The Reforged Realm: The First Days.   Posted by Talon.Group: 0
Abethur
 player, 104 posts
 God of Evolution
 Life is a Spiral
Tue 31 Mar 2020
at 18:43
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
Becoming aware of the situation and the circumstances Abethur appeared before his people and acted quickly. Moving to one of the Anaxi that seemed aware of botanicals he spoke in a firm and commanding voice.

"Take me to this medicinal plant that can cure the affliction."

Assuming he was obeyed Abethur looked at the plant with dispassionate eyes. Such a common thing and yet it carried so much weight in this moment. He knew that if he did not present Seris with an option that would keep the Hidarugami alive then the devourer goddess would not likely hesitate to prove her namesake. So Abethur called upon his own power, attempting to leverage the potency of evolution to bring about a solution.

Abethur uses Evolve on the medicinal plant.
Seris
 player, 134 posts
 Goddess of Devouring
 Teeth Hugs 'R' Us
Wed 1 Apr 2020
at 15:24
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
Seris spoke to Abethur in a more neutral way, considering the issue and plant for the solution to it. "Abethur, I believe if we can come to an accord regarding this lack of enough plants. My people can not grow the flower as they lack the capability to, nor can I replicate it and readily at that for it to bloom. However, if I may suggest an even split and quarantine of the infected. It would only affect about 25% of each of our people rather than two of us losing half. It would still be unfortunate the amount of deaths, but it would ease the burden and hit of it to the Anaxi Patch People and Hidarugami. Would it be something you could consider?"
Abethur
 player, 107 posts
 God of Evolution
 Life is a Spiral
Wed 1 Apr 2020
at 15:48
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
Abethur turned, not having heard Seris' approach. After a moment of shock passed he spoke in a matching neutral tone.

"I would ask that you wait until the results of Evolve have come forward before we make any permanent arrangement but I believe that a quarantine would be wise. Given that we must share this world I am willing to share with your people even if it costs me some of my own. Mortals are, in the end, mortals."

He grimaced slightly, the reality still leaving a bitter taste in his mouth.

"I will be prioritizing the young. Then women, men, and finally the elderly. I cannot say that I will be awarding special exemption but I believe this is the most reasonable approach to maintain a viable populace."
Talon
 GM, 309 posts
 Weaver of Tales
 The Underlying Order
Wed 1 Apr 2020
at 19:39
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
OOC: Note that saving all the Anaxi means  that no Patch People are cured. Any other mortal from another race saved is an Anaxi that dies.

Visiting the harvesters who are anxiously gathering up the flowers as fast as they're able, Abethur stops at one of the plants and visits his divine will upon it. The flower accelerates thousands of years in the span of moments and reaches the next stage of its existence it would have much sooner. This new stage turns out to be a tall stalk with a wider flower head, the color even more vibrant and its length covered in sharp barbs (Perhaps due to the external pressure of so many of its kind being picked) It retained its medicinal properties, but other than being harder to harvest, it did not seem any more or less potent.

It seemed there was only the current finite supply to work with.

As the tests are proving fruitless, the leader of the Patch People has approached the Anaxi. "We hear you are able to drive back the sickness, but they say there isn't enough. We have many many ill. We do not wish to see them die. But we know you will be sacrificing your own." The leader said mournfully, "But perhaps we can earn their lives. Each Patch Person could fill the hole left, they will work jobs for the Anaxi for the rest of their lives. In this way they can repay some of the price that has been paid. A cost others might not be willing to pay." Had the Patch People heard talk that the Hidarugami might be given some of the cures? It seemed they were bargaining to get a larger share than the ravenous neighbors.
Atris
 player, 60 posts
 Goddess of Regret
 "Do you still love me?"
Thu 2 Apr 2020
at 00:07
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
Atris had generally made herself scarce during these crises; in truth xe shared a lot of xir people's indecision and often by the time xe arrived at a conclusion xe thought would work it was already too late to do much about it. This time was not much different; Atris had no particular solution in mind and no particular intention towards trying to wrestle any amount cure from the Anaxi. In fact xe was uncertain why xir people were not able to simply swap out the affected materials and organs for new ones given their patchwork nature... but then, as a creature of wood and plastic, Atris was not entirely grounded on biological needs.

But today was different in one way. Atris had a grudge.

"The Hidarugami ate my people out of their birthland," Atris quietly stated from a corner. Xir voice was flat and placid, but lent tone by xir telempathic ability; anger, smug, delicious irony. "Let them experience the pain of scarcity, so that the rest of our peoples can reclaim their fair division of the land."

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Seris
 player, 135 posts
 Goddess of Devouring
 Teeth Hugs 'R' Us
Thu 2 Apr 2020
at 00:29
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
Seris sighed, "Yes they did, but thy people have nothing to return to in that case. The food left is scarce because that is how the Hidarumagi left it. Thy people coming in to forage would only provoke attack from those of mine that remain. As well they would only be taking what little remains as the Hidarumagi do now. While I agree with the sentiment, my people didn't even indirectly kill thy's, ye left. Nor were either of us here to handle that properly. Thy patchwork leader made a sound deal to the Anaxi, I'd be surprised if the Hidarumagi received any at all based on that alone. Attachment to them and wrath from one's failings should not be directed at others."

