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Mt Tabitha 43 N, 12 E
Highest peak in the northern Gray Range, on the west coast of Corona, in Ythri. Tabitha rises 4300 m (14,200') above Falkayn Sound; the alpine crest stays above treeline for 300 km north and south. (Source: People of the Wind)
Taki Peninsula, 15-16 S, 201 E
Southern tip of T'kela, in the Diomedes Region, Cape Taki is 450 km long and 160 wide (280 by 100 mi). The land's rather Mediterranean--meadows, aromatic scrub, and scattered groves--greener than Cape Shanga to the west, in a partial rainshadow. (Source: The House of Sorrows)
Mt Talmady, 9 S, 258 E
Highest peak in northern Tau, in the western Gaiila Cluster; 3300 m (11,000'). The only dense forests on Tau are around its feet and on its east face. (Source: Esau)
Talyma River, 55-56 S, 13-16 E
Largest river in western Altai, in the southern Flandry Cluster. The Talyma Basin is in a drybelt, and is a dry steppe with desert canyons in the upstream mountains. The Talyma winds through such canyons for 500 km (320 mi) from Mt Bourtai to the coast. (Source: A Message in Secret)
Mt Tamarin, 7 N, 200 E
Highest peak in southern Dawrnach (Diomedes region), a long ridge 3500 m (11,600') high, rising steeply from the Achan Sea. (Source: The Man Who Counts)
Tambur, 16 N, 119 E
A small group south of Erkila, in the Hisagazi Islands (NE end of the Polesotechnic Strip). Tambur's in a drybelt, and the isles lack high peaks to snag rainclouds as Erkila can. Most islets are mere bare rocks a mile or two wide. On Tambur proper, a crescent 200 km long and 70 wide (125 by 45 mi), a few trees line streambeds, but the uplands are dry grass and scrub. Few call it home, but it's surprisingly busy--the final rest stop on the flyway from Montalir to Erkila (and long-haul traffic from the Polesotechnic lands to the continent of Troisleons). (Source: The Longest Voyage)
Taranoff Sea, 50-60 N, 150-180 E
The sea west of the Roland continental group, in the far north. Taranoff's twice the size of North Atlantic, and colder. The only islands are the Orfevres, forming a long, arduous flyway from Olga in the Rolands to Troisleons in the southwest. (Source: The Queen of Air and Darkness)
Tariat Is., 40 N, 225-230 E
Western tip of the Oronesian chain, the Tariats resemble Hawaii in size, origin, and geography: eight volcanic isles, with Tariat proper as big as all the rest together. Old and eroded, none of the peaks are today over 2500 meters high, though base to top these volcanoes are taller than Hawaii's. Subtropical and rainforested, with no dry side--more like Mississippi than Hawaii. But the Tariats are Hawaiian in another way--biological isolation. They're off the main flyway, accessible only by thousand-mile flights from Li or Carheddin. Most of the Oronesian chain is culturally and biologically diverse, because it's central to traffic between hemispheres. But Tariat, off the route, is a backwater. (Source: Earth Book of Stormgate)
Tarnberg Mts, 30-35 N, 80-90 E
The highest range on Troisleons, the Tarnbergs reach 4500 m (14,850') at the east end; the only glaciated peaks on Troisleons. The range runs from Swan Plain and the Gerd Range 3000 km (1900 mi) west to Cape Grimmins. (Source: Three Hearts and Three Lions)
The Tarns, 36 N, 30 E
A scenic region of mountain lakes in eastern Corona, in the Andromeda Range. At least ten are over 50 km long. The surrounding peaks, also called The Tarns, reach 4100 m (13,500'). (Source: People of the Wind)
Tarou, 29 N, 104 E
