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The World of Aenya Map by C. Emmons* by AGEOFAENYA The World of Aenya Map by C. Emmons* by AGEOFAENYA

*Photoshopping and text added by me (Nick Alimonos).


Aenya is different than most fantasy worlds, in that it is neither an island continent nor peninsula. Instead, Aenya is depicted as a planet, but the places in which the heroes live out their adventures is limited to the hospitable lands between the scorching West, with its desert "Ocean" or "Dead Zones," and the frigid East, bathed in the perpetual light of the Greater Moon, Infinity.


Places of note:


Tyrnael: Featuring most prominently in The Princess of Aenya, Tyrnael is located at the north pole. Despite its geographic position, an unnatural energy source emanating from the city maintains an ideal climate. Its borders, however, are marked by ice and snow, and an impassable mountain range, The Crown of Aenya. Due to it seclusion, Tyrnael remans isolated from other civilization, and is thought to have been lost to history, or to have been a mere myth, as it is more commonly referred to as Mythradanaiil. Before the Great Cataclysm, circa ten millennia ago, Tyrnael was home to the Zo and the global capital of Aenya. Though its advanced technology has been lost, the genetically modified descendents of the Zo can live for hundreds of years, without sickness or the ailments of aging. Tyrnael is distinguished by its white and gold Compass Tower, centered at the pole; a matrix of interconnected bridges; and its terraced, forested megastructures.

Northendell: Flowing from the stronghold city of Northendell is the Potamis River, "The Lifeblood of Aenya." It originates from the icy Crown of Aenya (also called the Pewter Mountains) feeding all the lands of Aenya. Being so near to the dark hemisphere, Northendell has been in a perpetual state of war for centuries, as subhuman races from the sunless hemisphere mount annual sieges against it. The city itself is marked by walled fortifications seamlessly adjoining to the surrounding mountains. Upon its highest hill sits Hoarfrost, the enormous mead hall of King Frizzbeard, which is said to have been constructed for heroes to gather and to sing songs, the same heroes who are thought to have laid the first stones of the city. The Delian people chronicle their history and their myths in song, the most renown of which is The Song of Strom.

Yefira: This small trading town is known for its rolling hills, windmill houses, and airships. It is situated at the edge of the midland tectonic plate, beside "The Great Chasm," which circles the planet. The ruined base of an enormous bridge, dating back to the time of the Zo, begins to span the divide between the two hemispheres. 

Ilmarinen: With a perfect year-round climate, rich soil, and a flower (the ilm) with remarkable medicinal properties, the Ilmar know nothing of war, greed, or shame. The impassable Ukko Mountains to the north, and the dense Wildwood jungle to the south, has kept Ilmarinen hidden from invaders for ten thousand years, that is until recently, when a shift in climate and an invading bogren host forces its people to abandon their ancestral home. Ilmarinen is home to Xandr and Thelana, the heroes of Ages of Aenya.

Hedonia: In a world with only one Sea, coastal land is precious, and the one controlling it rules the world. Ages past, Hedonia used its navies to subdue the neighboring city-states of Thalassar and Thetis, becoming a global empire. Its influence ended after a meteor impact resulted in a tsunami, leaving the city's defensive walls in ruins. Before that day, Hedonia was known as the "Jewel of the Sea." It was distinguished by its temples and rotundas and stadiums of marble, and by the great pyramid at its center, housing the churches of the gods of Aenya, and a towering idol of the city's patron deity, Sargonus.  

Aea: This tiny island was once home to a powerful, matriarchal civilization. Though largely forgotten, its people continue to thrive. In temples from another age, an all-female priesthood venerates the three goddesses, Zoe (Life), Maki (War) and Irene (Love and Sex). It is believed that the people of Hedonia originally migrated from here. Aea was featured in the short story, The Gorgon's Lover or The Ballad of Titian and Midiana. 

Nimbos: This cloudy peak is home to the avian race, or "bird people." Once human, avians achieved flight after centuries of "controlled" evolution. Their home city rises thousands of feet from the peak of Mount Spire, and consists of a peculiar light mix of elements called "whisperstone," allowing for structures that defy any known building conventions.   

