Lyronica is one of those cargo cult civilizations that is like a horrible accident - you just can't look away.
Genetic samples of the people indicate that the descendants are from North America, and largely of European descent. Linguistic analysis confirms this. It was apparently founded in the early Diaspora, and surveys indicate that the colonists established geothermal bores – equipment still in use today.
Today, Lyronica is divided among the Twelve Great Houses and the Tamber. The twelve houses are squabbling feudal organizations locked in a generational cold war. A little over a hundred years ago they were fighting among themselves over conquering the world. During a long truce, animal fights were introduced as an entertainment. When substantial stakes were wagered on the fights by the rulers of the houses, they began to use them as a means of resolving disputes between the houses. Today, the City of All Houses is where each of the twelve houses meet and fight their animals in the Bronze Arena.
By tradition and treaty, the City of All Houses is shared territory where the Houses can meet and trade. Each House has its segment of the city and they all converge on the Bronze Arena – a mammoth structure divided in twelve with each house having its own gate and section. The Arena itself is a work of art with its bronze dome covering the grounds.
The Twelve Houses consist of the following and their followers: Norn, Varcour, Arneth, Sin Doon, Feridian, Wrai Hill, Dant, Colin, Kuper, Amar Island, Danys and Hatita. Each of the houses has its own special animal. Norn has its wolf like Ironfangs, Varcour its lizard lions, Feridian its carnivorous apes and on and on. The only exception in Arneth which fights a variety of animals in the Arena.
Today, Lyronica is one of the few Cargo Cults that encourages tourism. Sadly, there are always takers for visiting Lyronica thanks to the taste for blood sports that humanity has not yet out grown.
The Lyronicans worship their geothermal bores which provide power and easily accessible metals for them.
The Tamber, or Tamberkin, are a agricultural people who have successfully united against the Houses and successfully played them against each other to maintain their independence. These are the Old Worlders of Lyronica.