Planet of Kraol

This is one of my newer and better-done maps, though I should have thought more about the fact that it’s a map of a round planet, and so the edges wrap around to the other side. Oh well. It’s pretty, anyhow!

This map is of the planet Kraol (pronounced like “crawl”, but “ow” instead of “aw”), which is one of Sheesania’s many moons. It’s fairly small and is almost all ocean (there are just a few very small islands that get submerged whenever there’s a storm). Unlike Sheesania, this planet is not inhabited by humans. Instead, it has four intelligent species:

  1. The Minoes (min-OH-eez), which look similar to otters, but are larger and cleverer. They live in large, highly structured communities in caves underwater, with fish and kelp as staple foods. Minoes usually live for over 200 years, and a good percentage live to be over 300. They protect themselves with trained poisonous fish and ride on domesticated shark-like fish.
  2. The Mruttes (mur-UTZ) look like fish-human hybrids. The story goes that there used to be land with humans on Kraol, but the water level began to rise for some reason, and the humans evolved into Mruttes. These people can breathe underwater and swim very well. They live in large underwater houses and palaces, eating fish, kelp and other plants for food. The Minoes and the Mruttes are enemies and often fight near the borders.
  3. The dolphins, which are pretty much the same as Earth dolphins, just a bit more intelligent and with an audible language of squeaks and clicks, live in the north and south. They travel throughout Kraol as merchants and traders.
  4. The orcas, which again are very similar to orcas on Earth, rule over the dolphins. These orca/dolphin kingdoms are at peace with both the Minoes and the Mruttes, and never take sides in their fights.

This map shows the different provinces of Kraol, and whether they are controlled by Minoes, Mruttes or orcas. The areas marked as “Wilds” aren’t controlled by anybody, but are often visited by hunters from all species. Darker-colored areas are deeper, and lighter-colored areas are shallower. Note how the Mruttes live in the shallower areas – this is one piece of evidence for the idea that they evolved from land-based humans.

 

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