Ethnis is a massive Science-Fantasy setting, a backdrop for stories in many types of media. This Codex is the lore bible for a Tabletop Roleplaying Game, novels, and several manuscripts in various states of completion from first draft to finished publication.
It’s a Cycle.
Life and Death. Ecstasy and Agony. Love and Void. These are the elements of the Great Drama, this is the motion of The Wheel. A stalwart crew explores distant, vivid planets, dancing with those poor folk rich of spirit and fighting against rich lords poor of morals. Their arrival staunches tyranny, their charity balms plight, and their presence brings peace. Are you with them? There’s a party in a golden palace where every guest is more distinguished than the next. They partake in writhing meals that morph through many properties as they cross your tongue. Chrome-plated pleasureslaves with laughs like crystal bells weep amphetamine tears while they give their all to a swan-song performance before becoming dessert. Do you attend? In a ramshackle church on a fringe planet a girl clings to a Somnolent cross. She is whispering the Somme of Hope into its eye. Infernos full of cackling figures consume the horizon. Angels descend from heaven like a meteor shower in the night. Do you save her? A band of marauders plate their ship with the carcasses of raided vessels. Their tech and crew is cobbled together from every Banner. Despite a cutthroat nature brotherhoods form amongst them. Can you claim the same?
Four minuscule notches on an infinite Wheel.
Empires are forged, rise, burn, and are devoured in the blink of an eye. The divide between mortal and god is minute and the two constantly wrestle with the fact. Those who place their chips play a high stakes game, all who don't have their chips torn from them and played anyways.
Somewhere in this all is you.
Who are you?
What are you?
Why are you?
It's a Cycle.
There's a Wheel and it's spinning.
Begin by getting your bearings. Learn about the setting, the major players, the sophont species, the meta, and so forth. The best place to begin for a new reader is by looking at the Introduction.
Ethnis is a massive Science-Fantasy setting and a backdrop for stories woven in many mediums—including books and RPGs. This is a primer to the setting, the ongoing projects within it, and how read, play, or support it.
The Ethnis Lite RPG allows you to adventure within Ethnis. Make rich, interesting characters with intriguing backstories and lofty goals, fight gods and save worlds, and grow to become a renown interstellar force.
Novels are text content which will be published and sold on e-readers and, hopefully, paperback. Ethnis already has one published book and short story, and there are 4 more manuscripts in various stages of completion waiting for this Codex to be more fleshed out before Ademal returns to production on them. The novel universe explores the major story arcs of Ethnis, from the early development of the Verin Haimarchy millenia ago to the modern banner war.
The serial universe tackles slices of Ethnis, most often in the modern settings. These are the stories that occur between the larger arcs, and will shed light on culture and people trying to make a living among the gargantuan powers that be.
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A Privately-funded colonization project to a lush and dangerous planet
The Campaign is Full
An old world rediscovered, an old fire stoked. Once again, as ever, the great machinations of the Banners are brought to bear in competition, this time for the world of Saumai.
The Campaign is Full
This is the phylogenetic tree of sophont within Ethnis, either by blood or by development.
A representative map of The Hub—the major settled worlds and their routes to each other, marked by time to travel through their WayPoints.