Jonathan’s Wish (An Adventure Novel)
(Copyright 1984, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)
Book Three, Chapter Five, Part Seven
Maestyg and Jonathan thanked Captain Amlwch again for rescuing them, and for his hospitality aboard the Wrexham just before he left – and after he departed they poured over the charts with Lieutenant Pembroke. They were seeing for the very first time the outlines of an entirely new world, one that they hadn’t even dared dream of before. It had been understood that there was nothing beyond the Land of Myllanthar and its islands, and the very thought of something else beyond the Endless Eastern Sea, or any sea, was simply preposterous. Now they not only understood that was wrong, they were looking at a two-dimensional glimpse of this new world with their very own eyes!
The islands of the Six Kingdoms were as if only the tips and ridge lines of a huge ancient volcano remained above the level of the sea today. It was evident that all the islands connected together underwater, and the hand drawn charts clearly indicated shallower seas between the islands along the circular perimeter, while deeper water surrounded the central island of the Kingdom of Ystwyth. This Federation of Kingdoms, or the Harlech Federation, was clearly a logical outflow of the six island’s proximity to one another, and their association and clan connection was very evident due to the island’s configuration and geography. They were six individual states combined into a greater sum.
To the south there was a gap across the narrow Sea of Dyffryn to the Merthyr Islands, a chain of 32 smaller islands running west to east, with one central main island harboring the capitol trading port of Emlyn. South and east of the Merthyr Islands, was a larger landmass with the northwestern coastline designated as the Kingdom of Nefyn, which looked to be a large kingdom of strategic significance due east across the Endless Eastern Sea from the Land of Myllanthar. The ocean between worlds wasn’t called the Endless Eastern Sea as it was known in Myllanthar though, but rather the Sea of Dawye.
Across the Sea of Dawye running from southwest to northeast was the Trade Winds Current, named after the prevailing trade winds blowing the same direction from southwest to northeast. This was a charted sea lane for ships traveling back to the northeast after trading with lands to the southwest beyond the edge of this chart. Another sea lane called the Dolfor Current, ran south from the Six Kingdoms just west of the Merthyr Islands and the Kingdom of Nefyn, before slowly bending towards the southwest off the edge of the chart – clearly the outward current for ships to take when setting out on a trading voyage towards the southwest.
The interesting fact was that the entire area of the Sea of Dawye where the Land of Myllanthar should have been drawn in was blank, principally because there was no ocean current to be found that would take ships from the eastern kingdoms due west, so Myllanthar was totally unknown to the kingdoms of the east. After pausing for a tour of the Wrexham with Lieutenant Pembroke – Maestyg, Jonathan and Sammy then returned to Mr. Higgin’s quarters with Lieutenant Pembroke to begin drawing the Land of Myllanthar with its many kingdoms and associated islands, placing it in position as best they could in relation to the known eastern world.
The seed of knowledge was now planted aboard the Wrexham in the middle of the Endless Eastern Sea or Sea of Dawye, as the eastern world gained insight as to the existence of the western world, and vice versa. For such is the nature of knowledge, for once a seed is planted it will grow and prosper if cared for, bearing fruit for generations to come…