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Forty-four light-years from earth, there exists a solar system very similar to ours, composed of a sun and its smaller, dimmer counterpart, which are host to three separate planets. The third planet in the solar system is about the size of Neptune and is mostly a gas giant, with an orbital path that mimics our Earth's around the suns. While here this planet has yet to be found, its unique conditions make it suitable for life. And indeed, hidden amongst the clouds of this planet, there is life. A separate society of humans lives there, and they call the planet Arcadia.
The surface of Arcadia is quite hot, about 175 degrees Fahrenheit or 80 degrees Celsius. Like Jupiter, it is endlessly ravaged by storms and rarely sees the actual light of the sun. The largest storm currently spanning its surface is a hurricane that has lasted some 700 years. The gaping eye of this monster currently hovers in an area known to the Arcadians as Mid Ocean, and is called the Vortex. It is the only safe way down through the fierce and gaseous storm clouds to the planet's actual surface.
Beneath the layers of gaseous mist and thick, boiling mud covering Arcadia's core, there exists an abundant element known as Velorium. This dense ore is a very powerful electromagnet and is often charged different polarities by both the heavy storms and the magnetic core of the planet. These polarities conflict heavily with the core and huge chunks of rock are often repelled up into the atmosphere, where gravity is both much weaker and the temperature much cooler. When at last the magnetic force reaches equilibrium with gravity, the result is a myriad of floating islands in the sky -- some sizable enough to be considered continents.
It is on these islands that life is able to flourish. Gravity is not bone-crushing this high in the atmosphere, and the storms are much gentler, providing plenty of fresh water for the land. Over time, the barren earth hardened and became host to terran life forms, supporting all sorts of oxygen-creating plant life that in turn supported a whole variety of animal life. Each region of the world varied depending upon which of Arcadia's geostaionary moons it hovered beneath.
Arcadia has seven moons, six of which are known, each one cast a different color due to its unique soil content. Occasionally pieces of stone fall from these moons, either dislodged by a meteor or pulled out by Arcadia's immense gravitational pull, and plummet to the planet. Charged by the planet's magnetic forces and by their descent through the atmosphere, these rocks exhibit immense natural powers and radiate an incredible amount of energy. Known as Moon Stones, they are essential to life all around Arcadia for their ability to be forged into crafting materials or to be used as fuel.
The only method of travel between the Arcadian islands is via airship. These resemble regular seafaring vessels with wings of some sort usually attached. Using moonstone power to hover, they can travel the long distances required of them at high speeds. Therefore, the center of all Arcadian life and culture revolves around the "sea" -- that is, the sky. For the most part, technology hasn't surpassed that found in the 1500's and 1600's here on earth, but in one land, Valua, where electricity has been discovered, there exists some radical exceptions.
Valua knows their immense power all too well, and they are exploiting it.
They plan to make the world their own.
Only one faction of people dares to resist it. They are known as the Air Pirates.