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Snelandia reigns here

Geographically known as the Kal’aat Region, the ___ Dynasty has ruled this frigid eastern terrain for centuries. Surrounded by ice and snow, the people of this eastern dynasty are hardened by the inescapable cold. They are surprisingly known internationally for their culinary arts, specifically their pastries and deserts, of in which are gifted only to the most deserving of kings and queens.

Art imitates life here; the city is pristine, the infrastructure tall, graceful and almost crystal in nature. Much of the city is built up on itself like a tower to make the most of the sparse level earth as possible. It is often called the "Hidden Dynasty" because of how it intentionally blends in with the white terrain surrounding it. A great many travelers have been known to perish in harsh storms with safety less than 50ft away from them.

"Kal'aat is the heart of the north. Keep it pure. Keep it safe." — Kateu, City Guardsman.
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Into The Unknown
Apr 2 2020, 10:35 PM by Decha
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The ornate beauty of the Capital is rivaled by very few things in the north. Well known for their culinary arts, prevalent art culture and many Oriental cultural festivals, Jaah Kipu-tuga is a staple landmark for foreigners to visit. A vast majority of people live in stacked structures to conserve space, where every one to two stories constitute a single individual's home.

Because of its climate, this Capital has not seen a warm summer for as long as anyone can remember.

"We survive in the harshest of continents because we adapt with the world, not against it. The rest of Gilead could not say the same." — Pau, Merchant.
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The palace of ___ Dynasty is nestled in an alcove of the mountains where it overlooks the Capital. Seemingly innocuous on the outside due to the age-long tradition to preserve its 5,000 year old appearance, many in the past have tried to take it by force only to realize a moment too late that the palace is a trojan horse that houses some of the Dynasty's greatest warriors.

The traditional zen gardens are a staple landmark of the palace grounds, as well as the hot spring and indoor koi ponds.

"We are like the bear. If you leave us be, we sleep. If you poke us, we will rain fire down upon you." — Pashang, The Frigid
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Taru-Tau is a massive underground system beneath the Capital that has historically been used for a great many operations. From swiftly escorting citizens en mass during an invasion to isolating the highest-priority prisoners from ever seeing daylight, this underground world has been a prominent advantage of the dynasty.

There are people who have never left this place, building small settlement where they can live under the dynasty's protection, but without the bustle of the above city. A vital vein of the dynasty for thousands of years, there are many channels that have not yet been fully mapped out yet. Who knows what treasures have been long buried beneath ice and snow.

"We do not let foreigners enter Taru-Tau for the same reason you would not ask a stranger to hold your gold." — Feit, Banner Lord.
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Translating roughly to "Two Points", Malġuk Tanaak has long become an unmistakable landmark because it can be viewed from any point across the frozen expanse. Central to the continent and incredible in size at its every direction, this natural monument acts as a compass for those who are traveling. The directions between the curl of the landmark are directly north one way and south the next, and from its right and left are east and west respectively.

Isolated in a long and desolate terrain of virgin snow dunes, Malġuk Tanaak stands unmistakably above every rise and fall of the smooth wind-torn land. Accurate down the to the very coordinates, Malġuk Tanaak has led a great many iconic voyages and pioneers who looked upon it with hope that they are never entirely lost. As it is the continent's version of the north star, it is a very popular meeting point where many strangers meet other passing ships.

"You do not need divine providence, a miracle, when you have Malġuk Tanaak to answer your prayers." — Yukiu, The Longrunner.
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The Feline Express
Aug 9 2020, 1:07 AM by Everett
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The vast expanse of wilderness located just north of the Hinterlands. This region is host to the majority of terrestrial prey, including musk-ox, caribou and other smaller rodents, which can commonly be found roaming the surrounding areas. Arguably one of the most difficult places of the north to survive in, the Yuukon is large enough that it deviates from a taiga environment to a bare arctic the farther one travels to its north. Prey becomes scarcer upon the shift of environment, signs of life few and far between and those who travel in these unforgiving lands are met with lack of resources and unending snowstorms: a massive contrast to the forested portion of the Yuukon.

It is here in these perpetually-roaring storms and whistling winds that a variation of Snelandia's native tongue has been formed and adopted to combat the inability to hear one another; a language of hand signing, all so that the natives who make their homes in the Yuukon are still able to communicate. Despite its lack of predictability and unforgiving nature, the Yuukon is home to a striking amount of natives who manage in a place so far from trading routes and shops, eateries or other such modern things. Considered the more primal of Snelandia, the indigenous Yuukon people track their food for miles instead of merely ordering it at a tavern, and they treat wounds quickly rather than with leisure lest they grow cold and die.

