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YouTube Channel Update

For those of you following the blog we wanted to update you on the status of the YouTube channel. We are currently in the process of acquiring assets and beginning the first bits of filming. For more information you can visit our YouTube page. The full introduction can be found below.

Beginning January 2017, we will proudly reveal the Disparia Books YouTube channel. The channel is going to be devoted to learning more about Bonn’s path to producing a finished book, how to improve your own writing, live streams, and interviews with experts in the industry. Here are just few highlights you can expect to enjoy:

  • Live interviews with experts in publishing, editing, writing, marketing, and more. Videos will be streamed live on YouTube and viewers are encouraged to ask questions to either Bonn or the guest.
  • What I’m playing/reading/watching. In this segment Bonn will discuss all the things he’s currently enjoying and provide opinions, reviews, and anything else worth sharing.
  • Need help writing? Look for short segments that will talk about specific areas of writing and what you can do to improve.

The main goal behind the channel is to help inspire you, the viewer. Whether you want to be a novelist or just like to draw in your spare time, we want to help you learn, grow, and achieve your goals.

Look for updates and information over the coming weeks as we officially launch the channel!

Weekly Fact Sheet: Week 8

Weekly Fact Sheet Week 8-The Western Reach

Number of islands: 12.

Largest islands: 1-Vrasgal, 2-Cayram, 3-Ayra.

Size of largest island: Approximately 80,000 square miles.

Total population of all islands: 10 million.

Number of uninhabited islands: Two completely, another two partially.

Largest city: Aries, on the island of Ayra, with a population of 400,000.

Primary source of income/sustenance: Agriculture and agricultural exports.

Noteworthy records and titles: Closest landmass to the Half World Effect, largest region of uninhabitable landmass on Disparia, lowest population density of all inhabited areas of Disparia, home to four of the six nations with the lowest GDP in the world, largest concentration of countries not allied with the TTC, and highest wind speed ever recorded on land (on the island of Vos).

The Western Reach is one of the most interesting places on Disparia from both a scientific and cultural perspective. Though Feron is widely considered the birthplace of humanity and home to countless ancient cultures, nowhere on Disparia is life more primitive or archaic than in the Western Reach. Where Feron and Atla now have major raillines connecting the people of each nation, and where the Inner Ring of Far Haven is home to economic and military superpowers, the Western Reach seems to have been left behind. Most of the people throughout the vast region live off the land, growing their own crops and tending to their own herds. Only in the largest cities and those closest to the Inner Ring will you find people who actually export their goods beyond the borders of their island.

Besides being known for its pastoral setting and simple but friendly people, the Western Reach is home to something altogether different. The Island of the Abyss, the westernmost island in the Reach, plunges farther into the Half World Effect than any other landmass on Disparia. In fact, the island is actually located within the storms and is the only place in the world where one could walk into the end of the world (if one could actually reach it).

But don’t let the island’s location fool you—nobody has ever set foot on the island as even sailing to it is impossible. Researchers have viewed the island from afar and know that it is a lifeless mass of craggy rock with a few sharp peaks jutting into the black storms. But that is as far as their knowledge goes. Winds off the west coast of the nearest islands, Hekam and Vos, reach more than 100 miles per hour on a regular basis. Winds were recorded to reach 180 miles per hour in the straight between Hekam and The Island of the Abyss, and likely only increase as one draws nearer.

Due to the vast distance between the edge of the Western Reach and Atla, most researchers opt to study the Half World Effect from the southeastern edge of Atla or the easier to reach portions of Feron. However, if the teams involved with project Deep Blue are successful, the Western Reach could become the launching point for numerous explorers and researchers alike.

Weekly Fact Sheet: Week 7

Weekly Fact Sheet Week 7-Destination Horizon

Project start date: 2nd of Gent, 240 EM.

Project end date: 1st of Vos, 250 EM.

Project goal: Safely breach the Half World Effect and return after doing so.

Summary of project guidelines: Applicants must create a vessel, craft, or method of breaching the Half World Effect surrounding the known lands of Disparia. In order for an application to qualify it must allow for at least one living individual to travel through the Half World Effect and return. Occupants or operators of the craft or device must be able to take basic measurements and recordings of the weather beyond the storms. Occupants must return safely once their mission has been accomplished. Projects will be officially launched on the 30th of Vos, and the first team to fulfill all requirements will be declared the winner.

Award: 100 million mig grant.

Project launch location: Two miles north of FreePort City, hosted by the University of FreePort.

Number of initial applicants: 1,248.

Number of finalists: 12.

Nations with most applicants: 1-Atla, 2-Redding, 3-Azlo.

Judges: A board of 50 individuals ranging from university deans and chancellors to government officials from nations throughout the world. Five scientists and inventors will also take part in judging applicants.

