In the crafting of my world, dear listener, I have taken great pains to distance it from the one we know. Many great works of fiction have taken place in what is supposed to be the "real world", and they have my congratulations, to be sure. But I profess to be a crafter of universes. To set the stage of my tale in an environ that even resembles Earth would be plagiarism and hypocrisy upon my self-imposed title. Indeed, the tale that I spin shall take place upon two celestial bodies far removed from the dear little solar cul-de-sac we call home. Two planets, a duo of heavenly orbs, close enough in proximity to one another as to be forever bound in a mad tango of circular orbit. Each planet has a single moon to its name, smaller bodies orbiting the two greater vessels. Three of these four worlds possess life on the surface, but my story focuses on only one. The planet Mine. The slightly lesser of the two planets, ever orbiting around Yahndur the Great, possessing the Moon that nurtures life, and graced with an equatorial halo. It has no major deserts upon its surface, and possesses equal amounts of land and sea. The vast majority of land, however, is nigh uninhabitable, due to it's incredibly uneven and craggy nature. This trait is even more prolific around the equator, as meteorological and geographic conditions there border on absolute chaos. Civilization has grown only in the far northern, and far southern hemispheres, with the southern hemisphere being chiefly populated. This, my listeners, is the world that I shall focus on, for of all the events that transpire along the timeline of my story, nearly all of them take place on Mine. And even after all the steps I have taken towards a vast, vibrant, original world, I am humbled by the beauty of this one every time I step out of my front door. Have you seen a sunrise recently? No king among men ever did possess treasure with half the splendor of a sunrise. Crafter of universes I may profess to be, but I am incomparably deficient in my creativity when placed alongside that of the Almighty Creator of this one.
B.T. Powell C.O.U.