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Barynn

Barynn is a flat world, roughly the size of the Eurasian continent, surrounded by mountains so high, no man has ever been able to cross them. Several humanoid races populate this disc-like world.

The time bears similarities to the Victorian age, except that black powder doesn't exist, and steam engines won't work even if science dictates they should. Science and technology flourish though, sustained as well as limited by the institute known as the Association of the Blue Spheres. After all, when science and technology can be interpreted as a way to escape the state of sin the one true god, Ordin, imposed on humans, the application of science becomes an act bordering on sin that needs strict supervision.

The now dominant human race claims the whole of the world as their Empire, even if they only truly control half of it. The driving power behind the Empire and its throne is the Brotherhood of the Green Pyramid, whose priests are specialized in knowing the will of Ordin, and appoint his representatives on earth accordingly.

However, over one third of the world population consists of Imari, called “elves” by humans, whose ancient culture has collapsed since the rise of the humans. Most imari tribes live secluded in the woods of Myth, but the territories at the edge testify to the human invasion of the elven realm. Some countries have become fully human kingdoms, with all the problems of a minority-existence for the imari. Other countries have remained imari domains, proud and belligerent up to the point of racist, still at war with their human neighbours. Ever since the Great War between Myth and the Empire over a hundred years ago, an uneasy atmosphere of mutual prejudice and hatred has arisen, emphasizing the physical and cultural differences between the two major races of Barynn.

One of these differences involves the way an individual can gain magical powers.  To the Imari, magic seems to be an inherent ability for which the surrounding nature gives them enough power. A human, on the other hand, needs to go through a series of life-threatening tests to gain a source of power, and several years of study to master the Arts. The Master of the Purple Tower in the Forbidden, the third institute of power of the humans, regulates this whole process.

 

Tamarisk

An innocent looking eclipse sparks off a cataclysm on an Earth-colonized planet. The oldest settlement, and scientific base, turns into poisonous wasteland, and all communication with Earth is lost. The two other main colonies suffer near complete technological breakdown and the loss of crucial knowledge.

In between those two lies Rotrange; a mountainous area inhabited by the Vunderjacks, the planet's indigenous race of brutal, man-eating hunters. Their few enigmatic tools and weapons betray they too once had a technologically advanced culture. Most prized tool of survival in this all male society is the juvenex, a rejuvenation device that has covered the loss of their females for centuries.

The chosen ones were changed in the Apocalypse, but the Goddess is a harsh mistress. Over the centuries the Tamariskans have found ways to reconcile her demand for a life without technology with the needs of modern life. But the Apocalypse could happen again, and some feel being neither fish nor flesh could damn them all for good this time...

Something is rotten in the city-states of Tamarisk. After the petty power struggles of the Assassin Wars, the idealistic but botched Technocratic Rebellion, and the brutality of the continuing Rotrange War, the Tamariskans stubbornly believe their society to be peaceful, their commitment to the Goddess to be true.
Though, not all of them would agree...

Bisces Eleazar, a Hero and lord in the city-state of Pi, knows things that mean power--power to do good or evil. This makes him the target of a plot that leads to him waking up in a younger body in the capital of the North, banned from the telepathic Harmony of Pi, as a convicted murderer. He finds time has not stood still, and he must set about the business of clearing his name all the more urgently...