Cardonia has a problem...
According to Cardonia's nearest neighbor, it's a corner of the world best forgotten. A place where the people possess unnatural abilities. A place where unpredictable powers course through the land itself.
Cardonia's history is proof of the volatile nature of its people, and the way they have lost themselves to the very Gifts they hold so dear.
Hundreds of years ago everyone known to be or suspected of being a Telepath was exiled to the Badlands, resulting in countless deaths.
When the spirits of those so unjustly punished tried to return, Cardonia's Messengers found a way to manipulate the energy they used to cast messages to form an energetic shield against them.
As years passed and the memory of these events faded they were swept from the pages of Cardonia's official history. Only the Shielders who continued to maintain the Badlands shield knew what waited on the other side.
When the shield weakened, the Badlands spirits, consumed by fury, invaded the land they once called home, intent on vengeance.
Fed by darkness, from nightfall until dawn they have the power to infect the minds of the living, driving their victims to insanity and vicious acts of violence.
Knowing that Cardonia's shielding energy is most abundant in the mountains at the kingdom's core, the Shielders join together to lead scores of innocent - and not so innocent - citizens into the four central basins where they will be shielded from the spirits.
If you lived in Cardonia, what would your Gift be?