PROJECT Create an Island

Discussion in 'CREATING WORLDS & SETTINGS' started by Diana, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. In this exercise, you're going to create a small island!

    Islands are small (or large) land masses completely surrounded by water.

    Some Things to describe for your island:

    • How big is your island.
    • How was this island formed? Volcano? Broke away from other landmasses? Flooding?
    • Is it close to a larger land mass or part of an island chain?
    • What sort of plants are on this island?
    • What sort of animals are on this island?
    • Do peoples live on this island? What are they like?
    • Is this island owned by a government or another country? Has it been discovered yet?
    • What sort of weather frequently hits this island? What might be unusual weather?
     
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  2. Silver Island
    How big is your island.
    48 Square Miles
    How was this island formed? Volcano? Broke away from other landmasses? Flooding?
    Underwater Earthquake that caused the crust the shift and push up on two tectonic plates, creating the mountainous island, exposing the known as 'Silver Island'
    Is it close to a larger land mass or part of an island chain?
    It is an island all on it's own in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. (Coordinates: Latitude -1.406109 Longitude -153.28125)
    What sort of plants are on this island?
    Deciduous forests, Carpet moss, Guelder roses, and Northern Arrowwood type plants.
    What sort of animals are on this island?
    Black bears, Mountain goats, Bobcats, Chinchillas, and other mountainous animals.

    Do peoples live on this island? What are they like?
    Silver Island is uninhabited by humans as of now.

    Is this island owned by a government or another country? Has it been discovered yet?
    No, Silver Island is not discovered yet.

    What sort of weather frequently hits this island? What might be unusual weather?
    Silver Island is usually very clear skies and sunny days, with a few rainy days mixed in. Unusual weather would be snow on the lower parts of the mountains, and hurricanes, surprisingly, are not that common on Silver Island.
     
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  3. Wait. WHAT?!

    "Yeah, I know," Jones said, making a note to hold the satellite phone a little farther from his ear when he told people where he was.

    A big freakin' island in the middle of the pacific ocean. You know, we have satellite pictures, right? There's no freakin' way. You're out of your mind. Check your GPS again.

    "Boss, do you think I would be calling you with this news if I hadn't checked everything out?"

    I should hope not, but, well... you must know what it sounds like. You've gotta back this one up. If you're right, think of the opportunities... Take me there.

    And that was the beginning. First one person, then two. Then the news crews and the politicians started pouring in, representatives from all over the world. The corporations were right on their heels. Rules were quickly established: no one but responsible explorers and scientists - a multicultural, multinational crew appointed by the UN (and Dillan since he discovered the place) - could step outside of the temporary settlement on the beach (which had been accidentally designated Litigation Beach... no going back from that one) until ownership disputes had been settled.

    Argentina wanted it because of proximity, disregarding the British-claimed Falkland Islands that were technically closer. America wanted it, as it wants everything. The EU coveted it, explaining their plans to keep it in pristine natural condition while allowing tourists to safely explore its untamed wilds at the same time, an obviously flawed argument. Many companies, including Jones' company, BP, wanted to privitize it for various reasons. The WWF had basically the same story as the EU. A crazy political faction in the US were also claiming it as a place to settle and escape from religious persecution in their homeland, to create a new haven were real freedoms can roam free from things like gay marriage and non-Christian ideals. Dillan Jones didn't really care. To him, it was his island. The news certainly liked that angle.


    "How big is your island?" the reporter said, sweating profusely underneath her professional suit.

    "Some early estimates put it at around 250,000 square miles, but more surveys need to be done. We haven't finished exploring it yet, you see, but they've got the satellites working on it."

    "How was this island formed? Volcano? Broke away from other landmasses? Flooding?"

    Jones walked a bit to the left away from the newscaster, as they had rehearsed earlier. The camera panned up a bit, keeping his head in the shot but also getting a view of the incredible mountains in the background.

    "As you can see by these volcanoes behind me, this island formed at least partially from volcanic activity. The seismologists and volcanologists say that they are still active, too. More work needs to be done, but some scientists think the land mass, in a much smaller state, also originated as part of South America countless millennia ago."

    Jones knew that last bit wasn't true, but it was good news. It called some interesting things into question about ownership. Argentina was using that as more evidence towards their sovereignty. The truth was... they weren't sure where it had come from. Yeah, active volcanoes. Jones had seen the lava floes himself. Still, for something so huge to never be discovered until now?

    "Interesting! For our viewers at home, where exactly is your island? Is it close to a larger land mass or part of an island chain?" the reporter asked after shuffling back over to where he was standing.

