Zander is surprised Ismark has never heard of pirates. "Really? You've never heard of them? They are people who group together to commit crimes on the ocean. They use ships to get around and hijack other ships and steal everything they can, including the ships sometimes. I used to work on a shipping vessel until a group of them attacked us and took everything... killed everyone. They must've thought I was dead too because they left us all to rot on the deck. I woke up and vowed to serve justice, for all the dead, for future lives to be saved, maybe. I dragged my brother into this quest with me," Zander grabs Zennas by the shoulder, "but it doesn't look like we can leave Barovia until this Strahd situation is dealt with."
As Ismark begins to lead again, he speaks. "I have heard tales that those who wander off and get lost in the forest or in the mists are cursed to continue wandering Barovia forever. Perhaps that was one of those."