Way back when in 2012 when starting the planing process for Myths, there was one fundamental aspect I overlooked --or rather purposefully ignored--; the setting. Oh, I had the generic stuff given by the show, Equestria, the Everfree, and what-have-you. But not the world itself. For the longest time I wasn't sure about things and so went with the working assumption that it was near-earth.
That, obviously, didn't pan out. ((I've noticed that this is almost always the case with my plans...))
About the time I settled on a disc-world --in chapter 7 or 8 of all places...-- Cast-Iron Caryatid started posting new chapters of Sharing the Night. Seeing what he did with the cosmology and his take on the setting, combined with internal pressures of the story (Myths) is what really prompted me to settle my own setting and cosmology. I'd been attempting to settle on something for some time by that point and the pressure to find a solution started to get to me. Thankfully, Honey Mead pointed me at discworlds. At first I rejected the idea because, well, Discworld. Then HM gave me a firm slap and informed me that Pratchett got it from Hindu myth himsef. Something I had forgotten because I was a stressed out idiot.
Okay, still with me? What does this have to do with anything? Hold on, I'm getting there!
The damage to Myths, however, had long been done. It's very basic stuff that the first thing you do is establish the setting. If the nature of the world is something that is important, then, by Jove, you need to get cracking on that as soon as posible. Chapter 8 is not 'soon as possible'. Even then, it wasn't clearly explained until much later that Ioka is a discworld.
To rectify this grevious of errors, I've put in a discription of Ioka in the first chapter. Since the 'grand' revision of Part 1 has moved onto Chapter 2 this morning, and Chapter 1 is in a pretty much 'locked down' state (though, to be honest, nothing will be truly finished until Myths is marked 'complete'), I thought I would share the newly written setting introduction.
Night came to Ioka, sweeping across the disc like a velvet fog while the ancient turtle swam through the endless void. The single largest creatures ever to exist, the mighty world-turtles were also the oldest, born the instant the first grain of time fell within the endless hourglass. Within the great crucible of the forgotten Far Realm they spawned, born of the boundless energies expelled as worlds and realities were formed and crushed.
Ioka was one of the middle-worlds; younger than some, older than many. She had countless siblings, all of them connected by the lingering strands of the first dreams. Her elephants —what the mortal races that lived upon her disc had named the mountainous spurs that grew from Ioka’s shell— were still sharp and jagged. Eight in number, the elephants held the disc like a vice in their grip.
Upon the disc, within the heart of Equestria, a cold wind blew across the land, racing down the mountain slopes before billowing along valley floors and gently caressing the tops of the ancient sycamores. All too soon, the wind reached Canterlot, coiling about the peak of Canterhorn, on which the ancient city perched like a mighty crescent wing. Down the cobblestone streets it danced and caroused, bouncing between the buildings surrounding the palace of the Sun and Moon, slipping through open windows to nip at ponies nestled snuggly in their beds before flowing back into the night.
Something I want to do is make a definitive map of Ioka. I have a few working maps pulled from the internet, but they mostly serve as general guidelines. A few months back someone did a gift-map, and it was so very close. So very, very close. Given how me and plans seem to be like oil and water lately, I wouldn't hold my breath on anything on this front happening for some time, if ever, however.