That Other Place
Na is an archipelagic continent on which Nava and most of its empire exists. Coined in an earlier age, “Na” roughly means “that” when referring to a remainder or leftover; for example, “those birds not yet classified by species” might simply be reduced to “Na Wamare” in context, Wamam meaning bird. Another rough translation is “Unspecified” or “Other”, if Unspecified were an indicative verb.
As a continent, Na certainly seems to fit the definition of Leftovers. Topographically, it’s a jumble of ecosystems not found anywhere else for a hundred miles; mountains, grassland, even some tropical jungles in the southwest. Unconfirmed descriptions of lake systems and “carved ground” beyond the mountains have created a theory that glaciers once covered Na’s northern reaches; new information would be welcomed by the scientific community in Nava and Protport, were a northbound expedition to be mounted sometime soon.
Although it’s a mystery any farther back than two centuries, Na’s history is by no means forgotten; its current inhabitants carry the past with them in their lifestyle and culture, even to the point of adding so many traditional customs to the Pelorian faith as to make it a new sect entirely.
And Na’s old language (whatever it was) does not end at the name. Words much older than the peoples who speak them have entered common conversation, words such as Caywing, or ripping off, someone (from Kewat, or “to buy”); Tiroed, an adjective meaning “surprised by a compliment” (from Tare, “praise” or “compliment”); and, of course, the long-beaked colorful Waman, who patrols the rivers at the gates of day and competes with fishermen for their mutual silver-skinned dinners.