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Among the wild archipelagos of the Crowded Sea south of Zakhara, Nada al-Hazan is the island chain best explored and most settled by enlightened Zakharans. Located south of the Golden Gulf, between islands of Al-Sartan, Harab and the Steaming Isles, Nada al-Hazan was a convenient entryway into the Crowded Sea, giving it the title Silver Road.
From the northernmost group of islands, the Masud Jazayir or Fortunate Isles with the main port of Bandar al-Sa'adat, civilization became less and less down the island chain. Following were al-Zabdiyat (the Bowl), Tawil (Long), Dirs (Jaw-tooth) apart from the main chain to the northeast and Sayyad (The Hunter). At the end lay Jazirat al-Gawwar (Island of the Whirlpool), unaccessible by ship as an unpredictable whirlpool could appear anywhere around the Island to doom mariners, giving the whole island chain its second sobriquet, the Strait of Sorrow.