The World Beyond Albion
While Albion is a world unto itself, there are other realms beyond it. Some, like the Old World, lie across the sea but within the same reality, while others exist in alternate dimensions, separated from the world of Albion by the thinnest of veils that is often breached.
The Old World
Consequently, life in the Old World is tough, with little room for people to improve their circumstances. The rich struggle to keep hold of their treasures, the poor struggle to eat. The King’s measures keep complete collapse at bay but do nothing to alleviate the misery that fills the lives of most citizens.
By contrast to Albion, the Old World is without magic. There are no demons, no dragons, no giant beasts of legend. It is a grey place, where most people live out their lives in obscurity, too focused on surviving the day to plan for the future, though in the brief moment between toil and sleep, a brave few dream of something better.
The Demonic Planes
Not all demons are aspected of fire however and, if you know the correct rituals, or if you can find the right gatekeepers, other, even stranger hell realms can be reached. Places where storm clouds bombard the land with bloated corpses or even demons so large they are their own realm, and lesser demons sail across their eyes on islands made from frozen tears.
To linger in these places is to invite death, or worse. However, there are also prizes to be had amid the peril. Hoards of rare soul gems that contain incredible power and weapons unlike anything made by human hands. Riches and glory abound for those stupid or strong enough to take the risk.
The Land of the Dead
Shades of trees are also found here, and the ghosts of animals, though most of these are faint and pass quickly on.
At the heart of the Land of the Dead is a whirlpool of black water that pulls at all untethered spirits, stripping little shreds of them away, stealing memories one by one, until, at last they stop resisting and are drawn down, taken by the currents into oblivion.
With the arrival of settlers from the Old World, darker forces in Albion began to stir: The Disciples of Morgana grew bolder, and the border between the world and the demonic planes grew thinner. As demonic corruption rose across the land, the Avalonians began to emerge, and portals to their mighty halls and ancient ruined roads began to open up across Albion. Facing these fearsome foes alone is certain death, and even for adventurers in large enough numbers, it is rare to see a mighty Avalonian and live to tell the tale.