The Eleven Captains were the captains of the merchant ships that discovered the Karen Valley, and eventually founded Beldin. The discovery of the valley was an accident--the merchant fleet, which was on its way to Icewind Dale--fled into a fog bank to escape Luskan pirates. Steered safely through the sand banks by the navigator Greycastle, they found the mouth of the Karen River, and wintered there.

Ten of the Eleven Captains are the ancestors of noble families of Beldin. The Greycastles are descended from the navigator who found his way through the fog, as opposed to the captain of his ship.

The Eleven Captains are often erroneously refered to as the Thirteen Captains because for a short time of Beldin history there were thirteen noble families in the Kingdom of Beldin.

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