Lake Encarthan

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Lake Encarthan is one of the largest bodies of water in Avistan and was once one of its most highly traveled as well. This changed somewhat when Tar-Baphon escaped from his prison of Gallowspire in 4719 AR and relocated to the Isle of Terror in the middle of Lake Encarthan.[1][2] The nations of Druma, the Gravelands, Kyonin, Molthune, Nirmathas, Razmiran, and Ustalav all share the lake's coastline, and the port cities of Caliphas, Kerse, Tamran, and Thronestep each serve as their nation's capital, no doubt bolstered both economically and militarily by their strategic locations on Encarthan's banks.[3]

Trade

Trade was once of paramount importance on Lake Encarthan, but has been significantly scaled back since Tar-Baphon relocated to the Isle of Terror. Since then, much of the trade has relocated to the Sellen River, which handles most of the trade between northern and southern Avistan.[4]

Inhabitants

The lake contains numerous creatures, including merrows, scrags,[5] and skum. The latter are known to make items out of fishgold, the unique red gold found in its depths.[6]

Military presence

The strongest military force on the lake is probably the navy of Molthune, based in Eranmas and primarily concerned with blockading Tamran, the capital of its rival, Nirmathas. However, other Encarthan powers view the navy with suspicion and the Molthuni leaders are keen to deploy their naval force solely against Nirmathas to help allay these fears.[7][8]

Places of interest

At the lake's center stands the mysterious Isle of Terror where Aroden mortally wounded the wizard-king Tar-Baphon in 896 AR,[9] and where he retreated to after destroying the nation of Lastwall and losing his attack on Absalom in 4719 AR.[10]

References

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  1. Rob Lazzaretti. (2011). Inner Sea Poster Map Folio, p. 1. Paizo Publishing, LLC.
  2. Tanya DePass, James Jacobs, Lyz Liddell, et al. (2019). World Guide, p. 33, 39. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-172-6
  3. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. poster map. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  4. Tanya DePass, James Jacobs, Lyz Liddell, et al. (2019). World Guide, p. 33. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-172-6
  5. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 32. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  6. Greg A. Vaughan and Rob McCreary. (2011). Wake of the Watcher. Wake of the Watcher, p. 24. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-311-8
  7. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 103. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  8. Lissa Guillet and Amber E. Scott. (2017). Lands of Conflict, p. 8, 13. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-927-1
  9. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 201. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  10. Tanya DePass, James Jacobs, Lyz Liddell, et al. (2019). World Guide, p. 9, 15. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-172-6