Hell of a Summer
Scions Sound is a five-fingered body of water that digs deep into Khorvaire from the Bitter Sea, dividing Aundair and Thrane from Karrnath. Stormhome sits at the northern end of the Sound, where the Bitter Sea flows south down into the continent, while Thronehold is near its heart and the Thornwood in Thrane marks its southernmost end.
The Sound is brackish and the fingers each have varying currents depending on the elevation, some flowing into the middle of the sound, some flowing out into Khorvaire into the Thrane River, Karrn River and Cyre River. While the Sound can get bitterly cold in the deep winter, it only rarely freezes over and then only in the northern reaches.
North of Thronehold, the great White Arch Bridge once spanned Scions Sound from Thaliost to Rekkenmark, until its destruction in 899 YK during the Last War in a great magical conflagration. The bridge remains unrepaired to this day.
While Thronehold is the largest and most well known of them, there are reputedly thousands of small islands dotting the Sound. The largest hold commercial interests and small towns while the smallest often go uncharted and- more frequently than the authorities would like- sometimes end up the hideout of some criminal band or a lair to monsters.
Scions Sound is a very busy waterway as it connects three of the Five Nations and contains Thronehold. Trade barges and House Lyrandar airships are ever present in the water of the and air over Sound. There are also a number of river pirates that traverse the sound looting merchant trade ships. They were especially brazen during the Last War as no country had the resources to deal with them. Now that the War has ended more efforts are being made to ferret them out and bring them to justice, though each of the three nations that have been assailed by the pirates has a different definition of what justice really is.
Surface area: 25,586 sq.mi. (66,268.5 sq.km.)
Average depth: 195 ft. (59.43 m., 32.5 fathoms)
Maximum depth (measured): 1,333 ft. (406.3 m., 222 fathoms)
Water volume: 1,180 cu.mi. (4,900 cu.km.)
Major Settlements: Flamekeep, Rekkenmark, Stormhome, Thaliost, Throneport