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Post  Vilkas on Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:13 am

In this world, humanity lives on a series of island nations in the sky. These islands are the last livable remnants of a poisoned Earth that was devastated a thousand years ago in the War of The Gods. The residents of the sky however are prosperous, having been aided by various advantages, including Wings of the Heart- the manifestation of the human spirit in the form of usable wings-, Magic, and Machina- mechanical technology. Their way of life however is in danger as the ancient Gods power begin to return and threaten the world.

Malpercio. The Ancient God of Destruction who sought to conquer the world and bring it into an endless time of pain and suffering. Though he destroyed the other gods and caused massive chaos and destruction, he was defeated and sealed within five End Magnus by powerful mages called the Children of the Earth, but his spirit continues to haunt the lives of the people of the sky.

Our story begins with a rumbling from the forest on the continent of Sadal Suud

Continents and other locations
  • Sadal Suud, The Ancient Land - One of the Five Great Nations known for its delicious apples and its quiet serenity. Compared to the other nations, it’s quite underdeveloped and this has led to it’s people often being looked down on by other nations, especially Alfard. Locations: Pherkad, the Ancient Capital- The capital city of Sadal Suud. Cebalrai, the Farming Hamlet- A small farming village. Nunki Valley, A serene forest with a river nestled within and the only route between Cebalrai and Pherkad. Moonguile Forest- Ancient and cursed forest.

  • Anuenue, The Rainbow Nation - One of the Five Great Nations known for its School of magic, closeness to nature, the celestial Tree, its magical barrier which prevents attacks from the outside and its deadly Holoholo jungle. Its most striking characteristic is the rainbows which circle its peak. Locations: Anuenue Port, where ships dock when arriving at Anuenue. Komo Mai, City of Flowers- The capital city of Anuenue and home to the School of Magic. Opu, the Waterfall Village- Home to the world famous waterwheel. Ancient Library of Magic, an old forgotten library said to house great power and vast history. The Celestial Tree, ancient tree older than anyone can remember, the biggest tree in the world and also a conscious being. Its flowers bloom once every 20 years. Every part of the tree has medicinal and magical abilities. Holoholo Jungle, dangerous yet beautiful jungle.

  • Diadem, The Land of Clouds - One of the Five Great Nations known for its courageous knights and proud leader as well as its pink clouds. One of the notable things about Diadem is it's citizen's superstitious nature and dislike towards foreigners, particularly those from Alfard. These most likely tie in together, as a few of Diadem's strange superstitions involve people from the other lands, such as allowing someone from outside Diadem on a fisherman’s boat heralding a bad catch. What is interesting about these superstitions though, most having their origins in the village of Nashira, is that they seem to be for good reason, as both times someone has gone against them it has been immediately followed by the country's near invasion. Locations: Sheliak, the Castle Town and Capital of Diadem. Nashira, the Fishing Village and source of lively hood for the nation, full of fishermen and woman. Shrine of the Winds/The Cloudvents. Cloud Passage, Path linking Nashira to Sheliak. Lesser Celestial River, which provides most of the fish for life in Diadem.

  • Alfard, The Empire of the Flame - One of the Five Great Nations known for its advanced technology known as Machina, it’s golden buildings, proud citizenry and democratic rule by emperorship. Locations: Azha Village- The source of the Flame Ice (cooling material) used to run the empire, a poor village that survives by communal living. Nihal Desert, this vast and treacherous desert stretches from the edge of the empire right to Azha village and all the surrounding area. Filled with sands storms and blistering heat, only a fool would venture there unaided. Mintaka, the Imperial Capital. Greater Mintaka/Imperial Fortress, the former Alfard capital city has been converted to a massive fortress. The people of Alfard are discouraged to dream, which has lead these people to lose their Wings of the Heart and made the use of Winglets a necessity.

  • Mira - One of the Five Great Nations. Mira is known for its constant fluctuation between this dimension and the next. This gives Mira its mysterious glow and the feeling of impermanence where things appear and disappear at will. The island can only be accessed from our dimension through the Trail of Souls. Parnasse, the Confectionary Village literally made of candies and desserts. Reverence, the Picture Book Village filled with strange machines and an eerie 2D book like constructs. Balancoire, Borough of Illusion and the main town. Nekton, Shrine of Spirits. A forest said to be close to the world of Guardian Spirits. Detourne, the Mystical Garden is a labyrinth like maze filled with tricks that dazzle the eyes and numb the mind.

