“This stretch of the coastline is unprotected from the giant waves of the Outer Ocean. Most traders take the southern way because the Barrier Islands shield them, though the journey takes a month longer.”
He crossed to the table and pointed out the islands on the map, then showed the boy the route they were taking. “Travelling north saves us time, but we are exposed the entire time we travel the west coast.”
“How big are the waves?” the boy asked.
“They are said to often be ten times greater than a ship. There have been stories of surf fifteen times taller than the largest ships. The only people who sail this direction are the desperate and the lucky.”
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