Modern Exalted: Bring back the Light
Hundreds of tribes once thrived north and east of Sijan; autonomous empires rose and fell along the Silver River’s banks. The colonial era was unkind to them. Now the Linowan peoples form an impoverished swath of under-developed countries. Even those with stable economies and political clout suffer troubles endemic to trans-Threshold states: disease, famine, poverty, corruption and widespread disregard for civil rights. Civil wars and coups d’état bedevil the region, resulting in failed states afflicted by feuding warlords or economic collapse.
Most Linowan nations are in thrall to external powers. Multinational corporations buy mineral rights; foreign gov-ernments maintain military bases in former colonies or offer economic aid with strings attached. Humanitarian efforts by nongovernmental organizations are often hijacked by warlords or corrupt officials.Various religions spread and interact here, forming countless syncretic faiths. Many involve spirit worship. The most notable, Guivré, venerates five mighty elemental dragons that took mortal guise eons ago to cleanse Creation of evil, and whose apocalyptic second coming is imminent. The religion’s reputation has been stained by fanatics using terror tactics against targets in the developed world.
Archaeologists believe the Northeast is one of the original cradles of mortal civilization. In the absence of powerful central authority, reputable institutes and treasure hunters alike flock toward newly discovered ruins in Linowan or Haltan territory to acquire valuable prehistoric and historical relics—or ancient magics.