The world of Vay is filled
with interesting people and fabulous legends. Although the myths and legends
of the world have lost popularity over the years, they have helped shape
the present social structure of the world. Below is an account of those
legends and what the people are like in each kingdom. Note that either...
A: The information came from
the game itself.
B: The information was in
the game subtly, and I created it from there.
C: The information was not
in the game at all and was completely created by me.
In english, that means that
some of the information is NOT in the actual game, and was made solely
for the IRCRPG. J
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passage was taken from an ancient scroll in the shrine of Toth.
before the Immortals came, was dead and lifeless. A rocky crag drifting
aimlessly in space, the world was completely uninhabitable. No one knows
where the Immortals originally came from, or how they reached this world.
Some believe they traveled countless miles across space, while other believe
they were born from a cosmic nebula. Although they had their differences,
in a moment of mutual agreement, they decided to create a new world.
God or Goddess had their own task in creating the world. The God of Knowledge,
Dios, created science, wizardry, and taught the new life the basics to
survive. The God of Strength, Tereus, created nature. He made the land,
shaped the mountains, paved the streams, and sprinkled the sand on the
deserts. Along with that, he also taught the new life how to hunt and protect
themselves. The Goddess of Beauty, Melodia, created everything that was
beautiful and joyous. Song, beauty, love, and the power of emotion. All
the beautiful ways the new life could express themselves.
powerful of the Immortals, Anemone, had the the most difficult task of
all, she was the one who created life itself. The animals that stalk the
land, and the birds that glide in the sky. The humans and elves supposedly
sprouted from the ground like plants, and wherever Anemone's light touched,
a new life was born.
the Immortals were actively involved in the forming of the world, helping
the humans, elves, and other forms of life. Eventually, when they saw that
the new civilization could stand on it's own, they began to disappear from
view. Today, they are so rarely seen that people doubt they existed at
this is only a myth. Most people today believe the world was created by
a cosmic space explosion, or other scientific means. There are still some
hard core believers who feel the gods and goddess are real. Shrines were
built in honor of these Immortals. Taltana shrine, for example, was created
centuries ago in honor of the Goddess Anemone.
was leader of the Immortals and dealt with creation and light. Her beauty
was unparalleled, and she was by far the most powerful healer on Vay. It
was said she could cure plagues with a thought, or create a whole new species
in a matter of minutes. Anemone was a kind, gentle creature, who had a
soft voice and a gracious manner. She was probably the Immortal who visited
the world the most and was the most helpful. If the world was in danger,
she would find warriors to quell the threat. If a race was dying, she would
do everything in her power to save it, even if it was at the cost of her
own life. None of the other Immortals were that selfless.
rumored that some of the Immortals visited this world in human form at
one time or another. (Think of Lunar) Anemone often came to earth to view
the conditions. She would sometimes come down as a beggar, or a rich noble,
so she could see all aspects of life. She often called her creations 'her
children' and the people called her the 'Grand Mother' for she basically
gave birth to life.
was the god of Knowledge, and thanks to his efforts, he forged a path for
humanity. He gave life on Vay the power to think, reason, and live
independently from the Immortals. For the humans and elves, he created
the art of science to further boost humanity's survival. He also created
magic so the life there could defend themselves, and further humanity even
more. He introduced the idea of academies, villages, and a governmental
system in the later years. It was up to Dios to ensure that the life on
Vay was capable of living on it's own.
also had another job, one that is a little more gruesome than the
rest. Dios also rules the realm of the dead. Known simply as 'Barbados',
it was his job to see who would be admitted to the 'nice' part of Barbados,
and who would be admitted to the 'bad' part. He could easily be compared
to Hades in Greek mythology, and Barbados could be compared to...well Hades!
There is a major difference, while all of Hades is a hellish inferno, only
the bad part of Barbados is that way. The nice part is a golden land of
eternal rest. A place of light, peace, and hope.
himself was somewhat of a cold man. Although he wasn't evil, he was
the least active god, since he prefers to advance his own knowledge first
than humanity's. He was often found in Barbados reading and studying in
a library that had every book known to mankind. Although he was cautious
in certain conflicts, he often goes along with humanity's side.
Tereus was the God of
Strength. It was he that created the land to his liking. Before Tereus
changed the geography of the world, Vay used to be a flat, barren wasteland.
With his vigor, Tereus supposedly formed mountains with his mighty hands,
and carved streams and rivers with his mighty sword. This sword, known
as Vandrok, could slice a world in two. Tereus also showed people how to
hunt, fish, and use weapons. Tereus was a warrior, brash and a little arrogant.
He loved nothing more than a good fight, so he was often referred to as
a God of War. It was also said that he controlled the weather and
natural disasters. If he was in a good mood, then it would be sunny, if
he was sad, then it would rain for many nights, if he was angry, then thunder
would strike down from the heavens, and if he was really peeved, the earth
would tremble in fear....
