Learn to Live in the Shadows of Dead Gods
A primer to the dark and broken world of Cathedris.
What in He'an's name -- you really don't know anything? The God-husks, the countries, the Catalurgists? Where in the world were they keeping you, some sort of high security research center? Take a seat... you've got a bit to learn.
What is Cathedris?
The world of Cathedris is dark, it's scary, and it's hopeful. Its people, the humans of Cathedris, live within the shadows of collossal dead gods -- the God-husks. These broken monsters, the size of mountains, tower over the landscape, mindlessly completing loops that are echoes of their former lives. Bits of decaying pieces of flesh, or blood, from these god-husks coagulate and mix with the local wildlife, forming Rendlings
-- terrifying monsters that hunt anything, humans included.
The planet is seeing new technology and industrial processes created at an unprecedented pace. Roughly 80 years ago, the people of Cathedris discovered how to create and utilize electricity. That discovery started off a chain of more breakthroughs, propelling civilization forward into its first massive industrial boom. Conflict rose with the level of technology, as countries fought over land containing limited resources. The fighting began to settle withing the last two decades, with the advent of Catalurgists
-- though a new, scarier war is brewing in the background because of them.
Themes present in Cathedris
Dark, foreboding, scary, realistic, with a dash of whimsy. Cathedris draws much from the themes of "Dark Fantasy", "Diesel/Steampunk", and various "Industrial" sources. There is a tug of war between the feeling of oppression and uprising throughout the entire planet. Oppression from the danger of the ever-present God-husks and bullying from the militaristic superpower nations, and uprising from the strength of the common people, and the hope that new technology brings.
The level of technology in Cathedris has reached a point where they've begun to create mechanically powered vehicles, they've started experimenting with electricity, and they've started to learn about the biologic building blocks of their world.