Four years into a war between the Pracis Empire and the rebellion of its colonies, the inhabitants of Atelaer fight for their liberty and sovereignty from his majesty’s unjust acquisition of resources. Adrian, healer and devoted alchemist to the Empire is determined to take no sides in the war brewing around him. However, the chaos is made undeniable reality when he is captured by the rebellion’s most notorious Colonel, Francis “Fia” Emberfell. Forced to contend with the world beyond his carefully architected peace, Adrian must choose a side, as he faces down a war and even more fraught– his heart.
Atelaer is a vast continent spanning two months of travel by horseback from east to west, and a month's sail by sea from its neighboring land masses. It has been a home to the Atela people long before written histories began to fill libraries. Perhaps the continent's most curious asset is unlike any other place in the world. Atelaer is where the planet's fount of adamas ore is the richest. So rich, that adamas has woven itself into every plant, every creature and into the very people who inhabit it.
Wiskusset, Cedarmont, and Myrtlglade make up the three territories of modern Atelaer. These territories were established mutually with the Native Atelans and Pracis colonists. For 200 years, their cohabitation had been peaceful and today, many people share bloodlines of both nations.
ADAMAS "DIAMOND" ORE
For the people of Atelaer, adamas is a way of life. For the Pracis Empire, it is the heart of innovation. Infused with latent, natural magic, adamas can neither be created nor destroyed, only changing states and returning to the heart of the planet to sprout once again. However, Atelaer is the only place in the world adamas can begin its life cycle.
In its most raw form, adamas is crystalline and found in veins along dark, igneous rock. Atelans were the first to discover adamas's other states of matter and cultivate it into society as a humble tool for living.
The Pracis Empire made a more ambitious use of adamas, calling it the "diamond ore" for its near unbreakable strength when smelted, and using it as the primary catalyst for their sorcerous alchemy.
FACTIONS OF THE WAR
Two hundred years ago, the first ships of Pracis landed on Atelaer's shores, as scientists had hoped to find answers to the earth's curious, magical ore. What they hadn't anticipated was forming an alliance with an equally prosperous nation who was willing to exchange knowledge for the upkeep of their land. Soon, agreements were made over immigration, and many Pracian families outside of the noble houses sought brighter opportunities in Atelaer. They purchased land from the Atelans and began settlements alongside them in harmony, bringing agriculture and trade disciplines to Atelaer's abundant natural resources. The Atelan Republic was pleased to see its land cared for, and the Pracis Empire was equally satisfied with the export of resources. It was a symbiotic relationship that produced further prosperity for both nations, including the first generations of people with mixed heritage. But peace could only last as long as Pracis's itch for more ambitious ways to transform adamas ore.
THE COLONIAL REBELLION
"Love, Liberty and Justice."
Newest of the three factions, the Colonial Rebellion was formed five years ago in the war's infancy, lead by people who denounced the Empire's tightening grip on overseas affairs. Many colonists believed the Empire had begun overstepping boundaries, imposing governance on them without being actively involved in maintaining infrastructure. The push for more autonomy, resulted in protests, arrests, and discontent throughout many colonial settlements. But nothing prepared the people of Atelaer for the first shot fired from an Imperial's adamflint rifle during the Somerton Riots.
Rebellion leaders believe that the Empire's decision to weaponize adamas ore came from wanting to police their colonies with lethal force.The Republic's choice to abstain from taking up arms against the Empire and refusal to condone it pushed the colonies into an impossible position.
Seeing the lethal capabilities first hand, many colonists could not underestimate the danger Pracis now imposed. They would not be silenced by the Empire, nor would they sit idle to appease the Republic's beliefs. Those that reluctantly took up the very weapons they were forbade declared themselves part of the Colonial Rebellion- sworn to defend Atelaer, for Atelaer.
THE PRACIS EMPIRE
"Knowledge Above All."
The Pracis Empire is a vast and sprawling kingdom from across the south-eastern sea. It is ruled by a tight monarchy and cabinet of scientific and political advisers who serve the crown. Only noble families are allowed to freely hold the old magic and many fight for rights over alchemy shops as well as prestigious positions at court.
While the Imperials would not go as far as to call themselves divine, they do think they were put on the planet to better it with technology. This idea, that the earth must be explored and maintained for its protection is what initially made a stable alliance with the people of Atelaer.
Ever ambitious, Pracis's innovation had been expedited by the two-hundred year long alliance with the Atelan Republic, which granted them a never ending supply to all stages of the adamas ore's life-cycle. But where Pracis's mind is open in the way it seeks to transform the world, they are a people focused only on their own plan.
Pracis believes the Atelan Republic made a grave error in denying their rights to the ore and will stop at nothing to take what they feel entitled to.
THE ATELAN REPUBLIC
"None Are Wiser Than The Earth."
The Atelan Republic is lead by a council of six (two speakers per territory) and is governed from the capitol city of Adaman in Cedarmont. Only native Atelans can be elected to council. Natives and colonists alike are expected to abide by the laws of the republic. Their heraldry represents the ochre valleys, russet mountains and the life that binds all living things to the adamas ore.
The native atelans are known for their sophistication and demand for harmony within the natural order. They are peaceful and practical people, believing nature to hold the scales of justice. However, their greatest flaw may be their leadership's tendency to 'gatekeep' resources and it has only stoked the fires in the current war. The Republic's decision to cease all trade with the Imperials kindled a retaliation that few admit to underestimating.
As the colonists have turned to defend Atelaer, the Republic withdrew, abhorred by the choice to engage with adamas weaponry. It remains reluctant to help the colonial rebellion and has since retreated to the dense forests and harsh mountains to avoid Imperial attack.