High Adventure by the Saltless Sea
Part of a much larger world, the lands around the Saltless Sea have fallen far in the last few centuries. The once-simple fishing villages that dot the islands of the Sea are now more often than not pirate havens.
To the East, the secret of crossing the Endless Water has been lost. In the South, a settled land has turned to desert and become a new frontier. In the West, the tiny island nation of Gor prospers, while on the mainland the remainder of the former Greater Mercantile Kingdom still burns, five hundred years after its fall. In the North, the city-states of the Fecund Peninsula, protected from the rest of the world, squabble amongst themselves over petty slights.
And smack in the middle sits the island continent Avertice, former site of the Empire of the Glory of Jost Steelarm, which collapsed unexpectedly and utterly more than three hundred years ago. The empire is survived by two ports, many small farming communities and a host of recovering nonhuman populations with long memories.