This region is another bit of modular worldbuilding- it's intended as a Foreign Locale for my
yet-to-be-named french vanilla setting, but it could easily fit in elsewhere.
Art: Johannes Voss
Climate: Tropical, with yearly monsoons. The region has a great many volcanoes, creating very
fertile soil. Mangrove swamps and rainforests make up much of the area's wilderness.
Local people: Mostly genasi, with some humans mixed in. Thanks to centuries of sea trade, the locals
vary widely in appearance, and foreigners are unlikely to attract comment.
The Pepper Archipelago is governed by a loose alliance of city-states, chiefdoms, and company towns
known collectively as the Saffron Banner. As the names suggest, their wealth comes from the trade in
spices- people from regions where they aren't as easily cultivated will pay through the nose for the
privilege of having their food actually taste like something.
Art: Zhang Zeduan
The sea is the lifeblood of the Archipelago. Since before recorded history, the local people have been
experts at harnessing the wind to travel across the water. Saffron Banner trading vessels can be seen
in every port of the known world, and many islanders live on houseboats. Fish, crustaceans, and
kelp are central to Archipelago cuisine.