The Islanders Week 1: Introduction and Island of Winds
Introductory, by Chester Kammeston
- This book is introduced by Chaster Kammeston, who is not the author of the book, but likely a person of some reknown. Kammestone claims to know little about the islands, but feels a lot.
- Kammeston was born on his island, has never stepped off, and never will. He does not reveal which island is his home.
- The Archipelago is the largest geographical feature on unnamed world, spanning the whole girth of the world and many climates.
- The Midway Sea comprises more than 70% of the world surface.
- Two continents exist - one to the north with no name but colloquially called 'Nordmaieure' with 60 different states and nations.
- The other is officially named Sudmaieure and, like Antarctica, is mostly uninhabited and polar. Wars between northern nations are fought by proxy on Sudmaieure.
- The Islands adhere to a Covenant of Neutrality.
- There are too many islands to number. Most have Patois names, sometimes more than one. There are no reliable maps of the whole archipelago.
- The world has some unusual features. "Temporal gradients" prevent high altitude mapping, and exist anywhere in the world except at poles. Low level cartography also difficult, due to "gravitational anomalies"
- The nature of Islanders is described
- A table of contents reveals the structure of the book.
Aay: Island of Winds
- The Island of Winds is caught between two major global ocean currents. These give rise to several unusual winds on the island.
- Aay is the home of the Academy of Winds, founded by a woman named Esphoven Muy who initiated the study of winds.
- The Academy of Winds has several faculties: Astronomical & Mythological, Natural World, Anthropomorphism, Necromancy, Scientific Observation, Military History, Navigation, and Geography & Topography.
- The famous artist, Dryd Bathurst, also lived on this island and seems to have had a relationship with Esphoven Muy. Both later moved away to the island of Piqay, though they did not stay together.
- Some of Bathurst's works are described. Chester Kammeston is revealed as the author of a biography of Dryd Bathurst.
What early themes can you see emerging? What should we keep an eye on as we continue our reading?
Any early thoughts on the World Priest is building, here?
This book will largely be a gazetteer of places. With Aay, we get our first taste. Comments to date?
Did any text passages catch your eye?