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Symbiosis by Valkaneer
Of the many races living in the Delves in the modern age, there are but three true native races. One is the dwarf race, who legend tells was crafted of the stones near the Forge of the World by Gwart the Ax Bitten. The other two are Lime Troll's and Kobald's.

In the distant past they were rivals for the same ecological niches, even hunting one another as prey items when the other scarce foodstuffs were diminished. But somewhere along the line the kobald race recognized the benefit in the brute muscle and the dim mind of the troll. All it must have took was a few infant trolls stolen or orphaned to be raise as members of the clan. In time the two races became one-in-the-same people, and they are almost never encountered alone.

They adapted to the caves better than any other races early in their beginnings. While dwarves live under but near the surface and venture out often, the lime troll almost never roams the surface even on Epica's long winter nights. The kobald never leaves the comforting press of stone. They fear the sky, especially stormy skies and starlit nights.

Aside from the giant cave bat, the tiny kobald is hostile to every other creature besides trolls and its own kin. Other goblinoids that delve too deeply run afoul of these two races, and dwarves are hated more than any other living thing. Both races have a deep respect and fear of magic in all forms. Kobalds are cunning to the point of genius although spells and sciences are unknown to them. While the poor troll suffers to labor through basic present sentient emotions beyond rage, hunger, lust, and relaxation. They might as well be a big rhino skinned ape. But with kobald masters leading them and directing those emotions, they are one of the most dangerous foes in the Delves, and are certainly the strongest of them all.
Full Regalia by Valkaneer
Full Regalia
On the rare occasions when the empress fields her legions, it is her War Maiden's who form the vangard. As a concession to the oaths of piety and abstinence they practice, the release they are granted comes in the form of combat. They battle with glee in their hearts, free of malice or reservation. A nun of the temple is excused for lashing out on any outsider in violence. This is because their mentors know such actions would never occur without reasons to merrit them. Tought to use a variety of weapons, they favor wielding the twin maces. Those weapons most attributed to their order in legend and song.
War Maiden's by Valkaneer
War Maiden's
On the placid eastern shores of the Clear Water Well, not far from the temple called the Hall of Virgins, two sister's of the order train in the deadly arts. They were given to the empress by their parents in their sixth year, to be groomed as the elite guard of the Priman clergy. Each maiden is considered married to, Primus Allfather, abstaining from sexual desires and other sins as a devotion to their sect. They all wear a shackle on their left wrist as a symbol of this devotion, as they grow up dividing their time between study of the myths, clerical spellcraft, and martial arts.

The oath to follow this path is offered to the young maiden at age fifteen. She must consider if life as a mother or life as a sister is fitting. None can be forced to take on the shackles of a servant. By this practice, a deep respect for faith and womanhood exists in the the Darkeen society both in the temple and throughout the realm. For many a common mother got her start as a battle cleric.
Total Control by Valkaneer
Total Control

It's very important in the deep darkness of the Delves. Is it any wonder the Darkeen have devoted most of their magical studies to spells dealing with the manipulation of it as-well-as the flame? They were taught by elves in the magical arts in the third era of humanity. Magic then was new to man, and only the most basic spells of fire and light, healing and protection were used.

That was many thousands of years ago.

Today, Darkeen are a fierce breed of martial arts and magical adeptness. Mages are noble because they can rend most warriors to flayed strips of bacon. Warriors serve because they really have no choice if a lasting society is to continue. Ages of contest between the two sects have produced the equilibrium of the now.

The Empress used to be feared more than respected, but in this age she is seen as a mother of the nation and the high point of the cultures achievements. When scholars of the race compare the histories of the outside worlds, they learn swiftly that although the society they built is far from perfect or ideal from a common view, it has lasted unchanged far longer than most Elfish courts.

Within the black crystal hall of Quarva Lunam, magic is amplified to the point of it's greatest use. The natural energy of the materials used to construct the palace make powerful wizards almost godlike within the hall. The reproduction of the false sun's in the great passages is an example of the mastery of magic that has unfolded over time. Now they harvest more than garish meats and fungi for food. Harvests of surface foods can be grown, and by the use of her skills, mock seasons count the passage of time and allow the growth of new environments.

The empress (the tenth of her line) is mortal born, but over 565 years old. If she leaves the palace she would whither and die, but inside it's walls, she is likely to live indefinitely. Thus, her power comes at a price few would pay, and the very existence of the Darkeen rests with her preservation.
Empress of the Darkeen by Valkaneer
Empress of the Darkeen

A welcome friend to the races below. Those who were born in it's embrace and seldom venture beyond it.

Darkeen are followers of light, because they understand the danger in it's absence. Assassin's and infighting were once a part of the empire, but in modern times they realize there is a world of diversity all around them, and a deep cultural pride has fused the latter generations in honor under their royalty.

But remnants of a less happy age exist.

The Black Hall, is one such relic.

There are no guards in the palace of the empress. Quarva Luman, is her domain, where magic on tap keep's her order and power intact.


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Showcasing my art, and my writing on various subjects, but centered mainly on my books. The 'Epica' series.

Book 1: Epica: The Ballad of the Nwyrrin
Book 2: Epica: Sons of Teren
Book 3: Epica: The Red Lady
Book 4: Epica: The Fall of Gunru

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