When you start the game you must pick one skill for your character to excel at. Each skill gives you a different advantage during your piratical career...
This helps your pirate in one-on-one duels against enemy swordsmen.
This helps your pirate defeat enemy ships in sea combat.
When sailing, this skill gives your ship a very welcome speed boost.
Wit and Charm
This helps you impress your partner on the dance floor.
This skill delays the effects of ageing of your pirates.