In the waters of The Violetold Ocean nearest the equator is where the world grows fattest and crystal blue waters that make the sky jealous house healthy coral reefs with vibrant fish of every color. Gleaming in pulchritude, the archipelago of tiny low-laying islands filled with mangroves and other wetlands rests here, forming Nokko Ina as it is called in Mermish, or in common the country of Crysania. Made up of 27 islands, all teeming with life, only a few have been worthy enough to take a name and these include, Inonnev, Senaru, Kinoe, Casav, Enadu, Xonoa, Heatelk, and Inakero. The rest are called various names by the ones that inhabit them though all the natives of these islands respect that when the time comes, the traditional naming ceremony will take place to give soul to the earth they stand on. This ritual is called, Fanau, meaning Birth in Crotoan, the common language other than Mermish on Nokko Ina. Not many outsiders understand the ritual or what the significance is of the timing for it, but there are claims that there is a sign from the gods that only their people may witness.
Despite the large population of Merfolk, non-mer are welcome in Crysania. On the largest island, called Xonoa, there is a decent docking area, a harbor that has grown with trading posts run by merchants from Sar'skri, Aurelia and Hokoth. But, due to the hot, humid climate of Nokko Ina and the terrible insect problem, most who enjoy the cold or do not like free roaming wildlife tend not stay. There is, however, on the 15th island known as Heatelk, a native settlement of humans called the Cro'aeli. These people over the centuries have coexisted with their fish-like neighbors and currently inhabit many of the various 27 islands in different tribes and clans.
The islands, all 27 of them, are inhabited by various Coralen Merrow, many of whom have shed their tails to dwell in huts or lounge upon the shoreline. Under the water, even more of these Mer lay, making up a thriving metropolis for those of the fish-kind that is full of natural resources such as lumber, coral, sugar, fruit trees and seafood. It is no surprise that Merfolk have flocked here by the dozens and though there are many groups of mer, they all claim themselves one shoal. However, instead of a ruling king or queen, they are governed by a council of 27, matching the number of islands the archipelago holds. Despite the unity, not all groups of the Shoal stay in a state of utopia, and there are demonstrations of hostility between the islands. The 27th Island named Inakero is home to a collection of Sirens that constantly disrupts the peace in Nokko Ina. These Sirens are devoted worshippers of the sky goddess Aither and hold contempt for those who worship Cryso, the God of the Sea, and though each spark of violence is extinguished by the council, it is not long before the warring continues between Mermaid and Siren. It is in their hatred that stems the theological importance of the archipelago for the Merfolk. For Crysania is also believed to be their birthplace, where the sea god Cryso tore out his heart in a fit of rage, betrayed by his lover, the goddess of the sky Aither and plucked their children, the Sirens from the sky. Most Merfolk believe that they are descended from the original mer of Nokko Ina and that they were born of their god's mystical blood, which contained the last of his emotions and sentiments, leaving him to be the heartless and unpredictable sea he is today. Though it is very rare for Nokko Ina to ever be struck with bad tides and only when the Sky and Sea clash do they see weather other than the hot, humid environment they live in.