Pallathantic Sea

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Locator Map of the Pallathantic Sea

The fame of the Pallathantic Sea has given its name to the region and the lands which its waves wash. The goddess Pallatha is the sea's namesake and she is credited with guiding the ancient Pallathantic Tribes to settle its islands thousands of years ago. The Pallathantic Sea is formed between the subcontinent of Pytharnia to the north and the minor continent of Danona and the lands of Throvy and Corundy to the south. There are over a hundred islands in the Pallathantic Sea, the greatest of which are Nymentho and Erechóreb. The sea has a great moderating effect on the climate of lands and islands that touch it and magdeologers believe that the sea is the means by which warm water from near the equator is brought north. The commercial and cultural worth of the Pallathantic Sea is incalculable to the surrounding nations and peoples.

Magdeologers teach that the basin of the Pallathantic Sea is created by rift in the earth associated with the movement of the continental plate of Pytharniaca. Most historians believe humans and humanlikes made the first transpallathantic voyages in the seventh millennium AS. Native Kalaman and titanist historians believe the sea was voyaged much earlier. Kalaman epics recount naval battles between the Tamukh Kingdom of Kalama and Neptultchi pirates who practiced necromancy.

Map of the Pallathantic Sea, showing the Pytharnian Sea to the northwest and the Memnosian Sea to the southeast


Geographic Extent

The sea traffic of the Pallathantic is immense and its commercial value cannot be overstated. By means of the sail and the oar, the Pallathantic Sea joins western Asdauria to Pytharnia, Pytharnia to Corundy, Ambrinqua to Pytharnia. The sea communicates with the Pytharnian Sea to the north and the Memnosian Sea to the south. The Pallathantic Sea affords access to the Mathareusan Sea to the west. For this reason, this Sea has been fought over for centuries. The modern nations of the Pallathantic observe treaties to ensure the fair use of its waterways and resources. Sea piracy is uncommon in the eastern Pallathantic and there are few finer ways of taking a holiday than touring the many coast cities and towns of the Pallathantic by yacht.

The western Pallathantic is more prone to inclement weather

The western Pallathantic is the home of Nymentho and Erechóreb. Its waters are deeper and can become quite choppy in inclement weather. Sea Piracy though rare today is not unknown here, especially from the coves and inlets of northern Danona. Despite these dangers, many great ships ply its waters with trade and passengers. The Bastards Sea is so named in recognition of historic piracy once rampant in its waters.

Shadevan Delta

Map of the Shadevan Delta

The Shadevan Delta is an important place of passage between the Pallathantic Sea and the mouth of the Shadew River. The Five Locks of the Shadmaus enable great sea barges to pass from the sea up through the Shadew River into the High Shadevan Valley, including Thrace and Ardobha. The abundant waters of the Shadew River enter the eastern Pallathantic Sea and affect the circulation of currents. For this reason, the currents by the islands of the Shadevan Delta move away from the mouth of the Shadew River, flowing strongly to the south.

Islands of the Pallathantic Sea

There are numerous little seas in the Pallathantic Sea: the Yophenthean Sea, the Golden Sea, the Giants Sea, the Siulian Sea, the Sea of the Dead, the Bastards Sea, the Fecund Sea, the Sea of Asbardy, the Maturnian Sea, the Corundian Sea, the Sea of Forgetfulness, Asgion's Sea, the Addanine Sea, the Sea of Magdaia, the Gonfalese Sea, and the Bay of Sealgo.

Map of the populous Eastern Pallathantic Sea

The greatest islands of the Pallathantic are, in order, Nymentho, Erechóreb, Deliops, Maturn, Kumeikënot, Gliri, Desthor, Stroultë, and Zander.

Golden Isles

Map of the Golden Isles

Nymentho and Erechóreb, the two greatest isles of the Pallathantic Sea, were called the 'Golden Isles' after their settlement by the Yophentheans were also known as the 'Goldenlings' in ancient times. The Golden Isles are historically Arathracian in religion and the spoken language of humans is Erechórebese and Nymenthonese, both derived from ancient Classical Yophenthean.