Graton: This small fishing village and trading town is known for its lighthouse and astronomical observatory. It is commonly used as a way port for goods to be transferred between the western city-states of Hedonia, Thalassar and Thetis, and the eastern oasis kingdom of Shemselinihar. This town will be prominently featured in the third Aenya novel, "The Children of Aenya."

Shemselinihar: Located in the midst of the Great White Flat, this domed city, also called "The White City," is home to the assai, who also referred to as Shemites. The assai are notoriously reclusive and territorial, placing considerable emphasis on tradition, and their monotheistic faith to the one "true" god, "Un."

Ocean: Ten millennia ago, this region of the world was covered by water. Vast coral empires, ruled by merquid, spanned half the planet. Now, there is only sand, and the bleached remains of marine life.            

  

To learn more about Aenya, please visit: Writer's Disease or Aenya.net






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Touch-Not-This-Cat Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017
Tidally locked, eh?
Some planetary atmospheric scientists crunched some numbers. Life as we know it is possible, but going naked all the time would be uncomfortable. There is no such thing as a clam day on such a world, as Wind would have a constant minimum speed 30mph-150+maximum everywhere, except occasionally at the Poles (and sheltered valley regions). Warm air would flow over the land constantly to the cold side, which would have Cold air rushing at high altitudes in the opposite direction. This would result in sideways tornadoes between them that never touched down due to no Coriolis or effect, but would also make mid to high altitude flight impossible for animals and conventional aircraft.
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AGEOFAENYA Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Professional Writer
OK. There are a few things to consider here:


Firstly, "going naked all the time" on such a world may be uncomfortable for mere Earthlings, but for a species adapted to that environment, it wouldn't be. The land of Ilmarinen, from where the heroes have originated, has had a stable climate for many millennia. Environmental change is the primary driver of evolution. Without such pressures, without something akin to our Ice Age, they would have had little reason to develop clothing.

Secondly, you are correct in assuming that the climate on most of Aenya's regions would be more harsh than they would be on Earth. This was intentional, and it is what creates much of the conflict. On Aenya, the struggle for survival is extreme, and species diversification is less commonplace. Again, it is primarily in Ilmarinen where the heroes feel comfortable going naked. The further one travels from its borders, the more difficult survival becomes. Other humans, like the Hedonians and Delians, find the Ilmar's habit of undress abhorrent. This clash of cultures also drives much of the plot. From a more classical literary standpoint, Ilmarinen serves as the metaphorical "lost paradise," --- an unattainable ideal.

Thirdly, as I was writing this book, I reached out to Alejandro Nunez, who works as an astrophysicist at the Museum of Natural History in NYC. I asked him directly about climate on a tidally-locked world. He told me that it wouldn't be much of a problem, as something like wind is determined by temperature gradients. Again, you are comparing a tidally-locked Aenya to a tidally-locked Earth. Tornadoes and 150 mph winds may be the result of stopping our world's rotation, but on a planet like Mars, for instance, where the atmosphere is much thinner, our heroes may not suffer such an effect.

Fourthly, 'Ages of Aenya' is a work of fiction. While I have done my best to take scientific plausibility into account, my ultimate goal is good storytelling. Even when you look at hard science-fiction, like Andy Weir's 'The Martian,' you have instances of things happening that would be impossible in reality, like the sandstorm that kicks off the novel. When it comes to writing Sci-Fi or fantasy, I take Neil deGrasse Tyson's advice to heart, "know your facts, then distort them at your leisure."

Thanks for stopping by.    
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Touch-Not-This-Cat Featured By Owner 5 days ago
That's cool. I was just noting the basics and making my assessment based on how much like normal (if idealized) humans they resembled.
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Andre-Instinct Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016   Traditional Artist
This seems like a well thought out world with interesting
places to have all sorts of adventures. And it does appear
to be a very harsh environment for these people to dwell
in. You got to be tough.

I, myself, have conceived of a fantasy world, heavily
inspired by Norse and Asian mythologies. Which is pretty
standard, I guess. But it's what I love.
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AGEOFAENYA Featured By Owner Edited Aug 10, 2016  Professional Writer
Thank you! And, my advice: always write what you love! Because if you don't love it, no one will. 
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Andre-Instinct Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016   Traditional Artist
That's true.
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