Commit 091937a7 authored by Craig Maloney's avatar Craig Maloney
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Adding more about The UNity Tree

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## The Great Tree and the formation of magic
Speculation abounds over what happened before magic was discovered in Hereva, but what is clear is Hereva matured quickly once magic entered the realm. The Great Tree of Komona figures prominently in the folklore of Hereva and its arrival signaled the birth of the magical age. None of the written records predate the blooming of The Great Tree, and some speculate that The Great Tree is really when Hereva came into existence. Whether that is true or not the birth of the great tree is marked as year 0 in the Hereva calendar.
Speculation abounds over what happened before magic was discovered in Hereva, but what is clear is Hereva matured quickly once magic entered the realm. The Great Tree of Komona figures prominently in the folklore of Hereva and its arrival signaled the birth of the magical age. None of the written records predate the blooming of The Great Tree, and some speculate that The Great Tree is really when Hereva came into existence. So significant is the birth of the great tree that it is marked as year 0 in the Hereva calendar.
## The blossoming of Hereva
With the discovery of magic Hereva transformed overnight. Grunts and gestures gave way to the written word and spoken language. Incantations were discovered and recorded, and before long schools formed to collect the various spells into books. So many spells were discovered that it was impossible to keep up and the schools began to specialize into the disciplines known to Hereva today. Some were open and welcoming to new members, but others remained more secretive and aloof. Schools like Hippiah, Magmah and Zombiah found ways to take the drudgery out of day-to-day existence while Chaosah preferred spells to control and direct the universe itself in minute detail.
With the discovery of magic Hereva transformed overnight. Grunts and gestures gave way to the written word and spoken language. Incantations were discovered and recorded, and before long schools formed to collect the various spells into books. So many spells were discovered that it was impossible to keep up and the schools began to specialize into the disciplines known to Hereva today. Some were open and welcoming to new members, but others remained more secretive and aloof. Schools like **Hippiah**, **Magmah** and **Zombiah** found ways to take the drudgery out of day-to-day existence, whereas **Chaosah** preferred spells to control and direct the universe itself in minute detail.
For centuries these schools lived in harmony. Occasionally there were squabbles and bickering but everything remained civil.
For centuries these schools lived in harmony. Occasionally there were squabbles and bickering but everything remained civil between the schools. By most accounts the only school that caused trouble was **Chaosah** and that was because of their tendency to play pranks on the other schools by leaving around such things as "Chaosah Secrets" spell books or potions that rarely did what they said on the label. One such potion accidentally made its way back to the shelves of Chaosah where an unfortunate student made the discovery. The student realized (too late) that the potion labeled "Potion of Invisibility" was actually a "Potion of Divisibility", and the hapless student simply disappeared in a puff of mathematical impossibilities.
## Wars between Magmah and Aquah
In **252** there was a brutal and all-encompasing war between the **Magmah** and **Aquah** schools. What started as a simple disagreement between **Magmah** and **Aquah** escalated into assaults on each other. Both schools enlisted aid from any schools they could and dragged whomever they could into the conflict.
During the years leading up to the war **Chaosah** grew in strength. They played **Magmah** and **Aquah** against each other and were responsible for escalating a few skirmishes into an all-out war. The fighting spread, and the other schools were dragged into the conflict. **Zombiah** was dragged into the fighting after both **Magmah** and **Aquah** realized that **Zombiah** was supplying their adversaries with the resources to build their weapons. **Zombiah** took heavy losses during the attacks from both schools and used their magic to animate and re-animate both mechanical constructs and fallen warriors. **Hippiah** tried to stay neutral but in the wake of starvation they caved and used their magic to help supply any who came to them with food and shelter.
During the years leading up to the war **Chaosah** grew in strength. They played **Magmah** and **Aquah** against each other and were responsible for escalating a few skirmishes into an all-out war. The fighting spread, and the other schools were dragged into the conflict. **Zombiah** quickly learned they could not supply both **Magmah** and **Aquah** with materials for their weapons without the other school finding out. Once **Magmah** learned that **Zombiah** was supplying materials to **Aquah** and **Aquah** learned that **Zombiah** was supplying materials to **Magmah** then both **Magmah** and **Aquah** declared war on **Zombiah**. **Zombiah** took heavy losses during the attacks from both schools and used their magic to animate and re-animate both mechanical constructs and fallen warriors. **Hippiah** tried to stay neutral but in the wake of starvation they caved and used their magic to help supply any who came to them with food and shelter.
