The seas of the world are a thing to be feared;
where men die grizzly deaths and creatures of horrible design lurk. Stories tell of a time when the sea was also a thing of life and beauty, but sailors know those to be only stories.
Melora, goddes of the sea, is wicked (and mad, so some whisper). Her Dark cults eliminate those who would sail upon the waters. Monsters raze sea-side towns that dare to harvest the bounty of the ocean.
Wise sailors make offerings to Melora before braving her tides, in hopes that her destructive eyes will focus elsewhere. Wiser sailors find a new profession.