Amanne is a northern kingdom, encompassing most of the Moq peninsula and commanding the largest trade economy in the known world due to the number of convenient shipping lanes nearby. To the north is the frigid Sea of Nels, named after the great hero of Amanne. The giants’ coast is home to a diverse ecosystem and the numerous islands in the area provide refuge for many exotic species of migrating birds and fish. To the south, the once-great nation of Moqol watches the eastern shoreline. The ancient mountains of Dragons’ Crest are the most imposing feature of the peninsula, and serve as a border between the
northern kingdoms (Amanne and Moqol) and the barren Nethlands.
The Nethlands, also called the midden due to their relative location, are comprised mainly of open fields, rocky hills and thin evergreen forests. The region, once home to the capital of Moqol is now inhabited by the Neth, or in their language “The ones who eat”. Most Neth inhabit the region surrounding the famed sunken city of Dal-Mara, called the “Port Wilds” by Historians (Dal-Mara was once home to a massive port near the swamps of the Port Wilds). The large marshlands of legend, where Nels defeated the demon armies of Tralek have since receded, and the ancient silt beds are a hotspot for treasure hunters. The Hills of the Nethlands are the source of many legends surrounding Giants. It is believed by many that the “Terrible Darkness” that collapsed the Tarsan Empire in the year 0 was actually an invasion by the “black giants” of the Nethlands. Anthropologists also suspect that many Neth have Giant’s blood.
The Nethlands have a fairly ambiguous boundary, due to the migratory nature of the Neth People and the vast wastelands that even the Neth care little for. Legend has it that the capital of Tarsa was located somewhere in the wastes, but searching such a vast expanse of inhospitable land has proved difficult. The natives of the wastes are called the Scorpion-folk, and call themselves “Ky’hon” are rapidly approaching extinction at the hands of the southern Neth warlords, who see the religion of the Ky’hon as immoral and evil for reasons unknown to Northern scholars. Adventurers who have contacted the reclusive scorpion-folk say that they worship ancient gods, similar to those of the Tarsans, and that they live in large underground caverns to protect against the harsh wasteland sun.
The Bridge of Tears (simply called “The Bridge”) is not actually a bridge. It is a channel that separates the Wastelands/Nethlands from the famed Oltec Empire (more specifically, the Lands of the Spear-Kings. The northern part of Oltec is comprised of a massive desert, known as the Sea of Strife. A few towns occupy the banks of the Bridge, but the Sea of Strife is almost devoid of any life at all. Merchant Caravans from the North and Midden travel well-defined paths, as the constantly shifting sands are famously hard to navigate (detailed in the famed story Ulric’s Tale).
The Olteca are as much a mystery to the Ammanian as they are source of legend and fear. Few Adventurers have made the journey from the Northern Kingdoms to the cities of Olteca and returned. The nobles of Amanne demand luxurious Oltec goods, and the ports swarm with merchants selling goods that are claimed to be Oltec. Even if the goods are authentic, they are rarely sold by Oltec merchants. Moqol and Neth trade caravans are the suppliers in almost every case. Interestingly enough, the larger cities of Amanne and Moqol have sizable Oltec immigrant populations. Almost none of them are from upper-class Oltec society, and generally claim that they were encouraged to immigrate by the Oltec Empire or were religious outcasts. These immigrants arrive on large boats of marvelous design. Besides the immigrants, who seem to know little of the famous Oltec science, the only presence the Oltec keep in the known world is the Cabal of the Glass Eye
It is known that in the far north lie the barren Faeric Isles.
To the west lies the unexplored continent of Ursk, known only by Oltec travelers.
Legend tells of a land inhabited by Wyverns to the west of Oltec (Wyvern skulls have been found on Dragons’ Crest) with multicolored seas and fish as big as oxen. Scholars speculate that the Oltec Empire comprises most of the remaining continent. Tarsan records have also spoken of a land “Far to the East”, comprised of “red stone islands” (likely sandstone) and inhabited by “creatures of both land and sea” who “wake to eat flesh and sleep to steal dreams”. Modern scholars have dubbed this hypothetical land “Gelvekia” or “Gelveka” and fantastic stories of the “dream-stealers” are becoming somewhat popular.