The World of Novi

THE VIEW FROM AFAR

Part I - Land and Sea

Lowell R. Matthews, © 19911999

The first thing we should do is to have a look at the world map.
The following selected entries from the Encyclopedia of Novi describe the most prominent geographical features and should clarify the companion series of articles on "Character Creation in the World of Novi."

LAND AND SEA
Almir: The continent of the Northeastern Quadrant, bounded by the Arctic Ocean on the north, the Sea of Night and the Sunsea Ocean on the east, the Sundering Seas on the south, and the Western Sea and Earthsea Ocean on the west. It is divided into the subcontinents of Almaren in the west, Almoria in the east, and Zoria in the far southeast.
Almaren: The western subcontinent of Almir.
Lon River: The main river of southwestern Almaren, which runs some 1,400 miles from about 39 N, 75 E, to the Western Sea near 26 N, 69 E. It has two major tributaries, the Luel and the Gaellor.
Marga Peninsula: The mountainous peninsula, triangular in shape with points near 26 N, 69 E; 12 N, 72 E; and 20 N, 78 E, which divides the Lon and Margel Rivers and the Western and Sundering Seas. It is known for its tropical hardwoods and savage Margani tribesmen.
Margel River: The main river of south-central Almaren, which runs some 1,300 miles from about 35 N, 83 E, to the Sundering Seas near 20 N, 78 E. It has many tributaries, including the Permargel, Wallin, Galnen, Almargel, Kenaxel, Marin, Lazhel, and Jennardil Rivers.
Almoria The east-central subcontinent of Almir.
Frigania: The general name for those regions of far northern Almir which are the home of the Frigani.
Great Central Mountains: The major north-south mountain range which runs from the Arctic Ocean to the Sundering Seas, dividing Almaren from Almoria.
Zoria: The far southeastern subcontinent of Almir.
Finger of Zoria: The peninsula which is the southernmost point in Almir, located in southeastern Zoria near 10 S, 145 E.
Amakhar Sea: The narrow ocean that separates Amazulia from Kharlak. It runs roughly north from 60 S, 110 E, to 2 S, 105 E.
Amazulia: The western continent of the Southeastern Quadrant, bounded by the Sundering Seas on the north, the Amakhar Sea on the east, the Antarctic Ocean on the south, and the Southsea and Earthsea Ocean on the west. It is divided into the subcontinents of Zulia in the northwest, Amazia in the northeast, and Galazia in the south.
Amazia: The northeastern subcontinent of Amazulia.
Galazia: The southern subcontinent of Amazulia.
Zulia: The northwestern subcontinent of Amazulia.
Annuvia: The continent of the Northwestern Quadrant, bounded by the Arctic Ocean on the north, the Sunrise Sea and Earthsea Ocean on the east, the Sea of Light on the south, and the Sunsea Ocean on the west. It is divided into the subcontinents of Eldania in the north and east and Malanuvia in the south and west. The central portion, while part of Malanuvia, is separately named Cylonuvia.
Annuvian Desert: The semiarid to barren region which cuts across the Malanuvia subcontinent eastward from about 30 N, 135 W, to 105 W, then southward to about 10 S, 110 W. The east-west arm is drier, but the north-south arm has more extreme temperatures.
Eldania: The northern and eastern subcontinent of Annuvia.
Malanuvia: The southern and western subcontinent of Annuvia.
Cylonuvia: The portion of Malanuvia northeast of the Annuvian Desert, also known as the Five Kingdoms.
Five Kingdoms: Another name for Cylonuvia, taken from the five kingdoms of Abilla, Astarra, Axel, Coryland, and Cylonacar.
Antarctic Circle: The line of latitude at 65 S which denotes the northern limit of perpetual daylight in the Southern Hemisphere, which occurs on Sun's End, the Southern Hemisphere summer solstice. The other solar boundaries are the Arctic Circle at 65 N, the Tropic of Shaya at 25 N, and the Tropic of Celestra at 25 S.
