browser icon
You are using an insecure version of your web browser. Please update your browser!
Using an outdated browser makes your computer unsafe. For a safer, faster, more enjoyable user experience, please update your browser today or try a newer browser.

Transportation in Nälu

Posted by on September 16, 2015

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!

I mean humans, elves, and feline shape-shifters are not the only inhabitants of Nälu.

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?



12 Responses to Transportation in Nälu

  1. Jenelle

    Merfolk who train dragons?? I really need to read these tales. 🙂

  2. Rachael Liankatawa

    How fun! I love that the dwarves used to ride bears but if I have to choose the coolest….definitely dragons! (Although I’ve always wanted to ride an elephant)

    • J.L. Mbewe

      In the trilogy set before The Hidden Dagger trilogy, we get to see the bears in action! I am torn about what I think is the coolest, because I LOVE horses. Just a plain old horse would be fine with me! Extra cool points if its a Unicorn or maybe a Pegasus. Not sure about the Pegasus though. Ha! Now elephants…I’m not too sure about. Are there opportunities to ride elephants where you live? (I can’t remember!) Now dragons…wow, that would be very cool. If I wasn’t afraid out of my mind! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. DJ Edwardson (@djedwardson)

    What a great post. I love this kind of thing, getting a little insight into the larger world you’ve created. Dwarves on bears is a great idea as both have a similarly brawny/gruff aspect to them.

    For me I’d have to go with the dragon. That seems hard to resist, though the flying carpet might actually win out if it was faster!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi DJ! Thanks! I like the flying carpet idea too. As long as it remained trustworthy and if it had ledges. Ha! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. Melody

    I like the idea of dwarves riding bears, too – but I am also intrigued by your merfolk who seem to get around out of water. Cool idea! Is this a world that is mostly already created but that you continue to base stories in, or is it one currently in development? PS – I love the look of your blog. Mine needs an overhaul. Yours is clean, easy to read, and the banner fits your theme beautifully!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thanks Melody! I just recently updated the images on the website. Before my friends were like this looks like a parenting lifestyle blog. Ha! Glad you like the banner!

      If you click through on the link on the merfolk, it will take you to a post focusing on the merfolk and how they operate both in and out of water. This world is pretty much developed. (Been working on it for over ten years!) I have nine books planned for this world at varying stages of completion. A prequel trilogy and a sequel trilogy to the one I’m working on now, but I’m not sure if I will publish the others yet. I have other worlds that are burning to be fleshed out and other stories begging to be written.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Rebekah Loper

    Dwarves riding bears, and giants riding elephants? Heck yeah! That’s awesome.

    If the merfolk ride dragons, do the dragons also swim? Because that would be cool.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thanks Rebekah! Yes, some of the dragons swim, but it wouldn’t be recommended while a merperson rode on them since the merfolk’s legs would meld together into a tail once they were submerged. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Rose F

    I’m fond of elephants and would like to meet a letanili. I don’t know if I’d like to meet a giant!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Rose! I’m so glad to hear that! Yeah, I’m not sure I’d want to meet one either. Although, if you’ve met Darin, you might change your mind. I think the giants are misunderstood, but it’s hard to overcome so many years of prejudice on both sides. Thanks for stopping by!

I love hearing from you!

J.L Mbewe - Author