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Empyria is the only planet known to harbor life. 1000 years ago, a disaster suffused the world with a substance called mana, permanently altering the face of the planet and the lives of the humans who inhabit it. Modern humans are slowly reconstructing knowledge of its geography and history, but have not yet been able to explore it fully due to technological limits and the dangers posed by monsters.

Empyria orbits the star Pyre. Various geological evidence indicates it used to have a large moon that has since escaped orbit. In the present, without any satellites, Empyria experiences lower tides and darker nights than it did before.

Geography

a map of Empyria in dark purple with yellow outlines
A map of Empyria's known continents.

Empyria has four known continents: Ortesia, Milluria, Aurnica, and the Endlands. The first three are inhabited, while the Endlands are not. The sea between the three inhabited continents is the Central Sea. To the northwest of the Central Sea is the North Sea, also known as the End Sea. The rest of the ocean is referred to as the Outer Seas, and is largely unexplored. It is unknown if there are more landmasses in the Outer Seas.

Since much of the land is inhospitable to humans even on the inhabited continents (see the "cursed humans" section), human settlements largely take the form of small, walled fortress cities scattered throughout the land, some so remote that you must journey multiple days to reach the nearest other one.

Ortesia

Located in the northeast, Ortesia is the largest of Empyria's continents. Most of it is covered in flat grassland or shrubland, suitable for agriculture and construction, but the background mana field over it produces a variety of weather anomalies. As a result, it suffers from harsh unpredictable winds, and much of its land is difficult to use.

Most of Ortesia, other than the Valefar Plains in the west, is under the control of the Orlis Empire.

The mountain range in the north is named Salamander's Teeth for its tall but strangely thin peaks.

Milluria

Located in the southwest, Milluria is a continent covered in lush temperate forests, with dungeons hidden in the depths.

In theory, the entire continent is ruled by the Kingdom of Wywick. In actuality, the northern mountains are uninhabited and poorly mapped out, as they are infested by a huge number of monsters that migrated south from the Endlands.

The Teale River winds its way from northwest to southeast, across almost the entire continent. It is very spiritually and agriculturally important to the people of Milluria.

Aurnica

Aurnica is a small continent in the southeast. Although in present day it is scarce in useful resources and mostly composed of unusably marshy land, 1000 years ago Aurnica was the heart of the Telos civilization. There are more First Age ruins in Aurnica than Ortesia and Milluria combined. In recent years, there have been several wars over the ownership of these ruins and the valuable artifacts within.

The Endlands

Located in the northwest, the Endlands are an inhospitable wasteland with the densest mana background field on the entire planet. The land generates so many monsters that it would be completely impossible to settle it, and even sailing through the North Sea can be perilous as flying and swimming monsters from the Endlands often drift south and accost travelers. This is because the Endlands were the site of the Cataclysm, and the potent magical energy from the event lingers there to this day.

Scouts who have sailed near the Endlands report seeing First Age ruins on the horizon, confirming that the Telos civilization spanned all four known continents. It is far too dangerous to mount a long-term expedition to study these ruins, though, so they remain untouched.