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Atlas of the Sea of Dawn
To the east of the Old World, where the sun rises every morning, lies the Sea of Dawn. It is a place rumoured to be mystical in nature by many tavern tales, and perhaps it is. Three exotic cultures can be found in this area, notably the Thothians, the Ochaleans, and the Pearl Islanders.
The rest of the nations, however, are either Thyatian or Alphatian in origin, and many bear the numerous scars of war between the two Empires. For the Sea of Dawn is the border between the Old World and the Alphatian Sea, and it is where the two cultures clash, more often violently than not.
The Isle of Dawn, a continent size island in the north of the Sea of Dawn, is a militaristic land where armies march constantly and battles take place almost daily. Such constant warfare has spread to the nearby Alatian Islands as well, and glory can easily be found by brilliant tacticians and expert mercenaries. The battles between the Empires have since died down since the signing of the Treaty of Dawn (or Isle of Dawn Treaty), yet it only takes a spark to start the war all over again.
Still, another threat seems to be looming over the area, and many of the nations are fearful of an attack by strange spiders found on the Thothian Plateau. The nature of these Aranea is unknown, and whether there will be a war or not is also unclear. But if there is, the people of the Isle of Dawn will be used to it.
The southern islands, however, are peaceful in nature, and no trip is more relaxing that one to Ochalea or the Pearl Islands. It is from these nations that the Sea of Dawn receives a mystical description when talked about, for surely no one talks with pride about the constant wars on the Isle of Dawn.
The people of the Sea of Dawn are educated, and except for the Pearl Islanders, a majority can actually read and write. Both Thyatian and Alphatian are well known, and it is rare to find someone who cannot speak both languages.
The Sea of Dawn is officially the sea along the eastern coast of the Old World, ending upon reaching the continents of Bellissaria and Alphatia. Since the sinking of Alphatia, the former Eastern Sea of Dawn has now become part of the New Alphatian Sea. The Sea of Dawn ends northward when it reaches the coast of Norwold, and its southern end borders the Jungle Coast on Davania. West of the southern Sea of Dawn is the Sea of Dread, while to the east is the Bellissarian Sea.
Correspondents for the Sea of Dawn
Here is our list of correspondents that give us detailed information on the nations, places, and events of the Sea of Dawn.
As the First Mate of the Callista, Elidor's love of sailing marks him as a typical Minrothad sea elf. His love of travel has brought him throughout the Sea of Dread and the Sea of Dawn. Elidor is also an accomplished adventurer, having wandered extensively during his first century or so of life. He has visited the undersea nation of Aquas (although that was in AC 950, just after Seashield's founding). Elidor has also visited the Undersea regions near Minrothad and Ierendi, and has friends among the aquatic elves and merrow (mermen) there.
While people afraid of water are not unusual, Elidor is the first person I've met who is afraid of land. He will never travel more than a day's walk inland, preferring to keep the open sea in sight at all times.
During AC 1015, Elidor described to us the nations of the Alatian Islands as well as several Alphatia kingdoms on the Isle of Dawn. Unfortunately, his notes were lost along with those of the Alphatian Sea.
Kalituro is a wandering priest of Asterius from the Pearl Islands, specifically the island of Nuar. He views the entire world as an interesting place to visit and desires to see the whole world before he dies. He views the study of different cultures as enlightening and the one true way to understand human nature. He also loves collecting items from each nation, and claims to have at least one of every coin of the entire known world.
Kalituro shares his experiences on Thothia and Ochalea with the readers. We unfortunately had to edit his sections on the cultures and people since he submitted enough to write an entire book on each culture. Hopefully we've managed to keep the important information.
Titia is a Thyatian Legionnaire stationed at Fort Kendach who writes to us during her spare time. Born in a poor household, she ran away from home as a child to avoid a pre-arranged marriage to the son of a wealthy merchant. Upon reaching adulthood, she joined the military and was quickly caught up in the battles of the Alphatian Invasion during the Wrath of the Immortals. She has since earned the rank of lieutenant in the Legion, and claims to never want to give up this style of life.
Titia describes to us the Thyatian Provinces, as well as the nations allied with Thyatis on the Isle of Dawn.