The Refuge of Antyr
Karas Tarnenn was a notable Tetheran explorer and warlord of the Late Reconstruction era. He was involved in numerous defensive actions against beasts, military conflicts with external mage courts, and one bloody civil uprising. His reputation to this day rests in the Grand Exploration Caravan he was appointed to and which carries his name today, as both leader and sole survivor. The Tarnenn Exploration consisted of three warbands of ten skilled explorers each, three hunting parties, a dozen small staff, seven to nine archivists, cartographers, and spiritualists, three guides, and several concubines and courtiers. Six years after departure Tarnenn alone returned on his horse carrying in his pack a few dozen magical artifacts, a journal written in four hands (including verifiably a cartographer, an archivist, and Tarnenn himself), and an extraordinary collection of pristine maps.
According to the journal, the maps, and Tarnenn’s own words the expedition had crossed nearly one thousand miles overland through (at the time) desert and bog-type terrain to reach a previously uncharted portion of the coastline of the Boreac Sea. They then procured ships from local crafters and successfully navigated the tracherous seas to a shoreline some two thousand miles upon the other side in a more-or-less straight line extending away from Tether at their point of departure. Once there, they traveled another five hundred miles before encountering another, strange sea they could not cross. Along the way the journal and Tarnenn’s own words recount several wonders that no other verifiable report has claimed: a moon that rose and set only in the far northeast, a great cloud that rained small stones, and the strange sea of the far shore, which “boiled as though heated throughout, though ‘twas cool to the touch”.
Some sages doubt Tarnenn’s account on the grounds of it being so fantastical, that he was the sole remaining survivor, and that he spent the rest of his days a drunken sod frequenting the taverns of Middle Tether. Whatever the case, the cartographic and arcane materials he returned with were of excellent quality and craftsmanship: if Tarnenn was a fraud, he was an exceptionally brilliant and meticulous one. Tarnenn himself would refuse to ever explain what had ultimately happened to the rest of his expedition beyond the dates recorded in the journal, which ends abruptly with a banal account of star observations taken about a month after reaching the distant sea. The details of the return journey remain a mystery.