Of Teragen

In the Rending Teretz received only four continents, much less than our seven, but they are vast. It also received many islands. Here the most prominent of the continents is described. The names of its lands and features are translated loosely and perhaps with some error into English. (For the magic of Teretz can translate any tongue to another in any ear, but it does not translate names, out of reverence.)

Before the Rending, nearly all men dwelt in the regions we know as Northern Africa and the Middle East. These lands being removed from Teretz, the people who remained were taken up and placed on the far northwest of a yet unexplored continent. So they named it Teragen, the First-land. The region where most first arrived was near to a great lake, so they called the place Limnalad, Lake-born. There was also a great river there. It was first called Potarah, for it made the land around fruitful, but later when men began to sail east and west on the river toward the ocean and the lake it was renamed Darthalass, the Sea-road.

In time it was realized that the “lake” was in fact much greater than a lake. It was soon named the Sea of Shemayim. The name apparently means something like Sun-water, and this may be because from all around the sea, it flamed and glittered with brilliant luminance under the noon. Over time the true extent of the sea became known, and in the final accounts it was said to be a near-perfect circle almost 1200 miles wide. It sat in the center of Teragen, and in all the journeys men took there, they wheeled around it on one side or the other until they could sail.

The first movements from Limnalad were north, but after much travel the lands became cold and dead. This region was named Teraqor, the Cold-land. Very few people ever lived there, and dark creatures came to fill it, but rumors suggest that eventually these creatures were driven out by the elves, and they established a kingdom there hidden in the ice and snow.

People then began moving westward. This move was stalled for many years because they soon came upon great mountains, and they named the land Petsuwr (Rocky). Some men settled in the mountains and wandered their peaks as nomads, but these were few. Only after the coming of the elves were men able, by elvish aid, to make paths through the mountains to the lands beyond.

Those who went due west or northwest came upon a vast desert, and they named it Terchowl, the Sand-land, though its northernmost regions were hard and rocky rather than sandy. Many people became nomads there, but no kingdoms were established until Emeth the Green brought forth by his magic the great oasis called Peggan, the Garden-fount.

Those who went south after Petsuwr continued over lower and flatter rocks for some way until they came to a great and long series of cliffs. To the west, in an attempt to go around the cliffs, they found long, grassy plains and came to another shore. This region was named Cheiliam (Western Beach). But some found paths down the cliffs, and they came to a land with many rivers, rich soil, tall grasses, and abundant vegetation, with forests which stretched beyond the sight of the keenest eyes. It was called Karporetz, Fruitful-land. Few people ventured any further south than Karporetz for a long time because it was such a pleasant place.

Around the time the men first passed Petsuwr, people began to cross the river Darthalass, and the land immediately south of it was called Perahar, which means Across-the-river. The land there was full of marshes and bogs, but on its eastern edge it met the ocean in what many have said are the most beautiful beaches in either Earth or Teretz. They were long and white, with the clearest waters in Teragen. As the sun rose over them, some peculiar quality of the sands there caused them to sparkle with every color. For one or two weeks in the year this effect was so strong that miles of beach appearing to be flaming in rainbow. So they were named Irisaph, Rainbow-shores. And for many ages, whenever this sight appeared, the people who dwelt there would cease all work and give themselves to celebration until the last glimmer of color faded.

South of Perahar and Irisaph there was another desert, much larger than Terchowl. It was much less flat than Terchowl, filled with high dunes and, in the center, a towering mountain. So the land was named Orokaum, Scorching-hills. Even after the mountain, it gradually sloped higher in the south, and where it reached the coast it stood as massive cliffs.

Those who finally moved south of Karporetz found grassy highlands which they named Orochort. Many small villages were built there, and it was a peaceful, quiet land for a long time. But those who ventured still farther south came to regret it. For it was in the southwestern corners of Teragen were the Great Magician had built his greatest fortress.

Therefore the vast lands in that region were called Eremageo, Magic-waste. The fortress of the Great Magician was still there in the center, and all of the lands around it for hundreds of miles were black and dead. Nothing grew there, and nothing lived there except for dark and unnatural creatures fashioned during the War. To this day not an inch of the land has been restored, but it is said that when the Reconciliation is complete, all the black will turn green, and nowhere in Earth or Teretz will be able to rival its beauty. Then it shall be renamed Shen-Eden, and its old fortress will crumble, and in its place a son of the Six will build a palace dedicated to Eleos.

East of Eremageo, men found vast forests, spanning hundreds of miles. They named it Hulael, Mighty Forest. In this land they found many foul creatures who remained from the perversions of the Magician’s War, and so it was many years before men tamed the forests and were able to travel farther toward the southernmost region of Teragen.

Eventually, men did reach the bottom of Teragen, and there they found a varied region, containing very different geographies all close together. There were hills, grasslands, deserts, rivers, a jungle, a massive mountain, and the famed southern beaches. It was therefore named Echpoletz, with a meaning something to the effect of “Many lands in one.”

In the west of Echpoletz, near where it meets Orokaum, there is a narrow land between the oceans connecting Teragen to the Southern Realm, also called Noterreg. Few people passed on to there in the oldest days, and of the doings there little news has ever reached our world. It is said that the peoples and lands of Noterreg are even more various and splendid than those known in Teragen, and the adventures and history there no less amazing than those I will be recounting. But their stories are not the most important story and do not pertain to the comings and goings between Teretz and Earth, in which I am alone interested.

One important land remains in Teragen. After men began to sail the Sea of Shemayim, they found a large island, roughly crescent-shaped, near the sea’s center. It was named in this time Yaralassa, Sea-moon. However, in later times this name was nearly forgotten, replaced by the more infamous name of Anath, for this island became the domain of the Anathim after their rebellion. It was then surrounded by a magic ring of perpetual storms which prevented any man from entering and leaving the island, which was not broken for centuries. The wars between the Terethim and the Anathim began when Eleos gave the land to Tereth and his descendants.

A rough map, approximated from these collected descriptions:

Teragen

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