I never really sat down and thought about it but like
The concept for Tiess Bernh is not just that he’s “a little like Gandhi but cooler” as was my working explanation for the longest time. It’s more like he’s explicitly an “anti-Gandhi”.
I could totally imagine this scenario where before he became head of the Dreamers, like, there was this event where people were leading this pacifist protest march trying to get harmed to make a point, but then Bernh showed up and was like “fuck this shit, I’ll show you how it’s really done” and dragged them all off to an improvised headquarters to teach them a better way.
It like, really makes the Faithful versus the Dreamers make sense on a larger scale, the Faithful tend to consider being prepared to die and sacrifice yourself a huge virtue whereas the Dreamers are very specifically a faction that thinks nobody should ever have to die to prove a point and encourage everyone to think of the grandest outcomes with the fewest tradeoffs
I may finally have an explanation for “The War”. maybe.
So Graznar is a Soulless, which is the opposite of a Soulful (recently I realised that’s not quite true and I explain that further down this post, but that’s not important right now). He has his HQ in Corazón, formerly the Heartland—home of the Soulful.
Now, I realised, Corazón is a weird name for that place to have.
Thing is, it’s kinda weird it would be named in Spanish, cause I don’t know of anywhere in Aluma that speaks Spanish. Grævonia speaks basically-English.
Ok so it’d been the case for a while I was thinking the “old” place(s) of Fantasy and Faith (before the “neo” ones, Salvare and Techanopia) were situated somewhere around Vvaghras, and Ariana was born and raised in one of them at some point. I also sorta knew I wanted to have this ethnic group called the Saout, whose name are kind of a play on “Nords” (like North/South), but didn’t quiiiite know where they came from. The FantaFaith place(s) in south Mitrokh seemed like a good candidate, but I still didn’t know where that was.