Outskirts of Vinyata

The Second Sun beams Down Upon the Barren Wasteland

 
The western edge of central Vinyata is a desert region called the Outskirts.


 

Overview

 

Furthest South

The overall area of Vinyata is split into two chunks, the top half, which is what everyone knows as Vinyata, and then there's the rest. The Outskirts of Vinyata. A nearly barren and intensely hot region of land where enormous sand dunes are mixed between rocky crags. While Vinyata has its dangers, it pales in comparison to some of the creatures that call it home. Yet despite the inhospitable conditions and dangers, several cultures traverse it.

 

Double Sun

While the Southern Hemisphere of Tikor as a whole is under the intense eye of Adume, its most focused sunlight is over the Outskirts. That means that even during the dead of the night the area is never cold. The dual intensity of Ila and Adume during the daytime makes the heat spike to lethal levels. Humans cannot survive outside in the elements without shelter or gear for very long. And sunburns can begin with minutes of prolonged exposure.

 
Being in the Outskirts sometimes feels like being in the oven of creation. The heat can be so intense that you can watch parts of the terra start to melt and reform. The layout you know today will not be the same as your children's learn.
— Silane Lokun
Understanding the Desolation: A Study of the Outskirts of Vinyata

 

The Lost

Some humans live nomadically throughout the Outskirts. The chief among them are The Lucomi. For them their connection the Outskirts is complicated. On paper, all the Lucomi live on the southern edge of Vinyata outside of The Web. The actuality is more complicated than that. Throughout the year multitudes of them take a pilgrimage to the Outskirts to speak with their gods. All in the hopes of finding their lost home city of Efai. They are also the leaders in gear and survival tips in the Outskirts.

 

The Traveling

The other main group of people that call the Outskirts a home are Wanderers. Out of just about any culture, they are the ones who are truly nomadic. For them everywhere is home, Tikor is there home. That includes the desolate region of the Outskirts. As a culture, they specialize in art, craft, and trades of all kinds. While there is the main caravan, traders continually break off to set up or do business in many areas. This has made them the ultimate merchants and about the only source of goods in the Outskirts.

 
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Daily Art by Kevin Hous

Heavy armor of various types are used to protect agianst the elements


 

Predators Paradise

The most western region of the Outskirts contains perhaps the most dangerous, The Hollow Sands. A series of caves and subterranean tunnels that house some of the worse creatures in Vinyata. The desolate environment keeps most humans out the area and consequently, most of the predatory creatures go unchecked. With few things to challenge them, some of the predators have grown to terrifying size and strength. Everyone considers this a forbidden place for good reason.

 

Desert Mountains

Directly to the south and just off the shore lies a sight to behold. The Brightflare Mountains. A range of mountains made entirely from sand. The theory is that mounds of sand gathered the craggy cliffs of the southern coast. From there the intense heat of Adume beaming down for hundreds of years turned it into a huge molten glob of glass. The same winds that gathered the sands then shaped them into the twisted peaks of glass they are now. This remote piece of land is perhaps the hottest part of the world, even exceeding that of a volcano.

 
You can tell you're near the Brightflares before you can even see physically see them. The light is intense on another level. You can't even look at its direction without eye protection for fear of blindness. But every so often a fool treks there anyway. Looking for fame and future only to come back blind.
— Dracon Local

How hot is it?

Just about every grade schooler ask the same question, just how hot are the Outskirts? It's so hot that in fact temperatures are no longer used to determine heat. The speed at which heat can rise currently defeats any feasible device. Instead, there is a color system used. Blue being the coolest weather where standard heat gear is fine. The hottest is White which happens at the peak of the day where it's too hot to be safe for humans.

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Alternative Name(s)
The Outerlands
Type
Badlands
Location under
Vinyata
Included Locations
Efai
The Hollow Sands
Included Organizations
Nation of Lucomi
The Orisha
Owning Organization
The Republic of Vinyata
Contested By
Characters in Location
Aganyo ~ The Protector
Lokun ~ The Mother of Life
Naburoku ~ The Queen of Light
O'Gembo ~ Divine Forger
Odu ~Father of Creation
Osuna ~ The Watcher of LIfe
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Cover image: Stones by Kevin Hou

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8 Jul, 2019 08:37

I loved reading this article! The formatting made for an easy read, the content was great, and it felt incredibly immersive. Between the environment and the predators, I felt the danger involved in living in the Outskirts. The Dracon Local quote left me chuckling and curious about some of the tales of woe that befell some up and coming adventurers. I'm really excited to read more. I stumbled a little bit with the phrasing in "The Traveling" section, but the concept definitely came through. Are there any tips that will be shared in the future in this article or another? I'm excited to read the final!

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