Of Kings and Dragons
The most dangerous navigational oddity of the region is a strange and violent convergence of oceanic currents called Devil’s Drain. This perpetual vortex sits astride the straits between Dragon’s Rib and the mainland, but there is room on either side for a careful ship to pass by safely—if Desna smiles. If Desna frowns, the Drain offers a quick spiral down to the bottom of the strait. While the passage is quite risky, it reduces the length of certain journeys, and thus is occasionally attempted by captains who need to get to northern Varisia fast. Of course, the dangerous sea creatures that dwell in the region further complicate the passage. Monsters like dragon turtles, fjord linnorms, scyllas, and at times even krakens dwell in the waters surrounding the region, and often use their powers to drive ships that would otherwise be safe into the Drain so that they can dine on the victims of the resulting wrecks. The Drain itself seems to be a natural occurrence, despite its unusual appearance—but brave adventurers exploring the deep have discovered a number of strange, deep rifts in the sea floor, the extent and depth of which is unknown.