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# History of Hereva
## The Dragons and the pre-history of Hereva
## The dragons and the pre-history of Hereva
The Dragons of Hereva have lived in the land of Hereva long before human recollection. It wasn't until The Great Tree of Komona that the dragons took notice of the humans in Hereva. Whether that was because the humans didn't arrive until The Great Tree of Komona appeared is something the Komonan scholars wrestle to resolve. Many conversations with the dragons prove inconsistent at best and obfuscated at worst. One theory is that the dragons simply did not pay any attention to the humans until they wielded magic, much in the same way that humans don't pay attention to the ants until they start building superstructures in their back yard. Another theory is the dragons purposefully obfuscate human history, answering in riddles and conflicting details in the hopes of keeping humans away from some hidden lore.
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## 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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Starting from the bottom is **Chaosah**, harnessing the primal forces of chaos and physics. Moving to the left we see **Aquah**, the fusion of the forces of chaos and the spirit; quiet and flowing. On the top left is **Ah**, representing the evolution into spiritual beings (beings requiring no physical form). Moving right is **Hippiah**, the evolution of the spiritual and the material to enact growth. Top-right is **Zombiah**, with an emphasis on keeping the spiritual with the physical. Moving down towards chaos is **Magmah**, combining the physical with chaos in ever-changing alchemy.
## Chaosah :
Chaosah is at the base of the impossible triangle, and forms the basis of every other magic in Hereva. It's the house of **time, gravity, nuclear effects and also underground divine forces**. Some have postulated that Chaosah magic flows and controls all of the magic on Hereva in minute ways, but Chaosah practitioners tend to work in closed quarters and are loathe to share their magical secrets. Chaosah magic, more than other magical systems, values practical magic over flashy displays (and instances where this is not heeded have shown exceptional consequences). Chaosah magic can alter the shape and size of living beings, and can even open portals (black holes) into worlds outside of Hereva. Chaosah has no official schools, preferring instead to use their own recruiting methods.
### Burying failures:
A curious habit of Chaosah is the habit of burying items (ep. 12, 19). Chaosah has a long-standing tradition of taking their physical mistakes and literally burying them. This practice traces its origins back to Chicory, the founder of Chaosah magic. An unnamed student approached her with a potion or a spell that did not work (the tradition speaks of both spells and potions, depending on who tells the story). Chicory looked at the potion / spell and declared "This wasn't worth the Rea it took to make it. Perhaps the effort in burying it will reclaim some of the Rea you wasted making it". As Chicory was a wise and feared teacher of Chaosah the wisdom became that any project that had no hope of recouping the cost involved in making it would be buried, both to reclaim the Rea used in creating it and as a deterrent to creating such foolishness in the future. Usually the creator is tasked with burying their failed projects and experiments, although there was one class that so displeased Chicory that she made the whole class dispose of each other's failures as punishment.
Naturally because of the power of Chaosah failures there can be unintended consequences. Potions can leak, spells can be read by unskilled practitioners, and defective talismans can wreak all sorts of havoc. This is of no concern to Chaosah witches who deem such interactions as happy little accidents.
### Chaosah and the great war:
### Chaosah and The Great War:
During the great war all of the members of Chaosah were wiped out by the forces of Ah. This upset the balance of Hereva and caused The Great Tree to perish, leaking Rea throughout the land. Realizing Chaosah was an integral part of the magic of Hereva the adepts of Ah recruited Zombiah to resurrect enough of Chaosah to train an heir. Only three of the witches of Chaosah were able to be adequately resurrected: Cayenne, Thyme and Cumin. Once the witches of Chaosah returned the balance of Hereva was restored. As part of their return they are charged with producing an heir for the school of Chaosah as their resurrection prevents them from continuing it themselves.
