Introduction to the World of Hood
The Britain we know was never created. In the HOOD timeline, after the Clash of the Cousins war for the throne in the 12th Century, England was divided into twelve countries on the now renamed Anglia Isle. Their society is inclusive, with no discrimination against race, gender or sexuality. However, it retains medieval influences with little democracy, extensive use of corporal punishment, and public executions.
Magic exists and flourishes as a religion, Hycathism. Only women have magical powers and these Hycathae help advance technology more quickly than in our reality. But advanced technology led to advanced climate change and, a century ago, sea-level rise flooded much of the landmass. Blamed for the flood, the Hycathae fled to the deserts of Northern Africa. With the help of their magic, they created The Promised Land, a vast, fertile oasis where they developed seeds that can grow in seawater – essential in this now famine-stricken world.