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Novel World thoughts and explanatory notes

The events take place on a large planet, approximately ten times the size of earth,
with the same (except when noted) composition and natural processes. Life on
this world is carbon-based, and has a resemblance to forms found on Earth. As
such, common language terms such as 'rat' and 'squirrel' will be used to describe
many creatures, even though they might have superficial differences from those
exact creatures on Earth.
Cosmology Terra is a world orbiting a medium, type G-size star with a slight
reddish tint that makes the sky indigo rather than blue when viewed from the
surface. The exact number of fellow planets is unknown to most of the inhabitants
(12 bodies of various sizes, two of which support non-sentient life and could be
colonized), but several are large enough to be seen at night and hold places in
many cultural traditions (see below). Three moons orbit Terra, one approximately
the size of Luna, one twice the size and ruddy in complexion, and the last a
massive world almost the size of Earth, with strange colored seas and dark
mountains. The last moon shows markings on its surface that when observed with
a telescope show signs that point to previous occupation by intelligent beings who
seem to have left. These moons have a tidal effect on the oceans of Terra, and
also have prominent places in the culture and mythology of the inhabitants. The
smallest moon, with no atmosphere deep gouges in surface from various impacts
is known as as Julliax by the learned and 'The Serf by the poor (due to its size
and poor condition). The red hued moon with a turbulent atmosphere is called
Alute/'The Lord and the last is Ellion/The King
Terra: This huge world is dominated by a large ocean that covers 70% of the
available area on the surface. Deep, tempestuous due to tidal forces, and filled
with all manner of creatures, it is a dangerous hazard and a serious inhibitor to
trade and development. Parts of it, especially in the shallows around the islands,
glows with an eerie light. Within this turbulent sea are many islands; some larger
and some smaller, but none that could rightly be called a continent. In one
hemisphere, there is a scattering of small islands that are closer (relatively) to
each other, and seem placed around a central sea that contains a maelstrom; this
region is referred to as the Cradle. If one could see through the ocean, a huge
crater would be visible across the sea floor, the center of which matches the eye
of the maelstrom. Stress fractures and other evidence of massive geological
forces radiate outward from this central point.
The Races: bipedal primates are the primary inhabitants of these islands, and are
similar to humans in most respects. There are some slight differences:
Vision: The Illarn, as they call themselves, have much finer rod receptors in their
eyes, allowing them to operate in much lower light conditions without
impediment. While complete darkness does impede them, most nights have
ample moon/starlight for them to retain visual acuity and some color perception.
Coloration: Due to melanin mutation, protein differences, or other phenomena,

the variation in coloration amongst the Illarn is much more varied than traditional
humans: true red, green blue, even violet hair and eyes have been noted, as well
as stories of those with oddly colored skin.
Physical size: Males and females of the Illarn are of approximate equal height and
build.

Setting: The Illarn are (to their knowledge) the only intelligent race on the planet.
The majority of them possess language, the art of writing is known, but hardly
common. Due to resource scarcity, there is a strict hierarchy, taking the rough
shape of the feudal system, though there is no dominant gender. They exist in
small,-tight knit communities that are largely self-sufficient (or are so if the entire
island economy is considered). Trade between islands is difficult and dangerous,
and not only because of the distances involved: leviathan and other, more
malevolent creatures plumb the depths, waiting for the next laden galleon.
However, the profits are immense and there is little choice for wanderers,
criminals, or anyone else who needs to leave the island of their birth. As such,
sailing technology is highly developed in comparison to other areas of knowledge,
and most coastal Illarn are capable of piloting a small craft and have the basics of
navigation.
Technology: In general, technology and knowledge of the world equates to the
early middle ages in Europe. Illarn populations are small and widely separated,
with much of the population focused on sustenance activities. Time not spent
gathering food, preparing/repairing shelter or copulating is spent on leisure
activities such as sport, hunting (rare and in some cases heavily regulated by the
local lord), and drinking/carousing. Most individuals cannot read, and those that
do usually do so as part of their occupation (Clerk, steward, larger merchant, Lord)
and rarely read for pleasure. Even those with the means to live a more
contemplative life have little to choose from, as the cost associated with making
durable books (including the manpower dedicated to copying/writing) is
prohibitively expensive.