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  1. Liadan

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    Post facts about Liandrah in here for easy reference (after they've been approved by me, please post ideas in the OOC thread). :)
     
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    History: In the beginning, there were two divine beings, the Eternity Tree and its antithesis, the Void. The Void was a total absence of wholesome life (it contained demons, corrupted life), but the Tree was life embodied within itself. The Tree sought to fill the Void while the Void sought to empty the Tree of life.

    For the past three centuries, Liandrah has been attacked by demons. A little while before that, nine stars fell from the sky co create the mystical Star Gate, which is also known as the Well of Stars.

    It is very beautiful; one can see the heavens when gazing into its depths. Rather than looking down, it seems as if one is looking up to see the countless stars. The myriad peoples of Liandrah marveled at the marvelous creation of the Well of Stars, and even set aside their differences to worship the Star Gate.

    Then the gods walked through, and their lives were changed forever.

    The children of the Eternity Tree were fair to behold, and many of them proved to be friends. Chief among them were Ærian, Lady of the Sword, and Myrran the Protector. The twins Dalin the Tamer and Dhelian the Huntress, Savath the Timekeeper and Soratha the Weaver, were also beloved. Cy’dath and Ki’dasva, the two most powerful gods, were both respected and feared. Cy’dath was commonly known as the Lord of Untamed Fire, and Ki’dasva as the Lady of Unbroken Night; they are known as the Pair of Chaos.

    Eventually, Cy’dath and Ki’dasva were seduced by the terrible power of the Void, and even allied with the demons to achieve their goal—to conquer this world, and to possess the Star Gate. For by stepping through the Star Gate, they could step to other worlds, and continue their conquest throughout the entire universe.

    Almost one hundred years ago, Cy’dath and Ki’dasva almost succeeded in their attempt to possess the Gate. But three champions rose up against them to foil their plan, losing their lives in the process. They were Kynon, Yanae, and Liliana, and together, they created an enchantment so that the Star Gate was no longer stationary but instead traveled about the land, to be carried by a chosen successor.

    But something went horribly wrong, and the Well, rather than being directed by a Sentinel, became more sentient and alive then ever before, somehow travelling about the land through its powerful, innate magic. Kynon, Yanae, and Liliana all died when they fell into the Well of Stars. Or so all thought.

    The three champion’s people swore to defend and protect the Star Gate, creating an order called the Sentinels of the Stars to fight against Cy’dath, even should it cost them their lives. They now wage a war against the demons almost alone, for the children of the three champions have fallen in their battle against the darkness. The land cries out for valiant leaders to take their place at the head of the Sentinels.

    But Cy’dath and Ki’dasva are also gathering their agents to them, and already most of the gods have fallen. Ærian and Myrran were the first to die as their kin Cy’dath and Ki’dasva slew them with the power of the Void. Savath and Soratha fell soon after. Only Dalin and Dhelian remain.

    Yet there is another presence that no one is yet aware of—the Ring of Five Dragons, the eldest children of the Eternity Tree. They waited for their time to act, for they are the observers, and now they have deemed that the Well of Stars must be protected at all costs. So now they have chosen and blessed many people to defend the Well of Stars. They are called the Blessed, and aid the Sentinels of the Stars against Cy’dath and Ki’dasva.

    Cy’dath and Ki’dasva, to counter the Ring’s move, have chosen their own people to act against the Dragon-Blessed. The demons have renewed their attacks against the people of Liandrah, hoping to use the Well of Stars to escape the Void and ravage new worlds.

    But the Well of Stars has its own ideas, and no one knows quite what they are. Is that the reason why shades of forgotten heroes of old have been seen walking abroad? Why are the ghosts of the three champions, Kynon, Yanae, and Liliana haunting the land without doing anything visible to help Liandrah’s people? Why are seasonal (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) and elemental spirits stalking through the land, seeming to strike at random? And worst of all, why is magic being drained from the land?

    Is the Well of Stars causing this… or something eviller and darker?

