Devanand – an Overview
The name Devanand means, literally, God’s Joy. Physically, the world is much like earth, with an equivalent size and axial tilt, and one moon. This gives the world seasonal changes, weather patterns, and tides that would be recognizable to anyone from Earth. It has a solar year of 368 days.
Devanand is also a world of magic and mythical creatures. Dragons were the first species to develop intelligence and, consequently, civilization. Their physical and magical powers have given them such advantage over the other races that dragons have absolute rule. Close cousins also fill many ecological niches, from tiny pollinators in the southern jungles to the largest predators in the oceans.
The other sentient races of Devanand, as Terrans would recognize them, include humans, dwarves, elves, and gnomes. All of them are subject to their dragon masters. In some places, these “lesser” races are slaves. Other dragons think of them as children who need guidance and care. This, and other ideological differences, keep the dragons at odds with each other. Most people, of any race, consider the dragons as divine, the earthly manifestations of gods. None of the dragons, no matter how benign toward the other races, has ever corrected or discouraged this belief.
Though dragons rule, most of the day-to-day dealings of state, including trade and diplomacy (and all the other boring administrative duties), are conducted by appointed ministers. Even though the various nation-states are often at war with each other, there is still a great deal of commerce and trade between them.
Devanand is a rich and complex world, physically, socially, and politically. If you’ve enjoyed this little overview, and this sounds like an interesting place, please check back. I’ll be posting more information, detailing places, dragons, VIPs, and general fun stuff about the world.
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