Campaign of the Month: January 2015
Skies of Glass
Green is one of the five colors of mana in the universe. It is drawn from the power of forests and embodies the principles of instinct and interdependence. The mana symbol for green is represented by a tree. Green mana is generally the ally of White and Red, and the enemy of Blue and Black. Exceptions to this are not unusual.
To detail emotions and beliefs typically associated with those who use green mana, I’ll simply refer to a green mana users in general as Green. The same will be true for all other capitalized colors.
Green is the color most in tune with nature. Whereas the other colors seek to modify the world around them, green believes that the best course of action is to simply allow nature to take its course. Thus, green is often seen as the least confrontational of the colors — it does not seek to impose its values on others, it just wants to coexist as peacefully as possible. This does not mean that green will not defend itself when it feels threatened, but it generally will not seek to impose its opinion on others.
Green therefore also places value on the concept of community. Although it does not take this as far as white does, green sees intrinsic value in coming together for the benefit of the whole group. It draws this example from nature, having observed such examples as the way that bees gather pollen from flowers to make honey and in doing so allow the flowers to cross pollinate, or the way that thallids produce saprolings, which in turn nourish the thallids again, embodying the circle of life. Green communities seek to live in the same harmonious way, taking only what they need from others and giving back to them in due course.
Tying in with green’s affinity with nature, another of the color’s core principles is strength and the concept of the survival of the fittest. Green sees the struggle between predator and prey as a central part of the natural order and so places great value on strength. When in battle, green does not favor trickery or evasion to steal victory, relying instead on pitting its natural strength against that of its opponents. The strong will triumph, the weak will fall. Whether green wins or loses the contest, it has filled its place in the natural order.
Green also relies on instinct. Green embodies this in the primal sense, being the color most attuned with wild animals. However, even green’s more intelligent users dislike over-thinking matters, preferring to rely on their gut instinct to make judgments, rather than wasting time thinking about things. This primal aspect can lead to conflict with others, as green does not restrain the wild animals it is in tune with, allowing them to attack others as their instincts dictate. If they cannot defend themselves, then they were simply filling the role of prey in the natural cycle. Furthermore, green’s reliance on gut instinct and first impressions can make it vulnerable to deception.
One of green’s more negative outlooks is its hatred of the artificial. It dislikes the trappings of civilization, believing that the natural laws are the only laws that should be obeyed. It has a particular dislike of magical creations, seeing them as distortions of the real.
Interactions with other Colors
Green and White: In White, green sees another color interested in benefiting the community, rather than taking advantage of others. They see great benefit in servicing the needs of the community and living in harmony with each other. They also both have a strong spiritual side.
Green and Blue: In Blue, green recognizes the desire for evolution and growth. The two share a passion for improvement, and value the importance of the learning process. Whilst Green disagrees with Blue’s desire to speed up and interfere with the natural process of change, it nonetheless appreciates the underlying desire to build upon what exists to create something better.
Green and Black: Green appreciates Black’s pragmatic view of death. Both the colors see death as a natural part of life and do not look to prevent it happening (at least, to others), instead recognizing the necessary function it serves. Green also respects the value that Black places on strength, as both colors believe that life involves conflict and the strong will prevail.
Green and Red: Both Red and Green place high value on instinctual behavior, dislike over-thinking and do not agree with being bound by artificial laws. Both colors also dislike deception, preferring to fight their enemies face-to-face, although Red does enjoy a good trick.
Green and White: Green dislikes White’s emphasis on civilization and creating laws. Green believes that the only important laws are the universal laws of nature, those of civilization are arbitrary and go against people’s instincts. For example, if someone took an apple from another person’s tree, White would chastise them. Green would not, as it would not see the tree as anyone’s property, but would recognize that the “thief” was hungry and obeying their natural instincts.
Green and Blue: Green sees Blue as the enemy of nature, seeking to create its own artificial world order that overrules what already exists. Green sees this as an absolute violation of the natural world, and must stop it. Furthermore, Blue’s emphasis on knowledge and thought goes against Green’s value of instinct, with Green seeing Blue as overly cerebral when a quick reaction is necessary. Finally, Blue’s reliance on deception, trickery and indirect conflict goes against Green’s value of physical might.
Green and Black: Green’s other enemy is Black, which it hates for its parasitic nature. Unlike Green, Black seeks to exploit others for its own benefit, and out of pure greed depriving others of the means to live. Additionally, Green abhors Black’s use of undead, which shows a flagrant disregard for the natural order of life.
Green and Red: Green dislikes Red’s chaotic, destructive nature. Although Green appreciates Red’s reliance on instinct, Green dislikes the short-sighted impulsiveness of Red that often leads it to destroy or permanently deplete resources.