World:Eolia/Northen continent

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The northern continent is split into two land masses connected by a narrow land bridge. It climate is cold and in most of the case polar. Due to the peculiar orbit of Eolia the sky in this region is dominated by the sight of the massive gas giant in the sky. The days here are short and in fact there are two very short days for every one of the days that the rest of the world experience, once when the sun rises from behind the gas giant before it sets behind the moon and then again when it rises from the horizon before setting behind the gas giant again. Between the two days when the sun is behind the world the gas giant is much brighter and reflects light down on to the surface. The creatures of this region have adapted to these peculiarities and most predators hunt during the time when the gas giant is bright, as it is dark enough to take advantage of their superior night vision, but not pick black as it is during true night.


The northern continent is split into several geographical regions.


The Westerlands: This region includes all the lands west of the land bridge. Off the western coast lies Crystilus isle .

This is a land of Deciduous forests. These forests are quite different from the pine woods that grow east across the land bridge. The elk wonder freely in this land, finding plenty of shelter from the cold, under the bough of the trees that live here. Many of the trees in this land are metallic in nature or at least partially so. The most wide spread is the iron bark, that is for the most part a normal oak tree except it’s rusty red bark is so much stronger than most trees. As such none of the parasites that attack other trees are any danger to it, and it need not fear damage from bear or other animals. These trees also never die from old age, or at least none has ever managed to live so long to do so. This all around hardiness is what has lead to them being such a common sight in this land, as they simply out survive other types of trees. The wooly mammoths also live here, while they share many similarities with the mammoths from the east they are isolated from their evolutionary cousins as the land bridge is far to warm for them to cross.

One of the most distinctive parts of the land here is the iron forest. While metallic trees are not uncommon in this land, this area is cover almost entirely with them. Not just the ironbark which are a hybrid, but actual metallic trees whose leave are like deadly razors. While hybrids are able to grow outside of this region, the entirely metallic trees of the iron forest need specific minerals to be present in the soil in order to grow. As these minerals are not present elsewhere in the westerlands the forest is unable to spread. Some of the animals here are also partially metallic such as the spark beetle.

This land is the home to many sentient races. Firstly it is the birthplace of the phuan race. They live mostly in the forests to north of the area and in this area is one of the holy clearings where they meet yearly with another of the sentient races. The elk spend their summers in the Westerlands and at the beginning of summer every year they and the phaun head to the sacred clearing of summerbloom. The other sacred grove in these lands is the land of the hidden flowers. It is the place where the elk shelter during the harshest of winters.


The land bridge: This is the narrow stretch of land in the centre of the northern continent. It separates the Westerlands from the Eastern lands.

The land bridge is warmed by sweet winds from the south and as such snow fall is unheard of in the summer and only occasional during the winter. It is a place of open planes in the most part, but it is also dotted with many small ponds and the occasional group of trees. Some of these features are even large enough to possibly be called lakes or forests. The area is excellent grazing land for the elk herds; they tend to run from one end of the land bridge to the other and back, often passing other herd heading the opposite direction. While they inhabit many other areas of the northern continent the elks tend to frequent this area particularly in autumn and spring when it is warmer than most of the rest of the land mass.


The North mountains: These are the range of mountains on the eastern half of the northern continent. They separate the Eastern lands from the North wastes.

The tallest mountains in the world are present in this range and all the peaks are of uncommon height. As such given the altitude and the latitude they are almost completely covered in snow. During the butterfly migrations of summer the passes lower in the mountain thaw, but the peaks are always snow capped. The passes after the butterfly migrate back south slowly build up snow and ice again until by the end of the yearly cycle it is nearly impossible to even tell that they are passes at all. The southern face of the mountains is warmed by warm air currents and so is able to support a wild variety of life, but the northern slopes are not so lucky and so are completely barren. Underneath the mountains a magma chamber lies, ominously building.

This area is the source of many small rivers and streams, the water from the snow caps is incredibly fresh and clean. The largest river is in the southern part of the range and is just warm enough to not completely freeze over in winter, but this is the exception to the rule, most rivers in the area only flow for a few months a year.

