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Old 01-14-2017, 10:45 PM   #1
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In Fantasy/Banestorm, has anything been published or stated as to the total size of the planet? I was reading up on Yrth tonight, as I may soon be running a d20 India-based games; I purchased this in PDF. Although d20, it occurred to me to set the game on Yrth, since it's going to be fantasy. But, I had forgotten that the humans imported to the canonical Yrth are pretty much all from Europe and the Islamic world. This leaves me wondering where to stick my homebrew Yrth's equivalent to India.

Is Yrth similar in size to Earth? I know that in the Alternate Earths/Infinity Unlimited context it's the same planet. But I'm not sure to what degree I'm answering my own question here...
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Old 01-14-2017, 11:37 PM   #2
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In Fantasy/Banestorm, has anything been published or stated as to the total size of the planet? I was reading up on Yrth tonight, as I may soon be running a d20 India-based games; I purchased this in PDF. Although d20, it occurred to me to set the game on Yrth, since it's going to be fantasy. But, I had forgotten that the humans imported to the canonical Yrth are pretty much all from Europe and the Islamic world. This leaves me wondering where to stick my homebrew Yrth's equivalent to India.

Is Yrth similar in size to Earth? I know that in the Alternate Earths/Infinity Unlimited context it's the same planet. But I'm not sure to what degree I'm answering my own question here...
It's pretty much Earth sized, and most of it is terra incognita, considering that all we know of it is a subcontinent about the size of the United States.
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Old 01-15-2017, 12:26 AM   #3
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It's pretty much Earth sized, and most of it is terra incognita, considering that all we know of it is a subcontinent about the size of the United States.
Personally I'm pretty sure that it is the corresponding landmass to the US, it looks like right size and sort-of the right shape, and the cataclysm can explain the rest.

Although it being Terra Incognita is actually a bit weird, there's no reason for Infinity not to have explored the rest of the world, might be a Pyramid article there.
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Old 01-15-2017, 01:11 AM   #4
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Magic would over come loads of low tech issues, but monsters could more than make up for that in difficulty traveling across large oceans.
As to Infinity: Darn it. Lost another balloon drone to a... roc was it?
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Old 01-15-2017, 01:24 AM   #5
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They sometimes land in the wrong Yrth and get conflicting maps. "What do you mean Madlands is a neighboring continent? It has entirely different quantum coordinates and isn't even in the quantum sargasso!"
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Old 01-15-2017, 01:38 AM   #6
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While not impossible, exploring wider Yrth wouldn't be exactly easy for Infinity, as conveyers are on a one way trip in, with no exit except via magical means. Add the likes of the Ministry of Serendipity hunting and stamping on out-time technology to the mix, and logistics get even worse.

They can drop equipment in easily enough, but concealing it from magic-using locals who are actively looking for high tech to suppress, and getting the information they gather back to a local base without being detected wouldn't necessarily be a simple problem. It's something that I'd personally expect Infinity to do after a period of time spent studying the Ytarria area first, to get the procedures they'd need figured out.
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Old 01-15-2017, 01:58 AM   #7
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While not impossible, exploring wider Yrth wouldn't be exactly easy for Infinity, as conveyers are on a one way trip in, with no exit except via magical means. Add the likes of the Ministry of Serendipity hunting and stamping on out-time technology to the mix, and logistics get even worse.
I'd assume that this is a solved problem by the time that the Infinite Worlds book is written, otherwise it wouldn't have noted White Star having a trading outpost.

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They can drop equipment in easily enough, but concealing it from magic-using locals who are actively looking for high tech to suppress, and getting the information they gather back to a local base without being detected wouldn't necessarily be a simple problem. It's something that I'd personally expect Infinity to do after a period of time spent studying the Ytarria area first, to get the procedures they'd need figured out.
Your making the assumption that the entire timeline follows the pattern we've seen for one (sub-)continent, and I'd assume that Infinity has disguised scouting equipment for use on ALL timelines, full stop.
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Old 01-15-2017, 02:39 AM   #8
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I'd assume that this is a solved problem by the time that the Infinite Worlds book is written, otherwise it wouldn't have noted White Star having a trading outpost.
I assume, since that's the specific source book I checked for the limits, that Infinity has reliable access to a magical method of exit. It doesn't mean it's as easy to leave as just using an easily replaced conveyer would be in most other places. A fixed location portal might have time access or mass limitations, or a magical vehicle might be a one of a kind item and irreplaceable, so not to be risked. My own guess is they have a vehicle of some type, rather than a portal, since they could pick a location for their base.

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Your making the assumption that the entire timeline follows the pattern we've seen for one (sub-)continent, and I'd assume that Infinity has disguised scouting equipment for use on ALL timelines, full stop.
If the only area we've seen has this issue, and it's the area Infinity has seen, then, given how paranoid they are about the Secret, they're going to assume worst case conditions, and active detection attempts everywhere, because that's what they already see in Ytarria. And while I'm sure you're right about disguised technological scouting equipment for most places, Infinity does need to be cautious about magic in this world.

Note that I'm not saying that they won't try to scout, map, and explore on a wider scale - they undoubtedly intend to as soon as possible - just that as of the time point referenced in Infinite Worlds I think they're still in the stage of studying the situation and figuring out the best ways to do it without risking being detected by the locals.
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Old 01-15-2017, 03:31 AM   #9
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I assume, since that's the specific source book I checked for the limits, that Infinity has reliable access to a magical method of exit. It doesn't mean it's as easy to leave as just using an easily replaced conveyer would be in most other places. A fixed location portal might have time access or mass limitations, or a magical vehicle might be a one of a kind item and irreplaceable, so not to be risked. My own guess is they have a vehicle of some type, rather than a portal, since they could pick a location for their base.
What ever they've got it's reliable enough for them to set up trade, worst case scenario is any team they drop off else has to make the trip to Tredory to get back, which could be a problem, but one they'll account for in planning.

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If the only area we've seen has this issue, and it's the area Infinity has seen, then, given how paranoid they are about the Secret, they're going to assume worst case conditions, and active detection attempts everywhere, because that's what they already see in Ytarria. And while I'm sure you're right about disguised technological scouting equipment for most places, Infinity does need to be cautious about magic in this world.
And how different is that really from any other world? And when you think about it, the Secret isn't really out of Yrth, they know of only one method and think it's mainly one way.
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Old 01-15-2017, 04:34 AM   #10
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The Secret is out, just not Homeline's specific existence is known.

I liken it to difference between knowing that aliens walk among us, and that one particular species of grey do.
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