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Haijakata, 20 S, 100 E
A solitary islet in the exact center of the round Chakora Sea. The curve of the surrounding coast suggests a huge impact crater with Haijakata as the central peak, but the seamount is in fact volcanic and the curve, a tectonic plate-edge--an overenthusiastic island arc. (Source: The Trouble Twisters)
Halcyon and Halcyon Strait, 24 N, 0 E
A low, slender fish-shaped island 1500 km (900 mi) long, south of Corona, in Ythri. Halcyon is wooded, though less rainy than the mainland. The climate's warm and mild. It's nearly a twin to Cuba, though a bit drier. Halcyon Strait, between Corona and Halcyon, is 300 km long and only 50-100 wide. To the east it leads into Hloch Bay. (Source: People of the Wind)
Hark Forest, 3 N-1 S, 200-208 E
The largest unbroken rainforest on Lyr, the Hark Forest covers all southern Lannach. Three rivers, the western Tolk, the central Hark and the eastern Trolwen, meander through a jungle 2500 km wide (1500 mi). (Source: The Man Who Counts)
Hark River, 3 N-1 S, 203 E
A sluggish, warm, winding stream 1200 km long, draining the central third of the biggest unbroken rainforest on Lyr, the Hark Forest, covering all south Lannach. The Tolk River drains the west; the Trolwen River, the east. (Source: The Man Who Counts)
Hauau Is., 69 S, 212-216 E
A lonely group of five islands, the westernmost of the antarctic Averorn Archipelago. The largest is 250 km (150 mi) long. All have low mountains; they resemble Alaska--though most of the uplands aren't glaciated but living tundra and steppe, while the lowlands have wide boreal forests--Lyr's much wetter at this latitude than Earth and trees flourish well past 75 south if they can get shelter from the endless wind. Hauau ("How? Ow!") has the distinction of being the largest uninhabited land in any of Lyr's regional clusters--so uninviting that no one's settled, though fliers have reached and mapped them, unlike the profoundly isolated Dahia or Borthu Islands or Antarctica--lands not even discovered yet by Lyrans. (Source: The Merman's Children)
Mt Hauch, 48 N, 167 E
a glacier-capped volcano 3200 meters high (10,700') dominating Sherrin, in the Roland Group. The cool rainy climate supports alpine meadows like Mt Rainier on Hauch's shoulders and dense temperate rainforest at its feet. (Source: The Queen of Air and Darkness)
Mt Haustein, 46 N, 192 E
a shield volcano 3.5 km high (11,600') in southern Roland, near the mouth of the Gloria River. The river's carved an impressive canyon through Haustein's lava flows to reach the sea. Haustein's the south end of the Palisade Range. (Source: The Queen of Air and Darkness)
Hel, 47 N, 36 E
Hel is one of the Shielding Islands in the Ythri Region northeast of Corona. 500 km wide (300 mi), it's a cool, gentle land of windy short-grass hills, with trees mostly in the river valleys. Being out of the high pressure zone that dries most of the Shieldings, Hel's wetter, warmer, and greener--almost Heaven. (Source: The Broken Sword)
Helu, 26-27 N, 307 E
An oval island 180 km (110 mi) long, in eastern Oronesia just north of Eyath. Helu's a shield volcano rising to 2600 m (8500'). The east and north shores are forest, the south rather Mediterranean, the west quite dry; inland, a cool "pine" forest, sparse on the west, dense in the east, covers the mountain's broad shoulders. Small alpine meadows support a few gryphon herders, but most people are warm-weather species living on the coasts. (Source: People of the Wind)
Mt Henge, 42 S, 221 E
A long mountain ridge 3800 m (12,500') high in northeastern Ak'hai'i (south of the Diomedes region). The end of the Gneiss Range; Henge is also the source of the Oaua River, longest on Ak'hai'i. Its slopes are dense "redwood" forest, far rainier than the land to the south. (Source: Strangers)
Herktaskor, 12 S, 76 E
A leaf-shaped equatorial island 220 km (140 mi) long; essentially a single shield volcano rising to 3000 m (10,000'). The east shore is lush, the north and south are patchy savanna, the west coast a treeless, almost African veldt. Herktaskor is off Legnor (west of Larsum in the central Polesotechnic Strip). (Source: Three-Cornered Wheel)
Herne, 1 N, 293 E
