Immerse yourself in the ever-expanding realm of Blade & Soul, where a breathtaking tapestry unfurls before your eyes. Behold a world that springs to life, drawing inspiration from the brush strokes of the revered artist, Hyung Tae Kim.
As your narrative unfolds and blossoms, your path shall wind its way through untrodden territories of the Earthly Realm, each brimming with unseen wonders. Gaze upon the crystalline waters that grace the Viridian Coast, a sanctuary of serenity where ethereal waves lap against immaculate shores. Yet, dare to venture across continents, and the landscape morphs into a treacherous panorama of desolation and decay known as Solak. Here, the very earth groans under the weight of darkness, and the air hangs heavy with despair.
Below, you can delve deep into the rich tapestry of lore and story that envelops the diverse regions of this world.
The Earthen Realm is a place of wonder, teeming with the beauty of the natural world and a wide variety of inhabitants. Mortals live side by side with beasts, spirits, and inexplicable creatures born of the mystical energies of the world. Of course, for every gorgeous sunset beyond lush forests, there are also dangerous mires where hidden threats lurk patiently for the unwary. Only the unwise would dare wander the lands content in their ignorance of the world and its potential threats.
The Southern Continent unveils a tapestry of enchanting landscapes, unrivaled in their splendor and abundance. Within this realm, behold the awe-inspiring Viridian Coast, a realm that elicits dreams of tranquility and captivates the senses with its ethereal allure. Picture, if you will, the sun-kissed shores that stretch beyond the idyllic Bamboo Village, a haven painted with strokes of picturesque beauty. Venture further, and you will be ensnared by the haunting depths of the Gloomdross Forest, a realm where spectral phantoms frolic amidst the shadows. And let us not forget the resolute grandeur of the coastal cliffs that crown the majestic Songshu Isle.
The Viridian Coast, true to its name, embraces a verdant symphony that weaves together emerald plains, where the grasses sway in harmonious rhythm. Traverse through the cool bamboo forests, their resolute stalks whispering secrets of ancient wisdom. Discover valleys, where fragments of the very earth ascend skyward, reaching dizzying heights that challenge the imagination. Nestled within this paradise lies Jadestone Village, a bustling community perched upon the lakeside, where the currents of commerce flow with ceaseless vitality. And beyond the lapping shores of Heaven's Reach lies the elusive Hongmoon School, an esteemed sanctuary tucked away from the mortal realm.
Yet, amidst this serene beauty, a sinister undercurrent taints the air, a constant reminder of the impending danger that lurks in the shadows. The nefarious Blackram Marauders, their treachery concealed, bide their time, waiting to pounce upon the unassuming coastal towns. And in the heart of the Gloomdross Forest, restless spirits roam, their ethereal presence haunting every step, casting an eerie pall over the land.
The Southern Continent's majestic mainland, once a beacon of civilization's glory, pulsated with the indomitable spirit of the mighty Naryu Empire. Standing unchallenged for centuries, it proudly defended against the relentless onslaught of invading demons from the sinister Dark Realm. Yet, the empire's valiant struggle against the corrupting forces of the Four Guardians left it ravaged and blighted. Its verdant forests withered into desolate expanses, and once-surging rivers reduced to mere whispers, creating a vast wasteland where survival demanded unwavering strength and tenacity.
But even within the depths of endless deserts, an oasis of respite emerged. Yehara's Mirage, a shimmering jewel in this desolation, served as the vibrant center of all regional activities. It extended its warm embrace to weary travelers from distant lands, offering them a taste of opulence amidst the barren landscape. Within its confines, they could revel in exquisite culinary delights and partake in libations that emboldened the spirit.
Beyond the scorching dunes of the desert, nestled safely in a secluded valley, lies the untamed beauty of Jaofang Village, its untamed wilderness echoing with the primal calls of bestial creatures. In close proximity, yet worlds apart, the Blindeye Bazaar thrived as a clandestine haven, a hotbed of illicit dealings where unsavory characters thrived beyond the reach of the law. Whispers and murmurs carried tales of Mushin himself, the legendary figure, entombed amidst the ruins of the fallen Naryu Empire. It was said that unimaginable treasures lay in wait, yearning to be seized by audacious adventurers who dared traverse the treacherous path ahead.
However, the path to the fabled tomb was fraught with perils that tested the mettle of even the boldest souls. Ferocious warriors of the Bonemask Tribe, their visages concealed by macabre masks, stood as relentless guardians, thirsting for bloodshed. Enormous scorpions, monstrous in their venomous might, lurked in the shadows, ready to strike at unsuspecting prey. And lurking amidst the ruins were bands of cunning tomb raiders, their avarice matched only by their ruthless cunning. Only those with unwavering resolve and dauntless courage could hope to overcome these formidable challenges and lay claim to the untold riches concealed within the tomb's sacred depths.
Upon the majestic Eastern Continent, lies the enchanting Moonwater Plains, a land blessed with an abundance of resplendent rivers, cascading waterfalls, and sprawling lakes. These shimmering waters bear witness to the harmonious coexistence of humanity and nature, as the indigenous inhabitants of the region dwell harmoniously alongside the Lyn of Brightstone Village and the diligent farming community nestled within the idyllic Hogshead Pastures.
