The world and the stories inside it are particularly shaped by the experience i have of belonging to a family with military roots and also belonging to a place that has quite an interesting history. Hearing stories of war and battles, as well as reading about them in history books and fantasy as well as sci fi ones always attracted me. The world of Elladia reflects this in the militaristic themes of the major geopolitical players, as well as how the wars between them personally affect them. But first, i think i should introduce the world itself
The SettingThe stories are largely set on the eponymous planet Elladia. Being somewhat larger than the gas giant Uranus, Elladia is a rocky planet which is positioned as the fourth planet from its parent star. However, many other places are visited by the characters such as the moons of Elladia, other planets in the solar system, magical planes and demonic realms etc
The PlanetElladia is the fourth planet from the star Rilvaran. However, due to Rilvaran being brighter, bigger and hotter than our own star, as well as Elladia being larger and having a slightly thicker atmosphere, the climate is earthlike with a few notable differences such as much more ice caps and ice sheets due to there being not one but two polar continents as well as many mountain ranges covered in snow and ice throughout the entire year. Besides these, Elladia has many other landscapes ranging from volcanic wastelands to lush magical valleys formed by the rifting of the land by magical leylines. These are just some of the few breathtaking places that are found on Elladia, and much more awaits the eager traveller willing to brave them
The Moons of Elladia
- Lasintara- The largest of Elladia's moons, Lasintara is thought to be a planet that was captured by Elladia at some point in its life. Evidence for this lies in the fact that not only does Lasintara have a retrograde orbit, it also has its own moon which has mysteriously managed to stably orbit it despite the gravitational influence of Elladia and its other moons. The climate of the planet resembles a cooler version of Elladia, with rich perennial rivers flowing across the moon and dense woodlands of alien vegetation covering much of its surface. Despite it being the largest, it does not look as impressive as Jil"kandral, which whilst being the smallest moon is also the closest to Elladia
- Velkronia- In size, Velkronia is very slightly smaller than Venus, but in contrast to the planet, Velkronia is much more colder. Most of its surface is covered by giant sheets of ice with a thick cover of snow. Only around the equators and in some oases farther north and southwards can one find liquid water and vegetation. Due to its thin atmosphere, the planet is riddled with craters, some of which form lakes in the moons equatorial regions. From the surface of Elladia, Velkronia looks like a gaint snowball peppered with meteorites, and is a beautiful sight to look at during full moon nights, which gives the moon the nickname of "The White Maiden"
- Jernael- Jernael appears deceiving to the untrained eye. Though the moon looks lush, green and verdant, the atmosphere is incredibly poisonous and somewhat corrosive too for humans and argonites. The moon is filled with strange and incredibly deadly alien flora and fauna, who always violently compete with each other to become the apex predator. The landscapes on the moon are also diverse, having everything from thick jungles and swampy deltas to volcanoes where giant lava serpents make their home
- Jil"Kandral- The smallest but not at all the least majestic of the moons, Jil"Kandral orbits rather close to the planets surface. Its orbit lies at 200,000 kilometres on average but can sometimes get as close as 150,000 kilometres and as far as 250,000 kilometres. The moon is much more geologically active than its brethren and is perhaps the youngest moon of Elladia. From the surface of the planet, the moon looks largely reddish due to the iron oxide in the planets crust as well as the large volcanic regions. There are however bands of green and a few other colours, which are vegetation as well as blue areas, the very first water bodies on the planet due to it cooling down. Due to its proximity, it has been rather well studied and many myths are attached to it. For example, it is believed among many humans that whenever there are earthquakes, it is actually Jil"Kandral and Elladia shaking hands, which sends ripples of force across both of them. It has symbolized war and fire as well as violence in nearly every culture of the sapient races and has prominently featured as the god of war in many pieces of art
The Solar systemIn terms of habitability, only one planet other than Elladia in the system is suitable for large scale colonization and habitation without any assistance by the sapient species of Elladia, and that is Elderath. It is supposed that the ancients, a cryptic race of aliens were from that planet and had originally engineered the sapient species of Elladia. This remains to be proven however, and is still a significant source of debate amongst the savants of the sapient races
Planar Realms and Dimensions
The ThemesThe themes for this world would be diverse and significant, but there are a few that stand out amongst all of them.
