Maps of Alsea
Alsea has a single, vast ocean with just two continents: Argolis and Pallea.
Here you can peruse a full map of both continents, as well as individual continent maps for a closer look. An orbital scan of Alsea shows the sheer breadth of its ocean and the position of its land masses.
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Argolis is the larger of the two continents and the home of Alsea’s capital city. Its most distinguishing characteristic is the gigantic valley called Blacksun Basin, a natural fortress surrounded by impassable mountains on all sides and open only where the Fahlinor River runs to the sea.
When the Wandering King discovered this valley, his first view of it coincided with a total eclipse of the sun. Staring in wonder at the lush basin and the black sun that heralded his arrival, he named the valley Blacksun Basin. Shortly afterward, he founded the city that was to become Alsea’s capital.
In the violent days before the seven kingdoms were united, Blacksun stood impervious to every attempt at invasion. Only once did it fall to an attack. The story of that epic battle is known to every Alsean from childhood.
Other cities of note in Argolis include Koneza, home of the High Security Detention Facility (also called the Pit) for empathic criminals; Port Calerna, a bustling port that handles most of the commerce and shipping between the two continents, and Napoline, the jump-off point for ferry traffic and short transport hops to Whitemoon.
Pallea has several large cities, though none are as populous as Blacksun. Whitemoon is a lovely port city and the home of the Whitemoon Sensoral Institute, Alsea’s premiere training facility for gifted high empaths. Whitemoon Temple is widely acknowledged as the most beautiful on Alsea, and its Temple Singers compete with Blacksun’s Voices of the Deep for the title of best choir.
Redmoon, slightly upriver from the coastline, is larger than Whitemoon and is the center of Pallean manufacturing. It is not a beautiful city, but its importance to the Alsean economy overshadows its aesthetic shortcomings. It is also known for high tech research and is the home of Pallea’s best trauma healing center.
Whitesun is the largest city in Pallea, situated on a vast bay that handles the bulk of the continent’s shipping. It was founded by a queen who hated Blacksun’s ruling family, and its name reflects her desire to make the city different and better in every way. While Whitesun and Whitemoon are historic allies, Whitesun and Blacksun have always been rivals. These days the rivalry is most intensely felt during the annual wallball championships.
Whitesun Base is the largest on Alsea, encompassing not just an enormous transport fleet but also a Mariners fleet, which takes advantage of the bay’s calm waters.
Last Port, located at the southernmost point of the main body of Pallea, is the final port city of any size before launching into Alsea’s unending oceans. It is home to a Mariners base, a thriving fishing industry, and a community of artists and wanderers who are drawn there by the city’s location and mystique.