Being a log of the bizarre play-whenever-we-have-time-and-desire campaign recently started by yours truly.
(Fans of the Star Ocean series will recognise the setting as the Roak of First Departure. The canon-screw of Last Hope is mostly ignored - although Edge and co. did visit and did rescue Sarah, the details of the incident are far, far removed from what appeared in-game. Mostly because it involved a cure for the mysterious stone sickness that wouldn't hit the planet for 320 years...)
This first post is a quick run-down of the Muah Kingdom, where the first set of sessions will take place, along with the races of Roak, and will be updated with info on the other major kingdoms once it becomes relevant.
The Muah Kingdom
The smallest of the four kingdoms clustered together in the northern hemisphere of Roak. Most of the population are Fellpool, although the other races are not an unusual sight.
Its name comes from the long-dead Muan civilisation, who came down from the skies full grown yet lacking tails or wings, and lived amongst the races until the first Demonic War, whereupon they all perished or disappeared. The fragment of their story left to the royal family of Muah speaks of their greatest regret, a mysterious incident tied closely to the legendary Eye of Hope.
It has two major cities, the port city of Portmith and the city of Haute. Although Muah is small, Portmith and Haute see a lot of traffic from people crossing between countries and by mercenaries and pilgrims travelling to the Celestial Ship and the nearby town of Kraat.
Portmith is the biggest city, and plays host to some of the most impressive docks in the known world, stretching out over almost two miles of water in a massive set of 'branches'. It's known across the world for the excellence of its seafood and the quality of its jewellers, who make jewelry from coral and shells. Although it's a port city, the crime rate is kept low by an exceptional local police force and the requirement of having a pass to move in and out of the three gates that lead outside the massive stormwalls surrounding it.
Haute is situated high up in the mountains that straddle the kingdom, and boasts both exceptional trade in weapons and armour and some of the most comfortable inns in the world. Its size is deceptive - it's built in a terraced design, meaning that homes and businesses that appear small from the outside are acually quite large on the interior.
Kraat is a small town experiencing a sudden boost in the number of visitors thanks to the Celestial Ship. Originally little more than a farming community, it's finding itself forced to expand to meet the needs of the pilgrims. The people retain their small-town charm and easy-going manner, and any visitor can be certain of a warm welcome.
The Celestial Ship is the wreck of a strange silver machine that fell from the sky just after the beginning of the Third Demonic War. As the Fellpool believe that the gods live amongst the stars in their Holy Sanctuary, many people believe it to be some kind of a message from the gods. Nobody has ever managed to get inside it, though, so who knows what lies inside...
The Races of Roak
The most populous race on Roak. Fellpool are agile an agile people with slightly pointed ears and cat-like tails, who have equal skill in the art of combat and the mysticism of Symbology. They are in general an easy-going race, with a tendancy to prefer living in small, friendly communities which emphasis community, family, and working for the greater good.
A predatory offshoot of the Fellpool race found almost exclusively in the kingdom of Astral. Although they share the sharp ears and tails of the Fellpool, they are all marked with stripes in shades of red, orange and yellow across their bodies. They are physically very powerful, but they lack the skill to become truly talented Symbologists, and very few make the effort to learn the art. Their kingdom and capital, Astral, and neighbouring Tatroi, are built heavily upon personal strength and achievement in the name of honour and serving their king.
An almost angelic race rarely seen outside their mysterious home. They are a very slender race with large bird-like wings on their backs. In order to fly, they have hollow bones and odd 'air pouches' in their chests, making them extremely fragile. As a race, they have an almost frightening talent for Symbology, and any Featherfolk found outside their hidden homeland is guaranteed to be a powerful Symbologist. Their city is believed to be somewhere in the mountains of Astral, but nobody seems to know for sure.
A dead race of powerful symbologists and scientists. Little is known of them now, apart from the tales of their fall from the sky and eventual disappearance.