The island’s climate and topography differs due to the fact three mountain ranges divide it into different sections. This is why only four aspects of the island will be discussed.


General view from out at sea:


Mi’Zhika is a large island which area covers ___Km². Its climate is similar to northern Mesopotamia’s, Turkey, or some of the countries that make up the Balkans. If you were to sail around it, the northern shores would remind you of Montenegro whereas the southern side would remind you of Oman or Morroco. The eastern side with its marshes would look out of this world while the western side’s steep cliffs and mighty mountains would remind you of the “Pyrénnées-Atlantiques”, in France. Though these examples may sound totally different and probably impossible to assemble into something making any sense, the soil and rock’s colour will help merge the whole thing.

For more information and a better understanding of the following things mentioned, please have a look at the map I have made.


The plains:


Mi’Zhika’s northern side is a nicely irrigated plateau which the Peshinooti exploit thanks to fields, farms, etc. The bay of Madhey is the island’s biggest bay. It is protected from potential predators by four little islands. The Peshinooti do not navigate much further than this bay. Ayfaar bay is far too dangerous due to the Friskahl’rilly falls which create rapids.


The marshes:


The marshes have the particularity of being partially covered by large expanses (saumatre) water. Ancient remnants of what used to be part of the Terrbregel forest still stick out of the mud. Moss and reeds make some of these parts dangerous since one can’t tell what lies beneath.

The Peshinooti mostly cultivate black cotton and ___ over there. Oil-gatherers also work there. This is why a complicated network of pontoons and little floating shacks have been built all over the marshes to facilitate their work. Workers also use very flat pirogues in order to cross the deepest and most dangerous parts of the marsh.


The desert:


The desert is quite rocky though it also contains incredibly tall dunes. Its sand is dark gold. It is where the Ghortahnti used to live, hence the ruined shipyard and painted caves. These caves, which are shafts, really, are usually big holes in the ground with a system of pulleys that enable one to go up or down the shaft.

There is also a vast mine in the south-east.

I will provide sketches to show just where everything is.


The mountains:


The mountains are all the same, no matter where they are located on the island. They are of a golden-brown colour and glitter with mica and a coppery metal that is typical from Mi’Zhika. They are barren, if not arid, and are made of a rock which breaks into huge chunks and is thus impossible to carve into something decent.

Lake Layssah, which lays on the highest plateau, is the island’s only source of clear water besides the rivers and springs that linked to its main “basin”.