A land governed by rhythms — circles within circles.
What appears at times to be an archipelago is really a single mountainous continent.
The world undergoes decades-long cycles that cycle between extreme temperatures and tidal effects.
- in the summer decade, the waters are fully receded and fresh water is scarce - it is only one continent and much of the areas between the mountains is desert or clay; most of the fresh water is from underground
- in the autumn decade, the waters rise resulting in an archipelago between the highest peaks
- in the winter decade, the waters are at their highest and the peeks become steeped in ice and snow
- in the spring decade, the waters begin receding and the ice and snow begin melting resulting in torrential rivers and turbulent seas