Last Updated: October 8, 2020
Karaz Island — home to the Mages, or Karazian tribe — is located in the southern region of the Solea Archipelago. It features signature twin mountains, one of which is volcanic. A lava-infused river spans the length of the island and empties into the ocean.
The Karazians believe that an ancient protector has watched over their island for millennia, keeping the elements in harmony. It’s this protector, legend says, that doused the fires of Mount Prata, leaving only its twin, Mount Zaeka, as an active volcano. This balance allows life on the island to flourish and maintains lava and water as equal forces.
Mages gained a widespread affinity for the elements only after the Voek era — or the time period millennia ago when the Voek resided among the tribes of the Solea Islands. Some believe that drinking the lava-infused waters of Karaz Island over generations gave the tribe this incredible ability.
The Voek era was a technological boom for the Mages, whose many advances led to the expansion of their now densely populated city, Kath. The Voek’s contributions to their society also heightened the Mages’ interest in lava, which they consider a mysterious fifth element. This has led to them studying lava’s properties and potential, especially in combination with other elements. As of yet, the Karazians have not been able to manipulate lava the way they can other elements. Only the Voek seem to be able to do so.
While most Karazians dwell in Kath, some live in small, remote, mostly coastal communities in the Western Reaches, the expansive wilderness that lies beyond the city. These regions include Roka Forest as well as Winruk Canyon and the twin mountains.
Flora and Fauna
Karaz Island is home to eccentric creatures, like lavaspring aquacats. Most fauna have adapted to the unique properties of the lava-infused waters, which touch land and sea. This makes them resilient to change and gives them a vibrant look — often with purples or pinks.
Many flora possess similar traits that make them excellent survivors in extreme conditions. Notably, the revered Yauka Tree in Roka Forest is said to be the oldest tree on the island. Mages believe it has a deep connection to the elements — even that it can respond sentiently.
- A Mage decides to leave Kath and explore the Western Reaches. What do they discover on their journey?
- What other creatures live on Karaz Island? Write from the perspective of a visiting Guardian who’s tasked with chronicling the local flora and fauna.