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  • #16
    Tell that to the ten thousand dragons, as far as the Realm is Concerned the Isle is the Civilized world, everything else is a lesser barbarian march.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Eldagusto View Post
      Tell that to the ten thousand dragons, as far as the Realm is Concerned the Isle is the Civilized world, everything else is a lesser barbarian march.
      That's a common political stance, but anyone dealing with day to day business and having to do work involving the mainland would readily realize that it's a very dumb one to have that doesn't help them get their tasks done at all.

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      • #18
        Especially considering the financial might of a little place called Nexus.


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        • #19
          Originally posted by Saur Ops Specialist View Post

          That's a common political stance, but anyone dealing with day to day business and having to do work involving the mainland would readily realize that it's a very dumb one to have that doesn't help them get their tasks done at all.
          Yes Biases often aren't helpful. I'd imagine the bias would be even worse among the peasantry of the isle and with the city folk who have never lived out of their prefecture.

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          • #20
            Fog in Channel, Continent Cut Off

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            • #21
              To be fair, the Blessed Isle actually *is* a continent (so that's not wrong ).

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Ghosthead View Post
                To be fair, the Blessed Isle actually *is* a continent (so that's not wrong ).
                Counterpoint: it's the Blessed Isle. So, not the mainland, by definition.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Blackwell View Post

                  Counterpoint: it's the Blessed Isle. So, not the mainland, by definition.
                  You're not British, are you?




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                  • #24
                    It's possible to have multiple mainlands. Eurasia and America are both mainlands relative to, say, Hong Kong and Greenland.

                    The Blessed Isle is one mainland. Surrounded by small islands, whose people would consider the Isle their mainland.
                    The southern/eastern/northern continent is a different mainland.

                    Hey, the Caul is probably big enough that you'll have people living on small islands nearby who consider it the mainland.

                    Except, of course, that arguing about the meaning of English words in a setting where no-one speaks English is rather silly.

                    Languages develop words that are useful to people who speak their language.
                    So probably Low Realm has a word that means something like "the mainland" which applies to the Blessed Isle, but wouldn't apply to, say, Azure, whereas Seatongue (or is it Wavetongue? I never remember) would have a similar word that would apply to much smaller landmasses (like, say, the biggest islands of Coral) when compared to even smaller islands.


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                    • #25
                      I think in many of the languages of Creation, a term equivalent to mainland would not be in vogue as much as referring to all of that land past the Inner Sea as the Threshold.

                      ‚ÄčI can even see perspectives that would emphasize the Blessed Isle as an isle, as something separated and elevated.


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                      • #26
                        Seeing as the term "mainland" has been applied to islands a lot in history ("Japanese mainland") this is kind of a silly thing to nitpick. It can be an island, continent and mainland all at once since they're not really that exclusive of terms.

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                        • #27
                          Every land mass on earth is technically an island. Even the really big one comprising of most of Asia, Africa and Europe.

                          That is not true in creation. You can literally walk out of reality.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Wulfram View Post
                            Fog in Channel, Continent Cut Off
                            I'm running that game.

                            Specifically, it's a post-contagion game where something went wrong, and the fey got all the way to the shores of the Blessed Isle and even the streets of Yu-Shan before the Empress drove them back. Now it's 15 years later and the Blessed Isle's heard no word from the Threshold, just wyld fog and silence. The PCs are the latest in the line of expeditions sent out into the inland sea that, so far, have never returned...

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