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Rhythms is a world where sounds mean everything. The world is split between 7 large continents called majors.

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Assumptions -

  • World is very artistic in civilized parts
  • World is musical in nature.
  • Unseen sounds hold power.
  • World is wild.
  • Monsters are scarce but not unheard of.
  • Political intrigue runs rampid.
  • Positions of power are sought after.
  • Fey is uncommon but known about.

Time Period: Medieval
Shaping Force: Religion
Population: Mainly human races
Politics
Political Structure: oligarchy – theocracy
Strong Influence: guilds/syndicates
Popular Issue: magic
Stability: stable

Personal Freedoms: extremely good
Scandals: common
Foreign Relations: at war (no clear winner)
Economy
Main Export: metalworking
Main Import: food animals
Main Resource: food – fish/meat
Trade: major surplus

Strength: strong and improving
Wealth: concentrated in a small upper class
Ecology
Main Climate: tundra
Ocean: on all sides
Mountains: many
Frequent Trouble: firestorms

Wilderness: 89%
Wild Animals: dangerous
Natural Resources: very abundant
Culture
Highly Values: family
Known For: natural vistas
Popular Entertainment: gambling
Respected Profession: athlete

Discrimination: gender-based
Major Taboo: sex
Major Social Ill: drugs
Military
Strength: strong
Focus: land
Main Unit: archers

Soldiers: draftees
Main Use: foreign peacekeeping
Rank: via family ties
Magic
Occurence: in the hands of an epic few
Source: runs in families
Major Use: ubiquitous (everything)

Viewed: with some suspicion/superstition
Enchanted Items: rare
Religion
Type: polytheism
Focus: good deeds
Worship: solemn personal meditation

Associated Artform: tile murals
Prevalence: believed by many
Holidays: few
Population
Urban: 10%
Rural: 90%
Literacy Rate: 5%

Gender Ratio: 1.58 male(s)/female
Fertility Rate: 2.6 children/family
Life Expectancy: 36.7 years

The skies and constellations

These sixteen bright stars form the shape of three women. The constellation represents a mortal who crossed the gods. It is most significant on the spring equinox, when it appears setting towards the Southwestern horizon. It is related to the constellations representing a bat, a snake and a trumpet. Those born under it have an affinity for the element of water.

These seven bright stars form the shape of a hound. The constellation represents a tale of betrayal. It is most significant on the winter solstice, when it appears high in the sky. Its story involves the constellations representing an owl and a mare. Those born under it are said to be idealists.

These nine bright stars form the shape of a gate. The constellation represents a hero foretold in prophecy. It is most significant on the winter solstice, when it appears high in the sky. It is usually interpreted together with the constellations representing a fountain, a king and a queen. Those born under it are reknowned for honesty.

These eight bright stars form the shape of a fox. The constellation represents a figure from myth. It is most significant on the spring equinox, when it appears high in the sky. It is close in the sky to the constellations representing a soldier and a cup. Those born under it are often good with animals.

These fifteen bright stars form the shape of a tree. The constellation represents a tale about the power of hope. It is most significant on the spring equinox, when it appears just over the Northern horizon. It appears near the constellations representing a coyote and a girl. Those born under it are said to be pessimists.

These five bright stars form the shape of a man. The constellation represents a figure from a tragic myth. It is most significant on the summmer solstice, when it appears low on the Northwestern horizon. It appears near the constellations representing a scepter, an old man and a table. Those born under it are often good with animals.

These sixteen stars form the shape of a boar. The constellation represents a villain foretold in prophecy. It is most significant on the winter solstice, when it appears rising from the Northern horizon. It appears near the constellations representing a club and a bird. Those born under it are known for their wit.

These fourteen dim stars form the shape of a hand. The constellation represents the focus of worship for a cult. It is most significant on the winter solstice, when it appears just over the Northwestern horizon. It appears near the constellations representing a warrior and a mountain. Those born under it are said to be hopeless romantics.

These twelve bright stars form the shape of a rearing horse. The constellation represents the focus of worship for a cult. It is most significant on the spring equinox, when it appears setting towards the Northeastern horizon. It is close in the sky to the constellations representing a centaur and a torch. Those born under it tend to be pragmatists.

These thirteen bright stars form the shape of a leaf. The constellation represents an ancient religious figure. It is most significant on the winter solstice, when it appears rising from the Northwestern horizon. Its meaning is intertwined with the constellations representing a mountain range and a ship. Those born under it have an affinity for the element of water.

These eight dim stars form the shape of a skull. The constellation represents a tale of treachery. It is most significant during winter, when it appears high in the sky. It is counterbalanced by the constellations representing a turtle, a dog and a gryphon. Those born under it are known for generousity.

These six dim stars form the shape of a mouse. The constellation represents a tale about the power of loyalty. It is most significant during summer, when it appears setting towards the Southwestern horizon. It is opposed by the constellations representing a pair of boots and an old woman. Those born under it are rumoured to be highly emotional.

These six bright stars form the shape of a prince. The constellation represents the power of a certain god. It is most significant during winter, when it appears low on the Eastern horizon. It is usually interpreted together with the constellations representing a banner, a serpent and a flute. Those born under it have an affinity for the element of fire.

These ten stars form the shape of an apple. The constellation represents a great hero. It is most significant during summer, when it appears setting towards the Southern horizon. Its meaning is intertwined with the constellations representing a noose and a feather. Those born under it tend to be charismatic.

These seven stars form the shape of a rose. The constellation represents a figure from legend. It is most significant on the spring equinox, when it appears setting towards the Northeastern horizon. It appears near the constellations representing a shield and a chair. Those born under it tend to be outspoken.

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