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The Wardens of Kyah
Not caught up yet? Click here for Session Eight: Relaquence and the Isles of Taerys! Far off in the distance, away from civility in the classical sense, the telltale rattling peel of thunder echoes the crashing roar of dark and treacherous waters. Blinding lightning flashes above, as tumultuous waves crash below, searing visions of violently flailing limbs, tentacles the size of mountains, into reality as they breach the surface of the Continental Sea. As brief as they exist in sight, they combat the screeching crests fighting to tear the thunderous lightning clouds beneath the water, bound to the darkness ended only briefly by their quarry. Creatures of all sorts were swarming here, wildly against any nature of their own or magical reasoning. It was a warzone of confusion in this gathering storm, above and below, thunder and wave, bouncing back and forth like bellowing laughter as their creator rallied His forces for freedom.
The Mistress’ Ring
I was broken from the moment He touched her. Or was it she that touched Him? Was it that point of contact between her golden finger which I adorned? Was it His burning flesh that melted the alabaster lotus woven from silver across the platinum band? Was it her uninhibited caress which shattered the sapphire dewdrops across the metallic petals? Was it my tears that turned to smoke and ran to bleed as rubies? All of myself, at once, broke to dust between their magnetic connection and the fragments cascaded to dampen the soil which felt the deepest heartache within me as I bore witness to my love becoming His Mistress.
The Skeletal Wood
Just over the army of frozen soldiers that were the petrified trees of the Skeletal Wood, glowing eyes, wise and ancient as time and life itself, loomed like twin suns on the horizon. Beneath their gaze, a summer breeze rolled as their possessor exhaled a gale that kicked up snow in flurries that clung to one another; ballroom dancers waltzing across a glittering powdered floor. It was funny, in a bone chilling sense that trickled down the spine and halted like the tip of an icicle, that this far north, summer just meant more winter.
Relaquence and the Isles of Taerys
Not caught up yet? Click here for Session Seven: The Cap and Tale! Within the historic borders of Ish-Gahn, two elvan races have stood the test of time to remain in their homeland while a great many of their kin have expanded to call other parts of the diverse realm home. Among an estranged peace, they respect one another’s presence and revere their respective gods as fellow worshipers of both Angehlah and Siesmet, just in varying capacities. While the, as they see themselves, more refined and civilized high elves, worship the Dragon Goddess of Sentience Angehlah primarily, the free-spirited and rugged wood elves serve the Creation Goddess of Life and Nature, Siesmet. However, no amount of shared devotion to either of these deities could bridge the philosophical gaps drawn between these two peoples.
Stars and Scars in the Dark
I watched from the withered wicker of the rocking chair as the drone arrived, delivered its bearing, and retreated into the space beyond the clouds from whence it came. It took me some time to even consider it, the package in question, as I consciously avoided scattered memories from this exact space, as I did frequently with task after task or a sedating mixture of tea leaves. Though in all the instances before, in which I drank my steaming nectar from a fired ceramic mug, I had not yet seen such an occurrence of visitor and courier. We remained there, myself and this delivery, eyeing each other down across a long lonely porch and steamy barrier, for a long while it seemed until I sighed that wall of vapor to ruin and placed its source upon the sturdy table that often bore it as a crown.
The Cap and Tale of Arhan-Zoul
Not caught up yet? Click here for Session Six: Vyscruxia's Departure! Arhan-Zoul is, without question, the most diverse of all of Rhyonis’ continents. Its enormous landmass and collective melding of countless cultures and peoples lends itself easily to be a varied grouping of setting and populace. No parts of it, however, seem so alien and otherworldly than the two oldest pieces of Arhan-Zoul that are hotly debated to even lay claim to being a portion of it.
The Toy Soldier
Once upon a time, long ago, in a world far different than ours, brilliant giants with minds that created worlds of their own, proudly walked the streets they conjured. Here, there was a single Toy Soldier. He was known simply as the Toy Solider by his creators and the one he was created for. Crafted by a master blacksmith and then enchanted to a semblance of life by the Smith’s husband, The Toy Soldier was created for their daughter so she’d always have a companion.
Not caught up yet? Click here for Session Five: The Farmer and the Tinkerer! In Arhan-Zoul's 2500 year history, there have only ever been two figureheads to take up the seat of leadership of the largest continent of Rhyonis; the Mantle. The first Mantle, was a matriarch who saw the first humans sail across the Continental Sea to Arhan-Zoul after its formation. She was an immortal human woman gifted with ever lasting life by an ancient human relic she discovered after the departure of the Ancient Brass Wyrm Vyscruxia. This magnificent white cloak was embroidered with a silvery pale blue metal from comets that fell from the heavens. The cloak itself, was made by unknown hands. It has an intricate, near impossible to see, symbol etched within its center appearing as two concentric Ms. This symbol is called a Miracle Mark. These Marks are known by esoteric circles to denote an object that was moved through the timelines to be placed where the Deity of Time, Malirica, had intended for it to be. Upon setting foot on the new land, she unleashed the magic within the Rhyonian Common Phrase Arhan-Zoul or, The Land of New Beginnings, and was recognized as the ruler of Arhan-Zoul. This is the story of Aumerilla Mantle, the departure of Vyscruxia, and the founding of the greatest nation of all of Rhyonis.
The Camel Rider
Her name, in sound and meaning, was perfection. For no word ever before lifted my heart, my spirits, or my soul to such great heights. Simply hearing it spoken from her tender lips, the moment we met, told me all that was needed to know of her to fall in love with every piece of her; Cinder.
The Farmer and the Tinkerer
Not caught up yet? Click here for Session Four: The Dark Isle! North of Ish-Gahn's lush forests, sprawling fields, and hazardous peaks, one would find themselves overlooking endless rolling lands of every imaginable green hue. Along the coastal shore here, separating two great lands, there are vibrant tropical islands of the snake humanoid race, known as Yuan-Ti. Even they were illuminated by the golden beacon of Life Essence from within the Life Glade; Rhyonis, the First Son. He shone so bright, so fervently, that even the northern continent of Qarte, beyond the Yuan-Ti's Serpentys Isles, the light seemed to rain on the fields, drizzling it with extremely fertile soil. This boon would not been taken for granted, for as soon as the first Halfling set their tiny foot upon the ground, the natural magic of Rhyonis' Essence began to spring into action, pulling the Halfling race far and wide across the vast landscape that was Qarte's mainland.
The Dark Isle
Not caught up yet? Click here for Session Three: Angehlah and the First People! Just off Ish-Gahn's northeastern coast, sleeps a colossal slab of deep jungle trees and lush, mossy floor. The near-black green of the trees topping the isle, like the burnt crust of a fresh loaf, looked a permanent shadow juxtaposed to the vibrancy of Ish-Gahn's shore. Several miles off, looming ominously, silent, it demanded the attention of those that lived in the surrounding area known as the Scaled Bay. Minds aflame with growing Sentience pointed, pondered, and painted legends of what might reside on the distant Dark Isle.
The Realm of Power: A Time Before Time
There weren't always dragons in the valley. Nor in the sky, sea, mountains, plains, or the Realm of Rhyonis to begin with. In truth, in the whole History of Rhyonis, the dragons, fierce and mighty as they are and have always been, were an afterthought. Yes, as laughable as the concept may seem, a Rhyonis with dragons was never part of the original intention of the realm. It was initially an escape.