Redemption The Third Era – Atmospheres of the Third Era – The Diary (Part I)

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Atmospheres of the Third Era

We have decided to inaugurate a new section of our Blog, entitled ‘Atmospheres of the Third Era’. This section will contain short tales and stories coming to us from the Redemption The Third Era‘s world. This will allow you to learn more about the vast world where the Game is set, its main characters, places and all its people lifestyle.

Halloween is coming and we want to start this new section with a story having a little bit macabre sense. Here you can find a taste of it. The rest of the story will be published on Friday, 30th of October, while the end will be on 31th of October, our little way to celebrate with you the horror night!!!

Enjoy!

The Diary (Part I)

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Dear Diary,

… it seems a foolish beginning to me, but I believe this is the most appropriate one…

I never wrote a diary and quite frankly I have always found the idea of keeping one quite ridiculous, but when I opened my back pack to get a food ration and I saw this little notebook and the pencil I couldn’t resist.

Following the expedition inside these caves has been the most wrong decision I ever took. The Master Ivoré of the Fighters was clear about it, she told me not to do it because I wasn’t yet ready, but I wanted to come anyway. The other members of the group were all expert Xintar Hunters, or at least that is what I believed when I decided to follow them and now I don’t even know who has been left alive.

I knew it would have been dangerous, but coming back to Suntears with a precious piece of equipment taken from the scales of a Xintar, would have portrayed myself to the eyes of my Academy companions like a hero, now instead I feel like a perfect jerk.

Everything has happened so quickly that my recollections overlap, despite the fact that just few hours have gone by.

We were in formation and were going through a narrow passage. Alìa was opening the way, the Damas scout, was checking the marks left by those beasts going from one shadow to the other, then came Ernam, my berserk friend, a Salk like me, I was the third one in the column, behind me there were Trag, the enormous Graunt metabolist, Kimbar, the psychokinetic that came from the forests of the Tamiara and closing the line there was Helena, the corruptor Vampire. I felt safe, Ernam had told me about them and about the expedition they were setting towards those ‘damned caves’, they were a group of adventurers very well trained and experienced that have already worked together gaining various successes. I told them I would have liked to join them, it seemed a great way to spend my last weeks of vacation before the last Academy year started. Ernam answered that it wouldn’t have been appropriate, that it would be very dangerous, that I could become an obstacle for the other guys and that I would have had all the time in the world to gain experience and then become a Xintar Hunter for all purposes. I must have preyed to him crying like a child, because he finally accepted. The other welcomed me like some kind of a lucky charm mascot, even the vampire proved to be friendly …in a matter of three days we left and when we sighted an entrance to the Caves I wasn’t any longer scared by her …

At the beginning everything was fine, a handbook expedition. Alìa gave us some weird luminescent sticks, three each, that allowed us to see in the darkness of the underground without drawing the attention of the beasts with a powerful light, she recommended to turn on one and wait until it would be consumed, before using the next one, not to damage them and return them at the exit because once we had gone back to the Chasm she could recharge them.

Everything seemed to be perfect…

We met some tiny Rixeen, … I have never seen anything more frightening, a muddle of fangs, claws, horns, quills and scales as tall as me … and this was one of the smallest Xintar species … The ‘did’ tear it down and I helped them in a ‘valiant’ way, as the Tamiara pointed out laughing. We met some other Rixeen and we have even torn down a Rudurck cub (I confess, My Diary, that when he appeared in front of us, despite having seen it in various study texts, I almost shit in my pants, and that was just a puppy!). When the fight was over my duty was to take out from his entrails the glands that produce venom, it seems they are paid very well on the market, what the books or the Masters do not say is the vile stink that comes out of the bowels of these creatures, I think I didn’t throw up only because Trag, the enormous Graunt, was close to me in order to check that I wouldn’t pierce the glands ruining them. At the end he nodded solemnly saying that I had done a great job, then showed me a heap of rocks behind which I could throw up in privacy.

