Earthmotes are free-floating bits of landscape that defy gravity, hovering above the ground. Despite their appearance, these islands in the sky are as stable and durable as if they were rested on the ground. Two or more earthmotes might be found together—in some places, small clusters of floating islands hang like eternal clouds. However, they can be found nearly anywhere, and lone earthmotes (often called simply motes) have become familiar features in even any part of Sihrbrea.
Earthmotes vary widely in size and altitude. Most are level on top, like ledges atop sheer cliffs, and taper to a point underneath so that they resemble upsidedown mountain peaks. Thus, climbing to the top of a mote is difficult or impossible. Earthmotes can move like clouds made of stone but this is very rare as most are stationary. Each earthmote’s tip is usually hanging between 100 and 1,000 feet over the landscape, but some motes hover even lower or even act as an earthbound feature. Disruptions, whether natural or magical, on or near an earthmote have no apparent effect on its ability to float but certain smaller pieces do tend to fall as if not part of the larger floating core.
Nearly all earthmotes support life and seem to reflect the natural landscape over or through which they float. Earthmotes are often named according to the type of terrain they support—forestmotes, hillmotes, junglemotes, and prairiemotes are most common. Sometimes spectacular cataracts pour from watermotes. These falls never run dry, suggesting a connection with the
Elemental Chaos. Certainly, similar features exist on that
Some earthmotes are settled. They are highly defensible and often rich in resources, making them highly sought after. Like any valuable territory, earthmotes are sometimes the objects of war and conquest.