Tales of Harmonia
Remember the past, live in the present, and aim for the future …
Over one thousand years ago, civilization as we knew it hit a complete standstill. Thought of as a time of prosperity and development, all at once the sky fell and the world went through a devastating recession that would grip it for almost five hundred years. An event known only as the “Great Deforestation”, Yggdrasil, the mana tree, slowly began to die, and with it everyday life. Producing three jewel-like seeds from its branches, these were to be the last testament to its great power, within them the fruit of the mana tree’s magic. The Nornseeds as they were called holding within them the secrets of mana, they were sought after by many, wars fought in order to possess them. This power-lust tearing countries apart, the three pieces were thrown into time itself with the last strength left of Yggdrasil, lost within the ages as the tree lived its final days.
This is only legend, of course. A world of magical beings and spells is far from what Eternis is. Living a rather simple life in a sleepy town, Liane Fanel was the last person to think that anything would break the ho-hum of everyday life. However, after he finds a strange girl that falls from the sky, he is thrust into a war over one-thousand years in the making with a world that never should have been…
Liane Fanel (LANE Fun-NELL)
Height: 165.1 cm
Weight: 56.8 kg
Weapon: Long sword
"Come on, can't a guy ever catch a break?"
The son of Dallan’s mayor, Liane is a boy from a back-water village and it shows. Somewhat gullible, perhaps one of the most noticeable things about him is his height; to be quite frank, Liane is short. The butt of quite a few jokes, this vertically-challenged brunette tries not to let those things get under his skin, and at times can be seen as somewhat soft and a bit of a coward. Finding Hanera at the lake, however, seems to have given him some resolve at the very least, as he does his best to keep her out of trouble. That still doesn’t mean that he isn’t quite picked-upon, however.
Finley Marlone (FIN-lee Mar-lone)
Height: 180.3 cm
Weight: 88.6 kg
“Hey! My sister's got you playing wifey, eh Liane? heh heh.”
A somewhat large youth around Dallan, he has followed Liane around since the two were only children. Fin, as most affectionately call him, at first glance might seem like a rather rough and somewhat dull individual, but that would be the furthest from the truth, the rather gargantuan teen having a soft heart. Taking care of his younger sister in lieu of his parents’ unexpected death from illness, the two have taken up residency with their grandparents, who own the local inn. Somewhat of a joker, it’s hard to say if this gentle giant knows when to be serious.
Age: Appears around 15; real age unknown
Height: 157.5 cm
Weight: 46.8 kg
“I don't know what I am... but that doesn't matter to me. Right now I am Nera, and that's what's important, right?”
A rather mysterious woman that fell from the sky during the festival of deliverance, this white-haired lass is quite the enigma herself. Not remembering where she came from or why she fell in the first place, she possess the ability to use magic, something not seen before. With a rather hushed and sweet demeanor, she seems more like a child than anything most of the time, this persona changing whenever she is in immediate danger. Is there much more to this woman than there seems?
Florian Alberton (FLOOR-ee-an ALL-bur-ton)
Height: 167.6 cm
Weight: 54.5 kg
“I won’t live in his shadow. I’ll be better than that drunk of an old man, just you watch!”
Tomboyish, a little brash, and never afraid to say just exactly what is on her mind, Florian is the daughter of a famous Seed-smith, said to be the first to place seeds into items, giving them “magical” qualities. Not liking at all to be placed under the shadow of a fraud (as he was not the one that first had that idea, but stole it from one of his apprentices), she strives to be greater than him in every way. Meeting up with the group after seeing the talisman around Nera’s neck, she wishes, like her partner, to find out more about the artifact she has, particularly where she found it in the first place.
Ryo’Thallin Disaresta (REE-oh' THAHL-in Dee-sah-RES-tuh)
Height: 180.3 cm
Weight: 60 kg
Class: Thief/Treasure Hunter
“Sorry, hate to break it to you.... but compared to me... you have a long way to go... …Just kidding!”
Just by looking at him, you would never think that Ryo is a legend among men, but he is. Known as a famous treasure hunter, he is a half-elf, a blasphemous bastard of a child in any human or elf’s eyes. He knows this, and yet it seems as if he doesn’t care, what with his seemingly carefree nature. Almost always getting himself into trouble, while he plays the role of fool quite well, it is hard to say whether or not Ryo is actually as stupid as he lets on. Still, it helps to have Florian around to aid in getting him out of certain scrapes, even if the woman poses as more of a distraction than anything (just never tell her that).
Zoei Belial (ZO-way Beh-LIE-ulh)
Age: Appears around 18; real age unknown
Height: 175.3 cm
Weight: 57.7 kg
“All the knowledge man needs to keep from repeating their mistakes is at their fingertips… If only they would realize that.”
