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Galeblazers

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Galeblazers is a steampunk science-fantasy setting about adventurers who brave the turbulent skies of a fragile and chaotic planet. On Gahla, nothing is permanent, and nothing stays in place for long. Flying islands careen through the vast sky, pulled southwards by a great storm, at the center of which lies a black abyss. Always to the south is certain doom, and to the north, an impenetrable wall of mist from which no one has ever returned.   The ever-fluctuating mechanics of the world promote stories that touch on the themes of immigration, cultural belonging, colonialism, abandonment, and ecological justice. It is inspired by works like Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Skyjacks, Attack on Titan, His Dark Materials, Breath of the Wild, Final Fantasy IX and XII, and The Dragon Prince, with a twist of Discworld to mellow things out.   Galeblazers is about epic pilgrimages, narrow escapes, frantic rescues, and explosive ayrship battles amidst fierce storms. Whether players find themselves in the shipwreck city of Brokenbow on the lip of the abyssal crater, in the politically treacherous atoll kingdoms of the Thambrian Crowns, or far to the north in the Karthinian Drakkenwyld, forces will conspire to keep characters on their guard, and on the move.   Characters will make ingenious discoveries and uncover ruthless conspiracies. They'll have to keep to the shadows and the mists, flying the uncharted gales, courting dangerous allies in shady hideouts, and investigating ecological anomalies that threaten to bring their very homelands crashing into the endless sea.   With the wheels of history constantly turning, nothing is set in stone. Who knows how many civilizations have come and gone on Gahla, only to have been swallowed by the Abyss? Chronologies of past eras are rare, incomplete, and at times intentionally deceptive. Gahla gives players the room to write their own stories without worrying about contradicting historical canon, making the world easy to jump into for one-shots.   Ongoing campaigns can also turn a focus towards the struggle of cultivating a balanced existence on the ayrlands, in the face of natural dangers and rising tensions among their neighbors. Even in times of stability and peace, survival will depend on ensuring that people plan ahead for the increasingly frequent winters, and the clashes of cultures that will slowly come into sharper focus, as everyone swirls closer together.