This is the world; a vast continent covered in dense jungle, bordered to the East and West by vast, unexplored oceans, fading into the Frozen Wastes of the North and the Great Desert of the South. The jungles and forests that form the intervening land are barely habitable. Toxic plant spores poison much of the atmosphere, and the local wildlife is highly aggressive. Added to which there are very few maps of the area, and those which do exist are often wildly inaccurate, with fakes being commonplace. Only now, with the advent of anti-spore respirators and bio-domes, has more than a superficial exploration been possible.