Shugnahoth

The Shugnahoth.

The Shugnahoth is the ensignia, and symbol of the Empire. It is as early as the Empire itself, and was said to have been carved into the flesh of the Emperor as a divine message that he would unite the Prime Material Plane under this banner.

History

The Shugnahoth is as early as the Empire’s founding. N’nosk, the Emperor, declared that the entirety of the Prime Material Plane would be united under the symbol carved into his flesh. That symbol was the Shugnahoth.

Schnellekabine

Schnellekabine are a type of transportation method rarely used. They are the mechanical variant of the Brainways, although they have far more locomotive and architectural restrictions. Despite this, they are the primary mode of travel for organisms of the Higher Caste.

Description

Schnellekabine consist of many interlocking cabs, which sit upon the backs of large millipedes. These millipedes run at high pace on tracks, which are magnetized poles which connect to the legs of these millipedes via magnetism. They are usually elevated hundreds of feet into the air by pillars, although in some lesser Schnellekabine railroad lines, they are directly in contact with the ground. These tracks are known as Railroads.

They connect all points of interest for the Higher Caste, ie government buildings and the like. They are usually gilded with glistening metals, and highly decorated with symbols of Power. Although some are dull and plane, made of simple and angular metals.

The largest Schnellekabine station begins at Vespiary, and charges thousands of miles into the Outer Reaches. It is heavily defended, and drab in appearance. Being made of dull grey metal in angular architecture. Although its purpose is heavily safeguarded, some suspect it leads to the Emperor’s palace or some other hallowed ground.

Outer Reaches

The Outer Reaches are the vast expanse beyond the known portions of the Prime Material Plane. Here, the normally sarcous living ground transitions into hard rock or fossil, and what is beyond is completely unknown. Despite this apparent aura of mystery around the Outer Reaches, there is a single railroad line that leads into the great beyond. It is suspected that this station leads to the Emperor’s castle.

Description

The Outer Reaches are extremely enigmatic, however what is known is that they are separated from the known world by their lack of biomatter. While the Inner Reaches are made from living flesh and bone, the Outer Reaches are made from dead rock and fossil. Even Tenebrosus ceases at the Outer Reaches no matter the depth one dives.

Although it is highly possible that the land of the Outer Reaches is just as myriad and diverse as the Inner Reaches, most landscape consists of jagged cliffs, decaying Cimexian shells, and howling cliffs. There appears to be some form of sand covering the Outer Reaches, resembling grey snow in some accounts.

While fossils and desiccated cadavers are abundant, possibly implying the existence of some form of civilization. There is no evidence of the existence of infrastructure, in ruined or intact form. The only semblance of infrastructure appears to be a single railroad line which stabs thousands of miles into the great beyond of the Outer Reaches. Some suspect that this line leads to the Emperor’s castle, or some other hallowed ground.

Floppaths

The Floppaths are a network of glass tubes which are navigated by giant fire breathing mutants of the genus caracal caracal. While the Brainways, among other transportation lines, are far more popular, the Floppaths are arguably the safest. Especially with their high speed of four hundred miles per hour.

Description

Suspended high above the ground by scaffolding are glass tubes fifteen feet in diameter. The flooring of which is a rapidly moving conveyor belt, which in tandem with the beings running on it, makes this mode of travel extremely efficient. When in a large network, this creates the Floppaths.

The Floppaths are a network of stations, and aforementioned tubes. Traversing these tubes are enormous, fire breathing mutants of the species caracal caracal. These caracals are equipped with multi-seat saddles, and when mounted will run at high speeds in tandem with the conveyor floor to arrive at the next station in record time.

Each station is entered and exited via elevator, and is usually placed at important points of interest. They act as homes for caracals currently not working, and also as resting zones and travel points for travelers.

Wheel

A wheel is a circular component that is designed to rotate on an axle bearing. In unison with axles, wheels allow heavy objects to be moved with ease. Which facilitates movement/transportation while supported a load, or performing labor in/on machines. Wheels are also used for other purposes, such as steering wheels.

