Hale

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Hale
Official map of the Fairelands, by Marc Moureau from Candela Obscura: Quickstart Guide, p 13.[art 1]
Ecological information
FloraScarlet trees
Historical information
AffiliationsHalen Assembly
Notable locations
Points of interest

Hale is the continent dominated by a country of the same name, where the city of Newfaire is located, situated on the northern side of the Fairelands valley.[1] This continent is the setting of Candela Obscura.

History[edit | edit source]

In 1474 BCE, the city of Farria was founded in the region of the Fairelands, containing the oldest surviving building of this region that dates back to 1302 BCE. In the year 915 BCE (the beginning of the Ancient Fairen Period), the city of Farria fell. Around that time the people of the Fairelands established city within the Fairelands valley in the current era referred as Oldfaire. Around 337 BCE the ancient Fairens began successfully controlling and exploiting magick. In 268 BCE, Empress Iomene came to power in Oldfaire, remained in history for bringing widespread prosperity in the Fairelands. About two hundred years later, in 44 BCE Empress Iomene, under direction of her Council of Alchemists, constructed the Ziggurat in Oldfaire. The empress "mysteriously disappeared" in 4 BCE, succeeded by Emperor Calinus. At its peak, the Fairen civilization expanded into an empire, extended through Hale, Otherwhere across the Glass Sea, and throughout the rest of the Faraway (the Halen word for countries in the northern region).[2]

Oldfaire fell during the rule of Emperor Calinus, approximately 2000 years prior to 1907 CE, due to their attempts to harness magickal energy. Their inability to contain the bleed tore the Vastchasm into the ocean, and the cataclysm flooded Oldfaire. Newfaire was later built on the ruins.[3] Shortly prior to Oldfaire's fall, Candela Obscura was founded by scholars in the hopes of preserving magickal knowledge to protect humanity. Since then, Candela Obscura has established a number of lighthouses at sites of thinnings between Hale and the Flare to help hold back magickal incursions.[3][2]

In 1219 CE, the War of Embers (AKA "The Ascendant Inquisition") flared up with the religious vehement desire of driving heresy from Hale, and the ulterior purpose of consolidating political power for Hale and many countries of the Faraway. This war led to refugees moving into the Fairelands and beginning to rebuild atop the Oldfairen ruins, establishing Newfaire, and the Ascendancy became the primary religion within the region. The people of Newfaire were sheltered from the world by the rumors of the Oldfaire ruins; wastelands "cursed by the gods, flooded by the sea, and devoid of life". By 1441 CE, the settlers spread into the nearby regions of Hale and rejuvenated the ancient artistic, cultural, and scientific advancements. In 1637 CE, the Charter of Confidence is signed, establishing the Triumvirate and making Newfaire the capital of the Fairelands.[4]

In 1822 CE, President Conrad Harcroft, leader of the Halen nation neighboring Fairelands, initiated a violent coup against his government planning to seize total power and control over the Halen nation, starting a Civil War. The Fairelands joined the Halen Civil War on behalf of the legitimate Halen government, together defeating the President and his loyalists forces. To prevent the future usurpation of power, the Halen government permanently limited the broad executive powers of the Presidency, and admitted the people of the Fairelands into their nation-state, satisfied by the guarantee that the Triumvirate preserved its administrative autonomy over the Fairelands region.[5]

The Shiver, a world-wide cold snap, began around 1897 and had a devastating effect on crops and food supply worldwide, particularly the northern nations, but the climate of the Fairelands was able to withstand it. Hale, Otherwhere, and several other countries in the region established the Northern Economic Alliance and signed the Treaty of Salomere to oppose the worldwide shortage of food, successfully bringing prosperity to the union nations unseen since the time of the Ancient Fairen Empire. However, this brief period of opulence ended when, in the summer of 1898 CE, Otherwhere (a nation across the Glass Sea) attacked and destroyed a Halen merchant ship en route from Newfaire to nations within the Northern Economic Alliance, delivering food supplies. Otherwhere invaded the western shores and attempted to colonize the Hale, pushing toward Newfaire sparking the Last Great War, which lasted six years and took approximately 750,000 Halen lives.[6]