Trade Routes of the Pallathantic

Ancient Trade Routes of the Greater Pallathantic

The Pallathantic Sea is a vital sea route for merchants, navies, and the flow of voyagers between Pytharnia, the Ithatian Isles, Erserce, Throvy, Corundy, Ambrinqua, the Memnosian Sea, the Wild Coast of Danona, Erechóreb, Nymentho, the Pytharnian Sea, and the Mathareusan Sea. The east to west orientation of the Pallathantic Sea and its relative narrowness create an ideal highway of water for transportation. All countries with a significant stretch of coast along the Pallathantic are involved with sea commerce, including Thrain, Ithatia, Johaulia, Aurice, Pastravia, Ogentir, Asbardy, Erechóreb, Gorcorumb, Desthor, Siul, Thrysto, Gliri, and Xsys.

Ancient Trade Routes of the Pallathantic Sea. Blue indicates sea and river passage. Red indicates land passage.

Historic Sea Merchants

Merchants ships are a common sight in the Pallathantic

Before the Gwenyan and Thammazite migrations, the Thetzisari were the primitive inhabitants of the Ithatian islands and hopped the islands in small boats and canoes. Many finds of merchandise from the ancient Kingdom of Tirios have been discovered by archeologers. Historically, the Xsytes and the Narshadites have been great merchants of the Pallathantic. Narshadites voyages in coast-hugging barges and caravels. The seas were typically calmer along the coast and afforded easy access to the shore and to commercial ports, making travel in the open sea often unnecessary. The Xsytes developed and perfected the skybarge, a large, squat vessel with relatively high tonnage compared to other historic skycraft and a low altitude of flight, typically voyaging at an altitude of one dwarven fathom or less (160m) above the surface of the earth or the sea. The openness of the sea ensured that Xsyte merchants did not need to negotiate or contend for rights of passage above the dominion of unfriendly rulers. Ithatians, Midtretassenes, Dúrandworese, Ersercese, and Ebinóëse have also depended upon sea commerce for a living.

Grand Shadew Canal

The completion of the Grand Shadew Canal has opened up the interior of the High Shadevan Plateau by means of the great Shadew River and has increased the importance of sea trade in the east Pallathantic. The Five Locks have enabled Thracian farmers and gontha herders to prosper. All manner of trade goods from the Pallathantic can now be shipped by the Shadew River to Thrace and Ardobha. The relatively shallow waterways of the Shadevan Delta have become some of the busiest sealanes in the Pallathantic Sea. The Ibusia Sound on the west end of the delta breaks up into Ithir and Gifya Straits through which much of the traffic to and from the canal passes. The Aurician navy has placed buoys to direct the traffic by direction in both straits to reduce the likelihood of seacraft collision and help eliminate congestion. The west end of the delta is particularly favored as it is the most direct route to many other ports in the Pallathantic Sea. It is also not rendered impassable by low tides which the

Creatures of the Pallathantic Sea

The relative shallowness of the eastern Pallathantic Sea and the immense coastal length both on the mainland and the flotilla of islands in the sea provide a multitude of estuaries, harbors, and shoals for life to propagate and flourish. The Tisponios Reef is famous for its peculiar coral. Organchan Voraxes are not uncommon to see in the waters of the Kumeikenot Channel. They are as great as large whales, but more memorable to humans as they frequent shallow coasts for food. Dolphins, small sharks, porpoises, and small whales are commoner away from the coasts. Seals were plentiful in ancient times in many places, but due to over-hunting, are now limited to the Wild Coast.

Marine life eaten by humans and other humanlikes includes shrimp, squid, octopus, anchovy, mackerel, swordfish, sole, lobster, cuttlefish, red snapper, Pallathantic bass, and cod.

Indigenous Humanlikes of the Pallathantic Sea

Several humanlike races made their homes in the littoral and sea mounts of the Pallathantic Sea. Merfolk and Tritons are the most commonly met as they have dealings with humans. Axmandel tribes have colonies through the Wild Coast of Danona. Brine-loving Gishak have some colonies in the Shadevan Delta and along the southwest coast of Erserce. Ithrabbi of ancient Neptultchi provenance once dwelt in the Sea of Asbardy, but were eliminated during the Yophenthean Empire. Ithrabbi colonies elsewhere in the Pallathantic remain disputed and the extent of the sea ensures that their absence can be at best unconfirmed.

