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The Vast Sea is an enormous ocean, approximately about 8,000 miles wide at the equator, between eastern Tarrona and western Celaphania. It has long been considered uncrossable by naval ships and airships alike due to its tremendous width, ferocious hurricanes, and lack of charted islands. Although today’s modern steamships and airships could make the attempt, there is little need to do so. With trade routes firmly established between Tarrona and Celaphania across the Sea of Isles, there is no economic need to risk charting routes across the Vast Sea.
Continent of Megonia
Megonia is a large island-continent in the South Sea, south of Tarrona. It is mostly mountainous and largely unexplored, and it is known to be home to a large number of dragons. The western region, known as Thulmar, has been inhabited by barbarian tribes for centuries, if not millennia. During the Age of Marada, the Triclopes discovered rich orichalcum deposits in Thulmar and established numerous mining operations, fortified against the dragons, to extract the magical ore. These mines were once again opened by the Tricarian Empire during the Great Tyranny, but fell into disuse following the end of the War of Tyranny. Today, Megonia is ruled by a dragon, a Diamegatrox known as Kxaathrax the Dragon-King. Kxaathrax, accompanied by his retinue of lesser dragons and several thousand slaves, rules from his mountaintop palace, where he overlooks the resumed mining operations in the valleys below. The ports of Thulmar once again bustle with activity as merchants from around the world come bearing gold and jewels for the Dragon-King to exchange for his wealth of orichalcum ore. Kxaathrax is also notable for being the only dragon known to wear robes, jewelry, and a crown. He also has a massive throne upon which he will sometimes perch. It has been said that he looks quite comical in his regalia, but none dare laugh before His Most Majestic Countenance.
The Frozen Continent, in the south antarctic region, remains the largest unexplored landmass in the world. It is too cold for the establishment of permanent settlements, but a few whaler camps can be found along its northernmost peninsula during the summer seasons. An occasional explorer may venture deeper into this frozen land seeking mythical artifacts and lost civilizations, and many who return claim to have seen great cities and awesome ruins frozen in the great glaciers. This has led some scholars to believe that the world may have been warmer at one time, or possibly that the continents may have once been further north, but such rumors of ancient frozen cities remain unsubstantiated.