THE HALODYNES

Bronze and blood – these are the bricks and mortar with which the glorious Halodyne civilization was built. This proud and sophisticated culture of city-states and temple-cults re-civilized three continents, and the Halodynes are accounted one of the five Blessed Peoples chosen by the Asrae gods. Marching to its drumbeat are the navies of triremes and the armies of hoplites; the might of the Halodynes made manifest. It is they who are the guardians of the civilization whose majesty shines from the marble cities encircling the turquoise waters of the Metronian Sea, glittering like jewels in the warm Pancephalos sun. Dazzling as these cities are, they are but the instruments from which resounds the true accomplishment of the Halodynes – its culture. Three harmonious strains entwine to form this concert – its breathtaking arts, erudite learning and exalted faith. One should not however mistake sophistication for pacifism, for the spear that is the Halodyne military remains ever sharp and ever ready.

Twelve great city-states form the bud from which Halodyne culture blossomed, planted by the gods but tended by the hands and hearts of Mortals. The seeds of this flower spread far and wide across three continents, creating a new golden age of Mortals and epitomizing all that is great and flawed with mankind.

The Halodynes are first and foremost a people of faith, devoted to the Asrae gods; indeed they are counted among the Five Blessed Peoples whom the gods favour above all others. Their pantheistic worship is so intrinsic to the culture that Halodyne society could be likened to the weave of cloth; for through the political might of the secular city-states is woven the religious power of the twelve temple-cults. This interlaced balance of influence makes the fabric of society both strong and flexible, but also makes it prone to internal strife due to the lack of centralized rule.

The Halodynes believe themselves a superior, noble race chosen by the gods to lead mankind. Over the centuries, this immense pride has fermented to hubris, and after five centuries of decline, the Halodyne nations no longer wield the indomitable power of yesteryear, so that many believe its climactic crescendo has already been played.

Bound to the fortunes of the gods, they also found themselves afflicted as their beloved pantheon was dealt two devastating blows, with the destruction of the king-god Aesys and his son, the demigod leader of the Halodyne civilization. Despite the current geopolitical downslide and its fragmented nature, the Halodyne civilization is still a world-power to be reckoned with, and from its ranks have strode radiant heroes the like of which rival those of the mythical ages. It should also not be forgotten that the Halodynes are a people backed by a pantheon of gods whose wrathful avatars are oft witnessed trampling the lands of the mortal world.