Desicions: Soliciting Opinions

Ok, so part of the Keep expansion I’m working on is an aspidochelone. The issue I’m having at the moment is a question of size. Initially, I thought about making the island on its back about 2300 square miles (roughly size of the largest island in the Bahamas) with a 70,000 population. But, the more I work with it, the more I think I’d like it larger. So, I’m thinking about a major upgrade to approximately 90,000 square miles (a bit smaller than the UK), with a large population (which is really the goal).

Any thoughts from the readership?

(I’m already working out the water displacement issue and accounting for it.)

Earths, Magipocalypse, The Realm, & The Keep: Thoughts and Merging

After some thought, I decided to take the prologue I posted weeks ago and run with the magipocalypse inspiration that’s been floating in my head for months. However, I didn’t want to start an entirely new setting while in the process of working on The Keep. Fortunately, my madness worked things out preemptively.

I’d already written in a way to include two Earths in one setting.

The basic Keep setting idea focuses on two worlds: Earth and The Realm.

Earth is a hidden magic world with a variety of species and magic, as I discussed briefly previously, centered on the fictional city Newtown.

The Realm is a secondary world, where the Keep is located. The Keep is a structure and entity founded by Earth magicians on a peninsula on a continent on The Realm.

The Realm has two major continents: Lesyan and Niversi.

Niversi is less important right now, but it is where the majority of the native Realm populace lives. This continent is tied up with its own nations and problems. Its residents have no contact with or knowledge of Earth or the Keep.

Lesyan is where the Keep and its associated city, town, and nature preserve are located with a couple hundred thousand Earthers. Lesyan is uninhabited, as far as natives go . . . now. But, like all places, Lesyan has a long history. In this case, the continent’s history is loosely based on Chinese history: seven major kingdoms become three, become five, become a single unified empire. Then European history kicks in with a dark age after the empire collapses (yes, historians don’t use the phrase Dark Ages anymore). The dark ages end, new nations rise, history moves forward into a new age of magical experimentation and advancement.

Then something happens. I’m deliberately being unclear as to what (whether war magic, experiments gone awry, or whatnot). Regardless, everything on the continent is destroyed. The magical forces released change the continental geography. The fabric of magic on the continent is warped to the point that it adapts to what magic wielders expect. More importantly, perhaps, the barriers between The Realm and the multiverse become strained.

The end result is that inhabitants of many worlds have appeared on Lesyan (only around the coasts, for some reason; the interior is still basically wasteland). Among these is Earth and The Keep. But, given the properties of multiverses (see some of my earliest blog posts) and ultraverses, there’s nothing to stop the continent’s magic sink from drawing people or being opened to people from multiple alternate Earths.