Estorica News Letter
What can I be in the world of Cavus?
Cavus is home to different life forms, that can be broken down based on species, 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 species.
Origins are determined based on where the first of their kind appeared. Origins have the following different forms of life.
Magic of the Universe
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 enters the body of mortals and creates a network of leylines. Each network is different. No one person is the same.
A mana method is the most important detail when it comes to using magic in the world of Cavus. Specifically, it explains how you recharge your magical abilities. In total, there are three mana methods, and their origins go back to the dawn of man. Mana methods can not be combined because combining mana methods has a 100% death rate.
Mana Method 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.
Greetings from Estorica!
Not a big update today, but we feel it is an impactful one.
Our Road Map is now live, for all to see along with a nice little progress bar to boot. We have been making good headway, in the lore with additional fact checking to avoid any miscommunication. We also now have a few good ideas on what plots we want to launch with and what will flow into what as we move along.
The New Road Map
Early Registration is now available to any and all who are interested, at this very moment you can submit character names and get your accounts set up, we are also allowing full blown discussion in the discord server about hopes, wants, and details you hope the new setting will have. We are looking for kind judgment of what we have so far from the community, so if you want to get a glance behind the curtain, our server is the place to be.
Kurose the God Eater
"If you consume the flesh of your kin, you will crave more and more. Your appetite will become insatiable... your skin will turn black... your senses will grow weak... and you will come to me... because it is what you needed... it is what you desired... what would happen if your kin were divine... would that mean I crave divine blood?"
Kurose, The God Eater, The King of the Abyss. A man from a harsh uprising during a time where magic did not exist, destined for greatness and horrible atrocities. Prophecies tell of the God Eaters march against the world of Cavus. Born with the name Kurose, he was born from the goddess of balance. Once a warrior of near legendary prowess among his people, Kurose enjoyed a life of adventure and debauchery. Like many others in his clan, he served as a mercenary, battling rival warriors for glory, bragging rights, and women.
After his father's death, he craved the same renown and the elation of battle. When accused of weakness, after the defeat from his younger brother, and the escape of his mother, he vowed to face the depths of the Abyss. Without a word, he gathered his arms and departed for the world pit.
It is unknown what transpired in the Abyss, no one has ever heard the story and lived. Some say Kurose ate the remains of an old god... others say that a Birthless intervened and saved him from certain death. Whatever the case may have been, it was clear that Kurose did not survive the Abyss with his own power. When he emerged, the warrior appeared different, scorned and mad. He declared war on all known nations of the world, and we have been at war with the Abyss ever since.
Art by miyukiko
This is the first of many NPC profile pieces we will be putting out. This character is intended to be a primary antagonist for everyone, he works entirely alone unless you are a part of his wendigo army. Which even then they are all mindless. You can see in the illustration the slight visages of three of his more loyal wendigo generals. The entire logic is behind these characters is that Kurose gives off a cannibalistic aura when in his presence you will crave the flesh of those near you. You will then either have to kill yourself to stop yourself from eating them or escape the range of his aura to get rid of the effects of the God Eater. If you successfully consume the flesh of someone while under his aura your mind will be wiped and you will become a wendigo slave.
On behalf of the Estorica Team, I would like to welcome you to the newsletter of Estorica and the upcoming Project Aspirant. This newsletter is for newcomers and those familiar with us to see what progress has been made and where we currently stand in development.
First things, first for any and all questions be sure to check us out on discord, our primary hub for communication.
You are more than welcome to introduce yourselves and tell us a bit about what brought you there. Do you have original characters that you want to see if they fit in our world, or perhaps even an entire faction or organization that you hope to bring to life? In general, we are too curious for our own good so feel free to rant away.
And if you have no idea on what Estorica: Project Aspirant is, Well, then the excerpt below is for you.
Project Aspirant is the development process for the fourth iteration of the group roleplay titled Estorica. Estorica is a roleplay forum with a dedicated setting coming from the mind of its creators. (The Estorica Founders) A hearty mix of fantasy and fiction that comes together to provide exciting stories for people to create, and a platform for those stories to be appreciated by others. In some sense, it is a game, involving play by post elements, with rules and mechanics. In other aspects, it is collaborative writing experiment, with constants and variables.
In creating Project Aspirant, we set out some goals, and we hope to achieve them with your help. Roleplayers write responses to one another through posts. Each post describes the character's actions, speech, and thoughts. Forum roleplay is often called play-by-post roleplay. It takes a community to make roleplaying truly work.
We have several milestones with these goals in mind, that will be updated regularly.