Sha’ar is a port city north of Hdathem in the province of Hdatha proper. The main significance of this port is that it is a ‘last stop’ on the way to Hdathem or a viable alternative for those less scrupulous traders.
To say that Sha’ar is a pirate city would be inaccurate. It falls under the laws and enforcement of Hdatha. However, outlaws are generally better tolerated here and pirates do frequent her docks to trade or simply weigh anchor.
Much of the current docks of Sha’ar were burned in a fire which swept through. Some who were there claimed to have seen a dragon or a large creature, while others place the blame on a careless crew.