Fara: the Land of Fire


Geography

Fara is roughly shaped like a kidney, slightly curved to the west. The original caldera actually extended farther to the east to form a roughly circular shape; but this eastern side has since been covered over with lava floods and the formation of large stratovolcanoes.

Central Fara

Approximately in the center of Fara stands a young, hyperactive volcano. This volcano features prominently in the history of the people of Fara, because its continual explosive eruptions, lava flows, and avalanches have become a source of frustration in north-south communication. According to oral tradition, it was the cause of a massive calamity that changed the course of history for the inhabitants of Fara.

Travellers greatly fear crossing from South Fara to North Fara and vice versa, afraid that they may be caught in some catastrophic eruption when they pass by the volcano. Within a radius of several kilometers from this volcano in central Fara is a desolate land dotted with debris, volcanic ash. A number of lava flows emanate from this wasteland. Debris trails of pyroclastic flows from the volcano reach up to the eastern and western boundaries of Fara.

North Fara

This volcano divides Fara into North Fara and South Fara. North Fara is slightly smaller than South Fara, with hilly lands toward its northern reaches. A number of tribes inhabit its plains and hills.

A large stratovolcano rises from beyond the northern edge of Fara, a towering snow-capped peak often rising above the clouds. This beautiful mountain can only be seen from North Fara, and is used by the Northerners as the landmark representing north.

South Fara

South Fara is slightly larger, and sports more interesting geological features. Near the south end of Fara lies a lake surrounded by hills. In spite of its serene appearance, it actually overlies several toxic active fumaroles which make the water unfit for consumption from time to time. The conical island in its center is a volcanic cone formed during the caldera-forming event which created the lake. It has since become extinct.

There is a large geyser field at the eastern boundary of South Fara, at the foot of dormant boundary volcanoes. This is the largest geyser field in Fara. The other geyser fields lie in isolated patches in the forests that cover the lower flanks of the boundary volcanoes, particularly along the western boundary of Fara.

There is also a tuff ring plateau on the east side of South Fara, which has been built into a fortress by the tribe that claimed that part of the land.

Eastern Valleys

Along the eastern boundary of Fara are a number of narrow valleys extending eastwards into where the eastern floor of the original caldera was. These valleys suffer from frequent earthquakes, rock falls, pyroclastic flows, mud flows, and lava flows from active boundary volcanoes, making them unsuitable for habitation. Rumor has it, however, that some criminals use these valleys as their hiding place.


Last updated 11 May 2006.

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