The Mansion of E :: Mansionverse Gazeteer
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The planets are shown here roughly to scale in terms of size, but not in regards to actual distance from the sun. So, no, Nibiru is not a Jupiter-sized gas giant. And yes, the Crash only affected the Wide World.
The Valley of E is in the north of Audravania close to the forest, and the Mansion of E is the white dot near the top of the Valley
Dorothea and Lilith are currently far to the south of both the MoE and the nation of Tiranog.
Since it was pointed out to me not everyone in the world celebrates the holiday, this was my 2015 Saint Patrick's Day homage. And yes, these people actually exist in the same universe and world as our regular protagonists; the nation of Tiranog, a hilly green land of shamrocks and redheads (along with possibly bagpipes and kilts..), lies across the Sea of Shells from "Mansionland." On SPD 2014, a different part of the country was briefly visited, and further back the SubShaft 44f trio got a small taste of it as well.I have no particular plans to start following these folks' adventures on a regular basis, but who knows. At the very least, we may check in on them again next year.
For 2018 holidays you get a glimpse of things going on in other Human countries in the Known World. Thekla is the country directly south of Yurpsland; the two nations officially have at best a testy relationship, but Theklans are people just like anyone else...New Year's Day 2018
Nabob is a peninsular nation in the Deep Jungles. Thanks to being on trade routes and being relatively close to the Forests of Kaylu, it is more cosmopolitan than some places in the Known World.Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018
Jumbaya is the largest, richest and most powerful nation in the Deep Jungles, and is hated and/or feared by all of its neighbors. Even its bitterest detractor, however, has to admit the Jumbayans know how to throw a party.Mardi Gras 2018
Blefuscu is a country across the Sea of Shells from Yurpsland. The two countries share good relations, and for the most part Blefuscu is peaceful and prosperous (more so than many of its neighbors, including Yurpsland.) It is famed at least in the Near World for its cuisine.Valentine's Day 2018
Upper Slubovia is located in the Snowgrass, the northwestern region of the Known World. It has a reputation for being a nation of dull farmers shrouded in gloomy weather, but the current Grand Panjandrum, Hortensia Dahblitz, is anything but dull.Presidents' Day 2018
Tiranog is another nation across the Sea of Shells from Yurpsland. The action of the strip has briefly visited here a time or two in the past.St. Patrick's Day.
Sybola is a nation at the edge of human civilization in the Deep Jungles, and high up in the Brushspire mountains. Not much is known about the place outside of its borders, and visitors are not terribly welcome. Dorothea and Lilith were turned away when they tried to visit more than the fringes of the country.Easter 2018.
We've already visited Thekla once this year, but like Yurpsland, it is a large and varied country. I have my own theory what sort of adventure these two folks are having, but decide for yourself…Cinco De Mayo 2018
Coradine is a matriarcal nation of (mostly) Motihauls which occupies a cluster of islands in the Sea of Grass. In some ways it makes life in the Spires look rather commonplace and ordinary…Mother's Day 2018
The nations of Zandu and Jambaya have long had a contentious relationship, with border wars of varying severity erupting every generation or so. Following one of the more serious clashes, which ended once again in the usual stalemate, the then-current Raja of Zandu ordered the construction of a series of watch-towers along the border. The largest of these also served as a memorial to and graveyard for the soldiers killed in the conflict. It continues to fulfill both functions to the present day.Memorial Day 2018.
Honaly is an insular island nation of Humans, the farthest north in the Known World. Not much is known about the place by outsiders, who mostly only have contact with the island's feared coastal raiders. Even before the Crash, Honalyans appeared to have little use for magic, if only because it tends to be erratic and unpredictable in their part of the World.Father's Day 2018.
Aruba is, in almost every conceivable way, at the far end of the Known World from Honaly (and Coradine, for that matter..) A sunny tropical paradise, this island's sentient inhabitants are almost exclusively Human, but welcome any and all visitors, assuming of course they bring money or interesting trade goods. One similarity with Honaly is the lack of the use of magic, even before the Crash: there are no leylines anywhere near Aruba. It is once again becoming a popular tourist destination among elites in the Near World.Summer Solstice 2018
Zambez was once part of the Jumbayan Empire, bordering the Sea of Iron, but managed to claw its way to independence during a pre-Crash period of unrest. Zambezans to this day know the joy and the price of freedom: You can control your own affairs and wear your national colors with pride, but you have the regional superpower inimically looming on your border, leading to economic stagnation and isolation.American Independence Day 2018
The "Djinnwaste" nation of Ackbar, centered around the mighty River Refutation, is best known for its ongoing construction of enormous white-clad gold-topped pyramids. And its long-standing mutual hatred of its neighbor Agrada.Labor Day 2018.