"There are two options in the Yuukon: you either succeed, or you die. We do not have the leisure to be poor or unfortunate." — Taniqu, Mahneign Dynasty.
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Underneath It All
Jul 2 2020, 5:44 PM by Decha
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Translating roughly to "Choppy Water," U-na-jux lives by its age-old reputation with its consistent coastal hostility. Aside from its heavy waves and lack of tranquility, this region of sea is home to a great many perilous predators that intentionally hunt footsteps beneath the inclines of ice that act as a sturdy bank much in the way sand might do for a beach. They tend to drive beneath the ice and, when the moment makes itself known, strike up through the ice and take their prey down into the frigid unforgiving cold.

This region is very rich in marine mammals, fish, and seabirds, and both foxes and large polar bears frequent the solid earth around the sea so that they might hunt. This diversity of animals offers a plethora of valuable resources for those skilled enough to take them for themselves. A great many legends and recent sightings to credit such stories speak of not only a great sea dragon which resides here but a moccasin or two who migrate between here and elsewhere, luring in the unsuspecting and devouring them like tiny snacks.

"The waters are troubling for a native as myself: for foreigners? Impossible." — Calio, The Onlooker.
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Wild Game
May 29 2020, 11:40 PM by Tibor
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At the far west of the continent lies the surprisingly-warmer, thicker climate where the ___ Dynasty rests. While the warmer climate of the massive continent is noticeable, it is not enough to foster the lush greenery that the western dynasty sports: and that is why the dynasty acts as a greenhouse.

Surrounded by a large dome that keeps out the harsh winds, ___ Dynasty maintains an almost consistent spring and summer throughout the year; a contrast to the east. The humidity is born from the sun's constant heating of the glass above the settlement. The people of Western Snelandia are excellent curators of exotic creatures and plants alike, and are known for their animal symbioticism.

"I came from the East. I do not miss the winter, however; far from it. If I never go back, there will not be a single regret." — Mauk, Former Yuukon Inhabitant.
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Big Booboo
May 26 2020, 12:28 AM by Sunyoung
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A beautiful traditional work of art, Hisheng is surrounded by Sakurai trees that are seemingly always in bloom. This is where the Emperor/Empress dwell with their most trusted guards and samurai. Similar to its Eastern counterpart, the Western Palace is also not as easy to penetrate as it appears to be.

The estate is surrounded by countless bells in the trees around it, tethered to near-invisible spider silk threads. Even intruders with the softest feet will eventually misstep, and the warriors within the palace are famed for waking from a dead sleep the moment the bells chime. In order to traverse safely, one must be led through the well-lit paths that are always guarded.

"The key to any good protector is first learning the difference between a bell rustled by the wind or animal, and a bell rustled by a criminal." — Ganda, The Hawk.
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The beauty of Ettero is in the way it can be easily missed by the passing eye. Blended almost entirely with the nature around it, the temple has been curated with as few disturbances as possible; candles and torches, the rooms carved into the stone it's made from, the waterfalls above it allowed to pour through the aqueducts so as not to disrupt the delivery of water to the salmon waters below.

Many come to train their minds here alongside the monks and the peacekeepers, often coming to live in silence for months at a time until they emerge enlightened and new. It is an immersive experience where Magic is banned and technology is scarce. The homeless, the orphaned and the unfortunate are typically taken in without second thought...even if they're on the run.

"We have no power to change you. The change is from within. All we do, is teach discipline. From it, you can be your own master." — Hashteru, Senior Monk.
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Otherwise known as the Kapoa District, this area is heavily devoted to agriculture; namely rice, duck and chicken farming. Much of it is traded to the East to feed their immense culinary culture, and in exchange they typically receive resources with which to expand the dynasty farther into the lush rainforests around it. Honest but hard work, the workers of Kapoa Tau often find solace in the sheer beauty of the humid surroundings from the cloud-capped mountains to the rushing waterfalls.

Many travel through here on their way deeper into the wilds. Workers do their best to dissuade them, but often words of warning to not sate the curiosity of adventurous souls.

"I once was a duck farmer, but then I grew to love my ducks. I then became a koi keeper, but could not bear to rid of them. Finally, I found peace in the tiny grain of rice...so much less guilt." — Tomada, The Wise.
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