I began to feel like a ‘real’ Hunter, when everything collapsed …

[To be continued…]

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Redemption The Third Era – Corporations (Part 2)

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Now you know all the main races belonging to Redemption The Third Era world and it is time to introduce you to the remaining six Corporations too. They refer to Tamiaras, Salks and Vampires and like the others they have characteristics that make them accessible to elements of other races, except for those regarding the Vampires that are closed and elitist, as well as all everything concerns them. Enjoy yourselves!

Tamiara Corporations

G R E E N   S H I E L D 

Emblem of Green Shield

Emblem of Green Shield

They are the guardians of the internal borders of Tamiara cities, that is those who repel the possible incursions from the Underforest, the forest layer that remains hidden beneath the aerial walkways of the various villages. They also ensure the forest and its inhabitants health, they prefer the use of the melee  weapons made of gata. They are skilled in combat both with weapons and with the powers resulting from radiation and they can blend in with all surrounding them. Their amazing agility enables them to make rapid and elusive movements that makes them dreadful and dangerous opponents, especially if taken within their habitat.

A R I I N

Emblem of Ariin

Emblem of Ariin

They watch on the outer boundaries of the forest and they are the most lethal sharpshooters among the Tamiaras. They build weapons with their own hands, preferring bows and crossbows, but also the use of slings, blowpipes with poison darts and sharp boomerangs is widespread. Obviously everything is made of gata. The symbiosis with the surrounding nature allows them to hit anything that moves through the trees. Their skill in the building of throwing weapons has reached a so high levels that these can beat in range and accuracy any other weapon of the same type.

Salk Corporations

A R K A L

Emblem of Arkal

Emblem of Arkal

They are a notorious group of Salk mercenaries. Their skills make them suited to solve a variety of situations, and they can be hired by the highest bidder. Their strength isn’t the loyalty toward the occasional ‘boss’, but rather their near certainty to complete every job … one way or another. The years within one of the Salk Academies, and after those of training, transform them into lethal enemies both in the physical and mental fighting, and the multiple skills make them chameleonthic and valid for every type of mission.

M E R C H A N T S   O F   T H E   S U N 

Emblem of Merchants of the Sun

Emblem of Merchants of the Sun

Huggling is only one of the arts in which the Salks excel and almost always it is an innate talent, but their real strength is to be citizens of the world in all respects. The Merchants of the Sun, following this principle, include in their ranks anyone have proved himself worthy without racial boundaries. Experienced travelers, scientists of the cultures and traditions of all other races, they are able to mediate in any kind of negotiation in order to widen the profit margin for themselves and for their people. They are trained in physical and mental combat and they are able to adapt to all weather conditions in order to conclude a very good deal.

Vampire Corporations

T E R S I R

Emblema Tersir

Emblema Tersir

They are an elite group of vampires that is devoted to protecting the insulation. They watch on their cities and suburbs to identify and eliminate any kind of infiltration coming from other races. Lilian, the capital of the vampiric regions, and other cities are treasure chests filled with old artworks that constantly attract daredevils looking for big gains, but if you come face to face with a Tersir, harldy you could tell it. They fully represent the spirit elite of their own people and all their skills, both physical and mental, is devoted to the suppression of each non-vampire.

L I L I A N A ‘ S   B L O O D L I N E 

Emblem of Liliana's Bloodline

Emblem of Liliana’s Bloodline

Thanks to the training, targeted treatments that decrease the need for blood and the use of artifices as contact lenses and makeup, this group of spies is specialized in blending among other races under the guise of humans for longer periods of time than a common vampire. They studythe habits and traditions of other peoples to understand their weaknesses and to exploit them to their advantage when the opportunity arises. Trained in the techniques of seduction, they can become lethal killers and their methods to get information are nearly always infallible. Notorious, feared by non-vampires and respected by their blood brothers, they represent the most dangerous matter you can find around the vast world, which is shrouded in darkness or not.