Putting her hands to her hips. Seris turned to Abethur, "It is difficult for me to deal properly with my people, so I can make no deals or promises in the way that the Patchwork people do. So I understand if you reconsider giving any to the Hidarumagi."
Atris
 player, 62 posts
 Goddess of Regret
 "Do you still love me?"
Thu 2 Apr 2020
at 00:50
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
Atris' shoulders slumped, reluctant agreement draped over xir like a morose scarf. It was not enough to completely overturn xir opinion, but if the doll goddess had any intention whatsoever of interfering further it was now buried under xir natural tendency towards inaction. Xe returned to scribbling notes in a small pocket notebook retrieved from Tower Twelve, drafting xir latest broadcast. Atris found xe enjoyed being a radio host.
Seris
 player, 136 posts
 Goddess of Devouring
 Teeth Hugs 'R' Us
Thu 2 Apr 2020
at 00:57
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
Seris patted the top of Atris's head, "Don't look so gloom, yes? Come along on hunt with me, I bring the beast to thy people as present. Though it won't fix things entirely."
Abethur
 player, 108 posts
 God of Evolution
 Life is a Spiral
Thu 2 Apr 2020
at 01:04
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
Abethur was disappointed that Evolve had not produced any useful changes but there was nothing to be done for it. When approached by the Patch People he considered their plight and their offer. In the end he shook his head.

"I would not see you pressed into slavery so that you might live."

He then looked to the two other gods who had been affected.

"The simple reality is that we all must share this world. If today I scorn the Hidarugami and Patch People in favor of the Anaxi tomorrow we will face only enemies. To ensure the ultimate survival of my people I shall spare some of your own. Both the Hidarugami and Patch People will receive 30% of the supply to dispense as they will it. The remainder will be used for the Anaxi."

He locked eyes with the pair of them.

"Remember this day."

He then turned to be with his people and to accept their rightful outrage. He would accept their hatred and scorn but his word would be law. He would not tolerate further debate from mortal or divine beings.
Seris
 player, 137 posts
 Goddess of Devouring
 Teeth Hugs 'R' Us
Thu 2 Apr 2020
at 01:12
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
Seris turned to listen to Abethur, if she was given some of the supply for her people. She hadn't figured it to be 30%. It sort of shocked her. Smiling lightly, Seris bowed her head of respect. "Remember it I shall, fair Abethur."

Looking down to Atris, where her hand still rested on her head, "So, about that hunt?"
Talon
 GM, 314 posts
 Weaver of Tales
 The Underlying Order
Fri 3 Apr 2020
at 19:40
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
Crisis Resolved

A meeting of the divine concludes. It has been decided. In a shocking decision, Abethur has declared he'll be dispersing thirty percent of the cure to both the Patch People and Hidarugami, leaving an equal number to the Anaxi. There is appreciation expressed by Seris and the reclusive god Atris, and then the logistics are put into motion. Hidarugami and Patch People start to arrive to collect their share and bring it back to their own lands. Initially the Anaxi are magnanimous, they enjoy their new position as benefactors, but then deaths start to occur and the Anaxi continue to watch cures, cures which could save Anaxi lives, being given away.

During these hard days Abethur is a constant presence at the sickbeds of the Anaxi, he personally visits each of those dying to offer his kind words. It is fortunate the god of evolution has power over the earth so creating graves is a simple matter, otherwise they likely would have had to resort to a single mass grave.

In the end the losses are spread across all three of the peoples. The Anaxi, once the most numerous of peoples, now had numbers relatively equal to the other races as they suffered far more losses than either group. In the future their natural biology will make them plentiful again, but it will take time. And the Anaxi have long memories. In those last days Abethur has heard a number of rumblings amongst the people. "Why do we listen to him? Why does he get to decide Anaxi will die?" For now those remain as murmurs and mutterings, but discontent has been sown that will not disappear quickly.

While Abethur's status has fallen amongst the Anaxi, it has never been higher amongst the Patch People and Hidarugami. The Patch People, for their part, continue their quiet existence. The Hidarugami also manage to hold onto their territories which they would have lost if they had suffered so many deaths, in this way Abethur has inadvertently cemented their control of the central regions.

