It is a place that misses no opportunity to remind you of how deadly it is.The Surface of Araea is a blight-blasted wasteland of barren deserts, frigid arctics and terrible monsters. Perhaps more than any other part of Araea, mankind is not welcome here. Blight poisons everything and confines humanity to enclaves where it is tolerable. The sun rises every day like a terrible omen and blinds those used to the darkness below. Storms of dust and radiation cover continents, while mutants and cannibals stalk the night. Only the brave, foolish or desperate seek their fortune from the Surface.
Regions of the SurfaceReveal
Flora and Fauna
Life on the Surface broadly fall in two categories: life that has learnt to mitigate, resist or tolerate Blight and life that that feed on it. Humanity sees mostly the former, sharing the regions of the Surface that are not so Blighted. In the Shrouded Lands, a different kind of life blooms beyond the haze of radiation. At home in Blight, they bask in radiation that would kill a man in seconds and feast on it - or on others that do. Few creatures of the Shrouded Lands are ever seen by mankind, but it is never a good omen when they do.
Some scholars believe that there is a paradise deep within the blighted lands. An oasis that have glutted itself on the radiation and bloomed. Whatever it might look like, few expect it to be anymore hospitable to humanity than the rest of the Shrouded Lands.
Creatures of the SurfaceReveal
Araea At A Glance The world of Araea is divided up into four layers by its inhabitants, with the Surface at one end and the Far Deep on the other. The Outer Shell lie just below the Surface and continues downwards until it connects to the Inner Shell. It is there most of humanity survives, eking out a living deep in the darkness. Introduction to Araea's Geography
BlightThe quiet poison in the wind and in the ground, Blight is another word for radiation. It is almost everywhere on the Surface, with entire continents shrouded in lethal zones of radiation. It is one of the most pervasive and insidious hazards of the Surface, and one of the least understood. Travelers carry lead amulets to ward themselves from the venom, but superstition has made for a poor shield. Mutations and blight-sickness are common fates for unprepared surface-explorers. Read More About Blight
Most of the Surface is hidden from human eyes by zones of lethal radiation. Only the most determined - and prepared - have ventured beyond the the veil of the Shrouded Lands. Out of all the lands of the Surface, humanity has only seen a fraction.