Monday, September 6, 2010

The World Disk

The World Disk is the term given for the gigantic slab of rock that Upside is built upon. More commonly, it is referred to as “The Disk” or simply “The Bloody Big Rock”. The massive stone structure is relatively flat, perfectly circular and just over two miles in diameter and sages speculate that it is a mere fifty feet thick, though no one knows for sure. Normally, an object that size would simply collapse under its own weight, but the World Disk benefits from a number of potent magicks that render it nearly indestructible. A thin layer of soil covers most of the World Disk’s surface. On the eastern half of the Disk, the dirt is packed hard and rarely more than 10 feet deep. The softer soil of the western side is much thicker, piled into rolling hills that reach a height of 50 feet or more. Dark, moist and abundantly fertile, the soil is ideal for plant-growing and there is much evidence that the first inhabitants of the city were skilled farmers. In modern Upside, the role of agriculture is not as important, as citizens import staple foods and maintain only modest vegetable gardens, but they do appreciate the abundant trees of the Noble Quarter and the lush grass and brilliantly hued flowers that sprout all across the World Disk.

Though they live on an artificial island high above the ocean, the residents of Upside do not want for fresh water. Scattered about the World Disk are a full score of ancient wells, a legacy of Stormhaven’s original residents. Made of the same alien material as the Disk, they seem to reach down inside of it, perhaps into some other plane of existence. Lowered buckets never touch bottom, regardless of the length of rope attached. Sages speculate that the wells are portals directly linked to an extra planar sea, or even the Elemental Plan of Water, but no one has ever discovered a method of crossing them and returning safely. To supplement the wells, most households have barrels set outside to collect water from the frequent storms that pass over the city. This is done more out of convenience than from any real need.

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