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Sun 18 Mar 2018
at 19:58
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Mon 19 Mar 2018
at 05:30
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Creation Myth


This world rose from the ashes of the Old one. The dying world was flooded with a Cosmic Sea which turned all things into stars. The void of endless potential was shaped by a memory of humanity. Life soon reclaimed the world, the magic of the Cosmic Sea flowing through its veins. Humanity is still one people, but they have been changed and morphed by magic. There is a fine line between mortals and the Gods, and the modern world has flourished by embracing all of magic's gifts.

Magic


Almost all people are capable of using magic. Magic is a fundamental building block of life, as real as the elements fire and water. There is no magic inherently gifted to any one race, but many embrace the magic arts most important to their culture. Only one’s own diligence, study and experience can improve your inate magical ability. Like an artist's devotion to their craft or a scientist's study of their field, it takes a life-time to fully master a magical art. People who do not devote themselves to a magical art can still use magic throughout their daily lives. Many trappings of modern life incorporate magic in some way. Rituals, recipes, items and weapons are all for sale in the vast marketplaces of the world. Magically manufactured fuel progresses technology and industry. It is a part of the world as much as it is a part of its people.


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Mon 26 Mar 2018
at 04:38
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Kuzimi remained an undiscovered island chain for much of its history. Its indigenous people, the Ito, are said to be descendants of Wami, the Leviathan. Modern trade routes and the inevitable tide of technology allowed more and more navigators to find the remote island either by chance or by design. The Ito, however are arguably the greatest sailors and marine traders in history, with both small and large clans traveling the sea, establishing both nomadic tribes and great cities. Although they kept their kingdom, Kuzimi, hidden under the ocean, their influence can be found nearly all over the world, and their worldly travels alowed them to adopt other cultures into their own.

Diplomatic relations were built between the Ito and the lands that surrounded the island, establishing a half-way point between many a marine trade route. Kuzimi was destined to become rich in more ways than one. Since, Kuzimi has become an international port influenced by a multi-cultural populace. Although the local government is still controlled by indigenous leaders, the Ito have embraced the customs of its immigrants and the call of the modern age. Kuzimi boasts a metropolitan city where anyone can find anything, as well as exotic wild and sea life. Kuzimi is separated into three parts, the city of Kuzimi, the Maji district, and the twin islands, Kifuwami.

The Maji District

Also known by Old Kuzimi, or the "Water District", Maji is the ancient city of the Ito people, which lies underneath the island of Kuzimi. Although the Ito can not spend their entire lives underwater, they have been able to construct a magnificent city. While certain parts of the city are completely submerged in water, most of the public locations were built by filling domed architecture with air bubbles, creating oxygenated spaces. These days, the Maji district is maintained with a combination of infrastructure and magic, allowing for non-native residence to visit the Maji district more easily. It's common to either obtain your own water-breathing spell or purchase a limited spell from a wizard's kiosk.

Twin Islands, Kifuwami

About 5 miles from shore are two smaller islands that have not been developed by the city. Instead, they remain nature sanctuaries with limited access to each. Scientists and biologists study local species on these islands, as well as uncover artifacts of the island ring's history. Early navigators who traded with the Ito marveled at the beauty of the islands. It's since been revealed that "Kifuwami" or "Kifua-Wami" translates into "The Breasts of Wami". Just as early Ito noted, they are covered in nature's bounty.

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Mon 26 Mar 2018
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The Mortal / Drugana / Dhanum

A creation goddess found in most religions. Her story begins at the Old World's end as one of the last mortals clinging to life. The loss of her children drove her to Old Gods who had not been worshiped for ages. When she found one, it was as desperate as the rest of the world. It cursed her, wishing to feed on her soul. However, her curse gave her the power to wage war against the Old Gods. One god, who grew tired of watching the dying world, revealed to her the secret of accession.

