Eye of Abendego

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An orca smashes a Chelish ship during a naval battle within the Eye of Abendego.

The Inner Sea region, with the Eye of Abendego visible off the western coast of Garund near the Sodden Lands.

The Eye of Abendego (pronounced ah-BEN-deh-go)1 is a vicious, permanent hurricane located in the southern Arcadian Ocean off the western coast of the continent of Garund (between Mediogalti Island and the Sodden Lands and north of the Shackles).234

History

The Eye appeared in 4606 AR in what was then known as the Abendego Gulf. Although the exact cause of its appearance is unknown, it came into being after the three weeks of tempest following the death of Aroden, and remains as the greatest physical evidence of the event.23 The Eye and the storms it spawned brought doom upon the countries of Lirgen and Yamasa when it flooded its coastal regions, creating the Sodden Lands.5678 The hurricane also halted the colonization of Sargava.9

Description

The intensity of the Eye is variable. At its weakest it can tear the sails off the biggest ships. At its strongest, the wind alone can blow a large vessel into splinters. The Eye periodically spawns smaller storms that travel up and down the Garundi coast, bringing torrential rain and hurricane-speed winds to outlying regions.5 The Eye has been used to great effect by the pirate lords of the Shackles, who hide their illegal activities behind it,238 and by the inhabitants of Mediogalti Island, who use the storm as part of their defenses.108

Although the Eye clearly seems to be tied to the death of Aroden, researchers have been unable to discover what keeps it going and tied to its specific location. Magical divinations focused on the center of the Eye observe a large eye of calm whose waters are choked with debris.118

Inhabitants

Strong winds and high seas are not the only dangers of the Eye of Abendego. Sailors who have dared the outer rims of the hurricane tell tales of bloodthirsty adaro,12 ghost ships, aquatic undead, unknown sea monsters, and powerful air elementals.118

Free Captains' Regatta

The Free Captains' Regatta is an annual race around the outskirts of the Eye of Abendego that pirate captains enter in the hope of increasing their prestige and standing among the other captains of the Shackles.138

In Religion

A splinter cult of Gozreh known as the Storm Kindlers believe that the Eye was a manifestation of their deity,14 while the boggards of the Sodden Lands believe it is connected to their patron deity, Rovagug.158

References

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  1. Erik Mona, et al. “Appendices” in Campaign Setting, 246. Paizo Inc., 2008
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 2: The Inner Sea” in Campaign Setting, 53. Paizo Inc., 2008
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 2: The Inner Sea” in Campaign Setting, 132. Paizo Inc., 2008
  4. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 114. Paizo Inc., 2011
  5. 5.0 5.1 Erik Mona, et al. “Appendices” in Campaign Setting, 242. Paizo Inc., 2008
  6. Tanya DePass, et al. “Overview” in World Guide, 8. Paizo Inc., 2019
  7. Tanya DePass, et al. High Seas” in World Guide, 62. Paizo Inc., 2019
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Tanya DePass, et al. High Seas” in World Guide, 63–64. Paizo Inc., 2019
  9. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 127. Paizo Inc., 2011
  10. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 115. Paizo Inc., 2011
  11. 11.0 11.1 James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 32. Paizo Inc., 2011
  12. James L. Sutter, et al. “Oceans of Golarion” in Raiders of the Fever Sea, 59. Paizo Inc., 2012
  13. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 171. Paizo Inc., 2011
  14. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 2: The Inner Sea” in Campaign Setting, 135. Paizo Inc., 2008
  15. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 175. Paizo Inc., 2011