YuniaIn the ancient times, the whole world of Yunia was all green, but suddenly certain parts started getting hotter and hotter...
The Breach-Between-Worlds opened like a hole penetrated by some otherworldly force... and the Mist crawled in, entering Yunia and spreading to cause major climatic changes, known as the Hot Age. The heat quickly took over the entire lower part of the world, turning it into the Great Desert of Alshara.
The ancient civilization of Gyp, which lived there before, had to quickly make its way away toward the green. But the nice and friendly civilization they were, they didn't want to disturb the existing kingdoms and settled down in the steppes, now known as Waistlands (due to the peculiar tradition of these people to wear very tight belts).
The other wing of the heat hit the other extremity of Yunia, turning half of the once all-green Barbaria into roughlands. Though the mighty savages didn't much mind a slightly more severe climate, but luckily it stopped and they could keep some nice green lowlands too.
Although the Great Desert was spreading most mercilessly, it also spared a bit of green, unable to deal with the army of mighty genies, who all fought the heat to their best abilities. With the help of water genies, some lakes, great and small, were formed and the land gained the name of Oasis.
So the Mist moved south-west, hitting hard the mountainlands known as the High Ankles. Half of them were turned into buttes or desert mountains, but after the Mist left, these mountains happened to be quite beautifully shaped and had a great amount of caves, all suitable for living. And so this land became Bedouinia and was very much favored by mages, who rushed to call it home.
Eventually the Mist "won" against the High Ankles and finally crossed them, but now it was unable to turn back and was trapped between the mountains and the ocean. It cooled down and condensed in the land of Vampsylvania, turning all of its people into walking undeads. Since then the cold form of the Mist has never left that cursed land.
Despite the Mist stopped, it greatly alarmed some of the ancient kingdoms. One civilization had magically turned themselves into fish-like creatures and went into the ocean to never return on land again, taking all their treasures to the underwater city of Merpolis.
Another ancient civilization, Technicca, which was so advanced that it already tried to build mechanical humanoids called androids, they ran to find shelter within the deepest underground caves, and hid themselves so well that even today many people doubt their actual existence.
Centuries after, another civilization "inherited" their mountainlands and some of their industrial technology, as well as all the nice hotsprings and views. This oriental civilization is known as Guenii.
But if we analyze the word Guenii, we can clearly see where they came from and that they were mere invaders from the civilization of Itlan, that remained pretty much untouched by the cataclysm and decided to use the emptied territories, but in the process split into two separate kingdoms, so much that today they are two completely different cultures.
Another land unaffected by the Mist was Janghal, these nagas living in the jungles are still thanking their gods that they kept this paradise fresh and flourishing.
Equally lucky were the tribes of Kigash, who lived so far away in the west and were so primitive that most of them are still not aware that something like that even happened. They're much more concerned about the strange spores that the winds carry their way and that trigger some very strange behavior.
These spores of course are carried by the wind all the way from Fungaard, the garden of the mutagenous fungi and all sorts of mutants created from interactions with these mushrooms. The mushrooms in turn are more worried about their new northern neighbor.
Snow Queendom was created as an "answer" to the severe heat, perhaps the nature's call to balance it out, or maybe it was created by some extremely powerful magic. Either way, now there's a whole land of eternal frost that doesn't seem like it's going to melt any time soon.
While some ancient kingdoms were completely wiped, some only wasted a fraction of their old territories. Sholdor, that always lived by farming, had to leave the territories that turned into steppes.
The elves of Alvabrost also had to lose about 1/3 of their old territories to the wastes, being pussies who only liked nice green parks. The few elves who were brave enough, went to explore the desert and eventually settled down in Bedouinia, turning into desert elves.
The Breach-Between-Worlds had also attracted the otherworldly demons from Inferia, who were finally able to take material forms in the mortal realms, thanks to the demonic portal that was built in Alshara right on the Breach.
Yunia has also been an object of constant interest for Celestia, the great alien spaceship well hidden in the clouds and able to watch the entire world's changes like a spectacle from high above.
But all that was a very long time ago... Today Yunia is very stable in its new shape, all the species are quite happy about their present lands and kingdoms, so let's hope there won't be any new problems in the future XD
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