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The purpose of this page is to give you a bit of background on Elnin and Eyre lore! There's a lot that still needs to be fleshed out here.
For the moment we'll be keeping a lot of the lore on this page but as areas of the group grow some of these sections may expand and become their own pages with appropriate informational resources.
Elnin are one of many species in Eyre! They thrive in communities of other elnin across Eyre and at times attach themselves to a humanoid caretaker for companionship, convenience, and belly rubs.
Elnin live significantly longer than humans and most purely biological creatures. It's safe to assume that 100+ is pretty common for elnin, and the oldest nins are probably ancient by most reckoning (Sunleth/ELN001 is old as dust). But the world is pretty dangerous so most elnins tend to die of unnatural causes. Aging does not deteriorate an elnin. Even elnin that are old enough, or currently have grandkittoms, are seemingly as young and spry as their offspring and grandkittoms.
Elnin are sentient creatures, each with their own unique experiences and personality much like humans! At times their actions can come off as whimsical or fickle. They're generally known for having a great deal of pride in their chosen professions.
[Language & Writing]:
Elnin speak vocally in chirps, purring, and small barks and share a lot of body language similarities with the typical house cats. They are capable of speaking telepathically in words (or projected emotions and images) with other Eyre residents and species, assuming the recipient is open to the interaction.
It's safe to say if an elnin wanted to tune another elnin out and just not listen they could, and that other Eyre residents who are incapable of telepathy would similarly ignore or otherwise reject this type of communication if desired. To be clear though elnin cannot read minds! When receiving feedback from non-elnin species they would listen with their ears.
Eyre has a general written language that elnin use called Eyrescript! The alphabet can be found here (Eyrescript Alphabet Key) and the Old Eyrish alphabet can be found here (Old Eyrish Alphabet Key). Many elnin flyers and posters can be found covered in Eyrescript. Writing is a difficult task with just little toe-beans so most elnin choose to take gijinka form to write longer, smaller, or more detailed messages since they cannot physically grasp most writing utensils easily with their paws. Alternatively, elnin may request assistance from their pomu familiars who have a little more dexterity but vary in attentiveness and whims.
As far as things like sign language, elnin who are in gijinka form can use whatever form of sign language Eyre might have, but in a feral state tiny paws will likely not articulate well enough and they may be missing a digit required to convey certain signs depending on the nin.
Elnin observe a nobility ranking system based on mana concentration in the blood.
- High mana correlates with a high magical resistance trait, which is important because much of their world, Eyre, is covered in a dangerously poisonous miasmic fog.
- Most major settlements and cities are well shielded, but safe paths through the Overwilds are often shifting, and trips between sanctuary locations tend to be perilous.
- Having this increased tolerance means that elnin nobility are at a reduced risk of getting sick while traveling outside of warded cities. This makes them an invaluable asset to most of Eyre's major societies and guilds.
- Unlike some cultures, nobles are considered the working class in elnin society. The higher the rank the more responsibility they are expected to carry. Low ranked elnins live a cushy and easy life, while high nobility are expected to utilize their natural talents for the greater good and are frequently working in dangerous conditions.
- Nestlings have less MP than the average Eyresian, and are prone to contracting mana sickness when exposed to even the smallest amount of miasma. They are called nestlings because they rarely leave the place they were born in. They are often babied by higher ranking elnins and generally aren't expected to do much.
- Villager elnins, like nestlings, will more than likely remain in one city their entire life. They do not have high enough mana to venture around the outskirts of warded areas, but will typically devote themselves to a craft that can be done locally.
- This group probably represents the largest portion of the elnin population. Adventurers are a hardy group, and are capable of modest treks through most areas of the Overwilds. They generally have the widest range of occupations.
- [Knights] These elnin are a special sub-class, and refer to adventurer elnins who have been trained for combat support. Knights can only be appointed by royals.
- Nobles are able to withstand almost all forms of miasma exposure. The only location off limits to elnin nobles is the area directly surrounding the Night Gate itself. Certain tasks are reserved for this rank. For example, only nobles are employed to follow Great Spirits through the Overwilds and map any new safe pathways that are created by their passage.
