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by Chris Wayan, 2006

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Oaua River, 43-45 S, 217-221 E
Largest river on Ak'hai'i (south of the Diomedes region). The Oaua runs nearly 1000 km (600 mi) west along the foot of the Gneiss Range, pooling to form Lake Riao, then meandering to Thunder Bay. The Oaua Basin looks like northern California--mixed groves and meadows, in a mild climate with light rains (except the upper reaches, where dense "pine" forests take over). (Source: Strangers)
Obdisai, 6 N, 211 E
One of the Driss Islands, east of Lannach (Diomedes region). Obdisai is small but lush, 75 km (40 mi) long, covered with rainforest. (Source: The Man Who Counts)
Oberon, 2 N, 292 E
One of the Summer Islands north of Gaiila, 1000 km (625 mi) across. Oberon's a huge, lush, unbroken rainforest. Its mate lies to the west: Titania. (Source: A Midsummer Tempest)
Oborch Mts, 4 N, 202-208 E
This range stretches east-west for 2400 km (1500 mi) along the north shore of Lannach (in Diomedes). The highest range on Lannach, though the crest only averages 2400 m (8000'); still, Mt Salmen reaches 3600 m (12,000'). (Source: The Man Who Counts)
Cape Odela, Odela R., 24-25 N, 111 E
The northern tip of Erkila in the Hisagazi Archipelago (NE end of the Polesotechnic Strip). 100 km east of the point, the Odela River enters the sea. The Odela is 370 km long (230 mi), flowing from central Mt Ulas through high meadows into tropical forest--almost rainforest, rare on Erkila. (Source: The Longest Voyage)
Odin, 40 N, 34 E
One of the Aesir Islands, part of the Shielding Archipelago northeast of Corona in the Ythri Region. Narrow Odin is 500 km long (320 mi), mostly prairie hills, though trees fill in the river valleys. It's distinctly warmer, wetter and greener than the larger Shieldings to the north. (Source: The Broken Sword)
Odo, 63 N, 105-109 E
Easternmost of the Three Orfevres, northeast of Troisleons; a flyway east to Roland. Odo is a cool, windy ridge 500 km (300 mi) long, with wooded valleys and bare grassy uplands. (Source: Three Hearts and Three Lions)
Mt Oherran, Oherran River, 40 N, 252 E
A cloud-wreathed shield volcano, the highest peak in western Li (in Oronesia). Mt Oherran is 4300 m high (14,100'), creating its own peninsula southwest of the mouth of the Oherran River, longest on Li: 1400 km (900 mi). The climate is mild and so rainy the soil should be leached (nutrient-poor). But ash from Li's numerous volcanoes replenishes the soil, sustaining truly lush subtropical rainforest. (Source: People of the Wind)
Oisin, moon, 5000,000 km out
Largest moon orbiting Lyr, Oisin ("o-SHEEN") looks like Europa's ice-covered seas. But Oisin's far larger, 5000 km /3000 mi across, as big as Titan or Mercury, with an area of 70 million sq km (28M sq mi, equal to the Indian Ocean). And about one-fifth the surface is land--red Martian desert continents. There's an oxygen atmosphere, very thin, quite unbreathable, but it creates an ozone layer, blocking a lot of UV. And it's warmer than Europa: the ice is thin enough for light to penetrate. Photosynthesis, algae, plankton, megafauna, a rich life-web more like our Arctic Sea than Europa's thin abyssal ecology. (Source: Celtic; a legendary mariner)
Oiss R., 30 S, 20 E
Largest river in Merseia (Flandry Cluster); six of its eight branches arise in the Dhangodhan Range and wind 1000 km over the Oiss Plain to the Wilwidh Sea. The basin is a temperate rainforest nearly 100 m high, like a coast redwood forest or the giant cedar forests of the Olympic Peninsula, only broadleaf giants join the mix. And it's endless--800,000 sq km (300,000 sq mi--as big as Borneo). (Source: Ensign Flandry & seq.)
