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The World(s) of Entropic Horizons - Nations

Ferelden

Originally posted by discovergreatbritain

A rocky earth-like Planet, Ferelden  is at the outer habitable edge of the Thedas System and has a moderate to cold weather overall, with both poles capped with ice. Ferelden cities often make use of geothermal energy and hot springs are popular with travellers and locals alike. Ruled by King Alistair and Queen Rythlen, Ferelden exports natural resources such as steel, fresh water, and lyrium that is mined by Orzammar transplants.

Noteworthy Locations

  • Haven - A station dedicated to serving and hosting pilgrims to the Temple of Sacred ashes that was on Frostback, Ferelden’s lone moon. Both are now destroyed, and debris periodically falls into Ferelden’s atmosphere causing blazes of light as they burn up. These are now called ‘Andraste Tears’ and are rumoured to be signs of the dead passing into the Maker’s arms.
  • Denerim - The Nation’s capital and seat of power. Home to the Royal Couple, both veterans of the Fifth Blight.
  • Redcliffe - Ferelden’s primary mining city, near to Kinloch hold, a former circle.
  • The Blight Lands - (including Lothering and Ostagar) Lands ravaged and poisoned by the Fifth Blight

Noteworthy Fereldens

  • Rythlen Theirin - Queen of Ferelden and Hero of the Fifth Blight, Rythlen’s become somewhat of a celebrity in Thedas as footage of the heroic (and beautiful) woman saving her planet spread to Orlais and beyond. Now married to fellow Grey Warden and Blight Veteran, Alistair Theirin, Rythlen is back in the fray, working with the Inquisition to make her planet safe once more.
  • Haylan - A former Templar Hound, Haylan was born in Ferelden but was transferred to a Starkhaven Circle when her magic appeared. She now works with the Inquisition as their main doctor and healer.
  • Leliana Nightingale - Spymaster of the Inquisition, veteran of the Fifth Blight
  • Garrett Hawke - Former Champion of Kirkwall and instigator of the Great Mage Rebellion
  • Carver Hawke - Grey Warden and reluctant brother of Garrett

Orlais

Originally posted by fragments-of-a-hologram-dystopia

Ferelden’s nearest neighbouring planet, Orlais is closer to the Sun, and is significantly larger and richer. Formerly spanning both planets, the Orlesian Empire contained to it’s titular planet and it’s two moons. Officially ruled by Empress Celene, Orlais has been embroiled in a brutal Civil war as General or the Orlesian army Gaspard attempts to take the throne.

Noteworthy Locations

  • Val Royaux - The Capital of Orlais and seat of the Divine, Val Royaux is a picturesque city. Everything about it is manicured and ornate. The slums are kept in an undercity, kept out of view. Elves are rarely seen above ground.
  • Halamshiral - The true heart of Orlais. Halamshiral was built on the blood of elves, and had one of the worst alienages among the outer Thedan planets. Unlike Val Royaux, Halamshiral’s slums are still above ground, although Celene had the Alienage purged shortly before the War of the Lions broke out. Construction to tear down the Alienage and build a gentrified neighbourhood has ceased in the meantime.
  • The (Hissing) Waste - The larger of Orlais’s two moons, whatever greenery and life once covered this moon, now there is only poisoned sand and ruins from the Second Blight. It was renamed after the Blight.
  • Approach - The smaller of Orlais’s moons, Approach is similarly tainted by the Second Blight and little survives on the arid surface. However, there is an oasis on the far side of Approach where something has kept the Blight’s Poison at bay.
  • Adamant Fortress - A station built above The Waste by the Grey Warden Corps ages ago, Adamant was one of many staging grounds the Wardens used to fight back and defeat the Second Blight.
  • L'Emprise du Lion - A province-continent towards the northern Orlesian pole, L'Emprise is temperate, and was formerly known as a resort getaway for Orlesian Nobility and the nouveau Riche.

Noteworthy Orlesians

  • Milliara Lavellan - Unwilling Herald and reluctant Inquisitor, Milliara is a former 'pet’ bard (a bard sponsored by a singular patron and looked down upon by others in the profession). She grew up in Halamshiral’s Alienage before meeting her Patron and eventual lover, Frederic. When their son, Nils, exhibited magic, she abducted him and fled to reconnect with her father’s Dalish clan. Bargaining for them to instruct Nils in magic and take them both in, Milliara offered her services as spy to the clan, and wound up at the Conclave. Brusque, short tempered and bitter, Milliara has a soft spot for family and a habit of throwing herself headlong into danger.
  • Nils DuLion - The son of Milliara and Frederic, Nils is sweethearted and kind. Like all Half-elves he exhibits no elven traits aside from slightly more pigmented irises and a predisposition to magic which he revealed at a young age. He’s currently being tutored in magic by Peanut Adaar, Dorian Pavus and Solas.
    • DuLion is a common name given to bastard children of nobles.
  • Frederic Rousseau - A Captain of the Chevalier Legion and Baron in his own right, Frederic is loyal to Gaspard, and even considers him a close friend. However, Frederic’s love for his son drove him to renounce his ties to the Orlesian Empire and join the Inquisition so he could spend time with Nils. He holds Milliara accountable for stealing away their son, but old feelings resurface the longer he’s around her.
  • Empress Celene - The Empress of Orlais (contested).
  • Grand Duc Gaspard - The General of the Orlesian Army and head of the Special forces the Chevaliers Legion.
  • Galaren DuMarc - a bastard son of the nouveau riche family the DuMarcs, Galaren was sent away to live with a great aunt rather than bring shame to his family. He’s been rather forcibly recruited into the Inquisition.

