Off the coast of Ketapesh, close to the Gebbian boarder, there is a large, if insignificant island. Once one of the largest single pesh plantations in the nation, it is now a desolate place inhabited only by the dead and occasionally, desperate bands of Gnolls or jackal-weres. In the early days of the Gebbian empire, there was a minor border dispute between Ketapesh and Geb. In response to the conflict, Geb personally lay waste to the entire island, killed everyone on it, and cursed the land so that it would produce nothing. The Island became known as the Island of the dead, as the original settlers were (and are) still there, and attack any explorers on site.
Recently though, there have been rumors. The Dark markets are alive with whispers of the Island of the Dead, and how someone in the city has found a way to break the curse. The weight of the whipspers lies in the almost unprecedented visit of a vampire lord. Of course, no one knows who, or when he would be arriving. Still the city is abuzz