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Fantasia


Fantasia is a world separate from the world known as Earth. It was a world devoid of Sentient Life until the Grand Exoduses.

Three thousand years ago, Magick lived on Earth, in the forms of living creatures with supernatural abilities, herbs and plants with mystical properties, and Sentient Beings that actively sought out the secrets of Magick, studying it, practicing it, and teaching their discoveries to those seeking the same answers.

There were those who used magick responsibly and for others, and those who abused magick harmfully and for themselves.

But eventually Superstition and Paranoia spread like a plague, infecting the hearts and minds of mortal humans. Magick was condemned, magicians segregated, confronted, attacked, and sometimes executed. Magickal Creatures were hunted, young virgins forced to lure unicorns to their dooms hunters could rip from them their purifying horns, there were those who hunted dragons, looking to carve a so-called heroic reputation out of their scaly hides, and more. Magickal artifacts stolen, abused, tomes of mystical knowledge declared taboo and burned.

Not even the Reign of King Arthur escaped this fearful infection.

After many a serious debate, it was eventually decided, heartbreaking as it was to admit, that Earth had become too hostile for Magick. So it was the Grand Exoduses were undertaken. Every mage, every creature, every tome, every artifact, all of it and all of them gathered and collected as a great wizard by the name of Taliesin used ancient magick to open doorways across the globe.

The Grand Exoduses split off towards these doorways. None of them escaped mortal detection and none of them escaped unscathed, and all of them suffered casualties.

Finally, the Grand Exoduses arrived at the doorways, and every mage, creature, tome, artifact, everything magickal stepped through forever leaving Earth behind, to a world free of mortal persecution and hatred.

This new world was Fantasia.


The settlements were not easy, and the magickal races all came together to debate the next courses of action to be taken. It took some doing but using magick, they were able to see the shape and mass of the land. It was agreed that all the world of Fantasia be split into Five Provinces, each ruled by a Royal Family. Who would be the Royal Families was a debate that took even longer until at last they were chosen.

The Elves' king and queen took sovereignty over the Earth Province.

The MerKing over the Water Province.

The Fairy Queen over the Air Province.

The Human Mages were granted rule over the Fire Province.

And last, was Cephiro the Dragon King who was granted reign over the Spirit Province, but even more, as he was elected High King over all of Fantasia.


Around the same time, five powerful mages, by the names of Bade Beowulf, Lana Lyonhart, Sophia Swoobelle, Hartwin Harmonott, and Eowyn Erasmus, with the help of their friends and allies, established the very first school of magick, and dubbed it the Arcane Academy of Magickal Arts.

In this academy would future mages learn the arts of magick. Other educational institutes of magick came to be, but none  were so revered as the academy.


However, unrest, rage, and hatred festered in the hearts of some like-minded individuals. They rallied groups of followers in the bid to reopen the doors, storm back into Earth, and punish the mortal humans for their crimes against the Magickal and reclaim the world of magick's birth for them to rule.

A war unlike any before or since erupted. Brother turned against brother, between the content and malcontent. It irreparably scarred Fantasia with horrors and destruction and losses that could never be fully healed.
The extremists lost the war and peace was restored by the Avowal of Fellowship.

"We the Races of the United Provinces, in Order to hold onto hallowed Unity, remind of Honour, insure internal Harmony, avow for the future of all, uphold the general Prosperity, and secure the Blessings of Independence to ourselves and our Scions, do enact and establish this Constitution for the United Provinces of Fantasia."

This was a promise by and to all Races to strive to remain in fellowship, to hold fast to unity and the harmony that comes from it. It was not a perfect promise but there never is one, for there were disputes and minor wars

Fantasia and its many peoples took many trials and errors to flourish, to unite. And while the old rivalries and disputes linger, the Races hold fast to fellowship, to friendship, to honor, and to peace.
Fantasia is the name of my story's world.

I wanted to make the story without the stigma of the magickal hiding from mortal society, which led to me giving them a world of ther own. At first, I'm like "That solves that dilemna" but I soon realized it presented more dilemnas, like "How did all this wind up in this alternate world? What were the reasons? Why did it happen?" et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.


Creating a world like this is not easily (this one is still a work in progress).