Opar is a peninsular nation in the Deep Jungles whose inhabitants are best known as sailors and traders. They are also genuine explorers, having gone places and seen things that no other Humans have, though they tend to be very secretive with said discoveries.Columbus Day 2018.
Kadeth is not an official country, but is the name of an icy/rocky/volcanic peninsula which juts out into the seas of the northwestern Known World. Its caves are inhabited by Wendigoes, who do not in any way encourage human visitors, and so almost nothing is known about the place.Halloween 2018.
Ambir (Am-beer) is a/the coastal nation in the Djinnwaste, and is also a confederation of nine city-states, the Princes of which choose their ultimate ruler by voting among themselves. (And as seen above, yes, Princes can be female.) If you live in the US, follow their example and get out to the polls.Election Day 2018.
Azimuth occupies the mountain range at the center of the Near World. It fought a bitter and ultimately losing war against the invading theocracy of Kaylu, and then regained its freedom following The Crash. There are still a few Azimuthian veterans of that war alive today, even as the memory of it was swept aside by The Crash. Veteran's/Remembrance Day 2018.
Plinth is located near the geographic center of the Known World, but due to various geographic quirks is actually fairly isolated. It is best known outside its borders for the special, highly profitable, magic-infused iron it produces at one of its tricklepoints, but any true KW gourmet is also aware that a proper Plinthian feast is not something to miss.Thanksgiving 2018.
Thembria ia a large Human nation in the northwest of the Known World, Stretching from its thick northern forests through rolling steppes of the Snowgrass until it finally reaches the legendary Sandwall in the south. A sterotypical Thembrian is a dour, tacturn, stoic hard-drinking individual who, yes, keeps a large Wendigo Boar as a "pet". And the Boars are named thusly for.. social rather than biological reasons.Winter Solstice 2018.
Agrada is the last organized Human nation before the Great Dry, the desert-of-all-deserts that stetches vast and mostly unconquered to the Big Glow Candy Mountains. Among the Dry's many dangers are Thaumstorms, which have abated somewhat in the wake of The Crash, but still exist, and are still quite lethal.
Khuzcoh is one of the last organized Human nations before the (mostly) uninhabitable Deep Jungles. Even more so than any of its neighbors, it is famous for its colorful and exotic flora and fauna, especially its Goof Parrots. The exact spelling of its name is sometimes a point of contention.
Incana is a Near World nation which like Blefuscu and Plinth has a strong culinary and wine-making tradition. However, its real claim to fame is its music and studies in sound, both in term of recreation, and their use in magic. Post-Crash, it has become a center for the improvement/rediscovery of Sparkwire technology.
Fantippo is a Human jungle nation that runs along the edge of the towering Brushspire Peaks. It has developed something of an obsession when it comes to its postal service, which has expanded to cover forms of long-distance communications such as Sparkwire and Heliographs. It does such a good job with these that most of the surrounding countries allow it run its system through their territories, a notable exception being the regional powerhouse Jumbaya.
Niblung could have been one of the largest and most powerful of the nations of the Near World, but the northern and southern halves of the country have got themselves locked in an endless grinding stalemate of a civil war that has gone on so long it is becoming ritualized. It has been noted semi-seriously that having the fundamentalist theocracy Kaylu invade almost made things better for a while. But then the Crash hit, and the status quo grimly reasserted itself..
And speaking of Kaylu.. fifty years on, that country once again calls itself Tomania and continues to face its Kayluian interlude, and the resulting universal hostility of its neighbors, with a swirling mixture of repentance, self-loathing and denial.
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I have no particular plans to start following these folks' adventures on a regular basis, but who knows. At the very least, we may check in on them again next year.
New Year's Day 2018
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018
Mardi Gras 2018
Valentine's Day 2018
Presidents' Day 2018
St. Patrick's Day.
Cinco De Mayo 2018
Mother's Day 2018
Memorial Day 2018.
Father's Day 2018.
Summer Solstice 2018
American Independence Day 2018
Labor Day 2018.
Columbus Day 2018.
Election Day 2018.
Veteran's/Remembrance Day 2018.
Winter Solstice 2018.