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We are currently in a state of world-building, so this is a work in progress for notes and ideas.
 
We are currently in a state of world-building, so this is a work in progress for notes and ideas.
  
==The World==
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==People and Creatures==
The planet your adventures take place on is called Orbis and has two continents, known as Atlia (where your adventure begins) and Antar.
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Besides '''humans''', '''elves''', and '''robots''' there exist '''beastfolk''', who resemble intelligent animals, and '''animalborn''', who differ in being half-human and being born from human parents. Why these two races exist is a matter of some debate, with spiritual scholars claiming them to be the result of reincarnation, whilst scientific thinkers speculate they are some creation of the Ancients. '''Fish-people''' are one of the types of beastfolk, living under the waves away from humanity and the empire’s reach.
  
Most of the world is inhabited by humans, beastfolk and tekanoids, but there are other races who live among them.<br>
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There are claims that some people may be descended from the ancients – this is usually claimed by royal families to legitimize their rules.  
'''Who are some of these other races?'''<br>
 
*''Perhaps seafolk (fish people) also exist?''
 
*''the lineage of the Ancients still exists, and not just in humans.''
 
  
Although animals identical to earth like dogs, cats and horses exist, there also exist some stranger creatures, some of which could reasonably be called monsters.<br>
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The Empire tried to weaponize '''giant wasp'''s. This went as well as you might expect.
'''What is a common creature used as a mount?'''<br>
 
*''giant Fennec Foxes would make awesome mounts. Big ears, big eyes, and they can make lots of great noises.''
 
*''giant insects as mounts? Riding on butterflies sounds pretty cool.''
 
  
'''What are common creatures that pose a threat to explorers and travellers?'''<br>
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Although animals identical to earth like dogs, cats and horses exist, there also exist some stranger creatures, some of which could reasonably be called monsters.<br> Common animals used as mounts are '''Vulpines''', large fennec-fox like animals, particularly in deserts. There are also giant moth-like insects called '''Glitterwings''' used as flying mounts in some societies that don’t have a lot of airships, and by some military units.
*''insect derivative or amoebic lifeform could be common threats to sapient races.''
 
*''Giant parasitic wasps. These were originally created by the Empire as a weapon of war. This turned out to be bad idea, as they escaped and now attack people indiscriminately, seeking to paralyze them and implant their larva in the victim.''
 
  
== The Ancients ==
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The '''Dweryr''' are shorter humanoids that live underground and are xenophobic. They sometimes venture out to major population hubs, but tend to cover themselves and not show their faces in public.
The world is littered with the ruins of a technologically advanced civilization.<br>
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'''They are colloquially known as the ancients, but what do scholars believe they called themselves?'''<br>
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==Geography==
*''the Ancients may have called themselves the Seekers of Truth,''  
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The planet your adventures take place on is called '''Orbis''' and has two continents, known as '''Atlia''' (where your adventure begins) and '''Antar'''. Orbis is littered with the '''ancient ruins''' of a technologically advanced civilization.<br>
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Orbis has a '''blue moon''', which is now in a low orbit, drawn closer by whatever energies were unleashed during the Cataclysm. It permanently hangs in the sky above the '''Great Sea''', creating an endless '''maelstrom''' beneath it.
  
'''They are said to have had a philosophy that elevated one value over all others – what was it?'''<br>
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The '''Cataclysm''' resulted in the boundary between the material and astral planes being thin in some areas, where daemons and other things can break through the boundary. Such areas are often altered by the astral plane in some way.
*''their one philosophy above all is to compile all the knowledge there is, which is used to observe and generate more knowledge.''
 
  
Their civilization was destroyed in an event known as the Cataclysm when the etheric winds became chaotic. The climate went out of control, the ancients went to war and things from the astral plane broke through into the material realm.<br>
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== The Ancients ==
'''This event has had lasting effects on the landscape, even millennia later – what are some of them?'''<br>
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The '''Ancient’s''' called themselves in their own tongue the '''Seekers of Truth''' and they placed the gathering of knowledge first and foremost in their society.
*''Places where the boundary is weakest tend to be uninhabitable, as tears open up unexpectedly and either rip something out of this plane, or throws something unwelcome in.''
 
*''There are places where the influence of the astral continues to seep into or mingle with the material. These have given rise to legends of places holding great magical power, such as Avalon.''
 
  
They left behind many ruins scattered across the world, which brave adventurers continue to scavenge for valuable loot even to this day.<br>
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Their inventions included the '''prospectacles''', which allows one to view a few minutes into the future, and the '''Philosopher’s Stone'''s, items of such rarity and power that they can topple kingdoms. 5 of 13 are accounted for.
'''What is one of the most valuable items you can find when looting the ruins?'''<br>
 
*''Though its scope its limited to a few minutes, a pair of prospectacles unerringly shows the projection of movement in the wearer's surroundings.''
 
