A coloured illustration on page 8 of Sword Art Online Volume 9.
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Sword Art Online Volume 9, Yen Press releaseEdit
The End Mountains
Twin Ponds Northern Forest
Area Map of Rulid VillageEdit
The village of Rulid is home to Eugeo, resident of the Underworld. It exists at the very edge of the Human Empire, at the northern edge of Norlangarth, one of the four empires that compose the human realm. The village is three centuries old, but due to the steep mountains surrounding it to the north, east, and west, the standard of living is poor. In order to expand cropland and grazing areas, the Rulidites must develop the forest to the south, but right at the entrance is the demonic Gigas Cedar, which sucks up everything, even the nutrients of the surrounding area, and blocks all progress. Therefore, through the generations, the village has always had a resident whose Calling is to carve away at the tree with the Dragonbone Ax, which is strong enough to cut iron.
North of Rulid are the End Mountains. Beyond them is the Dark Territory, where no light can reach. To the south is the town of Zakkaria, and farther south is the Human Empire's city of Centoria, which is home to the central Axiom Church.
Map illustration: Tatsuya Kurusu
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