Skyhold

Originally posted by pixel8or

Stronghold of the Inquisition, Skyhold is a large and ancient fortress found in the asteroid belt beyond Ferelden. Built before Tevinter influence, it runs on spells and mechanisms that have been lost to time but maintain a planet like atmosphere and barrier to help protect those that live inside. Now it’s home to the remnants of the Lavellan clan, and other wayward souls that have joined forces with the Inquisition.

Noteworthy Skyhold Residents

(Who are not otherwise listed as part of another nation)

  • Clan Skyhold - What’s left of Clan Lavellan
    • Fiowyn Lavellan - 'Auntie Fi’ to Nils and often the volun-told babysitter, Fiowyn is actually Milliara’s cousin, not her sister. Sweet, awkward, and with a love of books and pretty people, Fiowyn’s happy to stay in Skyhold caring for the residents. After all, there’s bears out on Orlais and Feredlen
    • Aldes Lavellan - A hunter and consummate flirt, Aldes and his sisters survived the purge of Lavellan’s clan by being out on a salvage mission when the Marcher nobleman’s forces attacked.
    • Karya Lavellan - The youngest of the lavellans, Karya is shy around strangers. Quiet and thoughtful, she’s still reeling from losing her family, although being at Skyhold helps. Especially around so much knowledge and this sweet android who she keeps seeing around.
    • Kalieth Suryana - A warden mage, half sister to Aldes and Karya, veteran of the Fifth Blight. 

Tevinter

Originally posted by sheikh-that-ass

The closest habitable planet to the Sun, Tevinter is only habitable in sub-polar lattitudes and above due to the proximity of the Sun’s rays. once the centre of an empire that conquered nearly the entire Thedan system, now Tevinter is a crumbling shell of the glory it once was.

Noteworthy Tevinters

  • Dorian Pavus - Pariah Altus, wonderful, sparkly, sassy man.
  • Kenslynn - a half-elf from Tevinter, she’s now joined the Inquisition. Often seen hanging out with Clan Skyhold.

The Free Marches

Originally posted by flyngdream

Composed of different stations and colonies scattered throughout the asteroid field between Nevarra and Orlais, the Free Marches are a collection of independent nation-states that often band together to bargain with and defend against the larger planetary nations. Each colony has it’s own culture, from Kirkwall’s reputation as a Sin City (and now anarchy and terrorism) to Ostwick’s trade hub and Starkhaven’s…. accents.

Noteworthy Marchers

  • Theseus Trevelyan - formerly a Templar of Ostwick, Theseus, the 'spare’s spare’ of the Trevelyan family was attending the conclave when the Breach exploded, destroying Ferelden’s moon Frostback. He joined the Inquisition shortly after.
  • Maeve Trevelyan - A distant cousin of Theseus, Maeve is one of the two Heralds that emerge from the Breach after the Conclave is destroyed. A trained assassin, Maeve worked for a time with the Antivan Crows. In a relationship with the Commander.
  • Peanut Adaar (and brother Tanim) - A Vashoth mage, Peanut was always an apostate, but she’s as far from the snarky tourtured stereotype as you can get. She’s sweet and prefers baking to fighting. Often seen giving hugs to those who need it, like Clan Skyhold. Part of Team Nanny with Aunti Fi.

Par Vollen

Originally posted by dimensao7

A large flotilla of stations and ships that appeared in Thedas in recent times. In an endless war with Tevinter, with the Tevene moon Seheron as the main battleground.

Home of the Qun.

The Dalish

Originally posted by headlesssamurai

A nation with no homeland left to them, Dalish elves travel in clans, using special ships with solar sails called aravels. The main ship’s systems are powered by magic-infused animals called Halla, who are sacred to the Dalish.

Dalish elves are easily identifiable compared to 'city’ elves by their glowing facial tattoos called vallaslin that are made with luminescent ink that often will visually pulse in time with their heartbeat.

Orzammar

Originally posted by earthstory

A dwarf planet (hah), Orzammar is between the Astroid belt of the Free Marches and Orlais. It’s surface is barren and the residents live in vaults and cities carved out of the planet’s caverns. However the continued excavation over millennia resulted in an unstable crust, and after a massive quake, Darkspawn erupted from an undiscovered cavern, overrunning most of the Dwarven kingdoms.

