The times are growing harder, for all of the worlds. In Lyra's world, the Armoured Bears and Witches grow anxious within the frozen wastelands of the north, where further south, dæmons grow fearful. Even in Will's World, people are beginning to feel anxious, though they are not sure why. A war is coming. A war that threatens to engulf all of the worlds. It is the war of the Authority and the Republic of Heaven, created by Lord Asriel himself to overthrow the monarchy of the Almighty. And thrown in the middle of this, are two children, destined to hold the greatest weapons known to all the worlds. So what will you do? Will you fight to defend the Authority, or join Lord Asriel to help bring about its destruction. Armies are mustering, and the time is drawing nearer. Every person makes a difference. What will your's be?
Lord Asriel has opened a bridge to the city seen in the aurora borealis, and he has taken it upon himself to travel to the city in the clouds. Accompanying him is Marisa Coulter, and together, they have travelled to the other worlds, leaving Lyra's World, perhaps for good. A furious Magisterium has excommunicated the both of them, and stripped Lord Asriel of his title, and his possessions in Lyra's World. The bridge itself is sealed, as the Magisterium is now struggling to prevent others from accessing it.
But Lord Asriel's act has triggered other anamolies in Lyra's World, as strange windows have opened everywhere. They are nearly invisible to the naked eye, but sightings of them have been reported, and they are growing in number.
Meanwhile, the Magisterium has to contend with a serious breach of security where a large group of Republican commandos have infiltrated the grounds of the College of St Jerome's. Stringent reviews are now being undertaken of the Magisterium's security measures.
And at Oxford, Ryan Whitman is testing something which could change the world as we speak...
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Gender: Female Species: Human Affiliation: Republic of Heaven Character Profile Played By: Jess
Era: Tribal Kingdoms, before big empires emerge.
Species: The land contains four sentient species:
Humans: Humans in this world have dæmons of the same sex, and while homosexuality is rather common (at 32% of couples, known as bonded pairs) and accepted, it is not the majority. Most humans in this world look similar to people from the Middle East and India. Pale skin tones are seen as a sign of illness, and are not attractive. Humans make up the majority of the sentient species, a little less than half the population are humans (41%).
Visai (Pronounced Vee-SIGH): The second highest percentage (28%) belongs to this species. Marked by ashen to coal black skin (and every shade in between) and bright contrasting tattoos, Visai can live up to three times as long as a human, and they often make up the ruling class of a kingdom. Tattoos start at the back at birth, and spread outward with age. Common colors for these markings include cyan, yellow, white, purple and green, but other colors and variations have been seen, as the genes for tattoo colors are co-dominant. Their eyes have blue sclera, their irises are often darker colors like brown or deep hazel, and the pupils are elliptical in shape. Their hair comes in many different shades, often light ones like blonde and red. Generally speaking, they are taller and stronger than humans, but lack any sort of aggressive drive or nature, leading to the current peace between kingdoms.
Cossil (Pronounced: COH-seel): This dæmon-less species makes up 19% of the population. They are deeply faithful in their polytheistic religion, Baffa. Baffa is very similar to Hinduism, it is the counterpart to Hinduism in Will's world. They are reptilian in appearance, with reddish brown scales and black nails. They are tall, lack hair and have thick tails that help them jump and balance. Many of them are civil servants.
Alverae (Pronounced all-VUR-ay): Also known as water-bodies. They are small, agile peoples with translucent-blue skin and webbed fingers and toes. Their eyes are completely yellow, with no iris and catlike pupils. You can see most of their blood vessels through their skin, but they are mostly made of water, and some thin areas like hands are completely see-through. Their hair is feathery and deep green, like their nails. They are amphibious, breathing both air and water, but only breathing water at birth. Alverae are skilled swimmers and fishermen, but are also renowned healers. They can utilize Dust (which they call Alva) to heal many ailments and even instantly fix injuries. They live to be about forty years old, and they are the smallest percentage, of 12%. The dæmons of Alverae never settle, because they need to be able to breathe air and water.
NOTE: The only species that doesn’t have dæmons is the Cossil. All dæmons are the same sex as their counterpart except for rare cases.
This whole world is in the very young, and in the early stages of development. The planet is covered in islands instead of large continents, the largest island being approximately the size of Texas. This is essential to the growth of the kingdoms within. They are interdependent, and have been for the past hundred years. Currently, these many kingdoms are experiencing a golden age of cultural and economic growth.
