The Land of Wa
Location and Geography.
The remote island nation of Wa is located in the southern Eisen Sea, almost equidistant from Eisen, the then-unsettled island of Cald, and Lakrika. Wa is actually made up of several smaller islands centered around a larger one; on each of these smaller islands resides one of the smaller kingdoms that has ownership of the land as a whole, with the major dynasty living on the major island in the center. Whichever kingdom is in charge switches out from time to time, usually after some great war (which happened frequently, due to the prideful nature of those who lived on the islands). There are five islands in total: Kowi, to the north; Setsuna, to the east; Gakage, to the south; Towari, to the west; and the island of Wa itself lies in the center. Unfortunately, our archives do not contain much information on each of the individual islands, due to just how much ancient writing was lost in the fall of Wa.
Due to Wa’s position in the world, it had easy access to all of the other nations in the world. Eisen and Lakrika were right across from it on the ocean, after all, and the island of Cald was small enough that there were sizable tracts that led to Cryst and Flor. However, such ocean routes means nothing without the ships to sail them with, but Wa was more than prepared in that category, as well. As will be discussed in a later section, the people of Wa developed something that we today call ‘magitek;’ a complicated fusion of magic and primitive technology that gave rise to tools and appliances that we would have thought impossible for early civilizations to have. One such magitek invention to come out of the land of Wa was the Aero-powered ship. Not to be confused with the skyships that we possess today, these ships could do naught but float a few feet above the water. The difference between Aeroships and normal ships in that age, however, was enormous. Without having to worry about water resistance nor the many fearsome creatures that lay in wait in the depths, Wanese traders could easily make their way to any other continent in the world, spreading the technology and crafting prowess of the Wanese people. We see its after-effects even today in some of our current technology: the devastating mythril cannons in Eisenberg; the White Magic Tower in Eternia; the windmill that powers the flow of life through the town of Ancheim; and the skyships that we so rely upon to efficiently travel are all products of Wanese technology. One can only wonder how far along we would be if the Great Calamity had not devastated the land of Wa, leaving us magically stunted and with naught but remnants of what once was.
Compared to the other societies in the Age of Myth — and, truly, most of our society today — Wa was a very rigidly structured nation, bound together by honor and the respect of one’s martial peers. While the barbarians of Eisen prided themselves on their strength in battle and measured worth based on how many people one could conquer in a given timeframe, the people of Wa respected those who fought with dignity and honor, earned through formally constructed duels that followed strict procedures. Boundaries were drawn up for the battlefield, certain maneuvers were forbidden, and rarely were they fought to the total death. These monitored fights, then, were based off of who was the better swordsman, rather than who could pull the dirtiest trick at the most opportune moment (as the aforementioned barbarians were wont to do). From what we can tell, entire dynasties have been removed and replaced based on the outcome of these fights.
Beyond their focus on honor in battle and out, however, the people of Wa were expert craftsman. This can be found in all of the inventions that they’ve left for us Heroic Luxendarcois to find, especially in the peerless blade known as the katana. The slightly curved blade of this slender weapon allowed for untold maneuverability and lethality in fights when compared to the crude broadaxes of Eisen fame, the slender rapiers of Flor, or the similarly curved yet weightier scimitars of Lakrika. Here, again, the prideful nature of the Wanese would rear its head; Wanese craftsman would accept nothing but perfection of themselves and would sometimes restart projects — no matter how involved they might be — dozens of times before finally being satisfied with the final product.
In general, even with the rigidity of their society and unflinching desire for perfection, the citizens of Wa were kind, moral people, clearly with their gazes set on the future. Their leader at the time of their demise, Emperor Kamiizumi, was the epitome of all of these traits and more, or so the history books tell us. It truly is a shame that such a potentially great nation should find itself destroyed upon the precipice of its expansion.
Magitek truly was one of the greatest inventions and exports to come out of the land of Wa. Most, if not all, of our modern technology stems from this complicated amalgamation of practical appliances and mystic artes, the method of which we have yet to decipher even today. The only true remaining example of magitek that we can safely point to in our modern era is the gargantuan testament to human achievement known as Grandship, which sits in the ocean where Wa once was. Though it has been dormant for all of these years, the inner workings of the vessel are clearly Wanese, as far as we can tell. Perhaps, one day, it can be started again, and we will finally figure out just how far the Wanese got with their experiments.