The Necklace of Plenty
A vast archipeligo stretches south from the Sea of Deep Wisdom into the
Southern Sea, curving eastwards in a crescent. As the name suggests, the islands
that make up the Necklace of Plenty are rich in natural resources as
further testified by many of the individual island names - Teak Island,
Gold Island, Nutmeg Island and so on. Many islands have indigenous
populations but most have been colonised and exploited first by the
of Splendour and later by the Merchants League.
At the northern tip of the Necklace lies Oksa, largest of the
Necklace islands. Oksa has a mountainous centre surrounded by fertile
plains and is comprised of small kingdoms constantly striving with each
other. At the moment the number stands at five and they exist in an
peace, competing through commerce and politics rather than outright war.
Oksa was once part of the Empire of Splendour who arrived to settle a
dispute between the Oksan nations and stayed on as rulers. About 100
ago, as the Empire first began to crumble, Oksans suffered the backlash
the Empire's frustration under the fist of General 'Bloody'
The young Merchants League, keen to demonstrate its might, intervened
with the collaboration of all the Oksan kingdoms constructed the city of
Turuk in secret. The population of the city of Port Linlin
was evacuated under the nose of Vandru into their new fortified home of
Turuk. In retribution, Vandru burnt Port Linlin to the ground but as the city was deserted it was
an empty gesture. Today, Turuk serves as a neutral meeting point between
all the Oksan powers - four kingdoms and Uuksam, the first true
representative democracy on Conclave where all the people (and not just
select council) get to vote on who leads them.
Oksa occupies a commanding position at the head of the Necklace and the
mouth of the Sea of Deep Wisdom. Ships travelling from Llaza or the
must pass Oksa on their way to distant lands, and it is here that the
League like to levy taxes. The next most suitable point for deep water
shipping to cross to the Necklace (and thus reach
lands such as Tas-Nabrenor and Tenguru) is
the Tuuma Strait, running roughly across the middle of the
Necklace. Unfortunately, the Tuuma Strait is also home to the Tuuma
Cormayr pirates, also known as the Bloodhawks (after their founder
Cormayr Bloodhawk) and the Red Talons (after a tattoo that all members
said to possess). The Tuuma Cormayr were once beaten back by a
effort from the Merchant League navy, but now
under the leadership of Cormayr Bloodhawk IV they are enjoying a
resurgence. As the sphere of the League's influence has widened, so has
its ability to protect all its assets diminished. The current Red
are rumoured to have the services of narhemoths, giant horned
whales, that they use to ram ships.
At the southern tip of the Necklace of Plenty lies Corapeti. This
island was originally settled by a group of former Imperial citizens who
wished to find a simple agrarian life following the teachings of
Manrupashnar. They found the southern half of the land covered with
massive terraces just right for farming, divided from the jungles of the
northen island by a huge wall. The Corapetii, as the settlers
themselves were unable to find any signs of the original builders and
after a few expeditions beyond The Wall failed to return they confined
themselves to their colony Harmony in the south.
In the last twenty years the Corapetii have found their idyllic lifestye
interrupted by a new wave of Merchants League settlers, coming to
the resources that they hope lie beyond The Wall. Expeditions report
creatures and a race of reptilian spirit folk, spurring the arrival of
scholars interested in the Lesser Dragon Empire. Harmony finds itself an
uneasy neighbour to several traders' stockades and the Corapetii are
treated as inbred simpletons by the newcomers. Rumours also suggest that
the Black River Society criminal cartel rules life in Corapeti
a mysterious figure known as 'Father' Camaya.
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