Capsica: Noktu Islands
by Chris Wayan, 2016
This one's for you readers, who pestered me until I had to build it
The Noktu Islands stretch for nearly 3000 km (1900 mi) across the Arctic Ocean. Given the native Capsican fear of frostbite (reasonable, since they burn almost on contact with snow or ice), it will come as no surprise that these polar islands are uninhabited. They suffer winters so harsh it sometimes freezes even at sea level--like, of course, half of Earth.
Sadly, the Noktus are splendidly placed to cause shipwrecks. Even an Arctic summer is prone to fogs and navigational confusion--the sun just wheels, blurring east and west, when you can see the sun at all.
But these tragedies are most often economic. They rarely result in the sort of grim Arctic survival tales (or more often non-survival tales) of Earth's Arctic. For Capsicans can fly. And the one thing every sailor knows about the Noktus is that if you can get a clear bearing south and fly all day, you're likely to hit the coast of Bel by next morning. It's hard to miss. Huge, wild, cold and thinly populated--the Capsican Siberia, basically--but at least in summer, you'll find help.
The Noktus are, then, wreckers but not killers. Villains with a heart.
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