A tapestry of captivating landscapes unfurls before the beholder, showcasing the magnificent Sapphire Basin, an ethereal haven teeming with a myriad of wondrous creatures. Within this veritable sanctuary, one may chance upon the curious Ploggles, amphibian-like beings who hop and croak in an ever-joyful chorus. Yet, amidst this vibrant symphony of life, looms an ominous specter, shrouded in darkness and foreboding.
The Haunted Necropolis, a place marred by the taint of corrupted energy that bled into its very core some three decades ago, serves as a haunting reminder of past calamities. Within its somber depths, a diabolical outbreak threatens to spill forth endlessly, held at bay by the valiant Snapjaw Tribe, whose resolve and bravery are the only bulwarks against the malevolent forces that dwell within.
As the Eastern Continent finds itself within the realm of the formidable Talus Empire, one must remain ever-vigilant, for the specter of violence haunts its territories. The clash between the indomitable Talus Army and the audacious Skyhaven Resistance ignites sparks of conflict that can erupt into an inferno of rebellion at any moment. In this precarious landscape, danger lurks at every turn, urging inhabitants to tread cautiously and be prepared for the turbulent tempests of strife that may engulf them.
Farther north on the Eastern Continent lie the breathtaking Skypetal Plains: a resplendent expanse adorned with undulating grasses and an array of aromatic wildflowers, their delicate petals gently caressed by the salty ocean breezes. Within this idyllic landscape resides Zaiwei, the majestic capital city of the Talus Dominion, proudly standing as a shining emblem of opulence and authority amidst nature's abundant blessings. However, this city finds itself in a perpetual struggle against the thieving Lumang Syndicate, the corrupt Hao Society, and a multitude of formidable beasts that have made the Skypetal Plains their domain.
Beyond the boundaries of this bustling metropolis lie frozen mountains, their icy peaks reaching treacherous heights that seem to pierce the heavens themselves. These majestic summits are shrouded in blistering snowstorms, unleashing their wrath upon any who dare to venture into their perilous domain. Amidst this wintry landscape, ancient temples slumber, their once-great deities in a state of hushed dormancy, patiently awaiting the day they will stir back to life. Though the region teems with enigmatic allure and suspense, it is within the heart of the grand capital itself that the deepest, most obscured secrets reside, waiting to be unraveled.
Nestled away from the bustling world beyond its gates, Gunwon City resides in tranquil seclusion since the imposing barriers sealed off the magnificent Cinderlands. Revered as one of the most ancient cities within the Earthen Realm, its origins harken back to the gilded epoch of the Empire. This venerable metropolis boasts a myriad of enchanting locales, ranging from the bustling harbor of Faircloud and the resplendent fields of the Dasari Palace Gardens to the destitute labyrinth of Gebang, and the mystical depths of the Forgotten Forest, where legendary artifacts lay hidden, veiled in whispers.
Venturing afar from the central hubbub of Gunwon City, one discovers the Celestial Basin, nestled in the southeastern reaches. Within its sacred confines, a realm teems with untamed monsters, a trove awaiting discovery by daring souls seeking fabled treasures. The Celestial Basin stands as a solemn testament, the sole remnants of the once-grand Naryu civilizations, now reduced to ruins. This hallowed ground resonates with an aura of sanctity, compelling the inhabitants to engage in peculiar rituals, striving to assuage the ancient gods who still linger in ethereal echoes.
Renowned as the ethereal jewel of the Realm, Dasari Palace stands as a resplendent abode, cradling the fragmented Stratus Empire within its ornate walls. This opulent haven beckons wanderers from far-flung corners of the realm, offering an exquisite array of treasures and indulgences to satiate even the most discerning desires. Venture towards the Fortune Harbor, and behold a vibrant tapestry of countless merchants, intrepid adventurers, and valiant warriors, all yearning to encounter the stalwart Stratus Guards who stand sentinel over the majestic Sweetwater Bridge.
Yet, beneath the gilded facade of this city, a malevolent darkness lurks, for Dasari Palace suffered a catastrophic loss with the emergence of a sinister Dark Gate. The Empire, once unified and thriving, now finds itself enfeebled and in disarray. Dissenters have arisen from within the ranks of the Stratus, led by none other than the indomitable general, Yunma Kahn, who forged the formidable Talus Dominion. These two kingdoms, gripped by an irreconcilable enmity, find themselves mired in internal strife and pervasive corruption, locked in a perilous struggle for dominion and authority, their destinies intertwined in a tragic dance of power and ambition.
Unbeknownst to many, the resplendence of the Empire's capital belies a hidden truth shrouded in darkness. Behind the lush ramparts of Dasari Palace, a clandestine conspiracy brews, woven by the insidious machinations of the Ebondrake Cult, in unholy alliance with Dowager Tayhu and her enigmatic Imperator. A sinister secret unfolds, casting a shadow over the city's verdant allure, threatening to unravel the very fabric of its existence.
