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04 September 2011 @ 09:12 pm
Meta Month, Day 4: Climate  
I have to admit something. I've written several stories in which it snows in Renais, but I have absolutely no canon evidence that it does. I just really like to write about winter. Magvel seems to be vaguely European – northern European even – so snow isn't unlikely if that's the case.


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What really bothers me about the map, though, is Jehanna. It's a random desert on the southeast side of the continent, right on the coast no less. Europe certainly isn't known for its deserts so that makes it a bit of a departure from the European mould. The only way I've ever been able to make sense of it, is to blame the mountains on the Jehanna border. By the look of the map, Jehanna seems to have mountains on its west and north border. These could be responsible for keeping rain out of the region. I checked Wiki again (source of all knowledge) and found this handy bit of info:

"Many deserts are formed by rain shadows; mountains blocking the path of precipitation to the desert (on the lee side of the mountain)"

That at least makes it seem slightly less preposterous for there to be a desert there. I'm not sure if there's much excuse for the fact that I have it snowing on one side of the mountains in Renais, and then a desert on the other side. On the other hand, maybe I can suggest that Renais is at a high elevation hence cooler temperatures? It also has mountains on two sides so maybe it's receiving a lot of moisture too. That would perhaps make it fertile in summer but prone to lots of snow in winter when it drops below freezing due to the high elevation?
 
 
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saffiremoon21saffiremoon21 on September 5th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
I just love how concerned you are about this. I was just like OKAY. GONNA PLAY THIS GAME and never gave it a second thought ;)
wolfraven80: *headdesk*wolfraven80 on September 5th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
Again, you didn't write any 40k word fics about it either. ;P
saffiremoon21saffiremoon21 on September 5th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
seeing how much of a space brain I am, that's probably a good thing ;)
Ezzie, the Floating Nightmaregrape_soda2 on September 5th, 2011 06:00 am (UTC)
Hee hee. I've wondered about this too, actually. Carcino is really the only place I can foresee snow happening, though I've written something where there is snow in Grado (though by looking at the map, that's unlikely).

As for Renais, I've written their climate as a damp sort of winter, with lots of rain and maybe sleet and hail, but no snow.
wolfraven80: Wolf's Rain-- printswolfraven80 on September 5th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid I like writing about winter too much to give it up even if it doesn't quite make sense. I guess also because I always imagined Magvel as being vaguely Euopean in deign that it seemed natural for them to have cold winters.
korsriddarekorsriddare on September 5th, 2011 11:11 am (UTC)
That out of place desert is what prompted my lovecraftian magvel fic.
wolfraven80: FE:TSS Silver Knightwolfraven80 on September 5th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
Which one is that?
korsriddarekorsriddare on September 6th, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
Jehanna desert. Or you mean the fic, that is http://fanfiction.net/s/5681651/1/ .
SocraticWaffles: Canassocraticwaffles on September 5th, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
Yeahhh, that's a pretty out-of-place desert. But land can very greatly, especially (as you said) with mountains involved. Just look at the state of California! Deserts and subtropical areas within fifty miles of each other, in some cases.

My headcanon says it was just Blighted long ago by an angry God, but that's probably because I've been playing too much Civ IV >_>
mark_asphodelmark_asphodel on September 5th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
My headcanon says it was just Blighted long ago by an angry God,

Actually, given the Darkling Woods and all that, it's not off-base to think the desert might've been created during the first war against the DK.
wolfraven80: Wolf's Rain Ice Windwolfraven80 on September 5th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
Can I just use that as an excuse for it snowing in Renais now? ;D
mark_asphodelmark_asphodel on September 5th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
Hah. Sure. I personally see Renais as having mild winters compared with Frelia and Rausten-- a few snows a year, but not much beyond that. And Caer Pelyn, of course, is really something in winter...
wolfraven80: FE: RD - Rhys - cutewolfraven80 on September 5th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
I miss Civ IV. My new PC won't run it. ;_;

That's an interesting theory to explain the apparently random!desert and one I've seen used before in a number of fantasy novels -- and problems some games too, actually.