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  1. I write to you in the year 1090, in what some may call the fourth age. An age that has already come, one that has already passed, and is one I find myself in now. My university has always been intrigued by Adon’s Comet, and the time spent under its bloody gaze. Over one thousand years ago and still its history haunts my pages. I endeavored to document the world as they knew it. A book for people of our age to get a feel for just how grim the Third Age had been for humanity. Below is an excerpt from the first few chapters, detailing some of what’s known; -Jerrah Barak, scholar at Tzon University. A CD is attached to the book [Ambiance] The world as we know it in the years leading to the third age; All can agree the end of times was marked by the first appearance of Adon’s Comet. Humanity had been thriving in the second age, building wonders we can barely comprehend. Buildings clawed their way to the sky, and carriages flitted amongst them, unshackled to the land. War as we know it was a foreign concept, ruled out as an outdated way of accomplishing things, and long forgotten. Ambassadors and Government officials ruled, beholden to their people.Trade, migration, innovation, tenets that dominated their philosophy. For centuries the cities and rural tracts of humanity thrived, grew, and merged under this system. This ‘Age of Peace’ as scholars now label it, is in stark contrast to the time this book addresses. However it’s an important part of the history leading up to what we have come to discover. As the years passed by in their hundreds, things eventually began to reach a state of stagnation, even regression. This unrivaled era of peace was beginning to show cracks. No single event can be labeled as the true reason the age ended, and Adon’s Comet is only credited as the herald. But upon close inspection one can see a variety of reasons festering for centuries has slowly knocked out the foundations of society, bit by bit. Global trade networks began to shatter after plague on a scale never seen before ravage the world. Corrupt and autocratic politicians seized power, wielding massive nations who previously never even had an army. The world itself was changing, tectonic plates shifting at unprecedented levels, seas rising to flood entire continents. As the world itself and the nations began to break down, war was reintroduced to the world, in small increments. At first it was only militias, and insurgents, wielding whatever they could scrap together. But as more and more battles happened, deadlier inventions meant to kill were being churned out. It wasn't long before entire armies were pitched against one another, fighting across massive cities spanning entire countries. The scale of destruction outpaced anything the citizens of this time could conceive. Their technologies were beyond that of our modern era, surpassing the need for ballistics by the end. So though all can agree Adon’s Comet marks the end of the second age, in truth, it was dying for a long time. For a full year the red comet blazed in the sky, and under it, the world crumbled. The foundations of society had been corrupted to the point of blowing away as dust. Morals and Reasoning abandoned for profit and power. Nations of innovation and prestige traded for dying states, squabbling over everything. By the time Adon’s Comet departed back to the void, the Great Nations of the second age had ceased to exist. Their successor states, though vast and powerful, were temporary things, lacking the prestige gained from centuries of rule and tradition. Powerful minds sculpted these new nations, molding them to their fleeting images and ambitions. Hundreds of years have passed since that glorious time in humanity’s chapter, and much has been lost on the way. For war has never truly stopped ever since the shattering of the second age. The bloated successor states of old fought and died, and fought again. Over and over, year after year, piece by piece they lost the very things they were fighting to preserve. Armies marching over entire countries, leaving a wake of destruction. None other than the infamous Warlord Shermani himself was the prime purveyor of this inane and wanton slaughter. His infamous march shattered an entire continent, in his quest to scavenge and preserve technology from the second age. Billions owe their deaths to him and his army, and the dozens like him over these years. The world as we know it in the first year of the Third Age [FRP Start]; With such a heavy burden to bear, we now look even further ahead to the start of the third age. Ominously marked by the return of Adon’s Comet, people at that time didn’t even know what it was, or that it had a name. We look at a world so completely different, it seems unrecognizable. In terms of actual geography, and humanity as a whole. Entire nations, concepts, peoples, lost to the passage of history, and the fiery destruction of human war. Technology burnt up in the fires of mass extinction, architecture swallowed to the changing of the world. History for the people of this time is tenuous at best, the bold ones claiming to be successor states to the ancient empires, having no idea their autocratic rule is a vicious mockery of the old ideals. Human loss up to this date can’t be stressed enough, an extinction event worse than even the archaic dinosaurs of the first age. What remains are not even worthy of titles like ‘Nations’ or ‘Governments’. Petty Kings by and large rule in the husks of once