One of the Summer Isles northeast of Gaiila, Herne's a steep little equatorial island only 200 km long (125 mi), hardly larger than Hawaii; Mt Herne rises to 3100 m (10,300'). Rainforest and cloudforest cover all but the peak; there's no dry side. Herne's most notable as the gateway to the Gaiila Cluster from Oronesia to the northeast--fliers from all over the northern hemisphere pass through Herne, making this modest island quite cosmopolitan. Representatives of nearly every flying species on Lyr nest somewhere on its slopes. (Source: A Midsummer Tempest)
Herod, 22 S, 200 E
A rather Mediterranean isle 380 km (240 mi) across, in the Boran Islands south of T'kela, in the isolated Diomedes region. Herod matters chiefly as the jumping-off place on the flyway south to the Rorvan Islands, gateway to the Ak'hai'i region (from which the rest of the world can be reached via the Nadi Islands.) (Source: The House of Sorrows)
HESPERIA, 39-44 N, 331-339 E
An island off western Corona, further out than the Brendan Isles. Hesperia is 1600 km long by up to 800 wide (1000 by 500 mi), and very mountainous--fully half the island's over 2000 meters (6600'); the Chasuble Range rises to 3800 m (12,600'). The coasts are temperate rainforest; the highlands a chilly cloudforest wreathed in perpetual mist and drizzle. Above the clouds, alpine meadows sprawl. The west coast, in a rainshadow, is merely wet instead of drenched. (Source: Earth Book of Stormgate)
The Hesperian Isles, 39-44 N, 331-339 E
This chain stretches 4000 km (2500 mi) west of Corona in the Ythri region. By far the largest is Hesperia, but 5 more islands are over 300 km across: Keshchyi, Thuriat, Nat, Trauvey and (lastly) First. (Source: Earth Book of Stormgate)
HESPERIAN SEA, 30-60 N, 270-360 E
A northern ocean the size of the Pacific, between Oronesia and the Ythri Cluster. The western half is unbroken and merges with the Sunward Sea; the Hesperian and Brendan Archipelagoes break up the east, near the west coast of Corona. (Source: People of the Wind)
Highsky Is., 40 N, 265-280 E
The islands east of Li, in Oronesia, trailing off indefinitely; some consider all the islands from Draun to Wa (some 7000 km / 4500 mi) to be part of the Highskies. Even excluding Draun and Wa, many isles are 2-400 km across. All are shield volcanoes covered in lush rainforest, for they're in the heart of a storm belt. (Source: People of the Wind)
Hikaru Peninsula, 5-6 S, 268 E
A southern cape of Quetlan in the Gaiila Cluster, Hikaru's a wedge of tropical monsoon forest 350 km on a side, lush but drier and opener than the rainforested Quetlan mainland to the north. (Source: Rokuro)
Hirharouk Is., 14-18 S, 250-253 E
Three islands between Carnoi and Tau, in the equatorial Gaiila Cluster. Each is around 200 km across. Trapped in a high-pressure drybelt, with no high mountains to squeeze rain from the sparse clouds, the Hirharouks are hot dry grassy hills and desert lowlands. (Source: Lodestar)
HISAGAZI Archipelago, 10 N, 100 E
A subtropical group 7000 km across (5000 mi) in the Polesotechnic Strip. The largest land is Erkila, 800 km (500 mi) wide; Montalir, Xingu, and Yarzik are half that size or less. Reachable from Troisleons to the NW and Wersgorix to the SE, Hisagazi functions as a flyway to the whole Polesotechnic region. (Source: The Longest Voyage)
Hlesey, 73 S, 247 E
One of the antarctic Averorn Islands, Hlesey (just south of Eyjan), is 250 km across (160 mi). Too low for glaciers, the uplands are cold steppes (not true tundra--no permafrost, since Lyr's had no recent Ice Age). The lowlands are like the bizarre, mossy, cold rainforests ("sleetforests"?) of Patagonian Chile or the Queen Charlotte Islands off BC. Low, slow-growing, twisted, moss-bearded, dense, a lurid green, looking profoundly alien. They survive because the Averorn Islands are in a polar wet zone, a belt nonexistent on Earth (see CLIMATE BELTS). (Source: The Merman's Children)
Hloch Bay, 25 N, 3-5 E
A triangular sound between Halcyon and the southern tip of Corona. 1000 km long and hundreds wide, Hloch's west end narrows into long Halcyon Strait, leading to Centauri Gulf. (Source: Earth Book of Stormgate)
Hoka Islands, 12-15 S, 95-97 E
Four large and many small islands north of Katandara, in the Polesotechnic Strip. The largest is 320 km long and 120 wide (200 by 75 mi). All are open tropical woods. (Source: Hoka! Or, Hoka! Hoka! Hoka! Take your pick.)
