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  • Primordials

    In the beginning, there were 39 Primordials, who each embodied the abstract ideas that made existence as we understand it possible. For example; [[Adorjan, the Silent Wind]], who was once called Aridiane, the River, represented the principle of order and …

  • the Point of the Western Compass

    The Point of the Western Compass was a [[direlance]] of [[starmetal]] and [[Orichalcum | orichalcum]]. It was 8 and a half feet long, with a shaft of an odd, dark wood that is always quite cool to the touch. The handle is leather, studded with mother of …

  • Bridgid

    Bridgid was a [[Twilight]]-Caste from the Second and [[Third Age]], a member of [[The Last Circle]]. She was a woman of the [[Blessed Isle]], young at the time of her [[Solar Exalted | Exaltation]], no more than sixteen, and had jet-black hair. She was the …

  • Realm

    The Realm is the largest political state in Creation in the [[Fifth Age]]. It is based on the [[Blessed Isle]], which it holds in totality, and has other holdings in every part of creation, from the [[Neck]] in the West, to [[Whitewall]], the [[Linowan]] …

  • Threshold

    The Threshold is what those from the Blessed Isle call the lands under the Realm's control and on the other side of the Inland Sea. The political states in the Threshold include, starting in the True West and going clockwise: -The [[Neck]] under control …

  • Lapland

    The Lap and the surrounding region make up the Lapland, a fertile strip of land at the northeastern base of the [[Cinderpeaks]]. The Lap is the breadbasket of the [[South]], and enjoys a number of grain harvests every year, exporting rice, wheat, …

  • Southeast

    The Southeast of Creation is a hot, humid land of deep rain forest, laced with a thousand rapidly flowing rivers. The canopy reaches over two hundred feet, and is filled with all manner of unusual flora and fauna, many species of which are quite poisonous …

  • South

    The True South is defined by the two opposite mountain chains, the [[Cinderpeaks]] and the [[Mountains of Summer]], that run in the west and the east respectively. To the west of the Cinderpeaks is volcano, marshes, steam vents and jungle, and to the east …

  • Sky-Towers

    Sky-Towers were all built during the [[Third Age]], enormous structures reaching over 1,000 feet high. Many were made of alabaster or marble, although time has taken much of their sheen. Those still standing are mostly broken, although even so they still …

  • Contagion

    The Contagion was a terrible plague that struck Creation almost 800 years ago, wiping out 90% of the population, mortal and [[Dragon-blooded]] alike. Its original vector remains unknown, as does the cause of its abrupt disappearance. It has not resurfaced …

  • Fifth Age

    The Fifth Age [[Realm Calendar | began on the day]] that the [[Scarlet Empress]] activated the [[Sword of Creation]], ending the [[Summer of Falling Petals]] and sending the [[Fair Folk]] howling back into the Wyld. - 0 A5 The end of the Summer of …

  • bird-maiden

    Bird-maidens are [[Fire|fire elementals]], mostly human in shape, with wings instead of arms, and covered in brightly colored feathers. Their hair often contains braids of fire, and the degree to which their bodies are covered in plumage is believed to be …

  • Great Houses

    The Great Houses are the descendants of the [[Scarlet Empress]], with each House taking its name from her children. In chronological order: -[[House Iselsi]] -[[House Tepet]] -[[House Cathak]] -[[House Ragara]] -[[House Ledaal]] -[[House Cynis …

  • Exalts

    Exalts are human essence-users, gifted by various gods with abilities far beyond those of their kin. Known Exalt types: - The [[Solar Exalted]] - Chosen of the [[Unconquered Sun]]. - The [[Lunar Exalted]] - Chosen of [[Luna]] - The [[Sidereal …

  • Dragon-blooded

    [[File:381216 | class=media-item-align-none | Exalted_Cover_by_nJoo.jpg]] Dragon-blooded are [[Exalts]], chosen by one of the [[Five Elemental Dragons]]. The most notable difference between the Dragon-bloods, also called the Terrestrial Exalted, and …

