Commit 35037c29 authored by Craig Maloney's avatar Craig Maloney
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Updating The Great Tree to have the branches fall before the war

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![Komona](http://www.peppercarrot.com/extras/wiki/place_komona.jpg)
The flying city of Komona is city built around the base of giant floating tree. The tree's rounded branches give shade over most of the city. Komona's residents are primarily rich and upper-class, and property on Komona is expensive by Hereva standards. Because Komona floats above the realms of King Acren it isn't subject to King Acren's taxation (though whether Komona is still under his rule depends on who you ask. Komonans feel since their city does not touch his lands they too are outside of his rule. King Acren differs, but without more resources he is unable to force the Komonans to think otherwise). Most Komonans enjoy plenty of leisure activities in their floating metropolis, and many flying boats travel to Komona for commercial trade and other and tourist attractions. Occasionally Komona opens its city gates for events, most notably the first (and last, if the city council has a say in the matter) "Potion Challenge".
The flying city of Komona is city built around the base of giant floating tree. The tree's rounded branches give shade over most of the city. Komona's residents are primarily rich and upper-class, and property on Komona is expensive by Hereva standards. Because Komona floats above the realms of King Acren it isn't subject to King Acren's taxation (though whether Komona is still under his rule depends on who you ask. Komonans feel since their city does not touch his lands they too are outside of his rule. King Acren differs, but without more resources he is unable to force the Komonans to think otherwise). Most Komonans enjoy plenty of leisure activities in their floating metropolis, and many flying boats travel to Komona for commercial trade and other and tourist attractions. There is also the occasional market where travellers from all over Hereva come to purchase magical effects and wood from The Great Tree. Occasionally Komona opens its city gates for events, most notably the first (and last, if the city council has a say in the matter) "Potion Challenge".
Saffron lives in the heart of Komona.
## The Great Tree of Komona
The Great Tree of Komona (or more colloquially "The Great Tree") is the most revered tree in all of Hereva. There is a legend that the Great Tree of Komona sprouted when magic was young in Hereva and within minutes The Great Tree grew larger than any other tree in Hereva. Some say the tree mimics the health of magic in Hereva, and there are a small number of Komonans who regularly study the leaves of The Great Tree to predict the flow of Rea throughout the land. During the great war the city of Komona was shocked when the tree lifted from the ground and formed a sphere around Komona. The surrounding city proceeded to float high above the lands of Hereva. Stranger still, as the devastation raged throughout the cities of Hereva the citizens of Komona noticed a shaking in The Great Tree, as if it somehow was looking to protect those cities from the ensuing wreckage. As the war spread so too did the magic from the great tree spread to all of the war-torn cities of Hereva, causing them to rise above the ground. While the tree shook some of the branches snapped off of The Great Tree. Practitioners of Rea realized these branches were excellent conductors of Rea, and with a minimal amount of effort the branches would float like The Great Tree itself. The Komonan's also learned the tree would eventually heal itself, and so an enterprise in Komonan wood quickly brought other traders and merchants to the weekly markets. Travelers from all over Hereva venture to the markets of Komona to pick up wands, brooms, and other items made from The Great Tree. There's a legend about a Komonan who even fashioned a table and chairs out of the great tree, but the table soaked up enough Rea that while he he sat down to eat both he and the table floated away. This tale is still told to young children who won't finish their meal ("That plate is too heavy for the table. Better finish up more or the table won't be able to fly!")
The Great Tree of Komona (or more colloquially "The Great Tree") is the most revered tree in all of Hereva. There is a legend that the Great Tree of Komona sprouted when magic was young in Hereva and within minutes The Great Tree grew larger than any other tree in Hereva. Some say the tree mimics the health of magic in Hereva, and there are a small number of Komonans who regularly study the leaves of The Great Tree to predict the flow of Rea throughout the land.