### A True Witch of Chaosah:
* "[is a] mean witch of Chaosah." (ep. 11)
* "[commands] fear, obedience and respect." (ep. 11)
* "...has influence over the powerful!" (ep. 11)
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* "... needs neither compass nor map. A starry sky will suffice." (ep 17)
### Other wisdom of Chaosah:
* "A good dark stare is worth a dozen curses! [...] "Stare them down. Dominate them!" -- Cayenne (relayed by Pepper in ep. 17)
* "To know the edible plants is to know where to find ready-made potions against hunger!" -- Cumin (relayed by Pepper in ep. 17)
## Magmah :
Magmah is at the middle-right of the triangle, and like Hippiah is considered a major school of magic. It's the house of **cooking, baking, grilling, boiling, frying, steaming, toasting** but also is the house of **alchemy and rare metals**. Like Hippiah it is a well documented magic school, though not as open as Hippiah. Adepts of Magmah tend to use a blend of Hippiah and Magmah magic to create amazing dishes, as well as strong materials for other magical schools (notably Zombiah, which uses those materials for their animating purposes.) Magmah is a part of daily-life, and has found uses in both the home as well as for wars and industry. During the great crisis the school of Magmah realized (along with the school of Hippiah) that they could do more good in teaching a diluted form of their magic to the peoples of Hereva. Because of this most folks on Hereva know a small portion of Magmah, though the difference between a dabbler and an adept is huge. Magmah hosts an occasional contest for determining who has best mastered the techniques of Magmah. Competition is fierce and those who make it through the rigorous tests and trials are considered for deeper studies.
The great war started as a result of an argument between Magmah and Aquah. As part of the treaty (and as punishment for starting the war) the school was renamed "Kielbasah" by Aquah for a period of 10 years after the war. "Kielbasah", Aquah explained, "is the smell we closely associate with all of Magmah". All records at the time were magically altered to reflect the change. There are still folks who have trouble remembering what to call Magmah today
Magmah is at the middle-right of the triangle, and like Hippiah is considered a major school of magic. It's the house of **cooking, baking, grilling, boiling, frying, steaming, toasting** but also is the house of **alchemy and rare metals**. Like Hippiah it is a well documented magic school, though not as open as Hippiah. Adepts of Magmah tend to use a blend of Hippiah and Magmah magic to create amazing dishes, as well as strong materials for other magical schools (notably Zombiah, which uses those materials for their animating purposes.) Magmah is a part of daily-life, and has found uses in both the home as well as for wars and industry. During the great crisis the school of Magmah realized (along with the school of Hippiah) that they could do more good in teaching a diluted form of their magic to the peoples of Hereva. Because of this most folks on Hereva know a small portion of Magmah, though the difference between a dabbler and an adept is huge. Magmah hosts an occasional contest for determining who has best mastered the techniques of Magmah. Competition is fierce and those who make it through the rigorous tests and trials are considered for deeper studies.
### Magmah and The Great War
The Great War started as a result of an argument between Magmah and Aquah. As part of the treaty (and as punishment for starting the war) the school was renamed "Kielbasah" by Aquah for a period of 10 years after the war. "Kielbasah", Aquah explained, "is the smell we closely associate with all of Magmah". All records at the time were magically altered to reflect the change. There are still folks who have trouble remembering what to call Magmah today
## Aquah :
Aquah is at the middle-left of the triangle, and it's also a major school. It's the house of **water, wind, clouds and the abyss**. Little is known of this school as the chief requirement is to learn how to breathe underwater to even attempt to attend courses. This is acceptable to Aquah, as they are content to commune amongst themselves and the denizens of the sea. Rarely do they interact with those on land, and those who fail to meet the standards for the Aquah school find themselves washed ashore (or rather someone else finds them). As they tend to be out-of-sight, out-of-mind for most land folk it is easy to forget this school, but the wise know it is foolhardy to discount them.
### Aquah and The Great War
Aquah was responsible for escalating the hostilities in the great war. As part of the treaty (and as punishment for retaliation) the school was renamed "Wharrgarblah" by Magmah (as in the sound one makes when one is drowning). This too lasted ten years, according to the treaty (though some in Magmah feel the punishment was too light as few have ever said "Wharrgarblah" to an Aquah practitioner's face.)
## Zombiah :
Zombiah is at the top-right of the triangle, and it's one of the three sub-schools of 'Evolution'. It's the most curious of the houses, finding itself at the intersection of the macabre (**death, zombies, and darkness**) and transformation (**recycling, re-use, and animation**). Zombiah is not specifically about raising the dead, but rather concerns itself with bringing out the innate movement in all things. It wasn't until centuries of economic strife that Zombiah was applied to formerly living creatures.
While Zombiah is practiced for reanimating formerly living creatures it's main use is for the machinery of Qualicity. Even with centuries of reanimated dead some folks are still uneasy around moving, non-living beings. There is a quasi-acceptance between adherents of the school of Ah and Zombiah. Adherents of Zombiah claim the body can still find use without the spirit. Ah followers contend the body must rest once the spirit takes leave, lest the spirit forever wander about it's former home. Numerous times have the philosophers of Hereva tried to address this question of the connection of body and spirit. Rumors abound that only those who follow Ah know the answer but the school of Ah refuse to participate in the discussion. So the practice of Zombiah continues, though primarily on mechanical constructs and the dwindling few who will themselves into service. There are rumors that part of the treaty resulted in the curtailing of the use of Zombiah on living beings but the details are kept hidden in a magical lock box that few can access.
