Lake of the Living Islands
It was the lake that made me fall in love with Tosormi the first time. That lake, with its huge, gentle creatures, covered in moss and full grown trees. That place showed me the magic of Tosormi.
The Lake of the Living Islands is a huge lake nestled in the tropical rainforests of north-western Tosormi. The forests around it are very dense and hard to traverse, but the lake is accessible by it's outlet river which leads to the ocean. The water in the lake is very clean, but minerals in it make it dark with only about a foot of visibility. Its most noteworthy characteristic, however, is the myriad of islands in the lake. They range in size from small, moss-covered rocks barely sticking up over the surface, to huge islands big enough for a whole village to live on. What makes these islands so special is the fact that they move around in the water, and sometimes diving under the surface.
Once upon a time, a man and a woman fell in love with each other. It is no longer known who they were or where they were from, but for some reason their families disagreed with their love and forbade them to be together. However, they could not stand being apart from each other and decided to run away together. They fled through the rainforest, trying to find a place far away from their families where no one would know who they were. But the forest is a harsh place and during their travels, the woman fell ill. They stopped by a huge lake when the woman could not go on anymore and she laid by the water as the man tried to care for her. As she lay dying, the man sang to her. The deity Taphri heard the man's song and his sorrow, and felt a great sadness for the couple. She blessed them with new bodies that would never get sick and could live in the lake until they died of old age. The couple became the first of the Living Islands, and their descendents inhabit the lake to this day.