Either the loneliest outlier of the Swan Islands off Troisleons, or the first of the Hisagazi Islands in the Polesotechnic Strip. Depends on which way you're flying--Tarou's on the flyway to the Polesotechnic continents beyond--indeed, without Tarou, instead of two difficult thousand-mile hops, the flyway'd be severed. Tarou's a pleasant islet--a hundred-km forested patch with mild climate--but it's run-down, over-grazed and littered, a classic case of Bus Station Syndrome. (Source: The Longest Voyage)
TAU, 8-13 S, 259 E
A narrow island 1500 km (900 mi) long, between Equatoria and Carnoi in the Gaiila Cluster. Most of Tau is hilly, but three large volcanoes, Talmady, Emil and Osman, mark the island's north, center and south; the Emil River valley between Osman and Emil is the only big lowland. Tau is open woods, thinning to tropical savanna downwind of the volcanoes along the west coast. The north end around Talmady is much rainier. (Source: Tau Zero)
TAUNO, 64-68 S, 284-292 E
Biggest of the antarctic Averorn Islands. Tauno is a chunky land 800-1000 km wide, (5-600 mi), resembling Alaska--glaciers adorn central Mt Tauno, a shield volcano 2-3 times broader than Olympus Mons and 3700 m high (12,200'--though from sea floor to summit it's 15 km, compared to Hawaii's 10 and Olympus's 26). But most of the uplands aren't glaciated but living tundra and steppe, while the lowlands have wide boreal forests. Unlike Alaska, which gets colder and drier as you head for the pole, Tauno gets colder but rainier as you head poleward (see CLIMATE BELTS). More trees grow on the sheltered south shore, by Lake Nada and on Rinna Bay, than in the warmer north! Tauno has an identical twin half a world away: Erkila in the tropical Hisagazi Islands. Same landforms, same scale, just utterly different climates. Location, location, location... (Source: The Merman's Children)
Tempest Islands, 21-26 S, 266-279 E
An archipelago with four large islands in the southern Gaiila region, midway between Carnoi and Gaiila itself. Prospero, Ariel, Miranda and Caliban all lie in a drybelt (high pressure zone) and are too low to squeeze much rain from clouds, so they're mostly dry savanna, with trees only along streams. Together the Tempests are the size of Java. (Source: A Midsummer Tempest)
Tempest Sea, 25-60 S, 250-300 E
A deep southern ocean, south of the Gaiila region. Its area's larger than the Atlantic, its volume nearly matches the Pacific. To the south are the Averorn Archipelago, to the west, the Ak'hai'i Group, to the east the Nyanza Archipelago, and to the north, the Tempest Islands. (Source: A Midsummer Tempest)
Tessa, 46 S, 333 E
Lonely Tessa is an island 260 km across (160 mi), in the far eastern Nyanza Archipelago (Flandry Cluster). Fertile and temperate, rather like New Zealand: open forests and meadows. It's 2500 km from land of any size; you'd expect biological and cultural isolation and backwardness. Wrong! It's a vital link in the only flyway from the Flandry Cluster (one of the world's larger landmasses) to the rest of the planet, via the Luang Islands to Besar. (Source: The Game of Glory)
THARIXAN, 12-15 S, 145-148 E
A tropical land nearly the size of Britain at the east end of the Polesotechnic Strip. A starfish-shape; the arms are lava flows from central Mt Yariz. The east coast is lush, but the rest is open forest and veldt; much drier than Wersgorix just to the north over the Torgelta Strait. (Source: The High Crusade)
Lake Theonax, 8-9 N, 191 E
