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The Five Wives is the name for both the historic landfall of seafaring human settlers on the Tiers, as well as the name for the archipelago where the first (now largely abandoned) settlements were founded.
In centuries past, the historic event was known more properly as "The Five Wives and the Seven Husbands" for as the story goes, seven ships made landfall, and after two seasons of difficult living, the seven husbands got back on their boats and see what else was nearby and all perished. Many suggest this is just a parable used to explain the gender roles of land ownership and admiralty in the Tiers, but the nobility take the origin story quite seriously, and nearly every noble house in the Tiers has a family mythology linking them back to these five fabled matriarchs.