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Drake's Dozen
 

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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Moons of Neyush

Two former lovers, locked in an eternal race to reach the sun

Neyush has two natural moons, Azhini and Kin, named for the first people to walk the planet, according to ancient T'illik'eye mythology. They believed that the two watched over the planet, provided conditions for healthy life, and protected them from serious dangers.

Quick Comparison

Azhini

Physical Characteristics

Colour
Blue / Grey
Diameter
3800km
Distance
306,000km
Orbital Period
22.77 days
Composition
94% Rock, 6% Iron

Metaphysical Characteristics

Gender
Feminine
Direction
Up

Kin

Physical Characteristics

Colour
Orange
Diameter
5100km
Distance
449,000km
Orbital Period
34.155 days
Composition
60% Rock, 35% Iron, 5% Ice

Metaphysical Characteristics

Gender
Masculine
Direction
Down
Associated Spheres
Anvil, Wall, Hand, Pull, Storm, Absent

Cultural Impact

Symbology

Up and Down

As is fitting for the matriarchal T'illik'eye society, Azhini is still to this day considered the more dominant of the two moons. She regularly covers Kin completely in a Dual Eclipse, just over every two months.

Following on from that, Azhini is also usually associated with creation and the Spheres generally concerned with an increase of some aspect. Kin was always viewed as having more to do with the opposing, decrease-focused Spheres.

Alternative Name(s)
The Twins, Azhini and Kin
Type
Planetoid / Moon
Location under

Push and Pull

The overall symbology of the two lovers is one of balance and motion. The positive Spheres cannot exist without the negative, and none of them are more powerful than the others. They continue to push and pull on the world equally as time moves forward, just as the two moons exact an equal influence on the oceans.

Right and Wrong

It's important to note that 'good' and 'evil' are never used to describe the actions or personalities of Azhini or Kin, nor to describe any of the Spheres. The T'illik'eye generally believed that all morality was subjective, and that no one person or source of magic could be considered good or evil without context.

Mythology

Main Article: Ashini and K'inuh - T'illik'eye Myth

Origins

As the T'illik'eye culture faded mostly into obscurity until the relatively recent discovery of the K'itsitsäne Manuscripts, most of what we know about these myths has been reconstructed through the stories and religions that have been passed down to modern-day tilken and kliasta people.

Despite the obscurity and the multiple conflicting accounts that have been warped and exaggerated across history, there are common themes and general stories that surround the mythical first people on Neyush.

I think, therefore I Channel

The link between consciousness and magic has long been known, if not always fully understood. The first tilkens knew it so well that Qatätsäne used the same word Nä'iq to mean both 'magic' and 'consciousness'.

With that context, it makes sense that stories involving the first people to be self aware would involve them being the first people to channel, as well.

Power and Humility

Individual people are simply not capable of drawing from every source of magic, instead being limited to a single Sphere. According to assorted myths, Azhini and Kin discovered magic and mastered six of the Spheres each. It is this supposed act that gave them a deity-like status worthy of having moons named after them.

Ambition and Competition

As the stories go, Azhini and Kin kept looking for more ways to use magic, determined to be more powerful than the other. This eventually led them to the Drake, the Sphere that binds all the others, along with the physical world, together.

Being able to draw from the Drake is a sign of an incredibly proficient mage, and this was no different for Azhini and Kin. Not satisfied with merely drawing from it, however, they wanted to master it and prevent the other from taking it.

Round and Round

The moons, according to some stories, don't simply represent Azhini and Kin, but actually are the two first tilkens, having left the planet behind them in a race to reach the sun. Even in religions entirely separate from The Dozen, the sun is often revered if not outright worshipped. Within the T'illik'eye's faith, the sun is an aspect of the Drake itself that created the universe, remaining in the physical world after she created it.

Just as we see the sun as a bright ball of light that hurts the eyes because we're mortal and can't comprehend her power, we see Azhini and Kin as similar (albeit less painful) balls of light in the sky, symbolising their journey from mortal to deity.

Size Comparison

This one's small, that one's far away.

Azhini appears to be the larger of the two, even hiding Kin completely during a Dual Eclipse. However, this is only because Azhini is so much closer to Neyush. In reality, Kin is almost a third bigger than Azhini in diameter.

Earth / Neyush Moon Comparison (apparent)
From left to right: the moon as seen from Earth, Azhini as seen from Neyush, Kinu as seen from Neyush
Earth / Neyush Moon Comparison (actual)
From left to right: the actual sizes of Earth's moon, Azhini and Kinu relative to each other

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