The continent on which my stories take place is called Cathemega. It’s another Dragon Tongue word, meaning “great cage.” It consists of three large islands – Relay, Essas, and Daikteri – and a few smaller islands in the sea. It’s the relative size – from its furthest point west-east, north-south – and location of Australia if we continue to use a familiar planet as a reference. The weather is mild temperate, and the terrain is largely forests, mountains, and plains – with a desert and a jungle along the same parallel on opposite islands.
As mentioned yesterday, Cathemega is in a unique place. It’s the only location on the planet where every kind of magic is available for use. It is also surrounded by a ring of large standing stones and thick, almost entirely impenetrable underwater walls of stone. This Guardian Reef is what gives this continent its name. There are passages through the reef, but most are too small or too difficult to navigate through. (Exception, the one in my second novel.)
The island of Relay was the first and main island inhabited by people. The name comes from the person who discovered this land in the past – long before the Guardian Reef was created in the Cataclysm. It is a large, C-shaped island. Rather thin in all of its parts, but long if you were to travel from one end to the other, several months of travel by horse. There are four major nations, three minor city-states, and a home for a single race.
Tavsere, Moore, Seiis, and Wivverin are the nations. Each have their own type of government, and each controls a fairly large amount of their nearby territory. Tavsere borders and separates all three other nations from each other, making it a major cultural and financial hub. It is a fertile land – relatively flat with a long shore to the south – so it’s very highly developed with agriculture and fishing. Moore is to the north, a mountainous, rocky area known for mining and raising sheep and goats. To the east is Seiis, an elven kingdom with a major port because of its direct access to Essas. On the west – the mid-part of the island – is Wivverin, a city in the desert with a large wealth of technology and history, as well as a booming livestock, gem, and spice trade.
The three minor city-states are Kordera, Tiyris-Neresheim, and Dragon’s Throat. Kordera is nestled into the mountains that are along Moore’s eastern border and Seiis’s northwest border. It is a small city originally designed to take advantage of the mines in the area, but has also become the foremost magic university in the area. Tiyris-Neresheim is a dual-nation of the farming town of Tiyris and the mining town of Neresheim. They are located right on the western borders of Moore and Tavsere, mid-way between the two nations. Dragon’s Throat is the only major city in the southern part of the island, a fishing village in a deep-cut fjord.
The last major area is Canyon, the home of the Mesans in Relay.
Next time I’ll talk about the other two islands – Daikteri and Essas, and follow up with the final post on the other smaller islands.