The Lands of Aphelion
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Aphelion's largest continent, the home of the ves. Full resolution image Here.
Valbaara, the homeland of the nenn and Rhodinea's largest territory. Valbaara is dominated by steppe, scrubland, and plains with very little changes in elevation, except towards the northeast. The climate varies from temperate to subtropical, and the open grazeland attracts large herbivores like horses, bison, and aurochs.
Kenor is the homeland of the mirken, Rhodinea's only inner sea, and the continent's largest tropical rainforest. This jungle, called Elderwood, is commonly understood as the homeland of the original tree-dwelling ves. Kenor's diversity of flora and fauna is unparalleled anywhere else on the continent. A vast network of underground caverns lies beneath nearly a third of the land.
Amasa is the homeland of the sephid and is comprised of diverse biomes, from the great swamps in the west, to the semi-arid south, to the tropical home islands. Unlike the rest of the continent, the only native mammal of Amasa is the sephid people. Otherwise, these lands are dominated by reptiles, birds, amphibians, and non-mammalian synapsids.
Grenvel is the homeland of the iroth and primarily carved around the two mountain ranges that define its territory. The home island is host to Aphelion's oldest and largest mountain range, and the second largest range, the Jonders, forms the border between the Kingdom of Itas and Valbaara and Kenor. Grenvel is covered almost completely in woodlands and temperate rainforests, which are host to very unique flora and fauna found nowhere else on Aphelion
Ypsen is the homeland of the kurai and Aphelion's largest desert. Very little of this nation is arable land, and so the native population is very sparse and largely clustered around the eastern coast. The northern salt flats and the cyanide waters of Bitter Wells are completely inhospitable to everything but the local life forms. A massive canyon runs between southern Ypsen and northern Valbaara.
Uir (pronouced "weer") is the homeland of the nokai and the most isolated lands in Rhodinea. Long before the vesian migration, Uir was much larger, though the northern portion broke off and disappeared into the sea for unknown reasons. This island nation is very cold, and a third of it is covered in permafrost. Uir is very sparsely populated and more than half of the population herd caribou.
Arborealis is fairly well studied by vesian scholars, and most of the continent's coastline has been mapped out. The southern reaches are too cold to reach by land, and the sea ice is too thick, so the true size of this continent is not currently known. The only interaction between Arborealis and Rhodinea are wayward ves who come for research purposes, though the native olegarths have little interest in any meaningful interactions. Though Arborealis is comparatively close to Rhodinea, the ves have only discovered this continent and its inhabitants within the past few centuries.
Arborealis is largely covered in mountains and evergreen forests, not dissimilar to Grenvel island, though the local wildlife would be unrecognizable to any Rhodinean native.