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Postby Diarcesia » Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:59 pm

According to a statement from the [REDACTED], in which the X-Dossiers has been in its hands for over a decade, in 2004, [REDACTED], then the mayor of [REDACTED], accused the Diarcesian Dieresis of Losphortoene and two of its cities of "Nazi sympathies" after an investigation into a criminal gangland transaction uncovered evidence that indicated that one of the clan mafias was run by members of the Neo-Nazi movement.

After the arrest of Iliev in 2007, the investigation into the Nazi connection was put on hold while the group was in the hands of the international community to determine whether or not they were truly anti-Semitic. However, the international community still stood by their side when it came to choosing [REDACTED] as the site of the [REDACTED].

Since then, rumors had swirled of a possible resolution to the Losphortoenean-Nazi rifts, only to be dashed by the emergence of new evidence. Evidence uncovered by the investigators, however, has revealed a much different picture, one in which Losphortoenean nationalism was not a minor factor but a driving force behind the operation.

Now, the X-Dossiers has exposed a second conspiracy, this time involving the House of Arkess, who it claims has been hiding the truth about the Diarcesian Unification for years. If true, this would mean that even though the Monarchy has claimed otherwise, the father of the First Monarch is actually the real author of the Diarcesian flag, as well as other symbols and devices associated with the Monarchy.

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Postby Wochaystein » Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:17 pm

The "original sin" theory, which causes the separation of the child from its mother, is based on the idea that the infant received incomplete information from an unhealthy environment. An unhealthy environment in this case would be a foster parent who puts the child to sleep on a tummy rub or puts the child to sleep with a pill in its mouth, for example.

Many people, myself included, have had experiences with this sort of thing. I was once in a situation where I had to remove a child from its mother because the mother refused to submit to an examination into her child's behavioral issues. Her husband had the upper hand because he was the one with the metaphorical gun. He handed the child to me, and I handed it to the examiner. The examiner examined it more closely, and when he was satisfied, he passed judgment. I have to say, it was one of the more traumatic experiences of my job. I don’t know how I would have felt if my little sister had been taken this way.

I would have been angry, I guess, and I don’t think that anger would have been misplaced. After all, that’s what they wanted. An inspector has to be able to diagnose problems, right? The problem was that the child has causes for concern so numerous and varied that it would have been very difficult to assign a single, firm diagnosis.

This would also mean that the "original sin" actually resides within the child, as well. This would explain why a malevolent spirit would want to corrupt a still-developing child.

Furthermore, the "original sin" theory would also explain why a ghost would want to haunt a now-adulterated Nessie. After all, if a demon couldn't be trusted, why an afflicted human?
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Postby Diarcesia » Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:28 pm

"The Allies were so sure of their victory that they were willing to overlook any and all discrepancies," Operative Tyl of the Arcana Force explained. "After all, what did anyone else find so bizarre about the Antetagmatarch's report? Nothing, of course. The only anomaly that was recognized was the unusual tactics employed to try to dislodge the Red Guard at Buclatrachys. It was a tactic that had never been tried before, and it backfired spectacularly.

Ta-da! The Red Guard surprised them in one of the attack waves. They were caught off-guard by the sudden strokes of their foes' sword-spirits, and by the sudden acceleration of the rotating shield. The attack waves continued for several minutes, during which the combined efforts of the allied Diarcesian powers were needed to fall one of the guardians at great cost. Finally, shortly after this, we negotiated peace. Diarcesia controls Odrioya and Buclatrachys, but we are not to enter their temple-complex.

With the exception of one or two isolated cases, all of the major events of the war were reported by us or by the local Odrioyans. This means it's extremely difficult to view the war from the Red Guard's perspective. Though, the high degree of literacy and numeracy of the native Odrioyan population made it possible to infer the secretive group's motivations.

At the end of the war," Tyl went on, "Odrioya surrendered and acceded to the Monarchy. The Red Guard, however will continue their vigil of their temple, and Diarcesians are only allowed inside at their pleasure."

