The Magic Crystals Trivia

Warning: This section contains spoilers.

Rock Haulter

‘Rock Haulter’ is an isolated mountainous island, protected by magical portals, accessible only four times a year in four different locations around the world, and containing more magic than any other natural environment on the planet.

Check out the second book in the series, ‘Rock Haulter’.

History

The island was discovered by Mary Sien and John Leoard while looking for a place to hide the Sien-Leoard Crystal, and it was they who performed the various enchantments, firstly to create the portals which keep it hidden to this day, and then to hide the crystal inside the mountain. For many centuries afterwards, the Rock was only accessed by generations of Sorcerers, each going to the island to preserve some of their magic and to learn from that which had been left there before them.

It was only when the Sorcerers stepped into the open and revealed to the public that magic was real and that they possessed it, that Rock Haulter also became public knowledge. As an olive branch to the vast majority of people who believed that magic was evil and should be cast out, both Sorcerous families agreed to allow schools around the world to camp on the Rock four times a year (when the portals opened), so that their students could become more familiar with magic and learn to think of it as a good thing rather than something to fear. So they constructed what would be known as the ‘Main Hall’ and made the latitude and longitude coordinates for the four portals public knowledge.

Location

All four portals are located at around 39° 25' latitude, and they are each spaced 90° of longitude apart on the globe. Rock Haulter was probably originally at the location of one of these portals, but it has never been known which one.

Features

There is a jetty on the northern tip of the island which has been dredged to allow large ships to dock there. The Main Hall is located a short distance away from the jetty, about three kilometres away from the base of the mountainous rock. There are many caves within the mountain itself, only a few of which were explored when the Chopville teens camped there. One of these contained an Olympic-sized swimming pool; another contained what could only have been meant to be a hideout; and the one at the top of the mountain led down into the chamber containing the Sien-Leoard Crystal. There is also a mote encircling the very top of the mountain, in which lives a deadly sea monster.

Rights

Each time the portals open, a school is given the right to take students to camp on the island and learn about magic. The rights last for ten years, always starting in the sixth year of the decade (I.E. 2005, 1995, 1985, etc). The rights are decided by a panel of eight, four positions each filled by the Woodward and Hammerson families representatives (Frederic Woodward almost always sits on the panel), two years in advance of the rights beginning. The most recent rights were issued in 2005 to Chopville High in Chopville, Australia; a school in Samara, Russia; a school in Recife, Brazil; and a school in Denver, United States.

Although each school is responsible for its own application, based on its country, it can only apply to one portal. Some countries are permitted to apply to two portals based on their position (such as China, South Africa, Chile and the United States). The following table shows which countries can apply to each of the four portals.

Australasian PortalIndian PortalAtlantic PortalPacific Portal
American SamoaAfghanistanAlbaniaAmerican Samoa
AustraliaArmeniaAlgeriaBelize
BruneiAzerbaijanAndorraBolivia
ChinaBahrainAngolaCanada (AB, BC, MB, NU, ON, SK, YT)
FijiBangladeshAnguillaChile
GuamBelarusAntigua and BarbudaCook Islands
Hong KongBhutanArgentinaCosta Rica
IndonesiaBotswanaArubaEcuador
JapanBurmaAustriaEl Salvador
KiribatiBurundiBahamasFiji
MalaysiaCambodiaBarbadosFrench Polynesia
Marshall IslandsChinaBelgiumGuam
MicronesiaComorosBeninGuatemala
MongoliaDjiboutiBermudaHonduras
NauruEgyptBosnia and HerzegovinaKiribati
New CaledoniaEritreaBrazilMarshall Islands
New ZealandEthiopiaBritish Virgin IslandsMexico
North KoreaGeorgiaBulgariaMicronesia
Northern Mariana IslandsIndiaBurkina FasoNauru
PalauIranCameroonNew Caledonia
Papua New GuineaIraqCanada (NB, NL, NS, PE, QC)Nicaragua
PhilippinesIsraelCape VerdeNiue
SamoaJordanCaribbean NetherlandsNorthern Mariana Islands
SingaporeKazakhstanCayman IslandsPalau
Solomon IslandsKenyaCentral African RepublicPanama
South KoreaKuwaitChadPapua New Guinea
TaiwanKyrgyzstanChileParaguay
ThailandLaosColombiaPeru
Timor-LesteLebanonCongo Democratic RepublicSamoa
TokelauLesothoCongo RepublicSolomon Islands
TongaLibyaCôte d'IvoireTimor-Leste
TuvaluMadagascarCroatiaTokelau
VanuatuMalawiCubaTonga
VietnamMaldivesCuraçaoTuvalu
Wallis and FutunaMauritiusCyprusUnited States
MayotteCzech RepublicVanuatu
MoldovaDenmarkVenezuela
MozambiqueDominicaWallis and Futuna
NepalDominican Republic
OmanEquatorial Guinea
PakistanEstonia
PalestineFalkland Islands
QatarFinland
RéunionFrance
RussiaFrench Guiana
RwandaGabon
Saudi ArabiaGambia
SeychellesGermany
SomaliaGhana
Southern SudanGreece
Sri LankaGreenland
SudanGrenada
SwazilandGuadeloupe
SyriaGuinea
TajikistanGuinea-Bissau
TanzaniaGuyana
TurkeyHaiti
TurkmenistanHungary
UgandaIceland
UkraineIreland
United Arab EmiratesItaly
UzbekistanJamaica
YemenKosovo
ZambiaLatvia
ZimbabweLesotho
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Mali
Malta
Martinique
Mauritania
Monaco
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Namibia
Netherlands
Niger
Nigeria
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Romania
Saint Barthélemy
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint-Martin
Saint-Pierre and Miquelon
San Marino
São Tomé and Príncipe
Senegal
Serbia
Sierra Leone
Sint Maarten
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Spain
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Kingdom
United States (Except Alaska and Hawaii)
Uruguay
US Virgin Islands