"If only we had a bigger enemy to unite against. One that would allow us to shed our hatred" "It did happen once. Remember The Boreal Mutiny ? We did fight together, against whatever nightmarish cult that rose up to take over the world" "Yes we did but only a few years after that, the first border clashes began. Both of us tried our best but alas, the war escalated too much and even after trying so much to resolve it, we still war endlessly. The lull is a pleasant period indeed but i doubt it will last much longer" "Axel, you ended our longest war. A war against a race that was even more violent than the Argonites. A race which did such hideous atrocities to our people, all in the name of "liberation and democracy". We will manage to end this war soon. I have a hopeful feeling in my heart" "You're right my love. Despite the peace processes being botched, i think there is a chance that we can still end this war. We were at much favourable terms before this war started. Let's just pray to the gods that we can end this war and finally live in peace. To give a world free of senseless conflict to my children is an undying wish i have for the gods" Axel Christiansen, the former emperor of The Sanguine Imperium talking to his wife about a potential peace treaty with the Aegean EmpireThe Great War, which plagues the world to this day. Arkanos has been building up his power in the meantime, and now that he is almost recovered again, has started to make serious preparations to make an all out full scale assault on Elladia. The Sanguine War will focus on the issues of unity and the battles against the forces of Arkanos and how through their hardships and sufferings, the peoples of Elladia will finally develop respect and love for each other, paving the way for a permanent unity between them.
An Evil to unite us all
"This evil, that which has been terrorizing us for the last few years thirsts for our blood. For the blood of Elladians as a whole, not just humans or Horcs or Argonites. The least we can do is at least share what we know about them with each other. Its a small step but we can start from there. Once we have more trust of each other amongst the general populace, hopefully we can enlarge our cooperation to include joint military operations too" The Horc High Chieftain, talking to current human emperor Hans Christian Danielsen about cooperation against the Cults of ArkanosThis paves the ground for the future unity between Elladia, as they learn about each others pains and losses. Its mostly a mix of wishful thinking on my part, and whilst unrealistic, i intend to show what people can achieve if they unite in real life and cast off petty issues such as religion, race, nation and creed.
Sharing the World
"Its often odd how we humans have managed to survive for so long. We share the world with another species that is just as intelligent and far more deadly and endurant and physically perfect than us. To them, we are like an intelligent species of apes who pose a potential threat to their hegemony, and thus we are often hunted by them. Yet, we have still managed to survive and not only that, we are more numerous than them and are equal to them in power. They know this too, for which they not only do not want war with us, they also respect us and want both to live in peace" An Imperial diplomat, talking to one of his colleagues about the ArgonitesIn Elladia, humans are not alone. They share the world with two and a half hundred million other beings known as the Argonites. These are a race of humanoids who whilst looking somewhat human are far different on the inside. An Argonite can easily rip a man to shreds, and whilst enraged, it might take as many as a dozen humans to kill one of them. Their endurance is inhuman, with normal Argonites easily taking over sixteen arrows and still managing to survive. In almost every other physical field, they outclass humans, which has given them sort of a mythical reputation. Yet Argonites also fear humans, for they are far numerous and can easily make up for their losses. There are four times as many humans as argonites, and they are incredibly deadly in groups, to the extent that even similar sized argonite groups have difficulty defeating them. The Argonites have lost in many battles against the humans, and they know all too well that when the humans are cornered, they will fight like wild beasts and oftentimes, tear the argonites to shreds. They also respect them as equals, and deep in their hearts, some Argonites do hold a special love for humanity
"Brother, we shall pass through this. No matter what happens, we shall succeed "Yeah? How the fuck will we even stand up to them? What we are facing is truly alien and indomitable. Not even the gods can do anything other than scratch its hide" "Well we have to fake it till we make it. If the stories are true, then we can defeat him." "Those are stories Casper. Nothing but lies perpetuated to us throughout time so that we don"t go mad like a group of headless chickens" "Its the best we have. I promise that we will get through it. And even if we don"t, i will be by your side till we fall to the blades of our enemies" Hans Christian Danielsen, talking to his brother Casper Christiansen about the recent string of cult attacks