Cascain Islands

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The Cascain Islands are a collection of islands on the southwestern coast of Vastmark, Shand around the South Strait and the South Sea. The waters around the islands are treacherous for mariners.

Like everywhere else on the Vastmark coast, the shoreline was all hostile rock. . . Captains who plied the trade routes gave the chained islets with their reef-ridden narrows and foam-necklaced channels a nervous, respectful wide berth. Forbidding slate cliffs stabbed up through the froth of winter breakers, black jagged edged and desolate.[1]

Role in the Story

Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.

Warhost of Vastmark

Third Age 5646: Arithon establishes a small shipbuilding outpost in the Cascains, just east of the South Strait inlet.

Destiny's Conflict

Third Age 5924: While dying, Cosach s'Valerient offers Arithon a cryptic clue about the Cascains.

Third Age 5925: Arithon intuitively rediscovers the site of his shipbuilding outpost where the Talliarthe has been concealed under spells for 251 years. The act of revealing the sloop restores his lost trove of initiate mastery.


  1. © Janny Wurts, Ships of Merior, p. 592 (US-Hardback)