Parent Pages: Islands

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Shadow Reef

Shadow Reef is, as the name implies, surrounded by dangerous reefs. The Couriers and the island's inhabitants have detailed maps of them that they use to navigate around the reefs and into harbor.

It's a dusty, barely inhabitable, overly warm island that gets little rain.

Terrain-wise, it's composed of wind-swept dunes and rocky plateaus. The foothills of the plateaus are covered in scrub brush, the island's most abundant plant. There are occasional oases with viable farm land and settlements around them.

The island itself was only discovered thirty years ago and is still very much frontier territory. As such, there really isn't much in the way of local culture, just the village of Shadowgate and Port Long Shadow.

Aside from this, the rest of the island is untamed wilderness inhabited by desert-adapted goblins, orcs, ogres, etc. The locals have to occasionally fend these humanoids off, but they're not a big problem, as they've built sturdy fortifications to keep them at bay.

Most of the revenue for the island comes from adventurers and explorers, who use the island as a jumping-off point to begin journeys to the island chain to the south, or to set off into the uncharted waters to the east. This is really the only thing that keeps anyone on the island.

Approaching the islands to the south via Shadow Reef is safer than taking the route that passes along the Spine, as most of the Spine is Pirate territory.

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