Solak, the mystical realm also known as the Land of Twilight, is a place where the boundaries between the different worlds become blurred, and the most skilled martial artists can catch a glimpse of the In-Between or even access it. Though whispered to be nothing more than a fanciful legend, the reality of Solak is far more sinister - a treacherous wasteland of Dark Chi that ensnares the unwary.
The insidious influence of Dark Chi has infiltrated many of Solak's regions, including the Hantu Scrubland and the Zasteri Badlands, where it has corrupted the very essence of the land. These blighted places are a breeding ground for malevolent creatures, and only the most daring of adventurers would dare to venture there.
However, despite the pervasive threat of Dark Chi, several tribes in Solak have managed to keep it at bay. The Ajanara Monastery's skilled monks created a network of barriers infused with Chi to safeguard their homeland, while the Yun's natural affinity for the environment kept Valindria, their remote abode, protected from harm. Then there is the magical island of Moon Refuge in the Southeast, where the Sacred Longgui reside. This island boasts an incredible array of never-before-seen wild creatures, but they suffer from the Banestone infection. Meanwhile, the toxic Empyrean Citadel lies in the Northwest, where the dead have risen to atone for the sins of former Prince Sobu, who was corrupted by Dark Chi.
Despite the presence of Dark Chi, Solak has breathtaking vistas, dark forests, and venerable towns that have stood the test of time. Only those who are fortunate enough to experience the wonders of Solak will truly understand its profound beauty and magic, for it is a realm that inspires awe and wonder in equal measure.
Beyond the Earthen Realm rests the unseen Divine Realm, where the pure-hearted spirits and enlightened beings watch over the world. Their chi is pristine and mighty, bearing a power that echoes through the ages. The royal family of the Stratus Empire gained the blessings of the Divine beings in ancient times and thus all its descendants bear a hint of that Divine Chi within them, passing from generation to generation.
It is not a power that is easily gained though. Few mortal beings ever bear the Divine Realm’s energy within them and even fewer master it. But those who do become enlightened enough to embrace Divine Chi stand ready to face the darkness without fear, for the wicked forces of the Dark Realm burn like kindling in the face of such radiance.
As Dark Chi seeped in from the baleful Dark Realm, poisoning the world and unleashing demons upon the populace, the Divine Realm gave a call to arms. Of all the beings in the Earthen Realm, four powerful martial artists were chosen to fight against the darkness. Mushin: the Divine Fist and the heir to the Naryu bloodline. Jiwan: the Righteous Blade. Iksanun: the Realmwalker. Hong Sokgyun, the eldest of the Four Guardians and so mighty his power earned him the title Earthbreaker. It is said that the divine spirits granted these Four Guardians a weapon of immeasurable power and unknown origins: the Twilight’s Edge. It is said the weapon would change its form to suit whoever wielded it and could drive back the darkness. Armed with the Twilight’s Edge and empowered by the mystical blessings of the Divine Realm, the Four Guardians met the demons in glorious battle.
Getting to the Divine Realm is not an easy task, and once you're there, the hardships continue. The Realm is free from rules and can be especially disorienting for newcomers. Unlike the Earthen Realm, time doesn't move one way and places never stay in the same location. At the same time, the Divine Realm is also a place of abundance and peace; there is no hunter, no prey, no factions or enmity that divides the people. All creatures can live together in harmony and an everlasting peace.
Savan Village, much like the other enchanting realms within the Divine Realm, exudes an aura of captivating wonder. Embark on an immersive journey through the resplendent landscapes of Cloud Drift Creek, where ethereal mist weaves a delicate tapestry through the air, and ascend the majestic heights of Songrise Peak, where the heavens themselves seem to harmonize with the earth in a symphony of awe-inspiring beauty. Alternatively, lose yourself amidst the verdant orchards of the Halcyon Hills, a sanctuary adorned with the resplendent blooms of the Divine Peach, their petals like delicate strokes from a celestial painter's brush.
However, it is the magnetic allure of the north that beckons the intrepid souls. There lies the beguiling Lake of Reflection, an enchanted conduit that, with each ripple it breathes, carries the daring wanderer to their intended destination, even to the hallowed ground of the Divine Realm's most sacred havens. Legend whispers that within the tranquil depths of its placid waters, one's very essence is mirrored, unveiling the untrodden path leading to their destiny, guiding them toward their ultimate purpose with resolute clarity.
The Dark Realm is home to the Dark Lord and his demons and the source of Dark Chi. The Dark Realm is separated from the Earthen Realm, only accessible through the formation of a Dark Gate. Thousands of years before, the Naryu Empire's excessive Soulstone mining inadvertently created a bridge to the Dark Realm, causing the first influx of demonic energy into the Earthen Realm. Since then, the Four Guardians and the Sacred Beasts of the Moonwater Plains have been fighting the darkness from returning.
The exact nature of the Dark Realm is shrouded in mystery but it is very clear that should the Earthen Realm be subject to its effects, the world would descend into chaos. Cults like the Ebondrake actively seek out Dark Chi; sometimes to continue a blind pursuit of power, and sometimes to open a Dark Gate to let the Dark Realm's ruler finally conquer the Earthen Realm.