Tuta Hua Zamin
East of Bhaskara are the islands known collectively as the Tuta Hua Zamin – the Fractured Lands. From the crescent tips of the Island of the Moon to the southern coastline of Chirayu is nearly 4000 miles. From the westernmost island to the eastern tip of the Finger of Roshan is less than 2500 miles.
There are three large islands, half a dozen lesser islands, and thousands of small islets and atolls. The waters are treacherous with reefs, strong currents, and sea drakes. Ice floes are a hazard in the north, completely choking the Rajani Strait in winter.
The dragons who rule these islands are almost all female. They are fiercely territorial and there are frequent clashes between them. However, there isn’t the deep enmity between the island rulers that exists between some of the Bhaskaran rulers. The people of the islands are as rowdy and fractious as their rulers, making conflict a way of life.
There are fewer dwarves and gnomes in the Tuta Hua Zamin, and most of those live in the south of Chirayu. Humans and elves, however, are numerous. The elves easily adapt their nomadic, tribal natures to sea life, and create flotillas of clan ships. There isn’t much in the way of racial tension among the Islanders; it’s more a case of rivalry, and one’s profession plays a far more critical role than one’s race. The rivalry is often good natured, if intense. Fighting and bloodshed are common, but the Islanders never suffer the devastation of all out war.
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