Oh my! (You knew it was coming.)
Anyone who's been around the Anne B. Walsh fandom for long has probably heard of the world of Trycanta. Its three main races are as listed above: human beings; dragon-like mazor (MAH-zoar), who resemble raptorial dinosaurs with wings; and large-cat-like lyrror (LIE-roar), built along the lines of panthers or cougars.
But did you know that along with having three races, Trycanta also has three main areas of human settlement? That's right, the kingdom of Anosir and its surrounding countries, in which my novel Homecoming is set, are only one part of Trycanta, and I hope to take you along on my explorations of the entire planet in coming years.
The human-settled areas of Trycanta vary in many ways. In Anosir, for instance, lyrror and mazor are known both to exist and to be equivalent to humans in their capability for thought and emotion. Still, they remain marginalized by the mainstream of human society, which exists on a roughly medieval level (though with magic).
Across the ocean in a country called Dulia, however, attitudes are very different. The main human culture is quasi-Victorian, prudish and regimented with a rigid social order. Mazor and lyrror keep mainly to themselves, for the very good reason that most humans consider the lyrror nothing but animals and the mazor evil and soulless.
Even further around the world, in the Celitar Confederation (hard C, please), human beings have developed a level of technology which rivals our own in some ways, but have completely lost sight of the two other races with which they share their world. To Celitarans, lyrror and mazor are generally thought to be nothing more than myth.
Think these places sound interesting enough to visit in fiction, and to see how they develop and change as some of the things their people have chosen to forget start coming back to haunt them? If so, read on for a bit more information about the three races of Trycanta, who will be central to any story set on that world:
Questions, comments, suggestions about which area of the world I might want to explore next -- all are very welcome! Thanks for reading on this, the first of what I hope will be many new Trycanta Tuesdays!