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Rata Novus Collection and Zinn's Print-o-Matic
« on: November 03, 2015, 10:10:24 AM »
Writers note - This is going to be a collection of the content for Zinn's Study Guide - Surface History.
Prepare well for the exam - failure is not an option.
Don't be a Bookah.


Requirements:
In total, the collection costs will be 300 Ley Line Crystals.
Due to the 1 time per day purchase limit, this will take at least 12 days.
If you already have any of the following books in your possession, feel free to add their content as a comment below. 

Zinn's Study Guide
"Progeny and other aspiring krewe members, this study guide can be used to compile the material you collect in order to study for the Surface History and Culture exam. --High Councilor Zinn"

Extinguished: The Rise and Fall of the Flame Legion, Vol. 1
"The charr legions, commanded by the sorcerous Flame Legion, attacked the human kingdom with great ferocity. They were driven by a blind zeal for their fiery gods, the Titans. The char struck Ascalon first, using a caldron imbued with ancient magics to conjure a rain of crystals from the sky. The largest of these crystals can still be seen in Pockmark Flats. This event would come to be known as the Searing. After years of being kept at bay by the Great Northern Wall, the charr were free to reclaim their homeland. The shamans of the Flame Legion were driven by more than the need to reclaim their homeland. They set their sights on vengeance and set out toward the other kingdoms of man."

Extinguished: The Rise and Fall of the Flame Legion, Vol. 2
"Part of the legion marched west, to Kryta. Villages scattered, militias disbanded, and the human king fled the kingdom to escape the seemingly unstoppable army of the charr. One force stood up to the advancing horde. The White Mantle, emboldened by their faith in new, unseen gods, faced the charr despite being desperately outnumbered. The White Mantle bested the charr, but it was years before it was revealed that entities known as the Mursaat were responsible for the defeat. The Krytans had won, but at a great cost."

Extinguished: The Rise and Fall of the Flame Legion, Vol. 3
"The cost of the Krytan victory over the charr pales in comparison to the cost paid by the people of Orr. There, as the charr approached Arah, one man turned to forbidden magics. Vizier Khilbron, trusted advisor of King Reza, read a dark incantation from the Lost Scrolls. As the last word of the spell echoed within his tower, Orr sank into the waves. After these defeats, the charr began to lose ground. Even their victories in Ascalon lost ground and became an ongoing conflict that would last generations."

Extinguished: The Rise and Fall of the Flame Legion, Vol. 4
"The Flame Legion, driven back from Kryta and eradicated at Orr, continued to fight in Ascalon. In the end, they summoned their false gods, the Titans. The Titans arrived, not as gods, but as slaves to the Flameseekers - as foretold by the dragon, Glint. Their presence on Tyria was devastating, yet short-lived, thanks to the intervention of a group of Chosen. A few among the charr saw through the Titan's deception. They saw their "gods" killed at the hands of mere humans, and with that, the seeds of rebellion were sown. As the Flame Legion attempted to reestablish control of the char legions, a group of rebels led by Pyre Fierceshot attacked their fortress. They defeated the shamans and their gods. On that day, the victorious Pyre Fierceshot declared that the charr would worship no gods. The Flame Legion's control over the charr was destroyed."

Elona: Land of the Golden Sun
"The land of Elona lies to the southeast of the Crystal Desert, comprised of three provinces and the inhospitable sulfuric wastes known as Desolation. To the south lies the island province of Istan. Known for its massive navy, the Istani patrol the waters to stop hostile corsairs preying on merchant vessels. North of Istan lies Kourna. This militaristic province is recovering from the defeat and death of their leader, Warmaster Varesh Ossa, to servants of the fallen god Abaddon. The final province of Elona is named Vabbi. Wealthy and cultured, Vabbi is ruled by clanmarshals, also referred to as princes. To the west of Vabbi lies the Desolation. Home to the undead king Palawa Joko, no mortal can survive the sulfurous wastes."

The Human Gods
"Humans currently worship a pantheon of gods, giving obeisance to six of them at once. Balthazar, the god of fire and war, is depicted as an armor-clad soldier wielding a greatsword and engulfed in flame. Dwayna, depicted with feathered wings, is the goddess of life and air. Human legend says she was the first of the gods to arrive from the Mists. Grenth, the god of death and ice, imprisoned his predecessor Dhuum, within the Hall of Judgement. He is depicted as having the body of a man and the skull of a beast. The two-faced goddess of beauty and illusions, Lyssa, is known as both as Lyss and Ilya and is often depicted engaged in an eternal dance. Melandru, the eldest of the human gods, is patron of nature and earth. She is often depicted as a dryad growing within the trunk of a tree. The newest of the six human gods was born a mortal. Upon the defeat of the god of secrets, Dhuum*, a woman named Kormir took up the mantle of the goddess of truth."     

* (That should be Abaddon not Dhuum but I could be wrong)


The Norn: Legends and Legacies
Norn are driven by the desire to leave behind their legend - to be remembered forever due to their bravery, strength, and glory. Take the legend of Gunnar Poundfist. While not in a position of leadership, he is respected as a blacksmith and maintains ownership of a large norn settlement. The reigning champion of the Great Norn Alemoot, Olaf Olafson, also shows these qualities. His prowess in hunting and in battle have earned him a position of respect among his people. Yet not all legends are born of noble deeds. Take the tale of Svanir - during a hunt near Drakkar Lake, Svanir was driven to madness and transformed into the Nornbear that terrorized the countryside. Each norn strives to leave a legend that will stand the test of time, inspiring generations to come. Through that legend, the norn achieves immortality.