  • Trail of Souls - The Trail of Souls is the "bridge" between Mira and the rest of the world. When traveling through the Trail of Souls one must be very careful, for if they gets out of it, he or she could be stuck in another dimension forever
  • The Taintclouds - Dark, corrupting clouds that cover the barren earth below the floating continents


Terms, Creatures, and Technologies
  • Wings of the Heart - Those who live on the floating islands have learned to project wings from their backs. Because the wings are projections of the soul, their appearance varies from person to person. Wings seem to be both physical and spiritual entities, since they are strong enough in some cases to allow flight and can be gripped, yet do not tear clothing when they are brought in or out and are generally treated as part of the soul as opposed to the physical anatomy. It is shown that the wings can be forcefully torn out of the body, an excruciatingly painful and inhumane process that leaves the victim bedridden and too weak to walk. It is implied that death will follow, if the rare plant Heartenbrace is not consumed.
  • Winglets - An artificial wing created by the Alfard empire. It is composed of Machina as a replacement for Wings of the Heart, which have been discarded by the empire. There are different kinds of winglets, some worn on the back and others on the feet, and an added advantage is its self propulsion system which gives them greater speed and endurance than Wings of the Heart.
  • End Magnus - The End Magnus are five powerful cards that are thought to be legend. The legend states there is one End Magnus sealed within each of the five great nations. The five End Magnus are Ar, Le, Bo, He and Che. Each is also protected by one of the Guardians, creatures that test the worthiness of those that dare attempt to remove the End Magnus from their resting places. These five End Magnus all represent a component of the God of Destruction's body.
  • War of the Gods - Before becoming the god of destruction, Malpercio was the result of The Children of the Earth combining five gods together to fight of a god that has long since been forgotten. Malpercio killed the nameless god, but was unstable and corrupted. The war between The Children of the Earth and Malpercio tainted most of the land, so in order to preserve mankind The Children of the Earth sent the last of the untainted earth into the sky. After sealing Malpercio in five cards called The End Magnus The Children of the Earth stayed on the tainted land to attempt to cleanse it.
  • Magic - Magic is a force learned by mankind from before the time of the gods. Sometime after the downfall of Malpercio. Magic became less potent and less used by the hands of mankind as technology and farming become the ways of life. The elements are: Fire, Water/Ice, Holy/Light, Dark(not concidered bad or evil, just an element), Lightning, and Wind.
  • Machina - Akin to real world Machines but in a much more advanced state. It also appears to have a techno organic nature as in its use in Pro-Machination. It can convert organics into highly advanced Machines. Example of a machina ship: The Goldoba of the Alfard Armada

  • Pro-Machination - was a technology that was capable of transforming anything, including entire continents, into wholly Machina based components in a relatively short time-span. This highly advanced process was result of the troubled scientist named Baelhiet's tireless efforts when he gained help from his Guardian Spirit Daimon on the advanced secrets of machina. He wanted to turn everything into Machina, but was stopped by the legendary hero, Sagi
  • Spiriters - Fortunate beings who have the power to hear, talk to and play host to by forming a soul link to a spirit from another world called a Guardian Spirit. Some say the spirits speak great words of destiny to their hosts. Spiriters are unheard of outside of Mira. This is because, to form a link to a spirit one must venture to Nekton in Mira
  • Guardian Spirits - beings that watch over and aid those destined to be Spiriters. They can aid a Spiriter in battle by taking form of a weapon. The weapon they form can be just as symbolic of the Spiriter's soul as their Wings
  • Mindeer - Large sky fish that are usually attached to a carriage and used as transportation between islands. Example:

  • Aquar - Another large sky fish used as transportation. It is lead with bait(a large shrimp-like creature called Rius) on the end of a beam. Example: The Diadem Express Liner


