Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Some nitty-gritty on the world of the Lower Knights.

- The world's name, Atanoah, name means "World of Fires."

- It has 8 continents (determined more by political importance than geographical size), three of them being part of a chain of very large islands that circles the globe.

- Over 70% of the surface is ocean.

- Over 90% of the surface is covered by the Great Cloud, which resembles nuclear fall-out.

- The Cloud interferes with electrical operations, radio transmissions, and can cause severe psychological and physiological effects after prolonged exposure.

- There are approximately 125 Elements, or Core Fires, around the world that give Atanoah its name.

- Each Element burns off a radius of anywhere from 100 to 250 kilometers (65-160 miles) of the Cloud. Most are found in groups of three to seven, resulting in much larger openings in the Cloud (which is what accounts for the ~10% of the surface that’s habitable). These habitable areas are called Light Regions.

- There are 9 major nation states, some in political control of others. They are all located in Light Regions.

- To facilitate transportation between Light Regions, an orbital network was built, called the Sky Highway.

- The Highway is made up of a network of over 30 "nodes" (massive, city-sized space-stations in orbit), all connected to each other by "Bridgeway cables," some many thousands of kilometers long.

- Unlike objects in normal orbit, the nodes of the Highway have near-normal gravity, due to a clever mechanical arrangement of how they are suspended in orbit (more information is in the "Brave Nodes" note, which gives details on how the Highway works).

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