Lanterns in the Mist
These small rocky islands are the tops of steep-sided massifs that rise from the bottom of Avalon Bay. Named for the small smuggler schooners (called terns) used by Cassius Undiomede when he first came to this coast before becoming the first Lord of Illmarsh 220 years ago, the rocks are spattered with guano from the huge population of seagulls they support when the weather is warm. In days past, Undiomede would land his goods on the rocks before ferrying them ashore under the noses of the Count of Versex’s customs inspectors, before the operation was eventually moved to the Lonely Quay.
The rocks rise 10 feet above the waves at their highest and support only a few stunted trees. A pair of rusty but solid manacles are bolted to the rock above the water. Here the condemned of Illmarsh are shackled to await their fates at the hands of the elements or the skum of Avalon Bay.