As the release date of Storm Raven approaches, I’m continuing a series of short posts on various parts of the world in which the book takes place. This second entry is about the Shattered Sea. You can also read that previous one about Freyport.
The Shattered Sea an expanse of thousands of islands north of the main continent. These islands are broken up by narrow and treacherous channels that only a skilled crew can handle. The islands themselves look like shards of glass from a window that’s been smashed. As dangerous as the Shattered Sea might be, there are still those who call it home. The islands are dotted with villages populated by hardy and self-reliant people. However, the Cambisian Empire has taken an interest in the area, and those who defend themselves earn the label of “marauder.” Due to the hazardous sailing conditions and the hostile local population, sailors and soldiers are sent on missions to the Shattered Sea as punishment for various offenses, though they can also volunteer to earn favor with their superiors.
There are many stories and legends about how the Shattered Sea came to be. Some believe that a massive volcano erupted and created all of the islands. Other traditions say that a giant smashed his fist onto the world, breaking a continent that had been there. The most common belief is that it came from the wrath of the gods. Many years ago, humans had been gifted with some of the power that the gods had enjoyed. However, they squandered the gift and greedily pursued more and more. Due to humanity’s inability to restrain itself, the gods punished the world by taking back their gift and smashing half of a continent as an eternal reminder.
For one version of the story of how the sea was created, you can read The Legend of Corina and the Shattered Sea.
Also, if you’d like to learn more about Storm Raven or pre-order it, you can do that here.
Thanks for stopping by! Next time, we’ll take a look at the Cambisian Empire.