The fairy tale world is an amalgam place, and, much like fairy tales themselves, it is infinitely adaptable. On its surface, it appears as one would expect a world of fairy tales to be - lush forests, castles on high pinnacles, strange creatures lurking under bridges and atop spires of hardened cloud. But the landscape changes as one travels, revealing regions beyond just the European fairy tale landscape. There are vast swathes of bamboo, and snow-capped peaks where monasteries sprawl. There are sun-baked plains and deep hollows, drab moors and marshland that give way to a desert that seems to stretch forever, dotted with tent cities and bazaars.
It is the 'once upon a time' of every culture, a patchwork land, sewn together from long histories and oral tradition, and as such seems to change constantly. Tyrannical rulers can warp the very land itself with their malevolent energies, and whole cities can appear or disappear overnight. When it comes down to it, whatever its denizens expect or need to be there will be there. Their homes, cities, and kingdoms will be there just as they expect them to, but they will border other lands, other tales.
And for those who come from modern worlds that reach the world of magic and old tales through doors and portals, their modern world is there too, just brushing up against the world of story, and accessible by all the same old ways they remember.
The main area of the Fairy Tale door is called the Homelands. All traditional tales have their homes here.
The Beast's Valley
The Valley is actually a relatively small kingdom with the approximate geographical area and shape of California, sheltered by a mountain range on one side and a sea on the other side. To the south rolling hills give way to dangerous marshes, and on the northern end is an equally dangerous Black Forest, a thicket of overgrown moss and vines over the skeletons of burnt trees.
The kingdom was once green and prosperous, but the wicked queen Ravenna conquered it through guile and sorcery long ago. It is one of her former holdings (she has since vanished), and its life force sucked dry as a consequence--no crops grew in the barren soil until recently, when her influence was conquered by recent magic. Its people were nearly extinct, and their children's children have begun to return to their ancestral home.
The Beast's Castle is at the northern end, sunk deep into the Black Forest and nestled in the shadow of a small craggy mountain. It houses the Valley's King, known simply either as "The King" or "The Beast" depending on how respectful the speaker is feeling. The safest location in the abandoned land is probably The Village between mountains and sea not far from the Beast's Castle.
The Valley is extremely dangerous and not to be traversed lightly; packs of wolves twisted by the ravaged land are smarter and faster than your ordinary predators, and all manner of bizarre, ensorceled flora and fauna are waiting for the unwary traveler.
Prince Charming's Castle
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