OLGA, 65-67 N, 153-165 E
The northernmost land in the world, Olga, west of Roland, is 1100 km long and 600 wide (700 x 400 mi), mostly glaciated highlands and tundra. The coasts are steppe, bogs, and boreal forest--Olga's much milder (and wetter) than Earth lands at that latitude. Still, the winter darkness is very long; most creatures fly south for the winter. (Source: The Queen of Air and Darkness)
Olivier, 42 N, 160 E
A lonely islet 100 km (60 mi) wide, south of Sherrin in the Roland Group. Olivier's low hills are covered with temperate forest. (Source: The Queen of Air and Darkness)
Omanyi Peninsula, 36-37 S, 183 E
A peninsula on Ortu in the Rorvan Archipelago, Omanyi is 500 km long and up to 150 wide. It's nearly cut off from Ortu by Djugaz Sound and Arbvu Bay. It's nearly as big as Ortu itself. (Source: Question and Answer)
Orfevre Is., 60 N, 94-120 E
An archipelago northeast of Troisleons in the heart of the Taranoff Sea, the Orfevres are a flyway east to Roland. Full name: Les Trois Orfevres, the Three Goldsmiths. A misnomer--besides Odo, Gui, and Yve, there are plenty of little apprentices. The big three islands are each 5-600 km (3-400 mi) long, but narrow--cool, windy ridges rising from the sea, with wooded valleys and bare grassy uplands. (Source: Three Hearts and Three Lions)
Mt Orikan, Cape Orikan, 2 N, 189 E
Cape Orikan is the southern tip of Holmenach (NW Diomedes); a rugged, rainforested peninsula 900 km long and 250 wide (550 by 160 mi), capped by cloud-wreathed Mt Orikan, a volcano 4300 m high (14,100'), ferny and green right to the summit; the south end of the Delp Range. (Source: The Man Who Counts)
Orikan Strait, Orikan Is., 1 N to 2 S, 190-192 E
The strait between Holmenach and Kilnu, in western Diomedes. Really a shallow oval sea 550 km (350 mi) wide, full of islands and coral reefs. The largest of these Orikan Islands is 160 km long (100 mi). All are jungle down to the waterline--like green, plush mushrooms. (Source: The Man Who Counts)
ORONESIA, 0-40 N, 225-315 E
The size of Indonesia, some 1.8 million sq km (700,000 sq mi), this chain stretches an unbelievable 25,000 km long--that's 16,000 miles, no, not 1600, sixteen thousand. While it looks like the Hawaiian seamount chain (times ten!), it's biologically the opposite: instead of the most isolated land on the planet, it's the only link between several continent-clusters, and is a major migration path. Thus Oronesia has representatives of nearly all the flying creatures on Lyr, settled at different latitudes and altitudes on its mountainous islands. The largest lands are Li, in the northwest, and Eyath, Arinnian and Hrill in the southeast.
ORONESIAN SEA, 0-35 N, 255-320 E
A tropical ocean between Oronesia and the Gaiila Cluster of small continents. The Oronesian Sea's about 150 million sq km (60 M sq mi), as big in area as the Pacific. But it's far bigger in volume: while its edges are clearly marked by large island chains, its center is deep and quite landless (Source: People of the Wind)
Ortu, 36-37 S, 181-183 E
One of the big three islands in the Rorvan Archipelago, Ortu is low and H-shaped; the west lobe is Ortu proper, the east, the Omanyi Peninsula, nearly cut off by Djugaz Sound and Arbvu Bay. (Source: Question and Answer)
Mt Osman, 13 S, 257 E
Highest peak in southern Tau (Gaiila Cluster); a volcano 3200 m (10,600') high. (Source: Esau)
The Outlings, 62 N, 165-175 E
An island bridge stretching 1500 km between Olga and Barbro in the Taranoff Sea (western Roland Group). All the Outlings are low and small, mere patches and slivers of boreal woods and bogs. (Source: The Queen of Air and Darkness)
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