Glimpses of the Ancient Cultures of the Cunaerai

Below is a brief sampling of the known ancient and fallen cultures of the Cunaerai. Typically only those trained in ancient history or similar avenues of knowledge will have inkling of the following information:

Name Align Capitol Ruins: think of… Known for… Fate
Neruthlar Evil High Gorul Sandstone and malachite, obelisks, great tombs and burial places, pleasure halls, slave pits, excess in architecture Cruel decadence, wickedness, pleasure seeking, powerful death-priests, worshippers of the dead, obsessed with necromancy Crumbled when the 13 rulers of Neruthlar turned to undeath in seeking to destroy one-another
Icuriana Evil Szekis (now Mistmoor) Gray and white marble, columns, great ampitheaters and peaked temples, forums open to the air and great white temples built under mountains, whites and greys, gold leaf and amethyst, pearl and emerald; severe and cold but beautiful High language and art, a sense of history and lineage, philosophy and freedom for the Cunai, cold cruelty and dismissal of others. Obsessed with fate, chance, and destiny. Embraced heroes and paragons. Destroyed by the gods, then hunted to extinction by humans
Ul Uncaring Hus (lost to memory) Steps, perches, and open aired cathedrals. Great vaulted temples of gold and white marble, moonstone and sunstone, amber and ruby, Feathered cloaks and plumed helms, black marble floors strewn with peacock feathers, the phoenix and other winged creatures dominate in sculpture and relief Winged priests and warriors, eagle-riders and dragon-slayers, worshippers of the sky and the horse, tamers of the pegasus, bird-speakers, enemy of dragons, feared the dark and the underworld Destroyed by dragons, some cursed to become half-bird/half men
Quelos Uncaring Janisia Sea motifs, winding halls and curved architecture, love of circles and spirals, corals and pearl, incandescent gemstones and mirrors, sunken temples and palaces where waves crashed and broke behind the throne with the coming of the tide, gulls, herons, and kraken, turquoise, sapphire, and emerald, fountains, streams, and the sea, but always water in the architecture Great merchants, seafarers, and lovers of the sea, worshippers of the gods and spirits of the murky deep, powerful water magics, dreadful drowning rituals, shapechangers, weresharks and lovers of merfolk, seekers of the sirens songs, great musicians and poets Destroyed by aboleth and deep ones, then claimed by the sea
Yturrae Unknown Unknown Twisting spires, doorless buildings, sinuous outcroppings lit by inner lights, onyx and bloodstone, platinum and strange veins of inscrutable circuitry through black rock hard as steel, red-limned shards, dust and ash, twisted metal, warm stones that cause death Death stones, Turra Rock (uranium), diseased in mind and deformed in body, hideous monsters twisted by some sickening curse, violent and cunning when it came to machines of war and death Destroyed themselves with their own magical weapons
Odian Evil Unknown Sleek metal structures, fields of force and violet nimbus, doors and windows appearing and disappearing from black or white monolithic structures, floating fortresses and hovering monstrous machines of war, stark hallways lined with wiring and artificial light, lasers and grenades, talking walls, androids and metal golems, hideous living machines of alchemy and science Clinical, observant, dissectors of humanoid mind and bodies, towering intellect but cruel, dismissive, psionic awakened beings Killed by disease (some say the god)
Thress Evil Xinzu Serpent motifs and serpentine structures, vast ziggurats, blood vats and channels for the ichor of sacrifice, slave ghettos and shackle-lined streets, temples of twisted marble, emerald and ruby, gold and silver entwined, poisons and traps, snake pits, fanged portals and serpent guardians, mists of poison and disease Snake worshippers and dragon-fearers, lovers of sacrifice and torment, masters of poison and games of death and chance, xenophobic warrior-kings and assassins, snake priests and warriors riddled with snakebites, swollen slaves from venom and mistreatment Crushed by the Esaran Empire

Glimpses of the Ancient Cultures of the Cunaerai

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