Anaxi new temporary states: Unrest, Depleted Numbers

Hidarugami temporary state strengthened: Expansive Territory
Hidarugami new temporary state: High Regard of Abethur

Patch People temporary state: High Regard of Abethur

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Talon
 GM, 315 posts
 Weaver of Tales
 The Underlying Order
Sat 4 Apr 2020
at 16:45
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
Realm Update

On the eastern side of the Reforged Realm the smooth edge which separates the forest from the nothingness beyond shimmers, ripples of energy radiate outwards and the land trembles. Where once there was Nothing appears form and substance. Gentle rolling hills appear covered in golden fields of grass. When winds blow across the land the seems to transform into a sea as rippling waves run through the tall grasses. Crumbling ruins seem to rise up out of these rolling waves like gray ships on the horizon, the presence of these tired monoliths testament to the history hidden in this idyllic setting.

Situated along the eastern border, the Imps immediately take note of this strange new place and are infatuated by its clear open skies and tall grass perfect for games of hide and seek. The Noctem are more reticent about this new place. They spend several days observing from the edge of the woods, watching the Imps at their games and seeing what dangers present themselves. Snakes seem to be the greatest threat, a wide variety of the serpents call those tall grasses home, some of which are poisonous as the Imps soon discover, but aside from these vipers there do not seem to be any notable predators that call the grasslands home.

But the gods still do not feel this place. It's not like the core lands they made. Here they are not able to manipulate the earth or the weather. They can't even walk this place and exist abroad as they can in the rest of the world. The gods have to still tame this land before it will truly be a part of the Reforged Realm.

New Adventure Opened: Adventure: The Taming of the Grasslands

Opportunity Available

Forging the new addition onto the Realm has also shaken lose residual power left over from creating the land. The gods feel it transform from shapeless form into something more befitting the Deep Woods. A great white stag appears and begins to roam the forest. This divine power shaped like a normal beast is more nimble than any deer and more cunning than even the wolves who roam the Wood. Should a mortal catch this creature they will be infused with that same energy and be elevated to something more than a mere mortal. The mortal will also have some power left over to grant to the god of their choosing.

The Heroes Quest: The mortal who catches the White Stag will be elevated to a hero. They will also have +20% Inspiration to grant to the god of their choosing.
Abethur
 player, 111 posts
 God of Evolution
 Life is a Spiral
Tue 7 Apr 2020
at 23:57
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
Abethur was still reeling from the deaths of so many of his people. Their lives weighed heavily on his spirit and he was aware that it had cost him more than the sum of their lives. Many Anaxi would hold grudges against him for the foreseeable future and that problem would only grow more drastic as their lineages expanded.

He had to seek a means to counterbalance it and it seemed that his fellow gods had presented him with the opportunity. Feeling the creation of the Deep Woods and the appearance of the White Stag, Abethur gathered any Anaxi that would hear his words.

"I come before you today with a challenge. To the eastern edge of our world a new land has been forged from oblivion. An untamed wilderness willed with unknown power and hidden wonders."

He did his best to spin the tale, drawing on what few memories he had of mortal chroniclers, storytellers, and bards.

"Within this new land lives a great and mighty stag, their coat a white as pure as noonday light. It is my belief that the first to catch this cunning and swift creature will be elevated, empowered."

He left the rest unspoken, to see if he would draw anyone's attention or curiosity.
Talon
 GM, 322 posts
 Weaver of Tales
 The Underlying Order
Wed 8 Apr 2020
at 16:37
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
The Passing of Time

And so the uneven flow of time continued, at least from the perspective of the gods. Years flowed past in moments and life continued in the Reforged Realm. This time was longer than the last, it was fifteen years by the measure of the days and nights.

Interestingly, the grasslands did not flow forward in time, perhaps because they were not properly attached to the Reforged Realm, those mortals in the grasslands when the event occurred had the rare privilege of seeing time move as a god would. Across the border they watched the forest went through multiple seasons in moments. For the Noctem that Nox had urged to visit there, this was not so great an issue, time for them was a trivial concern, for the Imps in the grasslands, they returned home to find their friends, parents or lovers dramatically aged. This shocking event spurned a wave of philosophical pondering that had previously been uncommon amongst the Imps.

Before the slipping of time Nox had approached his people and urged them to turn their attention towards the newly appeared grasslands and they did so. Roughly half of the Noctem had crossed the border and were hewing grass, setting up a few huts to act as an outpost when the flow of time sped up. When it ceased they found those still had home had experienced years in place of their moments. It was a happy reunion, those at home thought Nox may had reclaimed these souls since they'd been gone so long and were happy to see they'd been mistaken. Those Noctem explorers returned to exploring the border regions of the grasslands.

The Anaxi arrive some time later at Abethur's urging, also curious to see these new lands. All the attention urged by the gods has been contagious and mortals have grown increasingly excited to see what these mysterious new lands offer.

The Hunt for the White Stag

But a grander event was afoot. The elusive White Stag had appeared in the Reforged Realm and two gods had set their mortals after it, the Anaxi and Noctem had both set their sights on capturing this illustrious prey. In the intervening years hunting parties would set out when word spread that the beast had been sighted and each year the mortals came up empty handed. Sometimes they found its tracks or a tuft of white fur, some other times still they managed a rare sighting of the beast, but for now the bounty remains at large. Though the years of practice have cemented traditions of hunting amongst the Noctem and Anaxi.