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Redemption The Third Era – Races: Vampires

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This week we conclude the overview of the races belonging to the Redemption The Third Era, talking about the most dark, theatrical and elitist people of our world, the Vampires.

V a m p i r e s

Emblem of Vampires

Emblem of Vampires

Vampires live in the cold and dark Earth’s climate zone, on the edge of the glaciers covering most of the southern hemisphere. In the decades after the Catastrophe, during which their race was forged, they were forced to live as predators in order to deal with a very serious anemia caused by radiations. They consuming massive amounts of raw meat that to date sees them mark by other races like bloodthirsty ‘beasts’, that’s an idea each vampire tends to encourage despite their eating habits have been gradually refined.

All of this has left indelible signs on their bodies. They have emaciated bodies, pale and heat-sensitive skin, that is subject to sunburns. The eyes, often rimmed by purple shades, look shiny black due to a constantly expanded and larger than normal pupil, that allowed them to safely and quickly move in the eternal dark. Irises, almost completely missing, are very pale both to allow greater sensitivity to the feeble flashes of light and to further improve the night vision. Lips, having a characteristic bright red, are the only hint of liveliness on their marble faces and they usually have black and shiny hair.

In spite of what is appearance, the blood, that is their ally and source of life, provides them strength, speed and a temper that would not seem to belong to them. They can alter their blood flow and metabolism to improve their performances by increasing strength, speed and endurance. They may use the Powers of Blood to also alter their facial features and to secure a stronger bit, in fact the mouth, apparently similar to that of the other humanoid races of the Third Era, is actually equipped with dental arches, each provided with twenty slightly sharp teeth with sharp edges. Under the influence of the blood they can distort their faces and make both mandible and maxilla much more pronounced in order to sink into the victims’ flesh and to achieve, with speed and accuracy, the major blood vessels.

The brotherhood uniting them is something transcendental. Their way of securing life for themselves by drinking blood from the victims, makes them foreign to all the other races and therefore this isolates them. Closed within their matriarchal society, they are introverted and suspicious, they feel anger and resentment against those who aren’t vampire, translating these feelings in a sense of superiority that elevates them above everything and everyone. They consider themselves the only race worthy to dominate and the survival, of both themselves and their own race, it is the only thing that matters.

They love theatricality and theirs their parallelism between their way of life and the one of the notorious ‘vampires’ of horror stories of the Old World, for which they deliberately name. The myth of Lilith, with all its facets and dating back to the First Era of the world, is the cornerstone of their society. They are fascinated by the mysticism that include her as the first female vampire, in charge their race there is Liliana The First, The Lady of the Vampires from which even their Capital is named: Lilian. Regardless of the flow of time, someone like Liliana has always been and will be in charge of the vampire forces.

Lilian, the capital, is a jewel of the past that came back to life and that cuddle all its inhabitants with elegant avenues and Victorian squares that glow in the dark, cloaked by the violet light of the street lamps. The Keel, a perennial mass of dark and stormy clouds, covers the skies of their region as a protective mother with their puppies, cradling vampires and filling every foreigner’s  heart with awe and anxiety.

They became skilled in the manufacture of weapons with blades made using obsidian, a volcanic glass they find at the edge of their territory and that, treated with radiations, they make very hard and durable. The same material is also used for building restores in their cities. Firearms and all they need, which cannot be found within their borders, are purchased through secret trades with Salks and smuggling.

They prefer warm clothing that can protect from the wind like biker leathers, coats, furs and leather jackets. Perfectly identified with the vampires of fantasy stories, they prefer theatrically dark colors and gothic lines. In their voyages far from the darkness of their lands, they always come with sunglasses having black lenses, that provide shelter from the discomforts of excessively bright light and they hide the very black eyes so they can interact with other races under the guise of Humans.

Vampires are used to exchange a greeting that is hoping for the best only for the members of their own race, while it has a sinister and gloomy meaning if it’s aimed at anyone ‘May the Keel always overhang you’, needless to say, this make every vampire amused and proud.

