Minyaranie is the homeland of the High Elves, thus they have aptly named it “The First Kingdom.” The continent is also home to the Orcish race and the world’s largest clan of Dwarves. Humans were the last arrivals, having migrated from Firyarndor some 1.5 thousand years ago according to recent theory. Having journeyed from the north, they promptly dubbed the land “Southlands,” and the name stuck.
Interaction between races has been the major theme of Minyaranie’s long history, producing struggles both prolonged and intense. However most of the continent’s early history has been preserved only through oral tradition, as many records were lost during the collapse of the Human Empire. Proper record-keeping of anything outside Rilma did not begin until the establishment of the grand Elven Empire some 800 years ago.
Minyaranie, like its peoples, is a land of diversity. The continent is bisected by the Black Crags mountain range, home of the Dwarves and quite possibly the harshest terrain on Laima outside the wastes. North of this line one finds the Highlands to the west and lowlands to the east. Various small streams feed Lake Nalta, which is the largest on the continent. The Naltie river runs from Lake Nalta northeastward through the Elven capital Rilma before finally meeting the ocean. South of Rilma is a large lowland area characterized by yearly monsoons and generous runoff from the Black Crags. Even further southward lies the Plains of Rafshat, a large savannah populated by many species of predators and prey along with the shamanic Orcs.
The symbol of Minyaranie is arguably the chocobo. Native to the continent, there exists a breed for every environment as well as those which have been tamed by the various civilizations here. Northern Human cities tend to use the chocobo in names of taverns and inns due to its curious and cheerful nature.
Rilma: The High-elf capitol of Rilma is located on the mouth of the Naltie river. Its waters flow through the city’s concentric circles and around the crystalline architecture, throwing dappling patterns of light in all directions. Since the establishment of the Grand High-Elven Empire it has opened its doors to all species, though it remains largely critical of outsiders. Rilma is the center of the world’s government, culture, and activities.
Southport: Generally considered the northernmost city of Minyaranie(though parts of the continent are technically farther north), it is the closest geographical point to Firyarndor and thus a thriving port city. It has declined in importance with the advent of airships, but remains a crucial hub for ocean vessels to transfer their cargo, as the straight between the two continents is too shallow for most large vessels. It is probably best known for the Greenwater Ferry, which is the oldest functioning ferry line in the world.
Black Crags: The tallest and most inhospitable mountain range on Laima, the Black Crags are named for the sharp black volcanic rocks which compose much of its landscape. Though the range’s volcanoes have long since faded from activity, the earth still buzzes from its Dwarven inhabitants far beneath the surface. To the south the hills fade into the steppes of the Plains of Rafshat.
The Highlands: A high desert region, the Highlands are characterized by tall rocky outcroppings and sparse vegetation. Only the hardiest of creatures live here, such as the scruffy desert chocobo, though there are a few settlements eking out an existence beside one of the many canyon streams.
Plains of Rafshat: A large steppe land home to the Orc nation. Conditions here are mostly dry but during the rainy seasons the plants can bloom spectacularly. Like the north, the Plains contains one major river, with several tributaries varying seasonally in size and flow rate. The land is rich in minerals and was hotly contested for some time. A neutral zone now lies between the Plains and the Crags to the north.