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The World of the Runer

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Each province is named for the main city inside it. While the world may be small, the continents normally remain at peace with one another unless provoked. There hasn't been a world war in half a century and some think that's too long for peace...

The world in which Sybal and Tzarik live (called The Map by the sentients who inhabit it) is not so vast that every corner has not been painted onto the parchment maps of all civilized nations...AS far as they know.

The continents can be traversed by foot easily by those who know the right paths. The climates and terrain are vastly different from one continent to another and make a unique world filled with various cultures, sentients, and religions.

Continent Measurements 

  • Al’Myrah: roughly 417 miles across (not counting Singad) and 200+ tall. Would take 17.3 days (of walking 3 MPH and 8 hours a day) to cross the long way. 

  • Bahratt: roughly 300 miles wide and 400 miles tall. Would take 12.6 days to go across and 17 days to go from top to bottom

  • Alika: about 400 miles for longest line (from the SE tip to the NW tip). Would take 16 days to cross. 

  • Caerwren: about 450 miles from the east to the tip of Northica. Would take 18.8 days to cross. About 200 miles at the skinny middle. 8.3 days to cross the middle. 

  • The space between Caerwren and Al’Myrah is about 170 Miles. Going at 12 knots (for 24 hours) is about 14 MPH which means you can cross that sea in 12 days. Though more like a fortnight if there are stops or weather interferes.   

  • Rhostrana is big. About 550 miles long and 180 miles wide. It would take 23 days (in good weather) to cross the long way. About >8 days the short way (in good weather). Mountains and snow make it rough. 

  • Xia is about 400 X 400. It would take ~16 days to cross the whole continent for one familiar with its hills and valleys. Much longer for those not accustomed to the hills. 

  • From Caerwren to Xia by ocean is about 500 miles (if you exclude Zealmor). It would take 35 days to cross the Shezai Ocean. 

  • From Al’Myrah (Singad) to Xia is a little less than 200 miles. It would take 14 days of constant travel to reach. 

  • Xia to Oceanya is about 200 miles. 14 days to cross.

  • Singad to Gypsu is about 200 miles. 

  • Bahratt to Caerwren (Hovandel) is about 230 miles. 16 days to cross. 

  • Northica to Volograd is about 100 miles. Takes 7 days to get there.

  • From Bagdula to Rhostrana is 400 miles and takes 29 days.

  • Overall, Runer World is about 1250 miles across and up and down. Or 1,562, 500 square miles.  

A map of Xia, showing the provinces (black dotted outline) and main cities

Book II: Sojourn takes the Runers to the far east and the continent of Xia. As far as all other civilizations know, Xia is at the end of the world. To the east of the warrior continent is a chasm that leads into only bottomless blackness and a neverending waterfall. Similarly, the same fate awaits any ambitious sailors beyond The Last Ocean in the west.

Xia is an old civilization and one of only two continents that use the black powder (Al'Myrah being the other). Put into being by a great white 

Xia: Season of the Runer

dragon, the Xians believe they are the Map's chosen people and must maintain its balance through their complicated, monarchical system.

Continental Measurements
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A map of Caerwen, showing the cantons and clanlands

Book III: The Eldritch Hunt  follows Tarkan, his ward Zeva, and Tzarik to the icy, frozen shores of the barbaric, clan-led land of Caerwren.

Each canton is led by a pair of fearless Vaeson Reks. The philosophically-minded canton of Rom isolated itself some years ago when they birthed the idea of reason and logic, alienating the rest of the country. 

Hovandel is the seat of civilization and of Caerwren, exiled from nearer cantons, and is considered the capitol as far as the rest of the map is concerned. The people in Hovandel have left behind their barbarous ways and choose trade and advancement over pleasing their gods.

The Warpath is an alliance between the savage clans of Altevine, Northica, and Zealmor. They consider themselves pure Caerwren and partake in the Eldritch Hunt ravenously.

Book IV: The father of Monsters takes the Runers to their cousin country of Alika.

More coming soon...

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