Garnok (gar-knock) is a barren, savage world that rotates on its side, with one side facing its star. The side that faces the star is a molten-hot "hotspot" where no life can survive. On the other side of the world is a dark arctic field of extreme cold. Between these extreme climates, is a habitable equator, broken into The Land of Fire, The Land of Rock, and The Land of Ice. Each land has its own people. Such people are but primitive cavemen. Beyond their simple, superstitious nature, they can be elaborate with their customs and decorations. There are no kingdoms here — just a few city-states, and countless little tribes.
The Land of Fire is on the
edge of the habitable equator. It is dry, hot, blinding and full of
volcanic activity. Life here has a strong tolerance for the heat,
including the many tribes called the "Ash-Men." The Ash-Men have dark
skin, painted in ash and black hair. They are known for their taciturn
and short-temper. They also share their environment with Snake-Men,
Lizard-Men and Dino-Men. For outsiders, the best way to survive is to
have a thick cape or poncho to keep the intense solar rays off their
skin, wear eye protection, and drink plenty of water. Most of the
wildlife here are snakes, replies and dinosaurs. Beyond the the Land of
Fire, is the great hot-spot the locals call "The Sea of Eternal Fire".
This is a massive
sea of magma inhospitable to even the most robust creatures that dwell
even at the hot edge of the Land of Fire. There are legends among the
the Ash-Men there are creatures
and gods of pure fire that call the hot spot home.
The Land of Ice
is on the wayward edge of the habitable equator. It is dry, dark and
bitterly cold. The land is covered in glaciers and snow drifts. Much
like life on the other side of the habitable equator, creatures have a
strong tolerance for the cold. On top of that, creatures have better
night-vision, as this region is covered in perpetual darkness. The
people here are called the "Bone-Men" do to their pale skin and
bone-white hair. They are known for their silent stoicism and long-held
They also share their environment with the white woolly Snow-Men.
Outsiders in this environment should be bundled-up in thick furs, and to
carry a light source. Most of the wildlife are arctic versions of avian
or mammalian creatures, but distorted to become larger and fiercer
beasts (that is, wolves become dire-wolves and tigers become saber-tooth
tigers). Beyond the the Land of Ice, the deep-arctic region is beyond
the tolerance of any life form the Land of Ice. The Bone-Men believe
that it leads to a void of nothingness, and to cross into that void
would not just erase that person from existence, but also erase that
person from history; as if he or she was never born! Those Bone-Men who
disgraced themselves beyond the point of redemption, would trek to the
void, trying not to freeze to death along the way.
Between both of these lands, is the Land of Rock. This
is the most temperate region on the planet, but is mostly a desert
savanna. This region is in a permanent state of dusk, but there is
enough of a wobble to simulate a "day" (morning) and "night" (twilight).
Life here is also the most diverse (but mostly with creatures akin to
Earth's prehistoric life, like dinosaurs and Ice-Age animals) with a
number of creatures (and people) migrating from the extreme climates.
The people here are called the "Dust-Men," as they have tan skin and
dusty black and brown hair. Much like the land they live in, their
attitudes and appearances are diverse, but primitive and wild. Beyond
the occasional people from the other lands, they also share their
environment with savage Ape-Men.
The cities live apart from the locals, as they see them as nothing more them simpleminded savages.