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Valkaria - Deep Lore
The Vendar and Fort Reach
Fort Reach is not merely inhabited by bandits, but the true inheritors of Kanthis - a brutal, hardcore Banite tribe known as the Vendar, descended from the survivors of the Kanthian elite Red Legions. They already rule a substantial area of Galantia (what used to be The Plains), and now they’re intending to expand their rule to Valkaria, which they know is still resource-rich and not as environmentally damaged as continental Galantia. The group at Fort Reach is the vanguard contingent, sent to scout for viability and establish a bridgehead. They sailed over about two years ago, and they’re in process of rebuilding the town.
The stories of the Akari survivor are true, from the limited perspective of one left in chains in a dungeon. The Vendar have brought an Ogre Mage with them, an ally from the continent, who they’re allowing to magically experiment on their slaves. The Vendar are also allowing him a broad remit to gai
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Valkaria - Regional Lore
Morn
The city of Morn is an enigma. Ruined for centuries, deep in the Sytharian jungle, it’s believed it to be the first human settlement on Valkaria. Records held in Valverde and Pellia locate it conclusively, even highlight some limited aspects of its culture, mostly around its ornate marble-based architecture. But no-one has ventured there since long before the Mage Wars, and it’s widely accepted wisdom that much of what was once known about it, including the most ancient traditions of the island, are lost.
Officially-sanctioned Kanthian explorers are known to have gone in search of it at the height of the Mage Wars, hoping to find magical artefacts and lost treasures to feed their empire. They carried maps copied or looted from the archives of Pellia, and travelled with Valkarian guides. None returned. The tale of their disappearance is widely known, and reinforces the legend that the Sytharian jungles are cursed.
Every few years, one enterprisin
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Valkaria - Other regions
Doomhold
Doomhold is the name given to the site of Xerac’s Valkarian command centre, a granite-built maze of a city just over a hundred miles to the south of Valverde, across the Lesyan Fens. Its original Xeraj name goes deliberately unremembered. It was the backdrop for atrocities which scar the collective psyche of the people of Valkaria, over decades of Xeraj rule of the south of the island. It is notoriously permeated by magic; Xerac used dark magic to build its gigantic structures, and this magic is known to seep out in unpredictable and sometimes terrifying ways after so many centuries uncontrolled and unmanaged.
Troops from Valverde maintain an exclusion zone of three miles around it, by land and sea. The Great Houses provide most of the manpower, though the Ranger orders have overseen this operation for centuries. No-one goes in, nothing comes out. The only exceptions to this rule are very rare officially-sanctioned expeditions, chasing down some t
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Valkaria - Major cities
Valverde
Valverde is currently one of two pre-eminent powers on Valkaria. An ancient port city, it dominates the south-east of Valkaria, controlling dozens of smaller towns and villages. Valverdian lands stretch from the Cailian Forest and the rich agricultural lands along the River Valla, south to increasingly inhospitable moorlands, and westwards into the central lowlands of the island.
Before the Mage Wars, Valverde was a hub of sea trade between Galantia and Valkaria. Now, it’s much more focused on consolidating its power and influence on the island. It maintains trading fleets which travel up and down the coastline of its own territory, and sometimes up to Pellia in the north, as well as berthing a substantial fishing fleet.
But Valverde is not a monolithic state, ruled by Kings. When people speak of Valverde, they do so as a cypher for the Great Houses, and all that flows from them: the constant politicking and power-brokering, the way in which the G
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Valkaria - Races
Valkarian (human)
Valkaria’s native human population have endured invasion and tyranny, time and again, for thousands of years. From foreign witch-kings to internal power struggles, their culture has built into them an aptitude for the arts of war. But theirs have often been subtle conflicts: wars of resistance, assassination, rebellion, subterfuge. Their decades-long guerrilla war successfully prevented both Kanthis and Xerac from gaining full control of their eastern coastal heartlands, and they still constitute the human majority on the island despite the rise of Amara in the north. The dominant Valkarian warrior culture is based on the Ranger ethos and grounded in the realities of guerrilla warfare; loosely-governed, cellular, well-trained cadres, most at home in the wilds or the shadows, dedicated to protecting the people and the land but not tied to any one ruler or state. Before the Xeraj occupation of their island, Valkarians were also known as sailors, t
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Valkaria - Introduction
Valkaria is a large island which stretches about 1,800 miles north to south, and about 1,000 miles east to west at its widest point. It’s tropical at its northern tip, temperate around its central belt and increasingly cold to the south, encroaching onto the polar region of the world. The west and north of the island benefit most from warm oceanic currents which help support this mild climate, ideal for arable land. A few smaller islands punctuate the seas off the coastline, inhabited by smaller city-states and other isolated communities.