Otherwhere was eventually defeated by electrical technology developed in Newfaire and then spread across all of Hale, which allowed the Halen Armed Forces to push back the colonizing forces of Otherwhere. In Autumn 1904, the Halen government deployed a highly classified experimental weapon, powered by volatile electricity, on the battlefields of Westwreck, which proved to be a remarkably successful weapon, killing tens of thousands Otherwhere's soldiers, but bringing along all the Halen soldiers involved in this operation. Within 48 hours, Premier Remedy Mallingson of Newfaire received a telegram from the Prime Minister of Hale stating that Otherwhere signed an armistice to end the war. This operation is now known to the public as the Electric Event.[6][1]

Description[edit | edit source]

Government[edit | edit source]

The nation of Hale is a federation of 12 regions, one of which is the Fairelands. The regions coordinate via an encrypted system telegraph messages. The Halen central government has a five-branched system of power:[7]

  • President: The head of the Halen government, elected by the Halen Assembly, holding office for a term of four years.
  • Halen Assembly: Administrative and legislative branch composed of 12 Premiers and overseen by the Prime Minister. Each Permier governs one of the 12 regions of Hale and are directly elected by the citizens of those regions once every five years for a maximum of two terms. Premiers who carried out their position for two terms are eligible to become a Prime Minister, serving a maximum of eight years in office. The Assembly elects a President by casting votes in a closed special session overseen by the Grand Magistrate. At the end of the Prime Minister's term, people who hold the leading positions in the government (the President, the outgoing Prime Minister, the Grand Magistrate, the Divine Herald, and the Armed Forces Chief of Staff) meet in secret to select the next head of the Halen Assembly.
  • Judiciary led by the Grand Magistrate
  • Ascendancy led by the Divine Herald
  • Halen Armed Forces led by the Armed Forces Chief of Staff. It includes the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.[7]

Economy[edit | edit source]

Still affected by the Shiver, which occurred about 13 years before 1907, the Fairelands became the majority food exporter within the Northern Alliance. The Treasury Department of Hale, headed by Treasurer Halston Cabral, is the institution that manages the currency and monetary policy of the country. Money is exchanged within the region as both paper notes bright red in color and coins. One US dollar equates to one Halen "bill" and one US cent equals one Halen "piece". A piece's value is indicated by the metal used in its crafting (gold, silver, or copper). There are both public and private banks throughout the city serving all levels of society. The prosperity following the Last Great War has allowed for more mobility in the social stratification.[8]

Early in 20th century and over the last decade in particular, Halen citizens made remarkable technological strides, spearheading the development of electricity within the Northern Alliance. In the month of the Last Great War a team of distinguished scientists led by celebrated chemist Tendai Moyo, harnessed the power of electricity developing a weapon of mass destruction that decided the war against Otherwhere. Bitter about the loss, Otherwhere invested into research in the field of military technologies, expecting to produce a similarly deadly weapons. This innovation pushed forward the implementation of electricity in other fields: appliances that aid domestic labor, communication via telegraph, and the first Fairelands radio programs, which are being broadcast directly into homes.[8]

The advent of steam power and the implementation of electricity ushered in a profound change in the transportation landscape of the Fairelands, giving rise to motor vehicles and facilitated an underground subway undergoing a construction throughout the city of Newfaire. The Transportation Bureau spent an impossible amount of money to establish cable car lines. Train tracks were laid across the Fairelands valley during the war to allocate supplies in the region, running from Newfaire to the Bridleborne Mountains, to the fields of Tottergrass, and to the Haven Hills. The dirigible technology airships spread across the region with larger variants, a more expensive non-flammable alternatives that were developed during the war, and smaller experimental aircrafts that have been emerging recently. There ship docks in the Bridleborne Mountains, Tottergrass, and the Verge, among other places. Five years before 1907, an airstrike by Otherwhere destroyed Newfaire's main docking station in the land now referred to as Westwreck. The Primacy has plans to rebuilt the port, but the process is greatly held back by its bureaucracy. Even with the new developments, a large number of Fairens rely on traditional modes of transportation such as horses and carts, especially in more rural areas such as the Haven Hills or Tottergrass.[9]