At the end of the war when Ah destroyed Chaosah it was Zombiah who brought back the three members of Chaosah. This has lead some to question whether Ah changed the terms of the treaty after Zombiah helped Ah restore balance.
Adepts of Zombiah tend to mingle their magic with Magmah in order to craft better materials to animate. Those that have mastered both can create amazing clockwork machinery that mimics life in minute detail. This has drawn mixed responses from the other magic schools who wonder if such constructs are capable of independent thought. Some folks speculate that the reason Ah continues to monitor Zombiah is to see if these constructs might have a spiritual existence.
### Zombiah and The Great War
At the end of the war when Ah destroyed Chaosah it was Zombiah who brought back the three members of Chaosah. This has lead some to question whether Ah changed the terms of the treaty after Zombiah helped Ah restore balance.
## Hippiah :
Hippiah is at the middle-top of the triangle, and it's the central sub-school of 'Evolutions'. It's the house of **plants, creatures, insects** (yes, even mosquitoes) and **all living things**. Hippiah is one of the most highly regarded schools of Evolution magic, as it is the school most willing to share its knowledge. Hippiah documents farming, gardening and fertility in great depth, serving as a guide for most of the farmers of Hereva. During the great crisis the school realized it could not conscientiously keep its secrets and began spreading its knowledge throughout Hereva. While farmers know a bit of Hippiah magic the difference between a Hippiah adept and a mere practitioner is staggering. Few outside the Hippiah schools have seen the full extent of Hippiah magic, though there are stories of vegetables and grain that are so tasty as to make even the schools of Magmah weep with joy. Because it is so ubiquitous Hippiah is considered one of the more popular secondary magical choices.
### Hippiah is:
* "... not a magic for making weedkillers" (ep18)
## Ah :
Ah is at the top-left of the triangle, and it's the last sub-school of 'Evolutions'. It's the house of the **after-life, ghosts, souls, and is the open door to parallel universes**. Because Ah deals with spirits and other planes of existence its secrets are carefully guarded. Many myths and legends about Ah have arisen because of such secrecy, and the silence does little to disprove such wild conjecture. Some say that the spirit world might someday unravel the fabric of Hereva itself, or that they guard the secrets to eternal life, while others say the reason Ah is practiced in secret is because the spirits are selective with whom they communicate and are easily angered with banal questions about future events. Whatever the truth it is easier to find rumors of Ah than actual written documentation as Ah strictly prohibits documenting their practices, preferring instead to pass them on through oral traditions to trusted adepts. Adherents of Ah choose their members carefully (some say the spirits themselves select who shall learn the ways of Ah), and there are no accounts of outsiders learning Ah. Practitioners of Ah travel in small nomadic bands, preferring solitude over any company. Perhaps the spirits are always guiding, talking, and listening so the followers of Ah are never truly alone. There are many adepts of Ah, each wandering the lands of Hereva, and it is considered good fortune to see an adept of Ah. Rarely do they stay for long, guided by invisible winds in unknowable directions.
Occasionally adepts of Ah leave markings on their journey for the others to find. What these markings say is still a mystery but those who attempt to deface the markings have regretted their careless decision.
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Ah was responsible for the destruction of Chaosah during the great war. What ended the war almost ended Hereva itself, and Ah realized without Chaosah the world of Hereva would suffer a magical imbalance that would drain Hereva of magic itself. They enlisted a chastened Zombiah to resurrect the viable members of Chaosah, and keep a close eye on Chaosah an their attempts at securing an heir. Using Zombiah again to resurrect Chaosah will never happen again if Ah has any say in it.
### A True Witch of Ah:
* (relating to comfort) "...must not live in that fashion" (ep. 13)
# Magical Unit (Rea)
# Magical Unit (Rea)
Pepper and Carrot inhabit the magical land of Hereva. Hereva was born from the magical forces known as "Chaos & Evolutions". "Chaos & Evolutions" (as they are known) exist within the cosmos and Hereva formed when the magic elements of the cosmos evolved from the chaos. Herava's magical nature permeates it so thoroughly that any practitioner of magic will have little difficulty in finding the resources to manipulate some form of magic. Magic is not without discipline though, and practitioners of magic must undergo specialized training in order to properly channel the magical energies within the world.
