tithes to the Lord, much to the great alarm of the Italian priests, who were horrified that the Pir-ate sect were so unwilling to share the plunder. So in 1419 the Sicilian and Venetian factions (who once jostled each other for power) joined forces and staged a bloody coup, butchering thousands of the Pir-ate followers, effectively extinguishing their power.
This was not their end though, only a new beginning. A small following had gotten wind of the coup, collected vast treasures from the Papal coffers and had taken aboard several small vessels. Not knowing where to go, they drew lots and headed west. From there it was said a mystical fog fell from heaven and guided them to their destination.
Only a handful managed to survive to inhabit part of a small island they called Moron. They named this after the captain of the ship, who they believed was a complete and utter moron for bringing them to this hell on earth.
However the people multiplied at an amazing rate, having little else to do...
And soon founded small cities on the nearby islands.
The Pir-ates soon became bored with just reproducing and desired to get back to their roots of their religious sect, thus they made moves to begin oppressing more of the local peoples.