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Bedwyr

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The Shapers of the First Continent - Chapter 3
« Topic Start: January 10, 2018, 05:32:02 AM »
Blood pumped.

Metals flowed out, molten rock poured back.  As Quaranis calmed, she began observing.  Considering.

Learning.

Her first conscious efforts were small, tentative.  The many-colored gemstones of her tears were beautiful, but...Isolated.  She could do better.  Combining the colors, swirling star-stuff into them, she brought forth diamonds.

She was so pleased with her success that she was took stock of what else she could do.  Her precious lava and glorious metals were much, much better than the pure earth that had existed before, and she wrapped it around every inch of herself.  But a nagging itch (she reveled in it only being an itch, rather than the grinding agony of before) presented itself.  She had gathered the flow of water, the heat of fire, and the solidity of earth...But had none of air.

She tried calling the air to her.  Cracks formed above her, but let in only water.  Air pockets and bubbles formed in the earth nearby, but were quickly consumed or befouled.  Bringing the air to her seemed doomed.

But what of bringing her creations to the air?

She gathered, and built.  Magma gathered around her in a vast flood.  And she pushed.

Up.

The sea boils.  Water and lava meet in a vast explosion of steam.  Rock hardens in vast tubes, blooming across the emptiness [Create archipelago: 3 Purity].  And for one grand moment Quaranis blossomed in fire and glory into the air, her blood reverberating with the near-Primal union of the elements once more.

And then...Quaranis learned of gravity.

And everything fell.

Thus the Keahi Archipelago was born.
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Re: The Shapers of the First Continent - Chapter 2
« Reply #1: January 10, 2018, 05:36:05 AM »
Might want to add the location of these islands on the map.

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Re: The Shapers of the First Continent - Chapter 2
« Reply #2: January 10, 2018, 05:39:04 AM »
I'm not at all familiar with the mapping software, but I was imagining something like the Hawaiian islands except many more little ones (roughly a third the size of the Philippines), with the big island roughly in the middle where Quaranis herself fell.  Location on the attached.

Sheesh, Zakky, give me a minute to get it all out there (grins).
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Re: The Shapers of the First Continent - Chapter 3
« Reply #3: January 10, 2018, 07:29:30 AM »
A sketch drawn in any graphics software would help, at least to understand the number and rough shape and size of the islands you are imagining. Or describe with words.

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Re: The Shapers of the First Continent - Chapter 3
« Reply #4: January 10, 2018, 07:50:03 AM »
I'll do my best with words then:

I was planning on writing more about this in the City States story, but I imagine an epithet for the area is the Hundred Islands, though it's not precisely a hundred.  Thankfully for mapping purposes, almost all of them would be too small to register on a map the scale we are using, so the main islands that would show are the central island (basically the big island of Hawaii), roughly bracketed by four other islands roughly looking like Kahului (north west), Kauai (north east), Honolulu (south west), and Moloka'i (south east).  I don't much care about the shapes, honestly, the important thing is the big central isle with the four around it and the south east island being noticeably smaller than the other three.
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« Reply #5: January 10, 2018, 08:58:12 PM »
FWIW I really like this one. It's got a really cool impression of an organic process to creation that a primitive, non-technical society would use to describe these things.
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Re: The Shapers of the First Continent - Chapter 3
« Reply #6: January 11, 2018, 02:54:47 AM »
Thanks Indirik!  That's exactly what I was going for, I'm glad that came through.  I'm all out of Purity, so the next step is to lure some life in (grins).
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Re: The Shapers of the First Continent - Chapter 3
« Reply #7: January 13, 2018, 01:06:26 AM »
This needs a poll.

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Re: The Shapers of the First Continent - Chapter 3
« Reply #8: January 17, 2018, 06:45:52 AM »
approved, please move to LotW

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Re: The Shapers of the First Continent - Chapter 3
« Reply #9: January 17, 2018, 06:34:59 PM »
I will need a few days to add it to the map as I am not home right now and don't have access to the map data.