On the world of Paixia, no wars have been fought for more than four centuries. Under the guidance of the Three Goddesses, the civilized races have set aside their differences and live in harmony.

The world is governed by a single nation, ruled by Queen Amélie II. The citizens appear perfectly happy and content. Most work as farmers, some work in the city as traders, merchants, or craftsmen. Still others are employed in the research of magical arts, where they seek to better the lives of all through arcane and divine power. Nearly everyone has some potential to use magic, but those with any talent are harder to find and often become researchers, clergy, police, or even adventurers.

Due to the existence of magic, no “Industrial Revolution” took place. While technology grows in leaps and bounds with the help of the arcane, civilization crawls along, using only the tools that make their pre-existing condition easier. Without the need for factories, the great migration to cities never took place, and without war, advancements were made at a leisurely pace without the fire of necessity fueling it. The world is in a state of eternal peace, but at the cost of stagnation.

Nearly three hundred years ago, in the year 142 A.G. (After the Goddesses), researchers developed an Alchemical Drive that allowed mass transportation in the form of gigantic flying airships. Combining magic and technology, the people of Paixia could travel to the far reaches of the planet in hours. This had a major impact on the exporting colonies, which could now ship goods quickly and were limited only by the speed of their own labor in mining and manufacturing.

However, beneath the shiny exterior, discontent has been growing for years. Human nature hasn’t changed. The Goddesses believe that with time, greed and selfishness will give way to altruism.

Some disagree.

And a painful memory is returning to haunt the Goddesses…

The Price of Peace

dragonbiscuits Azulien Lanthanos