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Zakeri are independent carnivores that inhabit Undaalan on the planet Undaaleria. They appear to be winged tigers, covered entirely in feathers. They are the apex predators of the land but were domesticated by the Undaari. Now they serve as flying transport or the elite within the culture. They are rare creatures, and few still live in the wild. This has allowed their favorite prey, the Graca, to grow in population and serve the Undaari as well.
While in flight, they can reach speeds up to 150KPH, allowing them to cross the entire continent in half a day. They are agile and powerful. Their claws and teeth can rip through iron armor as though it was paper. They grow over 3 meters tall and can support 2 grown Undaari with ease as they fly through the skies. They rarely form bonds with other creatures, but they are intelligent and loyal nonetheless.
The Society of the Scar has been a religious lynchpin in the culture of the Undaari for millennia. Their members are known as Skovi. Along with being worshippers of the Alackai, these Skovi are powerful magic users. They have a deep connection with their world and the life within. While the Skovi are generally capable of naturally gathering energy through the food they ingest, if a Skovi has been exhausted, it can recharge by tapping into the Entais laced throughout the Lenakai Forest.
The Alackai gives a Skovi access to many wonderful abilities such as wielding fire, camouflage, conjuring a shield, and even imbuing weapons to make them stronger. Skovi act as Ambassadors throughout Undaalan and ensure the safety of its people. They are the Undaari's biggest advantage should war reach their lands.
The fortress of Entfall was constructed millennia before by the Skovi of the Second Society of the Scar. After the fall of the First Society, the Undaari were scared of the damage the Skovi could do. Wanting to maintain the peace, when the Second Society began to form, they built at the edges of Undaari territory to keep their power separate from the rest of the population and remain neutral.
When the Noxxon threat arose, many Undaari looked to the Society to protect them. Ideally situated on the border of the Lenakai Forest along the Entfall River, they were perfectly positioned to defend the Undaari with minimal loss in life. Wanting to remain neutral and avoid a return of the use of the Arcane Arts, the Society chose to remain neutral, allowing the Noxxons to invade.
Many among the Society felt this was a flawed decision and chose to help the Undaari. This small number of Skovi sought the Arcane Arts to boost their power and allow them to defend their power. The rest of the Society saw this as a betrayal of the highest order and attempted to bring the others back into line. A civil war ensued leading to the fall of yet another Society of the Scar.
After the Society fell, the Undaari Army took control of the fortress to protect the borders of their land. Always at its head was a Warden who was Graced by the Alackai. Entfall's strength would never fail, even without those who built it in the first place.
The Alkaios is the ever-vigilant guard of the Heart of the Alackai. It protects the source of her power from all who would corrupt her. This creature appears similar to a rock dragon with a long, serpentine body and 6 legs. The Alkaios wields the purest form of the Alackai's magic, purple lightning.
During the time of the First Society, a champion was chosen by the Alackai from the Skovi of the Society. This champion alone was granted command of the rock dragon in an effort to help quell the destruction being wrought upon the world.
Now, millennia later, this creature had been relegated to the history books. No one, not even the Society's Council, believed in its existence anymore. Until one day, fate brought good and evil together in the dark cavern where it made its home...
The Heart of the Alackai is the sacred birthplace of the Alackai. The Society of the Scar discovered it under Uhmi, the first Skovi. A sphere was located within a natural cave near the top of the Scarred Mountain, the tallest mountain in the Black Peaks mountain range. Ever since Uhmi's time at the head of the Society, every High Chancellor has been immortalized in stone along the cavern's wall.
The fractures that carry the Alackai's strength throughout the Lenakai Forest originate from the sphere in the cavern. The Alackai's guardian, a fearsome creature known as the Alkaios lies hidden near the sphere, awaiting its time to protect the Heart.
The Heart of the Alackai is a source of immeasurable power that could be used to lay waste to the world should its strength fall into the wrong hands. Growing fears of such an even led the Second Society to forbid entrance to the Heart in hopes of protecting the Alackai's purity. The origins of the Alackai's magic are unclear, but one thing is for certain, as long as it remains, it will guide and protect the Undaari.