  • Air-aspect

    Air-aspected [[Dragon-blooded]] are generally lithe and tall, often with a pale blue tint to their hair and eyes. There often seems to be an electrical charge around them, especially when they're angry. The purest-blooded and the oldest often hover …

  • Linowan

    A noble but war-like people of the [[Northeast]], staunch allies of the [[Realm]] and eternal enemies of [[Halta]]. They look very similar to Powhatan tribes, but with pine-green hair. They are master carpenters and know the rivers like nobody else, …

  • Mercreday

    The fourth day of the week. Sacred to [[Mercury | Mercury]], Maiden of Journeys; it is considered auspicious to begin any journey on Mercreday. The [[Guild]] holds all of its meetings on Mercreday, since they hold the goddess in particular esteem.

  • Marday

    The third day of the week, and sacred to [[Mars]], the Maiden of Battles. It is a favored day for jousts and tourneys, and for any competition in general. In the [[Realm]], [[Army of Ten Thousand Dragons | military parades]] are frequently conducted on …

  • Jeupday

    The fifth day of the week, and sacred to [[Jupiter | Jupiter]], Maiden of Secrets. It is an auspicious day for knowledge and for quiet business dealings, and superstitious businessmen believe that deals struck on Jeupday will have a better chance of not …

  • Veniday

    The sixth day of the week, and sacred to [[Venus]], Maiden of Serenity. Veniday is, in almost any corner of [[Creation]], a day of revelry and indulgence, and even the most fastidious of [[Thousand Scales | Thousand Scales]] bureaucrats can be seen …

  • Realm Calendar

    The Realm Calendar divides every year into five seasons. Each season is three months. Each month is four weeks. Each week is seven days. At the end of every year is a five day period called the [[Calibration]]. Year 0 of the Realm Calendar was the …

  • Scarlet Empress

    The Scarlet Empress was the [[Dragon-blooded]] founder and sovereign of the [[Realm]]. She saved Creation during the [[Summer of Falling Petals]], driving back the Fair Folk armies with the [[Sword of Creation]]. Afterwards, she founded the Realm, a …

  • Battle of Heaven's Height

    The battle that ended the [[Primordial Wars]] and the [[Second Age]], fought at [[Imperial Mountain | Heaven's Height]], between [[The Last Circle | the Last Circle]] and [[King-in-Yellow | the King-in-Yellow]].

  • Third Age

    The Third Age began with the defeat of the [[Primordials]] at the [[Battle of Heaven's Height]], and ended with the fall of the [[Solar Deliberative]] during the [[Usurpation]], roughly 30,000 years later. The Third Age was a time of unrivaled wonder …

  • Immaculate Order

    The Immaculate Order is the organized clergy of the [[Realm]], preserving and leading the [[Immaculate Philosophy]]. The Order teaches the supremacy of the [[Dragon-blooded]] over mortals and [[gods]] alike, but of course, like most functions of the Realm …

  • Halta

    The Haltans are a race of tree-dwelling savages, who worship animals and make dark deals with the [[Fair Folk]]. They are eternally at war with the [[Realm]]'s allies, the [[Linowan]] Nation.

  • Sijan

    Sijan is a small city of perhaps 100,000 in the [[East]]. It was once part of the [[Confederation of Rivers]] but is now under the control of the [[Realm]]. The city itself insists on neutrality in regards to its main enterprise, however, which is the …

  • Immaculate Philosophy

    The Immaculate Philosophy is the dominant religion of the [[Realm]] and is maintained by the Monks of the [[Immaculate Order]]. The Immaculate Philosophy teaches that as each life passes, it is judged on its virtues, including its humility and …

  • First Age

    The First Age is only technically a part of history; it dates from the moment of genesis itself, when the [[Primordials]] formed [[Creation]] from an endless sea of the [[Wyld]]. For eons and eons the Primordials dwelt in Creation with their constituent …

  • Broken Jaw

    The Broken Jaw is a crescent of [[Sky-Towers | Sky-Towers]] in the [[Vineyards]] district of [[Chiaroscuro]]. They have been adapted over the past two centuries into six different colleges; -[[zet-Bh'ira'aqi]] was founded in 5A 570, and is the most …

  • Imperial Mountain

    [[File:409473 | class=media-item-align-none | imperialmountain4.jpg]] The Imperial Mountain has also been called Mount Meru, in the [[Third Age]], and Heaven's Height, in the [[Second Age]]. It is the [[Elemental Pole]] of [[Earth]], and is the anchor …

  • Daimyo

    Under the [[Shogunate]], the Daimyos were five high ranking [[Dragon-blooded]], assigned to each of the [[Elemental Poles]].