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Training in one of the schools of magic allows for more controlled and focused use of Rea. Without this training Rea becomes more of a "guided intention" rather than a direct command of Rea. By careful study, focus, and desire one can learn to harness Rea to conform to their will. As the Herevans learned how to control Rea they quickly realized this power could cause havoc if not properly taught, and formed the schools of magic to properly teach the various ways of harnessing Rea. Some schools became more secretive about their methods for controlling Rea, while others remained open to all students (mostly from necessity, but some because of the charters of their founding members). Most of the people of Hereva know a little bit of the schools of magic they were exposed to (for instance the farmers of Hereva know a diluted form of Hippiah magic passed on from one generation to the next) but there is a huge difference between mimicking the magic of a school and knowing all of their secret knowledge.
Rea use is must be replenished from time to time. While Rea can be replenished in various ways (meditation, careful focus on a project, dedication to a project, etc.) these take time and effort to achieve. Beware anyone who claims to have invented a way to regenerate Rea without effort.
# History
## 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.
## 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.
For centuries these schools lived in harmony. Occasionally there were squabbles and bickering but everything remained civil.
## 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 an attempt from both **Magmah** and **Aquah** to secure more resources to build weapons. **Zombiah** took heavy losses during the attacks 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.
Nobody is quite sure why The **High Council of Ah** remained silent for most of the war, but historians point to two significant events that lead to their entry in **254**. The first was **Ah** noticing that **Zombiah** was re-animating their fallen warriors in large numbers. The predominant theory explains that such a large reanimation caused a disturbance in the spirit world, and Ah could not help but interfere swiftly to prevent such a disturbance. The second event was **Ah** realizing that **Chaosah** was stoking the fires of this conflict into an all-out war. Worse, they were using their advanced knowledge to poke holes into Hereva itself. The theory holds that The Great Tree of Komona was the last defense against the eventual annihilation of the reality of Hereva, and left unchecked **Chaosah** would poke enough holes in Hereva to cause irreparable harm. Regardless of the true reason **Ah** joined the fighting and immediately went after the witches of **Chaosah**. **Ah** systematically destroyed each witch of **Chaosah** in turn until only Cayenne, Thyme and Cumin remained.
Defiant, Cayenne and Thyme fought the forces of **Ah**. Cumin tried to escape but was picked off. Cayenne held an offensive position while Thyme attempted to summon up reinforcements. Unfortunately Thyme had not planned on the ferocity of **Ah**'s assault, and her spell began to use up the available Rea from the surrounding area. Cayenne was unable to block the power drain and both her and Thyme were ill-prepared for the ensuing rupture that killed them. It took several adepts of **Ah** to try to contain flow of Rea. The Great Tree, unbalanced by the destruction of **Chaosah** spewed Rea throughout Hereva with such force that it blew one of the limbs off of the tree (which later became Kerberos). The resulting shock-wave of Rea from The Great Tree explosion disrupted the rupture long enough for it to seal.
But the damage was done. With **Chaosah** destroyed the magic of Hereva was deteriorating rapidly. **Ah** enlisted **Zombiah** to revive what it could of **Chaosah**. Cumin was revived but that was not enough to restore balance. Reluctantly Thyme and Cayenne were revived and charged with finding a true heir to carry on the **Chaosah** school and train them. **Chaosah** was put under careful watch to ensure they were indeed training their school's heir.
The remaining members from the magic schools were assembled and a treaty was brokered, the results of which are stored in a magic lock-box visible only to select members of the schools. With the treaty came an end the fighting and bloodshed that almost destroyed Hereva.
The **High Council of Ah** determined that both **Magmah** and **Aquah** were to blame for the conflict. Because **Magmah** and **Aquah** began this conflict The **High Council of Ah** ruled that both **Magmah** and **Aquah** should suffer the ultimate shame of being re-named by the other school for 10 years. **Magmah** renamed **Aquah** as **Wharrgarblah**, and **Aquah** renamed **Magmah** as **Kielbasah**. The records for both schools changed immediately, and all references to the schools were magically altered to use the new names. Having served their sentences the names **Wharrgarblah** and **Kielbasah** have since reverted back to their original names ( **Aquah** and **Magmah** respectively ).
Soon after the treaty **Zombiah** focused on animating constructs and creating stronger materials. It's unclear if **Ah** was responsible for **Zombiah**'s change in focus, or if it became more economical to animate constricts than re-animate the dead. Only those with access to the lock-box know the truth.
## The Present
It's been 14 years since the end of the great war. **Chaosah** continues to triain 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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