Aerethia (Aeretiya both names can be used equally) a lush continent roughly the size of Europe and enclosed by oceans from three sides. North of it lies the harshly cold Snowlands which are as large as Asia.
In times long past a single race, the Ancients, ruled Aerethia and it's world Aethia with might and magic. But over 2000 years ago a magical experiment went wrong and most of the world of Aethia was ravaged by magic and most of the population of the world died or went crazy. Only Aerethia, protected by the most powerful magical shield, survived intact but cut off, by large magical vortexes which appeared on the edge of the magical shield which protected Aerethia from the harmful effect off the event.
During the next 2000 years civilization rebuild itself under the three races which were once ruled by the Ancients: Humans, Canis and Felinae fought wars, build momentous and sought new knowledge. But then mistakes from the past were repeated again, when a team of mages unlocked the Shrine of Icemount and recreated the event which destroyed the Ancients on a much smaller scale, destroying the grandiose City of Asker and marking the beginning of a new era for Aerethia. The Asker Valley was closed off after all survivors left it. This event marks the beginning of the Aerethia calendar since the Kingdom of Asker ruled over all races of Aerethia.
A small group of refuges from Asker came to the Moon Lake and fearing that war will engulf the continent. They founded the core of what is to become the largest city of Aerethia, Moon City. Our story takes place in that city as the advancement in science and magic start to change the continent of Aerethia.
Humans, major race
Your ordinary humans. Unlike other races humans posses a variety of cultures and languages.
Felinae, major race
Felinae are humanoids which greatly resemble cats and are around 5 feet 2 inch tall. They are covered in dense fur, have cat ears, eyes and a tail. Their affinity for magic is smaller then those of the humans. They usually prefer agility over strength. Most Felinae live on the Catis Peninsul in south Aerethia or in the western part of the Moon Plato. Humans and Felinae can interbreed, giving a half-Felinae which retain their cat ears, eyes and a tail as well as some of the agility of the Felinae but have almost the same affinity for magic as humans; those are commonly called Nekos. Nekos can breed with humans, Felinae and other Nekos.
Canis, major race
Canis are muscular dog-like humanoids which like aggression and warfare, their height varies greatly but most are around 5 feet 5 inch tall. Although their ears and tail have shortened greatly they still retain a dog-like nose and short fur. Canis are extremely loyal to their nation. Most Canis utilize strength in combat. Of the species which can use magic Canis have the smallest affinity for it. The largest part of Canis population lives in western Aerethia. The interbreed ability with humans is proven and a half-Canis will have have Canis ears and a tail as well as a much larger affinity for magic then the ordinary Canis; given the rarity of such cases and their sterility there is no common name for half-Canis.
Ancient, minor race
Ancients are humanoids which resemble humans a great deal. The main difference is the height since the average Ancient is 7 feet tall and their inhuman hair and eye coloration which ranges from light yellow to dark violet, as well as their pale skin. Most Ancients have weaker bodies then humans, but all are born as mages. Humans and Ancients can interbreed and the result is a human with a weak body but which usually is a strong mage.
Lowers, minor race
Lowers is actually the term for a group of sentient species which are not intelligent enough to develop a civilization of their own but can fit in some roles of the Aerethian civilization since they posses some intelligence. Lowers are split by the magical element which dominates their habitat.
Moon City is the largest Aerethian city and has just a little less then 2 million people living in it. It's spread across many islands which dot the large Moon Lake (roughly the size, and shape, of Switzerland).
Moon Lake is located roughly in the center of Aerethia and the largest Aerethian rivers flow into the lake. North, west and east of it lies the large Moon Plato which is a lush lowland are which supply large quantities of food. South-east lies the Small Desert, a area of arid conditions, south-west lies the Ore Mountains which are full of mining communities. Directly south of the lake and connected with it via the gigantic 114 m high Moon Falls is the Grand Canyon which connects with the Great Bay and then the oceans of Aethia.
Moon City is made of many islands and is inhabited by all races of Aerethia.
Salvation Isle (equally Sanctuary Isle)
The oldest part of Moon City. Currently old stone buildings are being torn down while modern skyscrapers are constructed.
The location of the Moon Palace (most Aerethian countries are parliamentary monarchies). Second oldest part of the city. Also going undergoing the same change as Salvation Isle
Mostly populated by Felinae. The favorite bar of the Assassins, "Bloody Blade" is located here.
The location of the Moon Library, the largest library in Aerethia.
Falling Sun Isle
The westernmost noticeable island on the Moon Lake. Covered with private villas.
A small island which holds three astronomical telescopes and the highest education institution in Aerethia, the Observatory.
This is where most large trades in Moon City go on and also holds a variety of shops, from the luxury and fashion shops on the main street to the black markets in the dark alleyways.
This isle was originally populated by three families, one human, one Canis and one Felinae. It's the greatest example of the three major Aerethian races cohabiting in peace.
Like the name suggest this isle is almost completely covered by nature except for a old fishing village and a few restaurants and resting posts. It also has a few beaches which are quite popular.
North Star Isle/Military Isle
Hosts the Moon City Military Zone.
Location of the most prestigious education institution in Aerethia, the Moon Academy.
The largest Island in the Moon Lake. Location of the Moon Academy Dorm Complex and many hotels, discos and bars.
Rising Sun Isle
The easternmost noticeable island in Moon Lake. It's large sand beaches are a popular destination trough summer.
Just west of Great Ilse. Used as a headquarters of the Magas and Library Priests (which are dedicated to protecting knowledge).
Like any large city Moon City has many satellite cities which are located on the coast of Moon Lake. Those, named by the nearest river are Silver, Small, Great and Wide City. They are a combination of skyscrapers, houses, apartment and industrial buildings.
Silver city is a hangout for social outcasts. Small city is full of people from the agricultural Moon Plato. Great City is large and has a combination of entertainment (movies and casinos) and heavy (the city is connected to a Ancient port in the Great Canyon making it essentially the main sea port of Moon City) industry. Wide city is mostly full of the lowest classes of people like ex-criminals and similar and is a constant war zone of different gangs and the police.
All islands and satellite cities are connected by trams and bridges. There is also ferry service between many islands, small or large.
Right now Aerethia is experiencing a parallel magical and industrial revolution as the invention of steam power and magical input code (MIC, something like a magical binary code) launch Aerethia into a age of urbanization after it's political modernization. Now as many people accumulate wealth a war over power starts and Moon City will become a battlefield of highly trained and well paid specialists know as Assassins. Under the rule of the Assassin's Organization, using a variety off weapons and skills they will fight for money and only the best will see the end of this war.
The seven oaths of the Assassins:
"Nothing will stop me from completing my mission."
"I shall never betray my customer."
"I shall never leave a live witness."
"In combat my first mission is to win."
"I shall never betray the Organization."
"I shall never break a promise."
"I shall always follow this oaths even in death."
It's 312 form the Fall of Asker. The Age of Assassin starts...