  • Shogunate

    The Shogunate can either refer to the Fourth Age as a whole, or to the government of the [[Dragon-blooded]] Shoguns during that era. In the former case, the age lasted from the [[Usurpation]] until the [[Summer of Falling Petals]]. In the latter, …

  • Lunar Exalted

    The Lunar Exalted are [[Exalts]] chosen by [[Luna]], the androgynous [[Incarnae | Incarna]] of the moon. In the Second and [[Third Age]], each Lunar was spiritually bonded to one of the [[Solar Exalted]]. When the [[Usurpation]] came, many fell …

  • Solar Exalted

    The Solar Exalted are the [[Exalts]] chosen by the most powerful of the [[Incarnae]], the [[Unconquered Sun]]. Called [[Anathema]] by the treacherous [[Dragon-blooded]], they are in truth the rightful lords of [[Creation]]. During the [[Third Age]] the …

  • Solar Deliberative

    The Solar Deliberative was the august body of [[Solar Exalted]] who ruled [[Creation]] during the [[Third Age]]. It was based in the ancient city of [[Meru]], where the [[Imperial City]] stands today.

  • Creation

    Creation is the world in which Exalted is set. It is flat, and in each direction bounded by one of the [[Elemental Poles]]. To the [[West]] is [[Water]], and if one sails far enough west it becomes impossible to tell the sky from the endless ocean. To the …

  • Summer of Falling Petals

    The [[Contagion]] cut down the mortals, it cut down the [[Dragon-blooded]]. The stage was set for the holy crusade of the [[Fair Folk]]. Reality crumbled. The waves of the [[Wyld]], crashed against the shores of reality. The Fair Folk invaded. They …

  • Hyalus Vale

    The Hyalus Vale was a [[Green Valley]] located in the deep of the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]]. Within was the ancient war-[[manse]] known as [[Emberhome]], seat of the [[Daimyo]] of the [[South]]. It was lost during the [[Summer of Falling Petals]].

  • Usurpation

    The Usurpation occurred at the end of the [[Third Age]], when the [[Dragon-blooded]] rose up with the aid of the [[Bronze Faction]], overthrowing their [[Solar Exalted | Solar masters]] and slaying them.

  • Bronze Faction

    It's unclear what exactly the Bronze Faction was or is. The words ring in your ear as an irritating buzz, triggering vague memories of betrayal.

  • Old Wall

    [[File:381239 | class=media-item-align-none | elephant__s_gate_by_nuro_art-d4fo1yl.jpg]] The Old Wall was built in the early days of the [[Third Age]], forty feet tall and build of solid stone. It circles the old parts of the city, modern day [[Ba'a'pshu …

  • manse

    All of [[Creation]] is covered in [[leylines]]. They emanate in patterns from places of magical energy called [[demenses]], and when these leylines or demenses are capped by talented masons and feng shui masters, they create manses. A manse is a seat of …

  • Djala

    A race of white skinned people with black spots from the south. The perennial underclass in throughout most Southern nations, the Delzhan Empire being no exception. [[File:381665 | class=media-item-align-none | Faka_Revised.gif]]

  • Paragon

    [[File:381663 | class=media-item-align-none | tumblr_nb2qb66kUq1rs7ih6o1_1280.jpg]] Paragon is a city-state in the [[South]], an ally of the realm, and ruled completely by a man known as [[:the-perfect-of-paragon | the Perfect]]. It pays tribute to [[ …

  • Mouth of Peace

    The Mouth of Peace is an office, the spiritual leader of the [[Immaculate Order]], living within the [[Palace Sublime]], a powerful [[manse]] in the [[Imperial City]]. The current Mouth of Peace is [[Ragara Yu-Soon]], an elder [[Wood-aspect]].

