This is a setting I am working on:
Â Linked to Corvus (npc=62) and GalwaEnchena (Item=122)
The Anchilles mountains are a series of 16 semi-dormant volcanos, with dozens of lower hills, in the North Western parts of The Land. Â The mountains are high, broad, and flat topped. Â There are several dozen lakes, mostly round and so warm that ice never forms in them. The forrests are filled with strange low softwooded evergreen trees. Â They surround geysers, hotsprings, and mud flats. It is a beautiful, but not very hospitalable mountain range. Â
Upon very top of Mount of Peace is The Temple of The Forgotten Ones. Â The temple is said to be a place of worship for all Gods that no longer have temples (or priestly orders) of their own. Â The Order of the Lost, a monkly order, first built then maintained the temple at this site for the last 1700 years. Â Since that time, they have created a massive collection of commentaries and copies of ancient works, many of which are histories. Â The collection draws the occasional scholars and curious individual to the temple. They report that working with the mysterious monks is almost as difficult as the trip up the Mount of Peace
The temple itself is an exotic structure, built in a vaguely Elven style. Â It is quite large and several stories tall in some places. Â The bluish green roof is quite striking against the nearly constant grey overcast of the rain clouds. Â It stands quite precariously upon the rim of Mount of Peace's dormant volcanic dish, where a lake now stands. (If viewing the lake from the temple the reflection seems more real than the temple.) There is no great wall around the temple, as all are welcomed. Â Â
Surrounding the temple is a large compound where the monks (and nuns), and associated families live. Â Compound is nearly a misnomer, it is a town verging towards city. Â It is a thriving and diverse community in the compound. There appears to be several ethnic groups here. To the informed eye, they are ethnic types and styles of clothing that are found no where else in the world. Â
In fact most of the Monks here (and their families) are of an Ethnic group never seen on the planet. Â The Monks are also the source of all kung-fu found in the known world. Â (All Monk class members in this campaign are members of the Order of the Lost or Assasins). Â
In addition to a cryptic "remembering", the monks have few duties to the outside world. While they travel in small groups (sometimes alone) looking and remembering, they do little work in charity, healing, or prostylizing. Â In fact, they seem to ignore what most religious orders seem to think as the most important things. Â The Monks have been known to search out items and artifacts that have significance to them, very in excess of the importance of said items should have.
Another tale surrounding the monks is the silver broadsword. Â They have been seen carrying these items and giving them to apparently random people. The Monks also seem to search for these swords a frequently, retriving those given out once their purpose is served is the popular thought on the subject. Â Actually it is not many swords, but just one.
If you press monks at the temple as to what their duties are, you will be shown "The Burden". Â It appears Â a simple silver broadsword. It is the weapon GalwaEnchena [item=122]. Â
Corvus [npc=62] forged the greatest weapon ever known. A weapon that can not only kill a God, but an entire Army or Country, with one simple stroke... if you can pay the price. Â It was on the rim of Mount Peace (called something else then) that it was forged in one moonspan nearly 2000 years ago. Â In fact, one of the central halls of the Temple has the short standing stone that Corvus used to make it. Â It is on that stone that GalwaEnchena rests, until the strings of destiny pull it to someone. Â
The Order of the Lost was founded by those "displaced" by GalwaEnchena's use. They discovered their fate, to be lost to history. They strove to survive in a fashion. Now they collect those who have been effected by GalwaEnchena, giving them a way to survive in a world that will eventually forget who and what they are. Â
They also keep track of The Burden. Â They escort it into the world and bring it back when its job is done. Â The head of the Order is known to occasionally speaks with The Burden, but that is still just a rumor. Â
Note: All member of the Order have Temporal Dimensional Empathy and Paranormal Memory. Â They can sense disruptions in the flow of time and space, sense dimensional displacements and extradimensional items and people, and know when history has been altered or changed. Â They