July 31st, 2010
Saturday Filler Infodump: Tsuiraku
Saturday Filler Infodump: Tsuiraku

As it has all but been said in the story, Tsuiraku begain life as an Elven construction project. It began just a decade before the Errant Wars started, and Half Elves were at their height as part of Elven society. It was decided that the first true half elf city would be constructed as a symbol of the race coming into its own.

As it was meant be a symbol, the city needed to be as advanced and impressive as possible, eventually plans were drawn up for a city that would be suspended in the sky under its own power. Such a thing wasn’t completely unheard of, the Rinkai city, Malacia, technically floated in air as well, if only meters above the surface of the ocean, so the technology was already there, it just had never been applied quite in such a way.

The top of a large mountain in the north eastern part of (what would later be known as) Veracia, was sheered off to be shaped into the disc the city would be built up on. The anti gravity devices were built and installed by the enormous construction force made up of half elf and human mages along with a few Rinkai engineers. The early years of construction went rather routine… until the disaster at Malacia happen and just a single mad half elf was able to send the great city sinking into the ocean. Growing concerns about the construction project and about half elves themselves, made the project become rather tense. Whether it was this stress that caused several half elf builders to go errant or if it would have had happen anyway, doesn’t matter, what is certain is that a small group of mages did have breakdowns and they somehow caused the levitation devices to malfunction and send the entire unfinished city, and most of it’s construction crew, into a black void between space. Similar to the pocket dimension spells used for storage, but on a gigantic scale.

The group of errants that cause the mess were actually put down fairly quickly during the chaos following the city’s transportation. But most of the elves and many half elves lost their lives doing so, leaving the remaining mages and workers to figure out how to send the city back and survive in the void, until they could. Fifteen years passed before they succeeded, and even more mages (including the last few elves on the original construction crew) died casting the return spell. There wasn’t much celebration though, as they soon discovered they had returned to the world in the midst of a bloody civil war between the elves and half elves. Seeing that the world they had worked so hard to return to was in tatters (and since no one had actually noticed they were back yet) the mages decided they had actually been doing pretty damn well on their own, and modified the spells used to return the city, to instead hide the city under a cloaking effect.

Setting up in a far off corner of the globe, they quietly built a second levitation device deep under the ocean to help stabilize the city’s own overtaxed and battered engines, and begin mining under the sea for resources to finish the city the best they could. As they waited out the war, the last remaining half elves all married off into the population of human workers, and their last acts were to seal away much of the cities real history from the succeeding generations, to discourage the growing population from leaving.

And from this, Tsuiraku began, completely separated the rest of the planet for almost two thousand years… until Veracia caused a disruption that knocked out the city cloaking device and caused them to join the now human controlled world.