  • The Empress' Privates

    "...and a monkey god and a demon-blood/ And a dragon that had five heads/ But none of these could ever please/ The Empress's Privates!" A bawdy song, forbidden in the Realm, sung mostly by soldiers. It contains several factual inaccuracies: * [[ …

  • Cinderpeaks

    The Cinderpeaks are a tall craggy mountain chain running from north of [[Lapland | the Lap]] and [[An-Teng]], to the south, past [[Gem]] and into the [[Wyld]], where the range becomes volcanic. Somewhere in the mountain chain is the lair of the [[First and …

  • Calibration

    At the [[Realm Calendar | end of the year]], between [[Descending Air]] and [[Ascending Water]], there is a five day period where the sun rises only for a few hours, and the moon doesn't shine at all. This is the Calibration. The Calibration is a time of …

  • Tsu-Dian-Pei

    [[File:423115 | class=media-item-align-none | On_dangerous_waters_by_Ruskatukka.jpg]] The Tsu-Dian-Pei is also known as the Great Sand Sea, the Great Southern Ocean, and a host of other names, is an enormous body of liquid sand, quite distinct from the …

  • Dragon Armor

    Extremely rare and valuable articulate plate armor made of [[jade]]. There are five models, attuned to the different types of [[Dragon-blooded]]. Air Dragon Armor is capable of flight and was traditionally used in blitzes. Usually these suits were …

  • Ispata Kamala

    [[File:382077 | class=media-item-align-none | cairo_market_place_by_jonathandufresne-d79czru.jpg]] The capital of [[An-Teng]], located at the border of the [[Middle Kingdom]] and the [[Flatlands | Flatlands]], it is a major trading port and has a …

  • Old Fire

    [[File:382092 | class=media-item-align-none | ghost_town_by_iidanmrak-d5hnnq9.jpg]] The Old Fire is a [[Shadowlands | shadowland]] to the west of [[Pyr'al-aih | Pyr'al-aih]]. At sunrise and sunset one sees a massive army encampment of the late [[ …

  • Sword of Creation

    What, exactly, the Sword of Creation IS is unclear. What it DID is a little more concrete; at the end of the [[Shogunate | Fourth Age]], the [[Scarlet Empress]] tapped into the power of the Sword and drove back the [[Fair Folk]] hordes.

  • Elad

    [[File:406530 | class=media-item-align-none | cherry_o_baby_by_zigbone-d2xj9yv.jpg]] The first wife of the late [[Tri-Khan]], [[:urahim-iv | Urahim IV]], and the mother of [[:wazhu | Wazhu]] and [[:yahsim | Yahsim]].

  • Air

    One of the [[Five Elements | five elements]], associated with the direction of the [[North]], with the color blue, the cold, lore and the pursuit of knowledge.

  • Five Elements

    In [[Creation]], the five elements are [[Air]], [[Earth]], [[Fire]], [[Water]], and [[Wood]]. These are defined by the [[Elemental Poles]].

  • Earth

    One of the [[Five Elements | five elements]], associated with the central direction and the [[Imperial Mountain]]. Also associated with memory, practicality, those who live by their hands and the color white.

  • Fire

    One of the [[Five Elements | five elements]]. Associated with the color red, the [[South]]ern direction, passion, wanderlust and those who live by the sword.

  • Water

    One of the [[Five Elements | five elements]]. Associated with mystery and secrets, with manipulation and hierarchy, the [[West]]ern direction, and the color black.

  • Wood

    One of the [[Five Elements | five elements]], associated with the [[East]], with life and growth, as well as decadence, sex, pleasure, music, and the color green.

  • ha-pto

    The ha-pto are enormous [[Earth]] elementals that swim the sands of the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]], in the likeness of enormous five-legged turtles. Their shells are quite fertile, and form welcome spots of reprieve along the harsh Sand-sea, often hosting villages, …

  • Green Valley

    Green Valleys were constructed in the [[Third Age]] as bubbles of fertility in otherwise harsh environments. The secret of their construction has long since been lost.

