The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
My Floating Isle
They had moved to the sky so long ago that the reason why had been lost in the records. Books age, memories fade, fires consume. Even the Elders on the Isle of Yel Ennore close the pages on the events, they remember, but they have not shared with the most inquisitive eyes.
In the beginning there were four major colonies, and those bloomed into the major forces of today. Yel Ennore, the elvish commune. Pinpids, the town of oil, dirt, and workers. Nova, the city of self-improvement and business. Ozyolsk, a city powered by steam and gears.
Of course there were the natives that had already built their homes, but the blood shed long ago between the Aarakocra and the humans has long become stale.
Now there are new threats to the world they have built. Stability is faltering. One push in the wrong direction and everything will fall apart.
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Attributes: magic, old knowledge
Average Citizen Age: 4000 years.
Temperment of people: calm and patient to a fault. Very judgemental.
“The young will make mistakes. You, your people are young. You will grow to know what is good for your people”
Outsiders are only trusted as far as the generations of goodwill can carry the mortals, one bad business partner with the elves will devastate the entire lineage of the wrong-doer. Yel Ennore elves look down on humans and Aarkocra alike to their self-serving and destructive ways.
With the elvish natural gift in magic Yel Ennore is the most magical place a person could go. Many students of the major cities take pilgrimage to the universities and places of study that are held within the core of the city- but not too many have the chance to learn.
Traditionally the elves in Yel Ennore go through a ceremony once they’ve hit 350 years. Before this point the young are not taken seriously, as just children who have yet to open their eyes. This ritual is spiritual, there’s a sacred valley deeper into the elven island that is warded with magic to prevent the wanderings of outsiders. It’s a time of recluse and silence; and for each troll the event takes a different amount of time. Some spend a month there, some forty years, all depending on the elder who watches over the developing minds.
Newest member of the court. She’s the most influential at her young age, and just haven gotten out of the strict and unforgiving trials that are required to be a servant of the people. Lorelei has been trained in combat, and is much more useful channeling energy rather than casting or malee.
Of all the important figures in Yel Ennore, she is the one who would be likely to help someone in need without prior knowledge of them or their plight. She is kind, always has a smile on her face and is willing to be the one to pick up the coffee for the office.
The elvish don’t have an active army, even with the seat of general filled. Estelar is a man who takes his time, wades the waters, and strikes when the moment has the best opportunity for success. With the shadows twisting in fear and anger he is there with every intention to keep the city of Yel Ennore standing. No matter the cost.
Crossing his path will change your world completely, and means that you have stepped far off the path.
Nevarth has always held disdain for how the elvish treat the rest of the species. After her “coming of age” she fought foot to tooth to bring equal rights among the elves, humans, and aarakocra. She wrote essays, stood with the species brushed to the side by the elite, and did everything in her power to bring about a better world.
Her efforts were ignored. She was disgraced and put out of court. Her home is still in Yel Ennore, but deep within the labyrinth that the city had been built on. She is the voice of equality, silenced by tradition.
Age: 4231 years
High Priest of the Elven court, Ruvyn has seen his fair share of how people behave.
He is not the kind of person to give second chances, cross him wrong once and he won’t let you a second time. He was selected as the high priest due to his un-matched abilities with the world’s magic. He is well known for his ability to pull lightning from the sky, and his control of blue fire.
Ruvyn stands for the good of the planet’s life force, to which he is in tune. He can feel the shifts in power, the changes in the wind, and the destruction of life.
Within the last two decades he has been bringing forwards the fact that Pinpids has been the singular city that is bringing death and destruction to the planet as a whole. War is just across the horizon if the city doesn’t cease its fossil fuel emissions.
Nature powered ships.
Through the life that the elves plant and take care of comes the flying and maneuvering through the skies. An elf who has bound themselves to the tree that guides the ship is needed for it to move. If an elf ship is captured, the ship itself will not cooperate with an invading force. The ship itself is alive.
Truly the ship can take any form that the tree is planted in. From a glass dome, the deck of a more traditional ship, to someone’s living room - with enough love, magic, and duty it can be turned into a ship.
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Population: 3 million
Attributes: hard working. The most accepting city out of the four, even though the rest of the cities generally look down on them.
Temperment of the people: rough and tumble. Bring yourself up by your bootstraps.
Pinpids is the most diverse city of the four, with the largest population. As the “youngest” developed city it’s people haven’t known the tastes of luxury and have just come out of the age of farming and kings. Lots of people come here to work after they’ve left their small isles as there are always jobs available, even if they’re sweat jobs in factories.