Antarctic Ocean: The ice-capped south polar ocean.
Arctic Circle: The line of latitude at 65 N, which denotes the southern limit of perpetual daylight in the Northern Hemisphere, which occurs on Sun's King, the Northern Hemisphere summer solstice. The other solar boundaries are the Antarctic Circle at 65 S, the Tropic of Shaya at 25 N, and the Tropic of Celestra at 25 S.
Arctic Ocean: The ice-capped north polar ocean.
Earthcore: The mysterious, legendary island in the center of the Earthsea Ocean, said to be the final resting place of Savatar, first sapient being, and his sons. Since it is believed to be the focus of the Earthpower, it is supposedly full of magic and danger, promising great power to anyone who can overcome its perils. Although anyone who knows anything about navigation knows that the center of Earthcore is located at 0, 0, the island seems to be impossible to find.
Earthsea Ocean: The ocean that divides Annuvia and Soldunia on its western shores from Almir and Amazulia on its eastern shores.
Outer Sea: The division of the Earthsea Ocean which separates the Outer Solduni Islands from mainland Soldunia. It runs roughly northeast from about 80 S, 90 W, to 15
S, 60
W.
Southsea: The division of the Earthsea Ocean which separates the Southsea Isles from mainland Amazulia. It runs roughly north from about 60 S, 30 E, to 10 S, 35 E.
Sunrise Sea: The division of the Earthsea Ocean which separates the Islands of the Sunrise from mainland Annuvia. It runs roughly northeast from about 20
N, 50
W, to 60 N, 25 W.
Western Sea: The division of the Earthsea Ocean which separates the Western Isles from mainland Almir. It runs roughly northwest from about 10 N, 70 E, to 60
N, 30 E.
Western Sea: The division of the Earthsea Ocean which separates the Western Isles from mainland Almir. It runs roughly northwest from about 10 N, 70 E, to 60
N, 30 E.
Islands of Night (Yubeshima): The archipelago which lies off the eastern coast of Almir and which contains the four medium to large islands of Kirinanda, Yakinta, Okama, and Yakaza (south to north) and many smaller islands, all currently controlled by the Mintakan Empire. The chain runs north from about 16 S, 150 E, to 77 N, 163 E. (The archipelago was named "Islands of the Sun (Taiyóshima)" until 1936, when the World Emperor ordered the name changed to avoid confusion with the Islands of the Sunrise in the Western Hemisphere.)
Islands of the Sunrise: The archipelago that lies off the eastern coast of Annuvia and which contains the three large islands of Koma, Konchin, and Katmin (south to north) and several smaller islands. The chain curves northeast from about 15 N, 50 W, to 60 N, 25 W.
Kharlak: The eastern continent of the Southeastern Quadrant, bounded by the Sundering Seas on the north, the Sunsea Ocean on the north and east, the Antarctic Ocean on the south, and the Amakhar Sea on the west.
Outer Solduni Islands: The archipelago that lies off the eastern coast of Soldunia. It contains four sizable islands and several smaller ones. The chain curves northeast from about 76 S, 81 W, to 15 S, 53 W. The southernmost islands lie underneath the Antarctic ice cap.
Sea of Light: The long, narrow ocean that separates Annuvia from Soldunia. It runs roughly northeast from about 50 S, 130 W, to 30 N, 50 W, and connects to the Sunsea and Earthsea Oceans on the west and east respectively. It contains four large islands and a great number of smaller ones, many of them active volcanoes (the source of the name).
Soldunia: The continent of the Southwestern Quadrant, bounded by the Sea of Light on the north, the Outer Sea and Earthsea Ocean on the east, the Antarctic Ocean on the south, and the Sunsea Ocean on the west.
Southsea Isles: The archipelago that lies off the western coast of Amazulia. It contains three sizable islands and several smaller ones. The chain curves north from about 62 S, 25 E, to 15 S, 35 E, and connects with the mountains of northwestern Zulia. Its members are currently divided between the Western Empire and Galazia.
