The sea stretched from the coastline of Chult in the south, to the shoreline of Calimshan in the north. The Shining Sea had a large amount of trade and traffic. It was quite large, although it was not as large as the Trackless Sea or the Sea of Swords. The island nation of Tharsult was located in the sea's eastern reaches.
A rare beautiful species of intelligent firebirds dwelt across the Shining Sea, in seclusion, away from prying eyes. These birds were legendary among Chultans for their prefect beauty, but they also were infamous for their horrible shrieks the birds themselves called "singing."
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- Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 146. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
- Map included in Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
- Paul Kidd (November 1996). The Council of Blades. (TSR, Inc.), p. 34. ISBN 978-0786905317.
Landmasses: Anchorome • Evermeet • Faerûn • Kara-Tur • Katashaka • Laerakond • Maztica • Merrouroboros • Osse • Zakhara
Seas and Oceans: Celestial Sea • Eastern Ocean • Eastern Sea • Great Ice Sea • Great Sea • Sea of Fallen Stars • Sea of Swords • Segara Sea • Shining Sea • Silver Sea • Southern Ocean • Trackless Sea • Western Ocean • Yellow Sea