The Manta Carlos Islands are a group of clustered islands located in the mid-Northwestern hemisphere of the Pacific ocean. The climate is fairly temperate, with warm and rainy summers and frigid, snowy winters. Much of the Manta Carlos Islands have a slightly humid continental climate. The far northern part of the island features colder weather, consisted mostly of cold mountains and chilled forests, even in summertime. The coastal parts of the Manta Carlos Islands feature a more mild humid temperate/subtropical climate. Summers are usually stormy, with an occasional hurricane every decade or so. The Manta Carlos Islands average 56% of possible sunshine.
Summer is hot and often a little humid through the southern part of the islands, with average highs in Manta Carlos City of 81 °F (27 °C). Although summers are often sunny, summer thunderstorms often bring quick downpours and thunder and lighting. Winters are usually cold from south to north in the islands, ranging from cold to freezing as you reach the northern parts. The average January temperatures range from 38 °F (3 °C) in the coastal lowlands to 29 °F (−2 °C) in the inland and northern portions on the islands. The average yearly snowfall ranges from about 50–60“ in the higher elevations of the northern portion of the islands to only 20-25” along the southeast coast of the main island.
Early spring (April) can range from coolish to warm, while mid and late spring (May/early June) is warm to hot. Fall months are mild and bring colorful foliage all across different parts of the island (the southern and coastal areas have more oak and hickory trees and fewer maples) in October and November. During hurricane season, tropical cyclones occasionally affect the region. Thunderstorms are most frequent during the summer, occurring on average 30 times annually.
The island is not located on any map. With the central island at 5,000 square miles, it's of decent size and features forests, cliffs, small lakes and mountains. It is decently populated with most of the population residing in the school and Manta Carlos City, with an overall population of around 200,000.
Manta Carlos was accidentally discovered in 1769, when a group of East Asian pirates ran ashore during a storm. The island was difficult to find, and it wasn’t on any map at the time, which made it a perfect place for these pirates to hide and to organize their crimes. It developed into a small city-state over time, fueled by the success of their criminal enterprises. Some pirates even started settling down their and building families here, rather than return to their homelands. By the mid 1800s, however, piracy in East Asia was waning as law enforcement became more effective against it. Even more pirates chose to stay and hide on Manta Carlos. The island and its people faded into irrelevance, never interacting with the outside world or even being known by more than a handful of its former inhabitants.
That is, until Cordelia Moor came to the island in 1894. It was Moor’s dream to build a hidden academy and home for the supernatural, and in Manta Carlos, she found a perfect location. It was obscure, it had space, and it had resources. Between Moor’s extravagant wealth, magical gifts from her colleagues, and the promise of free magical education, the islanders quickly assented to her plans for their home. With the help of a growing network of supernatural beings, who each had a vested interest in seeing Moor’s project succeed, Moor was able to have Starlight Academy built and accepting students by 1896. More than half of its first wave of students were islanders. However, as the school’s recruiting and scouting efforts expanded and as more of the islanders learned basic magic, the supernatural students began to vastly outnumber their mundane counterparts. Without many other options, it became increasingly common for graduating students to remain on the island when their educations had concluded – thus, Manta Carlos city began to grow and change dramatically.
A supernatural population gave Manta Carlos an undeniable edge. In terms of economic development and secretive international influence, they were and are almost unmatched. Today, Manta Carlos is only known to an exclusive few – some of them in government, and virtually all of them involved in the supernatural. The island still can’t be found on any maps an ordinary human could expect to find, and a powerful enchantment keeps it hidden from any passing vessels or satellites. A powerful organization called the Veil of Secrecy keeps the existence of aliens and supernatural beings hidden from the “narrow reality,” which is what they have taken to calling our planet’s non-supernatural communities. Manta Carlos has even reached out into space in the last decade, collaborating with other parts of the galactic community to build a space station in the Orion’s Belt region. Cordelia Moor is still alive today, and she remains Starlight Academy’s headmistress as it continues to help the supernatural beings of Earth.