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The Adventurer's Travel Guide

A Guided Tour of the Known World, by Abelard Sattar

Ah, traveller, welcome! I see that you (like many others) have made the excellent decision to purchase my book. In these pages you will find worlds beyond your imagination, sights you wouldn't believe truly exist. Well I can guarantee you, they do- I've seen them myself. Prepare to embark on a journey that will change the course of your life!
— An Introduction to the Adventurer's Travel Guide, by Abelard Sattar

The Known World

From the bellowing peaks of the Thunder Chain mountains to the deep waters of the Azure Sea, our world is wide filled with beautiful sights and fascinating mysteries. Danger lurks in the shadows and behind bushes, but experience will teach you how to best avoid it.

With enough patience (and a fair share of luck), you will find yourself able to explore ancient ruins while nimbly dodging whatever traps lay hidden, or braving the raging chaos of the wild without a sweat.

Danatelian Lands

Home, sweet home. Its name taste like honey, a melody that fills my heart. Hills and fields that stretch beyond the horizon, sunsets that paints the sky a thousand colours as it descends in the blue waters of the sea. Yes, I am quite lucky to call Danatelia my home.
— Abelard Sattar

For all its many wonders, I'd have to say Danatelian architecture is among the most marvelous. One has not really seen true beauty until they have gazed at the golden walls of the Sundrop Room.

The food is quite remarkable too- one simply must stop by their renown bazaars to try out delicacies from all over the world.
The Danatelian people themselves are warm and welcoming, and you will feel at home in their towns and cities in no time. Beware as you travel on unguarded lands though, for bandit attacks are not uncommon.

Principality of Bajou

Set east off the coast of the Danatelian Lands, the Principality has long remained secular, leading rise to many superstitions regarding what lies on that forever misty island. The cold attitude of Baja's does not help dismiss that austere reputation. But they are renown for their wealth, and as such almost anyone is willing to put up with their dismissive attitude to get their share of the pie.

Thunder Chains

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Whilst the mountain chain can look inoffensive from afar, do not let its peaceful clouds deceive you. Behind them hide storms, the fury of Argus the Lightning Thrower himself, making it impossible to pass over its snowy peaks.
 
My ancestors have allowed me to cross the mountains safely more times than I've deserved. Just making it through one pass is hard enough- try making it through five times!
— Testimony of Talmond Hviteik
  However, this does not make the Thunder Chains bare of life. Great Dwarven Cities are nestled atop white summits , whilst druidic circles and other small groups roam the valleys below.

Living in the Thunder Chains is no easy task, and certainly builds character. Just like the mountains they come from, denizens of the Chains are strong at heart and hard to break. Though what lies beyond the mountains, even they do not know.

Nothern Wilds

In Danatelia, stories are often told of the Free Nations of the nothern plains: nomadic groups who travel free as the wind, following the tides of life without burdens. I myself have travelled for some time with the Amathafa, and must say I recognise the appeal of such a lifestyle. Sleeping under an open sky, the sound of crickets filling the fresh evening air. Yes, it is quite a thing then to live the life of the Wilds.

Echo Woods

Echo Woods
Geographic Location | Jul 17, 2021

In the Echo Wood, things are rarely what they seem. Every new step could be your last.

To my greatest shame, I have found myself unable to visit these woods myself, its edge too thick with plants to cross. The best I may offer instead is whatever tales and rumours I have gathered from nearby villages.

Many strange stories are told about these woods, from magical creatures to dangerous and trickster beings. Things are rarely what they seem, and all who entered them came out.. different.
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Known Realms

 

The two realms of the dead in the Saohri faith. Ayshabiu, the paradisiac island, welcomes the souls of those good in life, whilst Almayot traps those who have sinned in eternal torment.

Sea of Gods

A calm, ever expanding, peaceful sea. That is the realm of the Gods. Each divinity has their own island, a personal domain where they are free to live their life.