Notes
  • The people of Alfard are very snobbish and prudent. Anyone not from Alfard are viewed as undereducated and utterly disgusting. It is rare to find a kind person from Alfard
  • The people of Diadem are suspicious of foreigners, but they are by no means rude or unkind. Just don't ask for a ride in one of their boats
  • Sadal Suud is a quiet island, and as such it's people are quiet. Though, it isn't uncommon for people from Sadal Suud to move to different islands in search of excitement
  • Anuenue's people are very happy. They take joy in learning, teaching, working, and playing. In Anuenue, there is no job more sacred than caring for the Celestial Tree. This job is held by two families - Ralbi and Vogir. The Ralbi family, eternal caretakers of The Tree, was wiped out years ago when Alfard and Anuenue were at war. Alfard soldiers managed to infiltrate the island's barrier and tried to take resources from The Tree. The Ralbi family tried to stop the over harvesting and was killed in the resulting fight. The Vogir family, Protectors of The Tree, have denied any who are not native to Anuenue to venture to The Tree, for fear of another attack.
  • Because of the island's unique nature Mira has been labeled as 'The Isle of No Return'. The people of Mira never leave, and no one ever visits Mira - without first embracing death. The people of Mira are kind and happy, they welcome travelers and are more than happy to accommodate them. It should be noted that people from Mira that successfully leave and make it to the other nations are either treated with intrigue or called blatant liars
  • Most islands don't have guns, the only island with them being Alfard. Diadem sailors usually use their trusty paddles, Anuenue's few fighters usually use broad swords and rapiers, Sadal Suud's people usually have a bow or slingshot, and Mira's people use whatever they can get their hands on
  • Wings of the Heart are not strong enough to carry people from island to island, they instead rely on ships and sky fish


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Post  Vilkas on Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:19 am

Lier knelt down to look at the tracks on the forest floor. The scent was different, for some reason it made the hair on the back of his neck stand on end. Something strange was happening, and spreading fast.

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Post  evan..relic on Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:33 pm

Zaerath sighed as he made his way along the Moonguile trail, he had been asked by the Celebrai doctor to find someone by the name of Lier. All he was given was a basic description and a direction. Breathing out his nose, he stopped for a moment to survey his surroundings, something on the air was irking him.

Darkness spreads fast... He heard his Guardian say from slightly behind him.

"I know Therasa. I've heard tell of this forest being cursed, but something else feels...wrong." Looking further down the fading trail he saw some movement off to the side, humanoid in shape, taking a step forwards, "Lier Kalas?" He readied himself to summon his Guardian weapon just in case.
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Post  Vilkas on Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:46 pm

Lier slowly stood up and turned to the direction of the voice. Noticing the stranger he thought perhaps they were the odd scent. He approached calmly and sniffed the stranger's head.

Nope, not the source of the scent.

He took a step back and nodded. "I am Lier"

((Yeeeaaaahh Lier's kind of a freak))

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Post  evan..relic on Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:50 pm

Zaerath's eyebrow shot up when Lier sniffed his head, he could hear Therasa chuckling, all he could do was grimace, "The doctor told me to come looking for you. He was concerned."
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Post  Vilkas on Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:55 pm

Lier stared at the stranger for a few moments before turning and leaving. He responded monotonously "not yet. The forest's scent has changed. I must find the source and remove it."

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Post  evan..relic on Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:56 am

Zaerath jogged to catch up, "What in the name of the End Magus are you talking about?" Zaerath had a feeling he knew what Lier was getting at but didn't want to admit it.

Watch yourself... Therasa said to him. He just rolled his eyes and muttered, "As if I didn't know that already..."
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Post  Vilkas on Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:15 pm

Lier stopped dead in his tracks at the mention of End Magnus.

"What do you know of The End Magnus?"

He turned on the stranger and said "I have asked everyone save for the people at the castle about them, and in all of Sadal Suud only I had even heard of them"

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Post  evan..relic on Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:18 am

Zaerath suddenly backed up a step and threw his hands up in defense, "All I know is of the End Magus is that they are five in number and contain a portion of the dead God. When your a street urchin in Mira, you hear things. I'm not even sure if they're true."

He could feel Therasa's power flowing around his hands, something had set him off; something was in the air and he didn't like it, Warning... Therasa hissed.

"...Something's here..." Zaerath muttered as he glanced around in paranoia.

((Sorry if this screws up something. I'm going off information that I found on the Wiki.))
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Post  Vilkas on Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:08 pm

((No worries. It's a bit too soon for them to be at the guardian though. Each guardian has a specific area))

"Rock Cats" Lier informed the stranger as he got into an attack stance. "Herbivores. Only recently turned aggressive"

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Post  evan..relic on Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:22 pm

((I realized that from reading the wiki.))

