Official Language: Pelek
Dominant Magic Form: Song Spells
The largest city in the Seshawa Islands, Sewesh occupies a wide natural bay on Kelles, itself the largest island of the group. Like most coastal towns it started out as a fishing village, and was the first Pel settlement within Verlesian territory.
Sewesh is home to the second largest collection of schools and students in the Pel school network, with only a handful fewer than Larlesh itself. As it is more accessible to outsiders than the Swamp City, Sewesh has a higher percentage of international students, along with a larger tourism industry.
Being in the tropics and on the edge of an ocean, Kelles is subjected to yearly monsoons. Despite this, the wet season is the most popular with travelers, largely due to the world renowned markets of Sewesh. The seafood market along the bay-front is particularly popular, and it experiences a boom in the wet season when more types of fish are readily available.
Where to stay:
Like Larlesh, Sewesh is part of the Lahtavin school system, which can assist students in finding cheap and comfortable accommodation. Note that this applies to all students, not only those enrolled in the local Pel network.
For the rest of us, The Sleepy Lizard is situated one street back from the waterfront and has affordably priced, well appointed rooms. If you’re looking for something fancier Rainforest Roost has you covered. Built just to the north of town this resort has a series of fully equipped bungalows scattered through the trees, and is only a short walk from the beach.
What to do/eat/see:
- Coral Reefs – The Shallow Sea in which the Seshawa Islands lie is home to the world’s largest coral reef. Several companies host daily dives of varying intensity, so shop around for one that suits your diving experience.
- Hiking – The interior of Kelles features a mountainous ridge running the length of the island. The forested slopes conceal caves, rivers, and waterfalls, all of which are well worth the climb.
- Beaches – Tropical beaches can be the reason for a holiday by themselves, and Kelles is not lacking. White sand covers the coastline to the north and south of Sewesh, but if you’re willing to put some effort into reaching your beach Turtle Cove is for you. It lies in a sheltered nook at the northern tip of the island, accessible by a short but steep hike.
- Markets – The markets of Sewesh are well worth visiting. Local handcrafts provide unique and beautiful souvenirs from pottery to clothing. Seasonal produce is also in high demand, with the aforementioned wet season supplying not only a greater range of seafood but a wider variety of local fruits and flowers to satisfy your senses.
- Festivals – The dry season has its own attractions. This is when the Lahtavin New Year is celebrated, with a vibrant festival and feasting across all of the Seshawa Islands and throughout Lahtavin.
- Local Cuisine – The local abundance of seafood and fruit has led to a cuisine centered around fresh ingredients, often enhanced with local herbs and spices. Recipes tend toward the lighter side, except on feast days when larger roasts and rich stews cooked with coconut are served.
How to get there:
Large ferries run between the islands and the mainland on a daily basis, while boats direct to the city can be chartered from the swampy Lahtavin coast and the Harrech peninsula. Ships run internationally, particularly between the Seshawa Islands and the De’Noi Isles, although these are on an irregular schedule.