The CEOs and other owners of the hundreds of shops in this city live in Nova, spending their days in luxury while Pinpids swirls in discord and suffering.
Its common to see the homeless in the street, even if they have jobs that they work hard at it isn’t quite enough to support housing.
Rebellion has been brewing in Pinpids since the late days of the kings. With four generations of rebels it’s no surprise that Karthin has followed in her family’s footsteps. As the leader of the underground movement, her people take actions varying from picketing on the steps of a business to throwing smoke bombs and graffiting the walls of the cities.
Karthin herself is hard to get along with, as her only priority is taking down big business without a care for what could step up into its place.
As the head of one of the many districts’ policing force, Yule has taken it upon himself to bring justice into his hands and do right by the people. Of course this doesn’t always work out as he isn’t at the top of the chain, and some cases are more messy than others, but he’s there and working on it.
He can be rough and nose deep in regulation, but he’s got a soft spot for the underdog.
Amal has worked all of her life trying to bring people up, trying to improve the world around her and by that everyone around her. After turning eighteen she won office and has since stepped up to governor. She has pushed programs for education, passed legislation for people’s rights, and increased the budget for housing. Ms. Nejem has single-handedly made the most progress in Pinpids in the history of the citystate.
If it’s for the people, she will be working towards it- against the large corporate powers and those who would work only for themselves.
After spending his youth on a native-controlled isle his morals and defined reasoning vary from the average man. He saw the cruelty bestowed both ways with the friction that humans have with the aarakocra, and thrived in that heat.
He’s not a kind man, and when he was bought at 30 once reaching a high enough rank in Axel’s military service he brought horror and grief to those who look at him the wrong way. Corruption has bled into the cracks in his mind and there is no turning back.
Fuel powered ships.
Gas and coal has always been a constant, the most so in Pinpids who in recent years have been trying to refine and improve the output of the consumable power. Unfortunately no one has come up with an efficient way to move forwards, the tech for steam hasn’t been released to this society, and the touch of magic has been lost to the people.
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Population: 1 million
Attributes: High tech, cunning, leaders.
Temperment of the people: Friendly at face value, but the privileged elite are only skin deep.
Nova is a self-proclaimed paradise. CEOs, born billionaires, and people who climbed all the way up the ladder to success live in their gorgeous offices and beautiful homes. The smog and struggling working class are far away and a part of a world that isn’t important.
Nova’s economy is tightly wound with Pinpids’. The collapse of Pinpids would certainly result in the fall of Nova.
Species: Human, Fox Spirit
With one of the last magical families living in Nova, the Minami family invited one of the old guardians into their young child. The Kitsune that stepped into their infant had been moving within the spirit world for a thousand years. With the wisdom and power that came along with that spirit, Miku took on the world at eight. Even with the fire that burns through her she’s cool and precise. There is no success unless it involves her.
After the gothic years of highschool, Tino turned his life around for the benefit of his mother, who soon after died from cancer. He’s the smart kid that sat at the back of the class, who took the time to correct the teacher, but was too bored to do the homework or participate.
He’s succeeded in everything he’s touched, but nothing has held him down long enough to give him a title. The CEOs of the three biggest companies have tried pulling him in each of their directions, but his lack of alliance has boosted his status to celeb- a person who stands for himself and calls out everyone else’s bullshit. His following is large, and he pulls a larger weight than he knows.
Sole inheritor to the super company “Axel”. After her parents(mysteriously) died right after her 18th birthday she was able to step up into the top seat without a drop of hesitation. She’s warm when it comes to fashion, makeup, and current events that involve celebrities- but her demeanor changes dramatically when she sits at her desk and does her job.
Axel is the major force in the world’s Military Complex. They pump out soldiers, guns, and other destructive forces that would mow down humans, monsters, anything that could come in the way of a soldier.
Alienated by his parents, Tyrese grew up on the streets of Nova. The homeless population is very small in this city-state, and the streets were empty for Tyrese to run through. His connections to the underground that runs from city to city are the largest of any one person. Tyrese isn’t well known, and most people joke softly with the nickname “Tyrant”.
If you need to get something, or need to get something out, all you have to do is get down to the docks and wait until you see his signature armor.
Tech/magically powered ships.
Magic still pulses in Nova, even if it’s a pinpoint compared to Yel Ennore. The ships that Nova puts out are able to be moved by anyone who steps on them, the core of the ship a solid gem that only has a small portion of power. The rest of the ship is geared towards reusable energy, wind, solar, and gears. It’s the best mix of the rest of the tech that the cities have to offer. Money buys everything.