A STORY OF SIX KINGDOMS AND THEIR PEOPLE
Meet the Tianan People
The Kingdom of Gentiana
This people is known for one thing, one marvelous, spectacular, covetable thing: their ability to fly. Armed with mechanical wings upon their back, they are the keepers of the peace among the other races and typically are the law and order of the land. This has led to some arrogance and feelings of superiority, but that is less felt thanks to their compassion and general goodwill toward all.
Making their homes on the mountains, much of the Tianans' time is spent simply on survival, but they have made significant technological advancements in such areas as medicine, heating, and of course, aeronautics. Their wings are their most precious and closely guarded secret, and none but the most trusted Tianans are taught how to fly. It is a great honor and privilege to be among the flying unit and even to be a mechanic for them.
The most common trait among every Tianan flyer is the desire for adventure. They are explorers in their free time and often are found performing sometimes reckless and sometimes extraordinary feats. To be a Tianan flyer is to be the envy of every race across the lands.
Meet the Arandan People
The Kingdom of Jacaranda
A race of warriors, the Arandans are not ones who know how to take a joke. A simple jest in their presence might lead one to war and annihilation, for the Arandans are experts of war. Their weaponry is advanced, and what they covet most of all are the wings of the Tianans. If they could only learn how to make those wings, they could use their weapons to enslave all the other races and rule over every land!
War and weapons, however, are expensive undertakings, so the Arandans have supported themselves with other inventions, which they then sell to the other races. Their inventions have made them famous, and advancements have been made by them in transportation, communication, and general convenience. Of course, they prefer to keep their greatest inventions for themselves.
With their ingenuity and technology, they consider themselves far superior to all of the races except for the Tianans, who are the only ones the Arandans consider their rivals and whom they constantly try to outdo. Even simple children's sports are considered a matter of national pride, especially when competing against the Tianans.
Meet the Genian People
The Kingdom of Bergenia
This race of people is known for elegance. Their culture is one of the most highly regarded and generally seen as nobility. They are dancers, artists, musicians, and singers, as well as simple farmers and ranchers. The hardworking side of their nature is giving way more and more to self-importance and a feeling of superiority over the other races.
Their farms and ranches are now tended by slaves and poorly paid workers rather than themselves. They are cruel to their employees and much more so to their servants. They have hot tempers and long memories. Making an enemy of one of them is a dangerous thing, for they are known to smile and act charmingly while plotting their revenge. To embarrass one of them is considered an unforgivable offense, and much painstaking effort is put into their appearance and reputation, more than into their actual character or any practical skills.
Their one aim is to impress, and any law or moral principle is subservient to that goal. The only pleasure they bring to those around them is their art and music, which are very beautiful - if lacking in heart.
Meet the Runian People
The Kingdom of Brunia
Somewhere far to the east lives a humble people separated for so long from the rest of the kingdoms that the other races question if they exist or have since gone extinct. The Runians were once a great people and highly respected as truthseekers and sages, but they drifted away from the other races until none were left and all had moved eastward into the uncharted wilderness. No one remembers why the exodus first began.
Now, the Runians are a forgotten people. They lived simply as shepherds and craftsmen for generations, and their thirst for truth and wisdom was lost somewhere along the way. They struggled to survive in the perilous wilderness and soon began to turn against each other as they competed for resources such as food, shelter, and clean water.
There are still some who remember the old ways and hold fast to the wisdom and knowledge of their forebears, but many others have turned to savagery and even divided into tribes amongst themselves, making war on each other and taking part in endless feuds. The honor that once defined the Runians has been lost.
Meet the Cosmian People
The Kingdom of Crocosmia
Beside the Great Glimmering Sea lives this hardworking race of seafarers, fishermen, and hunters. They mind their own business and stay out of the affairs of the other races. They do not trust most of the other races, but they have respect for the Tianans, who are fair in their trading and selling. A quiet people, getting to know one is a difficult task. To befriend a Cosmian takes time, faithfulness, and respect. Once one has earned their friendship, they are staunch and strong supporters to have at one's side.
They are not afraid to fight, but prefer peace over war and like to keep out of the squabbles that sometimes break out among the other races. They have long memories and value history, so they are some of the few that know the truth about the Kingdom of Alchemilla and its people. However, that knowledge is kept to themselves, where it serves little use to the other races or the way of things. If one would take the time to learn from a Cosmian, all kinds of useful and very interesting things could be discovered.
Unambitious and reserved, the Cosmians are often regarded as backwards and unenlightened by other races, especially the Arandans and Genians - who disdain manual labor.
Meet the Emillan People
The Lost Kingdom of Alchemilla
Once a proud people, the Emillans are now disorganized and scattered among all the other kingdoms, especially those of Jacaranda and Bergenia - who love to lord over the other races. Emillans are called Drudges and live as servants and laborers to the other races. They have no rights and are generally considered untrustworthy and stupid.
But many, many years ago, the Kingdom of Alchemilla was one of the greatest in the land. Its people were prosperous, industrious, and respected. In fact, it is a little known truth that the Emillans were the ones to invent the wings now used by the Tianans.
Yet the Emillans grew proud, and their pride led to their downfall as they sought to oppress the other races and subjugate them by force. The other races united against the Emillans and defeated them. Now the Emillans, who once tried to enslave the other races, are the ones who are slaves. But this history has been long forgotten. The bitterness and hatred against Emillans has been passed down from generation to generation, and almost no one remembers why they are the despised race, least of all themselves.