Project Deep Blue was formed with one goal—to finally breach the impenetrable wall of storms known as the Half World Effect and to see what sits beyond. For as long as records have been kept, people have been attempted to travel through the unusual weather and explore the land or sea beyond. While there are literally tens of thousands of documented cases of people venturing into the storms, there is not a single report of anyone making it through and returning afterwards. There are just as many myths and legends of people making it through the Half World Effect as there are actual documented cases, however none of those have been or can be verified.

Technological growth combined with a growing global population brought the once spurned aspect of Disparia back to the forefront of public interest a few decades ago. It wasn’t until a group of researchers from FreePort University decided to organize an official competition that anyone began planning how to make it through the natural phenomenon.

With over 1,000 initial applicants, ideas for breaching the storm ranged from the mundane (a large ship that was said to be unsinkable) to the absurd (building an underwater ladder). The initial pool of applicants has been reduced to just a dozen, though the 12 projects are just as unique as ever.

Besides trying to physically breach what has always been an impenetrable wall, project organizers are also hoping to learn more about the nature of the storms themselves and their effect on global climate. While the storms are isolated to a band around the known landmasses, their effects can be felt everywhere on Disparia. Basic research and observations are part of the project goals, while any extra research will be gladly accepted. Only two years remain before the participants formally unveil their designs and set their sights towards the darkest corners of Disparia.

Weekly Fact Sheet: Week 6

Weekly Fact Sheet Week 6-Crater Islands

Date incorporated: 12 EM.

First settlement founded: 1,087 PM.

Number of islands in the group: Eight.

Largest island: Flat Mountain Island.

Smallest island: Broken Crag.

Total area of the island group: 747 square miles.

Area of largest island: 284 square miles.

Area of smallest island: .4 square miles

Highest point in island group: Mount Jefferson at 3,448 feet.

Total population of the chain: 10,105.

Primary industries: Tourism, fishing, and travel chartering.

Crater Islands National Park is a chain of eight islands of the western coast of the FreePort Province. Situated approximately 50 miles from FreePort City’s docks, the chain of islands is both a tourist destination and the last major port before the islands of Far Haven or the land of Feron.

The islands throughout the region are diverse in size and shape. Flat Mountain Island, the largest island in the group, is home to several thousand people, half a dozen large ranches, and a large visitor’s center complete with hotels and restaurants. On the other hand, the smallest island is little more than a column of iron-rich metamorphic rocks and just enough moss to lend some visual variety.

While there is some variance to the size and shape of each island they all share the same weather pattern. With warm temperatures year-round, the region, much like FreePort City, has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate. Coastal sage scrub, island oak, eucalyptus trees, and some citrus trees are among the most common vegetation throughout the region. Ranchers grow feed for cattle. Crater Island Beef is widely considered to be among the finest beef in the world, with exports traveling as far as the Western Reach. The pleasant climate also makes the islands perfect for vacationing.

Whether you are looking to hike or gamble, swim or dine, Crater Island National Park has it all. With seven distinct commercial centers spread among four of the largest islands. Some of the largest resorts can accommodate more than 1,000 guests and included shopping, dining, and recreational facilities.

Foxes, rodents, birds, and a few species of snake call the islands home. Though not native to the islands, wild horses and cattle roam the hills of the larger islands after being brought there centuries ago.

Weekly Fact Sheet: Week 5

Weekly Fact Sheet Week 5-Sayfend City

Date founded: 701 PM.

Population: 80,000 or more (the population can vary by more than 10,000 depending on the time of year).

Area: 100 square miles.

Primary source of income: Lumber harvesting and milling.

Major attractions and events: Lumber Worker’s Union headquarters, Gent Trade College, The Lumber Market, and the Annual Valley of Gent Chili Cook-off.

Historical events: Founding in 701 PM, Grand Council’s revitalization project in 90 EM, first Annual Valley of Gent Chili Cook-off in 225 EM.

Sayfend is one of the largest cities in the Valley of Gent and the single largest exporter of lumber and lumber products. The vast forests throughout the Valley of Gent have been inhabited for thousands of years with small villages popping up in suitable places. Sayfend was one of the first major modern settlements to grow from an industry, namely milling and carpentry. It was one of the largest cities in the Valley for hundreds of years before its official formation nearly 1,000 years ago.

Besides being known for lumber and high-end wood furniture, the city is home to a number of quality trade schools, art galleries, and shopping centers. Most visitors and locals know the city as the Target of the Valley due to its location and unique configuration. The city proper is circular. Major roads form concentric rings around the City Center, located in the very center of the geographic area. Maps of the city look very much like archery targets or dart boards.

Most people living in Sayfend are natives to the region. Family owned businesses are more common than not, and many have been around for hundreds of years. Due to its relatively isolated nature and distance from FreePort, most visitors come from within the Valley, with few venturing from beyond Atla’s borders. Redlands, the largest city in the Valley, is reachable from FreePort via a different road, which further isolates the city. Despite how few people actually visit, the city is still home to more than 75,000 people.