Zaerath cast his eyes around the forest searching for movement. In his hand appeared his Guardian weapon, a staff with a fine iron blade on each end, the blades curled back slightly towards him to give the weapon a almost bow-like look. Spinning it around for a moment, he settled into his battle stance with the weapon parallel to his arm and leaning on his shoulder blade ready to attack.
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Post  Vilkas on Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:34 pm

Lier summoned his wings and suddenly took to the air just as a Rock Cat pounced and tackled it to the ground. He flung feathers at the Rock Car's face to blind it and began to beat it into submission.

((Rock Cat: Just replace the coloring with different shades of red, the wiki only had a picture of the diadem counterpart Striper

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Post  evan..relic on Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:46 pm

Zaerath ducked low as a Rock Cat leaped at and over him and drove the blade through it's stomach, using the momentum he flung the creature off of the blade and into the trees.

Spotting a Rock Cat lurking in among the trees, he brought up the weapon to full arm length, parallel to his body. Raising his other arm, he drew back his hand like he would the drawstring of a bow, a thin, light green string appeared going from the tip of one blade to his hand and to the other blade. A pale green arrow appeared, one end gripped by his hand and the other laying across the middle of the staff, letting it loose, the arrow of Wind drove through the head of the Rock Cat, killing it.

"Please tell me that's the last of them." Zaerath grunted.
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Post  Vilkas on Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:54 pm

Lier got up, dusted dome soot from his shoulders and said "If we move on it would be likely." As his wings disappeared Lier returned to his task of finding the odd scent. Unlike normal Wings, which disappear in white light, Lier's Wings vanished in a cloud of pour soot.

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Post  evan..relic on Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:02 pm

Zaerath looked around as the weapon disappeared from his grip, something else was here and it didn't want them to be here. What really worried him was that Therasa had fallen silent, "Listen Lier, something is here and whatever it is, doesn't want us to be here."

((Damn paranoia...))
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Post  Vilkas on Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:10 pm

"nothing wants us here" Lier retorted "if it frightens you then return to Cebelrai. I intend to find the source of this scent and destroy it"

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Post  evan..relic on Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:12 pm

"I was asked to bring you back to Celebrai, and that I will." Zaerath adopted a defensive stance, "Lead on."
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Post  Vilkas on Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:21 pm

And thus they ventured deeper into the forest. The deeper they went, the more the trees seemed to blot out the sky. Lier stopped at the edge of a spring and said, covering his very sensitive nose "this spring reeks of rotting flesh"

((Imma head off. Night))

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Post  evan..relic on Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:18 am

Zaerath covered his own nose, now he could smell what Lier had smelled, "By the Magus!" He gasped.
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Post  Vilkas on Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:35 am

A deep, gravelly voice whispered in the duo's minds

"I am The Guardian in the Water... You who would dare face me... come forth!"

Lier peered into the water and backed away just in time to avoid having his head bitten off by a giant serpent-like dragon.

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Post  evan..relic on Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:43 am

Zaerath leaped back and immediately summoned his weapon to hand, Beware... Great power resides here... Therasa whispered.

Squinting, he summoned his Wings and took off straight up in the air, keeping away from the water, "We do not wish to face anyone, we were simply investigating a strange smell."
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Post  Vilkas on Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:53 am

"Naive" Lier responded, dodging another attack "This is The Lord of the Spring. It may be capable of speech, but an animal is still an animal." He pulled out his katana and swiped at the dragon, gashing it's face.

((The Lord of the Spring

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Post  evan..relic on Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:08 am

Zaerath shook his head, "Fine, have it your way." He landed on it's head and began to go after it's eyes. Almost immediately he got shaken off, flipping over in midair he pulled back his arm, summoning an arrow, he let it loose and it struck just under the Lord's jaw line.
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Post  Vilkas on Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:18 am

The arrow pierced the dragon's jaw, but it didn't go through. Getting an idea, Lier used his wings to take into the air and allowed the serpent to eat him. Whilst in the mouth Lier found the arrow, pulled it through, and pierced the roof of the dragons mouth with the arrow and his katana. As The Lord of the Spring roared, Lier leapt out and shouted "aim for the head!"

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Post  evan..relic on Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:19 am

Summoning another arrow, he fired it straight at the Lord's head, he hoped that this would work.
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