Nermanis Sea

Nermanis Sea - East, now called Sahânzar

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Long before the arrival of the Khazarkar to Cinazan, a great sea existed from Sahânzar to the Core Sea.

Early records indicate that this inland sea spanned 300 miles north to south and twice that in width. The present-day Core Sea was the western part of the Nermanis Sea.

In the First Epoch, the sea was a food source for many. It also served as part of a vast trade network for three halfling city-states, the Nermanis Syndicate.

In 920, the waters of this great sea began to recede. A highly religious people, many Nermaneans thought they had done something wrong, been forsaken by Avandra. The real cause ended up being the Mîmêk city-state Sigatharkin and their war with Runelderil. This was the Onyx Enmity War (915 - 920), when in the last year of the war, Sigatharkin engineers collapsed part of Zarag-Gûn. This opened a hole in the seabed of the Nermanis Sea.

The drow account of this cataclysmic disaster says Sigatharkin's esteemed Mîmêk, in all their skill, failed to realize that the cavern ceiling was also a seabed. The Mîmêk account says the engineers miscalculated the charge and strength of the bedrock.

When the demolition went off, a catastrophe ensued. The force of incoming water expanded the hole, drowning many on each side, entire units disappeared. It devastated the lands beneath the surface, and then those on the surface. It led to famine and drought, eventually bring down the Nermanis Syndicate (712 - 923).

The Nermanis Sea had long kept the otherwise arid region around in equilibrium, with frequent rainfalls and cool breezes. The loss of this sea to the blackness below changed these conditions for centuries.

Another affected by the draining were the kuo-toa of Gholompotl. They saw their city, once submerged near the sea's bottom, be exposed to the "dryness and blistering rays of the stars", forcing abandonment.

Beneath, in the subterranean region Faelgor, the draining sea submerged Zarag-Gûn and parts of the Sigan-Kûn passage. The subterranean cities Ilaleztice and Sigatharkin were submerged for many decades. Sigatharkin's survivors went north founding the settlement Nurum-Maluk, while those of Ilaleztice joined other Runelderil holds.

Two centuries after the Nermanis flood, the climate of central Cinazan stabilized. It had become more temperate, verdant in areas the sea left behind. The old seabed became a rich fertile basin that today fulfills the grain requirements of the Khazarkar Empire and some.