Merfolk

The merfolk are inseparable with the Pallathantic Sea. They can voyage both above and below the surface, preferring the surface for ease of movement. In ancient times, it was common to make an offering of small gold coins when voyaging above the waters of Siul to ensure safe passage without mischief.

The merfolk have several undersea cities in the central to western Pallathantic Sea. The greatest of these is Siul, ruled by the goddess Dáwan and her coterie of mermen. Naquir and Geddi are also very populous and important. These cities rest on high sea mounts or in the case of Geddi, on the continental shelf of Danona.

The historic cultivation of tursinkdoos for fleeglesilk remains an important industry among the merfolk. Some of the finest fleeglesilk is manufacturered on the Siulian Seamount, the Naquirine Seamount, the Filipavine Seamount, and on the coastal reaches of the Sea of the Dead.

Tritons

Thought to be related to the Merfolk, the Tritons are another aquatic humanlike race that that occupy the eastern Pallathantic.

Politics

The Pallathantic Sea is probably the most heavily voyaged sea in the world of Asdarah with the possible exception of the Sungotine Sea. Diplomats and trade organizations have established standard procedures for the movement of sea-going vessels in the past two hundred years that have eliminated most causes of friction. The political influence of Aurice is strongest but usually finds itself balanced by a coalition of other states, especially the Republic of Ithatia and the Union of Pytharnia whose interests in the Pallathantic Sea are critical for their merchant marine and colonial interests.

See Also


{{List of Seas|state=collapsed}} What follows is an incomplete listing of islands in the Pallathantic Sea. The first ten are intended to be in order of surface area.

  Name Image Country Population Capital or Chief City
1 Nymentho [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] 1,107,000 Ophia, Selexis
2 Erechóreb [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Rhafyx, Yophénthë
3 Deliops [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Elystrio
4 Kumeikenot [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Kumeikë
5 Maturn [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Gnousikai
6 Gliri [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Istokkos
7 Zander [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Bardi
8 Desthor [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Desthorion
9 Stroultë [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Galdimonton
10 Ganter [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Gantron
# Bryso [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x City
# Oppor [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x City
# Gallisto [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x City
# Lygdanot [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Lygdania
# Imomólë [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Magdë
# Erethrob [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Chmias
# Irdan [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Kadonteia
# Trias [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Xambë
# Thulidnot [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Iadogos
# Bomelath [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Deirakene
# Amelkas [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Amirte
# Ardné [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Zeptril
# Sandisi [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Neskor
# Sprander [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Spranderthonia
# Sigully [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Steke
# Fese [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Ismew
# Psulinth [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x City
# Kepher [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x City
# Sulmatta [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x City
# Kelkoth [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Menctuthir
# Three [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Thamocray
# Thisgrundi [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x City
# Umbylot [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x Sondraver
# Pheden [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x City
# Firrafferse [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x City
# Camprotrude [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x City
# Thistro [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x City
# Pheidannokite [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x City
# Island [[File:|100px]] [[File:|100px]] x City
List of the Continents and Regions of Old World Asdar
Antarctica Asdauria Barathorn and Orrhymby Danona Pallathantic Sea Pytharnia Sungo Two Bahunas
Antarctic Continent Proper
Jittagogg
Skaligdæ

Barathorn

Bukalaa
Dewyddair
Dravernian Peninsula
Glaike Peninsula
Midrardia
Skerrod


Orrhymby

Achubaia
North Orrhymby
Pindacos
Umbardia
Ambrinqua
Green Coast of Danona
Wild Coast of Danona
Thyria
Danonan Deserts
Massady Geth Mountains
Giant Isles
Golden Isles
Ithatian Islands

Major Isles

Thykomian Islands

Major Isles

Minor Isles

Pallathantic Coast
High Pytharnia
Southeast Pytharnia
West Coast

Deepearth

New Pytharnia
Old Zephasia
Shadrimporee Archipelago
Wild Dracks