Although her mortal name was lost with the Old World, her legend has survived under the names "The Mortal", "Drugana", "Dhanum" and others. Even though The Mortal forfeited her human body to ascend, she represents the potential of humanity. Most stories say she was still tormented by her mortal sorrows, and after creating the world with Mo'aat, transformed into a great beast and disappeared into the wilds. Unlike Mo'aat, she rarely takes a mortal form. She has been depicted as the Sun, furred and feathered beasts, and the earth itself.


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Mon 26 Mar 2018
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Mo'aat / Vishmaat

The last of the Old Gods who was born from the remaining strength of their predecessors. A formless god of chaos, possibility and change. They found amusement in meddling with the Mortal's quest, but soon grew sympathetic to her cause. Mo'aat revealed to her the secret to becoming a god. Together, Mo'aat and the Mortal brought about a Cosmic Ocean that covered the Old World, an ocean from which a new one could be born.

Mo'aat is called by as many names as they have forms. They are referred to as the "Shape-Shifting God" or the "Mother of Monsters". They provided the cosmic magic with which the Mortal's humanity shaped life. Mo'aat and their counterparts, such as Vishmaat, appear as beautiful men or women with onyx skin and hair, the cosmos swirling within. Each incarnation has a different number of limbs, eyes and mouths. Mo'aat also favors the shapes of horned beasts and serpents, usually all at once. Scholars believe the Old World name "Mo'aat" comes from the sound a terrified animal makes.


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Mon 26 Mar 2018
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Wami / The Leviathan

When the Old World was flooded by the Cosmic Ocean, Mo'aat and The Mortal fought over how best to create a New World. A battle ensued for many days and nights. Where their blood fell into the sea, Wami, the Leviathan, was born. Fully grown and powerful, she challenged her parents and ended their fight. For her power, she was granted domain of the ocean and became known to all as the Queen of the Sea. Almost all cultures near water have some form of Wami, depicting her as both a ferocious sea monster and a goddess who protects sailors. It is said she resides over an underwater kingdom where those who die at sea feast and make merry for all eternity.

The Maji-Mtoto (Ito) people worship Wami as their primary god. Locals regard Wami as a fair goddess capable of great kindness as well as great ruthlessness, just as sailors both respect and fear the ocean. Her true form is unknown, few see it and survive, but she is described as a sea monster that moves through the ocean like a crocodile but has the face of a hammerhead shark. Wami is also depicted as a beautiful woman who's body fills a room like water fills a container, with hair the color of the sea. Her voice lures fools to water.


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Mon 26 Mar 2018
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Kyph

A deity originally worshiped by the Kumeara, the tale goes he was an ancient prince who died as a baby. Stricken with sorrow, the Queen prayed to the Sun God, Dhanum, for a miracle. Dhanum was swayed by the grieving mother and instructed her to mummify Kyph to preserve his body. The Queen could not bring herself to follow one instruction and tried to trick Dhanum by offering the organs of a cat. The god kept their word and resurrected prince Kyph, but for a price befitting the Queen's deception.

Kyph is a psychopomp, a god of death and mummification. Places that cremate associate him with fire as well. He is equally a god of the hearth, domesticity, and protection from disease. Cats are his sacred animal and are popular pets wherever Kyph is worshiped. He is believed to see through the eyes of all cats.


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Mon 26 Mar 2018
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The Aossid Trinity

Because the Aossid celebrate mortal achievement, their Deities are considered mortals capable of miraculous feats. Most early literature centers around the adventures of three sisters. In the epic poem "The Aossid Trinity", which covers the early childhood, adulthood and then deification of the sisters, begins when a monster devours the countryside. It is eventually slain and within its belly are three children, miraculously still alive. This is widely considered the first miracle performed by the sisters. Others interpret the "belly" of the monster as a womb.

Brighid

A folk hero of the Aossid people who is considered the youngest member of a three-sister trinity. She is said to be a forever-young woman, barely out of her teens, yet able to defeat grown men and great monsters in battle. She tends to appear in stories about youth and is sometimes called "The Maiden". Her tales revolve around revolution, passionate causes and great battles of honor. She is also said to be a great craftswoman who forged magical weapons and devices, making her a patron of invention.

