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The western ocean comprises the vast, deep body of saltwater to the west of the northern continent. It ranges from the frigid waters of time shard #63 in the north through temperate waters such as shards #59 and #6 to tropical waters in the south such as shard #11 and then along the coast of the southern continent in time shard #69. Its influence extends off the southern end of the map. It includes the time shards detailed in "Sea Monsters in Northern Waters," and "Sea Monsters in Southerly Waters." Detailed in this section are time shards #6, #11, and #58.
This body of water shares some characteristics with the Pacific Ocean on Earth. Salinity is standard, although it ranges lower in the cold polar region and higher in the warm tropical region. The western ocean is characterized by rock and sand in shades of blue to gray; its native species tend toward blue, gray, and/or white coloration. The average depth is about 14,500 feet (about 4,400 meters). There are some seamounts and a number of very deep trenches; its maximum depth is probably about 36,000 feet (about 11,000 meters). The western ocean holds all the deep-water species of the west, along with many inshore species.
Before Upheaval: Species included the blue harpoon snail, deathfin, blimpfish (several types), southern soldierfish, western dreamskate, and western sea serpent. Other species of thunder-whales, etc. also existed in scattered populations.
Sundered Times: Time shard #11 developed dangerous temporal and meteorological weather. It got so bad that at certain times of the year, particularly autumn, people had to transform their villages into flotillas and head into the ocean for safety. The following species survived: Time shard #6 had the blue harpoon snail. Time shard #11 had the deathfin, blimpfish (which became the southern blimpfish), southern soldierfish, and western dreamskate. Time shard #58 had the western sea serpent.
Modern Times: As the time barriers began to collapse, a great deal of travel occurred as species expanded into new territories. The barrier between shards #11 and #12 collapsed in 1280, and the barrier between #12 and #10 collapsed in 1310 (also giving access to #9 and #15).
Time shard #6 gained the northern weed-eater from the north; and the southern blimpfish, giant sea turtle, southern soldierfish, southern trapjaw, western dreamskate, and western thunder-whale from the south. Time shard #11 gained the blue harpoon snail from the north; the western sea serpent from the west; the giant sea turtle, paddlefish, snagtooth, southern trapjaw, and western thunder-whale from the south; and the interior weed-eater and pink jellyrigger from the east. Thus shard #11 has one of the densest and most diverse populations of sea monsters, making it (and the northern waters) the most dangerous sailing territories. Time shard #58 gained the western thunder-whale from the north; the blue harpoon snail and deathfin from the east; and the giant sea turtle, paddlefish, and western thunder-whale from the south.
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