Ardas is the world that NOCTIVAGARI is set within. The regions are conveniently named after the directions on a compass rose:
NORTH - Nosovo | EAST - Esria | SOUTH - Saahatel | WEST - Wickmar | MIDDLE - Mahiraya | ABOVE - Atlas
Each region also has its own real-world influences for culture, language, and aesthetics.
Ardas is a very watery world, meaning that each region is teeming with ports and fleets of ships. However, Mahiraya is the one region that is more greatly focused on this culture at sea than any other region, being comprised of islands and split by expansive lakes and rivers.
LANGUAGE / DICTIONARY
As technology advanced and portals became more common, making it faster and easier to travel between the regions, a common language evolved across Ardas. Despite this, each region held on to their own specific dialects while adopting the common tongue. The following dictionary lists a few common terms in the common tongue, as well as region-specific dialects.
Raja / Rani - King or Queen
Malsani Gra - “Great sickness,” used to refer to Dorian (and sometimes his family) after the atrocities he committed
Matrosi - A collective term for anyone who works on a ship
Zhritsa / Zhritsy - Guardian; used to refer to the person leading Nosovo. Like a King or Queen
Cantai - Expansive marketplaces, large enough to be considered their own cities
Kavalar - A general term for the crown of Saahatel
Masnach - Traders who travel across the world gathering goods to sell
Alpha Rex - The reigning wolf of any region. Considered the Alpha of all Alphas
Caster - A Noctivagari who does any kind of magic. This includes witches, illusionists, healers, etc
Council - The collective of Ardas’ leaders who join together to make decisions
Deginti - Specifically, the horned Noctivagari from Atlas
Noctivagari - An umbrella term for anything that is not purely human
Shifter - An umbrella term for the Noctivagari who can shift between a human and animal/animal-like form
Skrydi - Specifically, the winged Noctivagari from Atlas
Underground - Noctivagari safehouses placed in each region, now acting as Capitals