Illiterate Monstrosities of Surpassing Elegance
About the setting
There is a mainland peninsula, called Kápros, to the north of the three islands; Kápros is ringed to the north by a mountain chain, the Chalkós range, that makes much of the mainland more challenging for mere mortals to travel to/from. Much of the Chalkós range has its peaks covered in snow throughout the year. The central of the three islands, Kassíteros, is the location of the capitol, Sidero. (If you think of Kassiteros and Sidero as roughly Minoan analogs, you won’t be horribly off-base, culturally).
The island to the east, Sitári, is predominantly flat, well soiled, and suitable for farming root vegetables and buckwheat. The island to the west, Eliá, is predominantly forested with olive, cherry and almond trees. Kassiteros has a mountain range which provides both tin and copper, as well as iron, which is how they got to prominence. Goat herding is relatively common; ownership of cows/oxen/horses is a sign of wealth, if not opulence. Sheep, which graze closer to the root than most other domesticated species, are not generally kept.
Fishing is plentiful and the primary protein source, with grouper, snapper, and octopus considered staple fare. Vermin, wild goats, birds appropriate to the perennially temperate climate, and various reptiles populate the region . Burrowing animals are largely restricted to the two exterior islands and the land north of the mountain range on the peninsula, due to generally rocky terrain. Lions and wild boars are known to exist, particularly on the peninsula, but are rarely seen on the islands. Alligators and/or crocodiles are the biggest predatory threats among ‘mundane’ animals. While not entirely accurate, if you think of the alligators as the freshwater predators, and the crocodiles as the saltwater predators, you’ll be close enough to accurate.