Orithia- Skull & Shackles
West of the coast of Salamon, Devil’s Arches was one of the first major islands of the Shackles discovered by Kondaran explorers some 200 years ago. The island is covered with Aaqan ruins— enormous, crumbling edifices and eroded towers that remain as reminders of civilisation’s impermanence, as well as its capacity for evil. The limestone platforms, amphitheaters, and ziggurats are covered top to bottom with bas-relief carvings and paintings depicting acts of repulsive depravity, suggesting a horrifically bloody and degenerate civilization. These ancient Aaqan cities dot the entire island, and many stand in startling contrast to one another, depicting entirely unique facets of the civilization they collectively belonged to. Yet each city possesses a singular constant structure: a great gray stone arch devoid of any carving or decoration that stands at the center of each set of ruins. These ruins date to a time just after the fall of Aaqa where the giant and cyclops servants of the Wind Dukes were left to their own devices and eventually degenerated into savage cannibals. When the Runelords (evil remnants of the Wind Duke empire) came into power, these cannibals became the start of the army which conquered most of the continent of Darkfell
The Kondaran explorers who originally stumbled upon these monuments found their blatant nakedness even eerier and more obscene than any other relics on the island, and thus referred to each of these landmarks as the Devil’s Arches, giving the island its name. These arches remain entirely endemic to the island, and both scholars and archaeologists continue to bicker about their significance; however, many agree that the monoliths’ names are more accurate than the original explorers perhaps knew, and the arches may have once been diabolical gateways to summon the denizens of Hell or some similarly evil demiplane.