Feron

Feron is home to nearly 500 million people and is considered the birthplace of humanity. Feron natives are known as Ferosians, though most tend to identify with their specific country of origin rather than claiming Feron as a whole. Though it is only 60% the size of Atla the land is more densely populated. Despite the densely populated cities and villages many regard the land as old fashioned or left behind when it comes to technological advancements. This does not mean that the people are ignorant savages or that they live in hovels. Rather, it means that the pace of life is generally slower and new technologies are not widely adopted until they have proven their value and worth throughout the rest of the world.

Feron is the warmest and wettest continent, with more tropical jungles than any other area on Disparia. The center of the continent is home to the hottest and most inhospitable desert in the known world, the Gateway to Dramon. The south end of the continent is the southernmost point on the known world. The Half World Effect sits 50 miles south of the southern coast and has made any voyage towards the South Pole more of a dream than possibility. Though the storms plague the waters just south of the continent, the southern coast itself is densely populated. The southern coast of Feron is home to the best fishing in the world and is the primary source of income and sustenance for almost 90% of the working class; as a result the region exports more seafood than the rest of the world combined. However, fishing is considerably more dangerous along the coasts of St. James, Menethos, Kairos, and Nasca than anywhere else where commercial fishing is common. 50% of the world’s total lost ships go missing along the southern coast of Feron. High waves and capricious currents caused by the Half World Effect require the bravest and most skilled fishermen and women. But for those that are willing to risk it all are rewarded with the most profitable commercial fishing in the known world. It is also the only area in the world where the upper class and nobility are comprised almost exclusively of fishermen and women. Besides being known for fish, Feron produces the largest supply of olives and olive oil in the world. Further, the many countries also export citrus fruits, spices, fabrics, and jewelry.

At the center of Feron is the most inhospitable place in the known world, the Gateway to Dramon. The Gateway to Dramon is a vast expanse of shifting sands and deadly temperatures surrounded by a ring of treacherous mountain peaks. Many scientists believe the desert is actually an impact crater created millions of years ago, but that still does little to explain the incredible winds and high temperatures that assault the area throughout the year. At the very heart of the desert is a location known as Hell, which many believe to be the entrance to the afterlife. It is said that the spirits of all living must brave the Gateway to Dramon in order to reach the afterlife on the other side of the planet. The blinding sandstorms and inhospitable climate are thought to be ways the gods protect the land from the living and test the resolve of those who wish to gain entrance to the heavens. Whether or not that’s true, the constant sandstorms and temperatures above 140 degrees mean nobody dares venture into the depths of the desert.

Coastal towns, mountain villages, and rolling hills dot the landscape beyond the Gateway to Dramon, many of which have been around for thousands of years. Motorcarts have not been available in Feron as long as they have on Atla, and as a result many of the coastal cities are incapable of accommodating motor traffic in their narrow and twisting cobbled streets. Only the newer outlying developments have been designed with mass transit in mind and as a result many of the cities are highly divided both visually and culturally.

Raillines are few and far between on the continent. There is one major line that circumnavigates the perimeter of the continent with a few smaller lines branching off like capillaries from the main line’s artery. But due to the density and layout of the older cities most raillines primarily serve the newer developments or fishing corporations.

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