Some more info Londinium “The County State of Victoria”- The Isle of Reason
Londinium is an Isle of Terror floating far from the core of the dread realms It is an unknown and those that do manage to find it never usually wind up within its Asylum, or live with scarred minds for the rest of there lives whispering of the madness and terror within. Very few people have ever escaped the Isle however and most of its populace never even try despite the fact that some of them seam interested in exploration. Perhaps the most bizarre thing about Londinium is the fact that its populace act as if they are a part of a greater whole, they speak of there great and bountiful empire of reason as if it where larger in there minds than actuality and seam unaware of the fact that in reality there island is rather small.
Victorian Steam punk, things such as airships, steam and mechanical ships are not that uncommon in the State of Victoria. Many of its residents study Science and are students of reason, Magic is also practised by some there are quite a few cults of mystery and the unknown the work behind the curtains and closed doors of society. Landscape: Temperate/Plains/Forest/Hills/Mountains/Marsh/Underground
Unknown to is inhabitants the land of Londinium is much different to there view of it in there heads. In reality it is not an Island at all but the sizeable chunk of a much large country ripped from the ether and placed with the seas of mists for unknown reason. The Islands shorelines are jagged and steep impassable cliffs for the most part only the eastern shore is less of a precipice and has access to the seas of mist. There a several abyssal like gorges within the island and the whole continent is very different from what it once was a fact which is clear to anyone who looks at the maps and photographs of the populace, they however seam unaware of this fact. Much of the island is made up of flat lands covered with forest or hills there is a mountainous region however and several areas of marsh land. Less known and explored are the various underground networks that litter the island. The Island has several rivers the largest being the Thames river which is often littered with all kinds of boats and serves as a direct route out to the sea of mists. The buildings of Londinium mostly have Victorian style and Gothic architecture but some have older styles these are few and far between however. Major Settlements:
Victory -Capital City, Port Town -Coastal town, Warwick -Both a Town and Castle, The Asylum- The Asylum is a city unto itself and one of the most fortified locations on the island.
Tudor- A small village nestled in-between forests and rolling hills it lives up to its name being a Tudor style settlement. Stone Henge- Not so much a settlement but a location it is rumoured and told by some less reasoned people that there are secret society's based around these monoliths. There are other settlements also but these are mostly unknown or hidden away and all have reasons for lack of contact with the general populace.
Population- Unknown. Humans 98% Other 2%. Languages- Brittany, Neo-Victoria, City speak, Paganini. There are a number of other languages which are known to some or included within tomes and secret society's. Religions- See bellow.
There are many ethnic human groups that live within the island although the majority are natives there are builds and appearances of all types and some dress in less Victorian fashion and style but most keep to this code, beards are quite popular among the gentry. The folk seam unaware of there dark world and none really speak of the dangers that lurk in the shadows or out in the wilderness only the mad believe in such things. The Reasoned seek the truth and explanation everything that exists can be defined and explained by a well reasoned mind and Science. Speak of monsters and such is often seen as a sign of madness or the delusions of fiction, they are quite popular subject for debate and conversation but everyone knows they are only the works of fiction. Real horrors are often much more mundane much like the Murderous legend that is Jack the Ripper who people still whisper lurks the streets of Victory. Religion is almost unknown although many treat science and reason as such and there are many orders and cults of mystery. There are no real religious orders however within the cities although tales speak of Pagans in the wilderness. The Law:
Monarchy, Londinium is ruled by Queen regnant Alexandrina Victoria who resides mostly within the capital state of Victory the city itself was renamed although nobody remembers its original name and all texts seam to be blank where the name should be. The Queen is a figure of absolute authority and is respected almost all of society she is responsible for the current era and is a strong supporter of Reason and Science, she is hardly ever seen and constantly guarded. She is in some respects an almost mythical figure to anyone who is not native since she is rarely seen although her agents and government is more ever present in day to day life. In general it is a Victorian civilization with all the laws and enforcements of such.Trade:
One of the most fascinating things about Londinium is that it seams to have a thriving trade empire although most of this trade seams to come into the realm rather than out of it.Rumours and Gossip:Queen Victoria is dead, and is being impersonated by a member of the government to prevent widespread panic and grief. It is believed that she was assassinated by a foreign power in an attempt to cause a collapse of the great empire and bring chaos and madness into the world.
Queen Victoria is a supernatural being who has set out to create an age of reason, she is not human and seeks to control all of humanity and bring them under the sway of Reason and Science.
Jack the Ripper is an Agent of the Royal Household, he is alive and well and has never been caught for these very reasons.
The Queen is seriously and thus not seen in public often, She tirelessly continues her tasks despite doctor's urging her to rest. The nations greatest scientists and those of an arcane bent have been gathered to find a cure.
Vampire's are real Scientific evidence has been gathered to explain the existence of these creatures, vampire spread through a disease that makes the body appear dead and victims of vampire often become deranged. The myths and legends of vampires that can turn into wolves and bats are the foolish delusions of the deranged victims of disease.
The Druidic orders of the wilderness worship pagan gods and primal entities that have no basis in reason or reality. These hermits live out there lives in delusion and practice dark and bizarre rituals that only heighten there insanity.
The government regularly sends “disruptive citizens” to the asylum to keep them from interfering with society.
The Asylum is run by the government and used as a scientific testing ground.
People in the Asylum don't ever actually die of natural causes. They're chopped up and served to the other inmates as food
Claims of the Insane:
Monsters are real, dark forces work behind the scenes and control the population of Londinium.
The Queen is not the true ruler of Londinium, a darker power sleeps within.
Jack the Ripper is not a man but a monster .
Werewolves roam the countryside and forests and live in seclusion.
God's are not the voices of the insane they exist as do darker powers which seek to destroy all hope and sanity to bring about an age of madness where people are naught but sheep, unable to glimpse the truth of the world they live in.
The Queen is a Hag and a Witch she controls the populace and feasts upon the flesh of the living.
The Queen is an Undead monster having been Assassinated several years before she was raised by loyal agents as a Lich she now avoids contact with the living for fear of her nature being discovered.
The Asylum is home to many monsters and serves as a temple to a dark power that none may know of.
The world is but dreaming, awaiting its awakening, the time comes, they wait the awakening of the dark master.
Those that have visited the Asylum glimpse nothing but the truth there is no reason only madness!
To understand the full scope of the nature of Londinium you must let go of sanity.
Horrible things control the Asylum and lurk in their underground lairs, they feast upon brains and practice dark arts of magic and scientific procedure.
The undead infest the world hidden by reason and science, they go unnoticed there numbers ever growing.