Valkaria lies about 800 miles to the west of a large continent called Galantia. The defining event of the history of both Valkaria and Galantia is the Mage Wars, a succession of increasingly severe conflicts between Galantian Kingdoms and Empires which left Galantia devastated due to the very heavy use of powerful destructive magic by ruling castes of arcane magic-users. Towards the end of the Mage Wars, the war between the Empires of Kanthis an
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Darkness Before Dawn - HD1
Hominis Dei
Part One- Darkness Before Dawn
By David Hoghton-Carter
I don’t remember how it all started, I was too young, maybe three or four. I just know what I’ve found in the Library. There are a few disjointed memories from a few years later, though.
The most powerful memory I have is of finding the Library. It was during the riots, one of the bad ones. I recall that I’d been separated from my mum and dad; I’m not sure how, it’s just a kind of discontinuity – one moment they were there, holding my hand as we were trying to get some food from one of the kitchens, the next moment I was alone, hiding behind a dumpster down an alleyway, covering in fear as things kicked off a few metres away. There were gunshots, then the roar of engines as an evac ship flew overhead – that one just seemed to makes things worse, and as I look back on it I’m pretty sure it must have been one of the last to depart, leaving the rest of us behind as the world went to
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The Ethics of Inhalation
Question: You see someone smoking a cigarette in a public bar, where doing so is illegal. Do you a) go over and ask them to put the cigarette out, b) ignore it – it’s not your problem, c) object to the bar manager, d) cower in fear at the prospect of a beating if you say anything, e) leave or f) light one yourself now someone has else has broken the law first.
For me, the answer would be a combination of a), c) and e). After all, it’s illegal, it’s harmful, and the bar manager is letting it happen. Of course, I’m not a smoker, and I do have a clear view on this sort of thing, so it is a clear-cut case to me. However, I know that there are plenty of people for whom this kind of thing represents a grey area, or an invasion of civil liberties. Hence here I am, hoping to convince some of those in the latter category to come over to my side of the argument.
I’m not going to go off on an unsupported rant here about the evils of smoking. No, I think there are ple
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In Defence of Russia
Russia, the Great Bear of the East, is today widely vilified here in the West. Not for any good, logical reason, but just because it’s a foreign country and there’s a long history of mutual antipathy. However, we should, and we must, put aside these old prejudices and realise that Russia has never had it so good, and our relations with her have never been so full of promise.
A contentious statement, I know, so allow me to explain. We in the West see Russia through a red-tinted lens. That other great beast - the media - seems intrinsically hostile to Russia. This is in part because the ability to cite a great enemy to demonise sells copy, and partly because of the legacy of communism and the Cold War. What is more, many in the higher echelons of modern Western politics hail from the Cold War era, or have advisors who hail from the Cold War era, and so face the twin problems of needing to pander to the suspicions of the masses and of trying to put aside their own received paran
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Diyala Cluster Materials
DIYALA CLUSTER CAMPAIGN MATERIALS
Notable Independent Power Groups in the Diyala Cluster
Geserian Nomads
Late in the era of the Second Exodus, attempts were made to settle a very geologically active world which was dubbed Geseris. Though the planet was relatively Earthlike, it was best comparable to the Earth of millions of years before the rise of humanity, with frighteningly stormy weather and large-scale volcanic activity affecting the surface. Despite numerous setbacks in the early days, the colonists tried to stick with their efforts to settle their new home, attracted by massive mineral wealth, and looked to be on the verge of succeeding against the odds until a massive tectonic shift under their main city set off a near-cataclysmic series of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The colony was decimated and the survivors took to space like their great-grandparents had done before them. However, their search for a new world to settle was in vain; there were simply no virgin worlds
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The Wesley Incident
Jacen slouched back in his chair, his feet up on the console rumpling the laminated pages of the ops manual. Off to his left, Cole was still fiddling with that infuriating logic puzzle he'd found in that sweaty bazaar in Beacon Ridge. The new guy, Esdan, was staring intently at the monitors, as though he expected the whole Sully Second Fleet to turn up at any moment.
