Thras, also known as the Coral Kingdom, or the Coral Kingdom of Thras, is a partially-submerged archipelago in the Sea of Pearls that has been a powerful, antagonizing power against the Summerset Isles since before recorded time. The Sload may at one time have even called Summerset part of Thras. For millennia, the hulking, slug like creatures, notorious for their necromantic mastery, terrorized the Altmer, conjuring sea monsters along the coast and laying siege to Skywatch. But for all of the attacks, horror, and devastation coming from Thras, very little is known about the land itself.[source?]
The first maps that were made by cartographers, who sailed to Thras and lived to tell the tale, show a group of sixteen islands in a semicircle, like a partially submerged coral atoll. Over the centuries, other maps have been charted by spies and the number and size of the islands have varied, suggesting that the amphibious Sload have a volatile kingdom which fluctuates in land mass, either by the tides or some other, less natural means. The map above shows it as a small chain centered between Summerset, Yokuda, and Hammerfell. The largest of the islands, Agonio, seems the most stable, though later maps show it considerably larger than earlier maps. Descriptions of the sea of Pearls place it in the vicinity of Pankor and The Systres, but whether these islands are considered part of Thras or not is not stated.
The true and permanent aspect of Thras, however, is not something mapmakers would know merely by looking at the land above the surface. Many Altmer have been captured by the Sload, but a few were able to escape to tell of the brackish lagoon in the center of the island chain. There, the buoyant creatures move about with relative quickness and grace through an intricate network of coral formations and ancient shipwrecks.[source?]
The reach of Thras has been felt far beyond its own land. The Thrassian Plague which decimated Tamriel's population in the year 2260 of the First Era was their most outrageous attack against the mainland. When the Redguards came to Tamriel in 1E 808, they brought with them a tradition of burying their criminals on islands off their shore, to prevent their evil spirits from disturbing the living. The Sload took advantage of these graveyards of the coast, finding them suitable laboratories for their necromancy. The Redguards pushed back against the invaders, but reports of Sload living off the coast near settled lands from Stros M'kai to Abibon-Gora have surfaced well into the Third Era. The Sload N'Gasta resided on an island west of Stros M'Kai in the Second Era.
|Nirn||Tamriel • Akavir • Yokuda • Pyandonea • Atmora • Thras • Lyg • Aldmeris|