    And through it all, the Sentinels struggle and despair, wondering what will happen even if they should control the Well once and for all. Will it aid them or turn against them? Or will it continue to follow its own designs? Yet they have no choice but to seek for the Well of Stars.

    And it is in this state that Liandrah lies, waiting for someone to save it... or doom it.



    The Five Dragons:
    Yharziev (Yhar) the Warden, Lord of Fire and Children
    Ysdraíznah the Mother (Ysdra), the Earth Mother and Guardian of the Earth and Life
    Zahndariel the Dreamer (now simply known as Zahn), Lady of Visions and Wind
    Avzahrael (Avza) the Protector, Lord of the Seas and Time
    Zahramael the Eldest, Lord of Storms, Healing, and Death

    The Gods

    Ærian, Lady of the Sword
    Myrran the Protector
    The twins Dalin the Tamer
    and Dhelian the Huntress
    Savath the Timekeeper
    Soratha the Weaver
    The Pair of Chaos
    Cy’dath the Lord of Untamed Fire
    Ki’dasva as the Lady of Unbroken Night
     
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    Races and cultures:

    Sky Elves: Sky Elves are divided into two groups, Winged Elves and Windriders. Both are very arrogant and look down upon "groundwalkers". However, Winged Elves have wings, while Windriders tame flying creatures (gryphons, rocs, etc.) and train them. They're distant kin to the Forest Elves, but don't really have too much to do with them, although they are allies.

    Forest Elves: Forest Elves tend to be fairly reclusive and more concerned with protecting their homeland than anything else. When people decide that they want to have an adventure, they often leave home, and sometimes don't come back, deciding that the "world outside" suits them better. While not as arrogant as the Sky Elves, they tend to ignore troubles that don't concern them

    Dragons: the mysterious dragons have never yet been seen, and are considered only legend. Their natural gift is in the shaping of matter, so they are shape-shifters and often craftsmen because they can shape the material in their hands. For centuries, they have done nothing but observe the other people, preferring to not interfere in history. Now, faced with the threat of Cy'dath and Ki'dasva, they have begun to breach their isolation, although their overtures are still tentative. They have not made contact with other races yet, but it's inevitable.

    The dragons are a highly magical, sentient race, but can be killed and are not immortal, although long-lived. While not precisely divine, they do have greater powers than most other races, but they pay the price by being few in number. They don’t have children very often, so each child is cherished. There aren’t too many dragons left, due to a decreasing population growth and demon attacks. The five I mentioned are the dragon gods, five beings with the greatest power of all. However, they have a closer relationship with their followers, unlike the old gods (Ærian, Dalin, etc.), who speak only to their chosen Priests/Priestesses.

    Sentinels:
    the Sentinels recruit people of all races, and are a highly respected group. If a person is chosen as a candidate, he/she is thought to be very special, and no one protests when the child or adult is taken away to be trained. They tend to select younger people, although they have occasionally trained adults. They are either trained in magic or weapons (though sometimes both), depending on their aptitude and their abilities. All of their efforts go towards keeping the Star Gate safe from the Children of Chaos (servants of Cy'dath and Ki'dasva). However, they also hunt down demons, but the Blessed are more anti-demon while the Sentinels' slogan is "The Star Gate must be protected at all costs."

    All Sentinels have the Star Medallion, and I'd also like to note that each Sentinel takes a "star" name when initiated, for example: Palestar, Riverstar, Starflight, Eveningstar, Silentstar, etc. All of these are up for grabs, except for Starflight, because that's my character's . They also often have a brooch to signify their status as a Sentinel, but unlike the Star Medallion, is not required. There are no uniforms. Their normal standard that they display to others is a simple ring of stars in the sky, but they have another, private standard used only for secret messages, and that is the symbol of the Well of Stars. The Sentinels fly this standard over Starhaven, the city-stronghold of the Sentinels. While no one is required to show their emblem on their clothing, some choose to do so.