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Postby Wochaystein » Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:10 pm

Any questions or concerns regarding the dress code should be directed to the local City Council.

The local dress code for men is as follows:
The Chairman of the Local City Council, Mr. Chlodulf Kaiser, has directed that the male residents of the City be wearing the national colors and wearing the traditional Wochaysteiner robes. The Chairman also directed that the City's guards and officers shall wear attire in accordance with the dress code.

The local dress code for women is as follows:
Respectable clothing is required. For the shirt, one of the following three types are expected, but not compulsory: a long-sleeved blue shirt, a short-sleeved blue shirt, or a denim shirt. All of them should be colored light-blue.
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Postby Diarcesia » Sat Jan 25, 2020 7:46 pm

Zuranans are a race of arthropods. They believe that only money can buy them a place in the afterlife. Their home-world, Abugida VIII, is connected to orbiting space stations by huge space elevators. They are not usually exposed to the same degree of radiation as the population of the Homeworld.

The Zakaran people are vegetarians. They eat mostly plant material and very little animal products. Plant material is much more digestible to them than that of animals. Vegetable matter will not grow on surfaces contaminated with animal waste in their planet.

Zakaran men and women usually wear black clothing and masks. They may be seen carrying things like refrigerators and freezer compressors. Sometimes they even have electric scooters to get around.

Zakaran art depicts beautiful women driving cars and being in beautiful places. One of the themes of the Zakaran people is equality before the law. If a man does not treat his women equally then they may beat and kill him. This leads to a general unrestrained sexual promiscuity. In the past men may kill each other for fun or to get what they want, and those who advocate that women must obey their husbands or be submitted to him caused conflicts.

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Postby Wochaystein » Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:30 pm

The Rise of the Kingdom of the Zuidrians

The Zuidrians were a people living in the Wrisrepian Empire who were persecuted by the Wrisrepians and their allies for their pagan beliefs and, more commonly, for their ethnic and racial differences. Like the Moors of the Umayyad Caliphate, they revolted repeatedly against the Wrisrepians until they were finally fully subdued by the Empire. Finally, defeated and enslaved by the Wrisrepian emperor, they turned to a man named Baiebrand for help.

Upon taking the leadership of the Zuidrians, Baiebrand became greatly agitated and ordered all his officials to reorganize the resistance. When they had finished, they were able to take one of the cities under Wrisrepian control. According to the account given by the New Frankish Edmund Bretz to his personal confessor in the twelfth century, when the Wrisrepian emperor learned of the incident he ordered the execution of the commanders of the area. The order was carried out, and the Wrisrepians were soon driven from the island. They were scattered to the four winds and those that weren't able to flee were burnt alive.
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Postby Diarcesia » Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:20 pm

The heat was still rising in the air, even with the drying air and the approaching darkness. Valyant opened his mouth to speak, but then closed it again. His eyes stung and his throat was tight. His clothes looked like they had been dried in the sun for a long time. Even his whiskers and his eyes were flushed. He turned his body, getting his feet in position. Murtry came up behind him. Their bodies lock, but their minds went at once to something else.

When they were standing in the cold, wet vacuum of oblivion, surrounded by the twisted wreckage of their lives, their minds had been elsewhere.

There was one thing they knew for certain, however: Their ship is the only thing in the immediate vicinity.

Their minds were wandering, their souls searching, for the man had a name for them all.

The captain called out, calling out to Valyant and Murtry calmly, "All clear, everyone." He looked from them to the other bridge crew, who nodded, turned, and walked off into the darkness.

As they were leaving, one of the enlisted men on the other side of the ship opened a viewport. In from the superluminal jump came the second half of the Nacionaler-class escort, which had been looking for the captain. It was a shame to see the dried up hulls and empty rocket pods of the Nacionaler-class in such an undignified state.

