Thursday, May 1, 2008

Tethys Map 1

Here is the basic map of Tethys. As you can see, there is much detailing to be done (and which I am looking forward to).
As stated earlier, Tethys is a hot, wet world, with temperatures averaging around 80 degrees, with highs of 110 degrees being common towards mid-day. The long day and night cycle of Tethys (each being 243 Gaian/Earth days long) has resulted in a fierce environment.
Thick fog, rain and storms are common and prone to sudden shifts in intensity. Earthquakes are also common, though the great many volcano's of Tethys (roughly 100,000 in count) are almost all considered asleep.
Most of Tethys consists of shallow seas and islands, but there are two prominent continents:
  • Ishtar (at the top of the map, about the size of Australia)
  • Aphrodite (at the right of the map, somewhat smaller than Africa).
  • Phoebe and Labda, though continents in their own right are far swampier. Though they do host abundant life.
Life on Tethys is savage and vibrant. Plant life is extremely plentiful, with many enormous forests, especially on the continent of Aphrodite, where the 500+ foot tall Derew trees grow in vast numbers. The shallow seas and coasts are thick with kelp and other plants, making large sea vessels difficult to use. Fish of wide variety are more than plentiful.
Animal life is no less impressive, as the lower gravity and high oxygen has allowed enormous creatures. Dinosaurs, re-engineered by ancient wizards stalk the land and sea, as do many strange alien creatures and mixed breeds. Anatotitan and Dimetrodon are commonly seen along the rivers and in the marshes of Tethys. Apatasaurus are seen in large numbers as well, though often in the deep forests. Anatotitan are sometimes domesticated as beasts of burden.
The Giant Capybara is a common herd beast found almost anywhere, and is preyed upon by almost everything.
Human civilization is spread out, with only a few large cultures on Ishtar and Aphrodite. Most cultures lead semi-nomadic lives, traveling the seas and swamps during the day and moving into inland to ancestral cities for the long, cold night.

More and more to come dear readers...
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Like a great ring of pure and endless light
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