Savelan Geography Lesson
An introduction to the world of Malkora, from a Savelan perspective.
You Are Invited Into a Small, Dusty Library...
As you enter the dusty library, well-maintained but with ample contents left idle too long, you find a small tome — a history book, in the making. Rather, a reference book on the world beyond Arsavela. You leaf through its contents gently, the pages of the tome surprisingly brittle for a project still in the works today.
The keeper of this space, who invited you to indulge your quest for knowledge, toils away nearby, and you hear the clinking of glass bottles and the tapping of pencils against their old wooden desk. There is no rest for the old cartographer, as he endeavors to salvage an ink-stained map you both know to be a lost cause.
Sounds of the turning of pages, parchment dragging against other sheets, and the clattering of containers fill the space as you realize this may be the most busy this library has been in quite some time.
Most of the tome yet remains blank, but you see several pieces of parchment stuffed between its pages with plans for its future contents. Headers on these notes show plans for sections dedicated to the Kingdom, to world maps and geography, and even to magic and the gods.
You flip back to the first page and notice you had unintentionally skipped over a page which does have contents of its own: a foreword, dedicated to the reader.
There is great power to be found throughout this world, but so many remain blissfully unaware of the land's innate magical qualities...Many mysteries abound within this world of Malkora, and it has been our mission as scholars of the land to unearth them, that we may share the bounty of knowledge with our people.
My name is Tenilon B. Duarte, former royal cartographer of Castle Amsa and Academic Advisor to the Arsaces Monarchy. Though my titles have washed away in the Kingdom's bloody changing of hands, my expertise in worldly affairs should be considered unmatched — as my position, as of yet, remains unfilled. A shame, to see Arsavela's academics begin to plummet into veils and ignorance.
The purpose of this document is to share with intrepid adventurers what lies beyond the borders of our Kingdom of Arsavela — as you will find the lands beyond to be quite different from our dear "Kingdom of Autumn." By the will of our late Queen, I will ensure that the people know what lies in the lands beyond. That they will not fear the unknown, but embrace it with love and curiosity as my students once did. As I hope you, reader, will as well.
Just as you prepare to flip the page to the contents following the foreword, you hear the sound of wood scraping against the floorboards as the cartographer rises from his working desk to approach you. Placing one hand on your shoulder and the other upon the book in your hands, he bids you to set the book down gently upon the table from which you picked it up.
"Ah, Seeker — this text isn't prepared for reading. But... I see you are interested in knowing of the world beyond our Kingdom's borders. Am I correct?" A new gleam in his eyes almost seems to catch you off guard; his expressions up until this point were rather... tired? "I thought you might be in here looking for books on Atreimus. Of course I have them, but..."
His expression sours just briefly, before brightening again, remembering the topic of your interest.
"I will tell you everything I know. The information is still all in here, you see." The cartographer points a finger to his head with a chuckle and a warm smile, then gestures to his workbench, upon which his great restoration project sits — an ink-stained map of Malkora. Breathing a sigh laced with a newly-ignited determination, he points to a clean section of the map. "Here... we start here."