Regent: Odette Albright
Ignatz is a a religious Mecca for Gaianists, located in a valley between an unnamed mountain range and the Blue Hills. Ignatz has a population of approximately 6.3 million as of 24 AO. Due to the concentration of the Gaian faith, the constant prayers and blessings, nearly every square inch of Ignatz is holy land; the waters that flow through the city, feeding people and animals and plants, is blessed.
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A minor explosion in the middle of Ignatz, at the funeral for a dead hero, has the city on high alert for terrorist activity.
Ignatz is a swell of curves rising out of a valley. Plains of lush grass consume the vision in all directions; the eye grabs onto the occasional lazy smokestack of a faraway village but finds little of note save for the mountain range in the north-east.
Until the eye reaches Ignatz. The closer to that glorious city, the more life flourishes in manifold permutations. For the sight there are violent explosions of wild flowers in random patches; for the scent the exotic perfumes of Mother Nature braid the air. The Gaians have learned to work wonders and it shows in the jungle of life framing their city.
The Blue Hills and Ponkapoag Lake, which are south-west and east respectively, are within questing distance but comfortably out of sight.
Unknown quantities of small tributaries feed from Coconino Marsh and collect at Ignatz's southern end in a grandiose reflection pool. The water's location and angle makes the sunsets pretty most of the time, but stunning and a lucrative tourist attraction near the beginning and end of spring. Quadruple rainbows are a common occurrence during these times.
Below is a list of nearby locations and their approximate distances
- North: ~400 miles to Coconino Marsh
- North-East: ~70 miles to an unnamed and unclaimed mountain range with Langley Keep at its easternmost point.
- East: ~320 miles to one leg of the Ponkapoag River, which stems directly from the Ponkapoag Lake found ~200 miles East.
- South-East: ~600 miles to Tia. The distance is staggering on foot, manageable on horse, pleasant by Lightning Rail and near instantaneous by Warp Gate.
- South: ~700 miles to the Moonwood.
- South-West: ~800 miles to the Blue Hills.
- West: ~800 miles to Coconino Creek. Follow the creek North for 20-30 miles and you land near Dougton.
- North-West: ~300 miles to Coconino Marsh.
As a natural consequence of the disproportionate number of holy artifacts and temples, the crowning point of which is the First Temple of Odin Haze, Ignatz is blanketed by a sense of peace.
Ignatz's status as a Mecca aids in its natural appeal to practitioners of the Gaian faith, newcomers will notice a high incidence of civilians dressed in the attire of the clergy. Architecture in Ignatz makes a great deal of use of supporting pillars and the magnanimous Masonic Arch is employed in residential sectors. Features like heated floors, indoor plumbing, sonic dampening or amplification are results of ingenious civil engineering rather than dependence on magic or magi-tech.
- Roads and Highways: Paved roads with ample sidewalks and dedicated bicycle lanes. Pedestrian rights are paramount in the laws that govern ground traffic.
- Lightning Rail: Offline.
- Warp Gate: Offline.
- Cars and Cabs: Steampowered imports from Tia. Most private vehicles as well as fee-cabs operate on four spherical wheels capable of all-terrain travel. Fuel sources for inner city travel are usually desalinated water. For travel outside of the city limits cars with long-term solabernite cells are required.
In addition to being built with advanced biomimicry principles in mind, Ignatz and a few miles of land on all sides of it are geomantically cultivated.
With rare exception the weather in Ignatz is decidedly pleasant. The springs inspire creativity, the summers kindle love, the autumns calm the spirit and the winters are Elysium glazed with snow.
Flora and Fauna
Like all of Terrenus, Ignatz shares a lot of flora and fauna with our world. The below are just a few of the notable exceptions.
Rock Fireflies (Insect): These cave-dwelling insects give off a light that stimulates accelerated biological healing in mammals at a rate of 3.5 times the norm. They are collected and grown in Gaian Temples in environments conducive to a stable ecosystem.
Leoporidae Terricus (Animal): Otherwise known as 'the Terran hare'. Ignatz's serene atmosphere and cultured surroundings make an ideal breeding ground for these precocious hares that like to randomly heal the passerby that gives them a snack.
Fire-Burst (Fruit): This bright crimson, flame-shaped fruit is a class M limited resource in Ignatz. This classification prevents the selling of this commodity or the making of any profit off it but allows citizens (actual members of the registered body of Terrenus) and civilians (non-citizen residents) to brave the trees's intelligent defense (by smashing limbs and whip-like vines) to take their fruit. Ingestion of the fruit produces a temporary pyrokinetic ability in the eater.
Gaian philosophical principles and its prevalent in Ignatz has made for a happy, friendly and generally courteous local that will fight to the last tooth and nail for what they truly believe in. Odette's love for all things scholarly and her emphasis on educational and social reform has also contributed to a rise in scientific and magical literacy.
The locals are kind and clever.
However there is a subsect of local life that embodies curious wedding of good-natured Gaianism and academic zeal. The 'sacred trickster'. A social variation most prevalent in the very young and the very old that takes delight in teasing and testing their contemporaries. This usually manifests by way of word games, logical fallacies, and pranks that lead to life lessons.
Ignatz's economy is strong and stable. As the concentration of Gaianism, Odette's reform, and the presence of the First Temple all make for both a massive lure and a refinery for earth-benders, Ignatz's main export is skilled geomancers. Some of the finest civil engineers and architects, artisans of metalworking and crystal-shaping, go to and come from Ignatz.
Ignatz also excels in the field of Botany, second only to Dougton in terms of food production, farming techniques, plant breeding and mutagenesis.
