The Eelakin Islands are the homeland of the Eelakin people. It is about three weeks of rowing from the Pantheon. The Mainland is a large continent inhabited, close to the Pantheon. The Pantheon is a group of about forty islands. One island is Sori, and the largest island is Patji. Patji is a place of inhospitable peaks, sharp cliffs, and deep jungle.
Eelakins are solitary trappers from the Eelakin isles. They value the ability to survive on ones own. They speak very little, and will sometimes go weeks without speaking. Each carries a book, on which they record their life. On the last page, they leave a brief message to whichever hunter finds them when they die, often requesting their rival trapper to care for their birds. They live a very harsh and difficult way of life. They rely on their Aviar to protect them, and develop very strong bonds with their birds. The Mainlanders tend to romanticize their ability to live with the forest, when in fact the trappers would much rather live on islands with no predators. They don't often ask questions about the ways of things, instead simply accepting it as a way of life. They name their children according to when they were born, and in what number they were in of all their children. If somebody were named Eleventh of the Morning, they would be their parent's eleventh child, and born during the morning. Mainlanders are much more scientifically developed than the Eelakins. They questions things, and seek to develop scientifically advanced technology. They consider themselves much more advanced that the Eelakins, although they respect the Eelakins for their toughness and resilience, and their ability to live on the Pantheon. The Ones Above are a spacefaring race of people who are very likely not from First of the Sun. They bring in advanced technology, but are careful not to allow the Mainlanders to advance beyond what they are safely able to advance. They leave notes in their devices, seemingly by accident, to help the Mainlanders along.
Many of the animals on the Pantheon are able to detect the thoughts of other creatures on the planet. There are enormous sea creatures that hunt by detecting the thought patterns of other creatures, and hunt them. Hunters of the Pantheon use their Aviars to mask their thoughts. There are plants that send out the thoughts of frightened, wounded, animals, in order to draw predators, which fight near their trunk. The tree feeds off the dead carcasses. Enormous birds called Nightmaws find prey using exceptional good smell and the ability to sense others' minds . Aviar, birds prized by the trappers for their magical abilities, such as blocking the trappers thought waves, defending them from predators, live only on the Pantheon. If you grow an Aviar from an egg somewhere else, they will not have this ability. All Aviar, regardless of what island they come from, go to a certain place on Patji called Patji's Eye when they are young, and when they leave, they are endowed with their magical ability. Nobody except for Sixth of the Dusk knows the secret to the magic of the Aviar: they eat the fruit of the tree, Patji's Finger and get infected with a parasitic worm, and it is the worm that actually holds the magic. If you bring a different species of bird to Patji's Eye, they will develop a different power, evidenced by Sak.
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