History

Wheels are as early as civilization itself. They were invented by small villages and tribes who needed to transport wagons and cargo long distances in scenarios where it was inefficient to carry by hand. The first wheels were largely just solid wood, or stone. However, eventually they became metal and far more easily produced.

With the rise of the Empire, tires were created, and are almost always used in tandem with wheels.

Boneweaver

Boneweavers are a species of spider-like arachnid organisms responsible for the creation of silk by biologically reassembling bone tissue. They are quite large, and living in large social groups. They are around the size of a Typhonic Hound, although twice as dangerous.

Description

Boneweavers have eight legs ending in sharp, almost translucent black spikes, and a wasp-like abdomen decorated with sharp spines. Boneweavers have a grey, insectoid thorax and a head eerily similar to that of a human skull. These creatures appear to have four eyes, although they are rammed into the empty sockets of their head naturally. They have humanoid jaws layered with shrapnel-like teeth, and a secondary jaw is located inside this one, and is involved in reproduction.

They live in social groups of up to one hundred members, although they are not eusocial in nature.

As mentioned above, they have a large spinneret resembling a wasp-like stinger, which can reassemble digested/consumed bone tissue into a thin, white, and durable silk. When processed, it becomes prussian blue and is used as the primary currency in the Empire. Their usefulness is unparalleled, and as such the Empire oftentimes creates artificial Boneweaver colonies to harvest and refine their silk.

Laterite

A laterite building in a small town.

Laterite is a common reddish brown stone used in the creation of structures. It is extremely commonly used and exported, in a similar manner to concrete or xenolith.

Despite its value, ease of use, and low price. Laterite is no longer used for regular construction, instead, it is more likely to be used for other, more specific construction purposes.

Jaj’kurite Architecture

Jaj’kurite Architecture is a type of architecture commonly associated with N’nosk, his palace, and other sacred places. Jaj’kurite architecture is exclusively applied to metal structures, although it may also be applied to some other structures.

History

Although it is described as ancient, Jaj’kurite architecture is only as recent as its creator, Jakeopod. Jaj’kurite architecture appears to be inspired by myriad other architectural styles, predominantly those of the eastern Cimexian Deathlords.

Characteristics

Jaj’kurite architecture uses skeletal motifs, as most buildings have replicas of full human skeletons, skulls, spines, ribcages, etc. It also uses skeletal imagery around entryways, in this scenario it is predominantly skulls.

Jaj’kurite architecture is usually very jagged, with large barbs and spikes protruding from every surface not used. Usually, these spikes are decorated with the corpses of larger wyverns, corpses, masks, or the shells of Cimexians. The shape of a Jaj’kurite building is usually irregular, with many enormous spires. These spires are crowned with twelve sharp spikes protruding upwards, in the center of this ring is usually a brazier. These spires likely represent the Emperor’s crown.

Most bridges, walkways, etc., are placed over enormous chasms and pits. The purpose of these pits is unknown, however it appears to be purely aesthetic or for intimidation/defensive purposes.


When it comes to illumination, most forms of light come from flowing falls of magma, enormous braziers of soulfire, or corpses hanged by razor wire crawling with glowing maggots.

Shadebone

Shadebone is a pure white or black, smooth material created by mixing bone dust with Umbra (in the case of Black Shadebone) or Radiance (in the case of white Shadebone). It is used exclusively in the creation of Masks, because of its ability to be carved with ease and its magical capabilities.

Because of its high demand, it is the most commonly sold, exported, and produced material in the Prime Material Plane. With the exception of concrete, water, and some types of wood.

Aeromacrobacteria

Aeroacrobacteria are levitating macroscopic bacteria. They come in billions of varieties, although in most varieties they are pickle-shaped with a single, long flagella used for movement and offensive purposes in certain scenarios. They survive off of pure instinct, although their intelligence is several magnitudes higher than their microscopic counterparts.

They are hunted naturally by Aeromacoviruses, although some sapient beings in the Prime Material Plane have been known to kill and even consume the matter of Aeromacrobacteria.