Tongues of Fire

The heart of volcanoes, where the fire never ceases to burn.

Depthless Blue

An eternal ocean of infinite darkness. Some say this is what the world was like before the gods shaped it according to their designs.

Uncaring Earth

Oppressing tunnels branch off in a complex networks of caves and corridors. The air feels heavy, and all is still.

Bellowing Heights

There is no land to walk on in the realm of air, only the never ending fall across an endless sky.

Beyond the Stars

An abysmal realm I have only heard described in books, where stars go to die and eldritch creatures are born.

Where to Go Next

Danatelian Lands
Organization | Aug 14, 2021

The Danatelians Lands is the strongest nation of the Arda Almyed.

Saohri Temple
Organization | Jun 1, 2021

The Saohri Temple is the major religion of the Danatelian Lands.


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Author's Notes

This article is written from the perspective of Abelard Sattar, and should not be taken as the ultimate truth. It only reveals what Abelard himself knows of the world and is willing to share.


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25 Nov, 2020 22:37

O.O I thought I was following you, or at least your world and I missed so much! I love the idea of the first person in world primer, this is so well done and the styling is so beautiful <3

25 Nov, 2020 22:49

Aww, thank you for the kind words! I'm glad to hear you like the first person view and styling, it means a lot :))

Author of Interarcanum.
26 Nov, 2020 00:17

This is a lovely primer! It gives a great sense of adventure, especially through your choice of quotes and imagery. Nice job on it!

26 Nov, 2020 10:17

Thank you very much!!

Author of Interarcanum.
26 Nov, 2020 06:28

I really like the world-as-travelogue concept you have going on here, and the visual layout is really clean. Good job!

26 Nov, 2020 10:18

Thank you! Very glad to hear you like the concept and layout :)

Author of Interarcanum.
29 Nov, 2020 16:19

Howwww did you get the nice text box around the "Known Worlds" section???

29 Nov, 2020 20:29

Thats the default look for the sidebar content panel sections! You can modify how it looks with css too (although I don't think I have).

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1 Dec, 2020 20:08

I love that you've written the article from the point of view of a denizen of your world. It's a really refreshing read! :D As always, I'm looking forward to reading so much more about your world. <3

1 Dec, 2020 21:10

Thank you!! Ngl I was waiting for you to see this article, have been looking forward to what you had to say :) and I'm glad you liked it!!

Author of Interarcanum.
1 Dec, 2020 21:35

Yeah NaNo has been kicking my butt, but now I'm on a notification quest! :D I really loved it! <3

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7 Dec, 2020 13:40

I love how you've carefully laid out the article so it flows well. The right column on the article is easy on the eyes and makes it easy to explore the rest of your world. Writing from someone's perspective is fascinating... As who knows what they may have left out...? And whether something may not be quite as the writer describes it? I also found The Thunder Chains to be particularly interesting. A seemingly inhospitable and dangerous land, yet with entire cities on top of it? I wonder how they've adapted...

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7 Dec, 2020 14:40

Thank you so much for the kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed the in character perspective, and I'm glad to hear you found the Thunder Chains interesting! I should hopefully be writing about them later this month, something to look out for ^^

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14 Dec, 2020 03:11

This is an excellent introduction to regions in your world. I also enjoyed the music. I'm stuck between wanting to go to the Danatelian or Echo Woods first.

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14 Dec, 2020 13:27

Oooh, I'm glad you enjoyed the music! And thank you for the kind words :), I'd personally suggest the Danatelian lands, considering the Echo Woods are a lot more dangerous ^^

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29 Jun, 2021 10:32

A travel guide for your world is a wonderful idea! It reminds me of the "Guide to the Green Isles" that came with the game King's Quest VI. Things like that really help to pull the audience in, blurring the boundaries between fiction and reality.

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30 Jun, 2021 12:02

Thank you, glad you enjoyed the idea! I need to think about expanding it a little more in further times ^^

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