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Wilderness Continents of Núrion

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Using magical means, ancient Elven scholars observed from afar and named the other continents of Núrion, the world upon which the famous and war-torn continent of Farland is located. Not being a race given to colonization, however, and wishing to keep the battles on Farland localized, they generally kept knowledge about the rest of the world secret. Some say they even spread the rumor that Farland, Eruna, and the Wild Lands are the only continents on Núrion.


Antarod is an extremely large continent of varying climates. It has tropical forests in the northeast and a desert in the north. Generally, though, it is very habitable, for the rest of the continent consists mostly of temperate forests and savanna. A medium-sized mountain range dominates the center of the southern part of the continent, although no mountains in the range tower as high as Garakesh peak on Forntol. The continent is populated almost entirely by animals and wild beasts. A small tribe of humans, the remnants of the crew of a wrecked passenger ship that sailed from Farland many centuries ago, lives on the east coast of the continent. These humans have over the centuries lost almost all of their civilization and language and are now naked savages taking their living from the plentiful forests and seas of Antarod. The coasts of Antarod are surrounded by particularly treacherous reefs; it was one of these reefs that wrecked the Farlandish ship.


Cirlon is a large semi-tropical and tropical island. It is inhabited by animals, especially beautiful-plumed birds of all colors. A tribe of Kassa'melkuul from Forntol also somehow migrated to Cirlon, whereupon they promptly lost any semblance of civilization they had on the continent of their origin and sank into a beast-like state. Cirlon also tends to be the location of the temporary bases of pirates from Forntol.


The southern continent of Ostban is nearly all tundra. Its very northern coast is decorated with a thin strip of boreal forestation, but the forest stretches only a few dozen miles to the south before the ground becomes too frozen for vegetation. Although it has no civilizations, the continent is home to many forms of animals, especially polar bears and walruses. During the winter months the peninsulas that make up Ostban's eastern side are connected by thick sheets of ice, making it possible, if one had sled dogs, sufficient supplies, and the hardiness of a frost giant, to travel across the southern part of the world all the way to Ostduven.


Ostol in the north is really not a continent in itself. Instead it is connected by a thin peninsula to the large continent of Tarod. Ostol is very mountainous, except for its coasts, and owing to its elevation and latitude, it is very cold. The only inhabitants of Ostol are hearty creatures, mostly animals. The sea currents around Ostol are particularly treacherous and would tend to wreck any ship approaching its rocky cliffs.


Ostduven, the sister continent of Ostban, is connected to Ostban, and the two could in fact be considered one continent. As such, it shares many of the same characteristics as Ostban in its southern section. Unlike Ostban, however, it contains a large mountain range. Moreover, it stretches for many miles north-south, and therefore it also contains a wide range of climate types, including boreal forests, temperate forests, grasslands, and even tropical rain forests on its northern coast. This means that the continent has a large population of wild life of all sorts. It does not contain any civilizations, though.


Although Tarod has a harsh desert in its south west, its low mountains and temperate climate make it a very hospitable continent. Still, there are no civilizations on Tarod. Instead, it is populated with creatures and animals of all sorts, including giant species of animals not seen anywhere else on Núrion. If a human were to see Tarod, he would call it a hunter's paradise, although some of the beasts native to Tarod would be likely to quickly turn the tables and hunt any human-sized hunter. Indeed, some wild dragons call Tarod their home.

The coast of Tarod is encircled by treacherous reefs that tend to sink any ship that approaches. East of Tarod there are many island chains formed by volcanic activity.