Imagine a world of
white sand beaches holding back wine and sapphire seas from slate gray cliff
sides. Bright white-washed houses with bright clay roofs dot the harbors. It is
a land of linen, coral, clay, bronze, wood, and sand.Imagine a place where elemental energies are
harnessed to make life easier, but also to destroy.It is a place of deep beauty, fantastical
adventures, and powerful battles.Where
empyrean mystics delve mysteries of the elemental planes and great warriors
risk everything in struggles against terrible powers.
Alatha is in many ways not your typical fantasy or
role-playing world, born of Tolkien and tempered by Dungeons &
Dragons®.It has a deeply
Mediterranean flavor, with settings more akin to ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt,
North Africa, and the Middle East.It is ancient, not medieval, only just pushing out of the Bronze Age.Centurions, Greek sages and Spartans,
Magi and Persian mystics, Pharaohs, and Babylonian heroes are closer to the
image of the Alathan world than chivalrous knights in heavy armor.In addition, magic is somewhat
different.All “magic” is both
divine and elemental, communing, manipulating, or tapping into the mystical
realms of one or more of the demi-god rulers of the elemental planes.
The world of Alatha is
actually the overlap of twelve different planes. Each plane is composed
entirely of a specific type of elemental energy, thus there is a plane of fire,
water, time, light, etc. Physical existence is actually the intersection of each
of these planes and physical objects are composed of various amounts of the
different elemental energies. (Thus a creature is made up of all the energies,
but might have a higher level of life cycle energy, whereas a rock will
probably have higher levels of earth energy.) These planes are created from and
ruled over by powerful beings known as Aygeema (or Aygeemya in
plural). Within their respective planes, they hold total control. Within the
“physical” world, or “prime” plane, they are worshiped as gods.
There are three primary races that walk
on the face of Alatha: the diverse and adaptable Alathans, the mystical Remnant,
and the tribal Melali.
The most numerous race in Alatha
is the one it is named after: Alathan. Alathans, or Alathaya in their native tongue,
are a humanoid species with somewhat reptilian features. They possess wide
strong jaws, short flat-fronted snouts, thick eye ridges, and prominent fins on
their heads. The fins are dyed according to the color of the Aygeema they serve
at a dedication ceremony in childhood, but may be changed if an adult finds
more meaning serving a different Aygeema. The dorsal fin is far larger on
males. Their skin ranges in shades of green from quite gray to vibrant and
Alathans have four digits on each hand.
Alathans are an industrious and inventive species and much of the
technological development that exists is owed to their ingenuity. The least
conventional species, they also have the widest span of views and roles and are
continually adapting. They are drawn to the water and control most of the
world’s seas and trade ports.There are
two major Alathan nations, each with a quite different approach on governance
and world relations. The Council of
Dafsomet in Ir Alatha, is the governing body of much of Southern Alatha, based
on an opt-in system and the value of freedom, any population base that chooses
to join the Council is allowed in.Unfortunately such idealism and votes open to anyone, they can be slow
to respond and riddled by corruption. For the glory of the Empire, and its
Empress Jakabosa, those of the Northern Empire issue forth from the citadels of
Narathet to the ends of Alatha. Marked by a sturdy and modern optimism, no
doubt bolstered by its rapid rise to power and expansion, the Northern Empire is
a model of order and efficiency, if also occasional oppression.
The Remnant are the
oldest species on Alatha and actually the last vestiges of humanity itself.
They appear as gray skinned humans with no facial features aside from large
white eyes under heavy brows, often with pronounced cheekbones. Remnant have
the ability to communicate by radiant telepathy, through either words or
Remnant are a suspicious, mystical, and conservative people. They were nearly
wiped out in a series of disastrous events that only the oldest manuscripts
hint at. The Remnant were the first race to have made contact with the Aygeemya
and may be the cause of the manifestations of the Aygeemya themselves, although
essentially all of human history is lost to the Remnant. Much of Remnant society
is based around tightly controlled traditional and religious patterns.Their head is the immensely powerful God-King
Khulanayen, who allocates most of the actual rule to a group of Elders. Most
major aspects of a Remnant’s life are regulated by the Elders, including
occupation, when offspring may be produced, and outside contact. Nearly all
Remnant settlements are vast underground cities and Remnant share some affinity
with the caves and rocks of their homes. The motto of the Remnant, memorized at
an early age is “Panos energon, regulaton energos impartion imperium, imperium nix chaos”.
This translates to something like “Everything is energy, channeling the energy
gains control, control prevents destruction.” This concept is one of the
cornerstones of Remnant thought.