Culture[edit | edit source]

The people of Hale use the Halen language. They often give simple, straightforward names to the landmarks of the continent, which is explained by the ease of translation in cities filled with speakers of diverse languages. The members of the archeological community of the Fairelands, and particularly the Lightkeepers of Candela Obscura, study and sometimes use Ancient Fairen language, which is closely related to the Halen language. This language is a foundational part of spellwork used by ancient alchemists of Oldfaire to unpredictably channel magick creating "sigils".[7]

Notable locations[edit | edit source]

The Fairelands[edit | edit source]

The Fairelands are located along the west coast and some inland regions of Hale. The geography of this region is widely varied, but its favorable climate has kept the continent fed during The Shiver.[10]

Newfaire[edit | edit source]

Newfaire is a major port city, and the cultural center and trade hub of the Fairelands, despite, or perhaps because of, having been the point of invasion during the Last Great War.[1]

Seasway[edit | edit source]

Official art of the Seasway, by Amelia Leonards from Candela Obscura: Core Rulebook.[art 2]

A small, windy fishing village up the coast from Newfaire.[10]

Tottergrass[edit | edit source]

The rural farming land south of Newfaire and the breadbasket of Hale. The Ascendancy holds considerable power in this region.[10]

The Verge[edit | edit source]

A series of cliffs on the continent's western edge. There is a monolith with ancient Fairen script at its highest point.[10]

The Bridleborne Mountains[edit | edit source]

A mountain range east of Newfaire which provides a natural border with lands beyond. Communities in the mountains are self-governed and resist Periphery influence, and the region is home to outlaws, including bootleggers.[10]

The Scarlet Wood[edit | edit source]

Official art of the Scarlet Woods, by Amelia Leonards from Candela Obscura: Core Rulebook.[art 3]

A forest at the base of the Bridleborne Mountains. The forest's trees have red leaves, which give the woods their name, but are better known for producing a sap with hallucinogenic properties. This substance, known as scarlet, comes in both alcohol and powder form and is illegal within the Fairelands, but still heavily traded.[10] A railroad stop at the base of the wood connecting it to Newfaire.[11] Around the station, there's a significant rural community.[12]

There are two farmsteads in the Scarlet Woods that focus on lumber production. One of them is the Tristan Lumberyard which outlines the northern side of the woods. One of the younger family members, Reginald, is a contact of Charlotte who facilitates the shipment of Scarlet to the Sight Unseen in the Red Lamp.[13]

The Belmon and Schpell Orchard, owned by Vincent Belmon, is located at the edge of the Scarlet Wood.[14]

Westwreck[edit | edit source]

The site of the last battles of the Last Great War. Westwreck, formerly Westecklyn,[15] is to the west of Newfaire and is mostly destroyed, and is still studded with landmines.[10] People who guide others through the landmines are known as owlers.[16]

The Glass Sea[edit | edit source]

Official art of the Glass Sea, by Amelia Leonards from Candela Obscura: Core Rulebook.[art 4]

The Glass Sea is the ocean on the western side of Hale. It divides Hale from Otherwhere, the nation that invaded Hale during the Last Great War.[10]

Isle of Serenity[edit | edit source]

The Isle of Serenity is a remote island about half a day's journey from Newfaire via steamship.[17]

Vastchasm[edit | edit source]

The Vastchasm is a massive rift in the ocean that was torn into it during the fall of Oldfaire. It remains a danger to ships sailing across the Glass Sea.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

Art:

  1. Official map of the Fairelands, by Marc Moureau from Candela Obscura: Quickstart Guide, p 13. This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  2. Official art of the Seasway, by Amelia Leonards from Candela Obscura: Core Rulebook. This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  3. Official art of the Scarlet Woods, by Amelia Leonards from Candela Obscura: Core Rulebook. This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  4. Official art of the Glass Sea, by Amelia Leonards from Candela Obscura: Core Rulebook. This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.