Estorica News Letter
June 22nd 2019
What can I be in the world of Cavus?
Cavus is home to different life forms, that can be broken down based on races, species, type, and origin. The first method of separating all of the forms of life in Cavus is done by origin. Within each origin, there are various types. Within each type, there are species and races
Origins are determined based on where the first of their kind appeared. Origins have the following different forms of life.
Hybrid species and races are permitted on a case by case basis, they must fit into a playable origin and type. For a list of creatures that are already accepted based on type see D&D wiki
Magic of the Universe
Sources of magic
There are several ways to get the energy known as mana, some are more readily available than others, and in order to survive in the land of Cavus, one needs to know where to find it.
Mana user types
The Beings of Cavus
How did we get here?
The first form of sentient life to appear on Cavus were the Birthless, entities that represent the mana passing through Cavus, after them came Gods, and Mortals. The ley lines crept into the planet expanding and shrinking, revolving all over the earth in different shapes and sizes.
Who are the Birthless?
The Birthless are sentient, but very few were sapient. They all had various levels of awareness, and those intelligent enough started to seek an understanding of their own existence. They attempted to recreate themselves, and others like them and in their success they created beings more powerful than themselves. Over time they created the first three gods of Cavus. These gods identified themselves as Aspel, The God of Knowledge, Carra, The Goddess of Paths, and Bask, The God of Endings.
Birthless can only exist wherever a place of power is created. Anytime a place of power becomes active the Birthless can travel to that place. They are not all sentient, and can only use the power from the last place of power they emerged from. The Birthless are more raw mana than anything else, the critical difference between raw mana and the Birthless being that the Birthless are self-aware. The Birthless are representatives of the celestial bodies that make up mana within the known universe. They can only ever be where mana already exists.
What is the abyss?
The Abyss is the hole that Elise blasts into the planet, it is also the focal point of where all the known mana in the world is sent when it comes into contact with null mana leylines during the dark age of Cavus. The abyss is the home of a funnel for mana, where all the mana hitting Cavus would essentially be sucked up into this one spot for many years, because of this the Abyss is a unique place that is impossible to navigate. The very essence of all things that exist meet in this one place. It is made up of a total of 13 layers, however only the first and last layer always remain where they are, layers 2 through 12 will shift in order, sometimes they will trade just individual parts, or sometimes a layer will vanish entirely for a week making it impossible to climb further down.
The reason for the randomness of the layers is due to a glitch in the mana flow caused by null mana. While on these layers, dependant on the layer you will find different kinds of magic, not in the form of places of power but instead in the form of keystones.
What is a keystone?
A keystone, is mana that is so condensed and pressurized that it turns into a stone. This occurs, because the null mana is pushing down on all the mana, and once it gets into the abyss, it has nowhere to go. So mana is pulled into this gravity well that collects and condenses the mana, and then it creates a keystone. The amount of keystones on each layers determine which layer is at the top, and which layer is at the bottom.
There are two types of keystones, purified keystones, and frenzied keystones.