Royodo and the World of Krynn
Royodo, prior to The Shattering or Cataclysm as it is called
on Ansalon, was a smallish continent approximately 1/3 the size of Ansalon. Royodo is connected to the southern polar
landmass directly opposite that of Ansalon. During the early Ages there existed a hazardous but passable land bridge between
the two continents allowing a limited amount of migration from Ansalon to Royodo.
When the Cataclysm struck Istar the impact caused great rifts
to form all across the lowlands of Royodo in areas with little bedrock. The Tsunami’s that followed the impact caused
devastating flooding and submerged most of the continent, leaving only a scattering of large islands and a large shallow sea
at the heart of a once fruitful and fertile plane.
a short period of time after The Shattering, the gods where thought absent from the lands, but within five years new
priests began to rebuild their temples to the various gods and goddesses throughout the land and to perform healing miracles.
of the population of The Shattered Lands was lost in the devistating flooding that followed the Cataclysm, this allowed the
Dorian's of Gargath an opportunity to settle in the newly
formed Barrier Islands archipelago of the northeastern part of Royodo. The Dorians left the chaos tainted lands of Gargath
for the promise of more fertile farmland and safety for thier children from the bizzare and dangerous creatures of thier
homeland and the courrupting taint of chaos.
Other cultures and races
have either emigrated or become stranded in The Shattered Lands. Cultures such as the Khmer who like the Dorian’s came
from Gargath but much earlier as exiles from their home for their religious practices. Races such as the Argonesti, a branch
offshoot of the Kagonesti who have adapted to a glacial existence. Gnomes and Dwarves also call The Shattered Lands home but
they are much changed from their root. The Gnomes having traveled from Taladas are of the Thinker variety but rather
than an obsessive love of technology these gnomes are dedicated to the arts and philosophy, while the dwarves are immigrants
from across the ice who settled in the fertile valleys of the south. During the Shattering Minotaur from Taladas where stranded
in the north beyond the Oni Wall where they have struggled ever since to establish their dominance, even breeding with humans
to increase their numbers. And finally Kender, seem to have invaded in full force, building huge raft towns which meander
across the Shallow Sea presenting one of the most feared hazards of inter-island trade.