Asterleth would be quite a peaceful place if it were not for a new threat that menaces all of the mountian tribes, the Children of Illium, as they call themselves.
Illium is a planet that is around seventy thousand miles closer to it's star then Asterleth, and as such it has become a dry dusty desert with baking tempretures by day, freezing tempretures at night and not much of an atmosphere. Almost all the aliens who lived on it died, but several thousand managed to escape and landed their spacecraft,which now have no fuel to move any further, upon Asterleth.
Before the disaster a few of the richer countries on both Illium and Asterleth had developed space travel and had contacted each other and even traveled to each other's planets a couple of times,and they were talking about developing a trade network for things that niether planet possessed. Of course there was caution but it was certenly deep in the planning stage.
Then the star grew hotter and Illium burned. Nearly all of it's inhabitants died in agony on the surface, or fled to the deep caves only to starve to death when their food ran out. There were only a few spacecraft,and only time to make a few more. These had no "warp drives".None could travel through deep space and there were no hibernation chambers or any of that kind of technology.The spacecraft were little more then oversized rockets, with only enough fuel to reach Asterleth and land safely.
On board were the richest most powerful people of Illium, with their families and servants and bodyguards.
By the time they arrived Asterleth was in trouble as well. The oceans were warming up.Massive hurricanes and tornados were destroying the cities and the crops. Many had starved to death allready and the plains had allready become what they are today. The only good land was on the mountian tops and the polar regions, the rest had either been flooded by the warm oceans as they expanded or was disease-filled.
Much of the water seethed with bacteria. There was a deadly disease that could get through the slightest cut in the skin, where it caused the skin to peel off whilst turning the internal organs into mush.There was a deadly purple fungus that could choke the lungs,as well as infecting the skin,making sufferers scratch their skin off and then fall victim to the bacteria.And there were other diseases spread by mosquitos.
Whilst the Children of Illium are no more evil then humans (which can be pretty evil sometimes) they are determined to survive and if that means slaughtering the People of the Sky and taking their land, so be it. They can cope with the warm tempretures and humidity of the plains, can breath the air, and can drink the water, but food is more of a problem.They cannot grow crops because of the heat,have limited stocks of food left in their spacecraft, and not all the fish they catch are edible.
The Children of Illium had spacesuits with them, made of metal with leather on top, but the leather tore in the humid conditions and the moving parts rusted and had to be replaced by cloth.There were only a very few places where crops would grow, and many of the native fruits had either died out or caused stomach upsets or worse. Their weapons are now spears and sabres. They sleep in their spacecraft.
They soon found out that the only good land was in the polar regions or on the mountian tops, but the People of the Sky were not prepared to give up their land. The war that developed was savage on both sides.At first it was fought with guns, then,when the ammunition ran out, with hand-to-hand weapons, often laced with deadly fungus to make them more dangerous.Neither side took prisoners.
The "Children of Illium" ,are very much like humans, except that their skin is bluish,which protected them from ultraviolet radiation on their own planet, and they have tentacles instead of arms,with suckers upon them.
Any wounds that they have which draw blood have a high chance of getting infected because of where they now live and leading to their deaths, although bruises do not cause this problem. They also face danger from various types of disease which stalk the humid plains,and which also attack any of the Sky People who spend more then a few days or weeks upon the plains.
When they arrived they wiped out a few tribes quickly and took their mountians, but the others fought back with spiky bamboo defences, with rocks which they dropped or rolled down the mountian, and with the few guns that they possess...but now like the Children of Illium, the Sky People have almost no ammunition.Also, the Children of Illium tire quickly on the mountian slopes and cannot fight for long periods of time up there.