Angel emerged and grew quickly in population but not technology. The largest bastion by far, Angel initially bordered no rival kingdom or land contested by opposing forces. When Angel erected its first buildings hundreds of years ago, the goblin raiders emerged. They started as a major thorn in the techans' attempts to settle. Sporadic attacks and supply raids kept Angel struggling for more than a century until the immigrants arrived. From across the ocean, great islands turned into a mountainous no-man's land later called Kuraukou. Pagus had totally overrun the nearby mainland. Thousands upon thousands of escapees attempted to traverse the hazardous ocean. Some reached nearby islands only to be devoured by monsters of land and sea. Some survived the long journey and reached the western coast of Canam, only to discover another band of humans struggling to survive, the techan folk. The arrived settlers had already wholly embraced magic as a means to survive. Needing workers desperately, the governing body of Angel made a decision controversial to this day. The techans of Angel welcomed in the settlers and offered them their own protected piece of land within the walls in exchange for a labor force. Over the next two centuries, Angel would rebuild and expand its walls three times from the sudden increase in population. Soon, the goblins found themselves incapable of harming the massive castle-city. Angel is no longer targeted by any force, only suffering the odd easily pushed back dragon attack. Angel's population grows condensed each passing year and plans have been put in order to build a larger wall several kilometers out, doubling the effective mass of the already largest bastion.

The unique aspect of Angel is not the city as much as it is Genai, the city within. Built by its own residents responsible for also building the wall that protects the whole, Genai cares nothing of its isolation. Traveling between Genai and Angel is often difficult. Citizens of Genai must have ID cards same as those in Angel, but several people in Genai were born, lived, and died solely in the small city, having never left Genai, therefore never needing an Ident card. Genai harbors many outcasts. Their heritage insists on recording their history as well as the names of all of those who died in the construction of the great wall. The greatest legend of Genai, however, is the origin of its name and the identity of its most illustrious resident. It is said the pilgrims survived the journey and were led to the land of techans under the protection of a great dragon almost as old and as wise as Amethyst himself, the yok-ani dragon Genai. Legends flourished and soon, the patrollers from the Angel starlight division reported a huge temple built at the center of Genai. Only the good and righteous are allowed to enter. Gossip holds the great dragon still lives inside the temple, out of sight from prying eyes. Since most echans know of good dragons' shape changing abilities, word quickly spread that Genai the dragon takes human form and walks among the people he swore to protect. No one knows who he is.

I need to stretch my wings. Every time I take flight, the

steel forests grow taller. I wonder. If I cut their tops off, would
they die? Will mankind repeat his past mistakes? I see many
sins from man unto man and I wonder whether he will ever
change. When I take their form and walk among them, I encounter
such kindness and understanding. I hope the rest of
the planet could feel the wholeness the natives from Genai
feel. Why did they name this great city after me? It is a tribute
to their achievement, not mine. I am no god. I deserve
no worship—no prayer. They don't need my protection, but
daily they thank me for it. I hardly warrant such gratitude. I try
my best to help. Mankind can be so stubborn sometimes, but
they also possess a potential for growth and change that
dragons quietly envy. Dragons are not superior. God created
us first. It doesn't mean we are the true inheritors of this globe.
They look to be such fragile creatures. Underneath thin skin
and simple eyes resides great strength. Strength keeps me
here, in this temple, watching and waiting silently for my time
to act.

Book of Mokushi

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