The largest lake in the world, 600 km long (400 mi) and half as wide, in eastern Holmenach (Diomedes Group). Its shores are hard to determine, being "mangrove" forest that wades miles into the warm shallow lake. (Source: The Man Who Counts)
Thor, 48-49 N, 30 E
One of the Aesir Islands, part of the Shielding Archipelago northeast of Corona in the Ythri Region. Thor is low and grassy, with trees mostly in the river valleys, but still warmer, wetter and greener than the larger Shieldings to the north. Thor's 360 km across (220 mi). (Source: The Broken Sword)
Thunder Bay, Cape Thunder, 45-46 S, 215-217 E
A bay 320 km (200 mi) wide on the east coast of Ak'hai'i (south of the Diomedes region). A sheltered inland sea, really--the Thunder Islands and the many fingers of Cape Thunder nearly block its mouth. The flow from the Oaua River delta makes the inner end of the bay nearly fresh. The region's dry for Ak'hai'i; the shores are mixed groves and meadows. (Source: Strangers)
Mt Thunder, 47 S, 217 E
A cluster of rugged spires up to 3800 m (12,500') on the southern coast of Ak'hai'i (south of the Diomedes region). Part of the Gneiss Range. Its rainshadow dries the climate of Thunder Bay to the west. (Source: Strangers)
Thuriat, 35 N, 340 E
Hesperian Isles, off Corona in western Ythri. Thuriat looks like a shark tooth 350 km (220 mi) long, covered by lush temperate rainforest. (Source: Earth Book of Stormgate)
Thurman, 5 S, 61 E
One of the equatorial Kraoka Islands (Polesotechnic Strip), Thurman's 160 km long (100 mi), rugged, (a heavily eroded volcano), and rainforested. A chain of satellite islets and reefs links Thurman to huge Quillipup to the south, and to even bigger Jutta, to the north. (Source: A Sun Invisible)
Timur Bay, 43 S, 352 E
The only break in the steep southeast coast of Besar (Flandry Cluster), Timur is a natural harbor 100 km wide. The Timur River runs from the Luang Mts, 400 km to the west, down to the bay. (Source: The Plague of Masters)
Titania, 1 N, 286-290 E
One of the Summer Islands north of Gaiila, Titania's a low hilly land 800 km (500 mi) across--lush, unbroken rainforest. It has, of course, an even bigger mate to the east: Oberon. (Source: A Midsummer Tempest)
T'KELA, 9-16 S, 199-205 E
A tropical island south of Lannach in the Diomedes Cluster, the size of Mexico or Indonesia, 2300 km long (1450 mi). T'kela's north is lush, especially the Lubambaru Basin, but the west coast is dry--the Mirzabad basin is savanna with only scattered groves, and the Shanga is treeless veldt: the central mountains cast a rainshadow. (Source: Trader to the Stars)
Tokonnen, 52 S, 109-110 E
One of the Dahia Islands, far south of Larsum. Tokonnen is 320 km (200 mi) long. Treeless; just rocks and grassy hills, for the Dahias are in a drybelt. (Source: Season of Forgiveness)
Cape Tolk, 5 S, 200 E
The southern tip of Lannach (Diomedes region); a rugged cape with peaks rising to 3050 m (10,000')--in contrast to the mainland, flat as a plate for 1500 km. 200 km offshore to the northwest is the long isle of Dwarn. To the north is the wide Tolk River. (Source: The Man Who Counts)
Tolk River, 0 N, 202 E
A sluggish muddy meandering river 1000 km long in southern Lannach, (Diomedes cluster) draining the western third of Hark Forest, the largest unbroken rainforest on Lyr. To the south is Cape Tolk. (Source: The Man Who Counts)
Torcha, 9-11 S, 193 E
A rugged L-shaped island southeast of Kilnu, in the Diomedes cluster. Torcha is 600 km long and 250 wide (380 by 160 mi), most of it a tropical plateau about 2 km high, mild in climate. (Source: The Man Who Counts)
Torgelta, 12 S, 150 E
