While the continent of Eletreus is the known world – there ARE lands beyond, most of which are only alluded to or are largely unknown.
Exploration is still done the old fashioned way – by mundane transports such as ships and lighter than air dirigibles as astral projection only allows a magician to visit a place that they have physically been to before. Attempts by magicians to explore beyond the known world encounter a curious phenomenon – for as they reach the seas beyond what is known, the waters cascade into an endless abyss, and there appears a huge dragon like creature that chases them back to familiar lands..
THE HARMONIOUS ISLES
Directly east to the lands of Lhasa is an island archipelago known as the Harmonious Isles (Washima in the local language). The northernmost island, Kitashima, is relatively close by to Eastern Aelutia – though the area nearby is wilderness and uninhabited.
While the northern regions of the Harmonious Isles have been heavily influenced by early Lhasian cultural exchanges – the Southern area, known as ‘Sengoku’ (the war-lands) and ‘Jigoku’ (hell) are entirely subjugated by Hobgoblin armies that have warred against the northern Kingdoms for centuries and the entire island chain is wracked by this civil conflict that has no end in sight.
In Eletreus, travelers from the Harmonious Isles are rarely encountered, but the most famous of all the people of these islands is the Deathless Witch, who came to Eletreus from the island chain in 46 BE, around 1076 years ago..
PLACES OF INTEREST
KITASHIMA: The Northernmost island. Mostly wilderness but with a large coastal city that trades to a limited degree with the outside world, most notably Lhasa.
SHUTOMACHI: The glorious, and heavily fortified capital – home to the current Shogun, Hideki Shirakuni.
CHUGOKU: This region is frequently the target of Hobgoblin raids and is colloquially known as ‘Namidakuni’ – the land of tears..
MINAMIJO: The largest fortification in all of the Harmonious Isles – a massive stone wall along the river and several large castles and battlements.
HIGASHI: Easternmost island and relatively peaceful as Hobgoblins are notoriously bad sailors and their ships clumsy and used only to transport troops.
SENGOKU: Entirely controlled by the Hobgoblins, in this hideous war ravaged land humans are regarded purely as slaves, worked to death in the fields and the mines, and these are the scene of many a battle by Samurai armies attempting to reclaim these lands, though all such victories are ultimately short-lived.
JIGOKU: Deep behind enemy lines, this island is firmly under Hobgoblin control and despite frequent attempt by the Samurai armies of the Harmonious isles, no land here has ever been liberated back to human control.
ONIMACHI: The capital of the Hobgoblins and seat of their own Shogun, Ogura the defiant.
The northern most islands of this area have been known to and settled by pirates for nearly 200 years, and largely kept secret. But the great island, Jungle Island proper, has recently been partially explored by the adventurer Princess Christiane of Aelutia, who with her entourage and a specially outfitted Zeppelin dirigible, has encountered a fierce and primitive Dwarvern civilization based deep in the Jungles.
Rumors of gold deposits beyond anyone’s wildest dreams and the opportunity to carve out a name for themselves has seen this area become of extreme interest to other explorers following in the Princesses wake, and a base has been established near the swampy lands to the far north of the island. But tensions between the Dwarvern inhabitants have started to mount as they have realized that the newcomers are not gods as they originally thought, but mere mortals and potential invaders, and the possibility of a terrible conflict is looming.