Had to respond to this part first
Hugin wrote:Another thought I'm toying with is having that lake in Ethengar bust through the broken lands region during the second cataclysm (1720 BC) and temporarily flooding that glassland desert. This could be tied directly with "Akkila-Khan invades and conquers the southern steppes of Ethengar" which also happens in 1720 BC. The flooding of the grasslands could bring nutrients and soil aiding the ground's fertility slightly. Then, as a result of the LRoF circa 1700 BC , the flow is redirected within the broken lands and joins up with the Steel River, creating the great river we have today.
I'd been planning something very similar for the LRoF (which I imagine will alter the terrain you see in BC 2300 making it more closely resemble that of the modern day terrain. I pretty much figured such a blast would either vaporize the lake or cause it to disappear as it flows into underground passages. I actually like splitting this out into multiple events though, and your suggestion for tying this to the quakes in BC 1720 (and Akkila's invasion) is pretty brilliant!
I've got some problems with moving all that water south through those mountains the way the map is drawn no though. I might be able to reposition things to make it more believable. Another option is to just have the quakes alter the flow of the Streel itself, sending it on a winding trip through the Alfheimer plains (which I'm calling the Pampa Ichu in this period), and making things a bit greener. This could actually happen in BC 1750, which gives the land 30 years to become more productive before Akilla decides to invade in BC 1720.
Anyway, I really like this idea, and I think we'll find some variation that is going to work well!
Hugin wrote:What if the Streel were to have entered the Amsorak in the northeast and exited out the southeast (keeping in mind the Amsorak extends farther east, say to the hills)? If the Streel followed those hills out of Glantri, basically 'hugging' just to the east of them all the way south to that first 'gap' in the hills, we could have it enter Lake Amsorak immediately on the other side of those hills. (Hope that made sense)
Yeah, makes total sense. I like this idea. It'll definitely help give the area a different shape from the modern era, which is something I'm shooting for. I'll change the river so that it hugs the mountains/hills on its journey south and eventually empties in the Amsorak.
By the way, the Inti name for the Amsorak is Amaruyaku - which literally means "snake water". I chose it (using real Inca words) because it sounds the most like Amsorak, but if we can get the lake to wind and curve like a snake, so much the better.
I just had a thought - could we set up a google doc image for the three of us to use as a sketch pad to mark ideas on?
I can just pull the png from the website and post it on Google Docs. Never done that before, but we can give it a try. I'll post here when it's ready.
Hugin wrote:That did cross my mind too. My only reservation with this is 'why would they be there?'. Unlike the modern Known World, there is still quite a bit of more desirable land that is not inhabited/claimed/defended. However, having some kind of non-human population (perhaps lupin?) along the northern stretch of the Streel between Glantri and Lake Amsorak could work out very well.
As for the giants - they are being pushed from their ancestral lands by the dwarves (and possibly also the Antalians) up north. Most of the central mountains (through Darokin, Rockhome, Northern Reaches, etc) would have been (and many still are) part of the nation of Grondheim. I just can't see the giants or fey of that nation having any desire to move onto a flat grassland.
The more I think of it though, the more I like the lupin angle. The SC mentions that the Yazak Steppes are their ancestral homes, and the land we're talking about on this part of Brun (I imagine) would be very similar. It's possible that the lupin culture expanded out here all the way from Yazak - especially if the Sindi region/Sea of Fire is more habitable in this time period.
In addition I'm already planning on adding lupin to the fringe of Taymoran society as well - so they're going to be in the area anyway.