The World OF Yeraputs
Setting of Hydra’s Wake
Here you will find some fun tidbits about the world of Hydra’s Wake, a few of the primary characters, the setting, and outside worldbuilding. There aren’t any real spoilers here. So, check out Hydra’s Wake for the best bits.
Two Planets, one World.
Long ago the world of Yeraputs was formed when two planets collided. The event left the original planet damaged, but not destroyed. The planet was reshaped into a shell and orbits the world that hit it from deep space. Both planets share an atmosphere and life flourishes on each. The outer planet Shell is bowl shaped and orbits around the spherical Heart. They also share an atmosphere, allowing flying creatures and airships to travel between the two. Humanity is found predominantly on Heart, and uses Shell to provide agriculture, resources, and heavy industry.
Inner Shell is the region of Shell that is always facing Heart. Daily eclipses only allow for a few fleeting hours of light in the central region. The Deep Forest is in the middle of Inner Shell and is where the events of Hydra’s Wake take place. The area only hosts seasonal human populations due to the Hydra. A massive company called The Mining Conglomerate has set up a series of mining camps in the forest to harvest the rich resources.
The Mining Conglomerate
The Mining Conglomerate is a massive industrial organization that operates on Shell. They harvest a majority of the raw materials used by all of yeraputs. Their site in the Deep Forest region is in the Tor Rift Valley. Known for producing phosphorus compounds in enormous quantity and excavates fine quality gemstones.
Due to the presence of the Four-Headed Hydra, the mining camps are abandoned until the Hydra hibernates. During which time they work hard to maximize their window of productivity.
Rogue Whip’s Tradewinds Crossing
Rogue Whip’s Tradewinds Crossing is a specialist transport Company. Got something Fragile, Valuable, or requires strict protocols for transporting? We are the definition of Special Delivery! Our Dirigibles are capable of crossing the gravity gap directly between Heart and Shell with minimal impact from the turbulence. Our team of pilots have over 120 years of flying experience between us. Visit our office in Acinvar and let us know how we can serve you!
Rogue Whip is the owner of a specialty goods transportation company. Taking on some of the most difficult transportation jobs in Yeraputs. He is an ace pilot with a can-do attitude and always alert to his situations. Calm in the face of adversity and reliable.
Mine Camp Tor
The location of Hydra’s Wake.
Inner Shell: Tor Rift Valley: Deep Forest Biome
Is well known for its two operations, the phosphorous mine and gemstone mine. The phosphorous mine leads to a massive open pit mine under the surface of the cliffs surrounding the valley and is a current financial powerhouse for Mine Camp Tor. Historically, the camp was founded on its gemstone mine, which is vast and has over 800 miles of mine tunnels, and is one of the oldest mining operations on record, and still turns out considerable profits yielding varieties of precious gems.
Professional airship pilot and owner of his own shipping company. He grew up in the mega city of Acinvar and got his pilot’s license early on with a desire to travel all over Yeraputs. In his youth he participated in scouting and has a fascination with wildlife. He is known to fly into rough terrain and push the limits of anything that flies in terms of where he can take them, and where he can land them. From erupting volcanoes to narrow canyons, he has the experience to get where few can safely.
Last seen in route to outer Shell delivering a highly sensitive shipment for The Mining Conglomerate. His airship is behind schedule.
Lord Albert Richtoff
A sadistic torturer who takes jobs from governments and powerful agencies to make people disappear. Formerly he was an accomplished medical inventor before a high-profile failure chased him to seek protection. Discovering that he can become far more powerful using his knowledge for personal gain in the process. All entities deny doing business with him, but his services are in demand from most political parties in Yeraputs.
Status unknown. Last public action was a bid to field test a piece of military hardware.
Daughter of a Lotus Island Spy by the name of Rogue Whip. Born mute, her life has been full of challenges.
Missing for over a year after a very public kidnapping by unknown individuals.
Gun for hire often recruited by Lord Albert for his manhunting skillset. A grizzled outlaw and bandit who has seen his fair share of adversity. Determined and dedicated to a point. Hunter has been an integral in the success of dealing with spies when Albert needs one captured.
Status unknown, many law enforcement agencies would like him captured.
Lord Albert’s personal guard and bounty hunting team. He usually lets them know where he is going and has them come when he does not return from the field for a set amount of time. These men are paid well enough to turn a blind eye to the atrocities committed by their employer. Most are hired out of military forces from all over Yeraputs. While not an elite team by any measure, they are among the best equipped and efficient in providing Albert with the tactical means to carry out any manhunt he’s assigned. They were last known to be on standby for Lord Albert.
After the events in Camp Tor
A Fair warning: This section contains spoilers and is meant for those who have finished reading the novel
There were four survivors of the events in Mine Camp Tor following the explosion:
Rogue Whip’s Tradewinds Crossing owner and pilot Rogue Whip
Notorious Espionage Mercenary Hunter Smith
A victim of the late Lord Albert Richtoff who is mute, her name according to the others is Crystal Whip
Retired Acinvar Military Rescue Captain Lewis Walker
Mr. Whip’s injuries include: bruising and minor cuts/scrapes cover most of his body, four cracked ribs with another five broken, left femur is cracked, serious concussion, and internal bleeding in the lungs and stomach caused by the explosion’s shockwave.