Vampire Character

Vampire Character

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Redemption The Third Era – Races: Salk

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At this point, it is time we reveal to you the penultimate race of those compounding, at least initially, the set of playable races of Redemption – The Third Era, the eccentric and eclectic Salks.

S a l k

Emblem of Salk

Emblem of Salk

Usually Salks are considered some of the most beautiful creatures that populate the Third Era. Their long-limbed and slender bodies are due to the drought and privations of their homeland: the open and scorching desert. The black skin becomes colored of bluish reflections under the rays of the persistent sun and the lips, often thin, are blue. The hair, going from black to platinum blonde, frame their delicate-featured faces and their pale eyes have a lengthened form. If necessary, a thin white membrane may lower to veil iris and pupil in order to shield the eye from the blinding light, so making it brilliant.

The Salks are globally recognized also as the best merchants ever. The strong business sense and easy profit leads them to be open, jovial and willing to all other races, but what they generally are led to believe is that no one can be put at their level, though, for business, this is something they never let to be known. The reputation of being great merchants tag them as careerists, opportunists and pimps. It’s generally accepted that the magnificence of Suntears, the capital, is useful only to hide the corruption that lies in the few, but very deep shadows of the city.

Odds, lovers of beauty and excess, the Salks have built their cities to amaze and fascinate, they like the desert around them and unlikely they will be able to find around any place that, according to their way of seeing things, can compete in beauty with it.

They have an aptitude mostly for the study of mental disciplines even if who does physical training a way of life, often achieves very good results.

They are masters in handling and blowing glass they use to adorn the houses with colored windows and other glass art, to create jewelry and necklaces and also to build different types of tools. The use of glass that makes them the most famous and respected is however the one for the realization of the splendid and deadly Vitrified Blades. Through sophisticated manufacturing techniques of the sand, the blades of the weapons assume slightly wavy shapes and cutting edges that never lose sharpening and their resistance is higher than that of the most common metallic alloys. Their color ranges from light blue to blue and they maintain an opalescent transparency. They succeed in vitrifying each type of hand to hand weapon, keeping in metal several components such as pommel, handle, hilt and then combining them to vitrified blades.

Their clothes are light and colorful. Regardless of gender, they love makeup on their faces and dyed hair. Males use dyes even for beards they often leave grow in elaborate sculptures. They love jewelry and anything is flashy and shiny, often sacrificing a more refined elegance.

Yellow and blue, paints presents in the emblem of Suntears, are among the favorite colors from the entire race and they are also used to paint the numerous adornemnt and decorations that spruce up the streets and buildings of each city.

Just like the Humans, the Salks are present almost everywhere. Their movements are due to the commerce and to their continuous looking for relics related to the Old Era, that can yield several caps on the market. Furthermore, in each capital or major city of the Third Era, there is a branch of the Congregation of the Independent Travelers, sorting centers managed by psychokinetic Salks that, thanks to their powers, using big crystals of awrmis and for generous remuneration, are specialized in beaming goods and passengers all over the world within a few minutes. The only exception is Lilian, the capital of the Vampires where access is denied to any stranger, and where the Congregation of the Independent Travelers set up a branch at the edge of the suburbs.

According to the popular saying ‘Not all merchants are Salk, but all Salks are merchants’, that is true or not, nevertheless this is the sight that other races have of them.

Salk Character

Salk Character

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Redemption The Third Era – Races: Tamiara

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After the break during which we have dealt with Corporations topic, let’s talk again about races and we do it with the Tamiaras, namely the ‘arboreal’ people of Redemption The Third Era.

T a m i a r a

Emblem of Tamiara

Emblem of Tamiara

Tamiaras have an agile and deft musculature providing them speed and fluidity of movement. As they adapted to live in wooded areas, place that are often dangerous and inaccessible, they developed an almost genetic attachment to the nature. Their footsteps produce in the forests the same sound of the falling leaf and thanks to the wingsuits they usually wear, they can move from tree to tree with the same agility of flying squirrels, the name by which they are often identified by the other races.

