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Cranky Bitch left the convoy off the Strait of Vermust, the long passage to the Sea of Torments. We would be wise to avoid those waters, plus, piracy was no problem inside the Lady's empire. She permitted no crimes but her own.

Croaker the Annalist, "Cranky Bitch"

The Strait of Vermust is "the long passage" which leads to the Sea of Torments to its east. It does not connect directly to the Gap (a westerly ocean, sea, or large bay), but is separated from "the south end of the Gap" by some distance. The independent port city of Kadith is somewhere not far north of the Strait's mouth (and south of the Gap). Like the Sea of Torments to which it connects, the Strait almost certainly separates the northern continent from the southern.

The mouth of the Strait itself is the westernmost boundary of the Lady's Empire. The many ships which sail the Strait may come from as far east as the Jewel Cities of the Sea of Torments (all under the Lady's control) to as far north as independent Juniper and Meadenvil.

"Cranky Bitch"[]

The Strait is mentioned by Croaker twice in his Annals for "Cranky Bitch". He does not supply a firsthand account since the Black Company does not sail through it.

The Strait of Vermust was under the control of the Lady's Empire: hostile waters for the Black Company aboard Cranky Bitch. For this reason, the Company twice approached – but did not enter – the Strait during their convoy work for the Houses of Istven and the Seamen's Guild of Chimney. Likewise, the Company would not have disembarked anywhere along the Strait for their long overland journey across the northern continent and their next adventure, the events of "Shaggy Dog Bridge".

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