Prince Rurik: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow
The Ascalonian royal line changed hands following an act of regicide during the third guild war as Duke Barradin relinquished the throne to the popular usurper Adelbern. Adelbern's son and heir Rurik, was well liked be the people, in part due to his eagerness to be at the forefront of the battle against the charr. In defiance of his father, the prince led an exodus to Kryta in an attempted to help his people escape the charr. Although his people made it to safety, Rurik was slain at the mouth of the Frost Gate while holding off angry dwarves - Dagnar Stonepate and his Stone Summit kin. Rurik's allies avenged their fallen prince, slaying Dagnar Stonepate within Thunderhead Keep. Later, they undertook a quest to place Rurik's soul to rest, giving him a place in the Hall of Heroes."

Shiro Tagachi: Legacy of the Betrayer, Vol. 1
"The Canthan continent has a rich and turbulent history. A long series of events shaped not only the culture, but also the geography of the land. Over 200 years ago, on the last day of the Harvest Festival, Emperor Angsiyan was betrayed and murdered by his bodyguard Shiro Tagachi. Alerted by the quick actions of the ritualist involved in the Harvest Ceremony, a united force of Kurzicks and Luxons engaged Tagachi in battle. After a brief engagement, only two remained: the Luxon champion, Archemorus, and the Kurzick champion, Viktor. The arrival of the third - the Assassin Vizu - turned the tide of the battle against Tagachi. Vizu crippled the betrayer, and the champions used that moment to deal Shiro a fatal blow. With his dying breath, Shiro drained the fallen emperor's soul and let out the great wail. The death cry unleashed a cataclysmic wave of energy known as the Jade Wind. It turned forest to stone and water to jade. Shiro's plans were defeated, but the damage had been done. The lower half of Cantha was devastated by the Jade Wind, and the Emperor was dead."

Shiro Tagachi: Legacy of the Betrayer, Vol. 2
"While the Luxons and Kurzicks adapted to their new environment, the effects of the Jade Wind were still being felt some 200 years later. Then, a great plague struck Cantha. Thousands fell to illness, and their bodies mutated into hideous beasts. Those who met this fate were referred to as the Afflicted. Abominations began to appear in every corner of the kingdom. The half-brother of the emperor, Headmaster Togo of the Shing Jea Monastery, vowed to find the source of this plague. Shiro's forces regathered, and witht he arrival of powerful Shiro'ken, he assualted the emperor's palace. Master Togo sacrificed his life to save his half-brother the emperor. Unfortunately, Shiro needed the blood of Angsiyan, not the emperor himself, and as Togo's blood fell to the floor, Shiro's mortalitly was renewed. He returned. Yet, with the advantages of mortality also come the risks of being mortal. A group of heroes led by the monk Mhenlo and empowered by the dragon Kuunavang faced and defeated Shiro. These events allowed the xenophobic Ministry of Purity to take power. They forced the tengu to leave Cantha and ushered in an era of isolation that continues to this day."

The Spirits of the Wild
"Norn culture reveres the Spirits of the Wild, primitive animal incarnations of different virtues and vices of their culture. Four spirits hold the highest honor. The Spirit of Bear represents fortitude and self-reliance. Norn believe Bear is the mightiest of all spirits. Raven represents wisdom, cunning, trickery, and knowledge. It is associated with the Underworld, ghosts, and mysteries. Snow Leopard represents independence, strategy, and laughter in the face of danger. This spirit is depicted as stealthy and solitary. Wolf is the incarnation of loyalty, ferocity, and strength in numbers. Wolf is often invoked as an ally when things are desperate."
 
There With Yakkington: A Travelers Tale Prologue
"When Professor Yakkington and I left our home, I anticipated a good deal of danger, I couldn't possibly have expected everything that occurred. Take, for example, the misunderstanding between Rotscale and Yakkington in Majesty's Rest. We had no interest in tomb robbing, but frankly, diplomacy isn't really an option with the undead. Then there was our short period of enslavement by the Stone Summit. If it weren't for a dredge slave uprising, we would still be shutting materials deep in Sorrow's Furnace. Still, nothing compares to our trip to the Ring of Fire Islands! Not only did we end up in the shadow of an active volcano, we also arrived during the Titan assault against the Mursaat. It wasn't all screaming and terror. If it were, Yakkington would have gone on strike! I recall gazing at the stars above the Maguuma, wondering what became of the druids. We spent time gazing at the majesty of Augury Rock, wondering what trails awaited those who sought ascension. Truly, even with all the trials, tribulations, and near misses, I wouldn't change a day. It's our journeys that define us. I'm certain my old friend Yakkington feels the same."

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Re: Rata Novus Collection and Zinn's Print-o-Matic
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2015, 12:38:43 PM »
As yet I do not have any of the books but I wanted to say thank you Blue for such a fantastic post!

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Re: Rata Novus Collection and Zinn's Print-o-Matic
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2015, 04:27:21 PM »
The post is now complete. Enjoy the read - you might even learn a thing or two.
The exam will be soon, so make sure you remember everything.  8)
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Re: Rata Novus Collection and Zinn's Print-o-Matic
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2015, 12:34:11 PM »
Me remember something? Oh dear, it's a fail for me even before the exam starts!! :D

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Thank you for all your hard work again Blue ;D

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