Browse below to learn about landmarks in Ebūda.
Ebūda (eh-BOO-dah): the easternmost section of An’dan, the cursed land. Existing outside the space of normal time, Ebūda is separated as a distinct country from An’dan and is marked by three prefectures. Though is it attached to a larger body of land, Ebūda is considered to be an island due to its northern, eastern and southern borders are surrounded by the sea and its western border is separated magically from An’dan and not physically crossable wihout aid from a Guardian.
Ebūda enjoys long summers with very short seasons of spring and autumn and a short but intense winter. It features landforms ranging from mountains to meadows to swamps and vast forests. Though the análong were, according to legend, led to Ebūda to colonize it, native animals include small game and birds, and the onandals. Ebūda’s most striking features are the Silver Sea, and its twelve orbiting moons which can be seen from two to four at a time in any given part of the year.
In the midland areas Ebūda is pronounced eh-BWI-duh.
Pāer-Cēba (PAYR- KEE-bah), the Silver Sea, is the name of the body of water surrounding Ebūda’s northern, eastern and southern sides. In the north it is called Ceshii-Ceshii (Keshy-Keshy), in the east it is called Slēsh’dala (SLEESH-dah-LAH), or Echenfala’áa (eshen-fah-lah-YAH), and in the south, Cē-Sēira (KEE-SEE-rah). After the drought began, the seas receeded until they dried up completely, leaving behind not a bed of land but nothing at all. Because of this, análong children are forbidden to go to the shores lest they dissapear with the waters.
Pāer-Cēba was known for its opaque, metallic waters which left behind fine silver sand on its shores.
Peridūr (payr-ih-DOOR) is the northern prefecture of Ebūda. A mountainous region, Peridūr is home to most of the Darna population of Ebūda. With a longer winter season than the rest of the country, Peridūr is home to its own unique festivals and most homes are built off the ground to protect them from ice shifts and mudslides. Major cities include Daú Úanēsē, Daú Mbanē, and Daú Lacshaa. The famous golden mountain range Rā-ū-shabha is also located in Peridūr.
Prādha (PRAY-jzah) is a village in Peridūr and the birthplace of Elder Rā-alta. Located in the Cónpa mountain range, it is the former home of the “tribe of the damned.”
Nandhacot (naan-jah-KOT), a village located in Peridūr, is the place Elder Rā-alta was raised by a Darna tribe. It is located in the Harūd mountains.
Adanandū (ah-dah-NAHN-doo): Also called the Centerlands, Adanandū is the eastern prefecture of Ebūda. It is home to vast plains of bashō trees which drop cotton harvested by the G’éalach and Shanár análong yearly to make cloth. Adanandū is the cultural center of Ebūda with the largest cities including Daú Dsindhar, Daú Lacshma, Daú Heripet, and the capital of Ebūda, Gaú Bri’én. While the prefectures of Peridūr and Drīdū have distinct language accents, Adanandū retains a mixture as well as unique dialects only found there.
Gaú Bri’én (GOW bree-YEN) is the capital city of Ebūda and home of the Council of Nine Elders. While all other Ebūdean cities begin with the prefix Daú- (meaning “city”), Bri’én has its own prefix of Gaú- to denote its importance. It also has the proper titles of Rūa an Daú (the Red City), Béanda an Daú (the Beautiful City), and Hingshoú an Gaú (The Holy City) and is most often referred to as the Holy City. Built as a fortress city in ancient times, Bri’én was the seat of the Ancient Kings of Ebūda. It is the largest and most advanced city in the country with many industrial technologies not seen in any other area of Ebūda.
Dhang’r (jang-ER): the highest quarter of Bri’én inhabited only by the Council of Nine Elders and their servants in the Palace of Bri’én. While Elders are permitted to travel within the city limits of Bri’én, most of their activities take place within the Dhang’r. At the highest elevation in the city, the Dhang’r is surrounded by a border of na’bōmen (turbines) heard throughout the city.
Chi’chúang (chih-CHWUAN): The thriving marketplace of Bri’én which sells luxury goods bought with nendē (coin money). While only upper-class análong can earn nendē, the Chi’chúang still attracts hoardes daily to look and dream.
Cāilon (KY-lon): The Cāilon is the underground city which powers the industrial advances of Bri’én. The distinctive pipes made of pure gold found only in the Cāilon and water is pumped upwards through them manually into the city from an underground source which feeds from the Gāedlii river. Light is reflected from above into the undeground covern through glass domes and large mirrors built into its walls. Air is pumped down though shafts from the Cāilon-da, a slum directly above in which many traffickers reside to conduct their business. Because there is a constant demand for convenience in the upper regions of the city, there is a constant demand for workers to live below in such hellish conditions. Because of this, the Cāilon is entirely slave-powered.
Serdaga (SAYR-dah-gah): the colourful, noisy marketplace of southern Bri’én in which middle and lower-class análong come to barter for goods. While it borders the Cāilon-da, slave-trading is forbidden within the Serdaga’s walls.
Drīdū (DRY-doo): The southern prefecture of Ebūda, Drīdū has a tropical climate for the first half of the year but then dries considerably which allows it to have the longest growing season in the country. Whlle the southernmost area of Drīdū is flat and watered by major rivers, the western side contains the enourmous Ing’dhitdūlrō and N’debala mountain chains. Mostly populated with rural villages, there are a few small cities in Drīdū which include Daú Gemabanā, Gaú Tchindrē and Gaú R’dindhē. Drīdū is also known for its Dhūdahara salt hills which are visited by análong all over the country for its very pure pink salt.
Orambūsū (or-RAHM-boo-SOO): the birthplace of F’ala and Ā’dō in Drīdū where their father remained.
Pōcarū (POH-ka-ROO): the sister village of Orambūsū. Pōcarū is where F’ala comes to work as the village Ta- after leaving Bri’én. F’ala’s lands touch both Pōcarū and Orambūsū equally but are considered to be within Pōcarū because her shop in the village is also owned by her.
Dhanga’lara (JANG-ah-LAR-rah): The natural landbridge between Drīdū and Adanandū which is the only means of passage on foot between the two prefectures for half of the southern border of the prefectures. Because of this, it is vulnerable to attack by those who would like to close the border entirely.
Sé Elamangúō (syeh el-ah-man-GWOH): The major river running through Drīdū from Cē-Sēira up to the border of An’dan through Adanandū. Elamangúō passes narrowly through F’ala’s land closer to Pōcarū. Per Ebūdean law, private landowners must provide a footpath for the public to access water if a river intersects the property.
Hala-Asal (hah-LA ah-SAHL): the mythical place where análong spirits await their birth into Ebūda presided over by Éē’shī, the Guardian of Creation.
- F’ala’s hut
6. Ladder to loft
8. Path to the Shrine
10. Road to Pōcarū
© K.Rose Quayle 2019
Author photos by D. Chalich