*''The Philosopher's Stones were the crown jewels of the Ancients' civilization. Magical items of such power that many of their exact capabilities are unknown, simply because so much has been written about them. But they were originally created to keep the technological and arcane secrets the Ancients used to build their nations. The Stones, to some degree, have a will of their own. When they want to be found, they can take steps to ensure such a discovery. The bad is, even the discovery of a single crystal has been followed by great miracles and unimaginable disasters.  
 
  
 
== The Church of the Goddess ==
 
== The Church of the Goddess ==
 
Although there are other religions, one is far more widespread than any other and wields significant political power.<br>
 
Although there are other religions, one is far more widespread than any other and wields significant political power.<br>
'''They worship a goddess that they believe controls the ether. What is she called?'''<br>
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Their goddess is called '''Theria'''. Their core tenets include working and providing for your community, habitual praise for Her, and enlightening non-believers to Her grace.
*''Theria, after the substance that is believed to be her breath or blood.''
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Below the goddess is a '''quasi-pantheon''' of legendary heroines known as the '''Crownless Kings'''. The Empire makes use of these stories in it’s propaganda.
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The church claims that the Ancients were punished by Theria for hollowing out and killing the world tree to access the divine secrets held within, for which she created a great maelstrom in the etheric winds to wipe their civilization from the face of Orbis.
  
'''What are some of the key tenants of their faith?'''<br>
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== The Empire ==
*''Some of their core tenets include working and providing for your community, habitual praise for Her, and enlightening non-believers to Her grace.''
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Over the pasty fifty years the '''Empire of the Arc''' has steadily grown by annexing neighboring countries and subjugating them to its rule. It’s legions and fleet of airships fight to conquer the world in the name of their emperor.<br>
*''Heroism and strength of the heart can allow one to ascend to divinity themselves. With the goddess' blessing, of course. There's a reason knights of the church are known as Einherjar.''
 
  
The church teaches that the goddess destroyed the ancient for their hubris.<br>
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Their capital, '''The Arc''', resembles a gigantic cylindrical tower, the petrified and hollowed-out remains of the '''World Tree'''. The city draws on the Etheric energy that still pulses along its crystalline roots for power. Inside the city is in perpetual knight and lit by streetlamps and neon signage, only making it even more cyberpunk. The walls of the Arc are guarded by titanic war robots that resemble giant animals, These date back to the time of the Ancients and are not under the Empire’s direct control.
'''What does the church say they did to draw her ire?'''<br>
 
*''Theria annihilated the Ancients when their thirst for knowledge crossed into the realm of the divine, which is not meant to be seen by mortal eyes. For their trespass, she summoned strong etheric winds to erase their knowledge, and discourage others from learning the inner workings of the world.''
 
  
== The Empire ==
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The Empire’s elite warriors are the '''ArcKnights''' who pilot its battle mecha.
Over the pasty fifty years the Empire of the Arc has steadily grown by annexing neighbouring countries and subjugating them to its rule. It’s legions and fleet of airships fight to conquer the world in the name of their emperor.<br>
 
'''The emperor is very reclusive. What is a common rumour about him?'''<br>
 
*''that he is not human, but one of the beast folk that the Empire's ideology says are karmically inferior.''
 
  
The empire derives its military might from the Arc, the last intact city of the Ancients that serves as its capital. This metropolis is self-contained and is a technological marvel.<br>
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The highest authority besides the Emperor himself the '''Imperial Marshals'''. They are granted absolute power to destroy his enemies both within and without.
'''What is said to be a notable feature of the city?'''<br>
 
*''How about... the Arc is built within the petrified remains of the World Tree. No leaves adorn the branches, but they serve as a massive series of docks and shipyards for Skyships from around the world.  The interior of the tree is hollow, so shops and houses are built into the interior walls of this massive 'cavern', with walkways connected at odd angles. Wealthier areas are probably near the top... or maybe the outside of the trunk so they have a better view, and there are poor areas as well.''
 
Above the fleet and the legions the Empire has a force of elite soldiers that enforce its will.<br>
 
'''What are they known as and do they have any notable skills or equipment?'''<br>
 
*''Imperial Marshals - A group of knights based on Wild West Marshals who serve the royal family. As far as the chain of command goes, they're pretty much Darth Vader''
 
*''The ArcKnights one of the most elite orders of Knights in the Empire, and they pilot the Ancient's mecha (think Warstriders from Exalted) that were recovered from various ruins (or conquered kingdoms) over the years. The presence of a single ancient mecha on a battlefield can change the tide of battle. ArcKnights are said to be a special breed. Some believe they must have the blood of the ancients in order to pilot the mecha, others think that they must have massive internal reserves of Ether to be able to c control the mecha. When out of their armor, they wield blades of pure, crystalline Ether.''
 
