~Be sure to read up the OP in the OOC for necessary background information~
Leginia: The Prologue
Leginia has been at peace for over 600 years, ever since the signing of the Continental Unification Treaty in year 1400. The clusters of nations all united and organized into four provinces. The Leginian Council, made up of 1 representative from each province, leads the entire continent. The four provinces, Arcarus, Valira, Warshire, and Gaia all have their unique settings and populations. However, their will to unite has caused an era of peace that was previously unfathomable.
600 years of peace, prosperity, and progress.
Now, the focus of Leginia has shifted towards technological advancement via understanding the cores, gems of great power spread through out the lands. Corology, the study of cores and their uses, has started taking over many scholar's ambitions. The main cores, those of elemental properties and powers, are now used to power every day objects and devices. However, due to the peace, the need for weapons has diminished, allowing for a focus on transportation and productivity. The lands are rich, and the cities are enormous. In the shadows of the colossal urban lifestyle, the pillars of religion have receded. The Church of Aeritus, the entity believed to have created the world of Aeros, usually believed in spirits of the land responsible for many of it's supernatural properties. There was even a time at which the science drove the religion, relating it to the cores that were found. But times have changed. And they're still changing. In the era of peace, people have lost interest in the matters of the Leginian Council, and the balance of power may be tipping. And among the various and petite turmoils here and there, something sinister is brewing in the heart of the continent...
Welcome to Leginia.
- Nayomi Black was recently appointed as the Representative of Gaia on the Leginian council, and is one of the youngest members to ever serve on the council. Many people feel angry at this appointment, saying she only got the position because her father Watson Black, was the previous representative.
- Reports of illegal, unwarranted experiments involving Core Fusion have been made near Sovereign's middle class sector. Citizens are told to report any loud noises, explosions, and fumes immediately.
- The College of Argos (Argos being the capital of Arcarus), known as the top college in all of Leginia, recently conveyed details of it's discovery of unidentified cores off the Western Shores, deep in the water. They stated that students requested grants to fund a drilling project to surface and study them. Whether the grants were given or not has not yet been declared.
- Lately, there has been an increase in the number of Prowlers (nocturnal monsters resembling upscaled goblins with large, wolf like heads, and long deadly claws). There have been reports of gatherings near what were once believed to be deposits of an ancient type of core. The Prowler's are fast and viscous, so the city of Navi (nearest the deposit) warns it's citizens of roaming during night.
- The Golden Mercs have been sighted in Argos, but refuse to explain why.
- Farlind has recently established a trade route over air with Vantus, using it's first ever shuttle station. The people of Farlind are glad to announce its immersion in the hovercraft industry and plan to double their crop output via the new route.
- A huge catastrophe shocked Valirans near one of the largest mines in the province near the Valiran city of Dunbarse. No one knows what caused it, but some surviving miners (still traumatized by the death of their co-workers) claim that it may have been a monster, while scientists believe it was a poorly handled fire core.
- An agency hailing from Wintra (the capital of Warshire) has officially opened it's museum near the great landmark that some refer to as the "First Spark", a huge hole in one of Warshire's largest mountains caused by one of the first outbreaks of a Fire Core.
- Warshire is entering it's annual season of the avalanche and advises all citizens to stay clear from steep slopes in case of an avalanche.
Leginian Council Meeting, Sovereign Capitol Building
Nayomi Black relaxed in her seat. The Council meeting room was a commotion of arguing and shouting. Rugo Pierre, the representative of Valira, was mouthing off at some associates of Haythum Pierce, the representative of Arcarus. This isn't the time... Nayomi thought, getting slightly frustrated.
Rugo's voice echoed in the chamber, "...and while MY people are trying to live their simple lives, YOU'RE OVER here dest-"
"Your people?" Haythum scoffed. "Excuse me for believing that the 600-year unification of this very continent meant that these were our people." He sat back, and spoke in the least animated manner. Rugo was silenced for a second, red in the face. "You... Don't you try to appeal to the voice of equality. We ALL know that you wouldn't give a damn if the realm was to be threatened tomorrow! As long as your precious colleges get the funds. That's all that it's about- FUNDS! FUNDS! FUNDS! And when my people are in need, you sit on your ass and say you don't have time for it. You're PATHETI-"
"ENOUGH," the intense order came from the usually quiet Ingrid Yvora, representative of Warshire. "Rugo, you know damn well that the entire realm is just as shocked as you are at the incident at the mine. That being said, the people of Warshire are in the midst of Avalanche season, and Arcarus has it's many monsters to deal with. You know we will send some of our troops to support you, but we all have our problems."
The tough Valiran representative calmed down and took his seat. He wasn't a rude person at all, but he had a natural distaste for the Arcarians. Even though he would never question the unification of the realm, he did often speak things he would later regret. The only catch was that often, what he said was indeed true.
Nayomi shifted her position, placing her arms on the table and looking around. "Rugo, never forget that there are the Golden Mercs. I know you find them suspicious, but time and time again they have only proven to work for the realm. They are well trained, too. Not only could they investigate the mines, but they could help secure the ravaged area from natural threats." She looked at Haythum, "Additionally, Haythum, I will send you two squadrons of the Gaian Regiment to secure the perimeter of Navi. Should you accept this offer, you are to send the troops to Argos, let them replenish from their fatigue, and use the Arcarian air fleet to send them directly to Valira. What say?" Nayomi kept her face emotionless to ensure Haythum didn't try to play on her intentions like he usually did with everyone else. Haythum nodded, much to everyone's surprise. "Whatever it takes to end this rubbish dispute. I want to move onto greater matters." he added, seeming eager to speak his mind. The council was ready to listen, so he went on, "As you have heard, the College of Argos has had a splendid discovery. Although the grant has yet to be confirmed, there is no doubt that there are cores within the ocean off Arcarus' coast in the west." Haythum looked to everyone to confirm their involvement. He nodded and continued, "The professors of Argos and I, myself, have reason to believe that these cores can be cross dated back to year 1200."
At these words, the entire council tensed up. "Nonsense! Y'mean to say these cores are from the Core Crusade? Every man and his mother know that the cores were all disposed of, 'cept for those of the elements. And you y'self said the cores weren't of elements at the conference last week."
Nayomi was going to interject, but Haythum, always edgy to reply to Rugo's comments, beat her to the punch. "Yes, you see, the legends-"
"They aren't legends, wise one. It's history." Rugo interrupted.
Haythum paused and shook his head as he continued, "Yes, whatever grows your crops, Rugo. As history has it, there were outcasts who attempted to preserve some cores, stating that they would be needed for the protection of humanity, an-" before Haythum could finish, Nayomi cut him off,
"Don't tell me you're speaking off the Cores of the Ancients." She had a feeling that Haythum was going to make an assumption that not only she, but all of Leginia had a reason to fear.
Haythum looked at her, and then slowly nodded. "Those very cores that were secretly preserved to defend humanity from something unkown were supposed to have been destroyed to protect the realm from another crusade. However, if our estimates are correct, and the pattern follows..."
Ingrid chimed in gravely, "...then those cores were never destroyed."
Haythum nodded. Rugo, starting to follow the drift, inquired before he lost it completely, "So, what exactly... were those cores supposed to protect us from?"