Shadows of Absalom
A tiny fist-shaped rock that rises out of the sea some 55 feet into the air, about 200 yards west of Fog Island. The Taldan naval explorer Lucintus Plier discovered it at the same time as Fog Island; in his log he noted that it was a bare, mossy rock that held nothing but sea bird nests, and had no beach or access point. At one point the Mayor of Escadar had considered having a permanent light spell cast upon it, as a way to guide ships from the area, but nothing was ever done, and the Azlanti gillmen who are housed in the House of the Cresting Wave in Escadar, are very much against the idea. Fishermen now sight the Rock as a way to avoid Fog Island, which they consider to be cursed.
Fifty years ago Talaghan the Harper, a famous and much admired Elvish bard and poet, wrote a 2400 line poem called The Lay of Merilin'eth, about a young siren chained to Plier's Rock by evil Mermen, who lured a ship to its doom against the rock. In the Lay she saves the ship's brave Captain, Ambek, who then frees her after falling madly in love with her – only he later drowns when the siren is forced to do battle with a monstrous kraken who tried to devour them. Upon finding the lifeless body of her lover, Merilin'eth then chains herself back to the rock, and sings dirges until she dies. Talaghan still performs the Lay on request at the Star and the Sword Tavern near the Irorium, in the Foreign Quarter of the City.