The Broken Isles
The Broken Isles are a series of small islands within the territory of the Grey Tower – although a few of them lie just outside it, as well. They are named for the fact that they appear to have once been larger islands – the unusually sheer cliffs of the various small islands have been found to match up in several places, with rock strata following the same composition and direction. An aerial view, provided by divination magic, gives the impression that the islands were cut into pieces with tremendous force, as though some great giant of the ocean decided to use them for sword practice one day – though that particular theory is given little weight, even by the elves.
To most humans, the islands are little more than a curiosity, but several Mikashi expeditions have been sent to them, and a small research outpost exists on the largest of the islands outside of the Grey Tower territory. The outpost is innocuous enough to receive little attention, and what few Remeran and Charan ships that have visited in an effort to spy on them have been welcomed, given supplies, and sent on their merry way.
The supplies, in fact, are what the research has been about, as it has been discovered that the underground caverns are filled with rocks that create light similar enough to sunlight to grow surface plants. Several orchards and a number of small grain fields have been established, and experiments are ongoing with the rocks and plants both. Mikashi attempts to involve the Grey Tower in their research have so far been fruitless.