You May Have Seen Me Somewhere
I dont think most of the rookies would have a bounty except for the particularly strong ones. As Pilgrim Bob said Whitebeard tends to be less selective of pirates joining his crew and has so many, it would be stupid if all of them had bounties and would make bounties less signifigant if everybody had them.
one thing that you have to keep in mind is that shanks is willing to fight whitebeard (newest chapter 434) one on one even when he is the most powerfull pirate in the world, also in chapter 434, the lower members of whitebeard's crew are knocked unconcious just by being in the general vicinity of shanks because apparently his spirit is so powerfull
^ uhh stating the obvious for no reason??
personally I think shanks did get weaker when he lost his arm, because if you look at the flashback thing in chap 434, he holds the sword in his left hand, so up to the point when he lost his arm I would say its reasonable to assume that his sword arm is his left. But its been 10 years+ since he lost his arm, so I"m sure he's trained his right arm to be as good if not better than his left was
maybe shanks is ambidextruos...and his right is powerful anyhow.
well in chapter 434 it is revealed that shanks has this strong spirit that make weak people faint. shanks is also 1 of roger`s crew. when shanks and white beard fight the sky split...cool
I think shank "The Red Hair" deserve for the tittle as one of the emperor. although his apperarance in manga just a little, but we can see his performance that show the great captain. because of that luffy so inspired by him tobe the pirate king.
there are 3 data that i can't say a prove for his power (maybe have written by other member) :
1. His ability to recruit the crew. we all know that shank crew is one of the best pirate crew right?
2. His eye and aura that make a sea king and weak pirate scare and faint
3. His power. however he lose his hand he still can fight the whitebeard the one that gold roger rival.