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Re: Some Snippets from The World

Post by elemtilas » Sun 05 Aug 2018, 03:23

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Sat 04 Aug 2018, 23:47
What are the divisions of the Southern Landrealm that is Afareia, or is it not divided, or is this considered unimportant to geagraphers? (or is it perhaps undiscovered as yet?)
Oh, I see! I thought for a moment I'd forgotten to answer a Question! Hm. I chalk it up to an oversight which will require rectification.

A lot (maybe 70%?) of Gea's surface is unknown to the natural philosophers of the Eastlands, and quite a lot of what they do know is second hand (or third hand) information. Afareia, for all its historical and mythological import, kind of falls into the 70%. Mostly what they know about the place is because traders or wandering monk-scholars have brought Western maps into the East.

There are indeed divisions: in the north Phazzanea (which is very well known in the West, being the last refuge of Atelantean civilisation, in its present form of the Remano-Misserian Empire); in the midlands Vanda, broad grasslands and steppe mostly, though I'm sure that won't last long; and in the south, Afareia proper. Most of this landrealm is empty space filled up with names written in very large & fancy letters and decorated here and there with random mountain ranges and volcanoes of dubious veracity, all in an effort to make the map look not quite as empty as it actually is.

As for importance, it is of little direct import to folks in the East. But it is of general interest to geagrophers and especially cartographers who love to draw all manner of squiggly lines and little cartouches on their maps! No one from Auntimoany or any other lands of Men has gone there. A couple of Daine travellers are known to have gone at least as far as Vanda in recent millennia and more importantly come back home again. There being Daine realms there, I can only imagine that's why they'd travel through the unwelcoming heartlands of Men. No Daine or Teyor I'm aware of has ventured into the Uttermost South in many many ages. In the youth of the Daine, they used sometimes to go down there with Teyor seekers. There was, in those days, a very fair place of stone pavilions where the Teyor would make their camp for a time. The Daine with them enjoyed the hunting, but it was there they saw some strange beasts that almost looked, well, intelligent. They didn't talk or anything, but it wasn't long after the Teyor abandonned their sojourns into the deep South, never to return. I think those strange beasts could have been far distant ancestors of Men. Lord only knows what those early people thought of the strange beautiful people and their winged warriors and all the graceful stonework and gardens they left behind...
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Re: Some Snippets from The World

Post by eldin raigmore » Sun 05 Aug 2018, 17:55

A Catechism for the Young Scholar, be she Man or Daine or any other Kindred inhabiting our Empire. --- Since
1644, Sun-Wulf Peteqer's atlases, geographies, chorographies and travelogues have proven themselves among
scholars, historiographers and travelling merchants alike as the most reliable guides and as well the least prone
to unnecessary flights of fancy. Also available are a range of First Leap books for the young scholars
of our Empire.
So, I might be one of the Young Scholars to whom these First Leap books are addressed?
Or only in World-specific subjects such as Gea-graphy?

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BTW what’s a chorography ?

A country-writing or country-drawing?

I doubt it has anything to do with choreography!

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What’s their (there?) equivalent of “Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres”?

Or more ambitiously
“Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres, quarum unam incolunt Belgae, aliam Aquitani, tertiam qui ipsorum lingua Celtae, nostra Galli appellantur.”?

Or were you thinking of that when you wrote?
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Re: Some Snippets from The World

Post by elemtilas » Sun 05 Aug 2018, 18:16

eldin raigmore wrote:
Sun 05 Aug 2018, 17:55
A Catechism for the Young Scholar, be she Man or Daine or any other Kindred inhabiting our Empire. --- Since
1644, Sun-Wulf Peteqer's atlases, geographies, chorographies and travelogues have proven themselves among
scholars, historiographers and travelling merchants alike as the most reliable guides and as well the least prone
to unnecessary flights of fancy. Also available are a range of First Leap books for the young scholars
of our Empire.
So, I might be one of the Young Scholars to whom these First Leap books are addressed?
Or only in World-specific subjects such as Gea-graphy?
Well, typically this kind of book would be aimed at children, those who here we'd consider of grammar school age. Coming to the Illumination of Education rather, ah, later in life!, such a book could easily be used by older person. Among Men, there are no laws that govern the education of children. Social class & cultural norms dictate when or if a child attends a formal school, a sidewalk school or is attended by tutors or some combination. Formal schools are usually operated by a church or shrine or trade guild.

