One of my lower-level characters has had a quest from Santa Pollo since before he made it to Monquista. I did the few newish quests in Skull Island that you get before hitting Cool Ranch and was handed one to go to Port Regal. Heck, I've barely done the Bison Graveyard stuff. I can't even get into Port Regal yet.
It's just one pirate (everyone else is only getting the appropriate quests). Yes, Karic spun for a while in Santa Pollo when he was about 12th level, acting as a teleport marker for a higher level pirate actually running Santa Pollo. But I don't recall ever talking to the toreador. I don't recall talking to ANYONE in Santa Pollo.
Is this some sort of odd glitch? Is Karic higher level than he's telling me?
Yes, one of the quests was Curses. But now Karic is legit in Santa Pollo (and beyond) so that isn't really an issue any more. The other I'm ignoring while I sink every wretched Banditoad and Red Sash ship in the skyway. The developers got a little over-excited with the "sink a bunch of ships" quests for CR.