great empires. Monarchs descended from families who gained power under a variety of circumstances. Some were just raised this day as the Comet appears, Warlords leading bands of entrepreneuring mercenaries and Lords. Others descend from somewhat ancient blood lines, Kings of old who held their people together through the ruining of an age and came through to see the third. Perhaps others even hold the republic ideals of old, forming small pockets of idealism in an otherwise grim world. For this was not a world anymore where peace and prosperity acted as a rocket for humanity to soar. In fact those very same humans can be blamed for the state it’s now in. Resources were depleted, especially for the primitive extraction methods of this third age. Rivers and lakes dried up into flatbeds, oceans offering a daunting challenge to any on its coast, and no promise of land beyond. Populations scattered across the entire landmass, eking out an existence in the few verdant spots, or perhaps even adapting to survive in this new age of scarcity and inhospitable environs. And of course all these reasons bred far more reason and justification for war. However this was far different to the second age, which rapidly experienced the height of artificial destruction before flatlining again. Humans of the third age could rarely pick up the pieces, or even comprehend them. Instead we find something far more organic, and naturally evolving over time. By now states were no longer reduced to fighting with bronze and stone weapons, after the technology of old had been exhausted and lost to knowledge. Steel and Flesh rule this time, organized and orientated to the feudal societies growing in the wastes. Gallant knights riding expensive horses thunder over the beaten dust of the continent, men-at-arms following behind in blocks of sword and spear. Prized archers string their bows and unleash volleys of arrows into ranks. Far more crazy or perhaps inventive kingdoms use unorthodox methods, primarily those adapted to the harsh realities of the world. Whilst more developed Kingdoms tend to rely on the levy system. Armies as they knew them were mostly very small, cores of veterans, knights, and unique units relying on larger levys to augment them. Perhaps a few thousand could be mustered by a single Kingdom, and would be considered a large army for this time. Gone were the days where millions clashed over massive targets spanning for leagues. Now war was much smaller, based on careful skirmishing, positioning, and of course decisive battles. Kings generally oversaw a variety of powerful and influential vassals under their throne. The Kingdoms were so small, struggling so hard to survive, that they were usually all a tight knit and intricate system. All this leads to a delicate power play for monarchs, trying to survive, even prosper, in this new age. There are few if any “Empires” or powerful Monarchs. Most find themselves just emerging from centuries of horrible endurance. Suffering war, famine, disease, infighting, disasters of unknown proportions. Smaller Kingdoms, petty states, and tribes of people generally dominate the makeup of the continent’s humans. The people as we know them in the first year of the Third Age; By and large a far more unintelligent and debased lot then we’ve ever seen in history before. Their ancestors reportedly surpassed the limits of the planet itself in the search for knowledge. But these people stare up at Adon’s Comet, scratching their heads and squinting in confusion. Literacy was few and far between, knowledge a rare commodity. Though it’s true some fragments of history have come with them into this age, most of what these people know is fire and blood. However scholars of their time were able to piece together some knowledge of the past. Though looking at it through the lens of study, we can see most of it is highly mythicised. In particular the ‘Empire of Illian’, a republic of massive proportions in the second age. One of the biggest supporters of the age’s ideals, they spread peace and stability throughout the entire world. At their height ambassadors could travel with impunity, considered a worthy addition to any Government. Their technology, libraries, and impact are what led to their name being unforgettable as it echos down the tracts of time. Illian is almost like a new ideal, that people clung to as the world tore itself apart. An ideal some may aspire to now, as the dream of brighter days, while surrounded by inhospitable wastes. Though we could dive further into this illustrious Nation, it can’t be said any of the Third Age truly know much about Illian. One faction we do know much about however is the ‘Gorans’ , a relatively new faction with ancient roots. They entered the scene some hundred years before the beginning of the Third Age. They were a people of ruthless and blood thirsty dominance in the days of old. A nation of warmongers who helped hasten the demise of the Second Age. A group so terrible they are partially responsible for the breaking of the world. Shermani himself hailed from this nation. Ironically, they have no records or knowledge of this grim past in their current state. After so long losing so much, their people had regressed to the point of a migratory tribe. With little knowledge of their past, and uncertainty in the future, these people renounced violence, and most civilization. Most had been scarred by the centuries of war, genetically as well as mentally/physically. There were people suited to the harsh realities of the