Please note: this is a work in progress.
Alterra is a world where dirigibles and airships rule the skies and the Empire of Elgan rules the land.
A brief history:
Elgan was originally a loose alliance of smaller kingdoms hundreds of years ago. Thanks to trade, science, technology and feystone (more on that later), it eventually consolidated its power and then began to explore the known world and establish colonies all over the globe for both financial and military gain. Over the years, some colonies have tried to break away, but were generally crushed by the mighty Elganian might. It became known as the Sun Empire after King Gustav the Third, known as the Sun King (as his power reached everywhere, much like the gaze of the sun)
Elgan’s archaic view of slavery (especially of the the Ifrian people) as a necessity would be the catalyst of revolution. More enlightened minds in the colonies began to question the practice and some began to ban it all together, creating safe havens for former slaves while cutting ties with the Elgan Empire. As before, the Elganian forces attempted to bring these colonies under their heel, only to discover that this time, the colonies would not submit and had found allies from the nations of Ifria and Hikio. Civil War raged for several years before settling into a tenuous truce between the breakaway colonies and the Elganian loyalists which remains at present.
It is in this environment that freelance pilots could thrive. Non-aligned pilots could travel most places and deal with nearly whoever they wanted. Small independent settlements of pirates, misfits, freebooters, and freedom fighters grew up like weeds in the cracks between the “civilized” powers.
Feystone is a semi-transparent greenish-gold crystaline mineral flecked with what appear to be small sparkling flecks (but are in actuality flaws in the crystal structure). The stone glows faintly and when harnessed, can be used as a powersource for any number of things from small light fixtures to massive steam engines, and even some medical treatments. It has been responsible for a grand industrial revolution that began in the Sun Empire and spread throughout the world. Even so, much of the Feystone’s powers and abilities remain a mystery.