Long ago, the continent of Reiassan was colonized by three groups of people. Led by the Tabersi, they sailed a northern route, the only safe route across an ocean filled with magical maelstroms and dangerous creatures.
Not a century of colonization had passed before the climate shifted, and the once-safe northern route was iced and dangerous. The colonists were cut off.
Free from the threat of aggression from the homeland, the Ideztozhyuh, never happy under Tabersi rule, rebelled, taking the northern lands with them.
Centuries of war followed. The Ideztozhyuh became the Calenyena, the “highest kingdom of the highest kings.” The Tabersi became the Bitrani, named for the governor who kept them from dying over their first awful years. The Arrans stayed where they were and attempted to stay neutral; they were eventually overrun by both other nations.
Eventually, the Calenyena won the war. The Bitrani surrendered (this is the story told in “the Rin & Girey story/Into Lannamer“) and were absorbed into Calenta.
Centuries have passed since the surrender, but Bitrani-Calenyena relations are still strained.
(for scribbled map see here)
Reiassan is a comma-shaped (more or less) continent running 518 miles at its widest point by 2700 miles long. The northern reaches of the continent are covered in ice; the southern are warm and pleasant most of the year.
The continent is largely glacier-carved, looking in relief like a crumpled napkin. Rivers and coastal boats are the most common form of transportation, even into the steam (Edally) era.
Ilelteddez sits on the coastline between Lannamer, the capital city, and The Arran Cities, a conglomerate of three very close cities who still hold, quietly, to their own unique ethnic and national heritage. Its winters are cold, verging on harsh, and its summers are relatively mild. Spring comes on immensely wet, with the threat of frost lasting nearly until summertime.
Agriculture in the north tends towards what crops can be grown on slopes – more root crops and less grain crops, for one. Very little forested area exists; many of the trees are scrublike and wind-twisted.
Down in the south, the portion of the continent that was formerly Bithrain, the land is flatter, moister, and warmer, with a great deal of swamp- and wetlands. Trees similar to the mangrove are prevalent here, and rice is a staple crop.