According to Forgotten Realms Wiki's article for Steaming Isles are six larger islands (and a number of smaller islands) which are all covered in sub-tropical forest and shrouded in mist. The Steaming Isles are said to be home to intelligent animals, with each of the six larger islands ruled by an Shah who is also an animal.
The six larger islands are:
- Jaqal (Jackal),
- Baz (Hawk),
- Gazal (Gazelle),
- Hayyat (Snake),
- Sunn (Swallow) and
- Nimr (Tiger).
I know there are a few people I know who get a kick out of playing anthropomophic animals that are either humans with animal heads or some variant on the centaur but these islands seem to be home to standard animals (just ones that can talk).
A visit to one of the islands might be fun. I don't know if you could roleplay in a standard Al-Qadim campaign, with PCs from the Steaming Isles, but they might make for great cohorts or NPCs.
Has anyone got ALQ1? If so, how much detail does it give for the Steaming Isles?