For a moment, the enlisted Agnar Paddon thought he had seen the face of his idol, Charles Martel, scrawled across the cracked surface. The view had not left him since he had been blasted into space.

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Postby Wochaystein » Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:36 pm

There was a window big enough for someone in the plane to get a decent view of the city, if they were coming in at a reasonable speed. Erwin hoped the window was good. It wouldn't be unusual for him to have to stop and eat while in the city.
"What's the problem?"
"Whatever you call it, it's something. Don't worry, I will keep you updated on what's going on."
Erwin waved his hand at the screen in front of him and scrawled something on it. "Incoming signal?"
"Yes, I think so. I think the trouble started with the lights, I think Rudolf did it too. I think the authorities were just too quick to judgment and did too much to stifle whatever it was that was happening. I think the problem is more likely going to be technical than being a lack of resources. If you see anything, tell the authorities. I don't want to get on a plane with Rudolf in my cabin."
"Okay."
"There's more to think about than just the lights though. There's also the fact that the authorities seem to have gotten wind of this whole thing, and are going to be looking to make a quick buck. I don't want that to happen. I mean sure, they might make a quick buck, but... well... there's always the possibility that they screwed up and let somebody else do it to the tune of some huge profit."
"You said yourself that the authorities seem to be taking a rather hands-on role in this thing. I don't want that to become too apparent."
"Oh, I see you've got a visitor. I'm sure you remember Reinhold from earlier?"
"Oh, yes, Reinhold from earlier. My mistake. I was just... off-kilter."
"You got a present for him?"
"Yes, I do. A brand-new Blob radio."
"Oh, wow, that must be... confusing."
"It isn't much, but it's something. I can always use the help I can get for Christmas."
"You don't seem to have much time for presents."
"Not at all, not for a man who makes a living selling solar panels. I can always use the money."
"You've got a point. The authorities seem to think you're a threat to the stability of the region. Maybe they were right about the start of the year... "
"Oh, I see you've got a present for the old man as well."
"Oh, yes, the present is that he'll be able to sell the solar panels he's built himself. Sure, it won't do much good, but... well..."
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Postby Wochaystein » Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:36 pm

No, we all know that.

"Able Leader to Able QE2", the screen flashed. "Deployed."

Able QE2's screen flashed again, bigger and more animated, as the two massive battle cruisers passed each other. "Easier said than done, eh?"

"This is the exercise of the century", one of the ploearchs said. "How do we even start simulating this war?"

"The basics", said Gerhild. "Charge forward. Don't hold back. Fight your opponents."

She was flanked by three other equally massive battle cruisers. The screens flashed, but the images were blurred.

"That's it", said Able QE2. "Aim for the center of the enemy battle formation. Kills ensue."

"How do we do that?" Gerhild asked to make sure the execution goes with no hitches.

"With every passing second", said Able QE2. "We simulate. Every maneuver. Every bit of the battle. We fight like hell to get the most out of every opportunity we get."

Gerhild nodded. She thought QE2 has quite the personality.

"With the diamond formation, we split the enemy like a lion and slip past them like a snake. That should give us some semblance of a chance to engage their vital capital ships."

Gerhild was almost aggressive in her questioning. "How do we break the logjam?"

"We break it by running the gauntlet", QE2 said. "We run the same drill over and over again. Twice. With different results."

"Alright, alright", Gerhild said. "Let's see..." She scratched her head, waiting. "Number two, we hack into their navigation computers and get 'em caught in the crossfire".

Able QE2 grinned as he thought of the number of times he had to deal with Wochaysteiners in the navy. There were too many places for them to go wrong. "So that's two strikes and you're kicked out of this command."

"Kick me out?" Gerhild asked.

"You're just not cut out for this stuff", said the black Oyan.

