Geography - Occidus
Occidus is other primary landmass of Terranis, located west and north of most of Orius. It is home to the other two members of the Five Powers, Saniel and Weijin. Several lesser powers also reside here, namely Kaldoris, the Southlands, and the Twin Cities of Jekith and Jorandek. Jorandek has the distinction of being the largest city in the world by a significant margin, with Varennes, the next largest city, having barely half the population. Seated at the nexus of several major trade routes, Jorandek boasts an economic power rivaling that of any true nation.
Only the further reaches of the Southlands have anything approaching a tropical climate, and winters on Occidus are often quite fierce, especially in northern Weijin. Temperatures remain low and snow is present in many regions until well into Mars and occasionally even Avras. The numerous mountain ranges direct the wind through the many inhabited valleys, ensuring plenty of folk legends about malicious spirits. Despite such climes, countless towns and villages make their homes in nearly every corner of the continent, and both Saniel and Weijin boast strong logging, mining, and agricultural trades.
Among the geographical features of note on Occidus is the Starfall Desert, located near the halfway point between Varennes and Kaldoris. The crash site of the SAS Bastille, the desert was formed when the vessel’s thalite reactors exploded after crashing, turning everything for miles into brittle glass, and giving off enough radiation to kill every living thing for a dozen leagues. Even now, a millennium later, the Starfall Desert remains barren.
Amidst the mountains of western Weijin is a mysterious site known as Death’s Labyrinth. Originally discovered several centuries ago, it is a massive subterranean dungeon of unknown origin. What makes it particularly famous among all the ruins and lairs across Terranis is that its layout seems to be perpetually shifting. Adventurers who go into its depths all report different configurations to its twisting tunnels and passages. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many are never seen again, though rumors of incredible treasures and powerful demons draw an endless stream of treasure seekers.
comments powered by Disqus