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Revolution is coming


Industrial, magical, political; the dual-moon planet of Neyush is on the precipice of change.

People of many different species, reeling from the effects of the Great War almost two centuries ago, are accelerating into a new age, fueled by innovative discoveries and forgotten secrets. The event that ended the war and decimated an entire people is referred to as The Blink.

No-one knows how or why it happened, though many have theories.

Little fish, big pond


The Blink also brought change to the Dozen.

Empty metaphysical Spheres of existence, or the homes of unknowable, ancient gods? Opportunities for life-enhancing magitech, or eldritch traps waiting to ensnare the curious? Aspects of reality as normal as time and gravity, or complex creations of the Drake herself?

Whatever the Dozen truly are, something is different now. Something changed with the Blink. Something is coming to Neyush.

Are the secrets behind the Dozen the key to saving it, or the catalyst for its doom?


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River Jova (ˈd͡ʒova)

Background

To the vena, it's a symbolic passageway for the dead to travel into the care of the Push.

To the humans, it's a source of plentiful fish and the site of a huge natural harbour.

To the tilkens, it was a damn nuisance during the Great War.

Big boi

The Jova cuts a huge swathe from the icy north to the sunny south in eastern Pfemba, almost splitting the Pfemba Peninsula entirely. Until a couple of centuries ago, the river was completely impassable on foot without entering the main landmass.

Considering this, it's possible that the northern parts of the Jova are the site of the first meetings between humans and vena, at least in recorded history.

Surfin' RIP

For centuries, the vena of the area have used this river as part of their funeral rites. Cremation is a hugely common vena practice, but this river showcases a unique take on it.

The dead are placed onto a ceremonial raft with their most treasured belongings and set alight, to drift down the river and, eventually, into the sea.

The Push is the Sphere of life, and is represented by water.

The travel down the Jova is a symbolic representation of shifting from one form of life to another, watched over by the Push.

by Pan

Of course, that was all very confusing when the humans settling near what would become Yenagun kept finding burned corpses, ruined watercraft, and assorted treasures and weapons.

These likely fed into early human myths and stereotypes of vena as warmongers and barbarians.

A Complicated Name

There is some disagreement on the history of the name, although the prevailing theory traces the word back as two roots from two different languages:

Jo

The first part of the name almost certainly comes from the Old Elveñan term 'cho'. The word usually refers to a still body of water, so it's likely that the vena who used this term were referring to the river's mouth, or the destination of their offerings.

cho + fae water related to vena
chofa vena-water
jova name of the river
Va

This part is more difficult to trace back to a definitive origin. It may have stemmed from the adpositional 'pfa' from Old Elveñan, meaning on/at/with. Going back to Proto-Pfemban, it may have come from a similar word there, or even from the original Elveñan word for person, 'fenä'.

However, the Jova spans an incredible length. It reaches from native vena lands through human-dominated territories all the way to Yenagun, a city that has changed hands often in the lands few centuries. With this in mind, it's very possible that the second part comes from an old human term for the vena, 'fae'.

Vena Water

If both assumptions hold true, then the river was likely actually named by humans, copying the vena who referred to the water as 'cho' and simply sticking their own word 'fae' onto it.

Chofa, literally meaning 'vena water', became Jova over time.

Yenagun

Yenagun was originally named 'Jovham', after this river.

A map of the three main continents of Neyush

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Sage George Sanders
George Sanders
25 May, 2022 19:43

I like the collection of containers and colors. The three columns at the top give so much story with just three sentences!

Lutra lived in the Unilynn until its end, then her son Ardelis brought her to Etonia. She knows the story behind their home, The One River.
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AS Lindsey (Pan)
6 Jun, 2022 09:38

Thanks so much!

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31 May, 2022 20:34

Nice looking layout and easy read! Not very long article but still managed to get some good worldbuilding details in such as the naming origin which is pretty cool. Yeah I can imagine the humans wondering what is happening here when seeing the burned corpses xp

Feel free to check out my River challenge article and my Secrets in the swamp Adventure article if you want to see what I am up to!
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AS Lindsey (Pan)
6 Jun, 2022 09:39

Thanks! Yeah; unfortunately, I haven't had much time to put into this one, but I'm quite happy with it.

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3 Jun, 2022 20:36

I can imagine it being kinda terrifying to keep finding burned corpses...

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AS Lindsey (Pan)
6 Jun, 2022 09:39

Right?!

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