Holm Peninsula, Lake Holm, 37-41 N, 17-22 E
The eastern end of Corona, in Ythri. Nearly cut off from the mainland by Mist Bay and Holm Bay, the peninsula's a subcontinent of its own, 2400 km (1500 mi) long, the size of Sumatra. The west end is low but highlands up to 3 km (2 mi) dominate the eastern third, where Lake Holm, filling the floor of a great caldera, reflects cliffs half a kilometer high.(Source: People of the Wind)
Holm Bay, 38 N, 16-19 E
A shallow sound 1200 km long and 2-300 km wide (150-200 by 600 mi) nearly cutting off huge Holm Peninsula from eastern Corona, in Ythri. (Source: People of the Wind)
HOLMENACH, 0-12 N, 187-193 E
The western subcontinent of Lannach (Diomedes region), Holmenach is continental in its own right--a wedge of tropical forest some 3000 km (2000 mi) on a side, ending in the spectacular Delp Mts on the west coast. To the south over Orikan Strait is similar Kilnu, nearly as large. Holmenach is rainforest in the south and east, thinning to savanna and even desert on Cape Rodonis in the north. (Source: The Man Who Counts)
Horn, 38 S, 305 E
A steep little island 150 km across (90 mi), in the Jairnovaunt chain of the Nyanza Archipelago (Flandry Cluster). The warm wet climate sustains lush temperate rainforests. (Source: The Game of Glory)
Hornfiskron Is., 70-76 S, 265-275 E
A group in the antarctic Averorn Islands, the Horfiskrons include five major islands each about 1-200 km across (60-120 mi). Our nearest equivalent to their odd ecology is the mossy, cold rainforest ("sleetforest"?) of Patagonian Chile or the Queen Charlotte Islands off BC. Endless cold storms create bogs, and, incredibly, woods in sheltered valleys down to latitude 76 S! Low, slow-growing, twisted, moss-bearded, dense, lurid green, looking profoundly alien, they survive because the southern Averorn Islands are in a polar wet zone, a belt nonexistent on Earth (see CLIMATE BELTS). (Source: The Merman's Children)
Hrau Is., 42-44 S, 205-217 E
A coral reef complex 2700 km (1700 mi) long, northwest of Ak'hai'i. Dozens of narrow sinuous islets mark the rim of the shelf; the largest, Hrau, is 120 km (75 mi) long; but none is over 10-20 km wide... or much over ten meters high, for they're mostly coral. Though small, they're forested down to the high tide mark. (Source: Strangers)
Hriccal Is., 1-7 N, 295-308 E
A maze of atolls and islets linking the Gaiila Cluster to Oronesia. The Hriccals are the west end of the Quenna Islands, a broad, complex rise (future continent?); the eastern Quennas are the Nightflier Is. and the Fairwind Group. Hriccal proper is a narrow Y-shaped island fully 400 km long (250 mi); lesser islands sprawl over 2500 km east-west and half that north-south; exuberant tropical rainforest covers even the smallest. (Source: People of the Wind)
HRILL, 16 N, 315 E
Largest island in southern Oronesia, 1400 km (900 mi) long and half as wide. Volcanic, with six peaks over 3 km high--Mt Hrill is 4600 m (15,100'), one of the tallest mountains on Lyr, measured both from sea level and base-to-top. Hrill is in the "drybelt" centered at 18 north, but the peak's so high it traps storms; the east coast is like the American South, warm and quite lush. But the west coast, downwind and in a rainshadow, has red desert canyons, and savanna higher up, then dry, open "pine" forest, rocky alpine meadows, and glaciers. Most intelligent species on Lyr can be found living in one of these diverse niches, giving the island a rich, tolerant, innovative culture. Hrill has two sisters just to the north: Arinnian and Eyath. (Source: People of the Wind)
HROAI, 43-46 S, 223-228 E
A temperate island nearly the size of New Zealand's south island. Hroai lies east of Ak'hai'i (south of the Diomedes group). The island's 700 km long and 250 wide (450 by 150 mi). The north's a rain-eroded maze of green, steep canyons and ridges around Mt Ehin; the south, a lower, drier, gentler basin of open woods and meadows around Lake Uo. (Source: Strangers)
Hru Peninsula, 2 S, 263 E
A cape 350 km long (220 mi) off southeast Equatoria, in Gaiila Cluster. Hru reaches almost to the isle of Khrau; the shallow strait is less than 100 km. (Source: People of the Wind)
Hunlu Peninsula, 7 S, 192-195 E
Hunlu is the stump of an eroded landbridge between Kilnu and T'kela, in the Diomedes Group. Like Cape Dwarn to the north, it's covered in rainforest; but unlike Dwarn, it's quite rugged; Mt Wendru reaches 3200 m (10,700'). Offshore, continuing the ridge, is Nua Island. (Source: The Man Who Counts)
Huruga Mts, 8-11 S, 146 E
Highest mountains in southern Wersgorix (east end of the Polesotechnic Strip). The Huruga Range runs about 800 km (500 mi) northwest-southeast. Most Lyran ranges are studded with great volcanoes like Java or the Cascades, but the Hurugas have long parallel ridges more like the Appalachians, though much higher, up to 3300 m (11,000'). The ridges wall off storms from the east, drying the inland and west coast to savanna, with woods only on east-facing ridges and along rivers. (Source: The High Crusade)
Mt Hyr, 4 N, 190 E
Mt Hyr, 4200 m high (13,800'), is a major peak in the southern Delp Range (Holmenach, NW Diomedes region). Despite its height, Mt Hyr is ferny and green right to the summit. (Source: The Man Who Counts)
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