The Realms of Adventure
Sea of Fallen Stars
The largest inland ocean of Faerûn, the Sea of Fallen Stars is also called the Inner Sea. It continues to be a crucial trade way, despite its diminished expanse, and even in spite of the ever-present threat of the Soaring City, Xxiphu. Below the surface is another world, with undersea kingdoms and strange beings embroiled in conflicts both new and very old. The Sea of Fallen Stars is bordered by Aglarond, Akanûl, Chessenta, Cormyr, the Dalelands, the Dragon Coast, the Great Dale, Impiltur, Sembia, Thay, the Vilhon Wilds, Thesk, Threskel, Turmish, Tymanther, and Vesperin.
The former expanse of the Sea of Fallen Stars was altered when wide portions of the landscape collapsed. A portion of the Inner Sea drained into the Underdark, forcing port cities to keep pace with the retreating water by building new dockside facilities. When the sea level reached its new equilibrium (after about 10 years of gradual draining), the average drop in water level measured nearly 50 feet. Once-submerged features were exposed to the air, as well as the tops of various formerly drowned ruins. The partial draining of the sea was one of the most traumatic effects of the Spellplague in Faerûn. The character of the shoreline changed everywhere, though the overall shape of the sea remains as it once was. All older seaside trade cities contain an “old wharf ” portion of town, no longer useful except as cheap real estate, as well as more recently constructed working ports.
Life on the Sea of Fallen Stars is hard both for shore-hugging fishers and merchant sailors who brave the passages in order to transport goods. Pirates are the biggest threat to travelers and traders. The sea raiders lair mostly in the many fjordlike cuts of Pirate Isle, a perfectly named landmass home to dozens of warring pirate clans. Below the surface, water-breathing fey called sea elves are the dominant civilized culture. Myth Nantar is the name of their marvelous aquatic city. The sea elves’ most prolific and tenacious enemies are the sahuagin tribes that dominate the eastern stretches of the Inner Sea. Sea elf, sahuagin, and pirate alike dread the appearance of Xxiphu in the turbulent clouds over the water. On occasion, they have made common cause when the Soaring City unexpectedly arrived. More often, they temporarily break off any conflict to flee.