Introduction to Etrea
A world primer
Stay a while and listen, and you might just learn more about yourself than you ever wanted to.
IntroductionThe year is 5346 of the Etrean Age.*
From epic, world-changing conflicts to plucky individuals, mythic creatures to tiny shrimp, Etrea has it all.
Spanning several planes and eras, Etrea's mysteries can never be fully explored. It is a dark fantasy world that focuses on gritty realism throughout, even during the ages where the gods walked the earth and the air was laced with magic. In Etrea, science and magic are inextricably linked.
It is the setting of numerous planned novels, novellas and short stories.
*The bulk of information on this page pertains to the Etrean Age of the world, as that is the current age. Eventually, there will be primers for each age.
AenicaThe continent of Aenica is the largest on Etrea, and has a huge variety of biomes. From humid jungles in the south to cold, mountainous terrain in the north, from swampy wetlands to the dryest desert in Etrea, Aenica has it all.
CaiaCaia is a mostly temperate continent in the northern hemisphere of Etrea, sliced across its northern tip by The Teeth. In the south, where Caia approaches the equator, the temperate weather gives way to a more arid climate, culminating in a sweeping savanna. The semi-nomadic Koushan Mai live all over the north of Caia, though they have been persecuted and forced into hiding by many of the other inhabitants of the continent.
Boasting a northern coastline marred by fjords, rolling hills and wide, sweeping plains, Serukis is a temperate, varied landscape. The Teeth make up its western border, leaving Serukis somewhat cut off from most of the rest of the continent of Caia. Though Serukis has only been a country for just over 1500 years, it has a rich history both before and after its founding.
When the Seruic people came across the mountains to settle Serukis, they displaced many of the Koushan Mai people and the dragon clans who called the country home. By present time, the dragons have vanished and the Koushan Mai eke out a living on the road.
OyekosSouth of the equator, Oyekos is a continent split into two by a large mountain range. In the north, the continent is characterised by desert and savanna. In the middle, south of the mountains, there is a large, tropical rainforest. At the southern tip of the continent, the climate is much more temperate.
SarsandRocky and wet, Sarsand is a hard continent full of harder people. A temperate land, it is more likely to be raining here than not.
DrystFifteen years ago, the power of steam was discovered in Dryst. They are currently in the middle of an industrial revolution which is slowly spreading out to the rest of Sarsand.
ViretiaThe majority of the continent of Viretia is warm and tropical, though towards the south the climate becomes temperate and colder. Beyond the southern mountains, the country of Fluvansii struggles with particularly harsh winters.
The Frozen NorthThe majority of The Frozen North consists of a gigantic chunk of floating ice known as The Expanse. Thick columns of ice, some miles wide, reach down to the sea floor, rooting it in place. The columns and underside of The Expanse are coated with bioluminescent algae, giving off an eerie blue glow. Underneath the ice exists a civilisation known as Qasceile. The Frozen North is also home to the Azupl Isles, a volcanic island chain.
QasceileQasceile is a huge underwater civilisation inhabited by polar merfolk.
The BarrenThe Barren is a land of rock and ice. Contrary to its name, there is life here if one knows where to look.
by Josiah Weiss
The Northern OceanSpanning the north of Etrea, the Northern Ocean is a cold, dark ocean prone to tempestuous storms.
The Caerulean OceanThe most fickle ocean on Etrea, the Caerulean vascillates between brutal storms and deathly calm. Any person sailing these waters must be prepared for anything.
The Jasperic OceanWarmed by tropical currents, the Jasperic Ocean has the greatest variety of life of any other place on Etrea. From colourful reefs to deep ocean trenches, this ocean has much to explore.
The Sinien OceanThe most-sailed ocean on Etrea, the Sinien Ocean often has favourable conditions for sailing. This has allowed for a healthy trade relationship between Caia and Aenica.
The Southern OceanCold and deep and dark, the Southern Ocean is prone to maelstroms that can swallow a ship whole.
EtreaThe mortal plane, where the world of Etrea resides.
The Divine PlaneThe gods retreated here at the end of the Divine Age, and it was sealed off permanently after The Renewal.
AertaA twisted mirror of Etrea, where the familiar is unfamiliar.
The WastesAn infinite, blasted wasteland.
The BeyondMany of the denizens in this multi-layered plane make an appearance in the mythologies of Etrea, as they enjoy crossing between planes. It also features in numerous afterlife mythos.
AshtakhA plane full of eldritch monstrosties. In the Etrean Age, there are still tears to this plane in the deepest places of the world.
The Ages of Etrea
The Prehistoric Age
The beginning of time.
The Divine Age
When the gods walked on Etrea.
The Lost Age
When the gods retreated to their own plane, Etrea was lost.
by Anadu Vinod
The Age of Stories
The Age of Aeos
The discovery of aeos led to rapid technological advancement.
Aeos disappeared from the world, like snuffing out a candle. The earth trembled and the seas boiled. Survivors eked out an existence in a cruel, broken landscape.
Sentient life woke with no memory of what had come before, except for snatches of dreams. Etrea was returned to its natural state, the ruins of civilisation wiped from existence.
When the gods cut themselves off for good, Etrea was on its own.