Literally the ‘middle warm sea’ the Mesobalmic separates the bulk of Altamira from the mountains of East Meridia. A calm sea at most times, the Mesobalmic is the busiest trade route in all the realms. Due to the vast amounts of valuable goods that flow through the area, piracy is always a danger. The trading cities on the northern and southern shores have evolved over the years into impenetrable fortresses with harbors to protect their fleets and serve as bases for corsairs that dog the pirates endlessly (and are not always above making excuse to ‘assist’ a ship belonging to one of their rivals).
Most of the pirates are loners, but several powerful and feared pirate lords operate within the Mesobalmic, staging coordinated raids from bases yet unknown to the authorities. On occasion, huge and violent storms will scour the Mesobalmic, raging in from the Tethys Ocean. None are so foolhardy as to be caught on the water during such a storm, for the lashing rain and howling winds have been known to damage even the hardy trading forts that dot the coast.