Ruins of the Old Empire
The Stony Coast is nearly uninhabited, and those few villages it has are small and devoted to fishing. One major exception to this rule, though, is Mariaul. When the Ilmand Empire’s ships first stumbled upon Sarakri, it was a shock to the people who believed they’d conquered the world. Rather than risk there being more out there than they knew, the then-Emperor Viliaul founded two mariner’s colleges, one in the east and one in the west. Each was charged with exploring in its respective direction. The latter proved to be a bust, and faded from history, but Mariaul in the east discovered Armaudin and Far Kolvir. Though not as impressive as Sarakri, the discoveries meant the town remained as a jumping off point for colonists in the new islands, as well as being a training center for new sailors.
When the Empire fell, Mariaul had a population of some 5,000 people, but it was soon abandoned. For awhile it served as a base for pirates, but most of the time it was simply empty. In recent years, though, it has been refounded, the old abandoned walls becoming home to a much smaller village of about 400 souls.
Mariaul is much more important than its size might indicate, though. Nearly a hundred of its people are associated with the [[Mariner’s College]], a refounding of the original group that made Imperial Mariaul an important port on the east coast. Progressively more of the shipping trade on the Upper Sea is being taken by the College’s captains, and they are training more men and building more ships on a yearly basis. Rognisanjan is still the most important nation of traders, but for the first time in many years it has serious competition.