The Melali are a race of sentient plants evolved by an ancient group of
the point of consciousness and development of a full soul. They are far less
developed technologically than the Remnant or Alathans, being only at the latter end of Stone Age technology for
the most part. Melali have a pale golden skin and large amounts of grass-like
hair protruding from the top of their head. They have a linear mouth, large
green eyes, five fingers, and thick knotted feet reminiscent of the roots they
will eventually put out. They live almost entirely in tribes on the main
or outlying islands of Moa’loli. The six tribal groups are categorized by
shared rituals and often by dwelling type. Unlike the other two races,
especially the homogeneous Remnant society, the Melali tribes often war amongst
each other, even occasionally within a tribe. Melali tribal leaders are called
chiefs or chieftains, who are often supported by various gatherings of
sub-chiefs and elders within the tribe, as well as tribal shamans who consort
with the spirits of ancestors. All Melali revere honey deeply and the name
Melali itself means “[Those] of the honey tree”.
world of Alatha has many professions. There are those who produce and sell
goods, the farmers, artisans, and merchants. There are those who sail, those
who run the temples, those who comprise the army, those who rule the lands, and
those outside the law on the far fringes of the known world. Then there are
those who want something more. They are the adventurers, the Dayokhlan.
“You are a Dayokhlan, one who seeks after heroism, adventure,
and glory. You may dabble in the realms that others pour their lives into;
physical labor, mental training, political cunning, religious duties,
military rankings, but these are not the constants of your life nor the
things you live for. Perhaps it is greed that drives you; there are large
treasures to be found. Perhaps it is wanderlust; there is much to see.
Perhaps ambition, great powers will be yours to wield. Perhaps it is
discovery that drives you; much of the world has never been seen and there
are artifacts unlike any your kind ever laid eyes upon. You do odd jobs to
earn a living, one day a body guard or mercenary the next a messenger and
the day after a treasure seeker. Go then and bring glory to your name and
the realm of your Aygeema. Be as the Kushi’daya, the great heroes of old,
those of renown.”
Anyone can train in whatever combinations of classes they choose, however, classes
are often tied to the specific racial cultures, usually with long traditions of
teaching among the racial homelands.However, there are those few adventurers of classes not normally
associated with their race.In addition
to the main races, the classes of the goblin-like homunculi and the non-race
specific heretical abomination classes are listed below.Classes are grouped below by category.
Body-Based (Melee) Classes
·Assassins use whatever is necessary,
usually daggers, short blowguns, and poisons, to kill single targets very
quickly from concealed positions, then slink away unnoticed.
·Bladesmen use finesse with swords,
daggers, and polearms to parry any attacks, then stab or slash into those who
dare come near the flurry of metal. They prefer precision and swift nimble
attacks, becoming one with their bonded blade.
·Brawlers rely on physical force and
blunt heavy weapons to batter through opponents, take countless hits with
little effect, and crack through skulls, armor, or anything else in their
·Marksmen use bows, khirkas (gun-like
bows), and blowguns to precisely hit their targets from a great distance away.
Keeping themselves safe and taking a few turns to line up a perfect hit, they
are capable of doing more damage than almost any other class.
hone their bodies themselves into weapons. Discipline and long training allow them
to strike blows with tremendous force and use their attackers’ force against
them, while shrugging off attacks and moving quickly across the battlefield.
Spirit-Based (Caster) Classes
·Elementalists take direct control of the
realms of the most physical Aygeemya and use the destructive elemental forces
of fire, water, and rock to pummel, incinerate, stop, or simply repel those
coming against them.
·Illusionists use the power of their
minds to control a situation, creating realistic images, dominating others, or
simply sending them running in fear. They also excel at simply toying with
opponents minds and getting into and out of almost any situation without the
need for combat.
·Necromancers embrace death and pain,
projecting their own suffering on others. They debilitate opponents to the
effectiveness of children then raise corpses to fight with them from the bodies
of the fallen.
·Priests are the voice of the people
to the gods. They perform rituals and chants and offer up sacrifices and
prayers to bless themselves and their allies, adding almost overwhelming
benefits to any group while also being able to dish out damage.
·Prophets are seers who gain divine
glimpses of the past, future, or distant locations. Foreseeing and avoiding
danger, they are the voice of the gods to the people and occasional instruments
of their wrath.
