At least two big issues have stalled this project.
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Consider all information below as historical documentation and no longer accurate for the time being.
cvs up -r lalo-puplandon your
maps-bigworldcvs checkout. In SVN the lalo-pupland branch has been added to the maps tree however it currently does not contain any of the new work and at the second is just a copy of the Trunk branch.
— Lalo Martins 2006/08/14 06:07
Update: The map shown here was never committed to SVN, so it's not available for use. A new continent will need to be created.
It has been brought to my attention that there's some naming confusion with the whole Pupland thing. Notably, the sign in Lone Town (near the airlines) says:
Island Name : Pup Land Country Name : Shining Kingdom City Name : Lone Town
And since I'm putting the region we know as Pupland as the westernmost tip of a larger “continent”, people have asked me what will things be named. So here's my take:
This historically refers to the westernmost peninsula of the continent, known as “Old Pupland”, where Lone Town is; the next peninsula that connects it to the continent, known as “New Pupland”, where you find Castle Eureca and the Port; and the gulf between New Pupland and Nurnberg, which predictably enough is “Gulf of Pupland”. Note that by this arrangement, Nurnberg is not in Pupland, strictly speaking; I believe that fits the story. (This might mean that if we ever redo Ancient Pupland, I'd put Shining Village in a different place, not where Nurnberg is now. I even know where I'd like it to be.)
That's the kingdom founded by Siegfried and ruled by Eureca. It extends from Old Pupland in the west to the Shining Wall on the East, from the badlands North of Nurnberg to Violet Island, southernmost of the Rainbow Islands. (It's unclear to me whether Rainbow Islands are part of the kingdom; they seem rather unaffected by the war. But as a nod to the original developers of Pupland, I'm assuming they are.)
Things that come from this kingdom are known as “Shinian”; people are “Shiniese”. They speak “Shinespeak”, which for reasons unknown sounds like a dialect of the Old Empire tongue (as much as the New Imperial spoken in Scorn and Navar). Shinespeak and New Imperial are mutually intelligible, with small differences in vocabulary and grammar; so if some Shiniese says something that sounds funny to you, that's because it's Shinespeak, and not because the original authors of Pupland were Japanese with good but imperfect English skills
Some people believe the Shining Kingdom was founded by sailors from the Old Empire, just like Scorn. Since both Pupland and Scorn are on the West side of their continents, and more or less aligned on longitude, that contributes to the theory that the Old Empire lands were far to the West. It's likely that the soldiers from the Old Empire conquered first Old Pupland, then New Pupland, then the area up to the wall from the monsters that seem to be masters of the continent. Shiniese, however, shun this theory; it doesn't fit with their stories about their mythical hero Siegfried.
The “easy living” part of the Shining Kingdom, south of Pupland. Five larger islands give the archipelago its name: Red Island, northernmost and second largest, has Red Town and the Pup Airlines, connecting the Islands to the world. Little Orange and secluded Yellow to the East are the favourites of the rich and powerful; Green to the south, with its luxurious nature, teems with Elves , Gaea worshippers, treasure hunters, and dangerous wild animals. Lonely Blue Island, far South of Green Island, is virtually unexplored. And the largest of them, Violet Island (Southeast of Red, straight East of Green), is home to pacific islandfolk, mostly fishermen and rice planters who keep all the Rainbow population fed.
(Yes, six islands. Wikipedia tells me most people are unable to discern seven colours in a rainbow, and on medieval times it might even have been five.)
That's what Shiniese call the area East of the Shining Wall. It's dominated by monsters , which seem more powerful and organised than on most parts of the world. Only the most powerful heroes were able to walk out of sight on this dangerous territory alive, and only three have ever returned. One of them was Lord Eureca himself on his youth; he didn't say much about what he found, but years later when he was crowned, one of his first acts was to order the only gap in the wall closed and permanently guarded.
This is the name the old scrolls in the Royal Library give to the continent as a whole. They also have maps of all its area, and for reasons unknown, Lord Eureca only allows a few trusted scholars to even look at these maps…