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    Re: An Overview of Oerik (Score: 1)
    by Scottenkainen on Mon, October 13, 2003
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    Good writers don't err, they complicate things.

    Nothing in Minaria canon, Greyhawk canon, or Chris Pramas' work requires the Oerdians to have sailed east to Oerik, but it does all fit.

    The Minarians seem too fragmented (and the human cultures seem too medieval) to be the same powerful conquerors who have since appropriated so much of the Flanaess. But the Minaria setting does have a rival, sea-faring continent to the west.

    Thalos, based on what I gleaned from it (which, admittedly, is limited to some Dragon articles), is Greco-Romanesque. So is the Great Kingdom by most people's reckoning (though a minority envision the Holy Roman Empire). It is easier to accept a logical connection than an unlikely coincidence.

    Having the Oerdians sail to Oerik before sailing to Aquaria sets up a (for me) satisfying "chicken and the egg" scenario. Does this mean Oerdians really came first from Aquaria? Or did Oerdians settle Aquaria first long before returning to Oerik? It restores the sense of uncertainty the Oerdians always had to their origin that would be lost if I'd said "The Oerdians originated here."

    Lastly, I do not feel the revelations from the R series modules invalidate any of this. Continents are big places, and it's certainly conceivable for settlers on one side of a continent to not reach the far side.


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