The Holden Stone

Reflections of a Fantasy Writer

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The World of Colonium

Colonium is a planet much like Earth. It has mountains and plains, deserts and fertile valleys, oceans and islands. The Lake of the Édéveil is a lake of mystery. The Black Hills in Norgondy are home to a greater mystery.

The two major continents on Colonium contain the valley of the Dominion in the south, and Norgondy to the north. Between them stretch the Midlands, a wasteland now of prairies and stone and harsh winds (See map of Colonium). In the year 200 YD, a meteor strike and a major earthquake destroyed what was once a more hospitable landscape along the Midlands.  (see The Cassandra Stone)   This was the first experience humans had with the disasters that can be caused by the great meteor storms of their new world.

"The Night the Sky Fell"

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Depiction from the Planet Earth of the meteor storm of 1833.

Found among the Lost Archives of the Dominion Ship.

 

Every year on Colonium, there’s a meteor shower that coincides with the summer solstice. Approximately every two hundred years, the planet’s orbit intersects the orbit of a large comet, called the Birdfoot Star. If the comet returns during the summer solstice (usually every other pass), its tail may intersect the band of debris that sends the meteors, and a minor to catastrophic meteor storm can threaten the world of Colonium.

From the southern continent, Sol (Gliddendel in the dolman language) can be seen as a distant star in a constellation of seven stars.  From the northern continent, five major constellations bind men to ancient dreams that control their lives. (Excerpt from Singer of Norgondy)

Indigenous inhabitants of Colonium are: 1. the Holden: a humanoid race with telekinetic power over stone who delight in dripping water into caves to create stalactite formations. The hidden heart inside a geode is also believed to be the artwork of the Holden. 2. the garug/garug kai (in dolman): a griffin-like creature that looks like a cross between a lion and an eagle with a scorpion’s forked poisonous tail. The garugs can be trained to understand spoken and telepathic commands. They hunt alone or in family prides like lions do. They strike with their tail first, paralyzing their prey before eating them. Fossils of garugs as well as sand gators and butterfly- and bear-like creatures give proof to how ancient they are. Most other animals on Colonium were brought by the dolmen and humans to the world. 3. the "Watchers": a sentient non-corporeal race of beings who watch with sad bemusement the hopes, wars and failings of the dolman and human newcomers to their world.

Most all dolmen (a people with great psionic powers) now live in the Lake of the Édéveil. Humans, shorter-lived and breeding quicker, have settled both verdant valleys of the northern and southern continents.