How the world of Blade & Soul stands today
While having the opportunity to train in the martial arts at the reputed Hongmoon School is a great honor, it must be hard to remain in touch with the outside world. Heaven’s Reach is such a secluded place to hold lessons, though perhaps the distance from the rest of the civilized world is just what an aspiring warrior needs to hone their focus. Still, one must not fall too far out of awareness of the world at large, lest you become a stranger in your own land.
The Stratus Empire and the Talus Dominion
Sadly, it seems as though there will never be any sort of peace between the two empires. With the Stratus Empire wounded by its losses over the years and the Talus Dominion rapidly rising in might, the two remain at each other’s throat. It seems as though each seek a way to overwhelm the other.
The Stratus, in their disarray, look to the past where the Naryu Empire once stood, hoping to find some lost treasure or weapon they might seize in order to regain their former glory. The Talus, as always, move in opposition to the Stratus as they march ambitiously toward the future, looking to gather strength. Mighty war machines and firearms developed from ancient Naryu ruins bolster the Talus’ forces, though one fears they may go too far in the name of progress and bring calamity to the lands, just like the Naryu did long ago.
The Warring Factions
Civil war is so deeply entrenched in the world that it seems to be a daily fact of life at this point. While there are many clans, there stand two so mighty that the lesser clans practically fall over themselves in an effort to curry favor. The Cerulean Order is a militant group that seeks to bring law to all the land, while the Crimson Legion believe we should rule ourselves rather than bow to others.
The two factions meet in battle so often they practically seem like old friends at this point, but there is no denying the passion of their followers as they wage war over precious Soulstones. Powerful martial artists are often approached by representatives of the factions, hoping to gain the strength to overcome the other… perhaps you will find yourself asked to wear a uniform someday as well?
The Blackram Marauders
These foul pirates have been causing trouble around the Viridian Coast for decades now. They never quite seem to go away no matter how many times they’re driven off, but these days it seems like their numbers are swelling. They recruit any rogue will to raise a sword for them, so it’s no surprise to see the sea monster species of the Yutay or the mercenary Pot Dogs in their ranks.
For such a shabby bunch, the Blackram Marauders have begun construction of massive war ships big enough to house entire villages upon. There’s even rumor of the mighty captain Hae Mujin and his adorable-yet-deadly granddaughter Poharan coming back to the region… just what sort of schemes are they up to if they’re gathering so much strength all at once?
The Beast Kin
It’s not as though strife is limited only to the humans. The various Beast Kin species all have their own troubles to deal with as of late. There has been non-stop insurrection among the war-like Snapjaw Tribe, while the Hoglin have their so-called freedom fighters endlessly harassing the countryside. Even the amphibious Ploggles are in a sorry state due to civil uprising within their kingdom. Meanwhile, the Yutay, Pot Dogs, and Zoraxi Bandits all cause no end of trouble wherever they go. Be careful when you set out into the world, as one never knows where danger might come from.
There’s much more to tell and to be seen… too much to cover all at once, really. You’ll just have to come see it for yourself sooner or later. The world has its troubles, but don’t worry, as the good and bad parts are necessary. It’s up to honorable martial artists like you to right the wrongs in the world, after all. So train hard and become a warrior the Hongmoon School can be proud of! There is no doubt you will rise to do great things in the future.