The Spice Islands

Separating the Sea of Storms from the Sea of Dreams, the Spice Islands stretch for more than a thousand miles in a long chain from the Aznari peninsula southward. While the northern islands are in tropical climate and covered mostly by rainforest, the southern parts of the chain are somewhat cooler.. Most of the spices that have given the islands their name are found in their northern islands. Goods from any part of the lands fetch high prices though, as reaching them requires a perilous passage across the open seas which only a minority of trade vessels dare to undertake.

Spice Islands

The islands are divided into a multitude of small tribal kingdoms. The largest city is Chalassi on the northern island of Chalata with a deepwater harbour suitable for trade. Large areas for fortified stone constructions testify a glorious past, but in truth the dominion extends over less than a third of the island. Because the center of the island consists of rugged mountains, the eastward side is much wetter than Orilla on the western side, which is the second largest place on Chalata. Here, grassy hills interspersed with forests provide good opportunities for agriculture of all sorts, and a river-mouth offers at least a somewhat perilous harbour.

Gantai on the island of Hana'e is the next-largest harbour. The city is built into hills which lie in an otherwise inaccessible swampland. Penan, located on the western side of the island, is hardly more than a fishing village.

The next island, Kima'e, is basically a medium-height mountain range bisected by many gorges which is surrounded by dense forest - tropical forest in the warmer north, subtropical forest in the cooler south. On Kima'e, many plants and fungi can be found that do not appear on any other island.

The southern islands of Katai and Soare are small, sparsely populated and not much visited. They are home to hardly more than a few scattered fishing villages.

Numerous smaller islands, some named, some unnamed, surround the five major islands. For the most part they are not permanently inhabited, but serve as temporary bases for fishing expeditions or religious centers.


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