  • Ascending Earth

    The month of Ascending Earth marks the end of summer and the beginning of autumn, although in the [[South]] the distinction is somewhat academic.

  • The Varangian Confederation

    The Varangian Confederation lies between the [[Delzhan]] Empire and [[Harborhead]], with its northern border along the coast of the [[Inland Sea | Inland Sea]], and its southern border bounded by the [[Breadroad]]. The Confederation is made of a few …

  • Thaumaturgy

    Thaumaturgy refers to various arts of divination, witchcraft, and [[Feng Shui | feng shui]], as practiced by mortals and minor [[god-blooded | god-blooded]]. This is often heavily ritualized and very limited in power compared to true [[sorcery | sorcery …

  • Cartographer's Guild

    An important body of academics and explorers in the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]], they are based out of [[Sh'ab'qa | Sh'ab'qa]]. Their presence is requires on all but the most veteran ships, and even then, wise captains don't like taking chances. The [[Inner Ring …

  • Essence Cannons

    Essence Cannons were made beginning in the [[Second Age]] during the [[Primordial Wars]], and their manufacture continued into the late [[Shogunate]]. Generally about 7-10 feet in length, and weighing up to ten tons, they were barrels of iron or steel …

  • Essence

    Essence is what power all of the magic in [[Creation]], and indeed, Creation itself. It powers the [[Wyld | Wyld]] as well, and even in the [[Underworld | Underworld]] there is a form of necrotic essence that powers the artifacts and manses of the [[ …

  • Funeral Rites

    Funeral rites throughout most of the civilized corners of [[Creation]] tend to follow a similar pattern, based on [[Realm]] practices. The body is cremated, and then the ashes are placed in a ceremonial urn, which is placed for five days with images of …

  • Saturday

    Saturday is the final day of the week, and is holy to [[Saturn | Saturn]], the Maiden of Endings. As such it is the day on which most funeral services and executions are held.

  • Sunday

    Sunday is the first day of the week, and is holy to the [[Unconquered Sun | Unconquered Sun]]. During the [[Third Age]], Sunday was a day of ceremony and rest, and the Priests of the Sun, the [[Zenith | Zenith]] caste, would lead congregations of millions …

  • Monday

    The second day of the week, sacred to [[Luna]]. A day on which changes are considered blessed, and stoicism is thought exceptionally difficult. Craftsmen consider it a good day for transforming materials into finished works, although it is often thought …

  • Jungle of Fire Lilies

    A huge jungle of lily pads on the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]]; on the outskirts, they appear relatively normal, but as one crawls inward, the flowers grow to be the size of buildings and block out the sky. Only rowboats or similarly sized vessels can penetrate more …

  • Pto-Xao-Jing

    According to old sailor legends, Pto-Xao-Jing is the goddess of the [[ha-pto | ha-pto]]. Many sailors claim to have seen glimpses of her, but few credit these accounts. In all the legends she is truly titanic in size, dwarfing even [[The Old Man | the Old …

  • Wyld-barbarians

    Wyld-barbarians is a generic name for any sort of savage, bandit or refugee living near the borders of the [[Wyld]]. Often afflicted with mutations, especially those who have lived in such areas for generations. They often raid settlements near the [[ …

  • Sidereal Exalted

    Sidereal Exalted are the chosen of the [[Incarnae | Celestial Maidens]]; [[Mars]], [[Mercury]], [[Jupiter]], [[Venus]], and [[Saturn]]. In the [[Third Age]] they were advisers to the [[Solar Deliberative | Solar Deliberative]], often working directly with …

  • Blessed Isle

    The Blessed Isle lies at the center of [[Creation]] and is home to the [[Realm]] and the full might of the [[Dragon-blooded | Dragon-blooded]]. The temperature is moderate, with wide variance in seasons, and the land is fertile. It is home to about a third …