Now, only a few cities remain, and the dwarven diaspora has spread across the whole Thedan system, with many dwarves creating new cities in the crust of other planets. Unfortunately, it appears darkspawn have followed.

lindsey-fantasy-world  asked:

I was a hugee Star Wars fan as a kid and am so glad I found this blog. I feel like anakin is so misunderstood. But my question is what turned him? And in the battle scene with him and Obi wan at revenge of the Sith, when Obi wan defeated him and Anakin was kind of crying,do you think if Obi wan helped him up he couldn't of turned him back to the good path? I often felt like when palaptine told him his new name,anakin didn't seem that he wanted that life

What turned Anakin? The short answer is living in the confusing corruption/dysfunction in politics and war……all caused by our good ol’ devil Palpatine…..and the fear of loss with Padme.


What heightened that fear of loss was loosing the one woman more important than Padme: his mother. He lost number one his life. He blamed himself. Knowing he was some special powerful and gifted Jedi, he thought he wasn’t powerful enough to save her. Also, as Jedis are reclusive like monks here on Earth, he was mad at the Jedi because they held him back (he channels this anger into his master Obi-Wan) and didn’t let him keep up with his mother. So that means Anakin knew nothing about Shmi being relocated, falling in love and freed? Blame starts to sink in; notably blaming yourself.


So he promised never again. If he was sooooo powerful, he could tap into even more supernatural than picking up items with your mind. Anakin joined the Jedi Knights, but was willing to study beyond them in a quest to fulfill his potential. What made him curious to do this was loosing loved ones. He didn’t have many, and he was pretty isolated at the Temple. He made friends….but he wasn’t home. And that was missing as well as denied from him. To lose someone in his situation hurt worse. So he wanted power; he wanted alot of it. Mixed with his fear and anger, he became obsessed with preserving Padme’s life because she and Obi-Wan were all he had in his close circle.


He was obsessed and would do anything to save her. He ultimately didn’t want to, but he forced himself to do what he had to do to save her.


Now if Obi-Wan had reached a loving hand to pull Anakin out of the darkness his head was in? Well it absolutely couldn’t happen. Obi-Wan saw that Anakin had reached a point of no return and as stubborn as he knew Anakin was, he was very much gone. Anakin wasn’t seeking mercy when he was burning. If he had any incentive to ask Obi-Wan to save him, it was gone when he cut off three limbs and stood there as he burned alive………at this point if you’re really pissed, that’s gonna make you really pissed at that person. As a Sith, Anakin basically said ‘I love you, but you support the Jedi who are corrupt and power hungry. Join me or you’re the enemy.’ Anakin did terrible things with regret and sorrow, but things were adding up that Palpatine twisted into appearing true (such as the Jedi spying on the Chancellor). Anakin also finally acted on the anger he was told to suppress all his life and man it felt good. To be consumed with anger is bad, don’t get me wrong, but it’s almost a high. It’s a phase where you jump over your moral boundaries and do what you want. So Anakin was too lost, deceived and angry to be vulnerable and begging for mercy.


And of course, Anakin never ever ever wanted that life. Maybe in a way he did, but that ten year old boy? Who risked his life in a dangerous race for strangers?? A boy that selfless, no way. He wanted to be a Jedi and make the worlds better places so they didn’t have to hurt like he did as a slave living in the slums of a desolate planet. No, he was a Force prodigy and as a pubescent teenage male, he got cocky. He was prideful and stubborn. He was adventurous, but held back on his sense of adventure. He had a vile man whisper negativity towards the Jedi he was raised with, confusing him subconsciously. He had conflicting morals with the Jedi. Anakin was a different moral code than the Jedi. He wanted the laser swords and adventure, but not the celebacy, isolation, meditation, patience, etc. So Palpatine seemed right at times, but no that was wrong to antagonize the Jedi….but Palpatine made sense……..back and forth and meshing in his mind to no clear answer. It was a transition over 13 years and just being misunderstood/mistreated that made him someone who was not himself. He forgot who he truly was and therefore was more easy to dissuade into being something contradictory to his true self.


Look back when he is goes into the Jedi Council Chamber before he kills those children, there’s a tear stream down his right cheek. Look at when he kills the Separatists leaders and there’s one part where he’s literally crying while killing people. It’s kind of a hysterical, anxiety fueled insanity like ‘WHAT ON EARTH AM I DOING?!?!? AND WHY AM I STILL DOING THIS????” The only people left to reprimand him he thought were power hungry and corrupt. He was lawless and vicious, in the backseat while vicious anger took the wheels.


He never wanted this. He wanted Padme to live and that was the biggest thing. He wanted to be a father. It wasn’t just saving Padme’s life, it was saving Luke and Leia’s: his new soon to be family. But anger and aggression made him ironically destroy the thing he valued the most. He thought if he could get through all this he would be fine, but the power from his anger consumed him. Not only did it feel good, but it felt right; for once, it felt just.