  
 
=Characters=
 
=Characters=
 
==Active Players==
 
==Active Players==
*'''Maki Aki''', the '''spear'''-wielding '''Horse Girl Adventurer''', played by ''Muskrat''.
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*'''[[Maki Aki]]''', the '''spear'''-wielding '''Horse Girl Adventurer''', played by ''Muskrat''.
*'''Matteus''', the '''mace'''-wielding '''Priest of the Goddess''', played by ''SirMoogle''.
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*'''[[Skies of Fate/Matteus|Matteus]]''', the '''mace'''-wielding '''Priest of the Goddess''', played by ''SirMoogle''.
 
*'''[[Kieran Galvaynes]]''', the '''greatsword''' wielding '''Tekanoid Captain''', played by ''Llayne''.
 
*'''[[Kieran Galvaynes]]''', the '''greatsword''' wielding '''Tekanoid Captain''', played by ''Llayne''.
 
*'''Lionel Caffrey''', the '''Imperial Cadet''' and '''martial artist''', played by ''RdMarquis''.
 
*'''Lionel Caffrey''', the '''Imperial Cadet''' and '''martial artist''', played by ''RdMarquis''.
*'''Cyprian Belmont''', the '''magic'''-wielding '''Summoner''', played by ''Pandory''m.
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*'''[[Venna Dann]]''', the '''Itinerant Archaeologist of the Ancients''', played by '''AWorldWithoutShrimp'''
*'''Utah''', the '''gunblade''' wielding '''Blademaster''', played by ''Sabermane''.
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*'''[[Abigail Lyceum]]''', the '''Magical Pop Star Princess''', played by '''Vessiel'''
  
 
==Inactive Players==
 
==Inactive Players==
*'''Pads''' the '''gun'''-slinging '''Wolfman Survivalist''', played by ''Aurebesh''. (Wait List)
 
 
*The unknown '''polearm''' wielding '''Dragoon''', played by ''mpascal02''. (Wait List)
 
*The unknown '''polearm''' wielding '''Dragoon''', played by ''mpascal02''. (Wait List)
 
*A '''mystery character''' played by ''naturegirl1999''. (Wait List)
 
*A '''mystery character''' played by ''naturegirl1999''. (Wait List)
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*'''Utah''', the '''gunblade''' wielding '''Blademaster''', played by ''Sabermane''.
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*'''Pads''' the '''gun'''-slinging '''Wolfman Survivalist''', played by ''Aurebesh''.
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*'''Cyprian Belmont''', the '''magic'''-wielding '''Summoner''', played by ''Pandory''m.
  
 
==Non Player Characters==
 
==Non Player Characters==
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*The '''Emperor'''
 
*The '''Emperor'''
  
===The ??? Kingdom===
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====The Province of Talamasca====
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===The Kingdom of Zephyria===
  
*'''Riku''', Tekanoid and Kieran's little brother.
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*'''Riku''', Kieran's Tekanoid little brother.
*'''Gurdaan''', Kieran's Quartermaster.
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*'''Gurdaan''', Kieran's Bearfolk Quartermaster.
*'''Vetta''', Kieran's Engineer.
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*'''Vetta''', Kieran's Rabbitfolk Engineer.
  
 
=Inspiration=
 
=Inspiration=

Latest revision as of 15:18, 15 October 2021

The Pitch[edit]

Orbis is a world of technological anachronisms, where soldiers use a mix of modern firearms and (very big) swords, mages and dragons coexist with mecha and combat robots, and all magic and technology is powered by ether, a mystical substance that takes both physical and noncorporeal forms.

Skyships are everywhere, and they are the main form of transportation over long distances. The world is littered with ruins and machines built by long-dead civilizations. These ruins, and stories of the Ancients, have inspired many religions, with the largest being a pseudo-Christian church that worships the Goddess of Ether herself.

The largest political power on the continent of Atlia is the ever-expanding Empire of the Arc. It hoards ancient technology and uses it to annex neighboring nations and cultures, constantly pushing its borders outwards as it swallows up ever more territory.

The story begins with our heroes, a band of friends and acquaintances, in a small village that has recently been swallowed up by the Empire of the Arc. Their lives have not changed too much, but events are conspiring, that will draw them into a resistance movement against imperial rule...

Setting[edit]

We are currently in a state of world-building, so this is a work in progress for notes and ideas.

People and Creatures[edit]

Besides humans, elves, and robots there exist beastfolk, who resemble intelligent animals, and animalborn, who differ in being half-human and being born from human parents. Why these two races exist is a matter of some debate, with spiritual scholars claiming them to be the result of reincarnation, whilst scientific thinkers speculate they are some creation of the Ancients. Fish-people are one of the types of beastfolk, living under the waves away from humanity and the empire’s reach.