- [Champions] A noble knight. Often working directly with royalty.
- Royal elnins are so saturated in mana, that they radiate their own miniature shielding effect. Due to this, they are frequently employed within Eyre's exploration guilds. Royals work closely with all Daeva hunting expeditions, and are in charge of training elnins for combat. In addition, there are always two elnin royals stationed at the Night Gate to observe any changes to the miasma flowing out of it. Daeva are the race of monsters that inhabit the miasma.
Eyre, as it exists now, is just a small piece of a larger world and history.
The land of Eyre is, in truth, just one small section of a much larger world that was decimated centuries ago by a ruinous curse. This other world can be seen far above, a dark and smoldering husk looming in the sky. The true name of the planet has long been lost to memory, and is now simply referred to as Dusk for it seems to steal the very light out of the sky that surrounds it.
It is important to note that even though Dusk hangs like a baleful moon high above, Eyre is still part of it, still attached to this dead planet. Eyre exists in a place between realms, sustained by a cocoon of magic that displaces it from its mother world. No one really understands how it maintains this state of dislocation, somehow being apart from and part of Dusk at the same time.
History pieces together a mystifying account of Eyre's creation and how it came to exist in such an odd state. The oldest surviving writings say that many many ages ago, Dusk was a flourishing and verdant planet watched over by an assembly of benevolent deities. These deities worked closely with the people of Dusk, walking among them rather than choosing to remain aloof and apart from the mortal realms. However, as it tends to be with most aspects of life, there had to be a balance, an opposing darkness to the light. This darkness came to exist within the core of Dusk. It seethed there in the deep shadows, far removed from the gaze of divinity, waiting.
There aren't enough clues remaining to complete the puzzle of how the Ruin was invoked, where it came from and why, only that once it began it was absolute and unstoppable. A virulent miasma boiled violently up from the depths of the world, seemingly without warning, consuming and corrupting everything it touched. The miasma turned people and animals into foul monsters, the Daeva, whose sole purpose was to further spread destruction and despair. The Ruin lasted all of nine days as the miasma and swarms of Daeva swept relentlessly across the land. The deities could not stop it, though their efforts were mighty. In the end, they spent the last vestiges of their considerable power in one desperate gambit. They gathered the remaining survivors into small sections of uninfected land, and then tore them forcibly away from the corrupted Dusk. These stretches of earth were not wholly removed from the world, as the deities did not have the strength left in them to sustain so many islands floating independently in the ether. Instead, they severed the manaflows connecting the land to Dusk, and surrounded each sundered region in layers of shielding enchantments to further close them off from the dying planet. These small regions were still physically attached to Dusk, but their energies, the manaflow that sustained the life of the land, were somewhere else entirely.
This elsewhere is a realm called the Boundless, a place the deities created from their own living essences in a final sacrifice for their people. The Boundless is a vast ocean, where each of the small portions of sundered land manifests as an isolated island. The effect is such that the people in these regions seem to live far away from Dusk, on their own sheltered isles with the dark planet a distant threat in the sky above.
These shielded islands drifted around in the Boundless for a short time before they ultimately began to be drawn toward a point of gravity. There was one place where the shields were weak, one place in the Boundless that was open to Dusk. This island is now called the Night Gate, for the minions of Dusk, the Daeva, have built a structure there in worship of the miasma that pours through the rift. The Night Gate calls out to the disparate islands because it is connected to their true home, and they cannot help but be drawn to it. Eventually, the largest regions clustered together around the Night Gate into what is now the world called Eyre.
[Miasma & Survival in Eyre]
There aren't very many ways to deliberately remove miasma from an area once a wave of it has settled in. That being said, miasma behaves in fairly predictable ways and life throughout Eyre has adapted.
Notes on miasma:
- Veils of miasma come and goes by themselves during the changing seasons (referred to as miasmic tide), with the heaviest concentration during deep winter, and all but disappearing during the late spring/summer months.
- There are very few areas in Eyre that remain shrouded in miasma year round, with almost all persistent miasma being localized to the Vahl D'sari region. Sometimes, small pockets will linger after the spring ebb, but these sites are quickly identified by pathfinder adepts, surrounded with wards and monitored until they disperse on their own.
