Patallians, the New Folk
We can be something much greater than our roots.Though mankind have only just begun to fumble their way through the dark of Patala, there are already those who wonder what the region could become. An unusual amalgamation of zealots, misfits, ideologues, and rebels have all begun to dream of creating a new home, a new kingdom here. Those few ambitious souls see a glorious future ahead - with every one imagining themselves at the throne.
A New Folk
If I can never go back there, I might as well make the most of things here, eh?"Patallian" is not a unified concept, or even one widely shared. Most who arrive in Patala still have ties (and debts) to the homes they left behind, with no greater plans than to survive the next day and perhaps carve a better life for themselves from the virgin expanse. To them, ambition is a luxury they can't afford. Nor is there much of a common root, with early explorers coming from both Vataam and the Abyss, regions with vastly different cultures and folk - even within themselves.
It is sometimes said that Patala is only home to two kinds of people - those who fled, and those who followed.
The idea of creating being Patallian, of being part a new folk, has only been whispered in the last year and has yet failed to take hold in the popular imagination. With a recent wave of migrants from Mharaji only a few years ago, the city has changed again and several new, powerful interests are trying to establish themselves in the city. Even to outside city-state, the question of who Patala belongs to is unclear. Araea is so vast and difficult to travel, that for even rulers in other regions, Patala simply is. People may die or they may benefit, and only as long as trade and profit flow, they care little. Even if they did, it is unsure what they would do. Many powerful figures in Patala are still linked by business or blood to their home city, and have no reason to jepordize them.
City-states like Mharaji has been the most organized, with the city's ruling council having coordinated a large expedition to the region. Others have not replied in kind yet, but as one influence grows, others will react.Most distant powers are more concerned with personal matters - that individual rivals should not grow too powerful, or certain friends find the funding they need for an expedition. With the survival of Vicitra still uncertain and the region so distant, the idea of an independent Patala to rise is still just a seed of naked ambition, waiting to grow.
This would be easier if we could all agree on even one thing.In the choking heat and constant toil of Vicitra there is little way of shared tradition or unity even among those who see the Patala rise as a new power in Araea. Save for the fact that each of them think they should wear the crown, there's nothing they have in common. Though each faction that dream of holding power are still small, their appetites are monstrous and may devour the city whole.
Patala Patala lies on the edge of the known world, beckoning the ambitious. Deep within the Inner Shell, it has only recently been opened to settlers and explorers after a calamitious earthquake cracked the path open, though ancient cairns and sealed chambers filled with bones hint that they are not the first to step foot here. Read More About Patala
Vicitra, the First CityThe first and only city of Patala, Vicitra is a jumble of tangled streets, haphazard construction, and boiling tensions. It is a patchwork of fiefdoms, forced to co-exist, more than it is a single city, with law and order existing only as far as it can be enforced by local powers. In this wretched hive of scum and villainy, ordinary people try their best to find a new, better life than the one they left behind. Now, they are being swept up in the ambitions of the city's rich and powerful.
Vicitra, the City On The Perch
Settlement | Jul 27, 2022
The first thrust into the unknown Patala region, Vicitra is a city too small for the ambitions of those within it.