These kinds of books, like their primary world counterparts, exist for all the basics of education. You'll find titles like First Leap into Geagraphy and Fewyarg's Runabook and Wrihht's First Avantimannish Grammar and Spake's Logic for Scholars and Qiqerun's Rhetoric for Beginners; Xander & Yandam's Arithmetic & Geametry.
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Re: Some Snippets from The World

Post by elemtilas » Sun 05 Aug 2018, 18:31

eldin raigmore wrote:
Sun 05 Aug 2018, 17:55
BTW what’s a chorography ?

A country-writing or country-drawing?

I doubt it has anything to do with choreography!
Right. A chorography is a book that describes a region or several regions. Wanwise's Chorography of Narutanea is a good example, as it deals with only those lands east of the Holy Hills and north of the river Yeruin. There is a book, The Chorography that is simply a survey of all known regions, or rather, what is known of all regions!
What’s their (there?) equivalent of “Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres”?

Or more ambitiously
“Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres, quarum unam incolunt Belgae, aliam Aquitani, tertiam qui ipsorum lingua Celtae, nostra Galli appellantur.”?

Or were you thinking of that when you wrote?
I'm sure they haven't had a Julius Caesar there! Mind you, I'm more fond of Boyardi's translation: Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres, quarum unam coquunt Butyro, aliam coquunt Oleo, tertiam coquunt Larido. Mmmm laridum!
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Re: Some Snippets from The World

Post by elemtilas » Sun 05 Aug 2018, 23:32


First Leap Into Geagraphy

LESSON VI.

  • Q. What lies below the surface of Gea?

    A. Below the surface of Gea lie the Deep Places.

    Q. What are the Deep Places called?

    A. First are the great realms of Underworld, those are the Chasms of the Deep; then the Pillars of the World; and at last the Uttermost Deeps.

    Q. What are the Chasms of the Deep?

    A. The Chasms of the Deep are akin to the Landrealms of the surface, where the Alman and Iman and Udan of those places live.

    Q. What are the Pillars of the World?

    A. Deep beyond reckoning, the Pillars of the World is the broad realm of the Ankanic Beings.

    Q. To what does Ankanic refer?

    A. Ankanic refers to the Unquenchable Fires of the deepest Realms of Gea.

    Q. What are the Uttermost Deeps?

    A. The Uttermost Deeps are the abode of the Deep Dwellers, a place of raging typhoons of pure dwimmery & magnetry.


LESSON VII.

  • Q. Who governs our Empire?

    A. The Empress Yesseraê Willunnô and her Co-Emperor, Handfast of the Bloody Blade governs our Empire.

    Q. Who governs the Queendom of Harathalliê?

    A. The Greatqueen Serendarzhan governs that Queendom.


    Q. Which is the largest Empire in the world?

    A. The Empire of Syan-Syan.

    Q. Where is the Empire of Syan-Syan located and what is its nature?

    A. The Empire of Syan-Syan is located in Irinsureia and is a land of Daine folk.


    Q. Which is the largest Queendom or Kingdom in the world?

    A. The largest such land is the Queendom of Harathalliê.


LESSON VIII.

  • Q. What is a Map?

    A. A Map is a wonderful picture of the whole, or a part, of Gea's Surface.

    Q. What are the kinds of Maps?

    A. Maps may be flat, or deep or round.

    Q. By what names are such Maps called?

    A. Flat maps are called Charts; deep maps are called Dwimmerseeings; round maps are called Globes.


    Q. What are the directions upon a Map?

    A. The directions upon a Map are delineated by the Lotus of the Winds: toward the top, East; toward the bottom, West; toward the right, South; toward the left, North.



LESSON VIIII.

  • Q. In what Division of Gea do we live?

