The British Isles refers to the archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, north-west of Europe. The archipelago consists of two large islands of Ireland and Great Britain, as well as several thousand smaller islands. Two major nations of the world exist in the modern period; Ireland, which is the large southern half of the Irish island and the United Kingdom, which includes the lands of England, Scotland and Wales of Great Britain, as well as Northern Ireland of the Irish island. The Islands have had a long and turbulent history, as well as many ancient kingdoms and conquests of European powers, from the Roman Empire, to the Saxons and the Normans. Eventually the British Empire would rise to become the world's most powerful superstate and spread the use of the English language, establishing it as the universal language for most of the Earth. The empire would begin its decline after World War I and World War II, as well as see the separation of Ireland and the creation of the Commonwealth. The islands are steeped in magic and supernatural beings, partly thanks to The Rift to Albion beneath Stonehenge.
Main article: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom is made up of England, Scotland and Wales of Great Britain and Northern Ireland of Ireland. It is separated from France by the English Channel, and thus also Europe as a whole. Stonehenge, and the underground city of Doughnutdelf, was established by Belshaggath after the demise of Atlantis. The Rift at the mouth of Doughnutdelf has remained open, allowing magic to flow from Earth and into Albion where it sustains the supernatural beings, the Aes Sidhe, and keeps their world alive. The UK has played host to the NeS Heroes, who used Elizabeth Tower as their Hall of Heroes for a time, and London is frequently a narrative focal point. NeS Hero Maeve became Queen of England.
Main article: Ireland
Ireland is the name of the island to the west of Great Britain and the name of the country that occupies the large southern half of the landmass. Like Great Britain, it is steeped in magic and many supernatural beings, such as Aes Sidhe, have called it home over the centuries[Pan 1].