"Very funny. Focus on the trajectory, Able QE2," the blonde woman said.
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Postby Diarcesia » Sat May 16, 2020 3:59 pm

The Diarcesian administrative division of Avicia, or the Dieresis of the Baratheans, is established in the wake of the fall of the Indo-Greek kingdom. Its capital is the city of Lampsine. It is governed according to a constitution that punishes blasphemy and hooliganism. In 767, the Prince of Avium invited Ȝearou, the King of Ȝeir, to a visit his court. The prince asked to be be given command of an expedition against the Diarcesians. The king granted the request, and they set out for Metanoea. There they met the young Archon Nicander, who was to become the first Diarcesian in a long time to visit Rome. Their meeting was not happy. With an army at his back, the prince demanded Nicander to pay him tribute. The latter refused, saying, "This is not yours to sell." Furious at this, the prince put his hand upon the cuirass of his closest soldier, demanding to know where Metanoea's gold is located. Nicander told the prince where the treasures were kept. The prince went on to attack the Metanoean, but was soon cut down by bodyguards. An urban battled ensued, and the survivors of the expedition limped back to Avicia.

When the King of Ȝeir heard this, he sent ambassadors to the Barathean Emperor with a stronglyworded request to pay him back for the losses incurred on his army.

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Postby Wochaystein » Sun May 17, 2020 8:54 pm

Bronzmond Herbacher's Hall of Mirrors is filled with over 20,000 books that can be borrowed at any given time. Each book is numbered and signed by the author. There are over 500,000 photo albums, over 400,000 slideshows and 350,000 videos. The reading room has seating for over 1,300 people. There is even a bakery where you can get a good snack.

To add to the ambience, the library also has a rooftop deck which overlooks the historic part of Zuidren. The view of the town comes with the perfect place to watch the stars that dot the sky, most notably the Eastern Flame constellation.

It's not difficult to get to the Hall of Mirrors, as it is located on the top level of a 13-hectare parcel of land that's been made public by the imperial government for use in community events such as the Zuidrenian Reading Festival.

At the reading room, you can see busts of authors and admire their works in a vast gallery. Book jackets are also on display.

Additionally, there are movie theater tickets available for events such as the Equine Grand Prix of Zuidren and the Zuidren International Book Fair.

It is alleged that an elder god's sword is stored inside. The sword is said to be a gift from the native people of Zuidren to the author of the book Common Superstitions Regarding Shrews.

For more info, visit: http://www.zuidren.wc.dc/library/
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Postby Diarcesia » Sat Jul 11, 2020 4:01 pm

The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) in Diarcesia has been accused of being responsible for many acts of animal cruelty while maintaining a low profile.

In a report by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), the ALF has routinely abused and killed thousands of animals over the past decade.

According to the report, "The number of animals killed by the Animal Liberation Front in its activities inside Diarcesian borders is much higher than was previously realized." Among these, those that the ALF acquired in its attacks on other animal abusers is unknown. The vast majority of the animals stolen are small pets, often puppies, kittens, and elderly animals. Many of these animals are injured or disabled, and their deaths are often ignored by the authorities. The losses are so great that the Diarcesian government has launched an investigation into the matter after a monarchic report revealed an unexplained decline in lynx populations in central Palaeodiarcesia.

The report says that during the period from January 1, 2000, to December 31, 2009, the Animal Liberation Front had been in existence and had no record of anyone actually being disciplined by the Diarcesian government for their involvement in the group.

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Postby Wochaystein » Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:22 pm

Just like that, a new era of Wochaystein began.

Arriving at Tendorf harbor, the first thing that one would notice upon their arrival was the imposing view of a tower, which was visible miles offshore. It was here that the new order was to be finalized. The sun rays cast a translucent veil over the entire city, which was full of taverns, shops, and a variety of homes. It was here that the Treaty of Accession to Diarcesia would be signed.

