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Twisted Confessional | Patchwork

Ultima Thule

Masters of bricolage, the people of the known lands of Ultima Thule live off of the decrepit remains of previous civilizations. Melding technology and mysticism, strength of arm and strength of will, they carve out an existence among wastelands, sprawling ruins, and sentient crystal formations.

The fading noble houses of an ancient race vie for control of the lands surrounding the gate to Kosmos. Each House controls its domain from an ancestral Tor; a fortress arcology that extends deep below the ground. Within lie all manner of ancient secrets and technology, as well as a House's gene banks.

The Spectrum lies within and beyond all, according to the natives. They believe that this network of energy can be utilized to manipulate reality. Mystics learn to interface with this grid of power in order to further their arcane machinations. Perhaps the most striking evidence for the existence of the Spectrum is the nature of death in Ultima Thule. Bodies leave behind not corpses, clothing, or the contents of their pockets, but prismatic scintillating shards of a crystalline substance. These shards are often used as a form of currency. In some cases fully formed, glowing crystals remain after a person or beast's demise. "The soul is a prism", according to native beliefs. At least in Ultima Thule this seems to be so.

World Stats

  • Mercury 1 (prince of wands)
  • Venus 1 (prince of disks)
  • Mars 1 (prince of swords)
  • Jupiter 2 (two of disks)
  • Saturn 6 (six of cups)

Gates: Kosmos

Size: The plane of Ultima Thule has no known boundaries. The lands surrounding the gate to Kosmos are well-traveled and sufficiently mapped. Beyond those lands the traveler should beware.

Pictures of Ultima Thule


The Lady of the Gate


Gatekeeper, one of many facets, always seeing more than she says and knowing more than she sees. The gate is wedded to her will. Travelers may pass through by her leave or at their own peril.


Merlin - Guardian of The Crystal Fane, Hierophant of the Spectrum


Riders from House Caliber travel toward a segment of the wastelands known as The Chalice, unaware of Merlin's remote observation.


Necrotechs of House Le Fey


Using their twisted alchemy the Nectrotechs believe that they can prolong life. But there is no life without light. Only void, and the void warps all who interface with it.


Messiah-05


"The Spectrum is the last light of a fading dream. A dream for only a few. Do not fear the Void. It is the space between this dream and the next. Cross the Void with me and we shall find Paradise. A dream for us all."


Mandroid - Dark Artifex of House Le Fey


The young Prince of House Le Fey, body broken in battle by the Archon of House Drogo, was rebuilt by the Necrotechs. As Mandroid he now interfaces with the Void. Not long after the Prince's resurrection the Tor of House Drogo ceased to exist. But at what cost?


Knights of Spectrum interface with The Grid.


"Ionix, Prism on Grid."
"Typhoz, Prism on Grid."
"Abraxas, Prism on Grid."
"Here, now, we are bound to our Quest and to each other. We seek the Source, the Crystal Fane. To this cause do we pledge these lives, which we have borrowed for but a short while."
"The Quest begins."


Outlanders approach the ruins of an ancient fortress.


The relics of the ancients lure many a treasure seeker. The wastelands are strewn with the remains of the foolhardy. Outlanders, altered by generations of exposure to the strange energies that inundate the wastes, are well familiar with its secrets and its dangers. This ruin may be a trove of riches or a den of horror, ripe with the insanities of an outcast wizard.


Exploring a prismatic spray.


Pulsing, vibrations... whispers? Alien wisdom, unimaginable patience. Where do they come from? What do they want? Do they dream? A very few can hear the answers. Even fewer know what they mean.


Ultima Borough on Kosmos: Spire District


Occupying the central area of the borough, the Spire District is home to the wealthy and powerful. The district is dominated by tall rock crags, many of which have been carved and faceted in a semblance of the living crystals of Ultima Thule. Most inhabitants of the district live in large stone towers, also faceted, that are set among small, private forests.

The customs and traditions observed in the Spire District are a strange reflection of those to be found on Ultima Thule. Such as an honor code centered around romance and mock battles where the participants wear metal suits that resemble the handiwork of Necrotechs.


Ultima Borough on Kosmos: Ring District


The Ring District surrounds the Spire District and is home to the common denizens of the borough. The people here tend to take a more practical (some would say haphazard) view of their Thulean connections. Rogue technology, ancient tradition, and the trends of the day mix in whatever fashion an individual finds that suits their needs. Influence from outside the borough is often embraced rather than kept at bay as it is in the Spire District.