Would you like to know more about the Old World? So that by the time you read about it, it feels like a familiar friend; as it does for me?
It is very similar to Earth, but without the buildings!
When I was creating it, I wrote for myself that ‘The West is hot; semi-tropical jungles of surprising change; violent courses of water falling from softened cliffs. Home to the Fragrants who grow and move high in the canopies of the tall vegetations; hidden from all but the Strata in their heavenly nests. Their enharmonics, the Orions live further North in vast territories of broad rivers and dusty ranges.’
Each part of the world has different climates, just like Earth. It represents, in a way, a parallel Earth, but one that was never developed by man.
However it has many inhabitants. There are beasts and there are plants. The plants are conscious, communicating life. Each beast has a plant with which it shares a special link, and vice versa. These are called enharmonic relationships.
Enharmonics are extremely important to each other, although they may only meet once in their lifetimes. When you read Toxics, you will see how Reuben, the quest leader, meets his enharmonic, Orchadea. She is a Fragrant, and he is an Orion.
Let’s talk about the Orion, and the Fragrants, next time…