He piloted a helicopter from the location of the blast to Air Drop West here in Acinvar. in his condition it’s difficult to believe that he was capable of such a feat in his condition. In writing this report summary I will note that two of the other survivors, Mr. Smith, and Captain Walker, have attributed the explosion to Mr. Whip’s cargo. Mr. Whip has said that it was Captain Walker who set the explosion off, but the other two have insisted that Mr. Whip take credit for the explosion. This detail is somewhat a point of contention as the Acinvar Military and Mining Conglomerate are equally interested in learning who killed the hydra; and other parties involved, mostly politicians, are more interested in learning who destroyed Mine Camp Tor.
Lawyers from the Mining Conglomerate are here hourly to receive updates on his status, it sounds as though he’s done them a great favor by slaying the hydra and opening the valley up to continuous mining operations. Noting this in the report since the hospital’s funding keeps getting threatened by bureaucrats who think what he did was the biggest crime of the century. But by killing the hydra, we’ve had reports of hydra coma victims waking up all across Heart and Shell, the man saved the lives of tens of thousands, and reunited countless families. The Mining Conglomerate seems to care about this detail as well. It’s my opinion that this hospital will eventually be a subsidiary of the Mining Conglomerate should this keep up.
For now, I’ll simply say Rogue Whip is a hero for his actions. The answers to the questions being asked are political in nature and have little to no concern regarding the patient’s actual health. Take this report and shove it up your ass, then come back with an actual medical inquiry.
-Dr. Emily Timmet, Dean of Medicine, Air Drop West Trauma Center to Acinvar Foreign Affairs Minister Kerrie Royston
PS: You will find cooperation from members of the team in charge of the other survivors to be less forthcoming than mine. Red government tape beyond our control I’m afraid. You understand. And the very large amount of money the Mining Conglomerate is willing to throw at this is difficult to comprehend. You’re my friend so I’m asking you to tread lightly please.
Mr. Smith’s injuries include: bruising to most of the body, severe blunt force trauma to the upper torso (torture from Lord Albert Richtoff, looks like he was hit with a sledgehammer several times), rib cage broken, several ribs have multiple fractures, dehydration, malnutrition, sleep deprivation, and trauma resulting from the explosion shockwave (Concussion, internal bleeding)
Filling out this report at the request of Dr Emily Timmet. She said to speak my mind and be frank about this, which is fine by me. It’s noteworthy to say that Hunter Smith was the only survivor who was actively under the influence of the Hydra’s Wake hallucinogen during the events in Mine Camp Tor. Study of his bloodwork and recovery have been approved at all levels of the Acinvar Department of Health Research and Safety. Also, given the fact he’s worked closely with Lord Richtoff, the Department of Public Defense has taken great interest in him. I can hardly check his pulse without two guys dressed in black pointing machine guns at me. it’s crazy.
Anyways, he is on his way to making a full recovery. There are no signs of the hydra hallucinogen remaining in his system, but we will continuously test to make sure of this. He has cooperated with all medical staff and been the politest patient I’ve had in my time at Air Drop West. His exact expected date of release to military custody is uncertain at this time. We will follow this report up in the next week.
Dr. Earl Chambers, Secure Patient Ward, A (not so) routine report on high value suspect patient health for the satisfaction of… I can’t read her slopy handwriting. Questions asked are not medical in nature, so I don’t feel comfortable with this report.
Miss Whip’s injuries are too vast and too numerous to list. She is a confirmed victim of Lord Albert Richtoff. She is mute, unable to read or write, can communicate with Lotus Island Sign Language and morse code.
Physiological trauma will take an unknown amount of time to heal. She’s been mutated to have enhanced musculature, a less involved digestive tract, and details of Richtoff’s experimentations and dissections that the Dean of Medicine and members of Ancinvar and Lotus Island Militaries have ordered me to keep redacted. One detail I will elaborate on is the inclusion of a medical trip wire Richtoff placed in her blood. At some point, Mr. Whip gave her a Pain Wipe injection to perform emergency surgery on her arm to remove a mud leech. The neural inhibitor activated something in her blood that has caused her medical condition to steadily deteriorate, though this wasn’t discovered until the third day the survivors were in our care. The Mining Conglomerate is providing all resources needed to ensure we can do what is possible to save her life.
Miss Whip will remain in Acinvar for the duration of her medical care. All other questions require submission by authorized personnel pursuant to Acinvar Lotus Island governance of cooperation treaty.
Dr. Inju Yassaend, Medical Ingenuity Team to the nosy Acinvar bureaucrat who’s out of her league asking absurd questions.
Ret. Captain Lewis Walker
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