Anaxi and Noctem Obtain Temporary State: Tradition of the Stag Hunt

But not all is well, the hunts for the White Stag have sent the would-be heroes to every corner of the Deep Woods, this has led to increased contact of the Anaxi and Noctem with other peoples, but it has heightened tensions with the Hidarugami as they remain fiercely protective of their borders. Hunters tromping across their lands have made encounters increasingly common and increasingly more hostile.

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Abethur
 player, 112 posts
 God of Evolution
 Life is a Spiral
Sat 11 Apr 2020
at 15:53
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
Abethur watched over his people as they labored to find and capture the White Stag. It seemed as though only the Noctem had joined them in the endeavor which was surprising if anything else. Up to this point he had always considered them haughty and proud, too much so to busy themselves with hunting a wild animal. However it seemed as though he was mistake. More importantly he was not aware of what blessings Nox was bestowing upon them or the nature of his abilities.

He desired to win and had at least a semblance of an idea as to how he might go about accomplishing that desire. Calling each of the hunters to him he examined their wares, primarily any armor or weapons or tools they implemented. He then used Evolution to improve upon them, if for nothing more than an experiment.
Talon
 GM, 340 posts
 Weaver of Tales
 The Underlying Order
Mon 20 Apr 2020
at 22:40
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
The Passing of Time

The Conclusion of the Hunt

Years continued to pass. Then the most noteworthy event occurred. The Hunt was completed! For years the only two attempting the challenge to any meaningful degree were the Anaxi and the Noctem, the Imps were far too lazy for such an endeavor and the Patch People were content to quietly exist. The Hidarugami, natural hunters that they were, occasionally gave chase to the prey if they saw spotted the Stag, they even came close a few times, but without a concerted effort, they were never a real contender. And in regards to a real effort, the Anaxi and Noctem did not disappoint. Over the years they had developed whole festivals and events centered on new hunters setting out to attempt to secure the White Stag. The Noctem had their natural gifts which gave them an edge, but what finally decided it was the small edge Abethur had granted when he evolved their hunting equipment. Simple ropes were turned into nets and snares had changed to be more elaborate and better hidden, these small advantages finally decided the hunt.

It was afternoon like most others, the Anaxi had sent out another dozen into the Hidarugami wood where there had been a recent sighting of the Stag. There the hunters parted ways, each determined to secure the glory alone. One of them set up his hunting site near a briar patch which provided naturally screening while its berries were a natural lure. There he set his nets, his trip wires and a nest in which to hide. Days passed and it seemed this would be another fruitless hunt, but then the Stag crossed into his sight. The majestic creature seemed to glow with its own light. There was silence as though all of the Deep Wood were waiting with baited breath, then the Stag tripped a snare. It could not contain such mighty prey, but it bought moments in which the hunter cast his net and enough time for him to charge forward. With a spear ready in hand, the tip brushed the beasts hide and in that moment the Stag disappeared and its power flowed into the hunter who would claim the prize.

Thus his name became known to the gods. Rhidas the Hunter

Rhidas the Hunter added to First Days - His bounty of 20% inspiration not yet distributed

The prize was claimed and the hunt finished. The Anaxi celebrated and feasted for three days on end. But the conclusion of the Hunt for the White Stag did not end the tradition of the tradition of hunting amongst the Anaxi and the Noctem. It had also fostered warm relations between the two given their shared history, though now that there was a victor there was a newly added edge of rivalry.

Gnawing Hunger

With the passing of years the population of mortals has grown, a new generation has been born. This was a joyous occasion, only the second generation of mortals to call this world home, each birth was an event for celebration! But each birth also meant another mouth to feed. (Save for the Noctem, who remained just as many as they had been before, no more and no less.) This had least impact on the Imps who had whole new fields to frolic through, grasses with seeds to snack up and even snake meat if they were feeling bold. Similarly, the Noctem's needs did not change. But things were not so simple for the three other races of the Reforged Realm.

The Hidarugami territory, largest of the grounds, was still proving large enough to feed the ravenous people and they were still careful not to eat the land down to nothing, but with more of them it now meant that not everyone was being fed to satiation. That gnawing hunger started to send a few roaming beyond the boundaries of their territories. This did not go unnoticed, nor was it welcomed.

During the years of the Hunt relations with the territorial Hidarugami had become strained. The Hidarugami were violently opposed to these hunting parties would might upset their careful balance they struck of leaving the land just enough to renew itself. Now that it was the Hidarugami starting to roam, the Anaxi and Noctem saw no reason to treat the ravenous creatures any more welcoming than they had been treated. Bloody spats became common between the three races (But soon enough the Hidarugami started to give the Noctem a wide berth as they rarely came out ahead in their encounters, they preferred to forage closer to the Imps)

Relations were particularly bad between the Anaxi and Hidarugami, the Anaxi had never forgotten that their own lives had been traded away in exchange for neighbors who some saw as little more than parasites.

