Grimwaldi Rinns

The capital city of the Second is another name of whimsy. There is no meaning to this name.

If this were homogenised English, which it is not, then this could be construed as the place the Second rebuilt their Tribe from, after the Dark Time; were the reference: "Grim World in Ruins."

Forest Meade

The town is built above the flood plain, and named after the nearby Meade Lake. Meade means 'lake' in the Second's language.

Original settlers created the town in a forested region, and many trees were used for building, yet many still remain. But, that is not the origin of the name.

In Second (and Cantonese), 'fo' means fire. The town was built in the location because of many nearby volcanic vents; a means of cooking and brewing. So the compound name means, the fires of the lake.

Soi Long

Soi Long, meaning large water, is the second largest town, but features seldom in the trilogy; it is synonymous with the capital.

General Information




The maps below were created by Boris Junkovic and show the general layout of both the Island, and the Outlands. Drawn to scale, these were produced for both printed book and eBook format.

Island Colour Map

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Outlands Colour Map

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Island B & W Map

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Outlands B & W Map

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Long Lake

The largest lake on the Island is called Long Lake because, from vantage points, it looks like a curled-up dragon. In Cantonese, Long means Dragon.

There are two towns nearby; Soi Long and Gu Long Dux. Soi means 'water' in Cantonese, so the name means 'water's of the dragon'. Gu Long Dux is merely a whimsy.

Halfway House

This is located near an unusual divot in the earth, like the impact of a meteor.

The backdrop leading to a series of caves, some with rivers, or stalactites and stalagmites inside.

Jien Noi's father loved to explore the caves, and the unusual countryside nearby. That stated, the place is otherwise in the middle of nowhere.

When asked about the name, Jinnie replied, "Because it is halfway between here and home.".

Gu Long Dux

This, the smallest town, is a backwater, and far removed from the capital. The people often inter-marry with those of Forest Meade.

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