On the largest island, two great kingdoms co-mingle happily; contemplating a union between them while trade continues rapidly. In the west, the technologically advanced kingdom of Ussab starts to build a closed aqueduct across the desert, and discovers a new way to farm that practically doubles their current crop. On the east of the island, the Bafi kingdom, economic prosperity has allowed government subsidies in the arts, and many writers, musicians and artists now make the capital their home. Many smaller countries live peaceably amongst these two larger kingdoms, but so far, nothing of consequence has cropped up there.
There have been rumors of a mysterious new city cropping up in the middle of the desert in the center of the island.
Both: Inter-species relationships are taboo. Relationships between the different classes are forbidden. People think that there is one person that they are destined to be with for eternity, but often it is not the first relationship they enter. They also think that there is only one true child for them, that they were destined to love and cherish. Heterosexual couples rarely adopt, since generally biological children are automatically considered “true children.” Children who are adopted are often orphaned, the second child, or born out of rape or wedlock. Children born out of inter-species relationships are killed.
Slaves are never freed, and do not get a true child or a true love. Most slaves are humans or Alverae, although the other species are seen as slaves from time to time. They are bred like cattle, with little regard for health or safety. Only house slaves or slaves with important jobs can speak a language, and even fewer can read or write. Slaves are branded clearly at birth, usually on their forehead for boys and on the back of the hand on girls. Sexual relationships with slaves is seen as disgusting, like having sex with an animal, and it is generally accepted that slaves are incapable of higher thoughts or emotions like love.
Bafi: A religious center ruled by a High Priestess. At the top are the ruling priestesses, followed by scholars, then civil servants, then artisans, farmers and merchants. At the bottom are freed criminals, and then after that are slaves. Bafi’s social hierarchy isn’t very mobile, only the lower and middle classes can change. Slavery is very common, with the middle class having one to three slaves, and the upper class having as many as one hundred. The high priestess has about two hundred slaves working in the palace, about ten of them being her personal servants.
The current High Priestess is a young Visai named Sedaph. She is a progressive leader, using the current economic situation to advance education and other areas like medicine. She was the one who made the lower and middle classes mobile, by putting in vocational schools for the lower class so they could learn a trade. She has tried to start a free education program for children, but it has fallen flat after the council didn’t approve it.
The council is made up of ten priestesses, most of them older, but some of them as young as thirty. The people in the capital choose the council, and the council for chooses the High Priestess, who rules for life.
Ussab: This kingdom is the most technologically advanced in the world. They recently developed waterpower, like aqueducts and irrigation. Their industry has just started to grow. The social structure is quite mobile, with plenty of poor people ascending their ranks due to skill or sheer intelligence. They use a meritocracy system similar to the Chinese; with civil service exams and courses available to the public.
Their government is made up of two branches that balance each other; the Ministry of Thought and the Ministry of Action. The Ministry of Thought processes laws and governs the kingdom, tries criminals and negotiates with other kingdoms. The Ministry of Action acts on the orders of the other Ministry, like apprehending criminals. The police force is commanded by Ministry of Action. It is rumored that there’s turmoil between the two branches, and some people believe that the Ministry of Action is going to take over, but nothing has happened so far.
Most of the smaller islands are tropical in climate, with sandy soil and not a lot of cold temperatures. None of them have very big mountains, and there is not a lot of rock to speak of in general. There aren’t many tall trees, but huge salt-water reeds are strong enough to build many things, including small watercraft.
Islands are scattered in groups, and usually the islands are very small, so people in nearby islands pool resources. A few islands are actually dead coral reefs, but in the shallow waters around the islands, plenty of living coral reefs can be seen.
The biggest island is rounded in shape, with a noticeable divot on the south west coast. That bay is where the capital city of Ussab is located. In the center is a massive desert that only leaves fifty miles from the coast at any point. Like any desert, the temperature fluctuates greatly there. Only skilled travelers can survive crossing it, and it takes two to four weeks to make the journey.
This is all right, although some clarification on Baffa would be appreciated. If Baffa is similar to Hinduism, how is it similar to Hinduism's counterpart, electricity and anbaric energy? Hinduism is a religion, not an energy source.
Righto. Please use eg in the sentence to show that you're using the anbaric power/electricity as an analogy as it may confuse readers, or remove it all together as I think it's pretty clear that Baffa is the counterpart to Hinduism in Will's World without the anbaric power/electricity example.
Other than that, good to go! Well done, Jess!
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