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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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The Monoduga are world-renowned for their innovation and industrial drive, often choosing to forsake magic entirely. The use of magic is a very individual experience, something quite alien to a species defined by their psychic link to each other. Additionally, almost all study on magic has been done with speech in mind, adding an extra roadblock to those Monoduga who do wish to study it.


In order to document and accurately replicate various machines and other constructions, the Monoduga came up with a glyph system referred to by the rest of the world as newprints - a writing system that is so densely packed with information that entire buildings can be represented with only a handful of glyphs on a single page. A machine that would require a thick technical manual anywhere else can be quickly referenced in a fraction of the size in a newprint.


Every line and dot that makes up a newprint glyph means something, and the positioning and orientation of them is incredibly precise. For example, the rotation of a single dash at the top of a materials glyph might mark the difference between making that part of the design out of glass, steel, or bone.


In a similar way to magic being difficult for Monoduga, these blueprints are impossible for all but the most determined non-Monoduga to understand - without being able to access a psychic link with other people similarly-versed in the glyphs, someone wishing to understand a newprint must essentially memorise thousands of unique symbols. Even those Monoduga who have been Severed struggle to make sense of them.


Medhüm, an elf who was alive when the Monoduga began using newprints and has dedicated most of her life to understanding them, is currently the only non-Monoduga alive who can truly understand them, and even she needs to use Sällanic magic to do so.


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