Sunset Isles mark the eastern end of a vast archipelago that extends westward across the Endless Sea. The only island among the Sunset Isles with a harbor deep enough for a large, deep-sea faring vessel is the island of Freeport.
Beyond the Sunset Isles are another dozen large islands and hundreds of tiny ones. All are a part of a long series of islands that stretch to the far west, ending in an even greater archipelago with islands numbering in the thousands. Many of these islands are huge, perhaps a hundred miles across, while others are no more than sandbars. The inhabitants of most are unknown although some, such as the cannibalistic inhabitants of the Skashakan, are infamous.
About the time that the conDoins were establishing the Western Realm, a growing enclave of cutthroats began to plague the waters of the Endless Sea between the Sunset Isles and Triagia and into the Bitter Sea. Attempts by both the Keshian Empire and the Kingdom to defeat the pirates were frustrated by the swiftness and maneuverability of the their favored light vessels, the labyrinthine nature of the archipelago, and the tenacity of these cutthroats who would hide out until safe and then rebuild.
In the years before the sacking of the Far Coast by Render's brigands, the pirates of Freeport had begun to exchange their historical raiding practices for safer, and more lucrative, trading endeavors, all the while skirting the trade laws, tariffs, and customs of the established kingdoms.
Soon after Prince Nicholas' return from Novindus, an alliance was established between Freeport and the Kingdom. King Lyam named Nicholas' former squire, Harry, the first Governor of Freeport and the Sunset Islands and elevated him to the rank of Baronet of the Prince’s Court.
The Kingdom saw a growing frontier along the Far Coast and in the Sunset Islands and encouraged many to seek their fortune in these lands. When the islands became a part of the Kingdom a law was established guaranteeing that if a man could live for a year and a day committing no crime, he would be pardoned for whatever he had done before coming to the Isles.