Alliance for the Study of Historic and Extinct Societies
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. We are nothing but dust and to dust we shall return.Gathered around an oaken table ladened with blueprints, tattered maps, and a scattering of dirt and priceless artifacts, an odd conclave of individuals meets, discussing events and peoples long past, even in the lifetimes of Elves. Here they will discuss many things, nestled in one of the quiet rooms of the Unending Scroll for their week-long assembly, bringing together the great minds of the historic field. Their words stretch long into the night, drifting from tales of business to the tales of their travels and discoveries, the real reason that so many races have left their differences buried at a dig site so they may share some camaraderie in their profession. As the days of gathering draw to a close, they begin to discuss the next meeting, the time and place of such an intriguing convention. Six months from now at the end of Fall's Evening, they will meet again, although then they may find themselves tucked away in a room of the Starlit Tower or within the palace of some Matron Mother of the Underdark. As varied as their members, so too are the meeting sites, never favoring the homeland of one delegation over another. The Alliance is nothing but fair, but the same cannot be said for the history they so gladly seek out. The Alliance for the Study of Historic and Extinct Societies, known better as ASHES, is a convention of like-minded individuals serving as the protectors and conservators of their culture's rich histories. Created from the union of ten organizations, ASHES is the largest historical society in Isekai, boasting hundreds of artifacts and lost stories protected through their various efforts. While the smaller organizations claim their own territories and cultures to protect, the Alliance offers resources and aid far beyond any single organization alone could. Since the Alliance's creation, the historic knowledge and artifacts retrieved have created a more enlightened population on the Northern Continent.
The Alliance is comprised of ten historical societies from across Vóreios that represent a variety of races and cultures. Each historical society serves as a delegation from their respective areas to help make decisions and participate in projects that benefit all history and cultures on the Northern Continent. One representative from each group serves on the Historic Council and provides information and proposals that will then be voted on by the group. A group's Councilmember is often one that has been part of their organization the longest or may serve as that group's current leader. In some cases, being appointed as a group's representative to the Council is an appointment made by the ruler of the country or kingdom that the group represents. Each of the groups have equal representation on the Council, but as there are ten, an eleventh representative is appointed by the Alliance. This person often has no ties to any of the countries, kingdoms, or groups that are represented by the other Councilmembers so as to serve as an unbiased party to lead discussions and break any ties that occur when voting. Outside of the Council, the Alliance retains a small staff throughout the year that includes archaeologists, anthropologists, mages, map makers, historians, and others that have expertise in a wide array of topics. This is funded through the dues system that all historical societies must pay to join the Alliance. Salaries, conferences, and various projects are funded through this system and donations from others.
Historical Societies of the Alliance
The Dwarven Preservation Corps is known for their work on the preservation of historic mines and ore veins. Through their work, multiple abadoned mines that were crucial to the development of mining and smithing as known today have been preserved and updated to allow for public and educational tours. In some parts of the Dwarven Kingdom, it is a requirement to visit the mines of the Dwarven Preservation Corps before a Dwarf may become a master smith.
The Elven Historic Council, located in the Unending Scroll, serves as the protectors and conservators of historic and cultural places throughout the Elven Kingdom. Through their efforts, a variety of locations throughout the Elven Forest related to not only the history of Alfensil, but the histories of the Outlands and Northern Outposts have been preserved and turned into interractive museums through the use of magic.
The Empress' Cultural Fund, located in Castle Nightbreeze, serves as the funding source for all cultural endeavors in the Human Empire. Through their fundraising effots and their historic preservation, one of the largest museums in Isekai has been established in the Human capitol of Stronghold. This museum holds one of the most complete histories of the world.
The Society for Minotaur History serves as the representation of the lost Minotaur Culture that was once found in the Mystic Jungle. Since its founding, the Society has worked to preserve relics and locations that were important to the history of the Minotaurs, including areas around Feyline Bend and locations deep within the Deadzone.
the Little Forest
Halflings for the Aid of the Little Forest serves as the representation of Coastland and all those that live in the Little Greenwood. While a historic organization, this group focuses on the preservation of the unique flora and fauna that grow in the forest, as many of these plants and animals have called the forest home for millennia.
The Society of Aarakocra Archaeologists serves as the representation of the small population of Aarakocra that call Vóreios their home. While mostly nomadic, this group consists of mapmakers and archaeologists whose specialty is scouting ruins and other objects from the sky.
of Fey History
The Fairies for the Preservation of Fey History serve as the representation of the Fairy Kingdom and other fairies, to include the Deep Fairies of the Underdark. While mostly focused on the preservation of the long history of the Fairy King's Wood and its inhabitants, the group also has started preservation efforts in fairy-controlled areas of the Underdark and the Feywild as well.
of Historic Vóreios
The Society for the Preservation of Historic Vóreios serves as a group that represents all races and cultures of the Northern Continent. The group strives to document the changes and history that have occurred since the events of the Eldritch War and preserve sites that were paramount to the outcome of that event. The entrance to the society's small museum can be found within the Starlit Tower.
Story Telling of Olden Rarities of Yesteryear, also known as STORY, serves as the representative of the Goliaths and other Giantkin. This group does not participate in the preservation of historic sites and artifacts, but instead strives to gather, translate, and store oral histories of all races. This group travels across Vóreios to save the stories of the elder members of the various races.
The Underdark Denizens for Historic Cultures serves as the representatives of the Underdark, although this group is mostly Drow. Through funding and the aid of the Matron Mothers, the group strives to preserve shrines and other important locations, although these locations are often not open to the public due to their religious and cultural significance.
The ten historical societies that now gather together in some secluded place on the Northern Continent see their histories stretch much farther than the organization that they joined together in, but over the millennia, no organization has done for the history of its people what ASHES has done in the mere two hundred fifty years since its inception. Since the days of the Eldritch War, the way peoples have preserved and interpreted history has changed, but an organization built on those very principles has stood the test of time, unlike some of the history it tries to preserve. Organized in 50 E.A. through talks between the Human Empire, Elven Kingdom, and the Dwarven Kingdom, ASHES soon grew to encompass a wide variety of organizations that strove to represent every corner of Vóreios and its people. In the early days, ASHES served as a forum for the discussion of completed projects and a funding source for the smaller groups, but has grown to be a group founded on collaboration, discussion, and expertise. Within the last hundred years, the Historic Council was established to make decisions upon projects, funding, and collaborations between the various groups and their respective governments. This council is always led by one member of ASHES that does not have ties to any of the governments. Currently, that role is held by Healer Mayja, a Loxodon who has dedicated her life to the study and preservation of history and cultures.