Legends of Midgard
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Imagine.

Imagine an ocean of stars, stretching as far as the mind can fathom.

Imagine.

Imagine worlds of ice and fire, of sand and ash, of earth and water, forever churning in the depths of space.

Imagine.

Imagine empires and civilizations spanning billions upon billions of worlds, locked in cycles of war and peace.

Imagine.

Imagine capricious gods and ambitious sorcerers, cruel monsters and valiant heroes, wise scientists and hardened criminals, all dancing the dance of chaos and order.

Now stop.

Imagine no more, for this is no feverish conjuration of the mind. This is no illusion brought about by madness. This is no outlandish dream built by Oneiroi.1 This is a place as real as you and me.

This is Midgard, the world at the heart of Yggdrasil, the core of the Tree of Life.

This is a realm of peril and adventure.

This is a plane of science and technology.

This is a Universe of magic and miracles.

This is a world of wonder.

Welcome, fellow Wanderer.

Tread the Ways lightly, and always move forward.

– Ulak the Drifter


The Tales


Tales from The Great Book of Records

Here, there is no space unknown; there is no path untravelled; for Ulak the Drifter, there is only the miracle of reality.

Tales from the Immortal Empire

Conspiracies and powerplays.

Tales from the Galactic Underworld

High tech, low life.

Tales from The Book of Idolaters

Madness made manifest.

Other Tales

Lost stories for lost Wanderers.

The Universe

The Immortal Empire

Overview

The oldest, largest and most powerful member of the Galactic Triumvirate, the Immortal Empire is the posterchild of progress and prosperity. Its territory extends from Andromeda to Triangulum to the Milky Way, making it not only the vastest empire in the Triumvirate, but in the whole of galactic history. Nearly a trillion species and cultures coexist in peace under its leadership, and many more actively seek to join them. The Empire must be careful that this peace does not degenerate into stagnation, for hubris and complacency have always been the death of civilization.

History

The Immortal Empire’s name does not come lightly. It has existed for as long as anyone can remember, albeit most of its ancient history was lost in the fires of a civil war that almost shattered its unity, a period known as the Age of Tribulation which marked the end of the Time Before Time. From then on, the Empire abandoned its warlike ways, only partaking in violence when left with no other options.

When the Krolovar invaded the Twelve Galaxies, the Empire escaped war mostly unscathed. After the war’s conclusion, the Immortal Empire sought to continue its ways of peaceful assimilation, restoring entire worlds and species to their former glory in exchange for their unfaltering loyalty. The Empire healed ecosystems, restored cultural and historical landmarks and artifacts, and saved every new member species from the brink of extinction. Within a few cycles, the Empire had successfully absorbed around a hundred thousand worlds, becoming the largest and most diverse power in the known Universe.

People and Culture

The Immortal Empire has been privy on making diplomacy, mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence its ruling principles. For this reason, no signs of instability, civil unrest or separatism have arisen ever since the Time Before Time, despite the wide variety of cultures that comprise the Empire. Most citizens live a nearly utopian life, with only the most pedestrian of troubles to preoccupy them.2

Magic is a vital component of Imperial culture, despite only 20% of the total population practicing it.3 Many innately magical races have joined the Empire through the ages, thus making it the mightiest civilization in terms of magical knowledge and practices.

Politics

The Empire is ruled by a single individual deemed Emperor, regardless of gender. The Emperor’s power is not absolute: The Imperial Parliament4 exists to approve laws and vote on matters of internal and foreign policy, thus representing the will of the Imperial citizens.5

The Imperial Army is mostly made up of android soldiers and clone units, though some regular mortals are also amongst its ranks.6 In times of peace, the military remains vigilant of the Empire’s borders and combats space pirates and crime syndicates, all the while training in case war looms on the horizon.7

Locations of Interest

Idhai: The city-planet of Idhai, capital of the Immortal Empire, is the largest hub of culture and knowledge in the known Universe. It is home to many museums and libraries, amongst them the Sacred Library of Idhai, the largest building of its kind in the Empire. Visitors will also enjoy the sights of the Imperial Garden, which holds the Emperor’s Palace at its very center.

Earth: A recent Imperial acquisition, Earth has gained a place of renown in the Universe for its wide variety of ecosystems, flora and fauna. The many races and cultures that populate Earth have erected great cities and monuments throughout their homeworld, making every single step on this planet an opportunity for wonder.

Panspermia: The ISS Panspermia is a space station the size of a gas giant which holds the largest collection of flora and fauna from across the Universe. It is also employed as a facility for the resurrection and reintroduction of species driven into extinction by the folly of sapient beings, and as a safe haven to keep and study millions of prehistoric species from every planet under Imperial thrall.


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