Yafutoma

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The kingdom of Yafutoma lies nestled under the Blue Moon. A far away and isolated land, the people there have significantly different appearance, dress, and even manners of speech. Little is known of this place, and no one is known to have visited Yafutoma in living memory. Periodically, Yafutoma merchant vessels simply “show up” in either Nasr or Valua. Where they come from and how they get there is a big mystery, and a topic these enigmatic traders refuse to answer. They trade almost exclusively in moonstones, as they claim that the cultures of Mid Ocean and its surrounding lands have nothing of interest for them, and depart as soon as their business is concluded. No one has ever been able to successfully follow them. Because of this, blue moonstones are among the more expensive varieties of moonstones.

According to Nasr, Yafutoma lies far to the east on the other side of The Dark Rift, a monstrous perpetual storm that has taken on the form of a massive Sky Rift that runs from the Northern Mountains down to South Ocean, completely walling off all passage further east. Many, in fact, claim that the edge of the world is all that lies beyond the Dark Rift. So just how exactly the Yafutoman vessels get through the Dark Rift, assuming Yafutoma is indeed on the other side, is a secret that has driven many to their deaths in the Dark Rift trying to figure out.

About half of Valuan scholars agree with the Nasr assessment. However, a growing minority insist that Yafutoma lies not to the east beyond the impenetrable Dark Rift, but past a line of Stone Reefs and Skyrifts to the west. Of course, how the Yafutomans might be able to penetrate these obstacles is an equal mystery.

So far, the truth of the location of Yafutoma seems to lie hidden behind twin impossibilities. Which, if either, holds the real truth is one of the many puzzles of Arcadia waiting to be solved.

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Yafutoma

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