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ATLAS OF THE HOLLOW WORLD
Introduction to the Hollow World
Hollow World... the name is highly indicative as to this part of Mystara. For Mystara is hollow and within the hollowed space resides an entirely different world. But a world it is, with expansive forests, virgin mountains, tenacious seas, and harsh deserts. Being inverted, the landscape has no horizon and slopes noticeably upwards. Reaching out from the inner crust, the surface features are warmed and lighted by the shimmering and pulsing red sphere that acts as a sun. Around this orb orbit several bodies, one of which is the continent of Alphatia.
This world is populated by peoples long thought dead from Mystara's surface world. Here, one can see the very civilisations that flourished and eventually fell throughout Mystara's history. Though some civilisations have sojourned here for centuries, and even millennia, the passage of time has not altered them. Despite time, they still are as they were when they were present the surface world.
As it is, the Hollow World knows of no night but is in a perpetual state of red-hued daylight. There are no constellations, only the regular rotations of the orbiting landmasses in the void above. Magic is also limited to more primitive levels, with spellcasters being few and far between. This limitation is partly due to the Immortal magics that keep those civilisations as they once were in their splendour-and also in their limitations or sometimes outright barbarism.
Correspondents for the Hollow World
Here is our list of correspondents that give us detailed information on the nations, places, and events of the Hollow World:
Through efforts in Karameikos, Joshuan Gallidox Publishing has garnered the support and participation of the Alphatian Department of the Interior in providing resource material for the Hollow World. Overseeing this effort is Dellebram, Assistant Minister of the Imperial Office of the Interior. We at the almanac greet this addition with hearty thanks, however we will not depend solely upon the Alphatians for reports from the Hollow World.
Dellebram is a "common" Alphatian mage (human, male, M12). As a medium level mage he was appointed as assistant to the department head's administrator. An up and coming bureaucrat of moderate talent, he was assigned the task of reporting on the Hollow World-a task he neither welcomes nor appreciates.
The almanac was able to obtain several reports from the Hollow World written by Leadyl Feadiel through a secondary source. Leadyl is an adventurer from Alfheim who reportedly entered the Hollow World via The Pit on Aegos during the Great War. He continued his adventures throughout the Hollow World and was eventually captured by Heldannic Knights during the Battle of Laroun, in the Milenian Empire (AC 1006). He was held prisoner at the outpost of Stonehaven before being liberated by the Oostdok gnomes in AC 1011. In the aftermath of the rescue, he found himself in the Makai Islands and has since made his way to the Merry Pirates Seas. His writings indicate that he is still unaware of many of the events that transpired on the surface world during the Great War.
The editors of the almanac do not have a biography of Moctlpotec; all that is known about him (or her) is that he or she is a Schattenalfen.
Saasiks the Avenger
Only I remain. When the raiding party returned to the village we found only the rotting husks of our tribe. The other warriors soon became weak. Their eyes grew cloudy and they would not bite flesh. Soon they too were rotting. Only I remain. Never again can I return to my people. I bear the curse of the Nithians. To relieve myself of its weight, I will hunt them. All Nithians will die at my claws. Only... I must find them first.
Taleris of Calimnis, son of Trestian
Taleris of Calimnis, son of Trestian, brings us news from the mysterious and far-off realm of Selhomarr. Shortly after completing his Wandering, he embarked upon his adult life as a young cleric of Xeron, confidant that he could fulfil what he saw as his destiny by serving his Immortal.
At the age of 26 however, a new calling was revealed to him. The mysterious organisation, known as "the Lighthouse," came to him, and urged him to record the lore and legends of Selhomarr and neighbouring lands, and add them to its current collection of knowledge. In the years since that time, he has travelled all over the empire, and in other regions of Suridal. When the Mystaran Almanac's researchers and correspondents were made aware of this enigmatic continent and its obscure inhabitants, they sought out someone who could provide them with the information they needed. Contacts in the organisation based in the Lighthouse pointed them to Taleris.
A relatively unassuming man, Taleris walks anonymously along the byways of Selhomarr, with passers-by noticing only another wandering cleric, going about his appointed business. In his position, though, Taleris has gained access to important politicians and other figures, news of which he strives to bring to the attention of the almanac's eager readers.
Theukidikies the Historian of Corisa
A widely travelled Milenian philosopher and sage specialising in cultural studies and political geography, Theukidikies seems to have studied most of the civilisations of the Hollow World over his many years of scholarship. He has provided us with a brief description of most of the Hollow World nations, with extensive reports on some of the more prominent ones. His remarks are academic in tone, and only occasionally influenced by his outlook as a Milenian (this does colour his report on Nithia especially, however).
I had studied with Teotlan, the aged master of Hunacpu, for many years. It was the day of acceptance, the day that Teotlan would give me a trial to complete so that I might show myself worthy to enter the Lighthouse. The ceremony was quiet, and private. My aged master sat before me meditating (he had been sitting there nearly all day long), the smoky sweet scent of incense filling his cliff-side dwelling. Just as his lips were about to part two village youths ran into the room screaming for my master. "You must come quickly!" they shouted, as if their very lives hung in the balance. My master complied and I followed him to the edge of the city. There we saw Saasiks. He wielded only a spear (of Azcan make no less), but no one would go near him. I could see the fire burning in his eyes even from the distance I myself was at. After hearing the creature's story, Teotlan turned to me with a smile. Now I follow Saasiks on his quest and help him to document his journey.
AZCANS (Empire of the)
BEASTMEN (Lands of the)
BRUTE-MEN (Lands of the)
GENTLE FOLK (Elf-Lands of the)
ICEVALE (Elf-Lands of)
JENNITES (Tribelands of the)
KOGOLOR (Dwarven Kingdom of)
KRUGEL HORDE (Lands of the)
MALPHEGGI LIZARD MEN (Tribelands of the)
MERRY PIRATE SEAS
MILENIA (Empire of)
NEATHAR (Thousand Tribes of the)
NEATHARUM (Kingdom of, a.k.a. Alphatian Neatharum)
NITHIA (Empire of)
OLTECS (Kingdom of the)
SCHATTENALFEN (Kingdom of the)
SELHOMARR (Empire of)
SHAHJAPUR (Kingdom of)
TANAGORO (Kingdom of the)
TRALDAR (Kingdoms of the)