    The Blessed, also referred to as Dragon-Blessed:In the beginning, the Blessed were personally recruited by gods themselves, but now, either Priests or the Blessed recruit them. They focus on trying to protect the land and the people rather than the Star Gate. Demons are their mortal enemies. Again, the Blessed, like the Sentinels, are highly respected, if more beloved. The Sentinels tend to be more aloof than the Blessed.

    The Blessed have a ring to signify their status and nothing else, although their symbol is an eight-rayed sun upon a white field with a golden sword underneath the sun. They are required to use this standard only when on official business or in battle, although like the Sentinels, some choose to embroider their clothing with the emblem.

    Dragons-blessed were named after the dragons (legendary creatures, or so most thought), who supposedly a fanatical devotion to duty. While the dragons have not actually made contact with people as dragons, they shape-shifted into human forms or that of elves. And just to throw in a bit of mystery, no one really knows how the name was created. Maybe someone discovered the dragons for what they were and created a group of the Dragons-blessed. Or maybe the person liked the legends of dragons.


    Dragonkin/Dracatai:About six to eight foot tall with scale color ranging from black all the way through the colors to white. Males have small backswept horns on their heads while the females do not have horns. Winged, but unable to fly, they can glide and soar on thermals. No breath weapons but a high affinity for elemental magic. This race was created by the Great Dragons to act as protectors for their less prolific cousins and to shield the wild from the demons.

    Due to the fact that they are relatively new to this world, they have done well and driven back several Demon assaults on their home. Their society is highly militaristic and they excel at the arts of war. As a race they are mostly Neutral Good. Note: Male and female both act as fighters and mages.
     
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    A Note on Technology: This isn't very advanced. Liandrah's people rely more on magic than science, so assumre it to be Middle Ages or maybe a little later, around the time of the Renaissance.

    A Note on Demons:
    Demons can look like anything and everything, often taking on illusions to suit their own purposes. However, unlike the dragons, their shape is nothing but illusion.
     
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    Dates:

    978: Creation of the Star Gate/Well of Stars
    979: the Gods walk through the Well and into Liandrah
    979-1024: the Gods begin to gather followers, and Cy’dath and Ki’dasva begin experimenting with darker forms of magic
    1024-1063: Somewhere in this period of time, Cy’dath and Ki’dasva discovered the Void and were corrupted.
    1097: Demons walk through for the first time
    1301(spring): Kynon, Yanae, and Liliana attempt their magic, and the Star Gate starts to wander around the land
    1301(winter): Creation of the Sentinels of the Stars
    1373: Creation of the Blessed.
    1429: present day
     
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    Zasalyn: Land of the Sky Elves, and currently ruled over by High King Edrin and High Queen Vyrian (Edrin means “far sight” and Vyrian “she who seeks peace” in the old Elven tongue). It has been a state for thousands of years, and unlike the Forest Elves, had no other Sky Elven kingdoms. Although Zasalyn was affected by the Chaos War, it was not to the extent of Avaenonn or Saile Hasrin.


    The Sky Elves have a King and Queen, both who share equal power. Unlike the Forest Elves, the Sky Elves encourage both men and women to join the ranks of the warriors. Their class system is almost non-existent. The King and Queen rule over all the Sky Elves, and the Windriders and Winged Elves have different noble houses which advise the Sky Elves. The commoners, for the most part, are under the King and Queen, although some choose to swear service to a noble house. To join the army or priesthood, commoners must be part of a noble house, which is why some people serve the noble houses in that capacity.


    The long-lived sky elves are elves who claim to command the element of air. There are two kinds: the Winged Elves, who have wings growing from their backs, and Windriders, who tame the various beasts of the air—but only those that are not sentient. One example is the roc, a gigantic bird which can be trained to carry a rider. While the sky elves are kin to the forest elves, and will help their kinfolk should problems arise, they tend to be a proud, aloof people. Being able to ride the skies creates an appalling amount of arrogance, and it is a rare Sky Elf that does not despise groundwalkers. They all share contempt and disdain for “groundwalkers,” as they call those who are not Sky Elves but on the other hand, they will aid groundwalkers against demons.


