Friday, May 11, 2012
Founded by a priest named Olsten Gillespie in the year 973, Ashe became notorious in the area for its strange religious practices, predominately its rituals worshiping a deity that lived in the lake. It was incorporated in 1001, but it was abandoned in 1005 after a majority of the population mysteriously vanished.
In 1066, the town was reinhabited by descendants of Olsten Gillespie. The coven quickly grew to a peak population of 2500, but epidemics in the area reduced it to a stable 1500.
The Church of Truth came to the coven in 1198, and the rapid conversion of the residents caused the shrines in the area to close down. By 1213, the Church had almost complete control over the coven.
The residents of Ashe committed suicide about 3 months after the Ach-Aulli Riots in 1215. They drowned themselves in the nearby lake. Many writings left behind reference a curse afflicting the town.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Materia is the fourth planet around a yellow star just slightly larger than the Sun. It is just a little larger than Earth and orbits a bit further from its host star than Earth's orbit. The atmosphere is very similar to Earth's. There are two moons orbiting Materia. Tali, the larger of the two, is a deep red color due to iron rust on the surface, and Kali is a white color from anorthositic lava flows.
The Materian year is 390.1 days, and the day is about 30 hours. This makes it easy to divide the calendar into 13 months of 30 days (3 weeks of 10 days).
There are 6 continents on Materia. Five of these continents are in the northern hemisphere, and Pendel is the lone continent in the south.
There are 5 intelligent races on Materia, and all of them are capable of using magic to some degree.