Modern Exalted: Bring back the Light
Political commentators already describe this sprawling, overpopulated Southern nation as the world’s fourth great power. Its fertile soils furnish a powerful agricultural base capable of supporting numerous industries and dozens of huge, ever-expanding cities. But income inequality—aggravated by relics of an outmoded caste system—fills those cities’ slums, such that poverty, disease and famine are escalating concerns. The Varang government possesses nuclear technology, powering many cities with fission reactors and amassing a small atomic arsenal. Acquiring the secrets of creating Dragon-Blooded is next on the list. Given Varangia’s ongoing history of armed conflict with Delzahn and Nyunda—not to mention armed insurgencies in outlying provinces—nuclear war is a distinct possibility, as is the prospect of military alliances drawing other nuclear powers into such an engagement.
Of Varangia’s many religions, most prevalent is Daevaism, a pantheistic belief system dedicated to a host of astral powers radiating from a single divine oversoul. Some sects adhere strictly to the pantheon’s original 23 deities, but most accept millennia of accretion that have brought thousands of other divinities into the fold—ranging from mortal kings and presidents to corporate mascots, earthly spirits and Exalts.