Sundering Seas: The small, island-filled ocean that separates Almir from Amazulia and Kharlak. It runs roughly east from about 0, 70 E, to 15 S, 150 E, and is commonly divided into quadrants named the Cobalt Sea (northeast), Steel Sea (southeast), Golden Sea (southwest), and Emerald Sea (northwest).
Cobalt Islands: Sundering Seas island chain which runs eastward and southward from Paragon, about 10 N, 105 E to 15 S, 140 E.
Cobalt Sea: The northeastern quadrant of the Sundering Seas.
Emerald Islands: Sundering Seas island chain which runs northward from Paragon, about 14 N, 98 E to 28 N, 102 E.
Emerald Sea: The northwestern quadrant of the Sundering Seas.
Golden Islands: Sundering Seas island chain which runs westward and southward from Paragon, about 10 N, 95 E, to 5 S, 65 E.
Golden Sea: The southwestern quadrant of the Sundering Seas.
Marga Current: A warm current in the Sundering Seas, which runs southwest to northeast from near the Equator and the 70 E meridian to about 20 N, 90 E.
Paragon (Island): The largest island in the Sundering Seas, roughly triangular in shape with points near 5 N, 96 E; 13 N, 97 E; and 12 N, 102 E. Paragon is the junction of the four Sundering Seas island chains and straddles three tectonic plates.
Steel Islands: Sundering Seas island chain which runs southeastward from Paragon, about 5 N, 100 E, to 10 S, 105 E.
Steel Sea: The southeastern quadrant of the Sundering Seas.
Sunsea Ocean: The ocean that divides Almir and Kharlak on its western shores from Annuvia and Soldunia on its eastern shores.
Sea of Night: The division of the Sunsea Ocean which separates the Islands of Night from mainland Almir. It runs roughly north from about 10 S, 150 E, to 75 N, 160 E.
Tropic of Celestra: The line of latitude at 25 S, which denotes the limit of the sun's advance into the Southern Hemisphere, which occurs on Sun's End, the Southern Hemisphere summer solstice. The other solar boundaries are the Tropic of Shaya at 25 N, the Arctic Circle at 65 N, and the Antarctic Circle at 65 S.
Tropic of Shaya: The line of latitude at 25 N, which denotes the limit of the sun's advance into the Northern Hemisphere, which occurs on Sun's King, the Northern Hemisphere summer solstice. The other solar boundaries are the Tropic of Celestra at 25 S, the Arctic Circle at 65 N, and the Antarctic Circle at 65 S.
Western Isles: The archipelago that lies off the western coast of Almir and which contains the three large islands of Alzudor, Ardamir, and Galering (south to north). It also contains the small islands scattered throughout the Western Sea. The main chain curves west from about 5 N, 60 E, to 10 N, 25 E, then north to about 60 N.
Alzudor: The southeastern large Western Isle, roughly trapezoidal in shape with points near 530' N, 5445' E; 1045' N, 53 E; 1115' N, 6245' E; and 445' N, 6030' E. It measures about 700 miles along the north coast, 420 miles along the south coast, and 440 miles along the east and west coasts, so it covers about 235,000 square miles. It is part of the Western Empire and contains two kingdoms: Uister in the south and Rayel in the north.
Ardamir: The southeastern large Western Isle, roughly trapezoidal in shape with points near 530' N, 5445' E; 1045' N, 53 E; 1115' N, 6245' E; and 445' N, 6030' E. It measures about 700 miles along the north coast, 420 miles along the south coast, and 440 miles along the east and west coasts, so it covers about 235,000 square miles. It is part of the Western Empire and contains two kingdoms: Uister in the south and Rayel in the north.
Galering: The northern large Western Isle, about 1,040 miles long and 150 miles wide, which runs north from about 36 N, 25 E, to 51 N, 27 E. It is part of the Western Empire and contains two kingdoms.