P101 Worlds Week: Valencia!

September 25, 2012 Blaze Shadowhorn 4 Comments

Welcome to the first P101 Worlds Week post! Since the percentage of questions were asked about Valencia, that's the world we are going to start with. So, what questions did you ask about Valencia?
"I want to hear as much as possible about Valencia!" -Destiny Soultamer 

"Valencia, I want to know how they made those clockworks different from the ones that the cats and dogs of Marleybone made." -Cass Lifeblossom

 In this post, I am going to cover some background on Valencia, some concept art, and some theory crafting as well as answering your questions. So what are we waiting for? Let's get going!


What's the background of Valencia? Who runs it and what NPC's can we expect there?

"Arguably the greatest imperial power of the Spiral, Valencia is home to the Unicorns, a vibrant people with an ancient, rich culture. Many of the great discoveries that led to sky-ships and the age of sail were made here - Valencia stands to this day as a center of arts and learning, where scholars and masters from all over the Spiral gather to push the boundaries of knowledge and talent. Marco Pollo, Cowpernicus, Da Finchi - the greatest minds and artists the Spiral has ever known did their greatest work in Valencia, and the entire Spiral is richer for their labors."
-Pirate101.com

Valencia is also known for it's emerald stormy skies
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The Skyways of Valencia have more Stormgates than any other realm in the Spiral - Valencians say their realm is the heart of the Spiral, and most sky charts are drawn with Valencia at the center. Valencia has used its location to flower into a thriving hub of trade and shipping between the realms.

Valencia's emerald skies and lush orchards are hauntingly beautiful, and the Unicorns are an emotional, zestful people whose passions are as stormy as their realm's skies. Unicorns are renowned throughout the Spiral for their talents with poetry, scholarship and fencing. Beneficiaries of Valencia's unparalleled wealth and status, the Unicorns dwell in ornate, baroque cities full of grand plazas, columned palaces, and grand statuary. There is always some grand ball, festival, or masque to offer entertainment and diversion. Duty, honor, and family pride are the pillars of their social order.

 

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Valencia is also home to the hardy Crabs and pragmatic Guinea Pigs, who serve as the hard-working middle class to the Unicorn elite. Skilled craftsmen and tireless laborers, their efforts sustain the magnificent (some would say decadent) lifestyle of the Unicorns. Guilds and Merchant Houses of Crabs and Guinea Pigs drive Valencian commerce, and have grown very powerful in recent times. 
 Things are changing in Valencia. The recent invention of Clockworks was a wonder, whose full impact has yet to be seen. Kane and his legions revolutionized warfare in Valencia - at the height of the Polarian Wars, King Casimir turned all control of Valencians by land or sea over to Kane. The Armada won the war, saved the Spiral, and has worked tirelessly ever since. With Clockwork ships protecting merchant ships and stamping out smuggling and piracy, Valencia is growing even richer. 

As the Unicorns turn inward, distracted by their endless revels, Kane grows ever more powerful, and rumors are emerging that the Armada may have an agenda of its own. Some wonder what price Valencia will pay for their success...


"Valencia, I want to know how they made those clockworks different from the ones that the cats and dogs of Marleybone made." -Cass Lifeblossom
I did some digging and this is what I came up with.

As you can see, the Marleybone clockworks from Wizard101 are of a less professional level. They are made out of wood, you can see the gears, they can barely talk, and they are very minuscule compared to the clockworks of Valencia. 

In Valencia, the clockworks seem like people! They have minds of their own, they can talk perfectly, and they do not look run down like those in Marleybone. You can easily tell the difference between them. 

Group IconI also believe this occurred because Marleybone, while it is a modern and very intelligent world, Valencia is more of a futuristic world thus letting them have more engineering and skills which Marleybone does not have.

I really hope this helped answer your question Cass! 




Have you guys seen much of the Valencia conept art? It's really amazing with the detail they put into it so I wanted to show you guys some of it!







What do you guys think? Do you like it? What's your favorite concept art piece? 
I hope you enjoyed this P101 Worlds Week post! Stay tuned for the next within the next 2 days.

See you in the Spiral!
-Blaze

4 comments:

  1. Intense Concept Art! I love all the detail you put into it. I can't wait to see what you are doing for the next post!

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  2. My question has been answered, and I thought the Armada were actual people at first when we first heard about them.

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    1. Haha yea so did I but then I found out they weren't :P

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