The Shizzuria Wasteland shares a continent with Riverland Pearlrest, a collection of rich communities made up of those who made their fortunes mining the precious minerals that are found in the mountains of the wasteland.
The Shizzuria Wasteland is a glacier several miles thick. The climate is one of perpetual winter with year round snow storms and temperatures that rarely reach above freezing. The only real resources in this area are the minerals that have been mined from the mountains, and most of the small towns in the Shizzuria Wasteland are mining towns.
Four small towns sit on the edge of the glacier: Grenvor, Whitedale, Pearlwater Sky, and Shizzuria Landing. With the exception of Pearlwater Sky, which is the eastern port of the continent, these are rustic towns with only the most basic goods. Newpost and Ofleim are larger towns with a little more to offer, though all are affected by the weather.
A railroad connects most of the towns in Riverland Pearlrest and the Shizzuria Wasteland; however, the tracks are impassable in the coldest months of the year, and freak snow storms in the warmer months can also render them useless.
Several ruins dot the wasteland, and these are sources of great interest to many of the Halfling communities in the area. It is not uncommon to find groups of Halflings, as well as those from the academic institutions of other countries, travelling the wasteland in search of knowledge. Some believe many of the ruins come from the time before The Catastrophe, while others work hard to prove that this isn’t the case.
A number of creatures populate the mountains and forests of the Shizzuria Wasteland. One of these is the coniklo, a creature like a horned rabbit, that lives in the mountain region. Another creature that inhabits the wasteland is the dajowjut. This being is somewhat bearlike with a long snout and talons. It can walk on either two feet or four feet, and it will search relentlessly for humanoids to eat.
Now, here’s where I start running into trouble. I want there to be original creatures in the world of Grevared, especially since the world itself is an amalgamation of all thirteen planes of existence. However, I think there should be wolves and reindeer as well, things that we all recognize as belonging in a frozen wasteland.
I’ve pretty much binge-watched most of the Wildest Arctic show on Netflix (I’m in love, by the way), and there are so many possibilities here. The show covers the Arctic Sea, the Taiga forest, and tons of other areas I would absolutely love to see. The beauty of these places is breath-taking, and there’s such a diverse animal population that it’s hard to decide just what to use to populate the land. However, I’m thinking something like the North American Musk Oxen has got to be there. This creature is just downright cool. Their skulls are seventeen centimeters thick, which comes in handy since they don’t seem real bright. Banging their heads together just for the right to mate with females? Whatever. I can just hear the sound echoing through the quiet of the wasteland, perhaps catching Erastus’s attention and pulling him off track.
The mountain regions of the Shizzuria Wasteland are rocky and steep. There are caves used by the Rangers all through them, but there really isn’t a long of greenery; the ice doesn’t melt enough to allow it. What little forest exists on the wasteland is around the town of Whitedale, one of those just at the edge of the glacier. This could create a problem for herbivore species unless they live primarily in Riverland Pearlrest and simply cross the Shizzuria Wasteland. I suppose that’s a possibility, but Riverland Pearlrest is much more developed than the wasteland. In fact, there’s even an amusement park in Riverland Pearlrest. So, more creatures could live there, but the humanoids who have built manors there aren’t going to take too kindly to it. Perhaps there needs to be a forest, at least a small one, among the mountains. At least some way for creatures to eat. On the other hand, if there isn’t, then that leaves lots of possibilities for animals and the like to invade the towns. Hmmm…….
And what about the lights? Grevared exists in a void space with its own rules of physics, so there’s a lot about our world that simply doesn’t work there. However, the gods helped to fashion it, and there’s definitely an atmosphere. It rains, it snows, but there’s never any real sunshine. So, would lights of some kind work? They obviously couldn’t be the Northern or Southern Lights, but could there be some kind of phenomena that only occurs over the Shizzuria Wasteland? It’s something to consider.
This is where world building gets a little complicated. There are so many possibilities and details to consider, especially since the story I’m currently working on is based here, that it can make one’s head spin. Still, though, it also makes for hours of entertainment, and I never have a chance to get bored.
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