The Southern Knights were not specifically part of this set of posts, which is not yet done. I need to write up the King, the Queen, the two Princesses , and the Elven King. One to two plots to go with it. Hmmm, I am a bit behind.
A ceremonial detachment of soldiers, not entirely unlike the Winged Guards of the White Tree from Tolkien mythology. I especially like how the Order maintains it's duties despite the split between the Blue and Yellow, though there is some friction implied in the text. Go to Comment
Cool. I see these guys as being something like the fantasy equivalent of the Secret Service- pleasant, polite, and definitely not equipped for total war, but still more than tough enough to kick the posteriors off of any would-be assassin. I'd imagine that any sort of attack on the palace would be driven off in an elegantly brutal fashion (rapier through the chest, then violently kicked off the blade into another group of assailants). Go to Comment
The texts indicates we should remember that those who die in these tombs go to Merideth. Why would I remember that when this fact was not mentioned in the text until that point.
This is because all the Aviontix submissions are part of a coherient set. They all require each other to be properly used.
I do apologize, I thought Merideth had been linked and that this submission was spell corrected. I would of sworn on my sould I had spell corrected it (after I released the sub). But you are more than right, it needed it. That has been corrected. The link is also in place.
On the plus side, it is interesting that an avian race would have tombs in the ground - it is contrary to ones expectations and provides a reason for what otherwise would be bizarre traps.
The Aviontix are humans. They are not bird people. Their concept of spirit is that of things of the air, thus their gods are represented by birds. Like the Egyptians that had Bird Gods (among others) and Mammoth Tombs, the Aviontix build big and worshiped the Gods from the Air. Go to Comment
Actually not pyramids. Those have long since been broken into and down. More akin to those tombs found in The Valley of the Kings. In actually, they more resemble the Mayan tombs in type and function. Go to Comment
The texts indicates we should remember that those who die in these tombs go to Merideth. Why would I remember that when this fact was not mentioned in the text until that point. It would be better to me for the text to indicate that those who die here have their souls sent to Merideth, and explain why. I would not make the assumption that the reader will have read all of the Aviontix before reading this sub, and this appears to be a major fact.
I had to do some searching to find out what Merideth is - the first occurance should be linked to improve readability, or even adding the phrase ("the Aviontix City of the Dead"), etc.
On a minor note - there are a few typos here - Gauntlet,greath,etc, and Larger has an extra capitalization.
On the plus side, it is interesting that an avian race would have tombs in the ground - it is contrary to ones expectations and provides a reason for what otherwise would be bizarre traps. Go to Comment
This idea has that old MoonHunter feel to it- if you could call a setting piece utilitarian, that's what it would be.
I echo Kendra's remark about the gods' names simply being the names of birds. In fact, I like the whole vibe of it. I can imagine the heroes stalking through dark ruins in an ancient slot canyon, amidst pillars carved like ascending flocks of stylized birds, and approaching statues carved like bird-headed men.
So overall, I like it.
I like the fact that the names of the Gods are so old, that they have become just the names for the birds. It also allows you to spot ancient religious artifacts instantly by seeing the bird pattern. Go to Comment
Now I forsee some reincarnating historical figures and a few NPCs with historical ties to Aviontix....
The Hawkstar: A hero that keeps coming back to undo Evil done by man in the world. He is a warrior that uses ancient weapons and can summon a pair of wings (if desired). Current manifestation has him fighting a corrupt theocracy....
Master Destini is one of the world mages, those who are responsible for sheparding the world. Destini is an Avatar of Divine Order. Destini became this avatar twelve centuries ago when he became the wielder of The Destiny Helm (Sort of a stylized Hawk's Beak, and flaring tops... more gryphon than bird). This artifact is the actual Avatar, granting the ability to perceive order and chaos, and shift wild chaos towards order and unyeilding order towards a gentle randomness.
Fate's Tower: Almost not a material location. Only those who have have a heroic destiny (Will be heroes, are heroes, or are heroes that have lost their way) can actually find it with any regularity. (It is impossible to see from the sky) It is a forty by forty foot square tower about 90 feet tall, with castly like ramparts at the top. There is no door, and only one window about 75 feet up. You will find it impossible to climb or enter it without permission from Destini.
Golvek: A master work golem that could ascend to Godhood if it wanted to. It was created to mimic any skill, power, or ability that came within 100 feet of it. It was designed to be the ultimate creation, then used in a bit of fury as an ultimate weapon. Golvek is now trying to determine its place in the universe.
Dove and Hawk: These spirits guide pairs who must maintain the balance between the violence and peace to maintain order. Those so endowed gain great strength and durrability.
The Raven: This one does not appear as a bird based villian/ hero. However, the god sends out avatars from time to time to create death and chaos for him to feed off of. Currently the Raven is a high Bishop in the Corrupted Theocracy, only a few steps from the HighOne. Go to Comment
This is another early mostly human society. It was Stone, moving into the Bronze, age society. As with all early societies, it was harnessed under the yoke of religion, with temples being the central unifying focus. They built in adobe and clay, with only a minimum of stone. That is why few of their temples or cities survive.
The Sarethian's deities were serpentine in nature, as the Aviontix were avian. It was not an Evil Society, as most people assume snake worshipers are. It was a mixed back of good, kind of good, and kind of selfish dieties. There are more records of Sarethian society, as their written language formed the earliest foundation of written modern Human languages. That is not to say there is a lot of records, just some. Very little survives of their culture except for a few scrolls of exceptional poetry and magical theories, and their entire legal system (which was draconic at best - mercy not being a big quality for the Sarethians).
If one pays attention to those records, Sarethians were said to have immense healing powers and to have healthy long lives associated with it. They had skills in mind and illusion magics, but little else. Most of what they had was meditation based, with a few things stolen from the Aviontix. Go to Comment
I just saw that this three post thread has been viewed 2400 times on Strolen Version 1.0. That is more than the Arth Main thread. I was stunned by it, until I realized how many threads and settings and characters I had linked to the Aviontix. Then it sort of made sense, or at least seemed possible.
Having an "ancient" civilization to harken back to is handy. It allows you to create things that you would never want a "modern civilization" to be able to do (that keeps the players from just going out and buying such things or making them themselves). Having its basics fleshed out, but not detailed is great. Everyone can take their own spin on the subject AND since the history itself is vague there is a lot of story wiggle room.
Ancient lands allows you to build up stories (and back stories) because you can start your piece up from Times Before Time. Would Scarobmontus be as cool if he came from somewhere else? Possibly. But he has ties to an ancient land and peoples. (He has also Merideth to draw upon).
Think of your ancient land as a foundation. Sure you may never see it, but it is there supporting your work.
What I am wondering is would anyone want to see more of it. Do you want details on anything, or should I just keep posting the general and vauge ideas associated with it. Or should I just leave it alone, It is done.
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