Submitter: K. David Ladage
Description: It is a dark, and mysterious world. It rains far more than it should; the constant cloud cover seems to ensure that even in the light of day, you are cast in dismal shades of grey.
The last war is barely over. The five overlords continue to squable, but the threat -- the real threat -- of the Utani launching yet another invasion into the fiefdoms keeps them from waging all-out war against one another.
The Utani, a collective of various clans of talking, mostly-upright ape cultures has been at war with the humans for as long as even the most wisened of sages can recall. How the war began, well, most of humanity has no idea... but the sin of man has left a stain on the world, and on his soul. At least that is the word preached by the various Wise Men at morning prayer. But hell, the reasons for this conflict starting are not important: humanity hates the Utani; te Utani hate humanity. What more does a soldier need to know?
Technology is regressed -- technological levels of the Bronze Age are prevelant. A couple of nuggets of knowledge that surpass this benchmark exist: steel weapons and mathematics with 0 being the most evident. The best armor around, however, is heavy leather. And sailing? Have you seen those storm-clouds over the waters of the Pacific? No way! there is simply no way man or beast could survive out there.
Humanity is quite well aware of te fact that the they were once an advanced and technological society. After all, some of the buildings remain... but since few humans dare to set foot outside of the five kingdoms, it is unknown if any other remnants of the old world remain once you get outside of the area that was once known as Seatac (Seatle-Tacoma).
Society knitted together by hierarchical social obligations. Ex: Middle ages Europe, pre-European Japan. "I am a serf of Lord Feigen"
The society has just gone through a sudden destructive shock. Ex: The Great Depression, Russia after Cold War
Wheel, writing, agriculture, horses, carts, sailing rafts, small galleys, metal tipped spears and arrows, bronze swords, leather armor, water wheel, supportive medical treatment and herbs
Bronze Age (TL 1)
Steel weapons, mathematics with zero, stirrups, sailing ships, crossbow, plate and chainmail, castles, horse with horse-collar for power, amputations, crude prosthetics
Coexisting with: Medieval (TL 3)
Following orders, fighting the enemy, leadership, honor, valor
Sin-tainted characters in a decadent and decaying world
Otherwise normal animals with human-like intelligence