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Geography

DirtThe world which we call Dirt is a fascinating place that, despite the large continents, is mostly water.

The primary continental masses, those which are livable, are in the norther hemisphere with the continent known as Bind just reaching to the equator.

The largest known land mass sits beyond the North Hoar Ridge and stretches over Hoar North, the northern polar icecap.  Of this land very little is known as it is a region of bitter cold, vast glaciers, unmapped mountain ranges and ice fields.

Bind is the largest of the populated masses with the second largest being the continent variously known as Heinelina and The Prelates to name but two. 

The climate is, perhaps, a little on the cool side at times, though the very far south of Bind, near the equator, benefit from warm winds and sea currents.  Large areas are prone to low precipitation and this includes areas like Jerr-Vone in the north of bind and the eastern third of Bind referred to as The Eastern Plains.

Winters in the north can be cold and the far north will see snow for much of the winter season when the majority of precipitation is seen.   It is rare that snow is seen below the Taken Line, especially near the coastal areas, but it has happened in the odd century. 

Dirt has never been a heavily forested world and although there are great forests, notably the Weld Ormete Nord on the Bekon-Coldor border in north Bind, open moorland and heathland predominates.  This may contribute to the surprisingly low population of the world where resources of wood and minerals can be difficult to obtain in quantity. 

Advancements in invention and medication have been problematic over the millennia and constant warring between empires has seen the near total collapse of society several times with advancements being forgotten and populations becoming isolated and easily suppressed. 

More details can be found in the various categories shown below.

Categories

Dwy-Earde

Variously known as Heinelina and The Prelates, Dwy-Earde is a large continent to the west of the Yonder Sea.

Maps

Maps of some of the populated regions of Dirt

Orl-Earde

Orl-Earde sits to the east of the Yonder Sea and for many, many millennia has been known as Bind. It is the largest habitable continent on Dirt, though with the lowest population density.

Other Major Features

Aside from the two largest continents, there are several islands, the supposed mythical third continent, the poles and the oceans

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Jerr-Vone

Often thought of as the driest place on Dirt, Jerr-Vone is, surprisingly, in the northwest of Orl-Earde, to the west of Bekon.

The Sand Hills

Often thought of as the home of the Draig yr Anailr, the Sand Hills are the most northerly region of the Eastern Plains

The Eastern Plains

The largest defined area of Orl-Earde (Bind), the Eastern Plains has a long and difficult history

Kend and Cisson

Map of the country of Kend, south of the Red Mountains

Kend and Cisson

More often joined than separated, these two small countries are in one of the more beautiful areas of the southern states

The Isle of Hope

Set of the south coast of Orl-Earde, this large and beautiful island is bathed in the warm current from the Missing Sea. However, it has spent much of its history unpopulated.

Bekon

The most populated and fertile area of Bind, Bekon lies in the northern half of the continent and includes the regions of Hertenesse and Tharkenss and the Black Hills.

Tepid Lakes and The Beacon of Hope

Centering on Tepid Lakes, this also shows the area from Sarn in the south up to Heldon Heights (The Beacon of Hope)

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Measures

1 Dirt League = 3.45 miles (5.55km)

Circumference = 5800 leagues (appx)

Days in year = 336

Taken Line

This is a line measured by dragons that is at the latitude of the Isle of Taken.  

The North Hoar Ridge

This is a line above which there is no settlement.  The line is 500 leagues from the northern pole.

The distance from the ridge to the equator is approx 950 leagues.

The size of Dirt

The true size of Dirt is the subject of much argument, however the above figure is generally recognised as the most probable.

Dates

There is no common dating system on Dirt.  With so many dynasties over time, each using their own dating system, none has ever been accepted as standard; both the Heinela and the Haften dynasties had their own calendars.  Oran Helting did not believe in the concept of time and did not even recognise the idea of a geological year. 

In many towns and countries where dates are needed for records or other official reasons, they will often start at year one of the administration. If the country is later taken over by another dynasty, they will simply start again. It has been commented that the lack of a central organised dating system since the times of the early large dynasties has contributed to the lack of progress in society.