Later in the war the schools devised spells of unspeakable power that summoned the nastiest and most brutal forms of destruction. The Elemental Battles saw **Magmah** and **Aquah** summoning up elementals to do battle. Fire elementals clashed with water elementals in combat. Whole areas were wiped out either by fire or flood. **Zombiah** learned how to make earth elementals to try to defend themselves from the ensuing onslaught. **Hippiah** summoned trees and plants to fortify their borders. But **Chaosah** would not be outdone and summoned the **Chaosah Demons** to battle against these elemental forces.
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As additional penance each school also surrendered their spellbooks that were used in the war to **Ah**. Each school sent their book to **Ah** for safe keeping. Wasabi keeps them all on display as a reminder of their victory in The Great War and to prevent further hostilities. (Though there has been some talk that the book that **Chaosah** submitted doesn't look much like a spellbook, and they still possess the ability to summon demons at will).
## The Unity Tree
The **High Council of Ah** wanted to create a symbol of the end of the great war and the harmony that **Ah** brought to Hereva. They noticed that evergreen trees have a triangle shape and noticed too that the Impossible Triangle describing Hereva's different magical schools also had a triangle shape. Naturally **Ah** would sit at the top of this triangle, with their closest allies **Aquah** and **Hippiah** at one rung below. The bottom, naturally, were the losers of The Great War; **Zombiah**, **Magmah** and **Chaosah**. The **High Council of Ah** decided that this tree would be displayed around the time of the end of The Great War to signify their triumph and the return to order, balance, and peace in Hereva. This became a tradition in **Ah** which brought a large Unity Tree to the temple at the place of the setting moons. There it is decorated by glowing spirits who sing the praises of those who were brave and strong and wise enough to end The Great War.
For something called a Unity Tree there is a sharp divide in the schools that actually celebrate the end of The Great War the way that **Ah** does. **Hippiah** is the one with the strongest tradition that somewhat mirrors the tradition in **Ah**. In **Hippiah** the trees are left in the forests where they are adorned with luminescent vines and flowers and can be seen dotting the forests surrounding the village. It's not clear if **Aquah** celebrates it at all, but there have been reports from boats that have noticed peculiar glowing patterns beneath the surface of the water. **Magmah** is more reluctant to celebrate with The Unity Tree, preferring instead to decorate The Great Tree and The Tree of Kerberos with little glowing orb spells. **Zombiah** doesn't have a tradition around The Unity Tree, and instead treats the end of The Great War as a day of remembrance for those who lost their lives. It is a moving day where the non-stop machinery of Qualicity becomes dormant for one minute (but not one minute more) to remember those who were unable to be revived and their sacrifice.
**Chaosah** has the starkest reaction to The Unity Tree, claiming that **Ah** is using it as a way to lend themselves more authority over the other schools. They also claim that it does nothing to balance out the already balanced Impossible Triangle and that it unfairly promotes the allies of **Ah** while demoting those who are not as friendly with **Ah**. Several folks from Komona have also recognized this lopsided view of The Impossible Triangle and there is growing concern that the whole reason for The Unity Tree is to somehow glorify **Ah** at the expense of the other schools.
A couple of Komonan scholars have also pointed out that **Ah** might not be responsible for this tradition after all. They claim this whole tradition might have been lifted from other cultures and somehow been retro-fitted to serve **Ah**'s purposes. If these claims are true they are hardly corroborated in the written record, and certainly not in the Hereva-wide web which lists the first occurrence of The Unity Tree as being on that winter's night when the treaty that ended The Great War was signed.
## The Present
It's been 14 years since the end of the great war. **Chaosah** continues to train their heir under the watchful gaze of **Ah**. Magic is once again in balance, and the blight of war is being replaced with rebuilding and renewal. The ruptures created during the war let in a few beings from other worlds, and the burst of magic from The Great Tree has repercussions that are still being discovered. Hereva waits for the next adventures to unfold because Hereva hates boring.
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