Mind-Based and Combination Classes
·Agents use their mastery over
perception to charm, infiltrate, and avoid. Paired with a quick blade, high
evasion, and deft technical skills, they are preeminent spies and saboteurs, as
well as nobles.
employ esoteric teachings, underhanded actions, effigy puppets, and fortune telling, using fate and chance to their literally stack the
deck in their favor.
·Demiurges use neither mystical spells
nor physical prowess to gain advantages, but rather use their master crafting
abilities to create traps and potions, enchant or modify weapons and armor, and
unleash powerful golems.
combines dexterous physical combat with mystical spells. They use the power of
ice, frost, and snow to debilitate enemies, then attack with ice spells or
magically enhanced polearms.
draw on the vast history and great stories of the Alathaya to inspire whole
groups to even greater achievements themselves and destroy the resolve of their
Remnant elemental based casters. Each take on the persona, strengths, &
weaknesses of a specific element, using its full powers for an immense range of
casting, melee, buffs, and effects, through mastery of eleven diverse forms.
·Aeromancer The whirling channeler of
·Biomancer The resilient channeler of
life cycle energy
·Chronomancer The disorienting channeler
of time energy
·Cryomancer The resolute channeler of
·Geomancer The solid channeler of
·Hydromancer The adaptable channeler of
·Morphomancer The teleporting channeler
of spatial energy
·Photomancer The blinding channeler of
·Pyromancer The scorching channeler of
Other Remnant Classes
·Inquisitor Religious but cutting
themselves off from the mystical world, inquisitors use holy artifacts,
rituals, and an arsenal of weapons to hunt down heretics and those who would
misuse the powers of the Aygeemya. They are capable of nearly shutting down
casters and are quite effective against unnatural creatures.
·Templar The Templar are the physical and military guardians of the Remnant people and their sacred homeland.
With commanding auras, thick armor, and heavy shields they protect and inspire
their brethren while using their tactical knowledge to gain decisive
advantages. None compare to the templar's indomitable ability to mitigate damage that would quickly fell any other mortal.
·Sentinal The great rocky basin above the underground Remnant cities has long been patrolled by the elite and reclusive Sentinals. Wary skirmishers, the fleet sentinals harass intruders from a distance via mastery of terrain, concealment, movement, and deadly javelins, while never allowing their targets to get close.
·Beastmaster Studying and attracting all
manner of creatures, beastmasters use their animal companions and the methods
learned by watching them to become fearsome beings themselves. Beastmasters
call upon the spirits of the animal world to give themselves savage claws,
powerful charges, perceptive eyes, and other features of beasts both great and
·Berserker The most common devotion,
berserkers are often the greatest warriors in Melali raids. They are quick and
chaotic, their twin tomahawks whirling about in a savage frenzy as they leap
from enemy to enemy, leaving nothing but rent bodies and destruction in their
·Druids often live monastic lives
with other druids in the wilderness where they commune with the plants around
them and protect sacred places. They are capable of summoning all manner of
plants to their aid, shielding themselves, inflicting lethal damage, and quite
often manipulating enemies to where ever is easiest for the druid to deal with
them. Druids carry a sickle as a symbol of their devotion.
·Ranger As at home in the woods and
wilderness, rangers make use of traditional axe staves as well as deadly
throwing axes as they use their advantages in terrain to swiftly deal with
opponents. They are able to track through areas anyone else would find impassable
and leave no tracks themselves.
·Shaman Capable of becoming part of
the elemental spirit world of their ancestors, there is at least one who
practices the way of the shaman in every village. They are often healers and
sages and bolster the spirits of their tribes with the spirits of ancestors or
even possess friendly Melali to allow great deeds. Shamans often wear large
wooden or leaf masks, similar to those worn by chieftains, and carry drums and
or rattles to channel their energies.
·Scrappers are dirty fighting, ankle
biting, head conking, impishly mischievous, razor slashing, furious, and hard
to pin down homunculi. They get their name from both their fighting style as
well as the fact that they’re commonly found searching through junk heaps for a
new piece of metal to sharpen into their savage war razors or perhaps just
something shiny or interesting.
·Witches learn dark curses, and the
ability to brew anything from root liquor and frenzy potions to exploding
concoction grenades and even other homunculi. Witches are often seen riding on
branches or followed by the walking cauldrons they brew with.
·Zoarch Declared Heretics after
losing in the great schism, the few remaining Zoarchs practice their
bio-modification and evolutionary magics in hiding.
·Nechrarch Created from a combination
of Necromancy and Zoarchy, nechrarchy manipulates the powers of pestilence,
plagues, and corruption.
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photoshopped Remnant serving as placeholders).Please do not use without express written permission.