Centuries ago, millennia perhaps, a Great End came to Mundus though none alive remember its cause. The wonders and knowledge of this lost era are gone or hidden and those who remain struggle to survive in a dangerous, unpredictable world.
The Skies Above
Two planets orbit close to Mundus, the jaundiced planet Amauturn and the ringed gas giant Bosphobos. Both are brightly visible on certain nights. Their proximity also causes them to exert enormous influence over the world.
Three moons also orbit Mundus.
Because of the competing celestial forces the tides are erratic and powerful. These celestial forces also influence the supernatural. Rare alignments between the celestial bodies heighten magical power but also make it more difficult to control.
The Hidden World
Another world exists, invisible but present, just beyond the veil. Legends and campfire tales are told about this Other World, this Hidden place behind the set pieces of reality. They speak of its inhabitants, beings of great and terrible beauty. Creatures who don’t think like Men or have the same concerns.
These stories tell of thin places where the veil has worn thin or of places where the worlds align and Men can cross over. Or things can come through.
Magic and EnergyThe world is held together by currents of energy. There are vast areas of great magical danger: Wild Regions where magic burns over the land, reshaping and destroying.In these areas magical energy flows like wildfire over and within the land, burning out everything within reach. Some regions are barren Dead Regions where the currents of energy are absent altogether, or hidden, or masked somehow. In Still Regions it pools and gathers, cool and quiet but offering power to those with the ability to reach it.
Those with this ability are referred to as “Gifted” by those in the Aether Sea Region and are feared and respected in equal measure depending upon their personalities and morals. Those that manipulate nature and the elements (air, fire, earth, water) are the most common of the Gifted. However, there are others whose abilities are not limited to the physical elements. All Gifted, however, are limited in the duration of their powers. None alive can create permanent magical items.
Yet it is whispered in the ancient past the Gifted were more common and more powerful, capable of creating permanent artifacts of power.