Strait of Whitelocke
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This two-hundred mile waterway divides the large island of Ait from the main continent. Squeezing the currents that flow southeast, this passage runs cold and deep, harboring massive creatures in its depths and proving treacherous for all manners of vessels.
While the Kingdom of Nacjaseste would be inclined to disagree, naval strength within the Strait of Whitelocke clearly belongs to the hobs of Ait. Their deep sea ships are well captained and able to ply the night blue waters of the deep middle, armed and complimented by seasoned sailors able to defend their ships against massive sharks, turtles, krakens, and serpents that would crack open other ships and devour the contents whole. The hobs swift coastal ships are likewise adept at chasing or fleeing from the clunky steam-driven monstrosities Guljak has recently put to sea. Most important, the hobs show no immediate inclination toward piracy, and keep the strait as lawful as it could be.
Ships from other lands hug the White and Bronze Coasts or make furious dashes across the strait when neccessary, with the flags of Nacjaseste, Krajnarod, Soullivaria, and even Monumaore of the South March League seen in the winds. Trade between countries, raiding by Guljak, and recently seen pirates from unknown lands churn the waters of the Strait.
The shores of the strait are heavily militarized. Nacjaseste and Guljak maintain heavy and powerful ships designed for coastal defense, and the coasts themselves each carry their fair share of fortresses prepared to belch out defenders should a hostile landing be made. Despite the expectation of violence, more citizens from all countries are lost to the beasts that call the strait their home.
The strait is incredibly deep as well, perhaps a mile or more in parts if the stories are to be believed. Such large beasts as are seen on the surface suggest an incredible depth needed to maintain feeding and growth for the creatures. What lies beneath the waves is more mysterious, and likely more dangerous, than anything the sunlit waves have revealed.