- There are permanent warding shrines all over Eyre that are effective at preventing the spread of miasma. (Note, this type of warding isn't particularly effective at removing miasma from an area once it has rolled in, it only prevents waves from encroaching on a protected region). These wards are made of naturally occurring white anima from the regions south of Hadaven. This purifying anima can be attuned to keeping miasmic waves from encroaching on settlements. The caveat is that these structures drain ambient mana in order to function and require one of two things to be effective at keeping up a miasmic ward:
- 1. A sizeable population of mana sensitive creatures. A village of native Eyresians can power its own miasmic ward just by existing in the vicinity for extended periods. The warding shrine doesn't actively drain mana from living creatures, rather it creates a sort of symbiotic spellweave between itself and creatures that remain close to it over time. This does rely on locals remaining close if there is no other natural source of mana to feed the ward, but during the months where the miasmic protection is vital, people generally stay close to home for safety regardless.
- 2. A sizeable local source of naturally occurring mana (manawells, leylines, etc). Almost all major cities on Eyre are settled atop these wellsprings of power, and as such are well protected from seasonal miasmic fluctuations.
- Royal elnins actually repel miasma as they move through it. However, the purifying effect of their aura is not permanent and miasma will eventually fill the void again once the royal has passed through. It is possible for a royal to purify an area by attuning themselves to it over time but this would require an extended stay and days spent entirely in meditative channeling, which is an effort most royals would find unnecessary given their busy schedules and the transient nature of miasma.
- It is technically possible for certain spiritualistic guild sects to remove miasma from an area, but generally speaking, the resources and expertise required are prohibitive. Plans are usually made to install wards during low miasmic tide in order to expand protected regions beforehand, while any existing miasmic contamination is left to disperse on its own.
[Technology & Magic]
Eyre is a primarily ye old fantasy setting. The technology on Eyre is not the same as Earth, but there are certain cities that have some similar level of advancement (very few, and only the very largest). Electricity doesn't function on Eyre normally though, so everything is done via some form of magical engineering. Something more akin to steampunk/high fantasy might fit into Eyre but magical items of substance are not common. Most technology would run on limited use anima crystals or tie into large city sources of mana.
There are varying schools of thought on magic throughout Eyre but to use anything beyond simple magic tool equivalents (anima shards powering something akin to a lamp) or a very small and simple spell tied to your elnin's sigil crown, you must be trained as a mage or otherwise. At this time these occupations are not accessible, however studying the theory and books is allowed. Just keep in mind most elnin are not trained to use magic and should not be depicted using magic in prompts.
Most elnin (aside from a few sold with the Knight and Champion status) cannot wield weapons well as they lack dexterity and training. It's hard to wield a bow for hunting with toe beans that lack sizable thumbs. Elnin are close to house cats in terms of strength so you won't see them wielding anything grand or acknowledged as trained combatants without actual training. They are also more likely to accidentally hamstring a person tripping on their own ear fluff by carelessly running around with a common cooking knife or small dagger.
You might wonder if elnin can learn martial arts instead since they're unable to wield weapons well! There is nothing preventing them from learning hand-to-hand martial arts, but you'll still be encountering physical strength issues since elnin are more or less fairly weak physique-wise (they're basically cats so trying to throw a human wouldn't really be a thing even in gijinka form). They wouldn't really be any sort of formidable threat, although maybe a bit more balanced/skilled in moving their body around. Not necessarily faster or anything either in a general sense/stamina would still run out.
Normal weapons in Eyre are not capable of fighting Daeva (the monsters dwelling in the miasma). There is a complicated path of training through the Hunter's Guild that an elnin must undergo to actually acquire a weapon that can damage Daeva. At this time such training and guild status are not available to users within the community until proper Guild systems are set up. Standard weapons for things like hunting food exist, but nothing that would stand up in a real fight.
Noteables / Tech FAQ:
- Q: Is there technology in the world? I really want a gamer Elnin!
