Off the peninsula of the mainland Capreae is a cluster of islands formed by a massive, submerged caldera. The islands are remote due to the treacherous shallows and reef that encircle the islands. Centuries have been spent hewing large monoliths of dwarf faces and placed in a ring just beyond the islands’ beaches to ward off evil spirits.
Dwarf tribes make their home on the islands herding Aplaga. For the most part the dwarves are acutely xenophobic. Countless explorers never returned from foray to the nearby islands. Only through generations of contact and negotiation were mainlanders allowed to create an outpost on the interior edge of the largest island. The outpost, Mnajdra, is shunned for the most part by the islanders and mainlanders are not allowed to leave the outpost without an islander escort. Those who do not obey are often executed.