The Captives, by Precarious Yates
An Introduction to Aiqua Marrin
Welcome to Aiqua Marrin, the watery world featured in The Heart of the Caveat Whale trilogy.
When I say that Aiqua Marrin is mostly water, I don’t mean it in the same way that earth’s mostly water. No, I’m talking about 95% of seamless ocean with a few dots of islands here and there and two or three larger land masses scattered far and wide.
In The Captives, the first book of the trilogy, we’re introduced first to Reshuvia, a section of ocean that has magnificent cities built from coral. These cities were constructed by the aquavians, human-like beings that swim the seas of Aiqua Marrin. Shunda, the main character in The Captives, was born in Reshuvia and spent his early childhood, or aquaviling years there.
Shunda also grows up with rough-toothed dolphins in the Kuklëba Sea, an area of the ocean that has lots of basalt formations and an ocean floor that is covered with shell fish. Many fish migrate through these delightfully peaceful waters.
As Shunda travels to Hoondiake, he swims through the Fodun Sea, which was once peaceful but now is filled with sentries of fierce octopi. A large pod of rough-toothed dolphins defends the coral reefs and the land of Hoondiake.
Hoondiake is one of the largest land masses on Aiqua Marrin. It’s probably about the size of Japan. It’s here that Shunda meets Prince Mookori and travels through the land. There are rain forests, pine forests, deciduous forests, prairies, mountains and deserts on Hoondiake. The mountains are severe spikes piercing the skies. The rain forests have hills that rise and fall like waves. Tropical beaches run for miles on the eastern shores.
Shunda’s favorite places are where the Ulys (oo’ lees) live. The Ulys are like aquavians, except that they live beside rivers instead of in the oceans. All the Uly families are farmers, some growing chocolate, tea and bananas, others growing oranges and strawberries, all depending on their specific climate.
The Anduk Sea, off the eastern shores of Hoondiake, had once been the most peaceful of all the seascapes, and was filled with playful aquavians. All that changed with the rise of the MerKing and his vicious mermen.
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