  • Imperial Manse

    The Imperial Manse is an enormous [[War-Manse | war-manse]] in the heart of the [[Imperial City]]. Its columns reach two hundred feet into the air, and it represents a city-within-a-city at approximately 6 square miles of compound. The [[Scarlet …

  • War-Manse

    A war-manse is a [[manse | manse]] whose [[Leylines | leyline energy]] has been channeled into significant internal and external defensive weaponry. Prominent even in the [[Third Age]], they grew in popularity going into the late [[Shogunate]], as warring …

  • Reincarnation

    In [[Creation]], those who die are supposed to pass on peacefully and re-enter the wheel of reincarnation. The [[Salient Bureau of Reincarnation]], even in the [[Fifth Age]], is one of the more powerful and widespread divine departments. When the first …

  • Southwest

    The Southwest is a verdant region of high mountains, the western portion of the [[Cinderpeaks]], whose eastern slopes descend down into dense jungles and bayous further south. Off the coast are a series of volcanic islands that are home to a few indigenous …

  • Knob

    The Knob refers to the horn of land north of [[An-Teng]] and west of [[Lapland | the Lap]]. It is home to a few dozen small fiefdoms, all of which are under the control of the [[Realm]] in varying capacities. [[House Mnemon]], [[House Ledaal]], [[House …

  • Xikin Yaaxil

    The local name for the seemingly endless growth of rain forest in the [[Southeast | Southeastern]] quadrant of [[Creation]], home to river-folk and [[Wyld-barbarians]], with little encroachment of civilization beyond the occasional heavily guarded [[Guild …

  • Ifrit

    [[Fire]] [[Elemental | elementals]] native to the deserts, badlands and sandseas of the [[South]], known for their fickle temperment, and as likely to seduce a traveler as to incinerate them. They tend to appear as red-skinned humans, with various body …

  • Elemental

    Physical beings aligned with [[Five Elements | one of the five elements]], they are capable of wielding essence but are distinctly a sub-class to [[gods]]. Most of them have some degree of mortality, although usually not on a mortal timescale.

  • Automaton

    Automata or automatons are/were mechanized constructs, almost exclusively constructed during the [[Third Age]]. Their construction was a point of pride for the [[Twilight]] caste, who designed a panoply of automata with varying aesthetic and functional …

  • Reaping of Saturn

    The 21st of [[Resplendent Earth]]. On the evening of the Reaping of Saturn, ghosts are said to wander Creation, their tethers loosened. Flying specters in service to the Grim Maiden are said to whisk off unwary travelers and take them to an early grave …

  • Ummah al-Jheetani

    A powerful tribe that ruled [[Chiaroscuro]] before the [[Kha-Khan|Kha-Khan's]] armies took the city some 250 years ago, they remain an important player in national politics, and to ease growing tensions a few decades ago, [[:urahim-iv | Urahim IV]] married …

  • Second Age

    The Second Age began with the birth of humanity and ended at the [[Battle of Heaven's Height | Battle of Heaven's Height]]. Historians estimate that it lasted somewhere between 100,000 to 500,000 years, during which time humans were little more than self- …

  • Southern Campaign

    The Southern Campaign was a military campaign by the Army of the [[Incarnae]] during the [[Primordial Wars | Primordial Wars]]. It ended in disaster when [[She Who Lives In Her Name | She Who Lives In Her Name]], the most powerful of the Primordials, took …

  • Turrim Invictus

    Turrim Invictus was the center of worship of the [[Unconquered Sun]] during the [[Third Age]], a breathtakingly tall structure of gold, from which the Zenith would lead prayer throughout the city, their voice amplified throughout the hearts and ears of the …

  • Season of Fire

    The Season of Fire marks the hottest portion of the year, and is preceded by the [[Season of Wood]]. [[Ascending Fire]] marks an auspicious time to begin love affairs and artistic pursuits, while [[Resplendent Fire]] is a month for fierce battles. As the …

  • Arczeckh

    A ruthless band of [[Wyld-barbarians | wyld-tained barbarians]], often afflicted with fur and dog-like faces and extra teeth. Covered in piercings, every Arczeckh files their teeth upon their first kill. Those who reach approximately twelve years of age …

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