This archipelago has long been missing from maps and star charts across the known world, hiding behind storms and reefs that were unpassable by ships. But with the help of waemren—individuals who could speak with the clouds, the sea, and the rain—the untouched islands joined the world stage, heavy and full of wilderness and beasts. People flocked to see the islands. When new eyes gazed upon the beauty of the place where life grew undisturbed and shielded by nature, they shed tears. Since then, the isles have grown in population. With the guidance of the waemren, all who dwell here strive to keep the balance of nature and civilization in harmony. Today, the nine houses rule the archipelago—now the nation of Espamena—and work towards a better future, while also waging their own secret political and trade wars behind the scenes. Beyond these petty squabbles though, life amongst the isles is full of color, art, music, and joy. All with their own unique cultures, songs, and languages, the Isles of Swords is a place of romance, craftsmanship, and conservation.