The first sign of the Diarcesians' presence was the arrival of Count Dyrrandrew with his small army. He would meet a handful of the imperial guards of the Kaiser, accompanied by a few knights of the realm. As customary, Count Dyrrandrew would respectfully ask for an audience and wait humbly. Two Wochaysteiner knights would leave, and after a short time, will return with the Kaiser himself, and then everyone will make way for the Tower.

Inside, the articles would be sealed, ending the short war between the Holy Empire and the Monarchy Diarcesian, with the former joining the latter as a dieresis. The Kaiser would shortly declare his abdication from his throne in favor of a member of House Garver of Achemeistein and descendant of Kaiser-Disputant Grimbert.
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Postby Diarcesia » Sat Sep 05, 2020 5:15 pm

The Mines of Mora are hewn from volcanic rock that were formed over millions of years by the action of water on the roots of an extinct volcano. This body of water - the River Mora - empties itself into the sea.

The pits beneath the surface is the main place where men toiled in the past, especially impoverished ones whose only way out of starvation was mining. They were ignored by self-designated civilized people because they were too poor to know a better way.

The main cave chamber, the "cathedral", is not a simple rectangle but a complex structure, with many smaller adjacent rooms and labyrinthine tunnels.

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Postby Wochaystein » Sun Sep 13, 2020 3:44 pm

Comitat Nastiri is a former province of the Holy Empire. Its name is vernacular for the "county of blight," a reference to its tough natural environment.

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The county was founded in the 8th century by Hrodger I, a nobleman who accompanied settlers from the Holy Roman Empire to the newly-discovered land. He was the first of many influential figures who shaped the region's culture. The Holy Empire would later have Comitat Nastiri as an integral part of its realm once it became independent in its own right.

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The First Crusade


Nastirian knights were present in the Holy Land after Pope Urban II called for its reclamation. With their help, Godfrey of Bouillon captured Jerusalem from the Saracens in 1099.

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The second largest city in Comitat Nastiri was founded around 1050 by Hrabanus of Iblodon. It was here that the 'legitimate' Holy Emperor was later defeated and the Holy Empire shattered during the Trouble Across the Four Corners. Its claimant emperor Gerd re-built Iblodon as his capital many years later. He would be successful in combining some of the breakaway territories but failed to be universally recognized as Holy Emperor.

As of 2020, the provincial governor Ramiro recently died and the people welcomed the funeral procession of its body as it arrived in Iblodon to be buried there.
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Postby Diarcesia » Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:44 pm

Saint Andromache (Andromacha) was the patron saint of children and youth. Her feast day was 16 November. She was the daughter of Heraclitus, the last Great Herbalist. Her tomb at the entrance of Chiyginia was dedicated in 1858.

Her tomb is built in a heterodox style, though many Christian clerics and monks venerate her the relics associated with her when they make their pilgrimage. The location is the subject of the movie Saint Andromache and the Holy Grail.

It is decorated with gold and green curtains, windowpanes, frescoes, and paintings. The grounds are also managed by the local community.

The Chapel
The Chapel of Saint Andromache is the main worship space at Chiyginia. Here, the faithful can pray, read, sing, and make their own music. They can pray over the affairs of the Church, or celebrate mass in the main sanctuary. The worship of the Holy Spirit is the central theme at the Chapel. The Choir of Saint Andromache is a regular feature at Chiyginia's major music festivals.
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Postby Diarcesia » Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:45 pm

The Phobosians are a deeply and bitterly xenophobic people. They hate foreigners and would not hesitate to kill them were it legal. They are currently occupying a large portion of the Bronte continent under the protection of the (planetary) World Assembly. Despite this xenophobia, they have no interest in territorial expansion or imperial domination. Among themselves, they believe in the ideas of secularism and democracy. All Phobosians are equal before their law. This principle is not negotiable and neither is the notion of "god." God is not a man, but a beast, and inside each man as a little essence of this beast. That is to say, gods and men are not equal. The gods of the Phobosians are different from the gods of the outsiders in that the former are not limited by human constraints on their imagination, speech, or actions, but are given divine orders and given dominion over the very things that make up humankind.