Since Tereus is associated
with strength and wars, many armies still believe in Tereus ways. It a
army wished for victory, then they would pray to Tereus for such a victory.
If Tereus favored you, then you would not only win the war, but become
famous in the process. After all, Tereus didn't associate himself with
Although Tereus was somewhat
of a braggart, he was fiercely loyal to his brothers and sisters (AKA,
the other Immortals) and to mankind. Unlike Dios, if there was a problem,
he would plunge headfirst into war. Because of his impulsiveness, he tended
to pick sides. Fortunately, it was usually the right one.
was the Goddess of Beauty. Her first task was to create the power of emotion.
The power to laugh, cry, hate, love, and hope. All of this was important
to Melodia, for it was the only way humanity could express themselves.
Once that was complete, she gave humanity even more means to express themselves.
She created the concept of 'beauty' and 'love' and showed mankind
how wonderful it was. She also created the arts. She wrote songs for the
people to sing, she created art for the humans, hoping they could create
their own, and showed them the art of dance. She also presented the idea
of theater and sports.
was the youngest of the Immortals, therefore, she was the weakest. However,
like Anemone, she was a very people oriented. She had a lovely voice that,
like Anemone's beauty, was unparalleled. Her beauty was second to Anemone's,
and she was a Goddess that was full of spirit and life. She loved to have
a good time, and sang and danced for the humans. She loved to change into
a human and sneak into a theater performance. She loved to change into
an elf even more, and participate in one of their many festivals.
may have been the most 'mortal' of the Immortals. She liked to have fun,
play practical jokes on people, and roam the earth for days on end.
Vay is home to a diverse
mix of life forms. Not only that, it also has a plentiful mix of tribes
and cultures. Unfortunately, some of the races are so drastically different
that wars have erupted because of them.
There isn't much to say about
the human race, simply because we know so much about them to begin with.
(I hope YOU are human...if not...well...) They were by far the largest
race on Vay. Humans were the quickest to adapt to change, and learn from
others. The humans tended to favor science and ways of combat more readily
than the elfin race. But humans also were the quickest to adapt to almost
anything else as well. Almost all humans could use magic, learn at academies,
humans were the builders of society. Humans were also hardier
than the elves, and weren't as fragile. They also were much taller than
the average elf. While the average human male could reach 6 feet, elfin
males usually peaked at 5'5 to 5'7. The humans did have one major flaw
through, they were much less spiritual than the elves. The were the first
race to give up belief in the Immortals, and they can be easily swayed
by evil forces. In other words, they can be much more capable of evil than
the elfin race.
Elves used to be a very mystical
race in the early days of Vay, but over the years they lost much of their
power, and slowly dwindled away. Elves, as you may know, are rather willowy,
pale, and have long pointed ears. No one really knows the purpose of the
pointed ears, but they often the first thing you look for when trying to
find an elf. Elves are somewhat of the opposite of humans. While humans
enjoy science, large cities, and fighting, elves enjoy nature, music, light,
and are deeply religious. That is not to say Elves didn't enjoy science,
cities, etc., they just felt more cofnterable in large forests. Some legends
speak of Anemone planting a large tree when she created the world. The
tree sprouted large pods, and the pods held new life forms inside,
the elves. Some claim the tree must be the Sentinel Tree, which grows near
the village of Treefall, others claim it's the Muah Tree, which looms near
the now destroyed elfin village of Aisen.
Elves used to have incredible
longitivity. For example, if an elf was 50-60 years old, then he would
look like a 13-15 year old in human reckoning. They could live anywhere
from 280-400 years. Some claim that the life force of nature and
the planet itself that kept elves alive for so long. Today, if an
elf is 15 years old, then he will look like a 15 year old. Elves do have
a slightly longer life span than humans, living 150 years, instead of the
usual 70 for a human. The elves were somewhat remote people, and preferred
to live away from the humans, although they used to be close allies with
the Quel'zar tribe.
Elves began to disappear after
the Armor of Vay crash-landed on Vay. The armor wiped out much more of
the elves than it did humans, and the elves had an incredibly hard time
bouncing back from the assault. Humans began to search for a scapegoat
for all the damage the armor had done, and they laid blame on the elves.
Wars erupted between the two, and even more elfin life was wiped out. To
top off the chaos, their longtime allies, the Quele'zar, became their most
lethal enemies. (See The
Wars of the Elfin Race and the Quele'zar)
Today, elves only exist in
scattered amounts around the world. They still have stronger magical and
spiritual powers than the humans, and try to help the planet whenever possible,
but they are frowned down upon by the other races, and in worse case scenarios,
The Quele'zar were humans,
but they had certain similarities to the elves, and some skills that were
all their own. The Quele'zar tribe was extremely talented in magic.
