Brief Summary on Technology

Technological Advancements and Major Discoveries

The technology on Althohs is very similar to the kind of technology you might find in the late medieval period, with the inclusion of a gunpowder type substance called ‘blastpowder’, and a floating mineral mined from beneath a couple of deserts. This mineral is the cause of many military entanglements among the nations of early Althohs. The primary weapons of choice on Althohs by the Favihr are swords and other medieval style melee weapons. It wasn’t until much later that early versions of guns were invented by the Alunans, who discovered the blastpowder ore in the Alunir tundra. The Nishairans discovered blastpowder in the frozen regions of The Sickle around the same time, but their inventors came up with an improved firebomb replacement that they dubbed a blastjar. These weapons were used in tandem with the preexistent melee weapons that dominated the battlefield. The Lovihr developed different weapons, existing on their own for some time, and in the heavily wooded regions of southern Novo, a continent which at the time, had been given a different name by these forest dwellers. Having been gifted with the talents of woodworking by Ia, the Lovihr created bows, slings, and wooden throwing discs called avirans. It wasn’t until the Lovihr of the Lynwood and the Favihr of Novo worked in tandem to build the city of Nishaira that the Lovihr would learn how to metalsmith. With the discovery of the floating mineral in Novo, the Nishairans developed flying battleships that gave them a massive advantage on the field of battle, and it was many years before Alunah would develop weapons with similar capabilities. Siege weapons were used quite often, primarily engines the likes of trebuchets, ballistas, catapults, rams, and towers. Althohs, disgusted with it’s warring inhabitants, promised to remove the soil from beneath their feet and poison their surroundings. Reacting to these threats, the major cities of Alunah, Nishaira and Luene (with the help of Nishaira) began to take drastic measure, developing ways to levitate off the surface of Althohs, and avoid the bleak future. Alunah and Nishaira both succeeded completely, whereas Luene lost a third of the city upon it’s departure. Trefys remained on the surface and was subsequently demolished by what came to be known as the Wrenching of the Green. Alunah, Nishaira and Luene, now above the clouds of Althohs, continued to wage war against one another.

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Culture in Althohs

Regarding the armaments of inhabitants of Althohs: The secrets to the shaping and forging of stone and metals were revealed unto Ahvin, and the knowledge to carve the forests granted unto Sive by the planet god Althohs upon creation of the races of the Favihr (man) and the Lovihr (widlins). The Favihr perfected the craft of bladesmithing quickly, forging blades from every metal they came across during their exploratory chapter. Bladesmithing became an artisan craft that any could pursue but few could perfect. The best among them created quality steel that only the wealthy could afford. Armoursmithing arose as a necessary means to protect one’s self against this new weaponry. The Lovihr perfected their craft of wood carving. Jobs as bowyers and fletchers became more prevalent throughout widlin societies. The Lovihr didn’t learn metalworking until the construction of Nishaira in Novo between 481 and 470 BWG, when they worked alongside Nishairan blacksmiths. The Leeman Governor Kell Raptain discovers blastpowder ore in the Lovhic territory of Euras in 471 BWG and mines it for Nishaira. Nishairans use the powder to create blastbags, which the Nishairans use against the Alunans during the Battle of Trefys in 454 BWG. Alunans make a similar discovery of blastpowder ore in the Alunir Tundra around 469 BWG during a northeastern exploration. They develop blasters capable of firing metal pellets with incredible force, which they use to seize control of Trefys in 453 BWG.

Regarding the eating habits of the Favihr and Lovihr: The Favihr, being of the northern mountainous regions, indulged in the hunting of Mountain Vilk, great horned game native to the lands of Alunir. The Alunans would spend days pursuing these vilk, and would use spears to catch their prey until the creation of the blaster. Alunan farmers graze herds of fonlu, yirn and tonn in rangelands for meat, the latter of the three producing a sweet milk often consumed by the Favihr. Farmers also grow crops on large terraced plots of land in the Alunir hills for the denizens of inhabitants. The Lovihr hunt primarily for wild hallon and snek in the Lynwood forest with bows, slings and avirangs. The Lovihr were also expert fishermen, catching all types of fish from freehad to lanu.

Regarding the classes of the Favihr and Lovihr: The race of man gives the wealthy loftier range and influence in society, but only those of royal descent may reign over the Favihr, those of the Gom family lineage. The widlins elect leaders based on such merits as hunting prowess and a superior diplomatic nature. All others live under the appointed Alovihr’s rule. The first and only Alovihr in the hundred years since the creation of the widlins on Althohs by Ia is Sive.

Regarding the languages of Althohs: The Favihr, upon appearance on Althohs, spoke Favihc, and the Lovihr, Lovihc. After Nisch, son of Ahvin, drew south into the Lynwood and encountered the widlins, linguists of both races worked in tandem to create a new trade language named Novish. Novish became the dominant language of Novo in a matter of decades, replacing Favihc as the common tongue, as Lovihr and Favihr coexisted in the Great City of Nishaira.

Regarding Ia and Althohs: Ia exists as a dark orb in a blank plane of existence. Ia created within itself four planets, and named them Althohs, Canohs, Vilohs and Lythrohs, and created a light with which to see its creations. Althohs, Ia’s oldest child, was the first ordered to give life to it’s features. Unsure where to begin, Ia demonstrated this process to Althohs by creating the race of Lovihr from the water. Althohs, in response, created the race of Favihr from the rock, and Ia was pleased with Althohs. Ia has never spoken to the inhabitants of it’s children, but Althohs has. Althohs has been said to have appeared to very few on it’s surface, and when it does, it appears as a five-headed lynag. One of the most recent appearances of Althohs’ lynag is in a vision to Nothe of Luene. The Church of Althohs is the most common religion amongst the Favihr. The Lovihr tend to be less organized in spiritual beliefs.