In what they called the Old Ones' world, gods played a major role in shaping the destiny of humanity. They were not static things that hold still against the tides of fate but were dynamic beings who could be changed at will. They had a prominent role in shaping human evolution; a small province in their global dominion over all things mortal. In this forgotten time and place, gods carry mortal souls into the human vessels. Mere mortals, the great among them, could even become gods, or at least gods of the dead.

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Postby Diarcesia » Sat Oct 24, 2020 2:03 pm

The Taplonianese are hill- and plain-dwellers. In the distant past, two groups of the Taplonianese split and their descendants live in the most northern and southern parts of Bronte. There are, however, many groups who call themselves Ǧn-totus, a collection of peoples, who, along with others, banded together to form the nation of Čaltego.

The Northern Taplonianese have their own country, divided into six zones. Each one contains counties with their towns and cities. Some of the more notable counties are: Adrobis, Breamolyn, Asterath, Zacumond, and Achomond. The towns and cities include: Blastin, Drurith, Eneburgh, Enssey-Trasea, Glagos, and Trikridge.

Its most populated city is Blastin, with a population of some 400,000. It is not uncommon for a Northern Taplonianese village to have as many as 5000 inhabitants. The poorer the area, the smaller the population. It was important for the government to have at least some control of the population because the poorer peasants emigrate en masse to escape taxes and other problems, while the wealthier peasants stay put and raise their families.

The Southern and Eastern zones are populated principally by Puunili-speaking people, mainly Ostanaese and Askeshers.

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Postby Wochaystein » Sun Dec 06, 2020 9:46 pm

As of 2020, Raimund Scheer is one of the judges in the Wochaysteiner Supreme Court, a post he himself holds by the choice of its citizens. He is the former chairman of the Diarcesia's Constitutive Commission, an independent body empowered to select the most qualified people for the Monarchy's highest levels of government.

It was said that he would not rule in favor of a ban on Foreign Quarter residents from attending cathedrals should they profess membership in the Church of Wochaystein, as some parties have tried to implement. However, he did rule in favor of a limit of 10 years on Foreign Quarter residence permits for long-term inhabitants.

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First, a word on terminology. . . .

"The Diarcesian Commission on the Status of Refugees" (the "Commission") is a quasi-judicial body appointed by the Monarch Diarcesian to investigate allegations
of alleged abuses by the Holy Empire of Wochaystein in refusing refugee status to certain aliens. The "Commission" has jurisdiction in that dieresis within the
scope of its mandate granted by the Monarch, and has exclusive power to compel the attendance at hearings of any body politic and to summon witnesses and
produce documents.
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Postby Wochaystein » Tue Jan 26, 2021 8:40 pm

Gecuth was the last Jobrenoite emperor of the Wrisrepian Empire. Victorious at the Battle of Tain, he moved from Tain to Mu, the Handeen Gulf. There, he tried to establish a provisional capital at Al-Khas, and named his court "Avin and Krydai" (after two of the most important components of the Wrisrrepian Empire). Despite this grandiose-sounding names, Al-Khas is a ratty little settlement in the middle of nowhere.

Despite the location near the river Gevgelija, the city was well-fortified to the best of his army's ability. However, he soon found himself in a precarious position in the larger War of Pyyhs. He was separated from his army, and was forced to retreat, this time to the Isle of Torsu. En route, he was captured and brought before Edric II. Edric ordered him beheaded on 29 October 768. The victim was the only one to be beheaded in the area at the time and led to the establishment of the Torsu Beheading Calendar, which annually retells the decapitation of the Jobrenoite Emperor for 800 years.
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Postby Diarcesia » Sat Feb 27, 2021 5:53 pm

Palaeodiarcesian architecture (i.e. that of Arcesius and the Dieresis of Old Diarcesia) looks a lot like classical architecture. They have their own castle traditions that especially continued to develop when powerful invaders appeared in the 1000s. When they developed the technology, the Diarcesians would build their castles in stone whenever climate or resources allow it.

