Lavana: A Summary
Comparative Size and Gravity - Lavana is slightly larger than Earth with heavier gravity, about 1.2 times as great as Earth's.
Solar System and Sun - Lavana revolves around a yellow star that its natives call Ghrayu, though some refer to it as the Phoenix. There is a large asteroid that was pulled into orbit (much closer to Ghrayu than Lavana) in recent millenia, but it is barely the size of Earth's moon. Lavana, Shakala, and Terole make up the Tri-System, and their inter-orbital spatial relationship is nothing short of unique; all three planets are close enough to each other that their gravitational fields are bound and almost tangled, causing them to orbit around each other and in turn circle Ghrayu as one unified mass. In the eleventh millenium, a planet called Sahan will be Created that orbits in the same elliptical 'ring' as do the three, but on the opposite side of Ghrayu.
Moon(s) - Lavana's two moons are caught between all three planets of the Tri-System and thus don't really orbit only one planet. Veron, the larger silvery moon (larger by a fifth than Earth's moon) is often seen in the night sky with Xerachin, the smaller rust-gold moon (about two-thirds of Earth's moon's size). See their Fact Sheets for more information.
Axial Tilt and Atmosphere - Lavana has an axial tilt much like that of Earth, causing her to experience the same seasons in the same slightly lengthened time periods. Due to being at an optimum distance from Ghrayu, Lavana's atmosphere is also much like Earth's, though Lavana has a considerably higher oxygen content.
World Coloration - Lavana is, quite frankly, a deceptively beautiful world. With pale violet skies and rosy clouds that darken to greyed red-purples when heavy with rainstorms and deep violets when filled with snow, Lavana seems like a child's fantasy world. While most of the trees have grey, grey-brown, or brown trunks like those of Earth, leaves are most commonly shades of blue, although purple and green are also very common. Lavana's two main types of grass are also interesting in hue: short blades of pale blue grass shaped like stiff strings of beads (appropriately called beadgrass) often intermingle with long, wheat-like strands of golden grasses. Seen from Lavana, the sun is fiery gold, Veron silver, and Xerachin ruddy golden; the stars are all the colors of the rainbow. Water is tinted slightly teal-violet, and oceans especially display this rich, vibrant color.
Large Continents - Lavana has three large continents, one of which remained undiscovered for the first two millenia of the planet's history. The largest continent is called Penyns, two massive, irregular blocks of land -one in the northern hemisphere and one in the southern- connected by a thick landbridge on the far left, a sea invading from the right. Penyns northernmost and southernmost points are frosted and covered in snowy tundra, while the rest of the continent has climate appropriate to its distance from the equater, which crosses the lower half of the landbridge. On the opposite side of the world is Handak, second-largest continent and rather ambiguously shaped. While not as east-to-west wide as Penyns, Handak has the same range north-to-south and thus much the same variety of climates, though its terrain is far less mountainous and thickly forested. The few Lavanian deserts are all on Handak, scattered to the north or south of the equator. The third and largely-unknown continent is southwest of Penyns and southeast of Handak; Honshane ("Refuge" or "Sanctuary") was discovered during the Dark Wars as a place that the Evils had not yet attacked. Honshane is perhaps the most interesting of the three, for its surface area is likely equal to that of Penyns due to so many huge cave systems networked under rolling mountains, although its amoeba-like shape is only the size of the northern half of Penyns. There are also strange floating islands that drift with the cross-currents of air over Honshane; these can be reached by a Minmon standing on its hind legs, so low they fly, yet none of them ever seem to brush against a mountaintop.
Small Landmasses - While Lavana has virtually no 'small continents', it is fairly riddled with islands and island chains. Most chains are near or on the equator, and one of the most famous ones -the Stepping Stones- provides a bridge from Handak's eastern shore to Penyns' western, with the largest water-gap between islands only twenty-three miles across. Some of the Stones are a foot or two underwater, but they still provide a way across for Lavanians who, well, have never made boats.
Oceans, Major Bodies of Water, and Major Rivers - Lavana's bodies of water don't attract as much attention as they should, likely because most saltwater is filled with vicious sea monsters that are bigger than many islands. The ocean that stretches from Handak's eastern shore to Penyns' western one (which contains the Stepping Stones as well as park of Honshane) is called Vyolit, "Beauty" to those living on its shores. The ocean separating Penyns' eastern shore from Handak's western one, a place largely devoid of large islands or even island chains, is called Tiuna, "Fierce" to any who have ever glimpsed the saltwater behemoths underneath its calm surface. The arctic seas (which freeze into glaciers at the poles) are simply called the North Sea and South Sea, although they're large enough to be considered oceans, and the last body of saltwater worth mentioning is the long, narrow sea sandwiched between the two halves of Penyns — Morning Sea, as the sun touches its waters first. While Lavana has no major rivers (comparable to the Mississippi or the Amazon), it does have one delta-marsh-swamp area north of the land bridge on the northern half of Penyns called the Falls. The Falls encompass several thousand acres of land and fill these areas with thick, warm mist that never completely clears and often becomes so dense that one cannot see their nose in front of their face. The Falls are also the birthplace (technically Creation-place) of many of the older but odder species, and rumor holds them to be a strange, mysterious, dangerous area that few voluntarily enter.
Korats, Nila, Olashi, Nigias, Sub-Athias, Leasheas, Maned Heifias.
