Basic Map of the Realm:
An interactive, labeled, and higher resolution map can be found on its WorldAnvil page located here.
Firstly, an overview of the Realm itself:
The Realm is similar to Earth in apparent size, however being a world filled with magic there are multiple planes of existence, with the terrestrial planes numbering seven. The Overworld is the topmost layer and the one most of my attention will likely be spent on. The Underdark and Underforest, the second and third layers respectively, are the layers that will likely be influential enough in the Overworld to warrant their own proto-languages that might interact (or eventually interact) with the Overworld's.
The Underdark is basically just an advanced mostly interconnected cave system that's large enough to host some select civilizations. The Underforest is deeper still and is the lusher version of the Underdark, this is also where some of the Realm's sapient Ent peoples reside.
A list of all the seven seams is below:
- Zhartaj (the continent in the middle that's vaguely shaped like Africa)
- Fásguroŝ (the very small island to the bottom right of Zhartaj)
- Tayina (the continent shaped vaguely like the number '7')
- Arcenes (the continent occupying the south pole)
Sapient Species of the Realm:
Unlike Earth, there are more sapient species, or "races", than just humans which currently number 11. That number is likely to grow as most of these are just the overworld races and I haven't considered most of the other planes yet. Below is a list and description of the races:
- One of the more populous and widespread of the overworld races, humans are found throughout the realm and originated in Tayina and spread to all the other continents from there. They typically live between 70-80 years They are considered the first species of Man as they were created by the firstborn, Eiyrnas, of the Greater Divine being Eiyr in a competition with its other siblings.
- One of the other more populous races in the overworld, elves also originated in Tayina shortly after humans did. They are considered the second species of Man as they were created by the second-born, Suzarnas, of the Greater Divine being Eiyr in a competition with its other siblings. Elves have a typical lifespan of 200 years with very few living past 230.
- Dwarves are short humanoids who take on many skin colors based on their home environment, for example dwarves that are born near the sea are various shades of blue. Dwarves originated in Tayina shortly after Elves did. They are considered the third species of Man as they were created by the third-born, Maddadnas, of the Greater Divine being Eiyr in a competition with its other siblings. Dwarves live on average between 100 and 180 years old.
- Gnomes are short humanoids who are more slender than dwarves that also share many traits with elves. Gnomes originated in Tayina shortly after dwarves did. They are considered the fourth species of Man as they were created by the fourth-born, Suíanas, of the Greater Divine being Eiyr in a competition with its other siblings. Gnomes have no definitive biological lifespan, some live not much longer than 40 years, others can live to over 300, although that is very uncommon. Many gnomes use special magic to learn their maximum biological age because of this.
- Bonodu are the frog-like peoples native to the mystical swamps of inner Zhartaj. Mechanically they are near identical to the Grung of D&D 5e. Their larynx is unique in that it always vibrates, making true voiceless consonants impossible for the Bonoduʻ. They tend to live on average for 60-70 years and are typically not found far from their ancestral home swamp
- Zági are jaguar-like peoples native to the Zhagéri Jungles on Zhartaj. Mechanically they are near identical to the Tabaxi of D&D 5e. They tend to form small tribes in loose confederations. Zági tend to live around 120 years but very rarely any longer than that.
- Bovine-headed humanoids that are native to Orellen. Minotaurs are the extant sapient theriocephalous species in the Realm; there were more theriocephalolids, but the bovines found favor of the gods and so all others were stripped of their sapience and eventually went extinct. Minotaurs typically live to about 90 years old.
- Are vaguely humanoid tree people who are found throughout the wooded areas of the realm. There are two main varieties/sub-species of Ents depending on their habitat: Forest/Overworld Ents and Underforest Ents. Forest Ents inhabit the overworld's forests while Underforest Ents are mostly sequestered to the Underforest, the third layer of the realm. Ents are one of the few sapient creatures that all innately speak the same language and write using the same orthography, both given to them from their divine creator. Although they are capable of learning others. Ents are the longest-lived overworld race on average at 220 years.
- Pale Ones or Nifarzhi are a large crustaceal demon humanoid found most typically between the lowermost layers of the Underdark and the uppermost layers of the swampy fourth layer, the Fenndark. Although completely lacking eyes, pale ones have incredibly precise 'sight' from their Tremorsense, especially when in their native environment, the underground and cavernous lakes below the Underforest. There are two major subspecies: aquaticum and semaquaticum, with the former being entirely aquatic while the latter lives parts of its life on (subterranean) land. Their average lifespan is roughly 100 years.
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- Dragonborn were originally created to be the servants and messengers of dragons but eventually they broke free from their dragon dominion.
Languages and Proto-Languages Overview
I'm planning on have a moderate amount of proto-languages in the Overworld, I'm thinking no more than 4 per each continent for a total of around 16. I doubt most will be very fleshed out, but I want to make at least a couple of fuller and more developed ones. I do plan on having a few of these languages be "divine" meaning that they are innate to some and mostly unchanging like the Ent peoples native language, which is magically bestowed upon them by their creator. Essentially, magical language isolates of which I currently have 3 planned.
- Proto-Khrazk a ɴᴏᴍ-ᴀᴄᴄ language that originated in northeastern Orellen and whose daughters are planned to be similar to Polish.
- Proto-Ũdobundõan a language spoken by frog peoples in the central swamps of Zhartaj
- Proto-Aetoran which split into Eastern-Aetoran and Western-Aetoran.
- Ærdan a divine language created by Connirof who gifts it to all Ents.
Various deities actually exist in the realm and many are followed in differing ways by different religions. Some people follow deities that don't even exist purely on faith because most of the deities rarely interact directly with mankind and those that do are often deities specific to a certain region or species like Connirof, the divine being and progenitor of Ents. Because the realm has canonical gods, there also exists a pantheon to relate them. No religions follow the canonical pantheon exactly, but some come closer to reality than others. Of course the adherents of these religions would have no way to know that for certain.
The canonical pantheon's naming structure mostly for my own organizational purposes is below: