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A Jumpchain Compliant Document Created by Yorokonde The world of Pyre is one of tiers and of harsh, cruel judgement. Above lies the Commonwealth, built on justice, mercy, and inclusion. It is no longer any of these things. War rages all along its borders where its military has not stamped out resistance altogether. Literacy has been outlawed. Books are regularly burned and any found capable of reading are dealt the cruelest punishment known. They are cast below. Below lay Downside, a sick and twisted land that does its best to beat down any sent its way. Beasts hunt anyone who lingers in one place too long. The climates are varied, harsh, and sometimes even poisonous. The less said about anything edible the better. And disease pounces almost as suddenly as the wildlife. But, for all that, exiles survive and even travel freely across the lands many faces. It is a life where only the strongest survive. Though strength comes in many forms. There is one thin ray of hope that drives these exiles to get up each morning and cling to life. The Rites. A legend passed from mouth to ear, over campfires and across tables, about a way to escape Downside. It is the only way for ones crimes to be forgiven by the Commonwealth. Teams of three, Triumvirates, would compete against each other for the privilege of battling the mysterious Nightwings to earn their freedom. But even the chosen were only mortal. A betrayal within their ranks shattered the Nightwings and the few survivors parted ways. Without them, the Rites could not progress. Without the Rites, no one escaped Downside. Several years passed with no sign of the Nightwings reemerging. Some tried to found the team anew, but the Gods watching over this land could not be fooled so easily. Only the Nightwings could recruit more Nightwings. And the final members were still alive. Now that the ancient tradition has become a cursed legend, a lone wagon rolls across the land. The outfits inside sport the familiar white masks tucked beside blue and orange robes that so few still remember. The Nightwings live again. And they are searching for the last piece of the puzzle they need to start the Rites once again.
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You find yourself lying out in the open. Small creatures with red fur, blue wings, and curiously cute bat-like faces stare down at you from the shadowed spots in a nearby ridge. A blazing sun beats down at you from much farther overhead than seems possible for so much light. Dust swirls in a breeze that fails to cool. A dry plain stretches out around you. You have only a few moments to wonder why circumstances have found you in such poor straits when a red house on wheels rolls out from behind the ridge. It’s a ramshackle, rickety thing that shivers and shakes with every bump of the landscape. At first the massive horn used as the center bracing beam for its room is pointed to the north. But then it skips, hops, skids, and is pointed in your direction instead.
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  • Fall '13
  • ProfessorChampolllion
  • Commonwealth of Nations, Commonwealth

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