Somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea esoterically shrouded by mystical properties which help to conceal its location as well as fortify its defenses, the Island of Agiad'coda, home of the illustrious female warriors known as the Arashikage, sits in solitary isolation. A collection of religious temples using the pediment, portico, and Corinthian columns, inspired by the majestically beautiful architecture of early Greece, the island is a blend of mountains and white sandy beaches bleeding into a peninsular mainland jutting out into the sea. Dense forests help sustain a superhuman catalog of fabled species which live in harmony alongside the Arashikage. 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. In-spite of its dangerous embellishments the culture of the Arashikage utilize the island's treacherous cultivation of perils in order to strengthen their tireless combat training. Manifesting a library of martial arts techniques rooted in the traditional foundation of Pankration implementing ancient wrestling fundamentals with innovative striking and submission fighting, which are naturally imbedded in each members muscle memory making their moves intuitively automatic. Predisposed from birth with an ability known as photographic reflexes, this extraordinary extra sensory perception is tirelessly cultivated into a form of combat precognition acting as an early warning system allowing the Arashikage to map out their opponents moves before they are physically expressed. And even though femme fatales place a premium on hand to hand combat and the furthering development of their superhuman physiology, the place equal value on their mental acumen enjoying the studies of great philosophers, mathematics, science, art, and literature. For generations the Arashikage have transformed themselves into autodidact polymaths who's versatility in such a large range of expertise borders on the supernatural.
The outcropping of other various island, though considerably smaller, help form a beautifully gardened outline around Agiad'coda. Its Mediterranean climate offering a blanket of subtropic pressure cells producing summer climates that are dominated by high pressure with dry sinking air capping a surface marine layer of varying humidity and making rainfall impossible or unlikely except for the occasional thunderstorm. While during winter the polar jet stream and associated periodic storms reach into the lower latitudes of the Mediterranean zones, bringing rain, with snow at higher elevations. As a result, areas with this climate receive almost all of their precipitation during their winter season, and may go anywhere from 4 to 6 months during the summer without having any significant precipitation. There is an unknown layer of mysticism that not only cloaks the island from detection, but also aids in its defenses. Almost as if it were a living organism operating in a symbiotic relationship with the mysterious island.
With creatures best described in folklore the island of Agiad'coda hosts a versatile well of death tailored made for specific regions and climates. From bull like creatures who walk upright dwelling in the vast underground cave systems, to the angel winged, claw footed, malign predators who perch above the sandy coves in wait of unsuspecting prey. Every inch of the island is a pitfall of camouflaged danger which have been navigated by the Arashikage for centuries honing their esoterically designed combat machinations. Any human unfortunate enough to cross paths with the island's buffet of fabled creatures stands little chance of survival. Only the magically forged weapons of the Arashikage are capable of offering death to the plethora of evil that stalks the various reaches of their home.
The Arashikage Codex is a book made up of a number of scrolls with hand-written content stacked and bound with a fixed edge folded concertina-style. Unable to confirm or even speculate as to the carbon date of the books first chapters, Graphology and other scientific minds have been able to confidently provide substantial evidence as to the books entire workings belonging to the hand of just one scribe. Which before the revelation of Meta, Super, and Mutant sapiens, or Homo-Superior, would have been considered impossible as scientific studies to replicate the feat concluded it would have taken an unachievable number of non-stop uninterrupted lifetimes to complete simply the calligraphy established within the manuscript minus the illustrations and embellishments. Its later chapters however extend well into the 20th century abruptly ending with a torn page adding even more speculation to its underground legend. Washing ashore in California it is one of the World's greatest historical finds. Offering insight into the clandestine group of female Coda clerics devoted to a stringent dogma of war, who's formation pre-dating the birth of Christ. Living in secret amassing great wealth and religious power. Endowed with somewhat mystical abilities, the Arashikage carefully perfected members were methodically trained from infancy in some of the deadliest and earliest known forms of hand to hand combat and swordsmanship. Even creating their own refined versions Pankcration. Unwavering dedication allows for complete immersion during war absent the fear of death. The personification of puissance within the order is reigned over by the Krypteia, Arashikage leaders who's skillful ranking amongst the apex of elite combatants is measured by engaged political arenas of a treacherous nature.
Metal Works:One of only two males allowed to live side by side with the Arashikage, the Forger holds a miniscule level of prestige. His mystical workshop with anvil and twenty bellows are slaves to his mental bidding. Crafting the magnificent equipment of the Arashikage elite. Almost any finely-wrought metalwork imbued with powers that appears in Arashikage myth is said to have been forged by this unknown creature. Designing the Last Arashikage's sword, lasso,shield, breast plate, and fabled wrist gauntlets.
The Cotta: A architectural marvel, the Cotta is the grand palace of the Arashikage heirachy. The building is circular with a portico of large granite Corinthian columns under a pediment. A rectangular vestibule links the porch to the rotunda, which is under a coffered concrete dome, with a central opening to the sky. Fine external marble decorate much of its two columns on the East and is complimented by a bronze ceiling portico. The pediment is decorated with a hand crafted sculptures of gilded bronze representing an eagle within a wreath; added ribbons extended from the wreath into the corners of the pediment complete the artistic decoration. Hidden chambers engineered within the rotunda form a sophisticated honeycomb structure contain silver stars, rosettes, and other extravagant ornaments. This evenly spaced layout is all but impossible to achieve and it is symbolic meaning, either numerical, geometric, or lunar, is a testament to the Arashikage's innovation. Circles and squares form the unifying theme of the interior design with a checkerboard floor pattern which contrasts with the concentric circles of square coffers in the dome. Each zone of the interior, from floor to ceiling, is subdivided according to a different scheme. As a result, the interior decorative zones do not line up. The overall effect is immediate viewer orientation according to the major axis of the building, even though the cylindrical space topped by a hemispherical dome is inherently ambiguous.
Methodically selected members of the Arashikage elite are tasked with defending the outer walls of the island. Though Agiad'coda enjoys a metaphysical shield from the invasion of common man, and is partially safeguarded purely based off its elusive location, extremely treacherous indigenous wildlife, and the dangerous mythical manifestations of fabled lore, the Arashikage take no chances in the safeguarding of their legendary home. (more coming soon)
Inauguration Ring: The ring is a sand covered area in which various contests of strength, endurance, speed, and combat, are witnessed. Donning traditional Chiton's, the Arashikage are pitted against one another in a plethora of physical competitions.
Philosophical Believes (incomplete)
The Arashikage Hierarchy (incomplete)
Other Locations (incomplete)
- No Godmodding
- Minor buildings and characters are disposable. But no major catastrophes or genocide without prior conformation.
- Please sell the Arashikage npc, island magic, and creatures
- Open to all but a minor explanation of how you came about the island is appreciated.
- Any questions PM Gambler, Quintus, or the Last Arashikage