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The second layer of Arborea is an eternal ocean. It is like the Elemental Plane of Water, and indeed there are vortices between the two. But unlike that Inner Plane, the layer of Aquallor has both a surface and a bottom. At its lower reaches, it’s as black as night. Aquallor is the home of Deep Sashelas, the deity of the sea elves. His realm is a construct of coral, gold, and marble veined with streaks of blue and green. The water around it is crystal blue and glows of its own volition. Deep Sashelas grams the ability to breathe water to those who find their way into the blue waters of his realm. What the layer lacks is islands, for great storms stalk Aquallor’s surface, swamping any boats that dare its heavy seas. Beneath the surface, Aquallor has the water-dominant trait, and those reaches under Deep Sashelas’s control offer protection against the pressures of the deep.
Much like the first layer of Arborea, Aquallor is subject to quicksilver changes in the weather. Such weather takes the form of great underwater currents that drag the traveler miles off course. Sea life fills this layer, most of it either celestial or anarchic in nature. Larger beasts and aberrations can be found by explorers who swim deep enough. Aquallor is the ending point of the River Oceanus, which weaves its way through many of the upper planes. Yet there are maelstroms within Aquallor’s depths that might lead back to the river’s headwaters, so perhaps the river is like a snake swallowing its own tail, endless in nature. Those seeking to escape Aquallor can be swept away by one of the maelstroms, but only at the risk of encountering more unfriendly creatures elsewhere.