Zoei’s reputation precedes her quite a bit, ascending to the higher echelons of the Order of Aeroin in only ten years—a feat that takes many their entire lives. Not only a natural magic user in a world where the talent is seen every once in a blue moon, she is quite powerful to boot, turning down a position higher up within the order as a white-robe, which there are only six of. A seemingly shy young woman, for the most part she keeps to herself in the Hall of Magical Records in Karshe, where she is a head librarian. When Liane and company come to the institution looking for information, she tells them that she knows what the phenomenon is that both Liane and Nera experienced, and agrees to travel with them to show them where they can find out where Nera’s talisman is from, which she explains is the key to that rather strange event. It seems too that she has taken quite a liking to Ryo.
Vennris Disaresta (VEN-ris Dee-sah-RES-tuh)
Height: 167.5 cm
Weight: 51.8 kg
Class: Mage (Unregistered)
“At each town, be sure to visit the post office!”
The younger sister to Ryo, Venn is an unregistered mage. Having to take care of two siblings, at an early age she developed quite a maternal sense, which she still exercises with Ryo, even if she doesn’t get to see him as often as she would like. Learning magic from her mother (who herself was an unregistered mage), the girl showed an uncanny talent for it, the only one of three. Giving her older brother many leads that she hears about legends, she is in her own right a very smart girl. Bubbly and cheerful, she lives in the present to hide away the dark pain from the past.
Iria Malone (EAR-ee-uh Mar-lone)
Height: 121.9 cm
Weight: 20.5 kg
Voice Actor: N/A
"You're just asking 'cause you haven't found a date yet, Liane!"
Dravin Fanel (DRAY-vin Fun-NELL)
Height: 180.7 cm
Weight: 66 kg
Voice Actor: N/A
"I don't want a monster like that in our town!"
(Characters are listed by order of appearance, not order of significance. This is not a complete list and will be modified as more characters are added to the story.)
The world of Eternis is, at its core, a world slowly dying away. Its people, oblivious to this fact, live life as any others would: in ignorant bliss. The main race being human, there are few different races in this world, those being elves, the drow and dwarves. Where the humans rule over the cities of the two main continents in Eternis (known as the Western continent or Velarias and the Southern continent of Irim), the elves have retreated back to the forests, much more prominent on Irim. The dwarves, much like the elves, are not as present in the everyday world, keeping to their underground cities most of the time.
Since the war between humans and elves long ago, the two races have yet to be able to put their rough history behind them. Completely separate from one another, there is still quite a bit of hostility. While violence against them is no longer practiced openly, half-elves are thought to be a blasphemy to society, many of which in some cities being sold into slavery. While the torture camps are no longer used, many still have memories of the horrors that half-elves faced there, although there are only a few survivors left from that time.
Magic is near non-existent. Every mage registered—which is required by law when the mage becomes sixteen—is written down within the Hall of Magical Records, a library located in the capital city of Velarias, Karshe. Those registered mages with minimal talent in magic, while their names are left in the registry, are left to live their normal lives. For those lucky few with a true talent, however, they are welcomed with open arms into the Order of Aeroin’s forces, most of them enlisted. Led by the Order of Aeroin, a group of mages themselves, this is one of many institutes that this organization dabbles into, the biggest of course being the church of Aeroin, the largest religion on both continents. The members of this order categorized by their magical talents wear corresponding robes depending on their position in office; blue being the lowest (reserved for those of the clergy without any kind of magical talents), yellow, then orange, red, and finally white, of which there are only six members, the elders. These individuals are highly respected among the people of both continents, and are one of the only groups that is desegregated between humans, elves and dwarves alike—elves and dwarves are said to not be allowed to ascend above the rank of orange, however.
While magic is not something that is openly taught, this isn’t to say that the normal person cannot use abilities and tactics not unlike magic. Seeds have been around for many years now and are the alternative to magic for the non-mage. Harvested out in the wild, no one really knows how these phenomenons are created. Extremely fragile, they can be inserted within an item to give it certain attributes. Recently, however, a seed-crafter by the name of Randolph Alberton found a way to not only utilize them in regular house-hold items (such as a lamp to make it light), but how to craft them into weapons in such a way that it allows a person to be able to use skills such as magic. It is hard to say how far seed-crafting will go, but with this rather ingenious innovation, the sky is the limit.
While Valarius and Irim are the two main continents, this is not to say that all the land of Eternis has been explored or is highly populated. Two more continents that are known remain, for the most part, uncharted by conventional maps. Lying to the north and west, these continents are Winia and Lenard. While Lenard seems to be completely unpopulated, there have been records of strange creatures on Winia that look to be part human, part lizard. The shores of this continent craggy and almost impossible to scale, it is safe to say that not many have actually set foot in this land, as many of the caves that seem to lead there are submerged. Lenard, however, is quite strange in the fact that, while easily the biggest of the four continents, there seem to be no people there, the land littered with ruins of what looked to be once great civilizations. Lush and green, a heavy mist envelopes the land, and many travelers that happen upon the place, wishing to make new conquest do not return; those that do tell of a land of changing landscape, where the land does not stay the same from day to day. Contracting what is called ‘mist sickness’, most succumbing to dementia within weeks of returning. The place, many believe, is cursed, a hell on the corporeal plane.
The unofficial theme song for Tales of Harmonia is Lapis Lazul by Active Planets.
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Chapter One due out on Friday, April 11!
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