Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Exploring Mystara: The Key Islands
Hidden in the Mangroves is the single settlement of Pensel (a gnome word meaning Swamp Settlement). Its made up of the decks of wrecked sailing ships stilted above the swamp on broken ships masts. The three hundred Gnomes currently in residence are a resilient lot subsisting on the Island food supply between the occasional Gnomish resupply vessel. The Shipwreck Bore Between Settlement Island and Bird’s Nest Island is a vicious whirlpool that continuously eats ships dragging the vessels and their unweary crews to the sea floor. Most know how to navigate the Bore but a few visitors were caught unawares. Consequently the Bore has claimed several vessels which litter the gap between the Islands. There is treasure in the wrecks but the Islanders don’t like strangers looting that which they regard as their own.
For the DM
The islands serve as a vital stop over for anyone seeking to cross the Sea of Dread. They are strategic in their position.