You need cities, towns, landmarks, places of interest, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Some of you will see the "Avowal of Fellowship" as a rewording of the Declaration of Independence because it is.
It's supposed to be that way, like having a real world counterpart so readers can get a better idea of its signifigance.


As you might have read, there are Races, not just humans, in the story's world. These Races include, but are not limited to:
*Dragons
*Elves
*Merfolk
*Faeries
*Humans
*Half-Elves
*Dwarves
*Centaurs
*Minotaurs
*Orcs
*Half-Orcs
*Nymphs
*Goblins
*Nagas
*Giants
*Werewolves
*Harpies
*Fauns
*Satyrs
*Gorgons
*Unicorns
*Vampires
*Cambions
*Kitsune
*Yuki-Onna

There also Races I made up or based on mythical beings/creatures:
*Felidans
*Cynans
*Pookas
*Yowies
*Garden Trolls
*Beorns
*Esthers
*Mythicores
*Fays
*Entomanoids
*Tetrhinos

Hybrids:
Hybrids are occasional in my story's universe. Hybrids Beings exist but are uncommon.

I will freely answer any questions you may have.
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:iconjakegothicsnake:
Interesting. But what is the difference between the satyrs and fauns in your world??
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TGWolven5 Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Haven't figured that out yet... The only thing I can think of is Fauns are more... sophisticated whereas Satyrs would be more wild and rustic.

But I know I need some kind of more defining difference between them.
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Well here's a good example. In C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, he states that fauns and satyrs live in the world of Narnia. However, the only difference between them is that Lewis describes fauns(or at least mr. Tumnus) as having long tails, and that satyrs are of a reddish-brown or fox red color. In the film adaptations, fauns are given a basic human with goat legs form with short horns and short goat tails. Satyrs on the other hand are made more goat-like in the face, with reduced digits on their hands and hooves for finger nails, their horns are longer, and their upper bodies are as hairy as their goat legs! In the second film, satyrs are almost flat-out goat-furries! The style I draw my fauns and satyrs draw influences from both film and book differences. My fauns have short horns that are spiraled like a unicorn's, their tails are long, and the hair on their thighs are fleecey/wooly. My satyrs are somewhat similar to the Narnia movie satyrs, though much less furrie/anthropomorphic. It is only their noses that are more goat-like, the rest of their upper bodies are very much human-like. Their thighs are shaggy like a retriever's, and their horns are longer and occasionally ram-like. As for the tails, they are usually the traditional goat-tail, but sometimes the hair is so long that it gives off the illusion of a horse-tail. Although other artists on the otherhand sometimes make satyrs as traditional goat-people and fauns as deer versions of them. I hope this info helps. ;)
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TGWolven5 Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hang on. What if... (work with me now) what if I presented Satyrs and Fauns to be the same Race but of different cultures to set them apart?

Satyrs being rustic, wild, etc.

Fauns being responsible, sophisticated, etc.
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Hmmmm....I suppose that can work. I recall reading one website that had the web users idea of certain mythological creatures. He/She had his/her satyrs and fauns in a style similar to your suggestion. He/She also had dryads that can turn into flowers as well as trees and leaves and have crushes on elves and centaurs, and he/she had maenads that were the resulting offspring between a satyr and a dryad. Basically a goat legged nymph! lol
The only dilemma I see is whether fauns and satyrs be called a different species name together or have one culture be merely the same species as the one it is opposite from? You know, like would fauns be merely satyrs but civilised, or would satyrs be fauns but wild? I'm being confusing aren't I?
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TGWolven5 Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, technically they would both be satyrs, but with the coming of the Roman Empire some satyrs abandoned their frivolous lifestyles for eloquence and responsibility, and serve Roman nobility, and take up a new name for their kind, the Fauns, and look down on those who adhered to their original lifestyle as Satyrs.

At least, that's how I might explain it.
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:iconjakegothicsnake:
Ah! Ok. That helps. lol
Say, I have one more question. Are some of Fantasia's races male or female only, or do they all have both males and females?
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TGWolven5 Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yuki-Onna are a female race only, Satyrs and Fauns are a male race only

Harpies are primarily female, but one male is born every hundred years and is made their king
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Furrymind13 Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Once again, I'm totally impressed by your skills as a writer. I've been using your writings as giudelines for myself. You are very gifted.
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TGWolven5 Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, thank you... I am honored to be an inspiration to you.
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