The Otherworld is a general term used for a magical realm that lies just beyond the scope of most mortal perceptions. It is an entirely different dimension, constantly pressing into our own natural world, and it holds uncountable varieties of beauty and grandeur as well as terrible things beyond imagining and horrors that will shatter a mortal mind in an instant.Continue reading Otherworld
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.Continue reading Aquilon
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.Continue reading The World of Aerys