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Rules of the game and information about the world of Brittanis

Aquilonian Ocean

The titanic body of water that lies along the western coast of Brittanis is known for its vast, uncharted expanse. The Aquilonian Ocean, named for the empire of Aquilon, is so vast that no expedition to map it has every returned. Ships sail away but never come back and nobody knows if that is because they find some kind of paradise and chose to stay there, meet some grisly end at the hands of sea monsters or long-lost Aquilonian magic, or simply sail too far away and die of thirst, starvation or other natural disaster.

What is known that ships cannot travel more than a few days away from sight of land westward or they will never be seen or heard from again.

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"Weep for the pride of Aquilon, ye mortals; weep for that which is lost. For the glory of old shall never come again; the light of Aerys has gone out. Doors barred to the mind of man lay askew; gates with keys of madness gape wide. Awake is that which woken never should be; the price of pride is the Doom of Aquilon."

--from a fragment of the Cyriandran Cycle,
translated from ancient Aquilonian

Aquilon is name of an ancient civilization which held sway over large swaths of Brittanis. It was possibly the largest empire in the history of Aerys, and its eventual destruction was the event that heralded the Breaking of the World. The hubris and disobedience of Aquilon's leaders caused the gods to send a fiery mountain hurling down from the sky, sinking the entire continent beneath the waves and bringing darkness and desolation to the world for a thousand years. Seas fled the coasts in some places, mountains fell into the ocean or were thrust up from deep beneath the earth. Mortals by the millions died. coastlines were re-drawn and the wrath of the Otherworld was visited upon the sons and daughters of Aquilon for their treachery. The world was broken and has never reclaimed the glory of the Lost Empire.

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Tiberian Empire Far across the Eastern Ocean lies an empire that spans an entire continent. For 600 years the armies, magistrates and culture of the Tiberian Empire ruled Brittanis. Just over a century ago, Empire was assaulted by a vast army, and the Emperor Caelestus called the whole of Tiberian forces abroad back to defend their homeland. Today, precious little is known about the goings-on across the ocean. The occasional trading ship crosses the vast expanse of the Eastern Ocean carrying goods and news from the former masters of Brittanis, but such instances are exceedingly rare. Many suspect that the Empire has fallen to conquest itself—a bitter irony for some Brittanic folk. Continue reading Tiberian Empire

The World of Aerys

The World of Brittanis is vast and varied. Each Nation has its own share of Dreams and Nightmares.

Riding on the razor’s edge of a descent into barbarism and madness, the region known as Brittanis struggles to find its destiny. Will it collapse into brutal conflict and end in spectacular annihilation, or will the world emerge at last into a new era of peace and prosperity? At this moment, a handful of heroes might hold the fate of the world in their hands. This is a world whose destiny is hidden in mysterious prophecies of ancient gods, tempered by powerful magic, and forged in bloody warfare.

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