Altumbel is a peninsula on the Sea of Fallen Stars. It neighbors Aglarond and includes the Archipelago of Altumbel.
Altumbel is a harsh and unforgiving land, which includes the maze-like archipelago of the Thousand Swords. Most of these isles are desolate and rocky, covered with low scrubs and lichen, but some are fairly large, with Ghevden as the largest. One-third of Altumbel’s people live scattered over the barren Swords. Pirates harry the islands, but many hail from the Swords themselves – raiding one’s neighbors is something of a local tradition.
Altumbel and its archipelago are almost entirely devoid of woods. The people here don’t care for trees, which remind them of Yuirwood’s half-elves. Most make their living from the sea, either netting fish or trapping shellfish. The land is rocky and unforgiving, not much good for farming, although some sheltered dells are suitable for gardening. These sun-warmed and wind-protected valleys usually have springs and the occasional cave.
Spandeliyon, the capital of the region, was once known as the City of Pirates. In the days immediately prior to the Spellplague, however, the Simbul’s harsh punishment of pirates had put the lie to that name. Few dared to brave the lady’s wrath, even in a city so far from her home in Veltalar.
Beyond the rocky, fog-cloaked norther shores of Altumbel – and all Aglarond, in fact – the sea quickly drops off into a deep trench. The seasonal upwelling of cold, nutrient-rich waters make this place a fisher’s paradise.