There have been instances where branches feel from The Great Tree, and the citizens of Komona realized that the branches of The Great Tree were particularly conducive to the flow of Rea. With a minimal amount of effort the branches would float like The Great Tree itself. Over time the occasional branches that fell from the tree became the center of the Komonan economy, exporting the wood throughout the land of Hereva. A market sprung up in Hereva where the wood and other magical wares could be purchased. Enterprising Komonans figured out that The Great Tree could be pruned from time to time to pick up more Komonan wood, and they learned the tree would eventually heal itself. Travelers from all over Hereva venture to the markets of Komona to pick up wands, brooms, and other items made from The Great Tree. There's even a legend about a Komonan who fashioned a table and chairs out of wood from The Great Tree. As he built his furniture the Rea he generated leached into the wood, and when he sat down to eat both he and the table floated away. Parents of Hereva relay this story to their young children as an incentive to finish their meal ("That plate is too heavy for the table. Better finish up more or the table won't be able to fly!")
During the great war the city of Komona was shocked when the tree lifted both it and the surrounding city of Komona high up in the air. As it lifted it formed a sphere around Komona; protecting it from harm. Stranger still, as the devastation raged throughout the cities of Hereva the citizens of Komona noticed The Great Tree began to shake and writhe, as though each battle were somehow affecting the tree in some way. Over time several other cities began to float throughout Hereva, although none were as spectacular as Komona and the Great Tree. As the war spread so too did the magic from the great tree spread to all of the war-torn cities of Hereva, causing them to rise above the ground. Historians theorize this was The Great Tree trying to protect those cities from the ensuing wreckage. Many branches fell from The Great Tree during this time, and there are still sellers in the marketplace who fetch a premium for branches that fell during the great war.
Near the end of the war the members of Ah destroyed the remaining witches of Chaosah. When the last witch of Chaosah fell The Great Tree shuddered and the city of Komona began to tilt toward the ground. As the tree shuddered the Komonans saw the tree illuminated with a sickly glow, as though was losing magical steam. The shuddering grew to a fever pitch until the tree erupted with a violent explosion that knocked a large branch clean off. The shock-wave of Rea spread throughout Hereva and for a brief moment Hereva was inundated in magic. The branch that snapped off flew upward and gradually returned to a curious orbit around The Great Tree. The Great Tree faltered and as the Rea continued to flow from the tree the city of Komona descended from the sky. Ah realized that without Chaosah the balance of magic would not only destroy the great tree but would eventually rip apart Hereva itself. When Chaosah was restored The Great Tree returned to the sky. The site where the branch exploded from Great Tree healed, leaving only a tiny scar visible to the watchful eye. The branch became the satellite known as Kerberos, and the upper-class residents of Komona, eager to live in such an exclusive and special city, flocked to the newly formed city.
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Qualicity is also known for it's predominant magical system, Zombiah. This magical system concerns itself with animating non-living things, and formerly-living things. During periods of extreme scarcity Qualicity has staffed the factories with formerly living beings. As part of their treaty with Ah the Technologist Union agreed to curtail their use of Zombiah as practitioners of Ah find the binding of spirits anathema to the spirit's true form. Zombiah is still practiced, but the use on living beings was curtailed per the terms of the treaty. The exact terms of the treaty are sealed, visible only to select members via a magical lock-box. What is clear is after the war Zombiah limits their practice of re-animation to non-human beings. Whether this was a result of specific terms in the treaty is unclear. Speculation abounds, but few wish to test their theories lest the treaty magically break and the terrible war resume. What is clear is Qualicity is using Zombiah and flourishing with their complex machinery and clockwork beings.
Coriander is the daughter of King of Qualicity, and is the most famous practitioner of Zombiah magic. She lives in the Technologist Union headquarters where she is attended by clockwork servants. She is friends with Pepper and Shichimi and has invited them on several occasions over for a slumber party.
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Coriander is the daughter of King of Qualicity, and is the most famous practitioner of Zombiah magic. She lives in the Technologist Union headquarters where she is attended by clockwork servants. She is friends with Pepper and Shichimi and has invited them on several occasions over for a slumber party.
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