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Twisted Confessional | Patchwork

Tirene

Not everything on Tirene can kill you, but things sure as hell try. Insects, plants, almost all forms of flora and fauna are venomous or poisonous. It also can feel like the environment is out to get you - temperatures and weather go to extremes. Its people have adapted.

Natives of Tirene are always up for a debate over any topic. Haggling can often devolve into a philosophical discussion of the viability of different economic systems.

The two major powers in Tirene are the Csars (and the rest of the nobility, who are hereditary spellcasters), and the Engineers, a Society of inventors, who study and learn from the devices left behind by a civilization known as the Latarnik. Second children (and 'barren' children) of the nobility wind up Engineers.

The language of Latarnik is the 'higher' language, spoken by the upper class and the educated. Nexish is the 'common' language.

  • 8 Mercury (eight of wands)
  • 1 Venus (knight of wands)
  • 5 Mars (five of cups)
  • 1 Jupiter (the moon)
  • 3 Saturn (the empress)

Gates: Kosmos, Caust, Skyfall

Size: maybe around 4 million square miles (Australia)

Pictures of Tirene


Hollo


The city of Hollo is built around the gate to Caust. It is ironic that it suffers from regular floods. If not for Gate to Caust, Hollo would have been abandoned long ago.

It is through the Gate to Caust that the mercenary Caustics came, hired by Milo Veronia. They were instrumental in the most recent unification of Tirene.

The mercenaries come in exchange for deliveries of water to their families.


Sky over Havisham


A traveler watches Mercury, Saturn, the sun, and the Moon hanging over the city of Havisham, the crown jewel of the Engineers. It holds the Gate to Skyfall.


Pembe Vista


Mercury and a crescent Mars in the night sky behind a Pembe tree. Note the lampposts, relics of a former civilization known as the Latarnik, they still burn every night. The fruit of the Pembe tree is a delicacy, but the leaves are dangerous to the touch.


Aurelia


The city of Aurelia is the current capital of the entirety of Tirene, and the seat of its Tsardom. Only recently, Tirene was united under the rule of a Csar - Milo Veronia. After an illness (which many suspect was an assassination attempt) left him with a ravaged body (and mind), his daughter, Therese, became Regent, and has been crowned Csar. She rules from Aurelia.

"What's the thing that looks like a dragon's ribcage?"

The headless corpse of a dead supernatural beast. The origins of the Compey (as it is called) and its eventual fate are unknown, but it has long been believed that the Compey is related to the decline of the Latarnik. People in Aurelia kind of take it for granted.

"And what about the light coming from the Compey?"

Ah, the golden light that gives Aurelia its name. It appears to be coming from the petrified heart of the Compey, known as the Satis. The light is supernatural, and contributes to Aurelia being the center of sorcery in Tirene. Noble families over all of Tirene have estates in the central neighborhood (the Archel), so they can spend time "basking" in the Compey's light.


Estella Carnival


The Latarnik left behind contraptions of all sorts; on the peninsula of Estella Bay, a pleasure garden hosts an eternal carnival. The Engineers of Tirene maintain it. Once every five years, a World-wide exhibition of creativity and invention is hosted on Estella - the Estella Fair. The gate Gate to Kosmos sits near the Carnival.