Ambrecia is the capitol of the Undaari nation, lying on the northwest coast of Undaalan. The heart of the elf-like people is home to over fifty thousand residents. At its center lies the palace where their monarch resides over all. This monarch has a team of advisors that acts as a check on power, able to overrule unethical law.
The palace is located in a central location with a convocation deck overlooking a circular courtyard. Here, the people gather for prayer or official proclamations. The acoustics of the courtyard allow the monarch to speak in a normal tone while still reaching every last ear.
The city is made from a white, marble-like stone, excavated from the mountain town of Entrea. Extremely environmentally conscious, the Undaari integrate their homes with plant life, to include grassy roof tops. Wood is scarcely used, and only scavenged, with the oil from the Sakari flower as their main source of fuel for fire.
Master Jerykka is responsible for the first line of defense for the Undaari: Entfall. She was chosen for the position while still struggling during her training to be a warrior. Like all Wardens, Jerykka was Graced by the Alackai.
She single-handedly leads the defense of her nation against the Noxxon invaders. Her forces have been undermanned as her successes have shown how ineffective the Noxxons could be. But when trouble brews on the horizon, Jerykka always finds a way.
Her connection to the Alackai gives her the ability to power Entfall to its full capabilities. The fortress is only as powerful as the Warden who gives it life, and Entfall has never been breached.
For the entirety of their existence, dating back millennia to the First Society, the Noxxons had been forsaken by the Alackai. Brutes living in feudal society, constantly provoking war with the Undaari, this race has has always displayed destructive tendencies that placed Undaalan at risk.
Now things have changed. What was once considered impossible has become reality. The Noxxons have gained access to the magic of the land. They have corrupted it, creating the abominations known as Staff Bearers.
The Staff Bearers have taken control of the Noxxon armies and marched against their hated rivals. But now they have the Alackai to even the playing field.
Jentars are the common pack animal of the Undaari people. They are used for most everyday things including riding, hauling, and being adorable pets. These creatures are resilient and intelligent, and like most creatures in Undaalan, touched by the Alackai.
These creatures carry the core of the Undaari Cavalry. Able to reduce travel times of troops significantly and carry their own weapon into battle: A long horn that can impale enemies. These creatures closely resemble unicorns from human lore, except they are shaggy like a Hungarian Sheepdog.
Vegetarians, the jentar only have one natural predator, the Zakeri. As both species have been domesticated by the Undaari, the Jentar no longer live in fear of being taken by the winged cats. Their populations and reproduction are strictly monitored by the Undaari to ensure their numbers don't grow rapidly, depleting the food supply.
The Kupi are a native species of cats on the newly colonized world of Wydleria. They are a primitive, tribal race of widely colored and patterned felines that are a bit bigger than house cats. Their size is roughly the equivalent of a Lynx or Maine Coon.
These cats are coordinated and hunt other animals. Any other sorts of animals they can find. Or that land on their planet. They wear loincloths, wield spears, and live in small huts deep underground.
Each of the five Salvation-Class colony ships in the series contains a fully functioning city. This city is known as the Haven and is the heart of the colony mission. Each Haven has massive viewports made of transparent steel encasing the structure to allow residents to see out into the great beyond.
The Havens were made from similar specs as the floating colonies above the gas giant moons. They're each capable of housing one million people. What makes these cities truly unique, beyond the fact that they had a starship built around them, is that each building is an individual drop ship used to rapidly colonize distant worlds. Upon arrival at a new planet, they are dropped from the colony ship and contain drilling engines that burrow into the ground and provide a solid foundation planetside.
Each Haven is mirrored top and bottom, given the appearance of two cities, but in reality, each building just penetrates its platform on each side, mounted in its center. The picture used is the artist rendering for the cover art of the books.
The madoc is a giant creature native to Lincrest, the world from the Minotaur. These monsters live in the Shimmering Lake, an enormous underground lake roughly the size of the Mediterranean Sea. The Cavern of Life is the underground home of the Shimmering Lake.
Madocs can grow to a size of up to 20 meters. It's jaws are big enough to eat a full grown man in a single bite. These are the most dangerous animals on the planet and are reminiscent of giant crocodiles or even dinosaurs from Earth.
According to Talzhi culture, it is considered good luck for a person to manage to feed one of these awesome beasts. Surprisingly, the giants love the taste of tiny rodents called worbels.
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