Resources: Fishing, Abjuration, Enchantment
Summary: Pheia lies deep below the ocean, beneath a shattered island chain. Pheia was once a beautiful island nation, until a cataclysm some time ago sank it beneath the ocean.
In a desperate move, the greatest abjurers in the nation banded together and took up a barrier to repel the rushing waters. Soon after, with more time and magic, they were able to expand the city in domes.. each with it’s own abjurer.
This is a taxing thing, and sometimes abjurers do not last long in maintaining bubbles, yet despite the burnout rate being high, it is considered an honor in Pheia society.
The actual government of Pheia is an oligarchy, similar to Ancient Greece. Beautiful mosaic walkways, looking outside of the bubble domes in order to see the deep blue sea. It attracts a multitude of tourists who consider Pheia a vacation spot. Reaching the bottom requires use of complex transportation systems using the well made Pheia abjuration magic.
Besides this, the people of Pheia are proud, yet aloof to the rest of the world around them. They consider travelling outside Pheia to be just as a vacation as the people travelling there.
Not all people from there are like that, those chosen to become Myrmidons are bred from birth to be soldiers. Exposed to growing amounts of pressure from the deep sea floor, these soldiers are the backbone of the small but mighty Pheia military.
Cultural dress: Ancient Greek dress, togas, whites, etc
Form of Government
King Presus and Queen Udelpha
Salts, Spices, Pottery
No prominent religion
All races welcome, mostly humans, elves and fae
Most nations are on friendly terms with Pheia
Long ago, the Kingdom of Pheia was a peninsula praised by many to be the most beautiful place in the world. It’s intricate and advanced architecture set it apart from many and those who lived their were extremely arrogant about their home. As the land was ripped to pieces the elders of the Kingdom of Pheia, all powerful wizards renowned for their skills, thought quickly to save their Kingdom by erecting a powerful barrier at the costs of some of the citizens life, deeming the sacrifice necessary to save their home. As the unraveling ended Pheia was left untouched and unanchored, and slid and crumbled into the sea. The barrier remained, however, and kept the Kingdom intact as it hit the ocean floor. Unfortunately, the wizards quickly learned that in order to keep the ocean from rushing in and crushing the Kingdom they were required to maintain the barrier, sacrificing living citizens to do so. They also learned all those present at the time the spell was cast are unable to leave the barrier, for it required all of them to maintain. Their offspring and any outsiders however were free to come and go. Kept in a suspended state, the wizards work to this day to keep the barrier up and prevent their Kingdom from being destroyed. Many people travel to this place to see it’s wonder, all agreeing that it may indeed be the most beautiful place in the world. To ensure safe travel to and from the Kingdom, a shuttle system was created to transport people to and from Pheia. The system relies on carriages that are surrounded with small, temporary barriers to allow breathing and keeps the passengers from being crushed by the pressure as they submerge. The carts themselves are pulled by a variety of sea creatures, which, to Pheia’s benefit are loved by many of the travelers.
Pheia is well known for being very welcoming of all visitors. They have many crafts and foods that people come from miles around to obtain. One thing they specialize in is the ability to craft a potion that allows anyone to breath underwater for extended periods of time.
Presus, the King of Pheia, is a thin and scrawny man often said to resemble a flounder as he disappears when he turns on his side. Despite his weak body, Presus is incredibly intelligent and honorable and was put in his position by a unanimous decision before the unraveling and is generally adored by the people. His wife, Udelpha, however, was a very large and bulky women known for her kindness and strength. The two never had children and Udelpha unfortunately passed during the time when Pheia sank into the sea and Presus never remarried. Presus has two advisors on his council; Marus and Satak who serve as the ambassadors of Pheia as they both were born after the unraveling and are able to freely leave.
While there is no one religion that is commonly practiced in Pheia, most citizens adore the god Pith who saved them from destruction long, long ago. According to legend Pith asked the people not to worship him and not to take anything from themselves to offer to him, even if it was surplus. Therefore, the people of Pheia worship Pith solely by word of mouth.
Pheia is a nation at the bottom of the sea that rests on the ocean floor inside of a large, magic bubble that serves to filter air in and out whilst keeping the ocean from rushing in. There are no smaller cities or towns within the Kingdom as Pheia itself is on the smaller side and is comprised of one large city. The King’s castle, while large, is only the second largest structure next to Pheia’s library where ancient books and tombs are kept that date back further than the existence of the Kingdom itself. Admittance to the library is limited to only the King and his Advisors unless the King himself approves it.
King Presus – Current reigning King, came into power before the relocation of Pheia
Queen Udelpha (Deceased) – Former wife of King Presus
Advisor Marus – Military Advisor to the King, Presus’ Great Nephew and next in line to the throne
Advisor Satak – King’s Right Hand and Financial Advisor
Marisa – Leader of the Priestesses’ of the Tide
Drokan – Leader of the Myrmidons
The elite forces of the Pheian military. These are some of the most feared and deadly soldiers on Erolan. Selected from birth typically, they are put through a rigorous training regimen which includes succumbing them to the deep pressures of the ocean, which in turn hardens their skin and strengthens their bone. When completing their training, and given the title of “Myrmidon” they are given a shield and spear made from special coral only found in a volcanic trench.
Priestesses’ of the Tide
Powerful magic users who devote themselves to the preservation of Pheia. The Priestesses’ keep the balance between between the ocean and ocean life with Pheia’s own population, keeping dangerous animals away as well as ensuring that no one species of plant or animal is over-harvested. They are also known to be exceptionally skilled in the art of healing magics and first aids. The Priestesses’ are said to have a strong connection with the ocean and are able to communicate with the ocean itself in what they call the Call of the Tide. The Priestesses’ are entrusted as well with four keys: large trident shaped objects that were found by the founders of the Priestesses’. Through the Call of the Tide the Priestesses’ were commanded to safeguard the keys at all costs with only the warning that should they fall into the wrong hands the world would face certain doom.
Keepers of Ages
The Keepers of Ages are the guards and protectors of Pheia’s Library. They record, preserve and protect all knowledge that has been attained previously and all new information they can get their hands on. Keepers often travel the world in search of valuable information and pieces of history to document or bring back to Pheia. Usually considered wise and knowledgeable, the Keepers undergo rigorous years of mental training before gaining their title. Initiates must go out into the world and attain as much knowledge as possible. Once the Keepers acknowledge the initiate and deem them as wise enough, they are accepted fully as a true Keeper of Ages. All Keepers are also expected to remain faithful to the pursuit of knowledge and are sworn not to reveal the Library to those who are unworthy. If a Keeper renounces their title they are stripped of all memories attained during their time as one. It is said that the Keepers are able to periodically gaze into the past and even see glimpses of the future; though they are unable to control these visions. Over the years the more visions the Keeper has the clearer they get, but the harsher the toll on the body and mind becomes.
The Selkie of Phiea
A group Fae who were around when the city sank and decided to protect the waters. These Fae druids mask themselves as seals during the day circling the city but at night transform into their true self’s. Rumors have spread that they have found a source of power mirroring a Woad beneath the ocean.