For now nothing greater has come of this situation. But trouble is brewing.

Hidarugami Junction Point

With the pressure of finite space and a hunger that exceeded their resources, the Hidarugami have been debating more and more what they should do. They know there is food beyond their borders, food they would very much like. It's not a matter of if they're going to take it, but how. Currently two philosophies are feuding amongst the tribe, whichever wins will determine the course of how the Hidarugami approach their problems going forward.

Violence: The militant drive Seris imparted upon the people in the first days remains strong. There is a significant faction that sees this as the natural answer. Seris taught them to use tooth and claw and by tooth and claw they would claim more food.

Stealth: The other philosophy is driven by their own baser instincts, the Hidarugami are small and nimble, so very nimble they joke about how slow and oafish the other races are (Save for the Noctem for whom they grant a begrudging respect) They see no reason for conflict when they can simply infiltrate the camps of the other peoples and take their vegetables, their berries, their game. So slow are the other races it would be a simple enough matter.

Regardless off which philosophy wins out, the Hidarugami are on a course of conflict with the other peoples, driven as they are by their natural hunger and the increasingly uncomfortable boundaries of limited space.
Atris
 player, 63 posts
 Goddess of Regret
 "Do you still love me?"
Tue 21 Apr 2020
at 00:21
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
Atris continued to exist in the background of the Reforged Realm, sitting atop the comparatively advanced techno-spire that was Tower Twelve. Over the years, xe encouraged each of the five peoples to send periodic runners bearing news to xir little corner of this land, which xe then broadcast to xir fellow gods and their denizens. Whether it arrived as visions in dreams, strange ruins carved into town centerpieces, or more esoteric mediums still, the doll-goddess ensured that everyone got their news. At times she offered musings on solutions to problems, other times she wished the mortals the best of luck. Tower Twelve had become xir holy ground, tastefully decorated in whatever crude decorations the runners would bring as gifts. Every now and then xe would even heal wounds and give gifts of her own out of the power of her futuristic shrine.

Xir reporting had been neutral for a long time, or so Atris thought. As of late though xe found she could not resist taking a potshot or two at the Hidarugami. It seemed every announcement of Hidarugami trespass was followed by an exhausted sigh and a muttered "... again." Despite the bounty of this land the Hidarugami were threatening to eat the other mortals out of the realm, "just as I tried to warn everyone." It was amazing they hadn't completely despoiled their lands. Atris did try to help, but she didn't know the finer points of hydroponics any more than their primitive little corner of what was left of creation.

Atris wasn't urging anyone go to war against the little devourlings. But she sure was fostering the sentiment.
Abethur
 player, 123 posts
 God of Evolution
 Life is a Spiral
Tue 21 Apr 2020
at 18:05
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
Abethur was aware of the changing circumstances surrounding his own people and the Hidarugami. The time of plague had been forgotten and the tradition of the Hunt served only to temper those old hatreds. Perhaps most concerning is that the Anaxi had grown in that time, in number and in sophistication. He feared how they might respond to open hostilities.

Abethur continued along his path of neutrality to the best of his abilities. He continued to use Earthshaper to better prepare Anaxi lands for an invasion our outright siege. Shaping the land in such a way to funnel enemy forces and give his own people high ground to build defenses from and to stage warfare if the need came.
Seris
 player, 151 posts
 Goddess of Devouring
 Teeth Hugs 'R' Us
Fri 24 Apr 2020
at 10:56
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
As much as Seris wanted to be an arms length of responsible for her people. She could not help but feel like she had to step in and give weight and some direction. The tension they made with other people is high and now considering their numbers and the hunger, it is a little late to act friendly. Which brings them to the problem.

Addressing the Hidarugami, "My little teethlings, oh how you sow seeds of dicontent. While I agree that taking things by tooth and claw is the way of the strong. It does not mean you do not have other ways to attain your needs. If you fight all the inhabitants of the realm, you find yourself surrounded and outnumbered. As well, cut off from other sources of food. I believe it would be a decline of deaths from many to few before that route finishes, and the loses you face would be many. I would suggest that you rummage and hunt through the night. When the other people rest and stay close to their homes."

Seris brought her thoughts to attention as well, "However, this is only a temporary fix for the problem you face, as is the other choice. What must be done, is the cultivation of more food. I believe it is something you could not do alone either granted your strength and stature. So why not see to an accord with the Noctem. To help harvest and procure more animals and food. If you work together, I believe that the amount of food that was once here in your lands would replenish and over grow just as it once did. With care and work. You'd all have enough to eat and then hunt, have your fill and not carve the lands of it's bounty."

Seris purposes the start to the work and experiments to begin husbandries. As well as an accord to the Noctem to help assist (mainly for the animals)
Nox
 player, 213 posts
 10/10 HP
 The Primordial Darkness
Fri 24 Apr 2020
at 22:39
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
Nox appeared to his people once again, as the mortals and the realm continued to move forward in their time and development. And now, tensions were brewing once again with the Hidarugami. And Nox's patience with the little beasts was running thin too. He disagreed with curing them of their ailment before, but stayed silent and neutral as he let Abethur and the others sort it out. But they were too greedy and too gluttonous for their own good, without having any of the gratitude one would need to make them bearable.

Addressing the Noctem, Nox shared his views.

"Do not tolerate any overstep from the Hidarugami. Do not cede your lands or let their problems interfere with your own lives. The gods already have allowed them to claim the largest tract of the initial primordial forest of all the races. But look how they mistreated the patch people. How they mistreated everyone during the stag hunt. They have learned to be wary of you from these frictions, as so they should. But don't ever assume they aren't around or about to cause trouble." he said.

"They wanted to keep everyone out of their lands, then fine. But then they can stay there themselves! If they encroach on your lands, punish them. If they raise their claws and teeth against you, punish them. If they sneak and steal from you, punish them. I have little patience left for them and will not fault you for having little yourselves. But do not let them push you around like they have the Anaxi and especially the patch people. Maybe a culling of their numbers will help manage their appetites? No...it is not yet time to consider a culling, but know that it isn't out of the question. However...it is not my wish for you all to become bloodthirsty and invasive. I simply wish for you to stand your ground, and teach them fear until their arrogance becomes respect." he said firmly.

He then considered.

"HOWEVER, should any Hidarugami approach you with peaceful intentions and a desire to learn how to better marshal their resources and become good stewards of the lands, then by all means I encourage you to work with these Hidarugami. Such honor should be encouraged in other races. But for the ones who wish to be violent and ravenous, well...give no quarter. And for the ones seeking to not be part of the problem but part of the solution...welcome them and give them a chance to prove themselves. But only a single chance."
Talon
 GM, 347 posts
 Weaver of Tales
 The Underlying Order
Sun 26 Apr 2020
at 14:02
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
The Passing of Time

Time continues to flow in its uneven fits and starts within the Reforged Realm. This is the fastest flow forward yet. The gods watch as saplings spring up, ivy crawls up the trunks of trees, mosses spread and whole decades flicker past. The gods had taken time to provide guidance shortly before this great leap forward so thankfully their guidance helps to impact the changes that occur amongst mortals.

The most pressing concern had been the growing number of Hidarugami. This only grows during the many years. Seris' parting wisdom had been to lend support to those who had wanted to shore up their weak larder by raiding the neighboring tribe, in this way direct conflict is avoided. Just before the leap ahead Seris had also imparted that the Hidarugami learn from the Noctem, and Nox had provided stern guidance to the Noctem to not tolerate the Hidarugami unless they were sufficiently respectful of the proper order of things, that order being that Noctem are the greater species and others are below them. This intersection of commands saw the Hidarugami approach the Noctem in the early days.

These first meetings were... turbulent. The Hidarugami were not practiced in social matters and in those early meetings several times would speak out of turn or would try to menace during discussions and the Noctem responded as they'd been told to, making quick and violent examples of those Hidarugami. The other teethlings soon learn to speak politely and keep eyes downcast during their meetings with the Noctem. The bodies of their kin hung from trees as examples kept the memory fresh.

With the hierarchy establish the two species managed to cooperate. The Noctem would provide guidance to the Hidarugami in exchange for their servitude. They strictly controlled these Hidarugami, the Noctem dictated what to do with each hour of their day, they monitored their food to ensure these Hidarugami did not starve (though they were always, always hungry) and taught them some of the things the Noctem had learned. Not all the Hidarugami could tolerate such a tight yoke, whatever Seris' guidance may have been, and this started to divide the tribe, those who served the Noctem and a more reclusive sect.

Hidarugami new temporary state: Split Factions
Noctem new temporary state: Hidarugami servitors


While the Hidarugami served the Noctem, it did not stop their raiding of other tribes. The Anaxi, being even more numerous than the Hidarugami and hunkered down in their caves and stone homes, helped along by Abethur's will, proved a difficult nut to crack, so the Hidarugami focused on easier prey. Thus the Patch People and the Imps became the ones most greatly impacted. They would constantly wake to find their food stores half of what they had been the day before. Hunger became a common companion for these species, the Imps responded by retreating further into the grasslands where food was still readily available, the lazier and safer approach than direct conflict. The Patch People, stuck on the far side of the Hidarugami territory, had no such reprieve. It started to become a tradition amongst them to dig a fresh grave each morning for by evening one of them would have starved to death. They were an intuitive people after all.

Imps new temporary state: Relocated to Grasslands
Patch People new temporary state: Dying


Developing Traditions

And this new status quo stretched on for years. It was an Age of Scarcity. It was the first, though it may not be the last. But there were other developments during this era as well. The Anaxi, still remembering the plague that had swept through their lands, had started the rudimentary study of medicinal herbs and plans. Experimenting with boiling plants, mashing them, examining their properties at different stages of their life cycles the Anaxi were developing the foundations of alchemic study.

The Imps, in their new settlements in the Grasslands, were discovering a fondness for capturing and taming snakes as new pets and hunting companions. Songs, dance and music are still their favorite pastimes and they'd recently discovered that rolling grass together could make rudimentary flutes. They were now wildly popular instruments.

The Noctem were finding leadership to their tastes. They enjoyed finding ways to make their surplus of laborers even more efficient. When they heard that Seris had told the Hidarugami they should grow food as well the Noctem embraced this dictate and have been instructing the Hidarugami to try different seeds, different moisture levels, different light levels and a number of other factors (At least to those Hidarugami who agree to serve them) and under this guidance they've made several large steps towards being the first races to cultivate food. (While the Reclusive Hidarugami make little progress, but maintain their independence.)

New Temporary States
Anaxi: Developing Alchemy
Imps: Taming Snakes
Noctem and Hidarugami: Developing Agriculture

So it is decades later the gods return to the normal flow of time. Much has changed, the dynamics between races has wildly altered in some situations. In others it remains much the same. The different peoples are cultivating different ideas and starting to show signs of the different paths they may pursue. Food remains the overwhelming concern it was decades ago and this strain continues to shape relations between the races.
Nox
 player, 215 posts
 10/10 HP
 The Primordial Darkness
Sun 26 Apr 2020
at 16:10
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
Nox considered the developing events with great interest. The races had continued to intrigue him more than he had initially ever thought they would. And he found himself still occasionally meddling and being a presence in the mortals' lives.

The Noctem had pleased him greatly with their adaptation. They used their blessings to make sure the Hidarugami that would try to invade - and of course they did as he foresaw it - were not only fought off but also adapted to as well. But still, as stern as he could sometimes be Nox was beginning to grow worried for the mortals a bit too. Especially the patch people.

And so Nox descended unto the Noctem once again.

Spires of stone and crystal erupted from the earth at the site of his arrival, a show of his tie to the land and his divine power. From the shadows of the stones themselves Nox emerged, flanked by dark wraiths and a new orbiting crystal sphere that churned with power. Their god had gown during the time they themselves had grown.

"My children, I have come to speak to unto you once again. And I am pleased by your progress. I had foresaw the invasion by the Hidarugami and you all had heeded me to good result. And it pleases me to see that you have even made peace with a faction of the Hidarugami as well. The ones with more good sense, honor, and restraint of course. And using them to help develop agriculture was the wisest decision. Although there is still much work to be done but your initial strides and the efforts of the Noctugami - Servitor-Hidarugami faction - are far ahead those of the other races. I believe that in time the intellect and wisdom of the Noctem and the cunning and dedication of the Noctugami will allow for the development of superior agriculture techniques and abundant food surplus." he said.

"So continue to work with the Noctugami. Make sure they know their place, but in exchange with honor make sure they don't starve. But agricultural development will require more people. More work. More effort. And more scientific development. This forest we have made is extremely fertile. But you must develop systems to utilize those resources efficiently and - one day - better than they would be in nature alone." he said.

"So with that said, I as a reward for the diligence of the Noctem and the dedication of the Noctugami, I will once again offer foresight. I have seen the Patchwork people dying, mainly due to their ineptitude and the ravages of the feral Hidarugami. While to a certain degree natural selection ensures the survival of the fittest, I am not convinced the patchwork people have no deserving of survival yet. On the contrary, I believe that they just need the stern guiding hand of the Noctem to offset their indecisive nature. With the Noctem guiding them, their true strengths - their intuitive nature - will come to the forefront. And this can be used to make strides in agricultural development far greater and faster than before." he said.

"If you choose to do nothing, I will not react. But if you wish to once again heed my words then send a delegation of Noctem escorted by Noctugami vassals to the patch people. Tell them in simple terms that if they will become vassals of the Noctem like the Noctugami did, that in exchange they will be treated with honor and saved from extinction. You can use the diplomatic nature of the patchwork people to help manage relations within the Noctem and Noctugami's territories, other races, but also use their persons and intuitive natures to help develop agriculture and new technology even more than before, for they are extremely intuitive but need the guidance of the noctem to offset their indecisiveness." he said.

"If this happens, have the Noctugami focus on defending the borders of Noctem lands and Noctem protectorate territories and providing physical labor for agriculture, while the patch people focus entirely on technological and agricultural development and public works, with the Noctem doing a bit of both as the glue that holds it all together."
Neru
 player, 135 posts
 8/10 HP
 King of the Playground
Sun 26 Apr 2020
at 20:29
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
Neru appeared before the Imps and Cherubs as unexpectedly as the first time he did so. He made an effort, within his capabilities, to relocate the shrine to the new lands of the imps, as he found it bothersome to have the imps go back and forth whenever they wanted to play around his shrine. There were two main items in his current agenda: securing a more stable provision of food and imparting the knowledge of the new magic school to his mortals.

