The Melpomene island group of Atlantia is (relatively speaking) very heavily populated with a set of artist towns. Other than primary industry such as fishing and ship building, the towns of the Melpomene islands are hubs of artistic effort. Studios, craft-works and workshops dominate the scenic and sedate coastal towns.
All of the Melpomene towns and villages are built with magnificent views, and are natural lures for all forms of artist. Pottery, painting, and tapestry weaving are the main arts practiced in Melpomene communities but other creative arts such as sculpture, carving and so on are also practiced. Much less common are performing arts, though many poets and writers make great use of these artistic retreats.
The destruction of the Melpomene communities proved unusually thorough. The leading theory is that some group attempted to root out and exterminate writers and historians opposed to their cause or ideology. Ironically, undamaged art pieces from the Melpomene islands are extremely rare and thus precious. Before the fall though arts and crafts were the hallmark of the region, and the surviving ‘precious artefacts’ would be everyday items that were taken for granted by their owners.