Today we are continuing the explorations of our upcoming release of Hyraeatan, City in Shadow. The demiplanar metropolis is ruled by a Council comprised of fourteen rival factions known as the Parities. The Parities espouse the titular balance of Light and Dark as such claims seven of each. Ever-changing among the Parities of the Light is the Chrysalis Covenant…
Nicknames: Pupas, ‘Pillars (short for Caterpillars), Sheds, Cuckoos
Beliefs: Progress is the path of Changes, so says the Chrysalis Covenant. Each moment should be spent in activities that aid the coming transformation. Being what you are, focusing on what you intend to be and marshaling your resources to Become it. Each stage of life is to be explored fully to take all the learning and experience it has to give. Each moment surrendered when the time to Become is at hand..
The Chrysalis Covenant (often just “the Covenant” in the common speak of the City) espouses healing as a part of transformative process and often times takes this philosophy to the extreme of acting as mediator to periods of intense discord on the Council. And if compromises often favor their Parity, they just cite the benefit of “level heads.” Any research in to aggravant pheromones going on at the time was entirely coincidental.
The Shadow Plane’s quasi-reality is seen as an ideal womb to facilitate the arts and practices of Metamorphosis. Physical laws can be made servants to willpower and illusions of life and changes can gain footholds in reality. Sometimes the nature of Hyraetan’s stability can cause the Parity to seek locations deeper in Shadow or tangent to Dream or the Etheric Planes to engage proper mutability. Members often hire escorts on these excursions to help them deal with the unexpected.
Primary Facilities: The Tower of Changes, more often called “the Cocoon,” is reserved for delicate transitions and volatile mutations, as well as experimental treatments for the use by Parity’s healers. Some of these efforts with less strictly beneficial effects tend to make their way to the Sanguine Sovereignty’s houses of excess. The more influential and greater structure is the Grand Hospice, the premier house of healing in the City. Specialists in nearly all medicinal fields have residence here and cures from across Creation are studied and refined in its halls.
Allied and Enemy Parities: The Chrysalis Covenant view the Eternal Dawning as rivals in providing healing (the Dawning provides divine solutions injury) to the City and resent their Ascendants for not sharing the lore of the changes. The Blackbaldes espousal of destruction for its own purpose disgusts most members of the Covenant and relations between these Parities are poor. Both the Sanguine Sovereignty and the House of Heights maintain a mix of respect and resentment from the Parity. The Hands of Onus are allies in tending to the recovery of truly unwell citizens.
Desired Membership: Shapeshifters, transmuters, alchemists and chirugeons are the most common members encountered from the Parity. Seeing injury and healing as lesser expressions of change, the Covenant focuses mostly on healers who skew divine “agenda” limiting the amount of spellcasting healers present in the Parity. Creatures who have morphic life-cycles or staged evolutions also often become members. As such the Parity has no small number of dragons in its ranks and some even whisper of fiends seeking to progress their physical states as well.
Rewards: Members most frequently receive incentives of aid in accomplishing their own personal transformations, awakenings and metamorphoses. Additionally, members are encouraged to opt into reincarnation services should they fall of the business of the Parity. Costs of the rituals are often mitigated for members willing to be studied prior too and after reincarnations.
Denials: Among the Parities at large, the Chrysalis Covenant is one of the most permissive as that metamorphosis can be intensely personal and take years to complete under some circumstances. The prohibitions that they do maintain are very broad and tend to revolve around interfering as little as possible with the changes of others. Among hardliners in the Parity this can be interpreted as pacifism but this is not a common view.
More info on Hyraeatan can be found in the Mythic Paths of the Lost Spheres appendix and the upcoming Book of Beyond WIP. Hyraeatan, City in Shadow will be available later this year. For our other products visit: d20pfsrd.com, drivethruRPG, paizo and RPGNow. Don’t forget the GM Sales going on until March 10th!!
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