Sea of Spices
The Sea of Spices is bordered on the north by the coast of mainland East Meridia and on the south by a series of large islands. These regions are known for their exotic spices and trade in these drives the economy of the region. Herbal alchemy is common here, and this is an area where the greatest healers of the Realms can be found.
The sea was named before the spice trade, and it was called the Sea of Spices because the very water itself gives off constant aromas so that sailing the Sea of Spices is like drifting through a busy kitchen. This character of the Sea of Spices is said to be related to the vast quantities of exotic seaweed that can be seen within the clear waters. The aromas are pleasant at times and repulsive at others. Veteran sailors hardly notice the airs, but green sailors and passengers have been known to find the atmosphere somewhat disorienting.