A C-shaped island 120 km long (75 mi), with two large satellites and many islets. It's the easternmost land in the long Polesotechnic Strip, which bends sharply north here. Torgelta's fully 400 km from the nearest land (the Jair Is). The climate's warm and moderately rainy, and the Torgeltas are low and wooded, sheltered by coral reefs. Think Bermuda. (Source: The High Crusade)
Torgelta Strait, 12 S, 145-148 E
A passage between Wersgorix and Tharixan at the east end of the Polesotechnic Strip, where it bends sharply north. Torgelta's irregular (as narrow as 100 km, as wide as 400) and full of islets, capes and fjords. These are not the Torgelta Islands--they're larger and lie 400 km east of the narrows, well out to sea. (Source: The High Crusade)
Cape Tornak, 3 S, 190 E
A squarish peninsula 220 km wide in western Kilnu (Diomedes region), Cape Tornak is rainforest from mountaintops down to the beach. (Source: The Man Who Counts)
Mt Tornak, 4 S, 191 E
Highest peak in northern Kilnu (Diomedes region), near the base of Tornak Peninsula; 3700 m (12,100'). Forested to the summit; this is the torrid zone. (Source: The Man Who Counts)
Trammina R., 18 S, 83-88 E
Largest river on Larsum, in the Polesotechnic Strip, the Trammina rises in three lakes on Mt Rebo in the Gilrigor Highlands, and runs nearly 1000 km (600 mi) east to Aesca Bay. The Trammina drains most of eastern Larsum. The climate's mild and fairly rainy. Subtropical hardwoods cover the land. (Source: Three-Cornered Wheel)
Trauvey, 40 N, 344 E
Hesperian Isles, off Corona in western Ythri, Trauvey is a ridge 600 km (360 mi) long curled into a C shape, never more than 80 km (50 mi) across. Thick mossy temperate rainforest covers Trauvey. (Source: Earth Book of Stormgate)
Mt Trech, 2 N, 214 E
A steep volcanic cone on the coast of Driss, east of Lannach (Diomedes region). Its big sisters Memnis and Gerunis are higher, but Trech rises 3800 m (12,500') directly from the water--Fuji gone wading. The whole Driss chain rises sharply from deep water; were the range on land, it'd be spectacular, with scarps up to 2 km (6600') high. (Source: The Man Who Counts)
Cape Trekkan, 7-12 S, 187 E
Kilnu, in the Diomedes Group, resembles a ragged leaf. Trekkan is the long stem. A rugged finger 1600 km long (1000 mi) and never over 200 km/125 mi wide, Trekkan's east slope is solid rainforest, but on the west, the woods open up and occasional glades and meadows afford views. Off Trekkan's tip is Angrek; to the east is long Srygen Sound. (Source: The Man Who Counts)
Mt Tridaig, 39 S, 32 E
Highest peak on Merseia, in the Flandry Cluster, and one of the ten highest in the world. Mt Tridaig is a massive shield volcano 4600 m (15,100') high, at the south end of the Dhangodhan Range. It's high enough and far south enough to bear a crown of glaciers above its alpine meadows and conifer woods. (Source: Ensign Flandry & seq.)
TRILLIA, 33-38 S, 230-236 E
Northernmost land in the Ak'hai'i Cluster south of Diomedes, Trillia's 1350 km long (850 mi)--about the size of Madagascar. Subtropical Trillia is warm, humid, and densely wooded--lowland rainforest, cooler upland cloudforest. Only the highest peaks of the Witweet Range open into subalpine meadows. (Source: A Little Knowledge)
Trinculo Atolls, 21 S, 272 E
A cluster of islets and atolls 700 km (450 mi) long, midway between Caliban and Ariel. The atolls are in a drybelt (high pressure zone) and their hills are too low to squeeze any rain from clouds. The land's mostly dry savanna, with trees mostly along streams. Still, it's wetter than Miranda to the east. (Source: A Midsummer Tempest?)
