Lumon: The Great Sky River
Ley of the Land
The largest ley line in the world is easily found, just look up. Where The Lumon passes, so too does the magic current. It is a large river of clouds that hovers above the world, and has a great many properties that are unique due to the high concentration of energy. Sunlight filters through the clouds as though they are clear water, leaving dappled streaks dirctly beneath it allowing the great crystal cities of the mages to thrive.
Night on The Lumon
One of the greatest sights is to be sailing The Lumon at night. The spectical has brought artists and poets to their knees in awe. Most have declared themselves utterly inadequate to describe its beauty. Sheets of light dance through the sky above the clouds and illuminate them, while the sunfish pass beneath air ships like tiny suns. The cloud-rushes glow in faint hues of blue and purple, a stark departure from their usual flat brown colour. Flashes of lightning from deeper in the cloud currents add to the light show casting shadows up through the clouds.
Creatures of The Lumon
The Lumon has a wide variety of life that swims and flys through it. Most creatures here sport a combination of feathers and scales, and almost all seem content to leave travelers alone. Most plants are harvested as components for magic spells and alchemy, most notable is the collection of the cloud rushes. Their billowing brown flowers are harvested in the day and night as their properties change depending on the harvest time.
Growing beneath The Lumon on the contienent of Minyshtil are a series of Crystal Cities. These cities were brought into being by mages who guided their growth, empowered and fueled by the magic in the ley line. There are five cities positioned to take advantage of the up and down currents of magic that help to lift and lower the sky ships that travel between them. The cities are named for the crystals they resemble.
Ruby & Sapphire
The rabble simply cannot comprehend the importance of their saccrifice.
My people are taken across the world like cattle to be used by mages.
This lake sits between Sapphire and Ruby, cloaked in cloud cover and filled with dangerous creatures. The water is acidic and burns the skin of those who manage to get close enough to touch it. The clouds are not harmless like those of The Lumon, these clouds are dark and swirl to grab at people and animals that stray too close and pulls their spirits from their bodies. Mages have designs suits powered by magic that repell these effects, and have sampled the clouds and waters of the area. These expeditions are the reason it is known that horrific twisted versions of the bright creatures found in The Lumon lurk beyond its acidic shores. The clouds from the lake have been found to be unstable and toxic, they are studied in Ruby and Sunstone. Students at the academic heart of the Mage's Dominion are against the military's interest in weaponizing the gases.
A scourge on The Lumon, as far as the mages in power are concerned, the sky pirates of The Lumon are a violent bunch who target merchant sky ships. They will tell you stories of captured people and terrible experiments, but every mage will tell you these ruffians speak only lies. There are no slaves in the Mage's Dominion and everyone in the Crystal Cities lives in comfort, and no one has ever met an unhappy citizen.
The pirates never waver in their claims, and only target the ships that carry goods. They have a large network of routes away from The Lumon, and across the land to the Shattersoul Archapelago. Mages will not pursue them to these islands that are devoid of enough energy to sustain their weapons and magic. Some call these islands the Freeman Isles, and despite the claims of Crystal Citizens there are those who seek to find their way to these islands.
The mages can't figure out how the pirates enter and exit The Lumon's flow, and some theorize that these pirates have discovered drafts that deposit their airships between cities. There are many in academic circles who will deny this possiblity, it is understood that mages would have been able to find these drafts if they existed.