Background

The Mother

A tendril of green entwines with a red dot that marks the eye. Shades of green color, swirling clouds that whirl upon the surface of the mother. Incandescent displays of mysterious beauty that haunt and enthrall those who view her visage, which dominates the skies of all her divine children. It is the physical form made manifest of the greatest goddess that has ever existed. She is the center. She is the mother. She is Calypso, and we are all her children.

- Excerpt from ‘The Mother’ by Sanaqo

Regading The Gods

The Gods, I’ve seen them all. You may sneer with derision but the truth of what I say is no less diminished. I lived before the Age of Vengeance. I was a spellship sailor when those mighty vessels crossed the black void, instead of sputtering from one groundling-damned city to the next. I sailed to each of those distant gods that orbit The Mother. I walked upon them all, talked to the peoples who live there. What was it like you ask? Truth be told it was mundane. It were nothing special all them years ago. Not like now, with all of us here bound to Galrath’s vacant body, like a tree vole that spends his entire life within a single tree unaware of the vast forest that teems around him. I sailed the skies of Aerie, I walked the deserts of Orion, I swam in the waters of Danu, I battled the yuan-ti in the jungles of Neith herself, I walked the great forests of Anu with my elven brothers, and I’ve seen Skadi’s realm of the dead where we shall all pass to be judged. I had it all, before The Mother cursed her son and bound him tight along with all us hapless mortals cursed enough to be here at the time. My elven soul cries for release from this accursed prison. With the passing of the winters you have all forgotten freedom or been born unto this prison, but still I remember what true living means. The soft velvet touch of the aether winds, your ship surrounding by a blanket of black. I shall feel them forevermore once I pass Skadi’s gate and enter Aerilar, the forest of the heavens.

Thinos Windreaver – Elf of the Forest of Vaenos. Last words to his sons before he committed lilanquar, the elven ritual of transformation of the body into arboreal form and release of the spirit.

Regarding The Nature Of Divinity

Seven moons circle a green-hued gas giant called Calypso. The moons are often referred to as children. Each moon or child, and Calypso herself, is the physical manifestation of a god. All the moons were said to be linked long ago by the magic of the mysterious Aetherian Towers and great spellships that sailed the vast expanse between the Gods. Now we live in a cursed age, the Age of Vengeance. We stew imprisoned with Galrath, branded traitor by his mother. The Aetherian Towers lie desolate and unused, incapable of their once mighty transportation powers. No longer do spellships leave or come to Galrath, what few spellships remain content themselves as petty traders that sail throughout the warring lands of Galrath.

- Except from ‘The Glorious Past’ by the xill historian Quar

In Reference To Evil

Our land is poxed by the accursed Yuan-ti who have deemed themselves the instruments of Calypso’s wrath and fight an unending holy war to destroy all of Galrath’s children. The Kolas Nest brews within their northern jungle where they scheme destruction and death. The Xill city states and Saltbloods raid coastal settlements to satiate their lust for wealth and power. Others declare war, launch raids, or maneuver politically to gain greatest advantage for themselves. Galrath is imprisoned and his shining beacon of civilization grows dim in his absence. Even the Hounds have drawn tight within their borders, consider Galrath’s problems someone else’s. The pronounced lack of heroes, or their short lifespan, has contributed greatly to the end of civilization upon Galrath.

- Except from ‘The End Is Nigh’ by the lowland Doomsayer Orosnos

Regarding The Maeaning Of Words

The phrase ‘Children of Calypso’ is perhaps one of the most common phrases on all Galrath and a vital part of the lexicon of all races. It has many meanings and can mean different things depending on situation and context. The Gods – The most direct and literal meaning of the phrase is when it refers to the seven children of Bel and Calypso: Skadi, Orion, Galrath, Anu, Danu, Neith, and Aerie. An example might be, “a smart dwarf should venerate all the Children of Calypso so as to anger none, and pathe the way for a pleasant afterlife.” The Moons – The phrase also refers to the seven physical bodies that orbit the gas giant Calypso. The moons are named after the gods and are their bodies made manifest within the physical world. The twenty-one major races – Although technically grandchildren, the twenty-one major races refer to themselves as the Children of Calypso. In this usage the phrase serves to bind the twenty-one races into a distinct group, apart from other more bestial species or the orphan races. This usage may or may not include the seven gods who are the direct children of Calypso and Bel. Only context can tell weather or not those gods are meant. A less formal name for this usage is kinfolk, as in, all kinfolk must band together to thwart this great evil. All scions of Calypso – A less common usage of the phrase includes the twenty one major races, the seven gods, and any other races or beings who can trace their blood line back to calypso. For example, Medusas are said to be the offspring of Calypso and one of the long dead children of Ralzar.

- Excerpt from ‘Words And Phrases Of The World’ by the cyclopean scholar Yarmo.

In Reference ToThe Aetherian Towers

Remnants from distant antiquity, the Aetherian Towers are not fully understood. However, certain groups of the past learned how to use them to travel from place to place – and even between moons – almost instantaneously. This quality, coupled with the fact that they amplify magical energy in their immediate vicinity – made possession of a Aetherian Tower extremely valuable. Now, of course, they are little more than kinfolk made monuments to the civilizations of the past, since their utility was destroyed by the onset of the Age of Vengeance.

- Except from ‘Reminiscing on the Past’ by Duke Hurle of Royan.

On The Threat

At the outset of the Age of Vengeance Galrath was imprisoned and cut off from the rest of his siblings, and any contact with the outside world. No ships could sail to and throw and the Aetherian gates ceased to work. At the same time the Yuan-ti were given a holy mandate by Neith to destroy the children of Galrath. The avowed holy goal of the Yuan-ti is the destruction of all the children of Galrath. The Yuan-ti believe they are the Mother’s punishment made manifest for Galrath’s betrayal. Thus from the outset of the age of vengence a constant war has been fought, with the Kalas Nest ever expanding, until the present day when they hold almost half of Galrath in their grip.

- Except from ‘The Source Of Evil’ by the trueborn Rilian Gavare.

Regarding Quarms

There ‘ave have always been troubled times on Galrath. An ancient institution that persists to the present day is the Quarm. A quarm is collection of individuals usually between 4 and 12 that swear themselves to one another and a too a principle, goal, of set thereof. These goals are always to the benefit in some way of the general populace or the gods. For their services Qurams are highly revered in some cultures where in others they are seen as unnecessary or interfering parasites that are not welcome. In places the Quarm is a respected institution members are able to request simple room and board and small amounts of help or aid from the common folk. Where they are not welcome, they had best keep their affiliation a secret lest the local authorities take a dim view of their presence.

- Anonymous Highland tutor to his students

Background

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