It is almost as if the sky was designed to pull on your heart, to make you yearn for adventure. This is the clearest I have ever seen the sky, certainly a good sign for our maiden voyage. On a cycle like this you can see forever in every direction, there are islands everywhere. There could be anything on them.
Just looking out at the sky makes my imagination run wild. We have yet to set off and I already feel like an explorer, my spirit flying through the clouds.
Oh, Ryza is yelling, she's threatening to set sail without me.
The Great Blue
The sky is one of the four regions of the skies. It exists above the Floor
and the Void
and below the High
. Here the skyislands float, nourished by the rains brought by the winds and inhabited by many creatures and civilizations. Each of the parts of the sky is associated with the colour it takes on. The High
is azure, the sky is blue, the Floor
is gray, and the Void
Light falls straight down from above from no discernable source. For most of history this has been the realm of myth but recently a few scholars have speculated as to its origin but none have devised a test to prove any of these speculations. The light feeds the plants which in turn feed people and animals like skyfish
which can fly overland but mostly stick to the edges of the islands because that is where their food - such as dangling mosses or smaller skyfish - thrives.
Many phenomena fill the skies such as lightward rain
and the golden curtain
. These are awe inspiring to some, intriguing to others, and impressive to all. There is much to be learned from these oddities possibilities in how to harness them or use them to understand how life has spread across the different islands of the sky.
Navigating the Open Sky
The first peoples to travel across the skies were the skyfarers
who are believed to be the ancestors of the peoples of Breharan
. They are thought to have lived nomadic lives on the backs of ketzlat
as they flew from island to island following the winds. Not much is known about how they navigated the skies but the limited range of their mounts
makes it likely that they traveled only to nearby islands, using only vision to guide them.
In the present, skysailors
which always point towards the Cynosure Stone
to more accurately navigate over longer distances and in conditions of poor visibility. There is a limit to this tool
as they only function within a range around the Stone
which creates a circle on the map centered on it. This line is known as the limit of navigation. Few expeditions have ventured beyond this line and the first to do so - the Harani
- never returned.
The reason may be unknown but it is undeniable that skyships
cannot fly over islands or other skyships
. This limits them to sailing only in open sky.