    A. We inhabit Narutanea, which is the Eastlands.


    Q. What Division lies to the south of Narutanea?

    A. To the south of Narutanea lies Irinsurea.


    Q. When you look at the rising Sun, what Ocean is before you?

    A. The Ocean of Sunrise lies before us when we look towards the rising Sun.


    Q. Where does the Sun rise?

    A. The Sun rises in splendour from the East, beyond the Veils of Dawn.


    Q. Where, then, is the Ocean of Sunrise?

    A. The Ocean of Sunrise is east of Auntimoany.


    Q. When you look at the setting Sun, what Ocean is before you?

    A. The Ocean of Sunset lies before us when we look towards the setting Sun.


    Q. Where does the Sun set?

    A. The Sun sets in majesty into the West, beyond the Veils of Dusk.


    Q. Where, then, is the Ocean of Sunset?

    A. The Ocean of Sunset lies west of Atelante & Wespera.


    Q. What Ocean lies north of Eosphora?

    A. The Ocean of Congealed Waters lies to the north of Eosphora.
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Re: Some Snippets from The World

Post by elemtilas » Thu 09 Aug 2018, 05:04

YMALLEA.

Ymallea is the name given by the Wise to the regions of rolling hill country of southern Eosphora
a way to the south of the Silk Road between the Indo-Helladian Kingdoms to the west and the realms
of the Kemer to the east. To the south lies Sandhia which juts out into the warm waters of the Sea of
Sandh and is a land of verdant pasturage and well watered farms. The hills that hight Ymalli are also
known as the Southern Mountains, though in sooth they are not nearly so high or cragulous as to warrant
the name. They are ancient and worn hills, few being higher than six thousand feet, though there are
many deep vales and it is a land of many meres and rivers. Green they are and their valleys are lush
with running waters that flow in all directions from the highlands.

In the northern parts of Ymallea lies a vast steppe land dotted here and there by the ruins of many
kingdoms now long fallen and forgotten even by the loremasters who know best the history of those
times and places; for the ancient builders of these cities and roads and other works are long dead,
and anymore nothing is remembered of their histories or cultures or learning, except what little has
been gleaned from the architecture and objects they left behind. The cities are thought to have
been constructed anywhen from about eleven to fifteen thousand years ago, and most be now buried
under fields or woodlands.

Of the Daine and a few Men who now inhabit many of those lands in the reaches of central Eosphora,
some kindreds make use of several of the cities, while the rest lie abandoned and empty for most of
the Daine in those lands are wanderers tending more to their horses and herds than to any ruins of
ancientry. Most of the roads linking these cities are long greened over, though some are in good
condition, and are regularly used by Daine and also the caravans that wend their ways between our
lands in the East and the distant Empire of Sunset. At times, some adventurer will assay to explore
the ruins of one of these dead cities and some few come away again with their lives, for it is said
that they are home to little more than ghosts. And it is well known that ghosts that inhabit dead
cities are always hungering for the life force of those intrepid fools who will dare come nigh their
haunts and lairs. Far fewer indeed come away again with the treasures they seek.

Helmfast describes in his Account some of the ancient ruins to be found. Most notable are the pottery
and metal implements that may occasionally be found by digging amongst the tumbled stone walls.
Many yet bear elaborate designs and pictures of local animals and plants upon them. Wild boars,
leopards and serpents are found very commonly, and it is thought by some historiographers that these
animals were once worshipped there; though olifaunts, behemoths - which the Rumen do clep
hippopotamides - aurochs, dragons and many other beast may be found on objects in this land. Of
curious note are several objects that hight stamp seals, for they seem to be fashioned in order to
authenticate ownership or authorship of things, in likewise to a merchant or government seal in our
own country. It be impossible to learn the meaning of the writing on them though, if writing it be, for
it is thought that the writing may represent the owners name. The usual form the ruins are found in
be that of a large central complex surrounded by an oblong walled area with smaller buildings and
complexes within. Many scorched and blackened stones are thought to be part of ancient fire altars,
and these are often found at crossroads.