They could cast advanced magic spells with ease. Their cities were highly
complex, and they constantly wished to expand their minds with as much
knowledge as they could. Unfortunately, a trade off for their strong magic
powers was that they were very weak physically, even more so than the elves.
They too, also enjoyed nature and music, but they where slightly more serious
about it. Elves enjoyed simple festivals with flutes and dancing, the Quele'zar
enjoyed lavish concerts and fine theater. One unique trait none of
the other races had was that the Quele'zar were extremely psychic. They
had strong mind powers, including telepathy, telekinesis, and predicting
the future. They could even hear voices of the dead in some cases, if they
went into a hypnotic trance.
The Quele'zar, unfortunately,
brought about their own demise. A large earthquake, sometimes referred
to as Tereus' rage, slammed into their homeland, killing thousands of the
tribe and destroying the complex cities they lived in. Like the humans,
they had to place the blame on someone, and they too chose elves as their
scapegoats. Some of the Quele'zar felt it was wrong to blame the elves,
and sided with them, while others fought bitterly against not only the
elves, but their own tribe. A massive civil war broke out, with the elves
caught in the middle. Both sides fought a bitter battle that ended up destroying
both of their homes. More information on this battle can be found in The
Wars of the Elfin Race and the Quele'zar.
Gypsies are dark skinned nomads
who live all over the world. They travel about the world performing in
carnivals, circuses, and dance shows. City leaders pay top dollar for them
to perform, after all, they are the best at their craft. They also are
skilled with various types of magic, mostly illusionary, and are able to
predict the future using tarot cards and palm readings. Their openness
to strangers depends on the tribe. Some tribes are incredibly open to strangers.
In fact, they welcome them in their camps and the strangers, in turn, welcome
them in their towns. Some tribes are very tight when it comes to travelers
entering their camps, and are either not allowed in at all, or watched
very closely. Gypsies are rather squealish, and if something is amiss in
their tribe, they'll rat the news to someone who may be able to stop it,
to protect their families. Gypsies are light and carefree people, and they
are also somewhat mechivious. and are the perfect matchmakers.
The Nazan race is a curious
race, where their size is slightly higher than the Quele'zar, but less
than the Elves. They're very short in size, ranging from 3'5 to 4'5 feet,
and they have curious qualities. For starters, they are half human, half
animal. Their physical qualities range from looking half dog, half cat,
half fish, and everything in-between. Fairies also count as part of the
The Nazan live all over the
world, but most are situated in Marwick, the Isle of Bonnarren, and the
wastelands of the Penan desert. The Nazan aren't very strong physically,
but most are very intelligent. The Nazan could make large, spanning cities,
but they prefer quiet, simple villages with a strong government and a means
to maintain themselves, such as fishing or trading. They dislike people
who take wealth for granted, which is probably why there aren't that many
wealthy Nazanians. They prefer old school values. Their views on humans
are rather mixed. They don't have any ill will against them, but they feel
they aren't understood, since
humans view them as being 'odd' by having animal characteristics. Humans
do come to them, however, for help and advice. Sage Otto the Wise, and
the Fairy that lives in Windspur are examples of the Nazan race.
Wars of the Elfin Race and the Quele'zar
Legends of old spoke of a time
when the Quele'zar Tribe and the Elves one were at peace, and close allies.
To seal their bond, they created what is known as the Lackisha Pendant.
The pendant had both the properties of light and darkness sealed within
it. Made of pure gold, the pendant had the power to give massive power
to the holder. The reason this pendant was so powerful still remains a
mystery. Most feel it was created to destroy any enemies of the tribes.
Because of the pendants power, it was split in half after it was forged,
so it wouldn't be abused. The elves took the light half, while the Quele'zar
took the dark half.
The Quele'zar race, over the
coming years, was beset with many disasters, ranging from the Armor of
Vay itself, to earthquakes and drought. Rapidly dwindling, the Quele'zar
tribes were furious that the elves were not beset with such disasters as
they (Which wasn't entirely true, the armor wiped many of them out.). The
tribe begged the elves to combine the pendants powers and use it to save
their lands, but the elves adamantly swore that it's powers were too chaotic
to use, and declined. Some of the Quele'zar people agreed with the
elves...but several did not. Skirmishes broke out between the Quele'zar
people, igniting a civil war. What made matters worse is many of the Quele'zar
people blamed the elves for their misfortune, and soon they were dragged
into the battle as well.
The battle for the pendants
still goes on to this day. Both tribes have been massively reduced to their
wars, and are scattered about the land. The Quele'zar are split into two
fractions. The Just Path, they who reside with the elves, and the True
Path, who want the elves eliminated. It is only a matter of time before
one side can be the victor...
But is the pendant's true
power...and who has the light and dark half?