The Wemic per­form­ing the Sky Cer­e­mo­ny.

The first cred­itable sight­ing of Nephele by Agenore­ans occurred in the 14th cen­tu­ry when sailors in a crip­pled ship were dri­ven wild­ly off course. Found half-dead in the waters near Harn, they report­ed see­ing a land guard­ed by “grindn shols replet with decayd hulls.” The land was dubbed “Nephele” after the myth­i­cal retreat of the Argen­ti at the end of the Age of Sil­ver.

It would be near­ly two cen­turies before advances in ship­build­ing per­mit­ted a rea­son­ably safe cross­ing of the vio­lent Sea of Rona. In 1543, Sir Elias Back­shale’s fleet was blown off course and into the waters sur­round­ing Nephele. While half the fleet was destroyed on the rocky shoals that seem to sur­round the land, the rest of the fleet was able to limp south to Harn and, from there, back to Wahla­gia.

Sir Elias became obsessed with explo­ration of Nephele, and obses­sion he passed down to his son, Sir Everett, who would final­ly make land­fall and estab­lish the Wahla­gian set­tle­ment of Grig­gston.

The Land of Nephele

Nephele is a large land. Indeed, no Agenore­an sailors have yet cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ed it. It is know to extend at least 100 miles to the north and south of Blue­bay. Judg­ing from the inland moun­tains vis­i­ble from the coast, the land is at least 200 miles east to west.

Locat­ed in the north­ern stretch­es of the Sea of Rona, the cli­mate like­ly ranges from tem­per­ate to sub-arc­tic. The west­ern coast is sub­ject to fre­quent sav­age storms through­out the sum­mer months and heavy snow­fall through­out the win­ter.

Between six and twelve miles from shore lies rocky shal­lows that stretch to the north and south as far as Agenore­ans have sailed. The shoals are criss­crossed by many labyrinthine chan­nels, most of which lead to inescapable dead-ends. Only the Wahla­gian’s have dis­cov­ered a path through. The many rot­ting wrecks of ships attest to the haz­ard these shoals pose.

Com­pared to the angry open waters of the Sea of Rona, the inter-coastal waters of Nephele are gen­er­al­ly calm and eas­i­ly nav­i­gat­ed. The coast of Nephele itself, how­ev­er, seems to be large­ly com­posed of tow­er­ing gran­ite cliffs, with few safe har­bors to be found. Any­one trav­el­ing by sea around Nephele should be pre­pared to spend to weath­er storms on the water.

The People of Nephele

Nephele is inhab­i­tat­ed by indige­nous peo­ple who live in trib­al groups. The Nephelese are robust and heavy browed. So far, the Agenore­ans in Nephele have encoun­tered only the Kerr peo­ple around Blue­bay, but from them they are aware of the Tumon to the north and the Wemic to the south­east.

The Kerr have recent­ly been dri­ven south by the expan­sion­ist Tumon and warn the Agenore­ans that deal­ings with the Tumon are unlike­ly to go well. The Wemic, on the oth­er hand, are an extreme­ly pas­sive tribe. The Wemic have very strong spir­i­tu­al tra­di­tions and treat most things as sym­bol­ic of some deep­er real­i­ty.

Images of Nephele

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