The close contact with nature have made them real experts in outdoors living, also modifying their physical appearance. The thick and olive-colored skin is not scorched if it is exposed to the sun, it does not chap due to the wind and it allows them to withstand the most variable temperatures.

The thin and slightly elongated shape of their eyes is due to the continuous tightening of the eyelids for the focalization of any movement in the woods. It gives them a perpetually attentive and absorbed expression. Their continuous scanning saved them over the centuries from the dangers that the forest sets aside and it helped them to overcome the lack of food and clothing. Ears, with theslightly larger and elongated auricles if they are compared to the Humans’ ones, allow them to catch every little noise. The curly and dark hairs are usually styled in dreadlocks varying in size and shape, that males and females wear in the most various ways.

Tia’Miara, the capital city of Tamiara region, is placed, like all their cities, on the crowns of towering Khun, the centuries-old trees of their forest, at the height of about forty meters and built with hundreds of elegant aerial walkways connecting the suspended platforms on which the villages are developed. Tamiaras are reluctant to leave their green arboreal homes, but they do not disdain contact with members of other races if these prove respectful of their customs. Tamiaras have a natural talent for adventure and exploration, they prefer a rest under the stars rather than a closed room or a cave.

They are skilled carvers and tanners, but what makes them really famous and respected is the mastery achieved in the woodcarving of Gata, the precious wood extracted from Khun. It is hard like the steel and the light like the wood and it is symbol of survival for the entire race. The Gata, through a process that involves the use of fire and of a glue (also it is obtained from Khun), provides flexible, light and very resistant weapons; the Tamiara particularly prefer crossbows and bows decorated with melt metal inlays, but they do not even disdain hand to hand weapons if these are made of Gata.

They like everything is natural and unaltered, they disdain, for example, the excessive Salkes’ ostentation and eccentricity, a more alien peolple, even though geographically closer.

They are extremely bond to traditions and they consider indissoluble every taken oath. At the death of one of their brothers, a new young small bush is planted. In this manner the life can continue in nature.

Tamiaras like dressing with soft suede or leather. The clothes have an elegant dressmaking and very fine finishing touches; the embroideries, embellished with small pearls and wooden buttons, make their garments refined clothing appreciated by the other races. They like the fine jewelry made in Gata that skilled carvers can create, with mounted precious or rough stones and fine embroidery made of liquid gold or varnish.

Despite their living in their forest, in the cities on the trees and in close contact with nature, there is nothing distant from a ‘barbarian’ than a Tamiara, so much so that one of the popular sayings concerning them, the most used by the other races, goes: “If it’s beautiful it’s Salk, if it’s beautiful and elegant it’s Tamiara”.

Tamiara Character

Tamiara Character

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Redemption The Third Era – Corporations (Part 1)

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In order to get to the heart of the matter of the Third Era society, we must start from one of its basic aspects that is Corporations. Since the dawn of the world, man has always had the innate spirit of aggregation, for safety, support and development. After the Catastrophe, the new climate of desolation and destruction made necessary, for young people also, the use of the association forms that would guarantee a better organization of society and its multiple interactions.

Corporations include the most prominent and valid elements of each race, giving, in terms of game, additional skills and upgrades to the members of their band (deck).

At the beginning we will have 12 Corporations, to simplify we can say 2 for each race and following this logic we will present the first six below. Firstly we will analyze those referring races you already know: Human, Damas and Graunt. Each of them comes from a specific ethnic group, but it has some characteristics that make itself attractive to elements belonging to other races. In future we will propose the remaining six. For now enjoy!

Humans Corporations

H E R A L D S

Emblem of Heralds

Emblem of Heralds

They are an elite group of human soldiers that are trained and subjected to a ‘Controlled Mutation’ (a treatment based on small and prolonged radiation doses) which enables them to withstand rather high radioactivity levels. They are best suited to operate in inhospitable places where their physical resistance makes them less prone to diseases or genetic damages. Given the treatments using radiation during training they are subjected to, they may be physically or mentally altered, starting from heterochromia (in milder cases) until changes being much more serious and visible. One of those most used common sayings, among humans and not only, recites: ‘ It’s rarest than an aged Herald ‘, this reflecting the fact that these soldiers rarely die of old age.

