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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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Kolkuzhn

Background

Free for all free-for-all

Kolkuzhn has long been a hub for pirate activity. Historically, anyone docking there was just as likely to lose all of their possessions as they were to make a surprise profit from the unclaimed loot of two pirate crews decimating each other in chaotic disagreement.

Chaos is a ladder

This all changed with the sudden appearance of Captain Bloodscale a few years back.

The undead, self-proclaimed pirate queen exploded onto the mercantile scene and quickly made a name for herself, thanks to the mix of her pratically unkillable undead status and the ruthlessness by which she recruits new members and conducts her business.

Unfortunate nickname

The bay that surrounds the island city of Kolkuzhn is known by many as Chezri's Snout.

This has naturally led to some people, especially those who look down on the pirate city, referring to it as Chezri's Snot.

New management

Under Bloodscale's stubborn leadership (backed by a whole lot of stolen gold), some early-days policing from the Bloodeyes themselves, and a few choice public executions, the city went from a chaotic no-man's land to a pirate's safe zone haven in only a few months.

The island has seen a lot more traffic since then (with taxes and such going to Bloodscale, of course), and Bloodscale herself essentially unkillable, Kolkuzhn has, despite all the piracy, never been more stable.

Come and get me

Sitting on an island inside a calm bay, surrounded by any number of pirate ships that hold an uneasy truce with each other and are therefore bursting to get their fighting and looting fix somehow, Kolkuzhn is very easy to defend from any forces from the Chezrian mainland.

The nearest land to the north is all desert, and the sliver of coastline agricultural settlements, including Gok-Rock, doesn't have the infrastructure to attempt an invasion, especially when the Chezrian Wheat shipped around them by the South Chezri Trading Company is one of the most profitable targets for pirates.

The best kind of lawful

Kolkuzhn is technically a very lawful place. Bloodscale set out a few basic rules, and the staff in the Kolkuzhn Jailhouse ensure that the people in the city abide by them religiously.

That said, the rules essentially equate to:

  1. Don't kill, unless in self-defence or the defence of another

  2. Don't step aboard someone else's ship without explicit consent

  3. Don't bring mainland law-enforcers to shore

When those are the only rules set-in-stone, with everything else left up to the discretion of the Jailhouse--or Bloodscale herself, when she's on-shore--it's easy to see how much drinking, gambling, fighting, thieving, and other generally indulgent behaviour the city sees.


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9 Aug, 2021 22:48

Nice article and once again good work on the puns like Chezri's Snot. :p I had a chuckle with "CHAOS IS A LADDER" xp It was so weird when that appeared in GoT xp   I like how a pirate captain actually brought more order to the settlement even though she is ruthless.

Feel free to check out my latest challenge article the Avaronian Empire if you want to see what I am up to!
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AS Lindsey (Pan)
10 Aug, 2021 10:29

Haha yeah, I couldn't resist - my headers and tooltips are dotted with silly references and other attempts at humour.   Yup, she's ruthless but effective!

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