Chapter 1: The Valentines
The Islands of Erosia were animated by Nokoma, the God of Passion.
When his undying spirit exploded out of his mortal body, the moon that lit up his home planet was impregnated with his essence.
Orbs are sacred in Erosia, as they symbolize Nokoma's romance with the moon and carry his charge within them.
The people of Erosia have no legal system, but nature has its own laws. To love is to channel the essence of Nokoma.
Those who lose faith in love disappear from Erosia and materialize in Dystopia, where governments prevent chaos among the loveless.
From the earliest age, children are taught to survive, give, and express passion.
Erosian language contains ample vocabulary to describe nuances of love, attraction and emotion...
...but no words for marriage or divorce, monogamy or polygamy, heterosexuality or homosexuality.
Such distinctions are arbitrary in Erosia, where language exists to channel nature.
Nokoma chose the Valentines as the royal family in Erosia.
Many believe they descended from vampires, since their magic feeds on the vital energy of outside forces.
Some Valentines compel behavior in animals and plants, and others influence the elements.
They train their children to inspire, assert power, and enchant.
Every time a Valentine is born, a sacred orb is crafted for the baby to carry with them forever.
Before sleeping, they set their orbs near fire, sunlight or moonlight to recharge their energy along with them.
Many Valentines inspired folklore that was passed down through generations.
The saddest and most compelling tale was that of Prince Ruby Valentine, the Erosian Exile.
Ruby was born to Queen Emerald Valentine, the most grounded and empathetic ruler in history.
Emerald loved to frolic barefoot and play in the leaves. She never allowed her status to obscure her connection with nature.
Electric forces surrendered to her call, allowing her to shape the world.