- At this time there is no known video game type culture in Eyre since the ye old fantasy setting currently doesn't have known technology that would let something like this arise.
- Q: What if technology or magical abilities from another world are brought through a portal to Eyre?
- Any majorly disruptive abilities of other creatures are rendered mostly ineffective in Eyre's sphere of influence (in other words the magic here overrides most foreign energy/magic/technology/etc).
- Q: Does Eyre have wheelchairs?
- If you can be steampunk/high fantasy about it, sure!
- Q: What kind of airships does Eyre have? What kind of travel is common?
- Treasure Planet vibes for sure! Caravans are the most common form of travel followed by sea travel, but there is regular airship traffic between major cities.
The frequency of airship/transit availability is a different matter though. Not all are daily, but at most you'd have to wait a few weeks if you wanted to take an airship from like Eiloen to Bejali. Just depends on the region. Like Ealei's Skyhaven would have a lot more traffic than Zevija's Hadaven. You wouldn't see airships go to Sulapei as it is too remote even though it's a populated area! So it's worth factoring tidbits like that in.
- Treasure Planet vibes for sure! Caravans are the most common form of travel followed by sea travel, but there is regular airship traffic between major cities.
There is a lot of information pertaining to Regions and their relation to prompt and act backgrounds. You can find all information related to regions through our Regional Affinity Guide page.
[Seasons & Weather in Eyre]
"Seasons" in Eyre are not temperature based and instead are largely based around the amount of miasma throughout Eyre. Weather can still vary a little in Eyre regions but those weather patterns align with what is expected of a certain region's typical environment. (For example frequent rain might occur in Kyendi given it's jungles, sandstorms in Azha where there are dry deserts, gentle rain showers in Palu'au and Faerindell, and snowy and sunny but cool days in Strynhalde.) Extreme deviations in weather like heatwaves in Strynhalde or snow in Palu'au would not occur!
[Annual Events & Occurrences]
Some annual events and occurrences revolve around lore related to the thickening of miasma at different times of the year, while others relate mostly to superstition and culture within Eyre. More information will be added relative to these yearly occurrences but for now consider them just short blurbs!
- Lightbringers & Pomu Hibernation
- The yearly hibernation of Pomu temporarily turning into anima crystals that float near their elnin happens when miasma is at its strongest each year. This is usually around January every year! Elnin decorate their slumbering pomu anima crystals turning them into small lanterns tethered to their tails. For at least a month or few pomu remain in this state of temporary slumber.
- Previously a large event that was held in the Spring, sometime between February and April. Subsequent "Kittsunami" events occurring in 2022, and thereafter will be significantly smaller with intent to spread out smaller breeding opportunities more regularly in years to come. This change is a work in progress! Spring is the season most elnin have kittoms.
- Starfall Faire & The Celestial Vigil
- The Grand Starfall Faire is a large festival in Ealei's capital city, Nalnalo. This yearly celebration occurs around August (usually running any time between July and September). The lore for this season as a whole is marked by the Celestial Vigil known to be a time of partying and watching stars fall across the sky.
- Feyhallow, Feyfolk, & Masks
- Around the months when miasma density is higher, late Fall into Winter, feyfolk walk mortal realms more openly. An old practice (rarely seen outside of villages in fey infested territory), the act of wearing a mask to ward off malevolent spirits resurfaces around this time of year.
More information on Eyre's other inhabitants will be added at a later time! It's worth noting there are differences between older Kyunru, Ieldi, etc. races that were previously created on the website Gaia Online compared to different generation Eyre Kyunru, etc.
An "elseworlder" is a creature or humanoid that is not native to Eyre, ie other CS species. Eyre has many odd portals into other worlds that just appear and disappear randomly all the time, sometimes they strand visitors from other realms, or sometimes visitors come here intentionally through some of the more stable gateways in the larger cities. Just be sure that you have the species owner's permission before using their CS in your acts or prompts!
Confirmed CS that are approved to appear on Eyre can be found on our General Prompt Guidelines Page under the FAQ section.