W A R L I K E S

Emblem of Warlikes

Emblem of Warlikes

They’re the real human old-fashioned army. They’re trained to use any hand weapon and firearm, they’re also formidable opponents in the hand-to-hand combat. They adopt excellent defense and camouflage techniques helping them to overcome their lack of psychic powers due to radiations and common to other races. Another of their characteristics is the ability to transform into any weapon what goes on in their hands, managing to extricate themselves from the most desperate situations. Not everyone can pass the training and become Warlikes, but who makes it, he is a real war machine that is difficult to stop or oppose to.

Damas Corporations

E N G I N E E R S

Emblem of Engineers

Emblem of Engineers

They are the mechanical and beating core of Damas’ civilization. They devoted their live to the study of chemistry, physics and creation of weapons and technology equipments that can protect them from possible dangers and improve the community’s lives. They spend most of their time in underground laboratories where the flows of steam from underground are continuous and provide energy for the experiments. These represent a threat revealing when, after the conclusion of the testing phase (sometimes can be fatal), it gets to the setup of the outcome. In that case it’s better, for any enemy, not to cross their path.

M I N E R S 

Emblem of Miners

Emblem of Miners

Damas galleries are constantly expanding to intercept the escape of underground steam output channels and to obtain energy or, more simply, to find new areas to make habitable, perhaps by linking existing natural tunnels. Miners, besides supervise the expansion works so that the excavations proceed smoothly and as quickly as possible, moreover are expeciallyl explorers trained to eliminate any underground threats could put the drillers’ and of the entire population’s safety at risk.

Graunt Corporations

G U A R D I A N S

Emblem of Guardians

Emblem of Guardians

They are an elite Graunt group watching over their own tribe and the in process awrmis vein where they are located. They attend both to security inside the enormous camps and to public order, going from suppressing the ‘inn scuffles’, very common among Graunt, up to face more serious threats as invasions or awrmis thefts. They are trained in hiding their presence and engaging the enemy in close combat. This type of combat allows them to take the bigger advantage from their extraordinary physical strength, resistance and potential lunges thanks to massive awrmis-tipped spears.

S C O U T S   O F   T H E   P L A T E A U 

Emblem of Scouts of the Plateau

Emblem of Scouts of the Plateau

They are troops of Graunts trained in combat and survival and they watch the enormous Plateau where they live. They ensure passing caravans or wild animals herds don’t threaten the safety of the nomadic tribes or of the Mothercity or of maturing awrmis deposits. Usually they control from a distance without revealing their presence and they intervene only when the possible misconduct of ‘foreign’ forces them to do it. For most of the time they live isolated from their people and they are trained to be able to face any threat while fighting when outnumbered.

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Redemption The Third Era – Races: Graunt

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This week we will talk about the third people that live in the Redemption – The Third Era lands and it is for conception the ‘tribal’ race of our world, the Graunts.

G r a u n t

Emblem of Graunt

Emblem of Graunt

The Graunts have strong and slender bodies, that are well suited to the rude and tribal lifestyle they have adapted to avoid the comforts from the Old Era .

They are rude, hasty and they have frank and candid behaviors. They do not are duped by words and they are enough suspicious about everithing is related to technology. Their leather colored skin and hard and pronounced features increase their harsh aspect. The only sweetness note in faces is represented by the long eyelashes that protect the eyes from winds ever present in their region. The thick, smoth and dark colored hair are often woven with leather and small colored perls in both males and females in order to not obstruct movement and line of vision.

