In the time that had passed since Charlemagne LeBeau, Defiler of the Arashikage, had departed from the island, things had changed remarkably. The lush island that had been turned into a desolate location was finally beginning to come back into its own under the supervision of Mercy Sheridan, the Sanguine.
In the wake of LeBeau, she had begun scouring the globe for any remaining Arashikage, sending out the word that this place was once again safe for them. As of now, only seven others had returned. None of them knew if there were any others out there.
The physical rebuilding had taken time, but the emotions of what had happened here would never be erased. Blood would always soak these grounds and the memory of those who had fallen would always be remembered, remembered and honored.
The tropical island that was now hidden from prying human eyes better than ever was slowly regaining its former glory. The Cotta had been restored and was once again Mercy's official place of residence, as it had been while it was in ruins during her tenure as LeBeau's Hand of Death, a job that had been cut short with the arrival of Isadora Knightfall.
Bit by bit, the flora and fauna were returning. Creatures that had once called the Island home that had fled in the midst of its distress were returning. Manner of creatures that had been lost to time, or never been indexed by prying human eyes.
Not only had the Cotta been rebuilt, but so had every other major building in the City. Everything had been returned, through tireless labor and slight mysticism, to its original form. Many had been improved upon through a myriad of means.
The central city was only a mile away from the South Shore of the island and was heavily defended. It was where Mercy resided in the center of the city and it was where Ellie had been offered refuge and respite as soon as she was able.
All architecture was in the style of Ancient Greek, paying homage to the mysterious origin of the Arashikage. Everything had modern day conveniences and technology that was highly advanced in a new and innovative mixture of the old and new.
All food is either grown on the island or imported from elsewhere. It is incredibly rare that the island does any sort of importing or exporting due to the secretive nature of its people and history.
Memorial of the Fallen
When Charlemagne LeBeau made landfall on the Island, he tore through it in a way that was utterly unprecedented. The Arashikage were an esoteric apex clan of warriors who stretched back to the age of Gods. They were little known to the world in modern days, but once upon a time, they had been a fighting force that was equal to none.
To this day it was still unknown as to just how he was able to penetrate the island and with such ease eradicate those who had called it home their entire lives. More history gone in those short hours than many could ever remember.
The Memorial of the Fallen pays tribute to all of those who paid the ultimate price. There were two ways for an Arashikage to achieve status in the Memorial. They either fell in battle or they fell in childbirth. Neither one of these deaths had taken one of their number in an era, prompting the erection of an entirely new memorial.
To date, Quintus Knightfall has been the only person, man or woman, in history to be honored in an Arashikage Memorial who was not born and raised on the island.
The Temple is two-fold, as the Arashikage are not a particularly religious folk. Rare mention and history tells a legend of a clan of warriors hand-picked by either Artemis or Athena. According to lost texts and possible mentions in the Arashikage Codex, they were the best female fighters in the world.
They were then trained to the peak of perfection and used as an elite fighting force to be used when the Goddess needed leverage or the upperhand, whether in squabbles with other members of Olympus or against a united foe.
There is no current mention of these legends and there has been no reference or word, but it was a belief and a trust ingrained into the very fabric of the Arashikage lifestyle and as such, they worship the Greek Gods when they deem themselves in the need to pray for anything.
It should be noted that no prayer nor any cry for help has ever been answered.
The second purpose is a training grounds. After entering through the front columns and crossing the white marble floors of the darkly lit temple, you arrive upon open grounds with tiered seating around them, not dissimilar to a Colosseum. It is in this area that any Trial by Combat, Death by Combat or formal sparring would take place.
Below the Temple is the fabled Arashikage Arsenal. All manner of peerless weapons were forged on the island (or retrieved from elsewhere) and stored there. It is said that mythological artifacts are included in the arsenal, but none have ever been able to speak of it.
It is impossible to date the island's mysterious history as it has been relatively untouched by the outside World. The sea, air, and land, playing host to a number of profoundly dangerous creatures, and much like the legendary Bermuda Triangle, many an adventurer have simply vanished without a trace in their misguided attempts to substantiate historical legend. Agiad'coda is also home to an unexplainable mineral deposit of magically endowed metal which they refer to as the Odyssey Metal. Both guarded and worshiped by the Arashikage, they forge weapons of peerless authentication to further enhance their already cabalistic way of life. The aura emitted by the metal has caused mutations in portions of the island's population turning some into "demons spirits" who continually clash with the clandestine Arashikage.
Hall of Heroes
The Hall of Heroes is placed firmly in the center of the city. A grandiose Great Hall that beckons back to Nordic days of old, it is the site of all formal meetings that are not suited to the War Room. In addition to that, it is the central dining hall and gathering place of the Arashikage.
It, just like the rest of the island, is an innovative and mysterious blend of Ancient Greek symbology and methodology paired with advanced technology and something that could only be described as mysticism.
The entirety of the island took up approximately 200 square miles. A more than ample amount of space, the Arashikage made good use of their own modernized portion, as well as the outlying area.
With a jungle climate, days were long and hot. Due to the mysterious nature and location of the island, temperature stayed moderately warm to nearly boiling all year round, varying only slightly.
The regions ranged from lushly thickened forests to sparse mountaintops to crystal clear, nearly endless lakes. Anything the mind could imagine, could most likely be found on the Island.
That went for the creatures who roamed as well. There were a multitude of large cats and other jungle creatures, as well as mythological animals that had never been seen in the modern world. There were legends and rumors that had spread from Arashikage to Arashikage concerning just what there was that shared the island with them.
No animal on the island has ever attacked an Arashikage. There is a natural copacetic relationship between them. The same can not be said for anybody else who was foolish enough to go in search, or even happen upon, any of these creatures.
Agiad’coda Island IS its own defense. Hidden from any and all forms of SONAR or surveillance, there is only one way to find yourself on the island. You have to be lead there, or given exact directions. There is no possible way to just happen upon the island and no way to search it out without prior knowledge of it.
In times of old, when the Arashikage were plentiful, in addition to the Island’s natural defenses, there was somebody posted at the Lookout at all times. As of now, there is only somebody posted there in times of dire need. Fortunately, no times such as that have arisen yet.
No Godmodding (this one should be simple enough, but what comes next should clarify)
Due to the nature of the islands defenses, it should be VERY HARD (nigh impossible) for your character to find it. To find it, you either need to be lead there directly by somebody, or be given explicit directions by somebody who has already been there
If you ARE going to visit the island, you need to sell. Anybody on this island is almost assuredly Arashikage trained. NPC’s on this island are non-killable. As of now, there are only seven Arashikage present, as well as Mercy Sheridan (occasionally) or any other who are taking up residence here
This place is not meant to be overly exclusive. So if you have a good reason for being here, then by all means, come ahead (maybe you ran into an Arashikage in the outside world, proved your worth and were given directions - but remember, they are not plentiful)
If you have any questions, PM Mercy.