Undel wrote on 2024-06-08 04:18:17:

After decades spent

**circumnavigating the globe**, a pod of Fathom dragons has returned once more.This new bit of lore has inspired me to pick up where I left off in calculating the size of Sornieth! Without further ado, I give you...

**PART TWO: How big is Sornieth's globe, and how large are each of the individual elemental regions?**

**Canonically, Sornieth's globe has a total surface area of 443,109,220 sq mi compared to earth's 196,900,000 sq mi, and an equatorial circumference of 37,352 mi compared to earth's 24,901 mi.**

Thanks to

*Words on the Wind*we know that Sornieth's radius is roughly 1.5 times the radius of our planet earth. Earth's equatorial radius is 3963.19 miles according to NASA, which means Sornieth's equatorial radius is roughly 5,944.79 miles. Since planets are not perfect spheres but rather oblate spheroids, calculating their exact surface area is a lot more complicated than a simple A=4πr^2, but for the sake of time, space, and my personal sanity I won't go into details here. Assuming Sornieth is an oblate spheroid of the same proportions as our planet, its total surface area (including oceans) comes out to be around

**443,109,220 square miles**. This means Sornieth's surface area is

*more than double*the total surface area of earth. That's a lot of real estate!

**My non-canon claim is that the elemental supercontinent covers approximately half of the globe, and therefore each elemental region is roughly the size of our continent Eurasia.**

Admittedly there is heavy guesswork involved here and I've made several assumptions, so none of this should be considered as anything more than conjecture. Several pieces from Flight Rising's lore have led me to believe the supercontinent of Sornieth (including the inland Sea) occupies approximately half of the globe, or

**221,554,610 square miles**. Divide this number into 11 and you end up with

**20,141,328 square miles**for each elemental region, which is nearly the size of earth's continent Eurasia (21,140,000 square miles).

**So where have the Fathoms been? What is on the other side of the planet?**

If you are with me in assuming the supercontinent takes up around half of the globe, that means there is an entire other hemisphere mostly unaccounted for! Even you don't, the circumference of Sornieth around its equator is approximately

**37,352 miles**, so circumnavigating the globe is quite a feat. No wonder the Fathoms have been gone for several decades! I have to assume there is more land out there, or at least something of significance to the Fathoms. Newly created volcanic isles? Plentiful reefs in warm shallow waters? Perhaps treasure, and even sentient cultures with which to trade their plundered goods? I can't imagine dragons would traverse such a vast ocean without a reason, especially loot-lovers like the Fathom pod.

**What are your thoughts?**

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