In the following years after the Edicts collapse, sailors and merchant vessels started disappearing in the deep east Ozmit. The Empire under the Sea was suspected at first, but denied any involvement after several states demanded the return of their boats. A coalition between Dragons Folk and The Grey Empire was convened and a joint navy was dispatched escorted by the Andromeda to the region.
To my own amazement a huge uncharted landmass obstructed my ships path – I isle of unquestionable beauty, that of Bashni Arada.
- Juan Shu 胡娟舒
- Shao Ming邵明
Bashni Arada is controlled by two kingdoms, each very different in its structure and ruling, they are detailed below.
Juan Shu 胡娟舒
In the days following the wider world landing on Bashni Arada, Juan Shu has not responded hospitably. Seeing the arrival of the people of Menosophia as a threat, they have begun a large regime of wall building and fortification.
Chengdu is the capital of the Kingdom, it is the center of commerce in the region, and has huge expanses of warehousing and storage for the kingdoms suppied and produce – ready for distribution into the bay. Chengdu is a heavily militant city, with skilled craftsman mastering the augmentation of weapons like no other nation. The city attaches itself to the main mountains strewn across the Bay of Juan via many small bridges and ferries. Taking into account the many boroughs of the city that link to the city, “Greater Chengdu” is one of the largest connected cities in the world.
The Bay of Juan
The bay of Juan is the large expanse of mountains that poke out of the shallow seas of the western regions of Bashni Arada. it has large fishing communities built into the many rock faces in the bay, with some civilizations and communities never stepping onto dry land. This is where they people of Juan Shu have mastered fishing, sailing and ship building.
The Temple of the Ocean Wave
The Temple of the Ocean Wave is an ancient structure built with the mountains far out to the north west of the bay. it can only be reached by sea, and can only be found by the worthy. The temple is said to have been build many years ago, to worship the great god of the sea.
Ababem’s Rock is a military position currently held by the Grey Empire. It was chosen for its position far from the reaches of the mainland, as an interim base and potential trade point for the wider world and Bashni Arada. Unfortunately, King Juan has not taking this fortification well, and is hostile towards any person who encroaches from it.
Zhou Chang is the original more humble and natural capital of the province. It was moved as it was not strategically close to the water. But much of the long line of 40 kings ruled here, and the heritage is to be seen here. The Juan Shu were meticulous at keeping records, and many of these such records are kept under lock and key here.
The border town of the province, the crossroads sits at an important intersection, with arable farmlands surrounding, the majority of food that is not fish is produced here. Just to the east is the border with the much larger lands of Shao Ming, and until recent years there stood great fortifications along the walls of the fields protecting the lands from the outsiders.
The Grove of Arada
An ancient grove of trees, enchanted by magic, this is the center of the nervous system that connects all trees and life, and was twinned with the grove on Galt until the Edict severed the connection for good. Their is said that a tree at its heart grows the Ley Acorn – a very powerful seed that can be misused easily in the wrong hands.
In the days following the wider world landing on Bashni Arada, Shao Ming has welcomed the outside world. The nation has also seemed keen on visiting the main lands, in particular the sight of the Sundering.
The capital city of the Kingdom, Bohai is a magnificently large city that is built into, around and on top of the mountains in the east. It is a center of mining, crafting and spell weaving, from extracted minerals of magical essence taken from the Caverns of Ming beneath it. The city is magical, but humble and simple – the people here are cultured, free and naturally talented with magic. The race of Aradians outnumber most other races, but all are welcome.
The Old Tower
An old watchtower that once defended the realm from evil, has been left to grow old and forgotten – it was re purposed in recent years to fight against the Necromancer of Dark Astar, but once again has been abandoned to ruin.
Spire of Bashni
The Great clout top mountain from which the island gains its name, it is the tallest mountain in the world standing just shy of 40,000ft. The mountain is adorned with raw anduwin crystals and large floating mountains orbit it in a strange gravitational phenomena. The mountain wall is so thick that it is almost impossible to mine, nor would you mine it, as it is sacred to both the Juan Shu and the Shao Ming. It gives the Lifeblood to the island, and without it they would be lost.
The Shao have built a sanctuary on top of one of the largest orbiting mountains called the Karakas. The city gains its title of Cloudtop as it just breaks the cloudlines most of the time. It is a holy place, of magical significance to the Shao, and only a select few may go there, with special permission from the Queen.
The moonglade is a sacred forest of the aradian, its ground is and plants give off a strange blue hue which enchants the landscape. It is truly a paradise untouched, at the center of the moonglade their is a small lake, known as the dreamwell. Staring into it has driven many a person insane.
A beautifully tranquil beach land, with a fine gray sand, is a untouched area with only the odd small fisherman wading into the depths and catching the finest of fish.
Shandong is the industrial heartland of the province, with its mining and crafting of magical vellum and reagents, it supplies the whole nation with its magical well-being. Shandong is riddle with corruption and poverty, something Queen Shao XIII has pledged to fix.
The Shandong Mines are a large set of coastal mines that were under const threat from the Juan Shu. The mines go deep into the mountain, and deeper still under the earth, to such extent that some parts were resealed and access limited after miners discovered things that their minds could not comprehend.
The major port town to the north east, this jewel among an arid wasteland. The desert between Shandong and Xi Laos is difficult to traverse but the main supply line has been improved in recent years. Recently, since the discovery of the wider world, this has become the single key port that sail boats between Wallace in Naramiá, Dale in the Peaks of the Anduwin and Vanguard in Nezpit.
Meng Huo Expedition
The Meng Huo Expedition is a science and magical studies group that ventured to study at the ice flats some time ago. It has since become a permanent installation, and many of the intellects of the land flock here to study the harsh lessons of the ice elementals and giants that reside here.
Shao Ice Flats
The Snowy and frozen lakes of the Shao Ice Flats are home to Ice giants that were being raised from the dead by the Necromancer of Dark Astar, sicne his disposal, the land has once again returned to an enriched ice land full of towering giants and elementals that spawn out of the flux created by Bashni.
Dark Astar was the home to a necromancer whom was defeated by King Shao XII before his death from the wounds sustain during the battle. The keep has been locked and sealed, and a small contingent of skilled weavers has been installed to keep watch over the dark and insidious hold.
Other Menosophian Nations
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