The ruins hight anau by the Daine who inhabit the region; although they can not say if this is the
native or true name of the people that built the places. Some historiographers hold that these ancient
peoples were ancestors of the Nibukians who later founded their empire at Hoopelle. Others believe that
the places were built by Daine or Teyor or perhaps some other long forgotten race in the dim and distant
past. Many of the cities bear the curious scars of some horrific and violent upheaval. In several places,
one may find in the middle of an abandoned roadway, a huge and vast pit and all the stones of the roadways
and walls are scattered and tumbled about as if thrown thence by some incredible tumult. The legends of
the local Men hold that in far ancient times, the gods came from the heavens in their flying cities and
made war there, thus destroying the once thriving kingdoms. There is for example, the curious story of a
battle between two kings, Carsanay and Salmay, which ends in a fiery cataclysm:

When the weapon of Admatam, a blazing missile of smokeless fire is unleashed, dense arrows of flame,
like a great shower of fire, issued forth upon the world, encompassing the enemy. A thick gloom swiftly
settled upon the enemy hosts. All points of direction were lost in darkness as fierce winds began to blow.
Clouds roared upward, showering dust and gravel. Birds reeled madly and the very elements seemed
disturbed. The sun seemed to waver in the heavens; and the earth shook, scorched by the terrible violent
heat of this weapon. Oliphants burst into flame, running to and fro in a frenzy and from the end of one
city to the ends of the other, over a vast area, other animals crumpled to the ground and died. From all
points of direction the arrows of flame rained continuously and fiercely. At the last came Carsanay
flying in his swift and powerful airship, hurling against the triple city a single missile charged with all the
power of the universe. And there an incandescent column of smoke and fire, as brilliant as ten thousand
suns, rose in all its splendor. Indeed the light of the weapon lit the heavens brighter than the sun at noon.
It was the iron thunderbolt, a gigantic and terrible messenger of death which reduced to ashes the entire
race of the Ourisnis and Antacas. Their corpses were so burnt they were no longer recognizable, and of
those who survived the first onslaught, their hair and nails fell out. Birds on the wing instantly became
ash and pottery broke without cause and the foodstuffs in every storehouse were poisoned. In order to
try and make an escape, the warriors of Ourisnis and Antacas threw themselves in streams to wash
themselves and their equipment. But try as they might to wash and cleanse themselves of the bitter ash,
none survived the mighty onslaught of king Carsanay and his mighty weapon.


The southern parts of central Eosphora are peopled by many tribes of wandering nomads and people of
moderate agricultural civilisation. The Rumeliard historiographer Mannios Tullios Cicero lists hundreds of
thedes both Mannish and Daine living in this area, but most of them have never been visited by reputable
scholars, and little or nothing is known of them.

There be four kindreds that wander the steppes: the Mung, who are most numerous and are swarthy Men
that have narrow eyes and black hair; the Aigheldaine, swarthy Wildings and also have dark hair and wings
and their eyes are shaped like almond nuts; the Turcs and Aryans, who be fairer, but no less barbarick.
Many thedes of the central and southern parts of Eosphora follow curious tribal religions. Yet there are a
number of folks that follow the Bodhian & Zoroastrusian religions and there are not a few Nestorian, or
Edezian Kristians as well.

In the midlands of Ymallea lies a beautiful land of lakes called Zampal-lay where it is said folk live in a
state of happiness and peace, where divine truth and pure thought and action find their home. Zampal-lay
is a land that no ordinary person may enter unless he is well upon the path of enlightenment. Those with
special affiliation may actually be able to go there through their karmic connection, nevertheless it is not
a physical place that we can actually find. We can only say that it is a pure land, a pure land in the human
realm. And unless one has the merit and the actual karmic association, one cannot actually arrive there.
So says the lama of the Idtotian monastery at Dang-lay, near the Silk Road, whose monastery is reported to
be in the vicinity of Zampal-lay. Idtotian monks, who spend their nights contemplating the wonders of the
all encompassing principle of Gogam or all encompassing love, produce verses on scrolls and banners in
their lovely ivy-script.

Beyond these wild lands, south of the Hills of Ymalli and east of Ehrran, there lie many rich and powerful
kingdoms yet the South of Eosphora be a land little known to us in the East, for few have travelled thither
and come back again alive. There be in those southern lands the Empire of the Sandhians; the Kingdom of
Congarashthiya; the Land of the Goat; Lomb; and the lands of the Mung.

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