any potential minerals are presumed to be resting at the floor of the Ontorseia, floating in its waters, or clinging to the cavern walls that contain it. But it's not known if anyone has ever made an earnest attempt to prospect for such resources.
The sea resides solely in the Ontorlands
and that is the ancestral home of the Nocterns
. But it's not believed that Nocterns
have ever tried to exploit the sea for minerals (or anything else). The primary reason for this is that they use the entire sea (or network of seas) as part of a vast and sacred burial rite. Expecting Nocterns
to go prospecting into the Ontorseia for any kind of natural resources would be like expecting an oplander
to excavate an ancient graveyard containing all of their beloved ancestors.
Of course, this doesn't, theoretically, stop oplanders
from trying to exploit whatever riches might be waiting for them in the dark waters below. But there are no oplander
civilizations making any known plans to attempt such an expedition.
First, they would have to navigate their own way down to one of the Ontorseia's channels. But no one above ground has any reliable maps for the vast Ontorlands
system below their feet. Without a Noctern
guide, it's doubtful that most oplanders
would even survive long enough to reach the sea. And given that Nocterns
generally endure an icy and hostile relationship, it's hard to imagine a motivation that would inspire Nocterns
to lead oplanders
to their sacred burial chambers - all so that the oplanders
could presumably exploit (read: destroy
) the resource.
Even under the assumption that oplanders
could find their own
way to some outlet of the sea, any successful extraction of minerals, or other resources, would be nearly impossible to accomplish without, at some point, alerting the Nocterns
to what they're trying to accomplish. Once the purpose became known, it would almost certainly lead to an immediate outbreak of war. Oplanders
have had a hard enough time dealing with Noctern
military tactics above ground
. The last thing that most surface-dwellers would want to do is engage the Nocterns
in large-scale battle on their own underground, labyrinthine turf
. It's not hard to imagine several dozen Nocterns
if those same surface-dwellers were foolish enough to engage them in the vast network of caves and tunnels that they call their home.