    The Sky Elves have a strong bond to the Sentinels and will aid them in anything. They gave up one of their greatest treasures, the Windwolf, several centuries after the war. If the Star Singer asks them for aid, the army will march immediately to whatever cause. The only thing that rivals their devotion to the Sentinels is their hatred for demons.

    Windriders: the Windriders are more muscular than their cousin race, the Winged Elves, although far less than the Forest Elves. The stern Windriders are fierce and proud, and place a larger emphasis on honor than Winged Elves. They believe in shame and disgrace, and if a Windrider commits a major crime, he or she is often cast out of his/her house and his/her name is wiped off the family records. They are quick-tempered, but also patient when striving for their goals.


    But although Windriders are hard to sway from the light, once they have given their allegiance to the darkness, it remains steadfast. They are fearsome warriors and can be considered the “heavy cavalry.” Their favorite tactics in war are to rain arrows down upon their enemies, hovering just out of range. Mages protect them from other mages. Windriders work in tandem with Winged Elves and with Forest Elves. When the enemy is disoriented, small parties of Forest Elves will attack from the flanks, and the Winged Elves will descend to fight with spears. When they have achieved chaos, they will either fly upwards or have a Windrider pick them up.


    Winged Elves: the Winged Elves are even more arrogant than the Windriders, if possible. However, they are also more jovial amongst themselves. While they are honorable, neither do they let honor get in the way of their goals. They, too, are quick to anger, but more impatient than Windriders.


    The Winged Elves are far more capricious than their cousins, the Windriders. They easily make friends and enemies alike, but are fiercely loyal in their own way to kith and kin.


    Idaryn: Land of the Forest Elves
    Although the Forest Elves had other kingdoms besides Idaryn, most were destroyed in the Chaos War. Those that remained were inducted into Idaryn.

    The reclusive Forest Elves are more concerned with protecting their ancient homeland than in the outside world. They are swift and fierce, but they are arrogant as well, viewing humans as beneath them. They are more concerned with rank than the Sky Elves, who tend to be less formal. It is a rigidly structured society, with the royalty and nobility at the top, then the warriors, then the middle classes, and finally the lower classes. There are even more categories among the general classes, and each person lords it over the lower classes. They are more clannish than the Sky Elves, and each noble house heads a clan. The King is also known as the “clan-leader”. The Forest Elves are also more sexist than the Sky Elves. Women are not encouraged to become warriors, although there are a few who have risen through the ranks to join the Elite, the King’s Guard. The Queen’s role among the Forest Elves is to guide her clerics.

    Body structure: Forest Elves are more muscular than the Sky Elves, although less so than humans. Elves rely more in speed and agility than on sheer brawn. They are of all sizes, although they are taller and heavier than Sky Elves. Their coloring is usually darker than Sky Elves.

    Saile Hasrin, the Land of Weeping: the last human kingdom to be called “Elf-friends,” they suffered through the Chaos War and barely managed to survive. Their once lush homeland was blasted into almost uninhabitable desert, and they turned into warriors and assassins.

    However, although they were once human, the incredible magic released across their lands turned them non-human. Now called the Azah, these incredible warriors have gained to change their own form to take on another’s whether it is living, unliving, or even a wisp of smoke. They are also known as Changers.

    They are marked by certain physical characteristics no matter what shape they assume. One is that their eyes constantly change color, and they also look like a cat’s. They have greater night vision than other people, as well as a better sense of scent and hearing. Another is that their voices sound like song. They can live as long as Elves, but given that Saile Hasrin is inhabited by other Changed creatures, most of them dangerous, the average Azah does not live over five hundred years.

    Each Azah have innate magic that allows them to become Changers. But when a Changer also shows signs of “Elf-magic” (normal magic as Liandrah knows it), they are either sent to the Sentinels or trained as Guardians of the land. Guardians are some of the best Seers of Liandrah, and possess a general “sense” of the land itself, as well as of the gods.