Their bunker was SBC15, somewhere around the centre of the Southern Chain, right in the middle of nowhere. Even after so long, mining and settlement still hadn't reached this far down, but someone at command had decided a while back that the flanks needed to be covered. So just over thirty of these bunkers had been built, each nothing more than a cramped control room, a bunkroom this size of a sardine tin, eight square feet of head, and a dozen high-yield missiles. And they couldn't even go outside for long; with the air so thin, it wasn't possible to take a walk without a rebreather, and some asshole had thought it would
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Global Citizenship Redux
The idea of global citizenship is an old one, but it is perhaps only recently that it gained much meaning beyond the dreams of philosophers and bohemians. It is an incontestable fact that few people around the world actually consider themselves to be full-fledged members of a global political community, and there is certainly no single, coherent global political apparatus that can readily compared to a complete and functioning state. However, the phenomena of globalisation has brought about a change in the nature of world politics, and global citizenship – as the idea that all human beings should enjoy the same citizen rights and responsibilities by virtue of all being members of a single political community – can now be meaningfully discussed as a potential solution to worldwide political issues.
First, I should outline my view of globalisation and its impact. To me, globalisation involves much more than the rise of free trade and liberal-capitalism. The global economy isn't new or un
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Last Words
I realise how terribly cliched this may sound, but everything seems so clear with hindsight. No matter what they might say about me, about my life, about what I achieved, my conscience is clear. Indeed, I've reached the conclusion that what we did changed the world for the better.
Perhaps they are right when they say I could have prevented what happened. But what is there to prevent? Before the cleansing, this land was an ocean of corruption. Once, God struck down Sodom and Gomorrah for their sins. I have felt his hand upon me throughout all of this. At times my task has weighed heavily upon me, but now I see things with a much greater sense of clarity. All of this was inevitable, and it happened for a reason. God saw the horror, the hypocrisy, the decadence, the injustice – my brother and I were the ones tasked with setting this world right.
Call me mad if you will, but consider how this 'crisis' has impacted upon the rest of the world. The nations have come together, united in tackli
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The Diyala Cluster
The Diyala Cluster
Introduction
The Diyala Cluster is a group of 22 star systems to the immediate galactic south of the ULP/Anatarean border territory, the star Diyala itself resting within about a dozen parsecs beyond the most southern of the main contested systems. The whole cluster is noted for its rich resource base; though it has only one Earth-like world, the area was extensively settled during the later years of the Second Exodus. The various communities of the Diyala Cluster are well-dispersed and have remained independent of any major galactic power for over seven hundred years, existing by trading amongst themselves and with the various galactic powers which have risen and fallen over the centuries.
Life has tended to be harsh on many of the Diyala Cluster's colonies, most barely worthy of the title, stations built up behind glass and steel on moons, asteroids and small planets. Throughout the inhospitable outer systems of the Cluster, there are hundreds of these small mining
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Hate To Say I Told You So
Hate To Say I Told You So
Dave Hoghton-Carter
So here we are. A good chunk of a year has gone by since I wrote about the potential failings of the modern Liberal Democrat Party. I'm still a (fairly) rabid Lib Dem supporter – and the Party's new leader, Menzies Campbell, is the butt of 'grey man' jokes on "Dead Ringers".
However, I still see him as the elder statesman that the Party needs. The problem, as I noted in my last tract, is that he lacks good material to work with. The Party seems to be stuck in a bit of a rut, and it's leader has been drawing criticism precisely because he is a victim of this. Though the Lib Dems have gained ground well over recent years, their overall political presence is fading again, especially in the face of the threat from Cameron.
So I'm going to do what I didn't want to do before. I'm going to speculate. I'm going to argue that it's time to radicalise the Lib Dems once again.
The problem is the paradigm. The Lib Dems are thinking in the same kind of w
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So, I haven't been writing much lately. Not really in the right kind of headspace, unfortunately.

Still, I've been lurking around DA a bit, and it's great to see so much wonderful art being made. Feel free to drop in and say hi :)
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