The VAULT OF HEAVEN is set in the vast world of Aeshau Vaal. Book One takes place in but a portion of the map below, which is itself only the eastlands of Aeshau Vaal. I actually commissioned the map below. Tor liked it so well that they¹re using it in the book. Though, I believe, it will be black and white in the book, which looks good, but I like the color version better. I admit, the map is hard to read, but there are clickable map tags that will give you more info, if you feel like exploring a bit. Over time, I¹ll add more history, more detail, and greater visibility into the world beyond the Bourne and past the Rim.
The capital of the nation of Vohnce, Recityv is the seat of the regent, who has historically held influence with many of the nations in the Eastlands of Aeshau Vaal. This influence came principally through the Convocation of Seats, wherein the regent called kings and rulers together to issue both the First and Second Promise. A call to War.
The great mountain range at the End of the World, which borders the abyss, where the roots of the Cloudwood (the great sentinel forest) till matter and energy together to create new life from nothingness. The Saeculorum is inhabited by creations dark and bright and utterly unknown.
SHADOW OF THE HAND
A dominating mountain range in the northwest of the Eastlands, marked by five towering peaks like a great hand with towering fingers clawing heavenward.
Consisting mostly of women, Widow's Village is a dreary settlement where surviving spouses of Sheason reside. These spiritually impoverished few have been robbed of the Undying Vow, which ensured their marriages beyond death.
When the First Ones sealed Quietus away, they did so beyond the Pall, and created a vast unknown region they named the Bourne. Here, with all his dark and malefic creations, Quietus and those given to him in name (Quietgiven), canker in their malice and scorn.
A long, treacherous mountain range at the northern border of the Eastlands of Aeshau Vaal. The veil is thought to exist somewhere in its heights. But the mountains themselves house dangers that make their passage impossible, veil or none.
The Hollows is a town nested deep in the Hollow Wood, at the northern
of the nation to which it hails, Reyal-Te. Far from mercantile centers
Myrr or Kali-firth, and virtually hidden from seats of power like Recityv
Maerd, the Hollows harbors unknown hope‹and a history few can recall.
The High Plains of Sedagin rest on a raised steppes, sheer in its rise from the surrounding plains. A vast tract of land, it's inhabitants—the Sedagin—are isolationists in the Eastlands. Once known as the Right Arm of the Promise for their defense of the First Promise of men, they now live in reclusion.
An abandoned city, near the Valley of Lesule, that is almost entirely constructed of stone: granite, marble, and other indigenous rock. In a state of ruin, it nevertheless stands against time with regal splendor, if slightly chipped at the edges.
TABERNACLE OF THE SKY
Held safe deep within the Divide (a great mountain range near the Mal Lands), the Tabernacle is akin to a grand theater in the heart of the mountains there. It is believed the First Ones (known also as the Great Fathers) sat in council at the Tabernacle to call the world into creation.
Deep in the Soliel Stretches near to the Saeculorum Mountains, lays the city of the Far—a mythic race thought to live abbreviated lives with one secret purpose.
A great, barren tract of land devoid of any real life. It is much as a desert, the land itself fallow and robbed of energy. It became thus as a horrible consequence of The Battle of the Round.