The Graunts are one of the few peoples of the Third Age to be still nomads. The Mothercity , located in the middle of the huge and arid Plateau they live in, is the unique fixed settlement they possess, and it is the metropolis where the whole people’s administrative and religious institutions are located. Large and populous tribes, move in the enormous Plateau  to the continuous search for new Awrmis’ deposits (Auto WRaith MIneral cellS) and they remain in the same place until these are exhausted. When this happens, the Graunt treat the ground so that a new vein can form and grow, and in the meantime they go to another free zone of the Plateau where old and already exploited veins are again in the maturation phase.

Awrmis is a plant with roots that, once sinked in the soil, crystallize in an azure mineral and start to realease radiations. The Graunts ares able to manage it and it used for weapons’ tips (solid to lacerate and powdered to poison). Among Graunts are the Awrmis-setters, masters in setting awrmis crystals in the skin of the wearer, in order to increase, through the manipulations and radiations, the mental or physical strength, resistance, etc… Once that a still living crystal is setted, blue roots will begin to grow and, branching off, they will sink into the skin (just as for the plants in the soil). The awrmis grafts can be replaced or removed: in the second case the scars will be well visible.

They dress of leather obtained from breeding of Kepaks, big long-pelt quadrupeds with which Graunts live almost in symbiosis. They feed of their meat, ride them to fight and use them as pulling and pack animals. Their skin, thick and resistant, is also used to realize the enormous tents Graunts live in. The large scales covering Kepaks’ chest and front, as well as bones, are used to obtain tools or accessories (from sharp knives for the leather working to colored small pearls used to adorn hairstyles and clothing). Even their entrails are reused for yarns, ropes, ties and and so on.

The strong winds that blow on the Plateau in the shadow of a lukewarm perpetual sun, affect the entire race’s nomadism: in fact the tents used in the camps are placed on excavations ranging from one to two meters deep, in order to be more sheltered, and over the years they may undergo further works of lowering. The severity and the privations of the outdoors living, forged Graunts into real war weapons. The long and heavy awrmis-tipped spears they employing in battle, are excellent death tools and the mental powers arising from radiation make them appear as fearsome and deadly enemies.

As a Third Age’s popular saying goes “It is better to face a tornado that one angry Graunt “.

Graunt Character

Graunt Character

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Redemption The Third Era – Races: Damas

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This week we let you know the second of the races populating the Redemption – The Third Era lands, the inventors and technological Damas.

D a m a s

Emblem of Damas

Emblem of Damas

The Damas, ‘the People of the Chasm‘, is the race that more than any other adapts to the physical strain.

Broad shoulders, muscular limbs, wide chest, short and mighty stature are features they have been developed with the work done in their mines, as well as the pink skin and color light eyes because they are not used to seeing the sun’s rays. Their faces, with rounded and childish traits, are often accompanied by shaved or very short hairs, this is a common practice among females too. Probably it is due to the the miners’ old attitude to cut their hair to avoid them to hinder visibility at work or set them on fire by the small candles placed on the helmets used in the mine before the advent of electricity.

The Damas live inside the Chasm, a huge crevice opened on a flat area surrounded by rugged mountains enveloped by a perpetual sunrise. Two huge mechanical platforms are the only two accesses to the bottom of the Chasm. Here the center of Ravanes, that’s the capital, comes into view. The city is the starting point for an endless series of large galleries. These galleries are links to the residential areas of the city and from there to other Damas’ cities. Large metal portals, artfully hidden among the rocks, can be sealed to isolate and protect the main caverns and all lower levels. In the depths of the tunnels, it hides the primary Damas sustenance source: the steam.

The Damas constantly dig, looking for new geysers in order to use them for electricity production. They are the only population, along with Humans and Vampires, who uses it, but they are the only ones to have made technological development their reason of live. They are viscerally lovers of mechanics and they apply this expertise to every aspect of daily life: from work clothes protected by metal plates to gloves with retractable overlays for the fingers, from miner colorful and monocles-equipped helmets, magnifying glasses and small fans to belts with hanging multitude of tools, until the construction of more complex machinery such as steam backpacks, covered with wires and tubes, besides the transport of objects, are used to cool water, to warm cold food or more often to provide energy to weapons.

