Friday, March 16, 2012

Good One, robot.

Setting: Classic fantasy setting with a logical framework. It’s a detailed textured land where fantasy tropes make a kind of sense and isn’t just some stuff thrown together for flavor. The setting needs to be weighty. It needs to feel real. It needs to be a situation where it needs to have some semblance of history; Not all reflective but definitely allegorical. It needs to feel like a place. The way Gotham feels like a place. The way Westeros feels like a place.

So where do I star? Let’s start with the beginning.


The World
Iyr is the third planet in the solar system, orbiting a mid-sized yellow star named Moonson. It is orbited by one one-half moons, Salitte and Loun. It is nearest celestial neighbor is Orbatian. It is composed mostly of iron (32.1%), oxygen (30.1%), silicon (15.1%), magnesium (13.9%), sulfur (2.9%), nickel (1.8%), calcium (1.5%), and aluminium (1.4%); with the remaining 1.2% consisting of trace amounts of other elements. Due to mass segregation, the core region is believed to be primarily composed of iron (88.8%), with smaller amounts of nickel (5.8%), sulfur (4.5%), and less than 1% trace elements.

About 70.8% of the surface is covered by water, with much of the continental shelf below sea level. The submerged surface has mountainous features, including a globe-spanning mid-ocean ridge system, as well as undersea volcanoes, oceanic trenches, submarine canyons, oceanic plateaus and abyssal plains. The remaining 29.2% not covered by water consists of mountains, deserts, plains, plateaus, and other geomorphologies.

There are three central continents ranging east to west: Roole, Kanth and Pai’Mekan. The three continents are divided into a range of diverse climates, topographys and indenious plants and animals of all shapes and sizes.

The Four Kingdoms take place in the eastern continent of Roole on the southeast portion of the northern hemisphere, past the World’s End Mountain range.


The Land
The continent of Roole is found in the eastern hermisphere, running north toward the North Pole and southeast past the equator. Roole is a continent marked by different topographies, climates and peoples-- ranging from the frosted tundra of the Frostcaps to the arid desert of Shambole.

The Four Kingdoms are found in the southeastern portion of the continent, separated by the rest of the landmass by a great chain of mountain known as the World’s End.

The southwestern portion of the kingdom is covered by a lush forest connected by inland rivers and swamplands down to the equator. The rainy low-lands attaching the forest to a land-bridge is uncharted and unknown

The East and South are home to rolling hills and fertile planes that are crossed by two large rivers, the Euclid and the Frond (The Westgate and the Donorans Vein in middlespeak)

The northeast is home to craggy rough terrain beneath the shadow of the Hood mountains. These stone plateaus, knotted hills and towering landscapes are known as the Raidlands.

Beyond the shores of the southeastern coasts are a cluster of islands collectively known as the Dragon's Bones. To the north are the islands of the Frostfathers and the Sitter. The forbidden land of Kanth sits across the great Marinius Oceans, as of yet undiscovered.

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