Can't you hear the world crying out in pain?Gaia's Lament is a current ongoing continent-wide crisis and conflict that affects the entirety of Takawaoku, and as a result, the entire rest of Istralar. Currently, it is suspected by certain entities that the Earth-Mother's Gift, one of the Shards of the Void, is heavily involved and a potential cause of the Lament due to the aberrant behaviour seen throughout the continent, particularly in regards to the effects on the dead. The Lament is not known to have direct kills. However, its effects have proven extremely deadly, and for every day that it continues, more citizens of Takawaoku fall. Protective measures are in place throughout all countries, but keeping the entire population safe and fed is a nigh-impossible task. Intriguingly, the exact starting time of the Lament is impossible to pin down. Despite it afflicting the entire continent at once and many of the involved nations keeping meticulous records, no two accounts of when the Lament started agree. The only consistencies are that it began recently, within the past few months or years - and that its effects are still deeply felt.
We awoke to the sounds of deepest grief. Not audible to our ears, no, but resounding in our minds; we felt at once like we had lost something utterly dear to us.As far as the various countries, tribes, and peoples of Takawaoku were concerned, there was no evident warning of the Lament's oncoming. They were simply swept up in it when it happened, in the very early hours of a day in the mid-5620s. All sapient beings were suddenly overcome with a deep grief and a sharp pain that brought all, completely involuntarily, to tears. At first, this seemed like an odd magical phenomena, but nothing to be greatly concerned by.
It was when the day came that the effects of the Lament began to become apparent. Those relying on magic to create food or water - perhaps as their only sustenance, even - found their magic failing them. Worse, countries structured around the production of magical food for large-scale agriculture and industry found their magic, too, now failed. Immediately, messages began to fly across the continent, and meetings were scheduled. When the first mages to teleport found themselves driven far from their intended destinations, they knew things were more bad than they had seemed. Not only could they no longer sustain themselves in the rough lands of Takawaoku - particularly in desert areas or the Xotlan wastes - with food and water created by magic, but now they could not even consistently teleport.
Us, saving mortals? Oh, no, no, you misunderstand. We're not doing this for your sake.In the short-term, drastic measures were put in place to assist the suffering populations. Shiar acted swiftly through the powers of Divine Queen Asfiya and the numerous universities across the nation; existing infrastructure, especially that developed by Holy Princess Chandna, helped them greatly. Rhaead followed suit - as a nation well-versed in food struggles through their Underdark populace, they were uniquely able to adapt, though they do continually run into significant challenges. Worryingly, demigods found these new rules applied to them as well. Eight demigods were trapped on Takawaoku at the time of the Lament, and seven of these were capable of immediately leaping into action. For once, too, this was a threat requiring good and evil cooperate. Though the good-aligned demigods chose less obvious routes to provide their aid, travelling in disguise and teaching sustainable methods of survival, they did aid Belial and Socothbenoth in the construction and operation of the Silkways.
The worst-off were and are the more disparate nations. Forced to rely on often-twisted methods of survival, the scattered, distant populations of nations like Bharaduz are drastically suffering under the Lament, their numbers falling lower each day. They live in deserts and storm-flooded jungles, scorched by heat that requires a significant flow of water to survive. Without it, they will die. Only significant intervention from external states and actors is saving these distant populations right now, and even that is very limited.
Ongoing continent-wide crisis
Inhabitants of Takawaoku
Continents' worth of people
Over 300,000 deaths from famine
Over 50,000 deaths from related incidents
Over 50,000 deaths from related incidents
TakawaokuThe continent of Takawaoku shelters its people under thick rainforests and around the life-giving waters of the Sea of Souls, ever resisting the Starsear's burning touch.