    The Azah are the last people who speak the old tongue of Liandrah, now known commonly as “Elf-tongue”. The old tongue was the first language to be spoken, but as years passed, non-Elves began speaking other languages. Centuries later, perhaps a dozen non-Elf people remained that still spoke the old tongue. Yet even the Elves began using the “common tongue,” adopted from the humans, and used the old tongue rarely, mostly to name their children, swear solemn oaths, or celebrate important rites (such as the crowning of a king). Only Saile Hasrin regularly uses the old tongue today.

    The Azah are always lead by a woman, who reigns for exactly three hundred years before passing the burden onto her successor. They are a secretive people and no one knows that they even exist anymore, and they do their best to encourage that rumor. Only ancient scrolls tells of their existence.
     
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    doleniel Elven High Priestess

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    The Liandran(sp?) mythology: In the beginning, there was the Tree, life embodied, and the Void, full of the plentiful demons. The void sought to overcome the tree and, at first, had the advantage for while it had demons to send to destroy the tree, the tree was immoblie. When the tree first bloomed, it put into it's fruit life and sentience and thus the Dragons were born. However, the dragons proved to be unprolific. While they were good defenders of the tree, there were just not enough of them to hold off all of the demons. And so when next the tree bloomed, it again gave its fruit the gift of sentience and the Lodiath (see later race profile) were the result. The Lodiath were just as long-lived and magical as the dragons, but they were more prolific. However, they were more easily corrupted than the dragons and so a few turned to the void together with the demons created humans: a race almost as prolific as the demons, though short lived as a result, and open to the influence of the Void. This backfired, however, for they were equally open to the influence of the Tree. These joined the Lodiath and eventually they interbred, creating the elves, a race between the two. From these races, all sentient others evolved or were created. This was the Age of Myths, a time when the world was good and it seemed anything could happen. The world went on like this for millenia, with the forces of good and evil relatively balanced. Then came the Age of Darkness. Unbeknownst to the Tree, the Void was creating demons and hiding them for a time when it could overcome the Tree. The time came, and the battle went of for hundreds of years. The Void almost triumphed, but a last ditch alliance between the Dragons, Lodiath, good humans, and Elves managed to overcome the Demons, bad humans, and orcs, a race of human-demon crossbreeds, and imprison them in the Void. The tree decided that it was time to seperate itself form the world of the living races and created another plane of existence, to which it slowly faded as it left the first plane. It also created the gods to patrol the ethereal plane and protect the tree from any demons that would manage to come through. The disappearance of the tree marks the end of the Age of Darkness. The surviving followers of the tree dubbed the new age the Age of Sorrows, so named because they thaought that the tree had been destroyed. This is the current Age, though the reason for the name has long been lost. Because the people were left on their own, the influence of the demons grew again stronger, though they were not able to do as much as before from their prison, and the people, now mostly humans, became more wicked. After approximately 1000 years, the tree saw that its influence was again needed and caused the Nine Stars to fall and create the Star Gate. Because no demons had made it to the ethereal plane, it sent the Gods to guide ther people. Most followed them, and the old ways of the Tree were lost. this brings us to the current day.

    The Lodiath: The Lodiath are one of the oldest races, and they are very long lived and more difficult to kill than the other races. It is suspected that some of the Firstborn of the Tree survive still. As Treechildren, they are very beautiful and, apart from the obvious defferencs needed for reproductive purposes, they are fairly androgynous. They have delicate gossamer wings, almost invisible in bright light, for the firstborn needed some way to slow their fall to the earth from the high branches of the tree when they first Fruited. When born, their skin is snow white but as they grow older, it darkens. After about five centuries, it is an ashy, deep blue-black. Their hair comes in varying colors, but it is always very pale, not far off of white. Their eyes are usually some shade of green, but those with the gift of Sight shift between their usual green and silver. They are of small stature (about five feet, never taller than six). Being one of the oldest races, they are gifted in magic. They and the dragons are allies and they follow the ways of the Ring of Five and the Tree. In the War of Darkness, they were almost destroyed and were forced to go into hiding to live, and have been seen by few since. The dragons are the only race that knows they still live and in the 1400 years since the end of the War, they have faded into legend. They have a general dislike for humans because it was their human allies that unintentionally caused their downfall. Overall, they are a benevolent race. It is suspected that bored young Lodiath in search of adventure sparked the legends of Faeries.
     