Brighid has dark green skin and tusks, though her inescapable youth stunts them. She is said to be missing an eye, lost in battle to a great monster, and is commonly depicted as wearing an eye patch or not removing her helmet. Her name is a very popular one for warriors who complete their rites of passage.


Fionna

The most popular folk hero in Aossid mytholgy, Fionna is a great wizard who is the hero of many stories. Fionna, as the patron of poetry and the likely author of many early poems, was the first bard of Aossid. Out of the sister-trinity, Fionna is called "The Mother", likely because of her association with protective charms and traditions, such as bestowing children names that will hide them from monsters.

Fionna is described as a fully grown, no longer a young woman but unable to age. While she is described as being fair featured with pointed ears, her call to fame is her flaming red hair. Fionna is the creator of the bardic tradition, the most common magic taught in Aossad. Even warriors learn to invoke magic through song and stories, sung before, during and after a battle.


Aradia

Also known as "The Crone", Aradia is an elderly woman who will not die, yet seems forever straddling the line between life and death. Her wisdom regarding plants and animals, and reverence for the land led her to develop Druadic magic. She was said to commune not just with nature, but with spirits from beyond. She became fascinated with the afterlife, developing the foundations for necromancy. Unfortunately, Aradia realized that she would never die and therefore, never allowed to enter the realm she felt so connected to.

To this day, only those who have dedicated their lives to studying her teachings can call themselves "Druids". This usually requires they commit their lives to community service, making them respected philosophers, physicians, and teachers. Aradia is always an old woman, depicted either wearing an animal's skull or possessing antlers. Some tales - usually ones meant to scare children - claim Aradia's study of necromancy transformed her into an undead creature.


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Mon 26 Mar 2018
at 05:18
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The Gloomy Wanderer and Merry Traveler

The adventure of the spider demon, Shiori, and the warrior, Meihua Yang is a recent one, the historical accuracy of their heroism ranging from the critical to the absurd. They are well known figures on the Kuzimi Islands, becoming local heroes in their own right, especially after establishing a home and school in the sea-side cliffs.

Shiori

Shiori was born to a demon hunter who pursued a reincarnation of Vishmaat. After their battle, Vishmaat took pity on the hunter and cared for his wounds, resulting in the two laying together. The hunter became ill and sought out medicine women in the far east to cure him. They discovered he was not sick, but pregnant. The hunter was taken in by the village and delivered Shiori after constructing a cocoon-like structure.

Shiori remained a local deity until the destruction of the village and the resulting sealing of her power. Trapped as a mortal, Shiori sought out the aid of the warrior Meihua Yang. Together they searched for a way to break the seal, and their heroics spread wherever their odyssey took them. She stayed by Meihua Yang's side long after their odyssey was over. Her tale is a recent one, having taken place as little as 40 years ago. She is a sorceress of illusions, and a scholar. She appears as an unassuming woman with silver hair, and rarely takes her true form, that of a spider.


Meihua Yang

Meihua Yang is a famous hero who hails from the northeast. 40 years ago, he came to the island on a quest for the minor god, Shiori. His strength and martial prowess is legendary, as is his kindness. He is said to have fought Wami and survived. Even Kyph, the god of death, could not resist his charm. After a great battle, Meihua's was body was badly injured, and he was never able to recover fully. Since, he has devoted his life to scholarship and bringing aid to those who need it most. After his quest, he chose to remain loyal to Shiori.

The family of Meihua Yang run his Monastery in Kuzimi. Both his martial and philosophical teachings, as well of those of his partner, Shiori, can be found at the Plum Blossom Monastery. Some speculate that one of his parents was a minor god or a demon, which granted him the legendary strength to stand against gods. He is said to be a very tall man made of mostly legs and muscles, with a smile as bright as the sun.


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