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Innish is a port city in southern Shand, known as the "Jewel of Shand". It was built on the delta of the River Ippash between the Desert of Sanpashir and the South Sea, and is situated near a Paravian ruin. Spindled coral towers and pastel drum towers with odd, paned windows rise over the harbor, though the wharfside is described as a sensory overload, with gutters pooled with sewage, and vendors on all sides. The more affluent parts of town are above the harbor, connected by low, graded streets.

Innish is a major trade hub between Havish and Rathain by sea, and warehouse space goes for a premium when ports on the Gulf of Stormwell experience difficult winters. The wharf district is teeming with commerce in all seasons. The Gull and Anchor and the Halfmoon are two taverns in the city. The Bower of Bliss is a brothel.

Before the rebellion, Innish was the site of the high king's winter court.

Role in the Story

Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.

The Gallant

Third Age 4995: A Koriani plot to discredit the sen Dient family begins in Innish with the cousin of Verrain sen Dient, who is under an oath of debt.

Ships of Merior

Third Age 5646: When Arithon visits with the widow of Halliron, she entreats him to perform for the town of Innish through the summer solstice. Arithon agrees, and uses the time to set up a network of friends and informants, which he later uses to keep track of Lysaer's movements.

Fugitive Prince

Third Age 5653: Once Fiark becomes a trade factor, Innish becomes a key stop in Arithon's network. Fiark distributes goods through his wealth of contacts, protected from Koriani discovery by Dakar's wards.

Traitor's Knot

Third Age 5671: Arithon enacts a plan to defang sunwheel recruitment efforts in the south by delivering sunwheel robes to the brothels. The resulting chaos shames sunwheel priests, and the prostitutes relive the infamy every year.


  • Innish is the birthplace of the Masterbard, Halliron.
  • By edict, the whores are required to wear bells.[1]


  1. © Janny Wurts, Ships of Merior, p. 329 (US-Hardback)