New Lore Objects!
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Among the many races and creatures of Ara there exists the Celestians, a race of pale, human-like people who are said to be the first to inhabit the world. Though their true genesis is unknown, they believe themselves to be the caretakers of the planet and desire above all else to preserve it for future generations. Extremely fatalistic, Celestians harbor the unshakeable belief that their bloodline determines their fate. They abhor traditional power structures, preferring instead a world free of nationality and law.
With the coming of the endless rain, many Celestians started developing psychic abilities. Though this new power has helped them push back the enveloping tyranny of humanity, it comes with grim consequences. All Celestians who gain this ability can no longer sleep and become doomed to eventual madness and death.
New Lore Object
Today's story/lore object directly relates to the last one. This journal is found before a particularly gripping scene, and we decided to share the first few pages of it with you! Keep in mind, the actual diary pages will change depending on how you have developed Leo. In the following example, the player has given Leo not only a very powerful sense of urgency, but a humility and kindness as well.
30, Novard, AR 1824
Waldier used to be so simple before those damned Lacertians came and forced us into their “union”. I remember how our incompetent council folded to them like a house of cards the instant a sword was drawn.
Have they no pride?! The Celestian people were not given life to have it ruled and subverted by those heartless bastards! I would have given my life to resisting them that day were it not for Caekyn.
My son... starves these days. The rations that soldiers hand out every week are getting smaller, yet they remain well fed. It's as if the very land scowls at their presence, no crops can grow here! What was once endless fields of garden and grain are now cobblestones and sweatshops.
I long for the day when I can be reunited with Karista....
We miss you, my love...
1, Januar, AR 1824
Today I had my first customer in weeks, a young Celestian who called himself Leo. He wanted me to repair his gun that, much to my surprise, was soiled with dried blood. Was he some kind of depraved lunatic? No... his eyes held a gentle kindness that I hadn’t seen since the rain started falling months ago.
As Leo spoke quickly and quietly, constantly nursing his wounded left leg, he told me that the Lacertian empire was coming for my son. Apparently he had found his way to the camp a few ides north of town, and something horrible had happened. Though I persisted, he would only tell me that if I were to see Caekyn again, I would have to flee towards the Baragog caves. My son... what have you done?
He left far swifter than any I knew could with such an injury, leaving behind enough Lien for me to make it for a few months out on the road. I will repay him, one way or another...
But first I must find a way to make it through the southern checkpoint...
My son, are you alright?
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