The Spider Islands are a group of islands strung together by coral reefs. These islands were believed to be created by the Rending, a time where a hunk of the mainland was torn out of the earth and now hovers above the world, trapped between the moon and the earth. From above these islands, it appears as a spider’s web, with little islands marking the intersections.
The Islands are ruled by a woman called the Widow. She is the queen of the Spider Islands, and she speaks for all things in her domain, with the exception of the Seamless Tower. She is a fair and just ruler, but the years have continued to pass, and now she must find a successor soon or her lands may fall to the Consortium. She has one son, but Island law dictates that she may only pass the throne on to a daughter. Each year she takes a new suitor, but for the last 5 years she has not had any luck conceiving a potential heir.
The Spider Island’s main exports are salt, fish, spices, and sugar. They also make some of the best and most valued ships in the known world, due to their unique environment, as they can literally sail a ship into dry dock.
On the Spider Islands, many distrust magic, and those who use it. It is often said that any time you cast a spell you pluck the spider’s web. They want nothing to do with the spider itself. Most people in the islands choose to align themselves with the sun or moon more than anything else.