I’m Kidna Styx, mother of all monsters, and I’ll be your guide into the world of Ithiria. It is a world similar to the one you know, only much larger. A world, partitioned by vast walls of magic that keep Ithiria from destruction.
Whole realms exist within these separated lands. One of these very realms contains the world as you know it, Earth. We call it the Vacant Realm.
Now, assuming that you’re onboard with the idea that your world is just one piece of a larger puzzle, let me give you a little history lesson.
Ithiria was once a great Pangea that split into several continents due to a world war.
In this war, weapons of magic and electricity clashed, destroying whole mountains and cutting craters into the earth deep enough to create new oceans. Eventually the world of Ithiria became so polluted that the land itself broke apart leaving the earth demolished and civilizations separated.
Something had to be done.
Putting their differences aside, a group of immortal beings came together and sectioned off the lands, keeping magic from electric so that no further damage would be inflicted. Along these magic-based borders they left access points called gates where one could cross between lands with specially designed keys.
If you attempt to cross the border without using a gate, you’ll find yourself transported seamlessly to the other side of your land—as though your realm were its own globe. Should you enter a gate without a key—you won’t make it to the other side. Alas, you’ll be dead.
So in the end there were 13 separate realms, the largest being nearly half of Ithiria where magic and electric currents had become so muddled that nothing could survive. It was a desolate chunk they called the Vacant Realm.
But our realm isn’t vacant, you might protest.
Well, for centuries, the Vacant Realm was used to banish criminals. Punishment that was considered a death sentence to any who crossed into the territory. However there is a lot to be said about Mother Nature and the ability to adapt. Eventually the chaotic elements settled and the banished began to thrive. Of course no one outside the Vacant Realm knew that. Out of sight, out of mind, as they say.
You mean I’m descended from criminals? you might panic.
Don’t feel too bad about it. You’re not the first rose to spring from the mud. The whole affair has been repeated many times throughout history. Just look at Australia.
When I first arrived in the Vacant Realm, I myself was surprised to discover civilizations and whole generations of people with no knowledge of the other lands. At the time, the greatest concentration called themselves the Greeks.
It was only in the last few hundred years that the other realms noticed that the Vacant Realm was not so vacant after all. Many outsiders now cross the barriers into the Vacant Realm.
Sure, I was banished here, but personally I love the Vacant Realm—There’s no place like it. And it’s not too hard for me to keep a low profile since the population is largely non-magical. I mean, they’ve barely discovered electricity. Not to mention, it’s nice to go about my day without worrying about flash dirt, trolls, or sprites.
So, this is Ithiria as it came to be and this realms in which we live. A land that lies so close and yet is so separate from its sister realms.
Unpleasant screams 😉
It can be dangerous to travel through Ithiria alone. A friend of mine from the Vacant Realm—went to visit the Black Forest of Old World to find her friend Abe in the Ever After Cemetery. On the way, she was nearly eaten by a ware spider! Well, that would have been the end of her, but luckily shes a vampire, and ware spiders aren’t too fond of vampire blood. Still, it took her a good hour or two to get out of the web. So don’t let something like that happen to you. Let Kidna Styx be your guide. Just enter your email below and receive a FREE story from The Centennial. We think you’re gonna love it!