The Second Rise of the Phoenix Legion
Northland is not as inviting as Southland. The geography changes in ring-shaped regions emanating from the center of the southern coast, where lies Northport. The coast itself is very rocky, for the most part, and includes a lot of small cliffs. The land near the coast is still rocky, and makes for hard (though far from impossible) farming. It’s fairly forested, and laced with streams and brooks, each of which falls at least twice before reaching the sea. Most rural Northerners live here, in farming and logging communities. Roads have been built, though they are far from sophisticated. The best maintained goes directly northwest, straight to Northcastle, which sits atop what look (geographically) to be some misplaced foothills. From Northport, the elevation rises, peaks at Northcastle, then falls again to a wide valley before climbing again into the real foothills.
The next ring gets rockier and higher, the foothills of the following ring: mountains. Mountains cover much of Northland, young, sharp, unforgiving mountains. In the west, one in three is an active volcano, periodically spewing fire, ash, and destruction everywhere. These mountains grudgingly give way to the sea, the volcanic islands getting smaller and fewer as one travels west. To the North and East, non-volcanic mountains cover the land like spines cover a hedgehog. The range stretches the length of the continent, and is very wide. On the other side of them is a steep drop-off onto a frozen desert wasteland where nothing lives. It’s said that long ago, before recorded history, ancient magics blasted away a civilization, and the wasteland is the world’s enduring scar. No one of any intelligence ventures there, for those who do never return.
Northcastle, Northport, and the rural land between make up about only 50% of the continent’s human population. The rest live in the grand, sprawling Metropolis near the stem of land that nearly unites Northland and Southland. The Metropolis is technically 7 different cities stretching from Northgate (at the stem) to Yarth (nearest Northcastle). This is where industry, art, law, science, trade, and most of all thievery, thrive, and civilization is both at it’s finest and lowest.
Positioned strategically at the center of the triangle formed by Northcastle, Northport, and Yarth lies Trademeet, a city built on commerce.