    "It is in between South America, Africa, and Antarctica where three tectonic plates violently collide. There are several little islands right off of the coast, so you could call it a chain. It's pretty isolated, though."

    Partly true, Jones thought. Those plates he mentioned are actually pulling apart from each other, making volcanoes... impossible. The committee of scientists sure had a field day bickering over that one. He was sure they were still going over the data in their tents.

    "What sort of plants are on this island?"

    "Botanists and ecologists have already praised my island for its incredible biodiversity! Many of the species are unique! The volcanic soil causes the fauna here to absolutely thrive. They are holding off on the names until the island has a name. It's got several different climate zones ranging from arid desert to subtropical. There are pockets of true rainforest, too, which is especially exciting because of the sheer number of plant and animal species waiting to be discovered."

    "Speaking of animals, what sort of animals are on this island?"

    Here's where the public really becomes interested. The cute, adorable wildlife, Jones thought sarcastically while walking again to the left where a few hastily-set-up observation pens were.

    "Glad you asked! We're still discovering quite a bit about the wildlife here, of course, but we have a few to observe here. In this aviary, you can see the incredibly colorful birds that were captured on the northern, wetter part of the island. And some remarkable burrowing lizards which, well, they're hiding in their burrows right now. And the mammal species on this island are something else."

    The camera followed him as he walked towards an open pen. He reached in and lifted out a juvenille monkey/ape of some sort. It somewhat resembled a giant capuchin with a startlingly human face like a chimp's.

    "Then there's this guy! The camp has adopted him after he fell from a tree and was abandoned by his family."

    What he didn't say was that the team had originally mistaken the family of primates as humans. When the team was noticed, the family started making a ton of loud noise. Loud, but structured. Like a language. It was only speculation at this point, but the harpoon-like shard of metal in the geologist's leg definitely pointed to intelligence, as did the... artifacts they had found. Nothing resembled man-made machinery, but the UN had flown in some engineers to look at it.

    There were plenty of other animals to gawk at. Several distinct species of frogs, something the world severely needed more of. And those were only from the parts of the island that were discovered. Reports had come in of large beasts roaming the deserts in the mountain valleys. The strangest sighting was that of a partly feathered partly scaled lizard, but no one has seen one of those since the initial sighting.

    "Dillan, are there any humans that live on this island?"

    "Not that we've seen. This seems to be the last place on Earth untouched by human hands."

    He cleared his throat briefly, a nervous tick.

    "I hope it stays largely that way! Is this island owned by a government or another country?"

    "Well, that's where things get complicated," he said as he continued his slow circle. The giant conference tents were behind them, now.

    "That's what these guys are still trying to figure out."

    "Let's leave that for another time and continue focusing on the island for now. What sort of weather frequently hits this island? What might be unusual weather?"

    "We haven't known about this island for too long, but the scientists have already charted out a lot of the island for the various climates. Parts of the island are incredibly wet, but we have a rainshadow effect that makes others parts quite dry. We're too far South for it to get too warm. We think it will get quite cold in the winter and hope to see how the ecosystem adapts to that change!"

    "Thanks, Dillan. This has been a report brought to you by..."

    His job done, Jones headed back into his personal tent, taking Chuckie, the strange primate, with him. With a sigh, he sat down in front of a heater while Chuckie grabbed himself a beer, popping the tab with no problem at all. Jones chuckled. So many unanswered questions.
     
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  4. Ta'ane
    How big is your island.
    39 square miles

    How was this island formed? Volcano? Broke away from other landmasses? Flooding?
    It was once connected to Cinna, a mountainous country to the south west of Ta'ane that is part of the main continent of Yuriaah. It was connected through a relatively thin piece of landmass and it began to break away after a series of earthquakes that slowly caused Ta'ane to break away. During that time people had not really moved away from the center countries and Cinna was still uninhabited although nomads sometimes crossed into Cinna and that would later help people to establish that Ta'ane once belonged to Cinna.​