wastes in between pockets of life. They grew smaller, far more skinny and agile, relying on very little water to keep them going. They grew into tribes, and continued the policy of migration. However they soon learned to pick up the tactic of trade caravans, heading from city to city. Few dare to brave the wastes, and these mercantile peoples were eager to seize that opportunity. The Gorans are now synonymous with wealth and trade. They can be found most anywhere, and one can consider himself lucky if one of their caravans finds them on the wastes. Pacifist in nature, they don’t carry weapons, or much in the way of defense. Their wagons are all brightly painted, led along by some of the finest horses the wastes has to offer. The people themselves dress in a panoply of bright colors, in a variety of intricate or simple designs. Most carry an instrument or good walking stick, and any are invited to their camps to sing and dance. The Ka'Goran Trade Confederation is their most famous achievement, a vastly rich amalgamation of Goran tribes dominating trade heading beyond and to their region of the continent. The Kingdom of Camadacia is what all regard as the bastion of Chivalry, Knightls, and Lords. A veritable paradise of densely populated land, thriving on one of the last true pockets of paradise on this barren world. Their King, Odilon Langlois Descoteaux, is a man of unrivalled prestige. At just the age of fourteen he bested the regency dominating his Kingdom, uplifting his citizens based off merit to form an effective administration of the realm. With such massive populations centers to rely on, this Kingdom has little to worry in the way of survival. This has led to a flurry of innovations, expeditions for lost knowledge, and powerful martial might. The Bak-nari Republic is a land and people of mystery. They have only arrived in the past century, considered new blood among the established petty Kings. Their ideals certainly aren't new, as the Republic preaches the ideals of Illian itself. They have engaged in no diplomacy, or trade. Any on the coast can see their scout ships however, always observing, always where they don't think to look. The HOLY Adonian Order is similarity shrouded in mystery. Their entire city is built around a relic of the second age. A massive building with a long funnel like contraption pointing to the heavens, on their highest peak. The Order has sects all around the continent, praising their messiah, Adon of Illian. A mythical deity like figure, Adon is worshipped as the best leader of men to have ever lived. His tenants are adhered to without exception, and the Order is always looking to expand, and collect relics. They almost live in a different age, secluded in their oasis lake...... Technology as we know it in the first year of the Third Age; By and large the majority of Kingdom’s in this time rely on very primitive forging and mining techniques. A mine for instance relies almost entirely on human power, with pickaxe and shovel. A forge could range from a backyard urn, to a more refined armorer with all the tools of his trade in a city. What this means is almost all armies are equipped with the simple tools of war. Sword, Lance, Spear, Bow, Crossbow, Javelin, Shield, Leather, Chain, Plate armor. The standard array of war in what we record as the ‘feudal’ times in the mysterious first age. Architecture and domestic society follow the same feudal lines, castles usually being pure utility. Towns popping up mostly are made of wood, and very rarely more than two stories. Horses, Oxen, and Mules are still the primary method of transportation, hauling wagons and rickshaws with them. Currency is by and large coin based, relying on gold and other rare metals. Bartering is not uncommon however, a valuable tool in the wastes. Though most of the world follows this lack of knowledge from the past, there are still relics of Power within this new world. Hidden away, jealously guarded, or for a number of reasons they still persist. Objects of intense power and human innovation that most of this Age can hardly comprehend. But occasionally they will figure out how to work it, and the benefits are vast. Most famously known is the HOLY SUIT which lies within the Adonian Order’s grasp. A set of armor similar to plate, however it fully encompasses its user, lending them superb strength and unrivaled protection. The suit however swiftly kills most wearers, the Order deeming them unworthy of its power. They seek a champion who can wield the suit without suffering it’s effects. Though Relics of Power are highly sought after, perhaps equally as important is the Architecture of the second age. The world had swallowed most of it, humanity destroying the majority of the rest. But every once in a while the stars aligned to preserve a piece of the past. Perhaps an old skyscraper, now a massive insular Kingdom. Or a decaying dam, holding an oasis for any bold enough to find. ----------------------------------------------------- APPLICATIONS Discord Name (If I don't already have it): Nation Name: Nation Government/Leader Rank: Description of National/Provincial History & Culture: Notable Characters; [VERY Important to have flushed out RP for vassals, politicians, w.e your government type is. Due to small scale of nations, characters with RP and Lore behind them will have much more impactful actions, will get events, boons, etc: Unique Military Units (One): National Idea (nothing strictly mechanical): Player POI;
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