A particular architectural ornamentation the style has that's signature to it is the brochorthogonals. They form a long, looping series of rectangles that in larger examples, contain commemorations of important events in the lives of the Diarcesians. Where they are painted, they are often decorated in the colors of the Diarcesian flag and are considered to be symbols of unity and the Monarchy's principles.
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Postby Wochaystein » Mon Mar 08, 2021 6:04 pm

Gertrude is the earliest Wochaysteiner alive (as of 2020) to visit the mainland of Diarcesia. She is the daughter of a famous poet, and is a major figure in the Zuidren palace. She is in fact the granddaughter of the last independent Kaiser before the Conquest, and at one point would have been third in line to the throne after her father and her brother had females been allowed to inherit.

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Postby Wochaystein » Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:14 pm

Maiguine vochegenstainensis is a species of bird found in Wochaystein. It is said to be endemic to the Sultaldenma Forest, though none were discovered and classified until a specimen was found under a zooplankton tank placed in the bottom of a pit cave. Its feathers are reddish in color with a brownish tinge to its plumage. It spends most of its life cycle resting on the ground; at times it can fly up to five kilometers (three miles) without resting. It is thought to breed in large numbers during the dry season, though this is not always the case.

Local ornithologists take an interest in studying the species. Little is currently known about its biology. No one knows for certain how it came to be, or what might have driven it to a near-flightless lifestyle. Some speculate that it was driven close to extinction prior to the establishment of Wochaystein, while others think it was an inevitable byproduct of the rise of apex predators that arrived with humans. Whatever the reason, the species is now largely extirpated from the wild.

The extinction of this species would be a tragedy, because there is huge potential for its resurgence in its habitat.
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Postby Diarcesia » Sun May 30, 2021 3:45 pm

The Dyrrhonian Isles is a Diarcesian dieresis in Atlantian Oceania. It is a merchant republic that is borne out of settler colonists in the late 18th century.

It is a trading nation that thrived through interactions with the larger, more established nations of the region. The Dyrrhonian Isles has a centralized dieretic government run by a duke that is in a position of power and influence. The duke sets the local economic policy of the country. It is sparsely populated with 1.7 million people.

In 2020, Diarcesians soldiers were called upon to defend the Isles from potential invasion from the Taplonianese beyond the region. The reason for the Taplonianese activity is still classified, though sources say it is related to a military operation planned for the weekend. Police sources say an unknown national hero may play a key role in the operation.
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Postby Wochaystein » Sun Jul 18, 2021 5:47 pm

Briseis was a ship that was last seen on the Strabben Sea more than 1000 years ago.

"A very large warship, its sails clad in the finest royal clothing, with many rooms on board. The inhabitants of the ship were well-fed and had a good standard of living. However, the voyagers on the Strabben Sea knew better to keep watch for monstrous animals, out of sight of the mainland. These ferocious beings haunt the wilds of the Sea. Their flesh were raw and their minds were filled with pain and misery. A sailor is wise to prepare for the worst."


For contemporaries, the Strabben Sea was a dangerous place where many warriors died.

"For the Strabben, it was a place of great danger. The sea animals were abundant here, and the climate was harsh. But even for a woman, the danger was worth the reward.


The Briseis was heavily armed and outfitted with implements the Wochaysteiners thought would defend it against sea monsters.

"[The captains] of the Briseis were people who had the blood of kings and queens in their veins. They had an iron will and fierce determination. There was no other word for it. It was no doubt a ship of war, commanded by ferocious, reckless men. But unusually, now a woman is at its helm, a leader who possessed beauty and nobility in the eyes of her people, who loved her.


Its wreck was found by Wochaysteiner oceanographers on 23 August 2020.
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