TROISLEONS GROUP, 20-65 N, 60-120 E
A cluster consisting of Troisleons (a temperate continent half the size of North America) and nearby Scania (smaller and colder), plus islands like Wold and Grib. The group totals 16 M sq km (6.3 million sq mi); Troisleons is two-thirds of it.. (Source: Three Hearts and Three Lions)
TROISLEONS, 22-50 N, 77-99 E
Troisleons is a continent half the size of North America, 11 million sq km (4.3 M sq mi). I mention America deliberately--unlike the spidery continents elsewhere on Lyr, Troisleons has a real interior with broad temperate plains, a prairie heartland (the Carahue Basin), two great ranges to the west, the Tarnbergs and Jotuns, and lower, Appalachian-like hills and sounds breaking up the east, plus twin Newfoundlands: Wold and Grib. All we need is the rest of Canada! Scania and the Shielding Islands are cold enough, if a bit fragmented... (Source: Three Hearts and Three Lions)
TROLLHEIM, 58-64 N, 66-75 E
The northern half of Scania, Trollheim is 1.5 M sq km (600,000 sq mi), but mostly bleak uplands far less fertile than the southern island, Ilrede. Mt Bolverk, a glaciated shield volcano, dominates north Trollheim; the south around Lake Gora has low evergreen forest. Only the south shore along Leea Sound has a significant population, mostly gryphons.(Source: The Broken Sword)
Cape Trolwen, 2 S, 207 E
A blunt peninsula 550 km (350 mi) across, off southeast Lannach (Diomedes region). Its heart is a tropical plateau 1500-2400 m high (5-8000'), an ecological island above the steamy Hark Basin on the mainland. (Source: The Man Who Counts)
Trolwen River, 0-3 N, 204-207 E
A river 1500 km long in eastern Lannach, draining the eastern third of the largest unbroken rainforest on Lyr, Hark Basin. The river rises high in the Oborch Mtns; the lower Trolwen meanders over a jungle plain. (Source: The Man Who Counts)
Trrl, 8 S, 69 E
Trrl lacks more than vowels--it lacks friends. It's 1000 miles to the nearest land of any size (the Kraoka Islands, the west end of the Polesotechnic Strip.) Well, it does have one small satellite, Elan, the size of Hawaii, but on Lyr, that's nothing. Trrl is 320 km (200 mi) across, and quite Hawaiian itself--warm, rainy (especially on the north slope), a partly eroded volcano that's Martian in size but waist-deep in Lyr's deep sea. Its summit caldera is 2200 m (7300') high and miles wide. (Source: A Sun Invisible)
Tulitur Peninsula, Mt Tulitur, 24-25 S, 134 E
Southern tip of Ulash, in the Polesotechnic Strip, the Tulitur Peninsula is a boot like Italy--but a stout, unfashionable one. Bigger and more fertile too--while southern Italy thrusts into a dry zone, Tulitur thrusts out of one centered at 18 degrees south. The land grows steadily greener south of Mt Fereghur; the coast of Cape Shivaru is lush, and trees start invading the upland savanna. The volcanic Tulitur Mts, 3650 m high (12,000'), near the southern tip, have "redwood" forests. (Source: The Master Key)
Cape Tulyak, 57 S, 9 E
The southwestern tip of Altai, in the southern Flandry Cluster. The cape is just a steady narrowing of the land, with straight, simple coasts until the last 100 km, when complex, cliffed heads and islets appear. Islands straggle nearly 200 km offshore--a flyway to nowhere, since the next land along Altai's undersea rise is 4000 km away. (Source: A Message in Secret)
Mt Tumurji, Tumurji R., 54 S, 20 E
Highest peak in eastern Altai (southern Flandry Cluster). Tumurji is 3300 m high (10,800), and the source of the Tumurji River, largest river in the east, 320 km (220 mi). Below the glaciers and alpine meadows, the basin's unbroken "pine" forest. Tumurji's west face is much drier; the mountain casts a rainshadow on the Baligh River's upper basin. (Source: A Message in Secret)
TYRLAN, 7-19 N, 245-250 E
A lonely land at the northwest end of the Gaiila Cluster. Islets do form a flyway south to Equatoria, but east, west or north it's 8000 km to land! Tyrlan's 2000 km long and over 600 wide (1250 by 400 mi), bigger than New Guinea. Climate varies: Tyrlan straddles a dry high-pressure zone, so the northwest coast is desert, but the Neri Basin in the northeast is lush, and the southern Avelair Peninsula is dense rainforest. The central Kith highlands are open woods and meadows--rather like upland Sri Lanka. (Source: The Man Who Counts)
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