How do people walk above the ground, as though treading on the very air? How do ships sail above the desert sands? How do city lights absorb the sun’s heat during the day and return that light at night, lighting the streets of the great Barra-Dohn? How can a world without fossil fuels like oil and coal have technologies that often rival if not surpass our own?
Meridium. That’s how. In Barra-Dohn, and the world of The Wandering, meridium is both the source and the currency of power. Meridium was discovered in Barra-Dohn, and the city built an empire with it, both by using meridium against her enemies and by selling it to the world. The key was always to be two or three steps ahead of everyone else in understanding at least its martial applications.
The great Academy of Barra-Dohn made sure that happened, and in its walls, the men and women of the Academy labored ceaselessly to unlock the secrets of this great power. Over time, generation by generation, Barra-Dohn and much of the world began to put its hope and trust in meridium, and Kalos who had made meridium, as he had made all things, was largely forgotten. The Temple of Kalos was essentially abandoned, becoming over time the home of the Academy. Out with the old God, in with the new.
A storm is coming, though, and with it a power greater than any Barra-Dohn has ever seen, and all the meridium in the world won’t save it.