I. The Spire
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The Spire

Inside the Bubble...

The magnetic field was erected more than 300 years prior after a devastating cataclysmic event nearly destroyed the continent. Almost all human-life was pulled from the bubble but a few societies remained. Today they number at roughly 2000 and have been trying to make a living inside of the bubble to varying levels of success.

For the most part the agricultural areas are acrid and fairly unyeilding, growing only the hardiest of crops and causing what few farm animals remained inside to become weak and sickly, providing little meat or other resources. Careful breeding has allowed these animals to thrive as best they can, as well as a small but durable breed of ponies. Many of the Naturals who live within the bubble have taken up residence in the Domiciles but some still prefer to live in the Woodlands or Fields. Natural predators such as wolves, cougars, and some bears still roam, as do other wildlife such as deer, foxes, birds, and other small varmints.

No real society has formed because the difficulty of surviving is so great. Weather has always been a bit uncertain inside the bubble and the natural predators seem to have been acting strangely, however as time as gone on things have certainly gotten worse.

No one is sure of the cause of the bubble, only that it occurred after the cataclysmic event, and was accompanied by the large black Spire which suddenly appeared as well. No one has been able to enter the Spire and anyone who tries to linger too close to the magnetic field or tries to pass through it has succumbed to a horrific and painful death.

Naturals will have noticed that the Old Gods (Vi, Mort, and Rae) do not seem to be present within the bubble no matter how many prayers are offered to them. Other lesser deities seem to be present however. All sorts of stories have been told to try and explain this strange occurrence, ranging from the bubble being protective, to it being a curse. Some have heard stories about what Caido was like, of mountain ranges and coastal empires and wintery fortresses. All that is known for sure though is that the world outside the bubble appears to be faring far better than the world within.

308 PC: Leafchange. The Arrivals...

Outlanders were not entirely unheard of for the natives of the Hollowed Ground. One might appear every 50 years or so, and even then news of the event would rarely reach all of the inhabitants. But one day, seemingly out of the blue, a great number of Outlanders suddenly arrived before the Spire. This many appearing all at once was worth taking note of. How did they arrive? Why are they here?

For the Outlanders and the Naturals both, this season has been a time of adjustment, of tolerance, requiring the exchange of much knowledge from both sides. Throughout Leafchange, the following occured:

  1. There seem to be two categories of god - Old Gods and New Gods. Of the Old Gods, the Naturals have introduced the Outlanders to Vi, Mort and Rae, but they have not been seen since before the magnetic field appeared.
  2. There are other Old Gods, however. Through prayer, random events and quests, several characters have been introduced to Frey (a god(dess?) of sex and sexuality - probably), Safrin (a beautiful goddess with starlight in her eyes who offers boons in exchange for spreading news of her name) and Ludo (a godlike being which can imitate dead/lost loved ones whose intentions are still murky at best)
  3. Gods can apparently be scary and terrifying.
  4. A monster guards the Spire known informally as the Spire Demon. According to the Naturals it does not eat, sleep or defecate and has been around for as long as the Spire's existence. By fighting the monster, it has also become apparent that it has a dislike for lightning and fire, it does not appear to be entirely... organic, and its bite is venomous. It will also attack on sight, and killed an Ascended - Wessex - when she attempted to fight it alone.
  5. The magnetic field is not merely dangerous in that it will not allow the inhabitants of the Hollowed Ground to leave - people who linger near the field for too long will eventually die, their internals reduced to sludge.
  6. The Outlanders were introduced to a festival celebrated by the Naturals: the Festival of Lights. Intended as a way to remember the dead, it appears that a lucky person may be favoured at the end of the festival and may catch a glimpse of those they have lost.

308 PC: Deepfrost. LongNight...

A time of preparation, brutality and survival. The Naturals warned the Outlanders of LongNight - a period of week-long darkness at the end of Deepfrost, renowned for danger and untold horrors. Throughout Deepfrost, the following occured:

  1. The New Gods made their presence known in the form of the Voice - a strange, holographic goddess seemingly tied to shrines. She is closely affiliated with the Ascended, and she is very keen to get into the Spire and out of the bubble.
  2. Conversely, the Old Gods - who have proven themselves equal parts sweet and horrific (sometimes the same god, sometimes in the SAME THREAD) - have expressed conflicting feelings over the barrier. Through interaction with them, Outlanders and Naturals have discovered that they must keep the Voice from escaping at all costs.
  3. Through a meeting in the Temple, it has been agreed that a group will attempt to dispatch the Spire Demon again in Flowerbirth in a better planned assault.
  4. Wessex came back to life during this meeting(!?)
  5. LongNight happened. Many perished:

    All of Emmett's family apart from his younger siblings.

These updates continue in II. The Greatwood!

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