There are claims that some people may be descended from the ancients – this is usually claimed by royal families to legitimize their rules.

The Empire tried to weaponize giant wasps. This went as well as you might expect.

Although animals identical to earth like dogs, cats and horses exist, there also exist some stranger creatures, some of which could reasonably be called monsters.
Common animals used as mounts are Vulpines, large fennec-fox like animals, particularly in deserts. There are also giant moth-like insects called Glitterwings used as flying mounts in some societies that don’t have a lot of airships, and by some military units.

The Dweryr are shorter humanoids that live underground and are xenophobic. They sometimes venture out to major population hubs, but tend to cover themselves and not show their faces in public.

Geography[edit]

The planet your adventures take place on is called Orbis and has two continents, known as Atlia (where your adventure begins) and Antar. Orbis is littered with the ancient ruins of a technologically advanced civilization.

Orbis has a blue moon, which is now in a low orbit, drawn closer by whatever energies were unleashed during the Cataclysm. It permanently hangs in the sky above the Great Sea, creating an endless maelstrom beneath it.

The Cataclysm resulted in the boundary between the material and astral planes being thin in some areas, where daemons and other things can break through the boundary. Such areas are often altered by the astral plane in some way.

The Ancients[edit]

The Ancient’s called themselves in their own tongue the Seekers of Truth and they placed the gathering of knowledge first and foremost in their society.

Their inventions included the prospectacles, which allows one to view a few minutes into the future, and the Philosopher’s Stones, items of such rarity and power that they can topple kingdoms. 5 of 13 are accounted for.

The Church of the Goddess[edit]

Although there are other religions, one is far more widespread than any other and wields significant political power.
Their goddess is called Theria. Their core tenets include working and providing for your community, habitual praise for Her, and enlightening non-believers to Her grace. Below the goddess is a quasi-pantheon of legendary heroines known as the Crownless Kings. The Empire makes use of these stories in it’s propaganda. The church claims that the Ancients were punished by Theria for hollowing out and killing the world tree to access the divine secrets held within, for which she created a great maelstrom in the etheric winds to wipe their civilization from the face of Orbis.

The Empire[edit]

Over the pasty fifty years the Empire of the Arc has steadily grown by annexing neighboring countries and subjugating them to its rule. It’s legions and fleet of airships fight to conquer the world in the name of their emperor.

Their capital, The Arc, resembles a gigantic cylindrical tower, the petrified and hollowed-out remains of the World Tree. The city draws on the Etheric energy that still pulses along its crystalline roots for power. Inside the city is in perpetual knight and lit by streetlamps and neon signage, only making it even more cyberpunk. The walls of the Arc are guarded by titanic war robots that resemble giant animals, These date back to the time of the Ancients and are not under the Empire’s direct control.

The Empire’s elite warriors are the ArcKnights who pilot its battle mecha.

The highest authority besides the Emperor himself the Imperial Marshals. They are granted absolute power to destroy his enemies both within and without.

Characters[edit]

Active Players[edit]

  • Maki Aki, the spear-wielding Horse Girl Adventurer, played by Muskrat.
  • Matteus, the mace-wielding Priest of the Goddess, played by SirMoogle.
  • Kieran Galvaynes, the greatsword wielding Tekanoid Captain, played by Llayne.
  • Lionel Caffrey, the Imperial Cadet and martial artist, played by RdMarquis.
  • Venna Dann, the Itinerant Archaeologist of the Ancients, played by AWorldWithoutShrimp
  • Abigail Lyceum, the Magical Pop Star Princess, played by Vessiel

Inactive Players[edit]

  • The unknown polearm wielding Dragoon, played by mpascal02. (Wait List)
  • A mystery character played by naturegirl1999. (Wait List)
  • Utah, the gunblade wielding Blademaster, played by Sabermane.
  • Pads the gun-slinging Wolfman Survivalist, played by Aurebesh.
  • Cyprian Belmont, the magic-wielding Summoner, played by Pandorym.

Non Player Characters[edit]

Empire of the Arc[edit]

  • The Emperor

The Province of Talamasca[edit]

The Kingdom of Zephyria[edit]

  • Riku, Kieran's Tekanoid little brother.
  • Gurdaan, Kieran's Bearfolk Quartermaster.
  • Vetta, Kieran's Rabbitfolk Engineer.

Inspiration[edit]

A world inspired by JRPG's like Final Fantasy, Xenoblade, Wild Arms, LUnar, and a little bit of Legend of Zelda.

Anime is also an influence, including The Vision of Escaflowne, Howl's Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky, Princess Connect Re: Dive, and especially Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds