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StoryBible / Re: Species of Ashen.
« on: January 30, 2017, 10:27:16 AM »

They're a mortal race. We know nothing to differentiate them from the humans of earth.

StoryBible / Re: Species of Ashen.
« on: January 30, 2017, 10:26:12 AM »

Angels have wings.

Bane, the father of civilisation who founded the first city "Bane's Folly" was an Angel.

Angels traditionally live in Aviaries, many of the existing ones can be found in the mountain ranges of the Qataqlysms but Angels are wary about giving out their locations.

Tokoyonokuni was the largest Aviary in the world built around the Spire of Heaven on the southern pole of Ashen. It was home to almost a third of the world's Angels when it was besieged and ultimately fell to be replaced by the forge city Ig'zost.
Historical estimates suggest anywhere between sixty and seventy per cent of all Angels spent at least a year fighting in the siege which lasted 700 years.

StoryBible / Re: Species of Ashen.
« on: January 30, 2017, 10:20:43 AM »

The Centaurs were once the most numerous of all the Fae peoples of Ashen, until the Culling of Trees after which their numbers have declined.

Centaur culture is the foundation of the religion and culture of the Thrice Skinned Nomad tribes.

Centaurs have two hearts each considered to last 300 years, which presumably puts average life expectancy at 600 years.

Centaurs travel in nations, each nation has its own calendar which dictates how often they should visit Huashik, the Tree of Life. This can range from once a decade to once every two hundred years.

When they visit Huashik they provide tithes to the Corbin Larchmeisters who protect Huashik, this tithe includes members of their nation to join the Corbin Larchmeisters and live in service of the tree.

StoryBible / Re: Species of Ashen.
« on: January 30, 2017, 10:14:55 AM »
Trolls or Trollkin

They go both by Trolls or Trollkin.

They are one of the Fae Species.

3000 years ago the average troll would grow 16 feet tall and live a thousand years.

Nowadays they rarely grow beyond 8 feet tall and few make it to a second century.

The shame at being lesser than their ancestors drives many Trolls to become mechanically enhanced either in the forgecities across the world or at the Blessed Anvil a sacred area in Lukurra Majoris where tithes of colour are offered up in return for cybernetic enhancement.

The colour decorated flesh of their ancestors are prized heirlooms to the fire juggling trolls in lower Lunamtagga.

StoryBible / Species of Ashen.
« on: January 30, 2017, 10:09:29 AM »
A list of what we know about each species definitively to date will follow this.

StoryBible / A list of the results of all the challenges.
« on: January 30, 2017, 10:08:16 AM »
Challenge 1.
Challenge 2.

More added as and when.

Ashen / Re: Ashen Challenge 2. Where in the world.
« on: January 11, 2017, 01:19:32 PM »
The Statue of Bane at Wahstel.

The Statue of Bane is a seventy metre tall bronze statue depicting Bane the founder of civilisation with sword and spear. The statue also has large crystal wings with a combined wingspan of over a hundred metres. Each crystal feather of the wings is carved so that they will change colour as the sun moves across the sky or the onlooker moves around the statue.

Erected following the First War of Folly, the site marks the victory at Wahstel one of the turning points in the War and greatest triumphs of Bane's military campaigns. Wahstel was a market town, located near the foothills of the Qataqlysms, the mountain range that plunges through the Equatorial Winter and deep into Lunamtagga. The town was built around being the first stop for any travellers who made the dangerous trek northward or the last safe haven for any expedition going south. However it was also where the first blow was struck when the varied Kingdoms and nations of Lunamtagga and the Qataqlysms joined the war of Folly.

Located between the town and where the foothills start proper, the statue was built as a display of strength and to show that invaders from the south would be resisted and stopped. To that end the statue is actually hollow and filled with hidden weapons, Blue-fused lightning blunderbusses capable of grounding a Sky Knight, Brown fueled lava summoners that can melt even Troll hide with ease. Also beneath the statue is a large concealed bunker capable of garrisoning two thousand troops. Thusly during the Fourth and Fifth Wars of Folly  the passage at Wahstel proved to be impassable. Were such a war to start again this may not be the case as the standing garrison at Wahstel is only 80 men.

Ashen / Ashen Challenge 2. Where in the world.
« on: January 10, 2017, 02:54:56 PM »

It is happening people.

I'll post my pitches for it here and on the post itself in due course.

I think this'll be a good un. Feel free to discuss ideas, pitch or whatever here or elsewhere.

Actually whilst I have your attention, I was thinking that perhaps better than a wiki would be just to make a subboard on this forum to start listing the things we've established as we get  going. So once we have a bit of heft to our storybible we know where we can reference stuff. Probably doesn't need doing for a little bit we have I think 14 facts only so far but it may come in useful especially if any of us want to start writing fiction in the world we've invented.

Ashen / Re: My 6 things about Ashen.
« on: January 10, 2017, 11:29:26 AM »
Prod, I upped the moons from 6 to 7 to match the amount of colours in the rainbow. If you want my reasons, the fourth challenge is going to be about gods, colours and magic. If the Spectrum is going to be our pantheon than I think having the major houses/families of the gods be the 7 rainbow colours works and so they should each get a moon.

Either way well done folks I think we've got a really good setting on the go.

Politically Perturbed / list of things I want to see happen...
« on: January 10, 2017, 09:31:30 AM »
... or should at least research more so I can blog convincingly about how they're good things.

  • A universal basic income
  • A taxation system that focuses more on taxing capital than income
  • An honest jobs tax
  • A fund to help people start life (£3 a week for 18 years put aside and the government can give everyone £2808 to start off in life, even if they aren't paying a deposit on renting a place, buying a car/learning to drive to increase mobility for job prospects and are just spending it on a games console and some epic nights out on the town it'll be contributing to the local economy)
  • Some sense being spoken about democracy, the will of the people and all that jazz because popular opinion is muddled and wrong

Ashen / Re: My 6 things about Ashen.
« on: December 31, 2016, 04:38:38 PM »
in my head there is still movement between hemispheres but the nature and reliability of it will vary throughout the year. Some months a shipping line may be open, some months it won't be. You can always pass it if you are well resourced expedition with the time to do so. But yes it does sort of allow for there to be clear distinctions between the two.

Ashen / Re: My 6 things about Ashen.
« on: December 29, 2016, 05:44:11 AM »
Grotesques work, I may be tipping my hand but that is one of the ones I like so far (because it escalates the notion of wild machines into "also some of them are proper monsters").

Ashen / Re: My 6 things about Ashen.
« on: December 26, 2016, 05:48:24 PM »
Cool if the need arises, I'll bring it up.

Ashen / Re: My 6 things about Ashen.
« on: December 26, 2016, 12:08:24 PM »
Out of curiosity, who would object to me editing things to make them part of this. Probably more a case of two ideas that are contradictory or say two people name Lunamtagga as something or somesuch and I like both ideas so one can't be Lunamtagga or an explanation for the divergence added or whatever?

If people aren't keen on it, that is fine, not that it is the case yet it is still pretty cool. So far.

Steel without, decay within. Frankenstein constructs, organic machines that hunt the AI things of former times.
Is Frankenstein constructs the intended name, for these organic machines or is it a descriptor of something with a name (if so do you want to name it).

Ashen / Core concepts
« on: December 25, 2016, 04:35:58 PM »
This is just crowd-vetting some notions for a future challenge on Ashen (the two following 6 things will be people and places but the specifics aren't set in stone) following that it will likely be "1000 words fitting the setting we've established using at least one of the following concepts" with the following concepts being the most liked ones on this poll.

Feel free to use this thread to pitch other concept ideas for me to use in subsequent polls to create other challenges of specific briefs.

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