Today I’m joining Rebekah Loper and other bloggers discussing transportation in the worlds we’ve created. If you’d like to join the fun, watch her blog for the next world-building theme.
In the world of Nälu, transportation is pretty standard as much of it was based on 15th century Europe. Mostly walking, some horseback, and wagons. Coastal cities obviously have ships and boats to add to that list, and if you live or travel through the Zriab Desert, then you would probably be familiar with the camels. Pretty
boring basic real world transportation.
But I didn’t stop there! Hello fantasy!
There’s the dwarves. In times past, the dwarves rode bears, but now you won’t see them except for the king’s warriors and at the Dakkarc na Klog, a week-long festival with jousting tournaments, bear wrangling, ax throwing and other such events. Now days if a dwarf had to travel long distances, he or she would probably be riding a pony.
Then there’s the giants. They travel mostly by foot since they don’t go beyond their island home that much, but they have been observed riding upon their famous letanilis, a type of elephant nearly three stories high with two pairs of ivory tusks. If you’re visiting among the major marketing centers like Badara during the Feast of Daeju, you’ll see one. Although, I wouldn’t recommend traveling to their native island of Moruya at this time. The giants don’t appreciate uninvited guests and there’s rumors of rebellion.
And last but not least, we have the merfolk. Most of the commoners swim or walk to get where they are going, and when they are traveling long distances or exporting goods, they travel by ship or boat. But not the king! The Kaleki are the only nation to breed and train dragons, thus their king has the only royal aviation guard. So only a select few will ever ride a dragon. Except when three dragonlings came up missing. More about that in Dragon Thief.
Oh, I almost forgot the fairies! They have wings, so…nothing too exciting there. And there is an antiquated, dwarven-made flying rug that one particular elf rode upon, but that is not the norm.
That wraps up the various modes of transportation in Nälu. Nothing too extraordinary, but hey, it gets the job done, right? 🙂
Which mode of transportation do you think would be the coolest?