Y is for: Yaninda

The known world, the realm of mortals, is not the only part of existence. The spirits live on an adjacent place, a place that some few are able to pierce through to with magikal power. These world's beside the realm of mortals are known as Yaninda. Ancient legends speak of such places, such as the … Continue reading Y is for: Yaninda

X is for: Xeito

A great many secret societies inhabit Queenstown, and most claim to know the hidden secrets of Ascension. Members must follow instructions to attain levels of being that allow them to Ascend as gods, and the various different methods or oaths are known as the Xeito. So far, there is no direct evidence that following the … Continue reading X is for: Xeito

W is for: Witchblood

In the Old Crown, those touched by a lineage of magikal power are known as Witchbloods. Whilst hereditary, sometimes the witchblood skips generations only to appear again. Long ago, the natural order of the world brought forth individuals who had innate magikal abilities. Some speculate it may have been caused by interference by the legendary … Continue reading W is for: Witchblood

V is for: the Valley of Faces

The most sacred site to the various Gargant tribes, the Valley of Faces is the closest thing to a capital that they have. Located high in the mountains, the Valley and it's approaches are the only neutral ground held by the various Gargant tribes. It is here that all Gargants come on a pilgrimage the … Continue reading V is for: the Valley of Faces

U is for: Utari militia

The Utari militia  are the standing military forces of the Old Crown. The Utari date back to before the conquest of the Moorish, when the main ship used by the escapees from Istan was called an Utar. As each of the ships' captains was responsible for his or her own crew, the Utari also became … Continue reading U is for: Utari militia

A-z month almost finished

Coming into the home stretch with my A-z month, and I've really enjoyed it. I've had most of the letter planned out since the start of the month, but changed a few of them as I got to them - if I'm not in the mood to write o  a certain topic, I have too … Continue reading A-z month almost finished

T is for: the Tiles

The tiles are used in all manner of games, for fun and for stakes. They are popular with children and adults of all levels of society, and the only differences found are in the quality of the tiles and the types of games played. The tiles have a long history, going back to old Istan. … Continue reading T is for: the Tiles

S is for: Siaiwh, water spirit

Siaiwh lighted in the deep dark below, surrounded by the bubbling laughter of siblings lighting. There was slow groaning all around from older spirits of earth, and quiet whispers from timeless spirits of dark. Always there was the built bubbling voice, the voice of the mother. Edanu was her mother, and her world. And Siaiwh … Continue reading S is for: Siaiwh, water spirit

R is for: Raethmoor

Raethmoor is the northernmost settlement in the Old Crown, commanding a pass through the northern mountains. It has a reputation for the mystical, thanks in large part to the Arcanist Scholarium that dominates the southern half of the town. Raethmoor is built in and around the remains of a large, ancient complex of structures, believed … Continue reading R is for: Raethmoor

Q is for: Queenstown

As the capital, Queenstown is perhaps the jewel of the Old Crown, though in recent decades that jewel has become more tarnished and dull. The settlement itself has been called Kingstown and Queenstown as it passed between heirs to the suldaanate. Following the disappearance of the last heir on the night before she became suldaana, … Continue reading Q is for: Queenstown

P is for: Peppertown

Peppertown is a young trading post, quickly becoming the capital of trade for the Spice Islands. Mercantile interests from the Old Crown, the City of Festivals and Istan have all begun to move into the Spice Islands in the last few decades, eager to profit from the island chain's abundant wildlife, and above all the … Continue reading P is for: Peppertown

O is for: Oathed

Those who dedicate their lives to one of the Ascended Host make a lasting pact with their chosen patron, becoming Oathed in their service. Swearing of bonds and oaths is a central part of the society of the Old Crown and across the known world since the days of the Lizardfolk Empire. Warriors would swear … Continue reading O is for: Oathed

N is for: the Noble Households

The Noble Households of the Old Crown are the descendants of the officers commanding the Istan invasion, along with the leaders of the tribes of their Desh allies. Whilst the warleader of the Desh and Istani eventually became the boqor of both, his descendants took up the title of suldaan. His most able commanders were … Continue reading N is for: the Noble Households

M is for: Murid and Murshid

The Murid are those Oathed sworn not only to an Ascended but also to an order of fellow mortals dedicated to the ideals of one or more of the Host. They date back many centuries, and those most prevalent in the Old Crown tend to trace their traditions back to the old Istani Kingdoms. The … Continue reading M is for: Murid and Murshid

L is for: Lizardfolk

Bred to be the enforcers of the will of the Oon, the Lizardfolk once ruled over the largest empire of the known world. The Lizardfolk are perhaps the most ancient of the races if the world, legends saying that the Oon brought their enforcers with them from wherever they came, rather than creating them after … Continue reading L is for: Lizardfolk

K is for: Kingsmeet

The town of Kingsmeet sits on a natural ford in the Edanu. In the times of the Desh and Moorish, when the river marked the edge of each tribe's territory, Kingsmeet was where the King's and wayleaves of each would meet to settle old grudges, end wars, and infrequently start new ones. The town is … Continue reading K is for: Kingsmeet

J is for: Jhomal ab-Braetha, Agent of the Willow Court

"My name is Jhomal. For several years now, my life has not been my own. I was once a petty thief, but I had dreams. I travelled, trying to keep ahead of any bad reputations. I changed my name more than once, for what little good it did me in the end. When they caught … Continue reading J is for: Jhomal ab-Braetha, Agent of the Willow Court

I is for: Istan

Once often called the Green River Cities, the continent of Istan is now a desolate wasteland strewn with memories of past glory. Istan was always a land of feuding tribes, and later feuding cities. Facing oncoming conquest from the ancient Lizardfolk Empire, the Kingdoms of Istan put aside their differences and sued for a peaceful … Continue reading I is for: Istan

H is for: the Host

The Ascended Host is the pantheon of gods worshipped across the known world. Each of the gods was once a mortal, and through many different methods of apotheosis has transformed, transcended their mortality and Ascended to godhood. The individual members of the Host do not have a purview over certain facets of life. There is … Continue reading H is for: the Host

G is for: Gargants

The great clans on the Gargants once inhabited the mountains of the North and far west, but since the foundation of the Old Crown they have become increasingly common across the plains and forests, and a great many in Queenstown itself. The Gargants stand at least a head taller than the more numerous races encountered … Continue reading G is for: Gargants