Culture & Economy
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Technology & Energy
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Languages Commonly Used
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Lavana's History, Summarized
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Partial Beast List
- Quomai - 40-60' at withers - quadrupedal herbivores, aggressive in herds, protective shell on back
- Preda Ben(s) - 4-7' at withers - bipedal omnivores, squat body with powerful legs and slender arms and neck, herding tendencies
- Helk(s) - 8-9' at withers - quadrupedal herbivorous ungulates, muscular body with heavy hooves and sharp antlers
- Chitter(s) - 1' at withers - quadrupedal felines, sacrosanct, large herds
- Byrg(s) - 2-3' wingspan - flying blue mammals, nests in trees in swarms, annoying but not dangerous, sacrosanct
- Elei(s) - 1' long - pliable quadrupedal warm-blooded reptiles, parasite-eaters, live on plants or on large animals, sacrosanct
- Clatt(s) - 1' wingspan - vampiric flying mammals, very dangerous in large swarms
- Veloce(s) - 5-6' at withers - bipedal carnivores, extremely dangerous with sharp teeth and claws
- Alineo(s) - 5-6.5' at withers - quadrupedal herbivorous ungulates, intelligent but nonsentient, domesticated by Nila for riding
- Chynk(s) - 2-3' at withers - omnivorous quadrupedal Athians, furless, slender and swift, two pairs of wings (at shoulders and haunches)
- Blane(s) - 3-4.5' at withers - omnivorous quadrupedal Athians, toned in build, often arboreal
- Yit(s) - 4-5' at withers - omnivorous quadrupedal lupines, agile and swift
- Leafia(s) - 10' at withers - herbivorous quadrupedal ungulates, bird-like head, bladed tail
- Slym(s) - 2-3' at withers - herbivorous quadrupedal ungulates, thin and lean and fast, serpentine head
- Yakin(s) - 20-25' at withers - herbivorous quadrupedal Athians, bulky and slow, long heavy necks and tails
- Kotana(e) - 6-7' at withers - herbivorous quadrupedal ungulates, whip-like tail, herding tendencies
- Siilo(s) - 3-4' at withers - omnivorous bipedal Athians, similar to Preda Bens but smaller
- Ashino - 4-6' at withers - herbivorous quadrupedal Athians, beak-tipped jaws, serpentine tail, hooved
- Bym(s) - 4-5' at withers - omnivorous bipedal Athians, no forelegs/arms, long necks and tails, small heads
- Panret(ti) - 6-7' at back - carnivorous quadrupeds, insectoid limbs, canine head with antennae, no tails
- Rastriker(s) - 10-13' at withers - omnivorous quadrupedal Athians, forehands, horns decorating face, no tails
- Biartoa - 6-8' at withers - omnivorous quadrupedal Athians, beak-tipped jaws, adapted for running
- Chatine(s) - 4-6' at withers - omnivorous quadrupedal Athians, feathered wings, prehensile tails, very fast
- Cuma(i) - 2-3' at withers - omnivorous quadrupedal canines, very flexible, possibly arboreal, serpentine tails
- Fikia - 2-3' at withers - herbivorous quadrupedal Athians, slender and fragile, herding tendencies
- Zini - 4-5' at withers - omnivorous quadrupedal avians, wingless but feathered, canine torsos and tails, feline limbs
- Conlyn(s) - 3-4' at withers - omnivorous quadrupedal canines, feathered wings
- Candlora(i) - 13-16' at withers - omnivorous quadrupedal Athians, long fur, strange head-shape
- Etasa(i) - 3-4' at withers - herbivorous quadrupedal Athians, beaked faces, hooved, slender build
- Kwanisa(i) - 6-7' at withers - omnivorous quadrupedal Athians, bony neck-frill/-shield, furless, bladed tails
- Kuyanue(s) - 5-6' at withers - omnivorous quadrupedal Athians, maned and tufted, built for running
- Ashein(i) - 2' at withers - carnivorous quadrupedal Athians, slender and long-bodied, swift, pack tendencies
- Enthydyem(s) - 3-4' at withers - carnivorous quadrupedal reptiles, amphibious, furless, dangerous
Others: Nyae, Shrieker, Nomed, Reafia, Daceno, Valophez, Ferru, Ameralow, Gyrfal, Witca, Wekk, Eeppee, Wayga, Catatak, Elia-Skidish, Ful, Seker, Sygorus, Zeekler, Neent, Lari, Kanala, Croumke, Jlaien, Mopine, Hyhu, Trlei, Lainai, Adnam, Phlet, Waddiffé, Klrache, Chnka, Hebi, Skeiter, Bionae, Sub-Bionae, Enu, Patellwat, Trilae, Xei, Tihad, Neent, Lari, Kanala, Croumke, Jlaien, Mopine, Hyhu, Trlei, Lainai, Adnam, Phlet, Waddiffé, Klrache, Chnka, Hebi, Skeiter, Pajistjoth, Three-Beak, Bacarat, Pif, Giwl, Shasii, Seina, Purrul, Demeur, Herid, Jalana, Ronenté, Shawni, Vaxerle, Crys, Kuoni, Tyron, Autome, Shinea, Kaya, Maturay, Chapin, Filash, Apdasi, Mau, Rikosha, Jheb, Sana, Ressir, Cha, Jana, Zickaneera, Chralah, Fwya, Hin, Rach, Xera
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Denizens of World
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