OOC thread Almathea: A lands of rich soil, high mountains, lush forests, and seas teaming with fish. These lands are full of wildlife and the mountains home to Pegasus and Wyverns. But the people of these lands are the most interesting. The Kemonojin, beast-folk, people with the ability to take animal form, live in the east with the Manakete, their dragon form brethren. Those of their kind living west of the great river are exiles, human sympathizers. And the humans are as varied in look and culture as the animal forms of their neighbors. The west is divided into five, human ruled, countries. Each with their own agenda, but currently at peace. Every three years a peace summit is held and each land sends an envoy, if not one of their ruling family, to represent them in the negotiations. Each summit is held in a different land. Ma Kai, Shan, Coill, Heiya, then Sahra. This year it falls to Heiya to play host and provide the preparations. Prolouge The port city of Kayio is the capitol of Heiya. It's a prosperous city overflowing with trade. Vessels from Shan and Ma Kai bring goods from across the sea, and the great market draws all people from all walks together as each searches for that special item and the best deal. Even the unsavory characters of the underworld, pirates, thieves and the like, can find a seemingly reputable presence here. High on a hill to the north of the town sits the royal family's palace. It is large enough that in a state of emergency the entire city's population could be evacuated to safety within those stone walls as the guard reigns arrows down upon opposing forces. It's been years since that was necessary. As the day passes the envoys from the other for lands begin arriving to join their host within his home. Outside in the city below preparations for the great market and fair that traditionally accompany the summit are being finalized. This is a chance for celebration to all, and few are unwilling to join in the festivities.