Saturday, February 01, 2014

[Valanas] Worldly Conflicts: Setting the Tone

Valanas Logo by the amazing +Brent McCray!

I share with you all today the possible series that players can potentially look forward to in the coming months as I seek out playtests in the world of Valanas. Feel free to let me know which among the first four interests you all the most!

"The heroes and corrupt who have passed on to the Hall of Legends look over Valanas with a curious eye. Their own actions have shaped the world as it is known today, and all eagerly await the next to walk among them as an immortalized symbol of hope or fear in the hearts and minds of those they have influenced in generations past."

Perfection in Imperfection

Theme: "Perfection in Imperfection"
Immediate Conflict: "Who framed me and why?"; Mastering Judgement through Duels; Favors called from an old friend; Culture Shock
Pending Conflict: Bringing an end to the Puristic Extremists of the Elemental Crusade; Prevent the second fall of Atlantis
Synopsis: Potent Lyriza Leaders and Alchemists of Atlantis are pushing the boundaries to which they command, with an unrealistic and extreme view that the world needs to purged of its impurities. Desperate, the wise Lyriza Oracles are sending out agents across the land in hopes of finding individuals of influence and talent to help turn the tide. Though to stop them, those chosen must somehow find their way through the Lyriza's exotic customs, laws, and politics if they are to have any hope of halting the potential Elemental Crusade!

Falling Grace.

Theme: "Falling Grace"
Immediate Conflict: Terrorists Attacking my home; Healing the Sick; Purging the Corrupt
Pending Conflict: Stop the fall of the Cheng Dynasty; Find the next Emperor(s/ess)
Synopsis: The Grace of Legends has began to fade, leaving the Terran Cheng Dynasty slowly falling into ruin as it's Emperor seeks for leaders to help reunite his people and purge it's lineage of the corrupt. With only two sons, both of which are lost in their own regard, Emperor Cheng is desperate. With even his closest advisors threaten to undermine his throne, the Cheng dynasty has never been in such dire straits.

Peace before the Storm.

Theme: "Peace before the Storm"
Immediate Conflict: "I just want to be normal"; Conclave of the Awakened Youth
Pending Conflict: "Agents of Destruction want us gone"; "How did I get these powers and why?"
Synopsis: In the ongoing conflict between the Titan Fragments and the Lunakai, the potential for the coming of nightfall is becoming more of a reality. The secret organization of the Kukouri have become desperate in their efforts to find the next Lightbringer, establishing hidden villages of their own where they provide refuge and training to the awakened youth and Lightbringer candidates. With the Lunakai threat looming on the horizon, the Kukouri can only hope they can prepare their students in time before the conflict comes to desecrate their Awakened sanctuaries and secure Nightfall.

Hope sprouts Eternal!

Theme: "Hope sprouts Eternal!"
Immediate Conflict: Mercenary for Hire!; Divine Pilgrimage; Healing wounds of a lost love
Pending Conflict: Mending an age long Feud; Stop the Cataclysmic Naganezu; Rebuilding lost homes
Synopsis: In the far off land of Tsukishima, the conflict between the Terrans and Lyriza as they contend for dominance of the island nation has awakened the Naganezu Orrathi Gyonne. Desperate to not let the new conflict into spilling into their own lands, various bounties have been called to stop the “savage.” Individuals of all walks of life have began to seek Kamun's blessing and title of Sansin, rumored to grant those worthy with the power to defend the island from any harm. Though due to the accidental destruction of her temple at the hands of the Nezuto, there have been few who have been successful in gaining such a blessing, let alone survive an encounter with the Orrathi Gyonne!

Final Thoughts

In the coming weeks, it will be up to you and your comrades to decide which path to take. All lead to the potential for a Legend, be it a Tragedy or an Epic. You will need to ask yourself and those of your kin as to why you are there, where did you come from, and what compels you forward. This is but a taste of what is to come.

As in all things in Valanas, your Legend is yours to forge!