Despite the altitude and the cold many animakls call this place home. This is the only place to find the roost of the great white eagles and had a large population of dire bears.


The North Wastes: This is the land north and west of the north mountains. The land itself is a peninsular that passes close to the great water spoat, but this land also included the pack ice that surrounds this landmass.

While this place is in fact a peninsular full of mountains, no one would hardly know at a glance. The mountain range called the northern mountains continues up into the northern wastes. The mountains here are not as tall yet they are still mighty in height, but they appear as nothing more then a series of large rolling hills being so coated in permafrost as they are. Occasionally some of the tallest peaks break through, their iron crests attracting lighting from the blizzards that rage through the area. The vicinity of these particular peaks tend to have some of the worst weather in the world, which given that there aren’t any creatures that make the calm areas of surface of the northern wastes says something of just how unbearable conditions there are.

Beneath the ice is a different story. In between the iron and gold rich peaks that are hardly visible on the surface is a series of crystal caverns that hosts an entire ecosystem. It is still cold here, but the crystal is perfectly transparent and so a little light filters through. The caverns are alive, although they are deeply asleep, still they somehow manage to keep snow away from the surfaces that the sun shines through. The grasses here are purple, and the trees pink, although given that the sun only shines a few hours a day and that it is so filtered through the ice and crystal that it is only a dull grey haze, this is difficult to tell without some other light source. There are streams of running water down here that facilitate the caverns slow shifting movement. The streams melt the ice on one side of the cavern and refreeze it on the other side, inching the caverns along in whichever way their dreams take them. There are several animals that live down here such as; ferrets (of particular note are the blink ferrets), rabbits, Lightning mice, illusion foxes and many other small mammals.


The Eastern lands: This is the lands to the east of the land bridge, but south of the North mountains.

This is the most hospitable part of the northern continent’s mainland, it consists of cold tundra alternating with great pine forests and is home to many creatures. It is the hunting ground of both the white eagles that fly from their roosts in the nearby mountains and mighty dire bears. The area experiences a great amount of snow, but the ground is not constantly under cover and in the warmest period of summer when the butterflies are nearby there is never any snow to be seen. There are many small streams and rivers that feed on the snow melt that trickles down from the mountains, these generally flow all year round, but flood in summer and so small areas of fertile flood plains are present. The coasts are home to colonies are seal like creatures who are a favorite food of eagles and bears alike.The steppes where the tundra begins to meet the mountains to the north are home to the dire bear’s favorite prey, the woolly.

The tundra is freely roamed by another herd animal, only these are sentient. The elk spend much of their time here, although being migratory they also spend time on the landbridge and in the westerlands.


Crystilus Isle: This is a large island off the west coast of the Northern continent.

Its distinctive feature is the crystal flowers, that show their power in their total dominance and exclusive coverage of the island’s interior. As they grow (each flower can grow to about the size of a baseball) and age, their petals turn more brittle. Roughly a three years after a flower's first bloom, its petals begin to harden. Only after many years do the petals eventually crack naturally and fall off. Their roots remain shallow and can be pulled from the ground with a little effort, but their pollen does not die for months after leaving the flower, so a flower pulled today could still reseed the area for many months after its gone. Small ladybug-like insects called shining ladies live beneath their protective design, to pollinate the area, but are quite rare to see.

The northern coast of the island is formed of high cliffs that overlook the barren pack ice and here the flowers grow right up to the edges of the cliff. The southern coast rises more gently from the sea and is whipped by fierce salty winds. Salt water is highly corrosive to the fragile crystal flowers and so the water front itself is dominated by hardy salt loving bushes, slightly further inland however there is a belt of land where the crystal plants and normal scrubs and grasses live together, this cohabitation belt is the home of most of the island animals. The extreme north of the island is too cold for many plants to grow and so is an empty rocky wasteland.

An important site on the island is the library of Leviticus, where all the history of the world is recorded. Currently the library is little more than a cave that shelters the slates of crystal from the corrosive salt water in the outside air.