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The eastern ocean is a vast, deep body of saltwater edging the northern continent and extending off the map. Much of it is unknown. The average depth counting adjacent seas and gulfs is around 10,900 feet (3,300 meters); without those it is more like 12,800 feet (3,900 meters). Its maximum depth reaches about 28,200 feet (8,600 meters). It is somewhat less stormy and wild than the western ocean. The eastern ocean has rock and sand in shades of gray to black; many species there have black, gray, and/or white coloring.
The eastern ocean extends from the frigid waters of time shard #54 in the north through temperate regions to the south with shard #33. Shards #32 and #30 are the juncture between the eastern ocean and the central gulf. Time shards detailed here are #54, #51, #52, #53, #33, #31, and #32. Seaward portions of time shard #50 and #34 are also included.
Eastern species may pass the loose arc of islands in shard #32 that extend from the southeastern tip of the northern continent (marking the eastern fringe of the central gulf), but they rarely go beyond the tighter arc of the Mist Islands (marking the main body of the central gulf). A few central and southern species have made it through those areas to venture up the eastern coast, but not many. The eastern ocean holds all of the deep-water species of the east, along with some inshore species.
The east coast is very sparsely populated in modern times. It may have been busier during ancient times, but not as much is known about this area compared to other parts of the northern continent. Wildlife here is less likely to come into direct conflict with people.
Before Upheaval: There were a fair number of species unique to the eastern ocean. These species included the blimpfish (several types), eastern sea serpent, eastern soldierfish, eastern thunder-whale, southeastern trapjaw, and eastern weed-eater. Additional species of thunder-whale, trapjaw, and weed-eater existed.
Sundered Times: Compared to the western coast, where a majority of the coastline was divided among just three time shards (#3, #6, #11), the eastern coast was chopped into many small pieces. This greatly limited the territory available and prevented species from mingling.
Time shard #54 had the eastern weed-eater and southeastern trapjaw. The southeastern trapjaw became the eastern trapjaw while isolated. Shard #51 and the seaward portion of shard #50 lost all their sea monsters. Shard #52 had the eastern thunder-whale. Shard #53 had eastern soldierfish. The seaward portion of time shard #34 had eastern soldierfish and eastern weed-eater. Shard #33 had blimpfish, eastern sea serpent, and southeastern trapjaw. The blimpfish evolved into southern blimpfish during this time. Shard #31 lost all its sea monsters. Time shard #32 had blimpfish and eastern thunder-whale.
Modern Times: As the small shards joined into larger shards, animal populations merged or competed. Most of the surviving species expanded their territory. Eastern species moved north-south along the eastern coast; some exchange of eastern species with central and southern species occurred in time shards #32 and #33 at the edge of the central gulf. A notable exception is the eastern sea serpent, which detests crossing former boundaries. It is unlikely to leave its home range unless driven farther by storms or something else.
Time shard #54 gained eastern soldierfish, eastern thunder-whale, and eastern weed-eater. Shard #51 gained eastern soldierfish, eastern thunder-whale, eastern trapjaw, and eastern weed-eater. The seaward portion of time shard #50 gained the eastern trapjaw and eastern weed-eater. Shard #52 gained eastern soldierfish, eastern trapjaw, and eastern weed-eater. Shard #53 gained the eastern thunder-whale, eastern trapjaw, and eastern weed-eater. Shard #33 gained the central dreamskate, eastern soldierfish, eastern thunder-whale, eastern weed-eater, giant sea turtle, and rdd harpoon snail. Shard #31 gained the eastern thunder-whale, eastern trapjaw, and eastern weed-eater. Shard #32 gained the central dreamskate, eastern soldierfish, eastern weed-eater, giant sea turtle, pink jellyrigger, red harpoon snail, and southern soldierfish.
Several species still have room to expand somewhat into areas they have not yet reached. These include the central dreamskate, eastern soldierfish, giant sea turtle, and southern blimpfish.
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