A continent of Beyle, and the home to most of it's denizens.
On most of the peaks of the mountains surrounding Caldera are glaciers and snow. In the summer the snow melts, running down to the sea in rivers and streams until the fall and winter months, when the snow forms again. There is no ice and snow on the peaks of the mountains to the south of The Great Desert.
While magic infuses the whole of Beyle, it is centralized largely in Caldera. This is in part because this is where the Lesser Gods live. While Phoenix are innate users of fire magic and there are some Big Water Merfolk who use magic in The Fiery Crescent, it is more common for magic to be used by those living in and around The Great Reef and the shores of Caldera.
Though the Lesser Gods are the most common magic users, it is not uncommon for those born on and around Caldera to have a gift for magic, no matter their species. Each species treats magic users in differently. It is very uncommon for a wild creature to develop magical ability - it is more common in intelligent species - but it is not unheard of. Wild creatures with magic are either treated as sacred or to be feared, depending on what species they are and what intelligent species finds them first.
When Father Earth was young and Mother Sky was new
When the winds roamed free, a volcano once grew
Small, yes, at first, but with every passing year
It grew all the land that you still see here
One day when it had reached up so high
That it scraped the bottom of dear Mother Sky
A great BOOM! A flash! Lightning and thunder crash!
And Father Earth fell into darkness and ash
Caldera was originally a volcanic island that grew, and grew, and grew, and then exploded. The ash and earth that exploded into the atmosphere eventually settled and fell and turned into the many life forms on Beyle, everything from trees to intelligent life forms.
The ash and earth that exploded into space also eventually coalesced and became the Children of the Sky.
For Goss and Phoenix the attraction lies mostly in the land surrounding Caldera. Even for the birdfolk, crossing the mountains is no mean feat. Murklurk also enjoy some activities on land, but often keep to the water out of fear.
The primary attraction to Big Water Merfolk and Murklurk is The Great Reef, the coral reefs surrounding the southwestern shores of Caldera, which are beautiful to behold and rich with exotic fish to eat.
The Great Island
Song of Caldera