The Islands That Once Were Turtles are a group of three islands in The Arc region of the Wushanko Isles. Legend says they were once giant turtles that were somehow turned to stone.
- Tortle portals form a teleport system between the islands, which are designated as the fort (first, east island), the divine energy merchant (second, north island), and the divination colony (third, west island). The portals require level 90 Divination to activate. The portal from the first to the second island does not cost anything, but the portal from the second to the third costs 50 ancestral energies.
- A bakami respawn on the first island inside the fortifications
- A dead moai with both positive and negative energy springs is on the third island.
- The second island has the divine energy merchant, who buys negative, positive and ancestral energies.
- 5 mushroom clusters are found throughout the islands. The middle island has a cluster on the east side without a Farming icon. The east island northern cluster is reached by walking on the east side of the island as there is a block on the west side; use the Islands That Once Were Turtles teleport tablet for quick access.
- Titchy Tinamou birds appear on Fridays on the first island, up on the western beach.
- Three messages in bottles can be found only on certain days, in a rotation schedule; see castaways for the current appearance dates.
- In First Contact the player sends a ship to make contact with a well connected trader on a ship docked north of the Islands That Once Were Turtles.
- In High Spirits the player sends a ship to explore the forest covering the Islands That Once Were Turtles in search of resources. The player tells their captain to beware the old spirits that are said to haunt it.
- In A Friend Indeed the player sends a ship to befriend an influential trader who operates from the Islands That Once Were Turtles.
- In X Marks the Spot the player sends a ship to rich resources on the Islands That Once Were Turtles, located by a useful contact.
- In A Cracked Skull the player sends a ship to raid a small fort on one of the Islands that Once were Turtles, belonging to a group of thugs called the Skulls.
- In To the Skies! the player sends a ship when they learn that the Tengu has discovered a sky orphan bamboo cache above The Islands That Once Were Turtles. Help him to recover it.
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- ninja 11 March 2019 (Update):
- Added a short wall as an Agility shortcut on The Island That Once Were Turtles.
- patch 1 October 2018 (Update):
- Players can activate the Tortle Portals on the islands that once were turtles with boosted Divination.
- patch 10 October 2016 (Update):
- Players can now head to Cyclosis, the Islands that Once Were Turtles, Goshima and Tuai Leit.
- These islands may be referencing aspidochelones, large mythological sea creatures that are often mistaken for islands.
- When charging the Tortle Portal the game chat says "Reticulating shrines", a reference to the loading screens of The Sims game series which say "reticulating splines".
- The examine text of the watch towers off the coast of the first island are references to the Bob Dylan song All Along the Watchtower.