    Is it close to a larger land mass or part of an island chain?
    It is not part of an island chain per se, a few small rock islets and pieces of Ta'ane that have broken of in earlier earthquakes protrude out of the water like reefs and surround the island making it a bit tricky to navigate.​
    What sort of plants are on this island?
    Very few but mostly small hardy trees, both deciduous and abies trees, fern, blueberries, cloudberries, moss, lichen and persevering bushes, crystals are what makes Ta'ane famous, they grow like vegetation and trees or fill caves above and beneath water.​
    What sort of animals are on this island?
    A variety of rodents, small mountain goats, Black Anona (a small relative to the Anona in Shiade) and many species of birds.​
    Do peoples live on this island? What are they like?
    Yes, the Myikku a sub race of humans live there. They are short, sturdy and used to a harsh climate, they are so in tune with the crystals on their island that they even have crystal patches on their skin, typically on their cheeks, forehead, shoulders, hips and arms. They are very skilled in magic, especially the maipulation of crystals and also have a balance and climbing ability rivaled by only a few, they are reclusive and racist preferring to not have visitors to their island, they accept traders to get their hands on things they don't have localy but the traders and sailors are very rarely permitted to leave the small harbour town.​
    Is this island owned by a government or another country? Has it been discovered yet?
    It is discovered but it is not owned by anyone since there is no real profit to find on the island, the Myikku are the undisputed rulers of Ta'ane so far.​
    What sort of weather frequently hits this island? What might be unusual weather?
    The rocky island suffer from just as unstable weather as Cinna, the mountainous island can have a sunny and warm day only to suddenly be hit by a storm or heavy fog. However as it is positioned quite far north the weather is relatively cool and on the highest tops there is snow and in the winter the mountains are impassable even by the Myikku. Unusual weather would be very warm or stable weather and snow beneath the high tops.​
     
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  5. Calunda Island
    How big is your island.
    30 square miles

    How was this island formed? Volcano? Broke away from other landmasses? Flooding?

    Calunda was formed as an atoll island after a volcano erupted and formed the mountains that are on the North west of the island

    Is it close to a larger land mass or part of an island chain?
    Calunda is on its own in the
    Caribbean ocean about 1 hour away from the nearest big island of Barbados in the Caribbean (coordinates:15.0000° N, 75.0000° W)

    What sort of plants are on this island?
    Palm trees,
    Cactuses, manchineel tree, many tropical Caribbean flowers and trees.

    What sort of animals are on this island?
    Humming birds,Iguanas,
    Chameleons,Pelicans,Crabs,Lizards,Geckos

    Do peoples live on this island? What are they like?

    20 people live on Calunda, the people are ancestor of a group Gurkha's from Nepal who Discovered this island after the ship they were on was shipwrecked on Calunda's Western Coast and they integrated with the native tribe living on the island creating a half Caribbean half Nepali race

    Is this island owned by a government or another country? Has it been discovered yet?
    The island is not owned by any
    governments as the tribal inhabitants believe strongly that the land does not belong to anyone and that the tiny amount of land they have inhabited is all they need. the island was rediscovered of recent by National geographic Photographers and article writers who were doing research and photos for an article on the Caribbean islands.

    What sort of weather frequently hits this island? What might be unusual weather?

    Calunda experiences the Normal windy Season that the Caribbean gets and the rain passes in around 15 minuets and hot temperatures and clear sky's during but from June through November it is hurricane season but lucky during this period Calunda only is hit by the odd hurricane but usually get the left over weather from the hurricanes travelling over it.
     
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  6. How big is your island: About 22 square miles.

    How was this island formed? Volcano? Broke away from other landmasses? Flooding?: Actually the oceans receded a long time ago when the demons placed bombs all over the world and set them off,causing the world's biggest earth quake,covering the ocean floor in hundreds of giant chasms,making a lot more room for water and the ocean levels lowered,exposing new islands.

    Is it close to a larger land mass or part of an island chain: It is part of a four island island chain that used to all be under water.

    What sort of plants are on this island: When this island rose from the sea people came on boats looking for new islands caused by the lowered sea level. They came with seeds and animals to make the islands livable. So now there are many different types of trees on the island. There are singing trees and the small reddish trees which are mentioned in the 'Create a forest' exercise,there are normal oak trees,there are pine trees,there are even the dead looking trees from 'create a hunting trail'.

    What sort of animals are on this island: There are many kinds there though the main ones are the bears the size of toolsheds,spiders the size of couches,siler leopard lizards from the singing tree forests,and haven birds who are also from the singing tree forests.

    Do peoples live on this island? What are they like: No people live on the island now. The ones who came here first died off thanks to the deadly animals they brought.

    Is this island owned by a government or another country? Has it been discovered yet: The island had been discovered a long while ago,but now it has been forgotten.

    What sort of weather frequently hits this island? What might be unusual weather: Often the ocean rains wash over the island and it is constantly cool but not cold there, Like a summer day with a warm breeze thanks to the underwater volcanoes heating the water. Odd weather would be anything actually cold or actually hot.
     
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