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The Isles (Click for interactive map).

For the government that rules the Isles, see Empire of the Isles.

The Isles are an isolated archipelago surrounded by the world's ocean. Consisting of the four main islands of Gristol, Morley, Serkonos, and Tyvia, as well as a series of lesser islets, the Isles form one of the world's two documented landmasses, the other being the distant Pandyssian Continent. Although human civilization in the Isles spans at least four thousand years, an event known as The Great Burning nearly two thousand years ago destroyed practically all traces of any prior history and culture. At the present time, the Isles are ruled under a united government, the Empire of the Isles, which was founded in the year 1625 of the modern calendar following the War of Four Crowns.


Main article: Timeline

Little is known about the history of the Isles before the 1600s. Approximately two thousand years before the Great Burning, a cult called the Envisioned sacrificed a young boy on an alter within the Void, creating the Outsider.[1][2] The nihilistic era known as the Great Burning which followed centuries later caused the destruction of much of the Isles' original cultures, creating a significant gap in the historical record.

Over time, new cultures arose across the Isles, such as an ancient civilization that formed at the site of the city of Dunwall in Gristol by the 700s, when it invaded what would become the city of Bastillian in Serkonos. This Dunwall civilization disappeared by the 800s, however.

The last known event before the founding of the Empire of the Isles in 1625 was the establishment of the Academy of Natural Philosophy in Dunwall in 1572.

Climate and Geography[]

The Isles have a varied climate and geography, which each of the four principal islands featuring unique characteristics. In the south, Serkonos boasts a consistently warm, almost tropical climate and forests of towering trees, but is the only island plagued by bloodflies. Gristol, north of Serkonos, is the largest of the four islands and is more temperate, with rolling green hills. Morley lies to the northeast of Gristol and is known as particularly dreary. Lastly, Tyvia, the northernmost of the Isles, is persistently cold.



  1. The Outsider during A Crack in the Slab: "It's the place where my throat was cut, four thousand years ago."
  2. Born in the Month of Darkness
  3. Meagan Foster to the protagonist during A Long Day in Dunwall: "The Dreadul Wale is slow. It'll take us a couple of weeks to reach Karnaca, even with the Canal."
  4. Meagan Foster to the protagonist during Edge of the World: "We've been en route for two weeks."
  5. A Reflection on My Journey to the Pandyssian Continent (1)