These, very rare, are renowned for their firepower and precision shooting, but what makes them really famous, often penalizing them in commercial exchanges, are the intense puffs of steam and the strident noises that they emit during their use. There are rumors that, thanks to their continuous research in science, the Damas have come to create tesla weapons. To work they need a current generator or a very long power cable.

They are open to other races and to new ideas, they are sociable and very skilled in conversation. They don’t have the cult of the past and all that matters is the future and technological progress. Proverbial is their stubbornness and obstinacy.

More stubborn than a Damas” it’s both one of the common sayings concerning them and the most popular among other races, but you better be sure you don’t have any of them within earshot.

Due to their nature of inventors they are able to recycle any object and to destinate it to a new use independently from its original function. This has originated an expression very much in vogue among the Salkes and that now is widespread among all races: “If you do not know what is it for, sell it to a Damas“.

Damas Character

Damas Character

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Redemption The Third Era – Races: Humans

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We finally have the pleasure to talk about the various races populating the Redemption – The Third Age world and we will do it by presenting you one race a week.

In order to simplify we choose to start the game using six of the various ethnic groups that inhabit the Third Age, leaving us the possibility to be able to introduce other races further. Each of them comes from humans, but they have developed different racial traits that have allowed them to better adapt to the new world geography and to the climate zone they live in. Radiations, constantly present since the Catastrophe, influenced and altered the races development and they deeply and indelibly marked their DNA, giving them previously unknown strength and powers.

Redemption The Third Era - Races Work In Progress

Redemption The Third Era – Races Work In Progress

                                                                                                                                            Here we present the first of the six races, the Humans.

H u m a n s

Emblem of Humans

Emblem of Humans

The human population, descending from that who inhabited Earth before the Catastrophe, manifests varied racial traits that hark back to the origin-race, so the skin color and the features are affected by those who were the mother-race characteristics. However, the new human generation has characteristics in common to all its members, that makes them almost appear like ‘super men’ compared to the world standards we know today. They overcome the lack of mental powers originating from radiations, with the excellence in all that is athleticism. Strong, fast and powerful, they are deadly in close combat as with any type of weapon.

Socially, they have an innate spirit of aggregation and survival. Both those who have chosen the way of legality and those have opted for the easy way of illegality, adopted, within the various gangs or bands, a military structure that ensure order and control.

They usually observe the members of other ethnic groups with a mixture of condescension and superiority, they consider themselves as the ‘real’ masters of the world, considering that before the Catastrophe the planet belonged only to them, while other races arose due to a tragic mistake.

Humans, more numerous than the other ethnic groups of Third Era, are located in Earth’s climate zone where temperatures are milder and a perpetual sunset is the setting for all days. The various cities, from from the inhabited ones and hailing from the First and Second Era, to those rebuilt from scratch, are all relatively close and the capital faces the Large Expanse of Water.

Streets are patrolled by Sheriffs and their assistants while the barricades marking the boundaries of each city are constantly under the control of the soldiers that supervise the accesses to residential areas and the goods transports.

Despite the modified and resistant DNA, all human cities, from largest to smallest, are equipped with public health centers within, in addition to common treatments, you can find special decontamination showers, indispensable to purify the whole body when radiation levels become too high and risk to cause not controlled mutations or impairments.

Humans are one of the few races having electricity even if to a limited extent. They use it conserving itself in order to illuminate the viable streets of cities and public areas, while the homes or private places are still illuminated by camp lamp and candles. Energy smuggling of is one of the most common and dangerous ways to make money.

They are innately resourceful, exploratory and curious, and it is impossible to roam the world without encountering a human, inevitably equipped with, in addition to their own weapons, gas mask, tank of potable water and, in case of emergencies, a few bottles of anti-radiation liquid.

Among the various common saying shared with other races, often you can hear the phrase: ‘There is no more infesting weed than Human’, that, even though it is not gratifying, it is one of the most used and truthful quote.

Human Character

Human Character

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