For the food problem, Neru created a special team of the 5 most able Cherubs, and assigned the smartest imp to them. Named the "Voice of the Children", the team was to visit the territory of the Anaxi and attempt to establish a favorable trade deal for both parties. The imps would be able to provide snake products for the Anaxi's experimentations (snake oil, skin, venom, etc) and in turn the Anaxi will use their developments to aid the Imps create a profitable farm (for example, teaching them how to treat the meat of the snakes to make it edible).

The second item of the agenda Neru will do himself. Gathering the imps and the cherubs (the later were incapable of learning chaos magic due to their nature, but it was important they were present so they could learn about what the imps could do and take it into account in their jobs stopping the imps of going too far), Neru taught them the way to borrow energy from the realm of chaos, and apply it to cause trouble and/or fun. By the time Neru was done, the most apt imps were already making their fellow magicians float upside down or enlarge the snakes enough that they were a real threat to account for. As with everything the imps did, there were a few inevitable deaths, as some floating imps were accidentally dropped of a cliff or a snake went out of control and ate a dozen of them whole, but for the most part the cherubs made sure the lethal accidents were kept to a minimum.

There was also a byproduct of teaching the imps technasmancy that was highly beneficial to them: the chaos that made their lands more dangerous was bound to discourage the hidarugami and the noctem to invade their territory. And as they further experimented, Neru was pleased to find that the imps' creativity had made an improvement to technasmancy that the god of children didn't initially foresee: they could tame chaos more efficiently by using music. The grass flutes the imps had created became a popular instrument among mages, who would use the melody as a way to summon chaotic energies to do their bidding.

He warned them about the dangers of technasmancy aswell, but he found the imps were completely immune to the downsizes, as their existance was very chaotic on itself. However, there was an interesting effect that fell upon a few Cherub that, in their jealousy, attempted to copy the magic the imps seemed to enjoy so much. Their wings withered by the continued use of chaotic magic and horns sprouted from their foreheads. Neru named this new subclass of cherubs "The Daemon". Completely insane, the daemons would often wander away from the lands of the imp, and venture into other territories. Both imps and cherubs quickly learned not to mess with the daemon, as any sign of antagonism would prompt them to use chaotic forces in a more vicious way than the mischevious imps would.
Seris
 player, 155 posts
 Goddess of Devouring
 Teeth Hugs 'R' Us
Mon 27 Apr 2020
at 20:27
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
Upon the times normality, Seris noted the changes. Much was indeed different know. Her people were tamed almost by the Noctem. Though, that peace as much as she wanted to be done through talks of equality. We're done through force and violence. An effort to set the Noctem as betters above the Hidarugami.

An affect which she helped support through their dim-wittedness. It brought shame to Seris in a way. Something that irritated her. She almost agreed more with the sect free over the ones in servitude. Those who bid to the whims of the Noctem were weak willed. Allowing their dead to serve as a reminder to what would happen to them. Yet while the Noctem were strong and more intelligent they were few, and rivaled the Hidarugami in a playing field.

Seris spoke again to her people, both the secluded sect, and to those working under the Noctem. Instilling that there was importance and equality to be played. They should not be quelled by threats or violence. They should meet them with tooth and claw. Only words should be meet with words. A reminder that they are not their betters as a whole and all around. That the Hidarugami are equals as a people, not lesser. They were named by Seris, fittingly meaning, the hunger gods.

The process of agriculture was important, more so for the Hidarugami than for the Noctem. The Noctem could live off the land easily, hers were ravenous and growing. A thing she must also quell, least they out breed the whole realm and devour it dead. Bringing to point that they should produce offspring less often or fewer in number.
Talon
 GM, 361 posts
 Weaver of Tales
 The Underlying Order
Wed 29 Apr 2020
at 21:40
The Reforged Realm: The First Days
Opportunity

At this time the Noctem labor at empire building, built upon the backs of the other gods peoples, the Hiduragami struggle with their identity, the Imps play their games amongst the tall grasses and befriend their snakes and the Anaxi study in relative seclusion while dabbling in poultices and potions. There is so very much going on so it may have come as a relief when a thick fog rolled across the Deep Forests.

Heavy mists shrouded the many trails and creeks, the animals knew not to wander lest they break a leg in unsure footing and so the predators hunkered down too. The mortals followed suit, there was no hunting or foraging to be done in such conditions. For a time all of the Reforged Realm slowed to a halt. It was a time for mortals to draw one another close, to share tales and song.

For the gods it was a time to reflect.

In the solitude of the mists the Divine found thoughts of the past creeping. Memories of former lives of power and grandeur, so very far removed from this far more humble existence. Perhaps now was an appropriate time to let ones mind wander to those distant eras, to reflect on what they had meant.

Each Divine will be visited by a Mirrored Adventure