The World, Circa 100 P.A. (Post-Apocalyptic Calender)
I still can not believe that I have let you rascals buy me (or more to the point, my services) for the price of safe passage to England. I again blush at my shameless behavior in my quest for knowledge and adventure. Still, I must console myself in the knowledge that your hearts are good and that, at worst, I help noble minds reach out to discover a world that I have barely glimpsed. But enough of my schoolgirl musings, let me set about to the task of chronicling my journeys. I will begin with a summary outline and elaborate on the places and points which seem to most deserve it in other chapters.
A GLOBAL SIDE NOTE: Before I go into my overview and discuss specific lands, I feel that it is important to point out a few generalities I have observed. The entire world is mostly wilderness with scattered little towns, villages, and outposts. Cities are fairly uncommon, generally speaking. The environment, regardless of the level of technology or magic, is feudal-like, with kingdoms rather than cities, states, provinces, or nations as thought of in the 20th Century.
The majority of these feudal kingdoms are rules by, or appoint, or employ; a protector or group of protectors, much like the knights of old. The protector(s) is always a powerful warrior, frequently armed with power armor of giant robot vehicle. Men or arms seem to be the norm among these champions, but they can be mages, psychics, mutants, or even monsters. If a stranger or invader threatens the kingdom, the champion/protector(s) rises to meet the threat. In many cases, an invader who wishes to rule the kingdom, or who seeks to replace the protector as the kingdom's champion, challenges the individual to personal combat, the winner takes all. A battle involving only the champion(s) and the challenger(s) prevents large-scale death and destruction of the kingdom. Of course, it does leave the community vulnerable to the whims of their new lord or champion. These contests of combat are not necessarily battles to the death, but often end up that when then the stakes or emotions run high. However, defeat followed by public banishment and/or destruction of the loser's power armor is often an acceptable alternative.
In some cases, depending on the people involved and the circumstances, a kingdom may refuse one on one combat between their champion and challenger. In this situation, the champion leads the defense of the kingdom, directing its army as a general.
The concept of a champion who serves as protector and peacekeeper has been adopted by many towns and villages as well. Unfortunately, this has often led to establishing tyrants as rulers or high officials. Some of these tiny communities suddenly find themselves in a worse position than they were in before they found their despot protector. The only way to remove such a powerful person(s) is to attempt an assassination (usually beyond the morals and capabilities of most peasant towns) or enlist the aid of mercenary or new, hopefully more, benevolent champion to challenge and defeat the present tyrant. This is often where the valiant CYBER-KNIGHTS can save the day, although very, very few will ever stay on as champion.
THE CYBER-KNIGHTS remind me of the Pre-Rift Texas Rangers of the American ancient West (especially the heroics of the famous Lone Ranger and his Indian companion). The knights roam the land looking for bandits, tyrants, and evil in all its forms and destroy them. The stories of a lone cyber-knight riding into an insignificant town and dethroning maniacal champions and evil lords must number into the thousands. The knights will also fight off D-Bees and mages, rout bandits, and slay dragons. The knights rarely ignore a plea for help.
The wandering hero, like the cyber-knights, presently seems to be a phenomenon limited to our North America, although I know of knights who have traveled to The Land of a Thousand Islands (South America), Atlantis, and the Euro/Asian continent.