In an effort to be respectful and to keep elnins from potentially disrupting other groups, please do not submit your "Berry Bazaar" ARPG art to other CS galleries. This is especially true for CS such as Esk, which has a very insular universe and we don't want to step on any toes. Basically, treat this as an alternate universe experience for any outside CS that you bring to Eyre just to be safe.
Further clarification: we're aiming for elseworld creatures to be primarily other CS, or people's own personal species. It's a "celebrate the creativity of original species" sort of idea and an opportunity to play with your adopts/OCs in new settings. An ordinary animal from earth would not fall into what we're looking for as an "elseworld" creature. Putting aside that there are a number of native animal species on Eyre that are similar to standard Earth animals, it just runs a little contrary to what we're hoping to encourage with the idea.
If you don't own a CS (either your own or from a different creator) we added the option of using a human character. Humans are not considered native to Eyre, but pop in through portals frequently enough that they've established a sizable resident population.
Currently, there are only a few known familiars in Eyre!
All elnin are capable of having one standard pomu familiar. Other familiars such as Temus are still in development and may not be acquired through the group currently outside of specific sales by Manaberry.
Eyre is full of many types of mana spirits, one of them being the Pomu! Pomu are little hybrid spirits with blended shadow and phasmic elemental mana. They are born within an elnin's shadow, and become permanently bonded to their host.
- All Elnins have one standard pomu by default.
- Elnins are very protective of their Pomu.
- Pomus are "born" sometime during an elnin's early childhood, as young as when they're still a Kittom! They simply climb out of their Elnin's shadow one day and bond with their new best buddy.
- Kittom pomus are notably rounder and more squat until the Kittom matures into a full grown Elnin.
- Pomu can enter and exit their Elnin's shadow at will, often treating it like a private bedroom. They cannot travel through any other shadow other than their own Elnin's.
- If an Elnin's shadow is indistinct/diluted/lost in a larger shadow, their pomu cannot enter or exit their shadow.
- Pomu can store items inside an Elnin's shadow. No one is sure if there is a limit to how much stuff can be kept in there.
- In general, Elnin's don't rely on Pomu storage because the items are not treated gently and are frequently "misplaced" under the Pomu's treasure (junk).
- Stored items cannot be any larger than the elnin itself.
- Living things cannot be stored in an elnin's shadow.
- Pomu are disproportionately strong little familiars. Physical strength is usually equivalent to their Elnin's.
- Pomu can only say "Pomu" outside of other verbal chirps. For the most part, they communicate in a very similar manner as their elnin creators: body language, chirps, and telepathy.
- Unlike elnin telepathy, which can contain many words, Pomu telepathy is limited to projected emotions and images. Only Royal Elnin Pomu are capable of perfect speech, such as speaking and using words.
- Standard Pomu have:
- A black, fluffy coat that fades to a lighter gray at the hands and feet.
- A stumpy feathered tail.
- Their face, hands, and toes are white.
- Facial markings, horns, and claws always match their elnin's colors.
- The "fur" on Pomu is actually a very soft feather coat.
- Hands are capable of any delicate tasks, while being strong enough for manual labor.
Currently non-standard pomu are not acquirable outside of specific sales.
- It is possible to have more than one Pomu, in some cases elnin have multiple pomu.
- Colored Pomu are pomu that have mutated, no longer sporting their traditional black coat but a different solid color.
- Royal Pomu are much larger, smarter than the average Pomu, and capable of perfect speech.
- Like pomus, temus are elemental spirits.
- Whereas pomus are shadow based, temus are aligned with the air element, and are most often found in the company of the sky-loving ieldi.
Currently, there is not much lore shared about guilds! Only a little info below will be provided on what has been released so far but this is an area that will likely receive its own page once fleshed out!
At this time Guilds are not able to be joined by any elnin unless otherwise listed as part of their sale. Eventually a proper guild system will be set up with proper details on how elnin may join!
- The guild tasked with mapping new pathways through the overwilds.
- The guild tasked with hunting Daeva. This guild is known to be stubbornly exclusive and formed of professions trained for hunting of the miasma dwelling monsters. This is the guild where you'll find professions such as knights, champions, etc.
- An elusive guild that is said to rule Silveil City.