Aufaniae is a parallel world created shortly after the Fall of Man. Its purpose is to provide a refuge for non-humans facing extinction due to human involvement.
Aufaniae came to light in the early 2000’s when Cutler noticed that many of her stories took place outside Nirvana Valley. As it clearly was not Earth, she began to explore this world and soon had a good grasp of it as a whole. The name came from a collective group of Celtic mother goddesses, meant as a variation on the “mother earth” concept.
Aufaniae is much like North America, Rosmerta in particular. It is mostly grassland and forests with a few deserts and mountain ranges. It has three known continents; Rosmerta, Paladium, and Chantico. It is also round, like Earth, and so there may be more but as of yet this has not been proven either way.
Aufaniae is home to many mythical, extinct, and endangered creatures. It usually can be entered only if you make a sacrifice, such as a battle with Heaven’s Army. When it was first created it was populated only by prey species. Over time many different creatures fled to this sanctuary. However, despite Aufaniae never being intended as a home for mankind, a few groups of refugees brought along their adopted children. Time runs parallel to Earth, though the calendars the various cultures use may vary. Despite this, Aufaniae is not much more developed than Earth was in the Middle Ages. This is largely due to the first humans arriving some time before the fall of the Roman Empire, and the fact there is no way for the “mother country” to send shipments of useful items like nails. Everything built from scratch or reinvented.
Aufaniae displays a passing resemblance to Narnia, but was not created to be a copy of it. Cutler actually tried hard not to borrow ideas from it.