The Dry Season
Of the 22 large islands, 8 belong to the orcs, 6 to the elves, and five to the gnomes. 3 are uninhabited, and by all evidence likely to remain so. While most of the islands remain in a fixed position relative to the great central island, these three, called the orbiters, circle the central island. They are relatively swift moving – most expeditions heading for them find it easier to fly into the path of an island and then tack towards it, waiting for the island to come to them.
While the difficulties of landing, resupplying and maintaining contact would be significant for any effort to settle the islands, it has, of course, been tried. For many years the popular theory was that human druids ruled these islands, and were responsible for carnage the resupply ships inevitably found when they checked in on these early settlements. Huge claw marks, a few large predators killed by defenders, and tracks that appeared to have been made by mobile tree stumps all seemed strong evidence of this. The theory was generally abandoned, however, when the first human efforts to settle the islands met with identical fates, even though the settlers had been careful to do no harm to the land and had gone with the blessings of a druidic circle.