  8. doleniel

    doleniel Elven High Priestess

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    KORTIRI

    Appearance: Medium height, sinewy build, sharp features, white or grey hair, golden eyes, darker, sun-tanned skin.

    Average lifespan: 600 years

    Strengths: Devoted to martial arts, both bladework and hand fighting. Only magical ability is control of air/wind.

    History: The Kortiri, along with the Maradi, were two of the eldest races of [ ]. They were a warlike people, dependant on their martial strength lest they be destroyed by invading younger races or clans. They and the Maradi populated the North. The Kortiri had many tribes, but when threatened with the annihilation of their race, they chose a supreme ruler (Arlon’hai, Casano’or’s father) and lived together in relative harmony for the last painful years of their kind. They shared a common enemy with the Maradi: the Ranahan, or Lastborn, the predecessors of the present-day humans. Under the Ranahan were other similar tribes, such as other human ancestors and elf-like peoples. Rulers of the South, they desired the lands and natural resources of the North. Being a technologically advanced race for their time and in need of more land for their rapidly growing population, they sent a plague into the chief cities of the Kortiri and Maradi, then proceeded to hunt down the survivors. The Kortiri were nearly wiped out (Casano’or being one of the very few survivors), but the Maradi, the Shapeshifters, hid and survived for several centuries more.

    (this also gives a little more insight as to Casano’or’s hatred for humans and elves, and her ruthless killing)

    MARADI

    Appearance: Medium height, slender build, sharp features, hair either white, gold, or black. Completely white, liquid eyes, black nails, and milk-white skin.

    Average lifespan: 700 years

    Strengths: The Maradi were shapeshifters, their natural form being the humanoid form described above, but able to change their appearance to that of another race or any animal. However, they could not take on the exact form of another individual. Some were interested in weapons of steel, but most preferred other arts. They were immune to the elemental powers of the Kortiri.

    History: Developed as a peaceful race, but were sucked into warfare. They allied themselves with the warlike Kortiri against the southern invaders. When defeated, they went into hiding, but the race slowly dwindled. At present, very few Maradi live, and those that do survive their ancestors live disguised among the now dominant races. Rho’stri is one such survivor, but she lived before the Great Invasion. She is far older than the Maradi’s average lifespan, but her means of such long life are unknown.


    Length of the Ages:
    Age of Myths: approximately 5000 years-dates are not certain because the world existed before there were beings to record
    Age of Darkness: 327 years
    Age of Sorrows, aka the Forgotten Age: 9,794 years. This brings us to the present day. The current year is 2,481, dated from the end of the Chaos Wars.
     
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    doleniel Elven High Priestess

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    Pronunciation of the old language:
    a-short a, as in the first a of anatomy
    ae-long a, as in the ay of away
    ai-long i, as in eye
    i-long e, as in the second syllable of believe
    i with umlaut (ascii code doing strange things on my comp atm)-short i, as in the i in Chemistry
    o-long o, as in lord
    u-short u, as in goo

    These are the only vowel pronunciations and dipthongs, all other vowel combinations are simply the sound of the first followed by the sound of the second.

    ch-hard ch, as in chair
    j-hard j, as it just
    s-soft s, as in sleep
    z-hard z, as in zoom

    There are some other pecularities, but they only apply when the language is read with the actual symbols and not the romanized version. All other consonants are pronounced as normally.
     
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    Crusader Disturber of the Peace

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    Fact: Jak likes oranges.