Companies, institutions and locations
- First Temple: This was the very first temple built under Odin Haze's new regime and the only one built by the Saint-King's own hands. All temples throughout Terrenus are modeled after this one, but the First Temple is notable for having every inch of its real estate, from the foundation of the temple to the window frames, considered consecrated ground.
- The Storage Movement: T.S.M is Odette's personal attempt at digitizing all art and literature and uploading them to crystal arrays and making them available to the public at low-cost or free of charge.
- Odette's Public Library: Once a small private library, Odette took residence in a secluded casita in the back while working on historical renovations. When Odette settled into her stride as an influential politician Odette bought the library and real estate, renovated it, expanded the building and filled it with books.
- The Purple Axe Tavern and Inn: A purple axe cutting the moon into a crescent is burned into a wooden sign and onto the large double doors leading into the tavern. This is a generic tavern and inn. Players are free to come up with their own as well.
- Regent: Odette Albright.
- PeaceKeeper: NPC
- 20,000 local police: Made up completely of locals to balance the federal presence and enforce a self-governing city. Local police specialize in earth-bending and biokinesis.
20,000 military: Elemental knights, rangers, and recon officers make up the majority but not the total of this number.
- These numbers do no account for Sleepers or Splinter Cells.
- 3,000 paladins: Militarized members of the clergy that have vowed to protect Ignatz and its churches. Paladins specialize in earth-bending and offensive holy magic.
Thanks to Odette's reforms and active hand in the development of educational institutions, literacy and scientific and arcane comprehension are at an all time high. Ignatzian education focuses primarily on botany, geomancy, and pneumatology.
- Wolda Cyne: A Cardinal of the Gaian faith, and one of the highest ranking members of the clergy. Wolda trained directly under Odin in both geomancy and divine magic.
- Odette Albright: The regent, representative of the king and ruler of all local law. Odette is responsible for The Storage Movement, an initiative meant to bring as much information as possible to as many people as possible using newly patented Crook technology.
- Odin Haze: No longer a resident though his home and the First Temple reside here. Odin Haze is the King of Terrenus and the Saint of Gaianism. Along with Eustace Monroe and Edward Brown, Odin Haze was one of the pioneers of the magi-tech revolution shortly after the Crusades.
- A hero's eulogy: Anouk attended the funeral of her personal hero, Lieutenant Steel. After his grave was desecrated, Anouk chased down the culprit and found out that others were planning some sort of attack. She tracked down the remaining individuals and killed them all while defending the city.
- Ronda's Lot: Private Anouk Enouk was assigned to investigate a town that exhibited an unusual level of peace and kindness. She discovered that the residents were being controlled, and some were being possessed, by a mysterious entity calling itself “Kline”. She trapped the entity in a single host, and brought the host back to command for examination.
- The Ignatz Incident: Bomb throwing anarchists take out their violent impulses on the First Temple, causing some terror and loss of life. But their choice of target combined with poor or totally absent planning and tactical decision-making leads to them quickly being overwhelmed and captured.
- The search for knowledge: Part of Odette's Library spontaneously combust for unknown reasons and a supernatural fire burns through one of the wings. The motive and perpetrators remain a mystery.
- Derailing Ignatz: Two mercenaries (Grievous and Cross) are tipped off by an informant to a bounty making his way to Ignatz. Farkis managed to destroy the Warp Gate and inflict moderate damage to the Rail, but a warning sent prior to the violence saved lives. Result: Rail fixed autonomously Oct. 1 2014 and Gate Dec. 1 2014.
- Mask Hunt: A mysterious group of children infiltrate the First Temple under the guise of visiting orphans. With a plan and precision hinting at third-party involvement, the kids manage to steal the church's most holy artifact: the mask of Odin Haze. Paladins give chase. Half the kids escape and the other half are captured and imprisoned.
- DTH: A young detective and his younger apprentice investigate rumors of a corrupt adventurer's league. The two expose corruption at its highest levels and a number of iniquitous nobles and officials are sent to jail to await trial.
- An Eye for an Eye: Two adventurers investigate rumors of a massive Cyclops slumbering in the heart of the land. They kill it and steal the protective gem lodged in its eye. On falling, the Cyclops forms a massive ravine that branches out from its cave, also causing a minor earthquake.
Odette Albright, daughter of esteemed Rosinderite scholar Lucian Albright, immigrated to Terrenus, driven into the annals of Terran history by her eternal search for the truth. Access to her father's archives and his mind, a commodity that nobles pay with heavy bags of gold to acquire, made a witty devil out of young Odette; her Rosinderite blood gave her the obstinacy she needed to succeed.
Her work as an assistant editor for her father's newspaper allowed Odette to leverage herself into positions ever more lucrative with competing papers and agencies. She soon amassed enough wealth to fulfill her dream of questing from distant land to distant land, all in hopes of finishing the International Collection of Wisdom and Knowledge, her magnum opus.
Her travels, which took her first to Muhir and Renovatio then to Genesaris, eventually found her in Terrenus shortly after the Crusades wiped most of the Desecrator legion off the map. She met Odin personally and aided him in serving food and building shelter for the suddenly homeless.
Odette navigated the streets of Ignatz until she found a library to her liking and claimed her stake there, bargaining room and board for her services as a librarian. Her first introduction into politics came at the hands of the mayor before her, whose financially imprudent decisions nearly led to the foreclosure of the library.
17 hours later, Odette found a loophole in the zoning ordinance that made a permanent fixture of the library. 3 days after that Odette introduced her candidacy as mayor. A month and a half later she was mayor, and Ignatz has been making progress in areas of education, social welfare, parks and recreation, and technology ever since.
Edited by supernal