The Royal Explorers of New Calidor
All that remains of the nation of Calidor is the besieged city, Canternavon. Concentric walls defend the citizenry, with ample farmland within. The Citadel is at the peak of the city, with the College of War and Temple of Perun just below.
A globe of fire hangs in the sky, burning day and night — a Blessing from Perun — god of the Heavens, Fire and Truth. The light of this miniature sun, along with marvels of engineering and irrigation, allow for year round harvesting of food for the populace. Nearly every surface is allocated to food growth, with fruiting trees lining the streets, rooftop gardens, and vertical farming on towers and ramparts.
Calidor is a nation of knights, soldiers, battle mages, and war priests. All of its citizenry; men, women, and children; contribute to the defense of the nation in some way. For longer than recorded history, they been fighting a war on all fronts with ever shrinking borders.
Who is the enemy? They used to be numerous in variety. Only the most studious of scholars in the College of War remember their names.
All that remains are the Fellnorn, beasts of tendril and vine, ranging in size from the smallest plant to the thickest tree. They attack in seasonal waves, mindlessly savaging any red-blooded being they encounter — seemingly seeking to extinguish all that remains of civilization.
Many Fellnorn continue to fight even as their forms are hacked to pieces — eventually reforming into more of the sap-blooded devils. These are the monsters that fill the stories and nightmares of Calidorn children. But even a child knows that while cold with slow them, only flame will destroy a Fellnorn for good.
As a nation, Calidor is isolated. Over the centuries since the Falling of the Shroud they have lost contact with most of their allies and enemies. Some citizens suspect that Calidor and The City are all that remain of humanity and that the End of Days has arrived — making Queen Cymbelene's creation of the Colony of New Calidor questionable and terrifying to them. How many fewer days will their children have when the queen sends resources out to the ends of the earth?
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